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Remembering Dr B R Ambedkar on his death anniversary

Remembering Dr B R Ambedkar on his death anniversary

Opinion
December 6, 2021, marks the 65th death anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. BR Ambedkar breathed his last on December 6, 1956, in his sleep. People pay their tributes to him on this day every year which is also observed as the Mahaparinirvana Diwas. Parinirvana, regarded as one of the major principles as well as goals of Buddhism, is a Sanskrit term which means release or freedom after death. As per the Buddhist text Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the death of Lord Buddha at the age of 80 is considered as the original Mahaparinirvana. Ambedkar’s death anniversary is known as Mahaparinirvana Diwas because of his standing as a Buddhist leader. On October 14, 1956, at Nagpur, with 500,000 followers, Ambedkar, a member of the Mahar caste, which was ...
Elitism is Not the Answer to Populism: On ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ and Mistrust in Government

Elitism is Not the Answer to Populism: On ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ and Mistrust in Government

Opinion
While “anti-vaxxers” continue to clash with police in various European cities, a whole media discourse has been formulated around the political leanings of these angry crowds, describing them in matter-of-fact terms as conspiracy theorists, populists and right-wing fanatics. While it is true that populist, right-wing movements throughout Europe and elsewhere have actively exploited the anger, confusion and lack of trust in governments for years, it is still necessary to understand the roots of the mistrust, as opposed to readily contributing to the stifling division. A Gallup poll, published in 2013, revealed the extent of mistrust that Americans, for example, have in their own government, and the decline of that trust when compared to the previous year. According to the poll, only 10% of ...

Navin Choudhary inaugurates ‘Pashudhan Vyapar Mela’ at Lakhanpur

Business
KATHUA: Principal Secretary, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Navin Kumar Choudhary, today inaugurated ‘Pashudhan Vyapar Mela’ at RP Check post, Lakhanpur. Secretary, Cooperatives Department, Yasha Mudgal was the guest of honor on the occasion. Terming ‘Pashudhan Vyapar Mela’ being held every month at Lakhanpur as landmark decision, Naveen Choudhary said the step will help Jammu and Kashmir in a big way to achieve the target of becoming self sufficient in milk production. He said after the easing out of departmental schemes dairy sector witnessed gradual shift as over ten thousand new dairy units have been opened in last two years. He said ‘Pashudhan Vyapar Mela’ is aimed at to provide best breed of livestock within the territory of Jammu and Kashmir and to save time and money of the farmers ...

World Soil Day: Celebrations held at KVK Pulwama, soil cards distributed

Business
Pulwama: World Soil health Day was Celebrated at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)/ Extension Training Centre Malangpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday. The programme was organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)/ Extension Training Centre Malangpora and was inaugurated by Director Extension SKUST-K Dr Dil Mohammad Maqdoomi who was the chief guest on the occasion. On the occasion, Professor Dr Masrat Shafi, Scientists of KVK Pulwama and number of progressive farmers were present. Director Extension SKUST-K, Scientists from KVK Pulwama and others spoke on the occasion. Soil health cards were distributed among the farmers by Chief guest and other officials on the occasion, officials told Kashmir Reader. “This day is observed as world soil health day, it has been notice soil is losing i...

KVK Bandipora celebrates day

Business
BANDIPORA: World Soil Day is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the long-term management of soil resources. The Day was celebrated by the Kendra on 5th of December 2021 at the main hall of KVK in which 58 farmers and 14 students participated. On the occasion Director Extension SKUAST Kashmir, Prof. Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi said that soil resources are essential for humankind’s well-being and the sustainability of life on Earth and despite being very well aware of this fact, human beings threaten soil and soil resources through their unsustainable activities. Degradation of soil affects the production of food, leading to hunger and malnutrition. Dr Tariq Sultan, Scientist KVK Bandipora stressed on the need to conserve soil and prevent its ...

Director Agriculture Kashmir inaugurates camp at Shopian Mini Secretariat

Business
SHOPIAN: Agriculture Production & Farmers Welfare Department Kashmir today celebrated “World Soil Day” across the Kashmir Division. Besides holding functions at Zonal, Sub Divisional & District levels, a mega function was held here at Mini Secretariat Shopian. Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal inaugurated the function. Speaking on the occasion the Director Agriculture said that “World Soil Day ” is celebrated annually on 5th of December round the globe to highlight, pay attention and to address the issues and challenges confronting this finite natural resource. This year’s theme for World Soil Health Day is “Halt Soil Salinization, Boost Soil Productivity”. Director Agriculture Kashmir, enlightened the importance of soil for human survival. He said that “World S...

2nd Test: Ashwin turns it on as India aim for four day finish against NZ

Sports
MUMBAI: India’s middle-order worries going into South Africa series remained but that didn’t deter Ravichandran Ashwin from turning the heat on as his three quick blows left New Zealand tottering at 140 for five in pursuit of an impossible 540 on day three of the second Test. While Daryl Mitchell (60 off 92 balls) and Henry Nicholls (36 batting) added 73 runs for the fourth wicket, there is no denying that India in all likelihood will finish it early on the fourth day with Ashwin (3/27) looking menacing after every passing over. What will hurt New Zealand team most in this defeat is the fact that this is the game where one of its own — Ajaz Patel, equalled the world record and grabbed a match-haul of 14 wickets, something that no one has ever done against India in Test cricket. The tall Mi...

Delivery to dismiss Ross Taylor was dream ball for any bowler: Mohammed Siraj

Sports
MUMBAI: India pacer Mohammed Siraj termed the delivery that got Ross Taylor out a “dream” for any bowler because of its perfect execution. Siraj played a key role in New Zealand getting bowled out for 62 in their first innings as he got three top order wickets in quick succession in his opening spell on the second day of the second Test. Asked about the delivery to Taylor, Siraj said, “The plan was that we had set field for an inswing delivery and was aim to hit the pads but the way I was building my rhythm, I thought why not bowl an outswing. It was a dream delivery for any fast bowler.” Siraj had split his webbing during the first T20 International against New Zealand in Jaipur and was out of action since then. He was overlooked with senior pacer Ishant Sharma getting a chance in the ope...

Indian women’s team returns from Brazil, sets up camp in Kerala

Sports
NEW DELHI: Having returned from Brazil after participating in a four-nation tournament, the Indian women’s team has now set up camp in Kochi, where it is training for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup. The Asian Cup is set to take place in India — Mumbai and Pune — from January 20 to February 6. India faced the likes of Brazil, Chile and Venezuela in Manaus, which is something that has helped the girls earn valuable experience, said head coach Thomas Dennerby after the team started its pre-tournament camp in Kochi on Sunday. “We have learned a lot during the three matches in Brazil. The biggest learning was that the players know the level we are trying to reach, both technically and tactically. Another key aspect that we have concentrated on is decision making,” said Dennerby. “For those of us wh...

Sindhu settles for silver in BWF World Tour Finals

Sports
BALI: Indian badminton ace P V Sindhu settled for a silver medal at the BWF World Tour Finals after going down meekly against Korean teen sensation An Seyoung in the summit clash, here on Sunday. Sindhu, the reigning world champion and two-time Olympic medallist, could neither match the pace nor breach the defence of the world number six Korean, losing 16-21 12-21 in the 40-minute lop-sided clash. It was Sindhu’s third successive loss — all straight games — to the Korean in as many meetings. With this victory, An Seyoung became the first ever South Korean woman to win the season-ending title. It was also her third straight title in Bali, following wins at the Indonesia Masters and Indonesia Open in the last two weeks. Making her third final appearance in the year-end tournament, world numb...