Kashmir’s agricultural land is vanishing!
Lack of economic promise; unplanned urbanization; non-cooperative banking system and laxity towards relevant laws are the reasons for conversion of farmlands to non-farming activities
While farmers all over the country are up against new farm bills, Kashmir is rapidly losing its agricultural land to non-agricultural purposes that too despite anti-conversion land laws being in place here. The situation in this regard can be gauged from an official assessment, which came to light in 2019, stating that the Valley did […]
Late Marriage: Causes, Impact, Way-Out
The late marriage has emerged as one of the disturbing trends in Kashmiri society for the past few decades
More than a decade ago, a comprehensive study “Emergence of late marriages in Kashmir” conducted by the department of sociology and social work at Kashmir University had revealed that the average marrying age in males has increased from 24 to 32 years and for females 21 to 28 years in the last two decades. Now, […]
Pandemic has added to the trauma and suffering of students in Kashmir
COVID-19, besides all other areas of life, has badly hit the education sector in most parts of the world. In Kashmir, however, the education sector had already begun to suffer greatly much before the Covid started to spread in March this year. Our schools, colleges, and other educational institutions were first closed in August last […]
Beware – Kashmir’s heart is not that safe!
Cardiac ailments among young show upward trend; experts point to unhealthy eating habits, smoking, mental stress, and lack of exercise as key reasons
Srinagar: While Covid-19 is starring the world in the eye with deadly consequences; medical professionals say that heart ailments, including heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrests, are one of the major causes of deaths in Kashmir for the past over a decade. Lately, many of the victims have been the ‘young’ people as well. According […]
Talk about Shia Board brings J&K Waqf Board into focus
Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board – formerly the Muslim Auqaf Trust – is a decades-old institution, responsible for the management of the Muslim Shrines, Mosques, Islamic Darasgahs, and their affiliated properties and assets. Unfortunately, a notion of massive corruption, financial irregularities, mismanagement, and such other things has remained affixed with this largest socio-religious institution of […]
PAGD – Is JKPCC in or out?
The party has joined the poll alliance with the PAGD but distanced itself from its stand on issues like ‘restoration of the special status and statehood’.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) had joined all parties meeting at Dr Farooq Abdullah’s Gupkar residence on August 4, last year, in which the participant parties unanimously passed a resolution, now known as Gupkar Declaration, pledging to safeguard the special status of J&K. Just a day later, the BJP government at the centre, […]
Kashmir’s endemic power crises explained
Outages may only worsen as mercury dips further in coming days
Srinagar: Even as the winter season has just begun, frequent power breakdowns have become a source of big heart- and head-ache for people across the Valley. Irony is that the Power Development Department (PDP), which is responsible for transmission and distribution of electricity in the UT, has made its own recently announced ‘power curtailment schedule’ […]