Boost for Kashmir Startup Ecosystem: Qul Fruitwall Attracts Foreign Funding

Boost for Kashmir Startup Ecosystem - Qul Fruitwall Attracts Foreign Funding

In a major boost to the startup ecosystem in Kashmir, local horticulture startup Qul Fruitwall (Qul) has become the first private enterprise in the valley to receive global institutional investment. Belgium-based impact investor Incofin has invested Rs 60 crore in Qul, along with Indian growth capital platform Fiedlin. This marks the first instance of a Kashmir-based startup receiving funding from international institutional investors. Founded just 4 years ago, Qul has witnessed remarkable growth in a short span. The startup currently engages with over 5000 farmers in Kashmir and has reached…

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Snowfall Fuels Fire: Traditional Kangris Back in Demand After Dip in Sales

Snowfall Fuels Fire: Traditional Kangris Back in Demand After Dip in Sales

The Enduring Ember: How Kashmiris Rediscover the Warmth of the Kangri in a Changing Winter Srinagar: The first snowflakes whispered secrets of winter’s descent upon the Kashmir Valley. A hush fell over the bustling squares, replaced by the rhythmic clack of hammers against clay. In workshops tucked away from the tourist clamor, artisans breathed life into age-old companions – the Kangris, traditional firepots that have warmed generations amidst the harsh Himalayan chill. This year, however, the winter whispered differently. A prolonged dry spell cast a shadow over the Kangri makers,…

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Click vs Clink: Digital Shopping Chills the Warmth of Kashmiri Handicrafts

Click vs Clink: Digital Shopping Chills the Warmth of Kashmiri Handicrafts

By: Javid Amin Srinagar: The crisp Delhi air crackles with anticipation as winter approaches. Beyond the aroma of roasting chestnuts and swirling snowflakes, another familiar presence gra graces the capital’s landscape: the Kashmiri shawl vendors. For generations, these stoic figures, laden with bundles of vibrant pashmina shawls, pherans, and delectable dry fruits, have woven themselves into the tapestry of Delhi’s winter rituals. Knocking on doors, their gentle clinking of wares announcing their arrival, they ushered in not just warmth for cold bodies, but a slice of Kashmir’s vibrant culture. However,…

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Dream Destinations: Kashmir Makes a Splash on Indian Travelers’ Google Radar

Dream Destinations: Kashmir Makes a Splash on Indian Travelers' Google Radar

Kashmir Rediscovered: A Tapestry of Untamed Beauty Beckons Indian Travelers By: Javid Amin Kashmir, the jewel of the Indian Himalayas, is captivating hearts (and Google searches) once again. From its majestic peaks and emerald valleys to crystalline lakes and vibrant cultural tapestry, this breathtaking region has re-emerged as a premier destination for Indian travelers, ranking sixth among the most sought-after searches according to Google Trends. This resurgence signifies not just a return to Kashmir’s former glory, but also a growing desire for immersive and transformative travel experiences. A Symphony of…

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Beyond the Rustic Charm: Navigating the Societal and Entrepreneurial Labyrinth of Homestays in Kashmir

Beyond the Rustic Charm: Navigating the Societal and Entrepreneurial Labyrinth of Homestays in Kashmir

From Hype to Horizon: Rethinking the Entrepreneurial Landscape By: Javid Amin The enchanting tapestry of Kashmir, woven with emerald valleys, shimmering lakes, and snow-capped peaks, has long captivated travelers seeking respite and adventure. In recent years, a distinct thread has been woven into this tapestry: the phenomenon of homestays. However, beneath the rustic charm and whispered tales of cultural exchange lies a complex narrative, one intricately bound with societal dynamics and the pragmatic realities of a burgeoning entrepreneurial landscape. This exploration delves into this narrative, urging stakeholders to move beyond…

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Festive Fever Grips Kashmir: Hotels Sold Out as Xmas & New Year Enthusiasts Flock In

Festive Fever Grips Kashmir: Hotels Sold Out as Xmas & New Year Enthusiasts Flock In

A surge in tourist arrivals is being witnessed in Kashmir ahead of Christmas and the New Year. Hotels in popular destinations, particularly in anticipation of snowfall, are fully booked for the upcoming weeks. Tourists are flocking to the Valley, and renowned ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’’s Baramulla district and Pahalgam in south Kashmir’’s Anantnag are witnessing a huge footfall, said officials. Tourism Secretary Syed Abid Rasheed Shah expressed optimism, deeming the heightened interest a positive indication for Kashmir’’s winter tourism success. “Given the large number of tourists visiting…

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A Timeless Union in Kashmir’s Enchanting Embrace: Weaving Family Legacy through a Breathtaking Destination Wedding

A Timeless Union in Kashmir's Enchanting Embrace: Weaving Family Legacy through a Breathtaking Destination Wedding

Crafting a Timeless Celebration: A Kashmiri Destination Wedding in the Lap of Paradise By : Javid Amin In the heart of the majestic Himalayas, against the backdrop of the serene Dal Lake, unfolds a narrative of enduring love—a narrative that transcends the boundaries of time and culture. The union of [Your Name] and [Partner’s Name] in the enchanting land of Kashmir wasn’t merely a wedding; it was a meticulously curated journey, weaving together tradition, culture, and love into a tapestry of memories destined to be cherished for centuries. Setting the…

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Kashmir Chamber of Commerce Pushes for Progress on Key Issues with Economic Advisor

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce Pushes for Progress on Key Issues with Economic Advisor

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce Presses Government for Expeditious Action on Trade Facilitation Measures Srinagar, December 15, 2023: Following a constructive meeting with Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal in March, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) held a follow-up discussion with Reenu Lata, Economic Advisor at the Department of Commerce. The KCCI delegation sought concrete progress on several vital issues impacting the export sector and overall economic development of Kashmir. Pre-export Pashmina DNA Lab: The KCCI emphasized the critical need for a NABL-accredited Pre-export Pashmina DNA Testing Lab in Srinagar…

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Collateral Seizures and Loan Recovery Tactics Spar Tensions: J&K Industries Seek Chief Secretary’s Help

Collateral Seizures and Loan Recovery Tactics Spar Tensions: J&K Industries Seek Chief Secretary's Help

The Federation of Chambers of Industries Kashmir (FCIK) has urgently requested Chief Secretary Atal Duloo’s intervention, stating, “We seek to curb the perceived oppressive and draconian measures taken by Jammu and Kashmir Bank authorities against defaulting businesses, including MSMEs, and restore the trust and confidence of the business community.” In strong condemnation, FCIK voiced their disapproval, stating, “We condemn the decision of the Bank authorities to employ third-party agents for loan recovery and the seizure of property provided as collateral by business enterprises. Such actions may lead to potential misunderstandings…

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Apple Farmers and Trade Unions Unite in Protest Against Government Policies

While addressing the demonstration, CITU president and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary MY Tarigami said that Kashmir was facing the worst power crisis in the last two decades, a statement said Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and Jammu and Kashmir Apple Farmers Federation held a protest demonstration at the Press Enclave in Srinagar over the “anti-farmer and anti people” policies of the government on Sunday. Shouting slogans against the administration , the protesters expressed concern over problems faced by the people. While addressing the demonstration, CITU president…

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