Cement factories wrap Kashmir industrial hub in toxic cloud

Cement factories wrap Kashmir industrial hub in toxic cloud

Khrew, Khanmoh: Non-compliance from cement factories and lack of a proper environmental audit has left the inhabitants of Kashmir’s twin industrial hubs, Khrew and Khanmoh, vulnerable to life-threatening health problems. These factories emit a thousand kilograms of toxic fumes every day, as per experts, thereby wrapping neighbouring villages in a toxic grey cloud. Public health […]

A fisherwoman takes stock of a hard life

A fisherwoman takes stock of a hard life

SRINAGAR: At her improvised two-room home in Hazratbal, Srinagar, Haleema Banoo, 42, looks emotionally at her children one afternoon and tells them she cannot work anymore. “I am tired and old. I am fed up of working. In another ten years? I’ll be 50. Better that I die,” she tells them, dark circles beneath her […]

The man who sold his son, and lived to tell the tale

The man who sold his son, and lived to tell the tale

ANANTNAG: In 1993, when Karim-ud-din Khan was about to welcome home his wife and their newborn son, he told his aged father, “Now everything will improve and all our miseries shall cease.” His father laughed at his remarks, and replied, “God help us.” Living on the edge of a mountain on the Pahalgam-Chandanwari road, Karim-ud-Din, […]

Of holes in the heart that others cannot see

Of holes in the heart that others cannot see

Tral / Khrew: Her husband, Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, a college lecturer, was beaten to death by soldiers of the army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Shershali, Khrew, on August 18 last year. Shabir Ahmad and his younger brother were forcefully dragged from their rooms to out on the road, as were other villagers, during a […]

Pulwama villagers decry night raids, harassment; police deny

Pulwama villagers decry night raids, harassment; police deny

Pulwama: ‘State terror’ has returned to haunt villages in Pulwama, after a brief respite in the winter. Midnight knocks on doors, noises coming from the darkness outside, and men in uniform with guns dragging away boys from their beds, are happening all over again across this south Kashmir district. Living next to a graveyard in […]

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