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WHY #UNI4KASHMIR?

The rudimentary shifts dictated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution has posed newer challenges to societies across the globe. Dr Mehboob Makhdoomi, who was educated in the West and worked in the consultative educational sector, is planning a university with peoples’ cooperation to address Kashmir’s knowledge deficit. In this write-up, he explains the motives, intentions and rationale for the initiative

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Kashmir Life
January 21-27, 2021

PLANT COLLECTORS IN KASHMIR

While studying Botany, students hardly spare a thought about the processes and the people who gave their lives to identify and name the plants that Kashmir grows. Exceptional botanist, Ralph R Stewart who push-biked into Kashmir more than a century earlier details the contributions that Western experts made to Kashmir taxonomy

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Kashmir Life
January 21-27, 2021

ENVOYS IN SRINAGAR

The latest visit by 24 foreign diplomats to Kashmir and Jammu coincided with various other developments in the region, a Team KL report

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Kashmir Life
January 21-27, 2021

GOVERNANCE

EASING INDUSTRIALIZATION

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Kashmir Life
January 21-27, 2021

‘RETHINK POWER PROJECTS ON UNSTABLE SLOPES'

Dr Irfan Rashid, a Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Kashmir’s Department of Geoinformatics has the distinction of being the first INSA (Indian National Science Academy), Young Scientist Awardee in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Jammu and Kashmir. His research focuses on glacier-climate interactions, glacier-related hazards, alpine vegetation dynamics and lake and wetland ecosystems. In an interview with Umar Mukhtar, he talked about the issues of development, hydropower and climatic change

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Kashmir Life
January 21-27, 2021

BITTER HARVEST

The political turmoil of the past eighteen months has hit Kashmir’s apple industry hard. The entry of the NAFED and the import of duty-free Iranian apples through the Afghanistan route is being seen as interventions that will upset the apple-cart further, reports Yawar Hussain

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Kashmir Life
January 21-27, 2021

RUDDERLESS PAGD?

After securing a majority in around 13 of the 20 District Development Councils, the PAGD struggled to hold on to its lead and lost the councils to Apni Party and the BJP, reports Yawar Hussain

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Kashmir Life
February 14, 2021

BEYOND ACADEMICS

How DPS Budgam Helped Students Remain Engaged During the Pandemic

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Kashmir Life
February 14, 2021

AZAD RETIRES

At 71, Ghulam Nabi Azad completed his last term in the Rajya Sabha. His political career spanned over 41 years and saw many highs, lows and the controversies. While retiring as the leader of the opposition – at a time when Jammu and Kashmir will lack a face in the House, it triggered yet another controversy for him, reports Tasavur Mushtaq

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Kashmir Life
February 14, 2021

18 MONTHS AFTER

On February 5, the sudden restoration of the high-speed mobile internet pleasantly surprised people. But nobody answers the question as to why it took 550 days, reports Saima Bhat

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Kashmir Life
February 14, 2021

TOURISTS RETURN?

After 18 months of hiatus, the tourist footfalls have started surging in Kashmir. Insiders in the hospitality sector believe that if Gulmarg crowds are an indication, Kashmir may have a better tourist year, reports Khalid Bashir Gura

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Kashmir Life
February 14, 2021

‘POULTRY SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION'

While confirming the detection of bird flu in crows and migratory birds in some areas of Kashmir, Director Animal Husbandry Purnima Mittal in an exclusive interview tells Umar Mukhtar that the government has acted in time to prevent the spread of infection to commercial birds

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Kashmir Life
February 07, 2021

JAMMED JANUARY

As mercury dropped to a record low consistently, Kashmir faced the harshest winter in thirty years. With cascading effect on every sphere of life, Saima Bhat chronicles the hardships faced right from lack of mobility to management of frozen pipes

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Kashmir Life
February 07, 2021

MELODY IN MUSIC

Mixing modern melody with prose and poetry, Kashmir’s new age singers and musicians have resurrected folk songs in a different way. Creating their own platforms, this new breed of artists is reaching out to audiences using social media. While keeping alive art and culture of the place, they are finding success as well, reports Khalid Bashir Gura

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Kashmir Life
February 07, 2021

COMBATING COLD

Unable to move back to warm places owing to financial constraints, many nomadic families were stuck in Kashmir this winter. As cold snap hits severely, the impoverished nomads caught in the crisis shiver in tarpaulin tents, reports Yawar Hussain

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Kashmir Life
February 07, 2021

Warmth In Winter

As the temperature plummets across Kashmir, various individuals and social groups are helping the poor brave the bitter cold, reports Saima Bhat

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Kashmir Life
February 07, 2021

‘CONGRESS BELIEVES ARTICLE 370 IS A PERMANENT FEATURE OF INDIAN CONSTITUTION'

