Burgeoning Unemployment

Burgeoning Unemployment

One survey or the other across the globe presents a gloomy picture of unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, UK unemployment rose by 50,000 to 1.35 million in the three months to March when the effects of the pandemic started to hit the economy. However, in the context of J&K, there is no […]

New phase of lockdown  

New phase of lockdown  

The J&K government has announced the fourth phase of the lockdown and on expected lines, it will run till the end of this month. However, it represents a departure from the past three phases in the degree of the relaxations. The government has permitted resumption of many activities including opening of shops, private offices, limited […]

IMR Feat, Challenges

IMR Feat, Challenges

Significant gains are worth celebrating. Jammu and Kashmir’s infant mortality rate (IMR) has reduced from 52 (2005) to 22 (2018)—23 Rural and 20 Urban, according to the latest data released by the Registrar General of India in the SRS bulletin last week. The J&K’s IMR is significantly better when compared to the national level of […]

Rise In COVID-19 Cases

Rise In COVID-19 Cases

Jammu and Kashmir reported the first laboratory-confirmed novel coronavirus case on March 7 and in 72 days since, the tally of Covid-19 patients have crossed the 1200 mark. The graph has shown a steep rise recently as more than four hundred cases were added up last week or so alone. One of the reasons attributed to the […]

Separate MD, Chairman For J&K Bank

Separate MD, Chairman For J&K Bank

Almost 16 years after A S Ganguly Committee recommended bifurcation of the post of Managing Director and Chairman of the banks, Jammu and Kashmir government finally recognized the same need for Jammu and Kashmir Bank. On Friday, it approved the appointment of senior vice president of HDFC Bank Zubair Iqbal as the new managing director […]

Looming mental health crisis   

Looming mental health crisis   

As we inch closer to the third month of lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic, it has already taken a great toll on governments, health care systems, economies, organizations, and people across the globe.  By now we have some idea on how to count the people infected or killed by the pestilence. We can tally jobs […]

Avoid Industrial Mistakes

Avoid Industrial Mistakes

On Wednesday, a poor 17-year-old teenager from Budgam died at an industrial unit in Lessipora area of Pulwama district and leakage of some kind of gas is suspected to bring an immaturely end to a precious life. The incident went almost unnoticed even though it would mean manifold miseries to his family grappling poverty. It […]

Learning To Live With Virus

Learning To Live With Virus

As Jammu and Kashmir enters the final week of the extended lockdown, the number of coronavirus cases has seen a surge, mainly because of the inflow of the people from the J&K who were stranded in various parts of the country and elsewhere on the globe. The number of Covid-19 patients has mounted to 971—874 […]

Cent Percent RT-PCR Tests

Cent Percent RT-PCR Tests

The Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) is the gold standard frontline test for coronavirus (COVID-19), as per the health Ministry, Government of India. It has been preferred over rapid antibody test for varied reasons. RTPCR tests detect novel coronavirus from samples of throat or nasal swabs of people with symptoms or high-risk individuals who might […]

No highspeed internet for now

No highspeed internet for now

The Supreme Court has noted while it might be desirable and convenient to have better internet in the present circumstances amid a worldwide pandemic and a national lockdown, the fact that “outside forces are trying to infiltrate the borders and destabilize the integrity of the nation, as well as cause incidents resulting in the death […]