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Focus must be on environmental protection World Environment Day

Focus must be on environmental protection World Environment Day Srinagar: June  05: Modern society is vulnerable to the environmental degradation in general and the human health in particular. The forests are shrinking, deserts are expanding, soils are eroding, the levels of carbon dioxide and other heat trapping gases in the atmosphere continue to build in [...]

Active Youths: The Solution for All Diseases in Our Society

Active Youths: The Solution for All Diseases in Our Society Rising Kashmir, 28th March: Every day I often saw people complaining about government policies, corruption, unemployment, breaking of laws, traffic jams, under development and everything like that. No one even talks about accountability at all. We are becoming passive day by day which has a [...]

Inspirations to be had from Batpora girls

Inspirations to be had from Batpora girls  By: Heeba Din/ Uzma Manzoor While accepting the responsibility of community development, Afreen – a youth group formed by some 15 young enthusiastic girls from Batpora, Srinagar, have taken up the initiative to bring a change. What started as a small initiative two and a half years back [...]

RTI – a tool to ensure transparency

RTI – a tool to ensure transparency By: Syed Rizwan Geelani Where official information remains highly classified, RTI Act has become a dues ex machina (only hope) for those who want to hold the government and other functionaries accountable before general public, thus ensuring transparency in working of the government offices. Right to Information (RTI) [...]

Crafting Livelihood

Crafting Livelihood Women artisans are making their livelihood and also empowering other women Srinagar, 09 March: The handicraft sector of Jammu and Kashmir occupies an important place and has been providing sustenance to a large section of society. The highly diversified and labor intensive work is mainly undertaken by women artisans who earn well from [...]

In the name of Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) Three years down the line, the ill-fated scholarship scheme has only destroyed thousands of careers

In the name of Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) Three years down the line, the ill-fated scholarship scheme has only destroyed thousands of careers SHAM SCHEME   As the autumn of 2010 arrived, Kashmir was still reeling in anger following three years of turmoil. New Delhi, however, was desperate to somehow cool the tempers [...]

Panchayat Raj in J&K

Panchayat Raj in J&K On incorporating 73rd amendment Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s event earlier this month was curtailed by a group of panchs and sarpanchs in Jammu who shouted angry slogans and walked out of the venue to express their displeasure on unfulfilled promises. Gandhi was on a two day visit to the state. [...]

Encouraging entrepreneurs The government itself needs to be entrepreneurial to promote entrepreneurship

Encouraging entrepreneurs The government itself needs to be entrepreneurial to promote entrepreneurship Tackling Unemployment During their public speeches, a number of ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government, irrespective of the parties they belong to, or the departments they head, are seen and heard vociferously emphasizing on the need for promoting entrepreneurship in the state. [...]