From Gridlock to Greenlight: Rethinking Srinagar’s Smart City Journey

From Gridlock to Greenlight - Rethinking Srinagar's Smart City Journey

Navigating Srinagar’s Smart City Odyssey: A Tale of Challenges and Solutions By: Javid Amin Srinagar, the jewel of Kashmir, is embarking on a transformative journey toward becoming a Smart City. This endeavor holds the promise of a brighter future, with enhanced infrastructure, sustainable development, and improved quality of life for its residents. However, recent developments have cast a shadow over this vision, raising questions about the efficacy of its execution. The Squeezed Streets: A Bottleneck for Progress As the Smart City project unfolds, one of the most glaring issues plaguing…

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Prescription for Danger: Expired Drugs a Bitter Pill to Swallow in Kashmir

Prescription for Danger: Expired Drugs a Bitter Pill to Swallow in Kashmir

In a worrying turn of events, the use of white labels to obscure expiry dates on medicine strips has ignited fear and suspicion among the local populace. The residents have raised their suspicions regarding the possibility of substandard medicines flooding the market, posing serious risks to public health. The practice of concealing expiry dates has raised questions about transparency and accountability within the pharmaceutical industry. Muneer Ahmad, a 30-year-old resident of Srinagar has been suffering from viral infection for the last month. Ahmad consumed many medicines for relief. However, lately, his medication…

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A Silent Storm: Understanding the Surge in Youth Suicides in Kashmir

A Silent Storm: Understanding the Surge in Youth Suicides in Kashmir

Understanding the Rise in Youth Suicides in Kashmir: A Multifaceted Crisis By: Javid Amin Kashmir, a land known for its breathtaking beauty, is facing a growing crisis – a surge in suicides among its youth. This alarming trend has sent shockwaves through society, leaving families devastated and communities searching for answers. Over the past few months, these tragic incidents have become disturbingly frequent, prompting urgent calls to action. While the exact causes of this phenomenon remain complex, experts point to a confluence of factors that are pushing young people to…

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iGen: Are Smartphones Ruining Our Youth? A Deep Dive into Haidt’s ‘The Anxious Generation’

iGen: Are Smartphones Ruining Our Youth? A Deep Dive into Haidt's 'The Anxious Generation'

Alarming Rise in Teen Anxiety: Are Smartphones to Blame? By: Javid Amin Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s new book, “The Anxious Generation,” throws down a gauntlet – teenagers’ widespread smartphone use is causing a mental health crisis, and we need immediate action. Haidt argues for a collective response, from parents to policymakers, to curb this pervasive issue. A World Raised on Screens: The “Great Rewiring” The book opens with a chilling analogy: would you raise your child on Mars, knowing the health risks? Similarly, a decade ago, parents couldn’t foresee the…

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Chasing Dreams or Chasing Smoke? The Lure of Easy Money in Kashmir’s Digital Age

Chasing Dreams or Chasing Smoke? The Lure of Easy Money in Kashmir's Digital Age

From Clickbait to Careers: Empowering Kashmir’s Youth in the Digital Age By: Javid Amin In the heart of Kashmir, amidst breathtaking landscapes and a rich cultural tapestry, a new challenge is emerging. Young people, bombarded by online success stories and a culture of instant gratification, are increasingly drawn to the mirage of easy money. This trend, while fueled by technological advancements, raises critical questions about social responsibility, financial literacy, and the future of Kashmir’s youth. Generation Alpha: Tech-Savvy but Reality-Blind? Take Moonis, a bright-eyed eighth grader. Raised in a lower-middle-class…

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J&K Prepares for Refreshing Spring Showers as Night Temperatures Rise

J&K Prepares for Refreshing Spring Showers as Night Temperatures Rise

Srinagar: Weather department here has forecast “widespread light to moderate rain and thunders” on April 18 and 19 even as night temperatures recorded a rise at most places in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. “On April 18-19, generally cloudy weather with light to moderate rain and light snow over higher reaches is expected at most places with thunder/lightning during April 18 evening to April 19 late evening/night,” a meteorological department official here told GNS . He said on weekend, light rain is expected at scattered places while from April 21-25, generally…

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Kindness Cracks Rs 2 Lakh Mark: Egg Donation Funds Mosque Construction

Kindness Cracks Rs 2 Lakh Mark: Egg Donation Funds Mosque Construction

An egg donated to raise money for the construction of a mosque in this apple town in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has helped raise Rs 2.26 lakh in an auction, the committee managing the religious place has said. The heartwarming gesture has come to the fore from Malpore village in Sopore, 55 kilometre from Srinagar, where the local mosque committee started collecting donations both in cash and in kind. An elderly woman, who has requested anonymity, said she donated a freshly laid egg by her chicken. All donations made in…

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Eid Turned Traumatic: 60% of SMHS Admissions Due to Road Crashes

Eid Turned Traumatic: 60% of SMHS Admissions Due to Road Crashes

Srinagar: Amidst the Eid-ul-Fitr festivities, the valley has witnessed a surge in road accidents, as during the last 24 hours, over 60 per cent of cases admitted to the hospital were attributed to road accidents. Renowned Doctor, Prof. Dr. Iqbal Saleem, has voiced his concern over the growing number of accidents during festive periods. According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Dr. Saleem stressed upon the importance of safety measures, particularly for the younger populace. He urged them to prioritize their safety by adhering to traffic regulations and wearing helmets.…

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Don’t Miss a Second! A Breakdown of the Total Solar Eclipse’s Stages and Durations

Don't Miss a Second! A Breakdown of the Total Solar Eclipse's Stages and Durations

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will traverse the sky over North America, making the moon appear exceptionally enormous in its new phase. On April 8, a total solar eclipse will traverse the sky over North America, making the moon appear exceptionally enormous in its new phase. The moon will be able to obscure the sun’s disk due to its limited path of totality. Solar eclipses can be classified into three categories: annular, partial, and total solar eclipse. Total solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes closer to the sun…

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The Spirit of Sharing: A Deep Dive into Fitrana (Sadqa Fitr)

The Spirit of Sharing: A Deep Dive into Fitrana

Fitrana: A Beacon of Compassion and Solidarity in Ramadan By: Javid Amin Ramadan, a month of spiritual rejuvenation and self-reflection, culminates in the joyous celebration of Eid al-Fitr. As Muslims across the globe break their fast and gather with loved ones to mark the end of this sacred period, the spirit of sharing and compassion takes center stage. At the heart of this celebration lies Fitrana, an obligatory charity that embodies the core Islamic values of generosity, inclusivity, and social responsibility. In this article, we delve into the deeper meaning…

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