SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN JAMMU KASHMIR

Jammu and Kashmir News

Altaf Hussain Haji

Economic Census (2014) says only 0.85% share of total number of persons employed in India are from J&K. Since present education and skill levels of those already in labour force is low, it is a major challenge to reap its demographic advantage, writes Altaf Hussain Haji. According to him, in J&K literacy rate is 69%, but there is a big gap between male literacy and female literacy. As for education, 90.3% is for general, 8.4% for technical/professional and 1.3% for vocational education. That means educated youth are not getting necessary skills in specific vocations or trade. That makes it  imperative for government to reorganize skill development, create opportunities, space and scope for development of talents of youth.

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EARTHQUAKES IN KASHMIR – PREDICTIONS AND MEASUREMENT

Shakeel Ahmad Bhat/Mehraj U Din Dar,

In a revealing scenario, a US study says a major quake of magnitude 9 can trigger landslides that would dam River Jhelum and put Kashmir Valley under water within three months, write S. A. Bhat and M. U. Dar. According to them, earlier estimates of maximum possible quake were too low. There is no mechanism to predict earth quakes.  The Himalayas in Kashmir are tectonically active. Measures recommended are identifying future locations of earth quakes, research of effects of historical earthquakes, to determine their recurrence and educate people about measures to limit losses:

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CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPACT ON APPLE CROP

Kashmir Environmental News

Mehraj U Din Dar/Shakeel Ahmad Bhat/Aamir Ishaq Shah

 

The horticulture experts from Kashmir aver that climate change is hitting hard and causing unstable weather conditions in Kashmir. According to them the usual snowfall during Chila-i-Kalan goes messing and happens in February, March. In Kashmir, temperature has shown a rise of 1.45 degree Celsius. The perception of climate change is shaped mainly by associated impact of changed climatic conditions on apple crop. There is widely held perception that increasing incidence of pest and disease comprises a shift of ecology. Local knowledge of climate should be incorporated into any strategy meant to mitigate the impact of climate change.

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PATRONIZING ASPIRATIONS OF DIVISION OF KASHMIR?

Recently, a minister from Leh, Ladakh had led a delegation to the Union government seeking a Union territory status. Thus, he wanted to break up the unity of J&K state. In an editorial note, daily Nida-i-Mashriq writes that this initiative of the minister was a violation of the J&K Constitution which underlines the unity of the state. Ironically, the minister had taken an oath on protecting the integrity of the state writes the daily.

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: WHAT TO MAKE OF INDIA-PAK NSAS’ MEETING IN BANGKOK

Sushant Singh

In an analytical article, Sushant Singh writes that National Security Advisors (NSA) of India and Pakistan had a meeting at Bangkok on December, 26, at a time, when relations were at the lowest point. According to him, There have been 825 incidents of cease-fire violations during 2017. Pak army refused to hold DGMO level talks and only engagement is through Military Operations Directorate. The Diplomatic channels continue to function through High Commissioners and foreign office. People to people engagements have been limited. According to the analyst the tensions in Middle East and role of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan’s domestic politics complicate the situation. It is obvious that government is willing to engage with Pakistan, even at the cost of upsetting hawkish constituency.

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PAK-INDIA HOPE?

Pakistan daily Dawn editorially writes that a grim year in Pakistan – India relations appears to have ended on a positive note with a meeting of two National Security Advisors (NSA’s). The meeting might have had a specific agenda, and Kashmir may have featured in talks. But inconsistency in India’s policy towards Pakistan is striking; it has veered from aggressively maligning Pakistan to occasionally permitting unexpected and somewhat positive gestures.

 According to daily Modi and his advisors should reflect on why they have found it necessary to keep a door to dialogue open with Pakistan. There is simply no alternative. Pakistan state should not allow itself to become distracted from what ought to be the topmost national priority – continuing long fight against militancy and extremism.

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COMPENSATION PLAN FOR LOC RESIDENTS

COMPENSATION PLAN FOR LOC RESIDENTS

“In a major respite for border population, who get affected due to cross border firing and shelling and also suffer losses of both life and property, Government of India has approved a plan submitted by district administration Rajouri allowing release of compensation among border residents at par with compensation issued under State Disaster Relief Fund”, reports Sumit Bhargav in daily Greater Kashmir.

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CHANGING TRENDS

Fall of the year 2017 has brought forth, as reflected in the media, the changing social trends in Jammu and Kashmir State. In fact, these trends reflect a greater realization on the part of sensitive sections of society regarding their existential issues. The smoke screen imposed by the politics of a particular angle had pushed the larger economic, developmental and environmental issues to the background. The reflections and serious discussions on these issues mark a fresh departure in the social discourse in the state.

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KASHMIR CBMS TURN 14 YEARS OLD

Shujaat Bukhari

 

The LOC bus service and trade across the Kashmir has been a major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between India and Pakistan. However, the suspension of this CBM recently created tension between the two sides. Shujaat Bukhari, tracing the history of this initiative highlights its efficacy in generating peace and prosperity.

 

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WINTER MUSINGS

Chilai Kalan, as the onset of harsh winter in Kashmir is called, has brought a sense of hope with the coming of snow in time this year. The phenomenon of snow fall had been dwindling in the Valley due to environment changes. The general amnesty granted by the government to young stone pelters has brought down the tension in the atmosphere, as revealed in the local media.

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