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Corridor of Peace

According to daily Kashmir Observer, the Kartarpur Corridor is to be opened on occasion of 550th Prakash Purab celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev on November 9. The registration of Sikh pilgrims will begin in three days. Prime Minister is expected to inaugurate the Indian side of corridor. Punjab Chief Minister will lead an all party delegation including legislators, MPs and SGPC members.

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Kashmir Off The Radar?

After UN General Assembly session, Kashmir is no longer in the lead stories, writes daily Kashmir Observer. Even Pakistan Prime Minister, dissuaded the people of POK, who were protesting against India for abrogating Art 370, from crossing LoC.

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Future of Kashmir’s pro- India politicians

Raies Lone

The mainstream politicians held the middle ground between supporters of Kashmir’s merger with India and separatists. But revocation of Art 370 has wiped out middle ground for political landscape.

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What Hong Kong could teach Delhi about Kashmir

Shoaib Daniyal

The restrictions were imposed to prevent any form of protest against August 5, decisions. In reality, it has implemented a form of collective punishment. Of late, Indians have been lethargic about defending their democratic rights on street. Nevertheless, New Delhi needs to learn from Hong Kong that gagging Kashmir by brute force will not work. Not only will  it harm Kashmir, but damage Indian democracy itself:

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Conflicted Economy of Kashmir

A conflict, interstate or intrastate, does affect economy, destroying resources, causing deficit in supply of goods and violence causes significant loss because of less production and instability in market, writes S. Shamin. According to him, the total forest area of the state had been 20.23 lakh hectares. Since insurgency started in 1989, timber smuggling witnessed a spurt and valley lost more than 59 sq miles of forest land. The water bodies and main rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Tawi, Indus have also suffered damages, because the absence of an efficient system of waste disposal. Tourism sector has suffered badly.

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Kashmir Folklore and Yore

Mushtaq Hurra

          Folklore is an integral part of our centuries old cultural heritage and it is our recognition and identification as a nation and society, writes Mushraq Hurra. According to him, in olden days, the folklore was the most important means of entertainment and transmission of knowledge.  It is  also a way to transform information from one generation to the other. It is tremendously helpful  in value inculcation as most of the tales, songs and saying are full of advices, sagacity and wisdom.  He identifies some interesting folk traditions of Kashmir.

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Origin of 4 Kashmir Lakes

Bilal Hassan Shah

The Valley has also witnessed meteorite showers and the ancestors have recorded these in the form of rock art. Petroglyphs discovered in Burzhom is believed to be oldest sky chart drawn on a stone slab. When a meteorite impacts with the surface of earth, it can alter the landscape and form concentric circles around the impact. There are four lakes in region corresponding to the four circles in the rock engraving (at Bomai). The four lakes are Wullar, Manasbal, Dal and Anchar.

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Nahr-e- Zainageer- A Neglected Heritage

Bilal Hassan Shah

 Protection of heritage is important for many reasons, and it can give a boost to economy. To begin with, all civilizations have thrived on rivers, because water is important. The writer’s concern is about Nahr-e-Zainageer, whose origin is from Wullar lake. It irrigates miles of hectares of rice fields and orchards. Its origin is from earlier kings, but later it was renovated and further extended by Budsha (Zain-ul-Abidin). It is a network of channels and streams. But now it is in a pathetic condition. People have encroached upon it. Because of this and government’s negligence, its condition is deteriorating. Will government’s conscience wake up?

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Restore Autonomy to J&K Bank

The political parties have welcomed the Governor’s decision to re-examine banks accountability to legislature, writes daily Kashmir Observer, editorially. However, the Governor says that PSU has no legal connotation and  bank will continue to operate under Companies Act. But the Governor needs to go the whole hog and allow the bank to work the way it was working. The need is to strengthen corporate governance in J&K and reinforce its autonomy.

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Kartarpur Corridor and Agony of Kashmiris

            Nayyar N Khan

 

Government of Pakistan welcomed the Indian cabinet announcement to commence the construction of Kartarpur corridor. The apparent aim is to promote religious tourism, but hopefully it would pave the path towards peace. The divided families of Jammu and Kashmir have been cheering, but with agony and melancholy. Though a bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad has been opened but for thousands of families to visit across LOC is a distant dream.

 

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