Jammu and Kashmir Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir blames the sudden announcement of the DDC elections for his party’s poor showing. In an interview to Yawar Hussain, he talks about binning of autonomy and the post-poll alliance with the PAGD at some DDCs to keep the BJP out

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Kashmir Life
January 31, 2021

VACCINE HESITANCY

As Covid-19 vaccination gathers pace in Kashmir, a section of people are sounding cautious not knowing that sixty per cent of vaccines consumed globally are made in India, reports Saima Bhat

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Kashmir Life
January 31, 2021

SHEIKH'S UN SPEECH

Within four months after the tribal raids led to the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir and eventually triggered the first war between India and Pakistan, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, Kashmir’s most popular leader delivered a long speech to the United Nations Security Council (meeting 241) on February 5, 1948. Denying any rights to Islamabad over the decision-making by Kashmir, Sheikh’s speech remains a key document in understanding his Kashmir vision

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Kashmir Life
January 31, 2021

DINING WITH PIRATES

Cafe Pirates is north Kashmir’ first themed restaurant modelled on a Hollywood movie reports Aqib Nazir

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Kashmir Life
January 31, 2021

Fighting Covid-19

After receiving the first shipment of 1.46 lakh Covishield doses, Jammu and Kashmir administration has inoculated over 15000 workers last week in 100 odd sessions with the target set at inoculating 112893 health care workers.

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Kashmir Life
January 31, 2021

“WE DRAW OUR IDENTITY FROM OUR MOTHER TONGUE”

Playwright Muhammad Amin Bhat tells Khalid Bashir Gura after being elected as president of Adbi Markaz Kamraz

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Kashmir Life
January 24, 2021

THE HONEY MONEY

As major honey brands were caught using imported adulterated material, Kashmir’s organic honey story could get an instant foothold in major markets if the systems turn supportive, reports Khalid Bashir Gura

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Kashmir Life
January 24, 2021

HISTORY'S MAJOR SNOWFALL

Every time there is a snowfall, the media chases the weatherman asking about the dates when it snowed more last time. Even elders are routinely saying that it is snowing much less than the past. An English naturalist, geologist and writer, Richard Lydekker (1849 – 1915), has recorded the last major snowfall of Kashmir almost 140 years ago. He was appointed for a geological survey of Kashmir and Ladakh in 1874. The snowfall, he has recorded, was so huge that most of the wildlife perished

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Kashmir Life
January 24, 2021

CRICKET ON ICE

Snow may be inherently immobilising but the enthusiastic cricketers in remote Gurez valley have been holding an ice cricket tournament for five years now reports Shakir Ashraf

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Kashmir Life
January 24, 2021

GHULAM NABI SHAIDA [1947 – 2021]

In the death of Ghulam Nabi Shaida, editor of Wadi ki Awaz, Kashmir has lost an upright editor who suffered for calling spade, a spade, reports Khalid Bashir Gura

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Kashmir Life
January 24, 2021

DAMARAS: AN INTRODUCTION

The Western scholars to whim Kashmir shall perpetually remain indebted for their extensive research on history and culture of the Vale include Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943), the Hungarian-born British archaeologist. A prominent Great Game character, Stein is most known for his frequent forays into Central Asia. To Kashmir, however, he is known as the bachelor sahib who would live in a tent pitched at Mohand Marg (Kangan) while shuttling between Lahore and Central Asia and translating Rajatarangni from Sanskrit into English. Apart from local resource persons, only his dog, Dash, would live with him. Between 1888 and 1943, he is in Kashmir almost every year. In his memory, a small museum is coming up at the spot he would live in the meadows. In this excerpt from his work is a detailed introduction to the origin and actions of the Damaras, Kashmir’s perpetual feudal lords

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Kashmir Life
January 24, 2021

A VIRTUAL YARBAL

Part of folklore now, Yarbal in Kashmir was not the spot of gossip alone, it was a source of community interaction and involvement. Following the footprints of the past, a young engineer has started a virtual platform, perhaps the biggest gathering of Kashmiri women where problems are divulged, discussed and disposed. Besides, support system is offered to promote women entrepreneurship, reports Saima Bhat

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Kashmir Life
January 24, 2021

THE HALAL INTERNET!

The continued ban on the 4G in Kashmir has created new records of digital divide. But the questions being asked on streets are simple, why there is sacred profane divide on basis of ISPs, reports Saifullah Bashir

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Kashmir Life
January 17 - 23, 2021

THE ROAD RAAHAT

Frequent closure of highway leaves a flood of people stranded thus encouraging the residents to have structured and sustainable initiatives to manage huger reports Parrey Babar

4 mins read
Kashmir Life
January 17 - 23, 2021

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