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Inefficiency of concerned civic bodies throws Srinagar and rest of Valley to dogs

Inefficiency of concerned civic bodies throws Srinagar and rest of Valley to dogs

This year alone, from January till date, 4149 persons were bitten by stray dogs. Despite clear cut court directions, SMC’s lousy sterilization campaign and inability to create dog-ponds has failed to control dog population scientifically.

The ever increasing population of stray dogs in Srinagar and other areas of the Valley is a great challenge the population here is face to face with. As per the data from the department of Community Medicines, Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, as many as 58,869 persons, mostly in Srinagar, have been bitten by stray […]

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De-coding the frequent incidents of human-animal conflict

De-coding the frequent incidents of human-animal conflict

From understaffed and ill-equipped Wild Life Department to human interference in habitats of wild animals, the authorities need to have all-inclusive strategy to tackle the challenge.

The human-animal conflict is not a new phenomenon in Kashmir Valley. The reports about these conflicts appear in news now and then; and the intensity of the problem can be gauged by the official data, which say that as many as 118 people were killed and 1877 wounded in attacks by wild animals in the […]

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Parents, students, administration watch with bated breath

Parents, students, administration watch with bated breath

Conditional opening of schools & higher educational institutions ….

Finally, after more than 18 months since the outbreak of Covid pandemic, the administration in Jammu and Kashmir has initiated a process of gradual reopening of the schools and higher educational institutions with certain conditions. To begin with, the government has decided to allow reopening of schools for class 10th and 12th along with higher […]

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In clash of ego between SKIMS doctors and Wildlife officials, victims of human-animal conflicts suffer for want of treatment!  

In clash of ego between SKIMS doctors and Wildlife officials, victims of human-animal conflicts suffer for want of treatment!  

Money is available, but who gets to decide treatment, and its cost…?

Srinagar: Even as the incidents of human-animal conflict regularly make it to the news space, not much is said, written or heard about the plight of the victims after their initial emergency treatment at the hospitals. And the unfortunate reality is that most of these victims, who require a specialized treatment, including reconstructive plastic surgeries, […]

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Covid-19 – How prepared is J&K to tackle predicted 3rd wave?

Covid-19 – How prepared is J&K to tackle predicted 3rd wave?

On August 23, an expert panel, set up by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), an institute under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has predicted that India may be hit by the third wave of COVID-19 anytime between September and October. In its report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office, the expert panel […]

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Notion of normality in Kashmir is far from reality: Yashwant Sinha

Notion of normality in Kashmir is far from reality: Yashwant Sinha

Says GoI ‘further alienating Kashmiris by its actions’

Srinagar: Contesting the central government’s belief that everything is normal in Kashmir, former Union finance minister and Trinamool leader Yashwant Sinha says this notion “is completely wrong and far from the reality”. The former BJP leader said that people in Kashmir still have a strong resentment in their minds against what Modi government did on […]

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Decoding what Taliban takeover of Afghanistan may mean for its neighbours – India, Pakistan in particular

Decoding what Taliban takeover of Afghanistan may mean for its neighbours – India, Pakistan in particular

Finally, the Taliban, with the withdrawal of the United States (US) and its allies, have taken over the war-torn Afghanistan. The US-backed government collapsed, and its head Ashraf Ghani fled the country. And, the government forces, more than 3 lakh in number, surrendered, ran away, or joined the Taliban, giving them an effortless passage to […]

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Kashmir needs more professionals, institutional support to deal with increased incidence of mental health issues

Kashmir needs more professionals, institutional support to deal with increased incidence of mental health issues

With available resources already overstretched, burnout is a consequence staring in the face of experts!

Five years have passed since Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) and the Srinagar-based Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS), after conducting a comprehensive survey, found that nearly 1.8 million adults (45 percent of the adult population) in Kashmir were experiencing some form of mental distress. A report titled “Kashmir Mental Health Survey 2015,” […]

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Violence against women: a reality that goes un-or-under-reported, and largely unnoticed in Kashmir!

Violence against women: a reality that goes un-or-under-reported, and largely unnoticed in Kashmir!

Srinagar, Aug 12: On the evening of August 08, Laila Qureshi, a well-known psychologist and mental health counsellor in Srinagar, through social media platforms, sought financial help for a female victim of “domestic violence”, who according to Qureshi had been “brutally beaten” by her husband causing her “a miscarriage” some time ago. The husband allegedly […]

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Educational Institutions – To open or not to open is the question

Educational Institutions – To open or not to open is the question

Continuous closer of educational institutions is impacting academic, social, emotional and psychological growth of students. Government needs to think out of box ensuring opening of these institutions as well as safety of the children. 

Kashmir’s education sector has got the worst hit during the past two years. More than seventeen months have passed since schools, colleges and other educational institutions have been closed for the physical mode of education following the outbreak of the Covid pandemic early last year. Earlier, Kashmir’s education system was crippled for about six months […]

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