Akeel Rashid

Institutionalize back to village programme

Institutionalize back to village programme

A first-of-its-kind grassroots level rural outreach programme, Back to Village, was organized by the J&K government in two phases last year. The programme was held between June 20-27-2019 and November 25-30-2019 with the central theme of delivering “Good Governance and Development at people’s doorstep”. It was aimed at ensuring participatory and decentralized planning, thereby initiating […]

 Akeel Rashid

Why is there divisiveness over Covid-19?

Why is there divisiveness over Covid-19?

Since its emergence around the world, Covid-19 has not just claimed lakhs of lives but the pandemic has also engendered a divisive attitude among the people. This divisiveness arises from the fact that many people who contract the virus recover easily without showing any signs of illness, whereas some get seriously ill with the virus […]

 Akeel Rashid

Mismanagement, lack of accountability push SKIMS Bemina in wrong direction of COVID fight!

Mismanagement, lack of accountability push SKIMS Bemina in wrong direction of COVID fight!

Srinagar: Lack of initiative together with lack of empathy and concern for the suffering patients make for a dangerous mix which is casting really bad light on what otherwise has every potential to evolve as the Valley’s best COVID hospitals. You guessed it right…  SKIMS Medical College Hospital (JVC Bemina) is falling victim to the […]

 Akeel Rashid

Coronavirus does not stick to a schedule

Coronavirus does not stick to a schedule

When armed conflicts broke out in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, the haves of these countries fled; escaping from death and destruction. And it goes without saying that the well-to-do families in Kashmir would also prefer to escape the bouts of unrest to stay aloof from the chaos. But the situation is different […]

 Akeel Rashid

How do we continue to sustain the coronavirus lockdown?

How do we continue to sustain the coronavirus lockdown?

Every one of us has got a question about the coronavirus lockdown: Is there a way to get out of it? The quick answer is: There is no way out for now but a necessity to sustain it. Speaking of which, in absence of a cure and threat of infections far from over, the response […]

 Akeel Rashid

Where are we in the fight against coronavirus?

Where are we in the fight against coronavirus?

The administrators are looking at numbers and not treatments. The numbers lead to the question: What should we do about the pandemic? And treatment leads to: What is happening with the pandemic?

The “PLEASE STAY AT HOME FOR US” phrase often affixed to the tweets posted by medical officials sound like grandiose. The phrase has a tempting appeal as it convinces us to believe that “staying at home” is the panacea to COVID-19. If that’s the case, I think we’re already halfway there. Here is how: We […]

 Akeel Rashid

Making ‘non-science’ sense of COVID-19 situation

Making ‘non-science’ sense of COVID-19 situation

The preparation to fight the deadly coronavirus for majority of us – who come from a non-science background – looks something like this: “Shelter-in-place lockdown orders”, “testing”, “contact tracing”, “quarantine measures” and so on. Given that there is no cure and vaccine available to stave off COVID-19 pandemic from growing and suppressing its transmission, governments […]

 Akeel Rashid

Tracking COVID-19 pandemic in J-K just a click away

Tracking COVID-19 pandemic in J-K just a click away

Srinagar: Three Kashmiri Kashmir youth Vikas Bukhari, Mudasir Ali and Haider Ali Punjabi have developed a website dedicated to displaying official Tweets and information related to Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir. The website – covidkashmir.org /lite.covidkashmir.org – went live on 25th March. According to the developers, the website was developed using simple web technologies in […]

 Akeel Rashid

COVID-19: 13 test positive in J&K on a single day

COVID-19: 13 test positive in J&K on a single day

10 in Kashmir, 3 in Jammu; total cases in UT jump to 33; Admin solicits support of everyone in reporting cases

Srinagar: Thirteen people tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 33. Of these, 24 cases have been reported from Valley while nine are from Jammu region. “Hardly do I finish my press briefing – 28 cases- that I get more unpleasant news -5 new positive […]

 Akeel Rashid

J&K: ‘Rise in positive cases as a result of aggressive testing’

J&K: ‘Rise in positive cases as a result of aggressive testing’

Srinagar: Soon after the number of COVID-19 positive cases spiked to 33 in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), posted two tweets in order to “offer reassurance” that the rise in positive cases was result of testing being done aggressively. It was really a tough day for the […]

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