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1658 man-animal conflict incidents occurred in Kashmir in one year

(The Dispatch) Five-year-old Mir Adda chose a ‘Barbie dress’, wore a crown and was excitedly calling for family to cut her brother’s birthday cake, minutes before a leopard took her away from the lawn of her house in the city’s outskirts, in a tragic case underlining human-animal conflict because of …

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How COVID 2nd wave engulfed Kashmir

(Early Times) On March 23 when experts warned of a second Covid-19 wave, the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir asked people to visit Tulip Garden in Srinagar. On March 25 when the Tulip Garden was thrown open, Kashmir registered 131 cases and the active cases at that time were around …

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Analysis: History shows India did not lack access to vaccines as claimed by PM Modi

By Jacob Koshy India, even before Independence, was among the countries that indigenously manufactured vaccines almost years within they were discovered, historical records suggest. Narendra Modi’s speech on Friday presented a view of India’s vaccination history that is at odds with the facts. “If you look at the history of vaccinations …

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Why a lawyer in Kashmir is asking for a constitutional amendment from 1979 to be enforced

  (Scroll.in) Safwat Zargar On May 19, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court issued notice to the Central government asking it to file a reply within a month to a petition challenging the validity of the infamous Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act. The Public Safety Act is a preventive …

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India’s second COVID wave ravages the countryside

  (Los Angeles Times) June 04, 2021 One by one, the villagers fell sick. It started with a fever, then breathlessness. By then, it was too late. There was no medicine, oxygen or hospital nearby to save them. Their bodies had to be carried by family to the river and …

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India’s child victims of COVID-19

(Aljazeera) Ruth Dsouza Prabhu June 04, 2021 Last year, Shyam, 17, became one of the thousands of children in danger of living on the streets of India. Shyam’s father had abandoned his family in Gudhiyari – a village in Raipur in Chhattisgarh state – eight years earlier. Shyam’s older brother, …

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Kumbh Mela: How a superspreader festival seeded Covid across India

(The Guardian) On 12 April, as India registered another 169,000 new Covid-19 cases to overtake Brazil as the second-worst hit country, three million people gathered on the shores of the Ganges. They were there, in the ancient city of Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand, to take a ritual dip …

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Feature: The Indian children orphaned by Covid-19

Vikas Pandey & Andrew Clarance | BBC Delhi June 01, 2021 Five-year-old Pratham and his 10-month-old brother Ayush lost their father to Covid in April. Days later, at a different Delhi hospital, they lost their mother. Their world had changed and they didn’t even know it. They couldn’t understand why their …

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Kashmir’s ill-equipped health system and India’s push for tourism led to a COVID crisis

Adil Rashid June 01, 2021 In the first week of May, Qazi Idrees, a 29-year-old government employee, was making desperate calls to get a ventilator supported ICU bed for his father, Qazi Aftaab. Aftaab was admitted at JVC Medical College and Hospital in Srinagar, which was severely understaffed and under-resourced. …

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Calls for India to release Kashmiri political prisoners during devastating second Covid wave

Srinagar (KMS): Abdul Hameed Mir, 45, was detained by the authorities around the same time when Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s government unilaterally announced changes in the constitutional and legal status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, effectively wiping out the semi-autonomy enjoyed by the region for generations. Picked …

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