“Use of 2nd-Grade and Machine-made Material Brought Bad name to Kashmiri Handicraft”, a Washer-man

Kashmir’s handcrafted pashmina shawls could soon be a thing of the past. The proliferation of machine-made pashmina products has become a big threat to the livelihood of the state’s artisans who have been spinning and weaving pashmina for ages. According to the Jammu and Kashmir handicraft department, the export of pashmina shawls fell from Rs […]

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Encroachment of Grazing Land Rampant in Kashmir

Video By: Basharat Amin | Article By: Nusrat Ali Shepherds in Kashmir are struggling to find enough grazing land for their animals because of the encroachment of land by locals. Grazing land which has shrunk in Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag is adding to the woes of people who have to carry their livestock for grazing. […]

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Trade and Agriculture Cripples as Ban on Highway Enters 2nd Month

Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Article By: Nusrat Ali Due to highway ban introduced by State on Sunday and Wednesday of every week, effective from 3rd April, fruit growers have to suffer as their fruit produce can’t be transported on time. Banning of traffic for two days on Srinagar-Jammu from Uri to Udhampur (301.5 kilometers), […]

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Needle Workers in Kashmir Bearing the Brunt: Demands Increase in Pay

Video By: Rafiqa Bano | Article By: Grace Jolliffe In Kashmir, needleworkers are selling their shawls at half of its worth. Lack of markets and the role of middlemen, forcing them to work for meager pay.  Bashir Ahmed is a Sozni kaem (needlework) artisan from Kashmir. When his father died, he took care of his […]

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Mohammad Yousuf – Mute Artist With Golden Hands

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Nusrat Ali Mohammad Yousuf Muran, in his fifties from Narwara Srinagar is a brilliant example of inspiration. He and his elder brother late Abdul Ahad Muran was deaf and mute from birth. Both brothers started learning wood carving and wood art designs on walnut wood from a young […]

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Fighting Cancer and Stereotypes Bilquees Khan Takes Up a Beautiful Challenge

Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Artcile By: Nusrat Ali Bilquees Ara Khan, a cancer patient set up a parlor in 1998 in Anantnag town when insurgency in Kashmir was on its peak. Despite the fact she received many life threats to shut down the business, she continued with her passion. Post her breast cancer she […]

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Meet Mehwish A Rare Female Entrepreneur of Kashmir

Video By: Nadiya Shafi Article By: Nusrat Ali Mehvish Mehraj Zargar, a 25 Years old young girl started “Me N U” cafe in Bemina and Munawarabad areas of Srinagar. Belonging from Lalbazar area of Srinagar, Mehvish, a law graduate student decided to open the café with her business partner Yasir Altaf to support her mother […]

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Kupwara ‘Irrigation Storage Reservoir’ Encroached by Locals – Administration in Slumber

Video By: Pir Azhar Article By: Nusrat Ali In village Singdona Kupwara an ‘Irrigation Storage Reservoir’ was constructed by Irrigation department in the village some 50 years back. The reservoir was constructed on 24 kanal land in order to irrigate 102 Kanals of agricultural land. So far the department has done nothing for its maintenance […]

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“Under The Name of Rehabilitation Policy, We Are Only Being Harassed” Wife of Ex-Militant

Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Article By: Nusrat Ali Nisar Ahmad Khan, crossed over to Pakistan Administered Kashmir for arms training in 1992. Nisar lived in Karachi and Muzaffarabad till 2012. He did not join militancy instead used to work in a ready-made shop as a tailor. Nisar later married a lady from Karachi in […]

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