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Srinagar: A 31-year-old architect from Kashmir, Syed Suhaib Naqashbandi with his remarkable solutions around the water management of Srinagar city has won him the 2020 Global Urban Thesis Award by Netherlands based DAIDA foundation. The award aims to acknowledge and support masters graduates who, through their work, help improve the urban infrastructure and living conditions for vulnerable groups in the rapidly growing cities of developing economies. Syed Suhaib Naqshbandi is among the four who have…

Grew up as a struggling farm boy, a Ladakhi doctor lost his mother and many of his tribe members to cervical cancer — compelling him to become contemporary Ladakh’s cancer crusader. The thick tyres of an off-road jeep come to a screeching halt, as Dr Nordan Otzer gets off at a desolate area in Hunder village in Nubra valley of Ladakh. The old-world parish — where the shadows of the brown mountains and fleecy white…

Srinagar: The students of Sher-i-Kashmir University for Agricultural Sciences, SKUAST-K have gone on an indefinite strike after the administration failed to create any job opportunity for Horticulture passouts for the last 14 years. The University administration started the Horticulture Department in 2007 with promises of a bright future in the most vibrant sector of the economy of Jammu & Kashmir. However, the promises have fallen flat, as over 800 passouts continue to remain jobless till…

Ruhan Madni Naqash has made it to the Forbes 30-under-30 ‘special mention’ under the Education category for MyCaptain, an online mentoring platform.  Mentoring platform MyCaptain that made it to the Forbes 30-under-30 ‘special mention’ list under the Education category has 26-year-old engineer-turned-educator Ruhan Madni Naqash as one of the co-founders. Although the mentoring platform didnt make it to the final list, it got a ‘special mention’ in the prestigious list of achievers. In collaboration with…

As a super-achiever, Aaquib Wani’s story is a medley of inspiration and grit As a young child, Aaquib Wani immersed himself in the rhythmic movements of artisans and how their hands and legs on looms deftly turned delicate silken threads into sprawling patterned carpets. “My father’s handicraft business meant that I often accompanied him to several carpet factories. I noticed the craftsmen at the looms and their work captured my imagination,” Wani said. Taking inspiration…

Srinagar: Doctors in the valley have strongly opposed the Government of India’s decision of “mixopathy”, which allows postgraduate students in Ayurveda to perform a variety of general surgeries, ENT, ophthalmology, and dental procedures. On November 20, 2020, the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) issued a gazette notification amending the Indian Medicine Central Council (Postgraduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016, which allows postgraduate Ayurveda students to undergo training for 58 surgical procedures in general surgery, ENT,…

Corporate collapses may not always make cliffhanger, but a newsman from Kashmir produces a story straight from a financial thriller by uncovering the rot deep within YES Bank’s glittering success story. As a whistler-blower reporter, Furquan Moharkan, 27, earlier covered the contemporary India’s biggest bank failure. For his The Banker Who Crushed His Diamonds, the ex-banker used his primary sources to write what many described as the failure of ‘Make in India’. The author hailing…

Lack of healthcare, proper nutrition, increasing prevalence of NCDs Srinagar: The routine life for Fatima (name-changed), a 45-year-old Gujjar woman from Kupwara district of North Kashmir became highly taxing after she found herself complaining of increased thirst and urination. The doctor at the peripheral hospital prescribed her some analgesic and antiemetic drugs, but to no avail. Last week, she developed searing stomach pain and recurrent bouts of vomiting. Following this, she was rushed to SMHS…

After losing her ‘fruitful’ home to war, an Iranian woman landed in a conflict zone as a bride of a Kashmiri medico. Although the move proved proverbial—out of the frying pan into the fire—years later, her fruits of labour have become her brand new identity. Quince apple boughs and grape vines exuded a sweet fragrance when Parvin Mojabari took a trip down memory lane. It was a late summer day of 2020 and she was…

Film-makers claimed that Didda ‘defeated Ghaznavi twice’   Ghaznavi raided Kashmir in 1013, Didda died in 1003  Srinagar: Bollywood actress, Kangana Ranaut announced on Thursday that an upcoming project will see her playing the role of a “Brave Kashmiri Queen, Didda who defeated Mahmood Ghaznavi twice.” “Our nation has witnessed many stories of brave women who have set great precedents. Honored to tell the story of the brave queen of Kashmir who defeated Mehmood Ghaznavi twice…