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New Mining Policy in J&K: Interests of locals are paramount, not revenue

New Mining Policy in J&K: Interests of locals are paramount, not revenue

It is the responsibility of the government to acknowledge and respond to the concerns raised by the locals vis-à-vis the new mining policy and make sure that the policy does not undermine their interests

The Special Status enjoyed by the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir would not allow the non-local contractors to participate in the “open-auctioning’, which is now “e-auctioning”, of leasing and renting of mineral blocks in the region. However, the revocation of Article 370, that marked the end of the J&K’s Special Status, paved the way […]

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Horticulture Sector, Prospects and Policy Imperatives to Support Farmers

Horticulture Sector, Prospects and Policy Imperatives to Support Farmers

The horticulture sector is poised to grow more rapidly in the upcoming years in J&K, despite disruptions it faced due to subsequent lockdowns. At a time when all the sectors are in shambles, the fruit industry remains a beacon of hope for many unemployed youths and local families in Jammu and Kashmir, Mukhtar Dar writes. […]

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UNHEALTHY HOSPITALS

UNHEALTHY HOSPITALS

With faulty infrastructure available, overburdened doctors don’t stick to their ethical code of conduct. While many risk their lives to fight the deadly Virus, people in Kashmir ask how long can we afford the negligence of “messiahs and saviors”. Mukhtar Dar traveled around to find answers to some pressing questions concerning our public health system.

COVID Pandemic exposed Kashmir’s ailing healthcare and caught it unawares. Understaffed and ill-equipped hospitals are ‘war-zones’. COVID 19 is just a test dose. It is believed that as the Corona crisis passes, we will see a huge investment in the health sector. With the corona crisis emerging as the latest challenge to health and well […]

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Kashmir conflict and shattered dreams of youth

Kashmir conflict and shattered dreams of youth

The three-decade old Kashmir conflict has sent thousands of body-bags into untimely graves. Mukhtar Dar explains how the lack of foresight and investment in education has led to more youth choosing violence as a way of life. When militancy erupted in 1989, it was like a volcanic phenomena which suddenly drew attention to decades of […]

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The Role of Panchayati Raj in Sustaining Peace and Development of J&K

The Role of Panchayati Raj in Sustaining Peace and Development of J&K

Local institutions can play a vital role in peacemaking as they are more involved in day-to-day life and problems of ordinary citizens. It is convenient for local leaders to approach the locals and involve them in inclusive peace negotiations.

Rebuilding and repairing are essential elements of human life. The same holds true for communities in conflict zones. In conflict zones, ways and methods of engagement of local people in communication and political processes often become the most sustainable systems for rebuilding and repairing societies affected by violence and mistrust. These processes, which seek to […]

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Remembering ‘Sir Syed Sani’ on his 40th death Anniversary

Remembering ‘Sir Syed Sani’ on his 40th death Anniversary

During the first half of the 20th century, when Kashmir was under the heels of political, social and economic exploiters, truth was overawed by the pomp of landlord and poverty was rampant. In such circumstances Molvi Syed Ali Shah Bhukhari, commonly known as ‘Sir Syed Sani’ had changed the course of history in Beerwah, town […]

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Four persons injured in bear attack in Budgam

Four persons injured in bear attack in Budgam

Budgam, Oct 9:  Four persons were injured after a Bear attacked them in Shunglipora village of Khag tehsil in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday. The injured persons have been identified as Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh, Abdul Rashid Khan, Ishfaq Ahmad Malik and Sajad Ahmad Malik. Local reports said that a bear appeared in Shunglipora village […]

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2 decades on, Primary School Bagandar in Budgam functioning from one room

2 decades on, Primary School Bagandar in Budgam functioning from one room

Budgam, October 02: Located around 15 kilometers away from central Kashmir’s Budgam town, Primary School Bagandar continues to operate from a single room from last two decades. Thirty-five students are studying in the school, which falls in the jurisdiction of Beerwah zone, and all of whom are being crammed in a single room which functions […]