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SRINAGAR: Eight police personnel were injured after some terrorists in their cowardly act, hurled a grenade at Tehsil office in Pulwama. Eight police personnel of IRP 18th Bn who were identified as ASI Mohammad Shafi Chowdery resident of Rajouri, HC Ghulam Nabi Wagay resident of Khaigam Shopian, HC Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat resident of Ganderbal, HC Jagdesh Raj resident of Kathua, SgCT Bilal Ahmad Mir resident of Khansahib Budgam, SgCT Mohammad Ishaq Shah resident of Hariparigam Tral, Ct Mushtaq Ahmad resident of Gundpora Tral and Ct Farooq Ahmad Mir resident of Tral received minor injuries. The injured were shifted to District Hospital Pulwama for treatment where from two of them ASI Mohammad Shafi and HC Ghulam Nabi were shifted to 92 Base hospital Badamibagh for further treatment.

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SRINAGAR: On 19 January, 1990, there was a black day for Kashmiri Pandit community as they remember it as a day of Exodus. And after that the Kashmiri Pandits became refugees in different parts of country. The hope of Kashmiri Pandit community back to their motherland is still high. One can call it big tragedy without doubt.

 

Kusum Kaul, a Media professional and entrepreneur living In Western state of Gujarat and Prominent face of Pandit community states -" Humans survive on hope, so are Kashmiri Pandits. I feel some day we will return to the valley, provided support from Pakistan state stops completely, in terms of finance, brainwashing young Kashmiri Muslims and luring them in the garb of religion . Local Kashmiri Muslims have to built bridges for pundits and vice versa from pundit community also . Indian govt has to change its approach towards Kashmir and involve local intellect in the peace process. The action has to be taken at all levels, then only I see return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley , who have been wandering homeless since  28 years."

A prominent Kashmiri youth, Muzamil Maqbool, Consultant World Bank Bangladesh states -"First of all, On behalf of myself and my community, I apologize for what so ever happened. The incident was shameful and even can't be described.  We all share same culture, ethnicity, backgrounds and diversity of thousands of years. In Kashmir, We coexist. We are one. There should not be any Kp or Km. We should be known to the entire world as Kashmiris. I am sure it would add essence to the brotherhood in Kashmir if they will return back. We can't change the unfortunate past, Whatever happened back in 90's, I feel sorry for that and I even can't fit in the shoes of those who suffered  and politics divided us further. The gap is huge and I totally understand but I must say, Let us begin the new journey together of love, Peace, Happiness and Coexistence. Let's be one again. Let's erase our bitter past and write our new future together." 

Meanwhile on the 28th anniversary of Kashmiri Pandith communities migration from Kashmir Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq once again appealed to them to return to their roots , their homeland Kashmir. Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir will welcome them with warmth and open arms. 

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SRINAGAR: Over the years, Kashmir valley has been facing a prolonged electricity crisis. The situation only worsens during the long winter months as the demand for electricity predictably jumps up. And despite tall promises by successive governments, there hasn't been any improvement in this scenario. So to create a broader dialogue on this pertinent issue, The Kashmir Institute - a Kashmir based think-tank, is currently conducting a survey on the crisis in the region and also organizing a public dialogue next month. The public dialogue will have diverse eminent experts on the issue discussing all the concerns, causes and remedies of the crisis. The data of the survey and the proceedings of the debate will be formulated into a comprehensive report with recommendations, to be released later.

 

Many experts and locals argue that the electricity deficit Kashmir valley faces is not only due to the continuing hegemony of National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) over the majority of hydel-power projects, but also the inability and indecision on part of the state government to upgrade vital distribution infrastructure despite adequate funding made available by the central government under the RAPDRP scheme up to the tune of nearly 2200 crores.

While the progress of the RAPDRP scheme in certain districts of the Jammu province has been ranging between 30-50%, with around 15-35% funds being released; the progress in the districts in Kashmir province has been shockingly dismal. In a lot of districts in Kashmir valley, the tendering process is yet to be completed while due to faulty tendering a lot of districts are seeing absolutely no tenders for the scheme. The state's transmission and distribution losses would have been drastically reduced by more than 400MWs, if the RAPDRP scheme was implemented in timely manner, ensuring a significant improvement in the power scenario.

The ruling People’s Democratic Party in its "Agenda of Alliance" had, in fact, proposed the transfer of 390-MW Dulhasti and 290-MW Uri hydro-power projects from the NHPC to the state, but that hasn't happened even after three-years of PDP-BJP government. The state government has also wasted three years in re-tendering the vital 850MW Ratle 2 power project, which has been initiated only now. With the state’s energy needs expected to double over the next five years, the power crisis could potentially only worsen unless some drastic measures are undertaken by the government.

In the past, The Kashmir Institute has discussed issues like the "Impact of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor," role of arts in a society and has recently launched valley wide workshop series on "Emotional Well-being and Stress Management" while also reflecting and analyzing the impact of the conflict on youth's mental health.

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