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About Abrar
Abrar Mattoo is a journalist based in Kashmir valley. He is employed by The Daily Rising Kashmir which is the largest newspaper of Jammu and Kashmir.
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Explained: Climate change, earthquakes and hydropower in the Himalayas

12 May 2023  |  Eco-Business
Climate change and hydropower development in the Himalayas are contributing to an increase in complex disasters, such as earthquakes triggering landslides and glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). The Chenab valley in Jammu is experiencing reservoir-induced seismicity, with 13 earthquakes recorded in less than five days in August 2022. Glacial melt is accelerating due to rising temperatures and dark pollutants, leading to the formation of unstable glacial lakes. Experts warn that climate change is increasing slope instability, making the region more prone to rockfalls and landslides, which could lead to more complex disasters and hinder relief efforts, as observed during the Kashmir earthquake in 2005.

NCRB Report-Card, 2020: J&K records 15% surge in reported crime

05 Apr 2023  |  Kashmir Despatch
The National Crime Records Bureau's report for 2020 indicates a 15% increase in reported crimes in Jammu and Kashmir, with a nationwide surge of 28%. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Delhi were highlighted as the most crime-infested areas, while Sikkim, Manipur, and Nagaland had the lowest rates. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, including Ladakh, logged 29,314 criminal cases, with notable increases in crimes against women and a 25% rise in murder incidents. The report also showed a significant rise in domestic violence during the pandemic. The NCRB data does not account for unreported cases. A senior police officer suggested that the lockdown due to COVID-19 contributed to the crime rate increase. Experts fear that with economic challenges and rising communal tensions, crime rates in India may continue to climb, citing poverty, peer pressure, drugs, politics, religion, family conditions, and unemployment as contributing factors.

Launched in the year 2020, Birds of Kashmir, a birdwatching cum photography club has members from across the western Himalayan region, including Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. Though separated by border and ethnicity, the pass

Kashmir being one of the most beautiful places in the world is typically considered pristine, but not many know that the air quality in its capital city, Srinagar, is one of the worst in the world during winters.

Covid-19 Impact on J&K Schooling:2.5 M children out of schools since 25 months

24 Sep 2021  |  Kashmir Despatch
The article by Abrar A. Mattoo discusses the severe impact of Covid-19 on the education system in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), where over 2.5 million children have been out of school for 25 months. The pandemic has led to a global loss of 1.8 trillion hours of in-class learning, as reported by UNICEF. The article highlights the challenges faced by students in J&K due to prolonged school closures, initially triggered by the abrogation of the region's special status and then exacerbated by the pandemic. Parents and educators express concerns over the reliance on online learning, which they believe is inadequate for holistic child development and has led to increased screen time and reduced physical activity. The article also touches on the government's decision to reopen colleges and universities for vaccinated students, while the status of primary schools remains uncertain.

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