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SRINAGAR: Choosing the right career option is the most vital decision for all of us. Most of the people  goes through  a dilemma of the choosing the career after the completion of education from college and universities  the reason for this is less geographical reach, limited mindset, and the reluctant nature of the people of Kashmir.  Lack of awareness and counseling facilities on employment perspective is evident.  

After the completion of studies, the youth are desperate for Government jobs results in saturation in the number of students which results in unemployment crisis, and resulting in the mental pressure, anxiety, and depression in the youth.  There is  large   employment   potential  in the state of  Jammu and Kashmir  especially in Kashmir division in the field of  animal husbandry , agriculture ,    entrepreneurship,  IT  sector, music , art …. The need is to make proper counseling of the youth to pursue their career.

While talking to KNB  Rayees  Mohidin  a mimicry  artist said, “I was from childhood inclined towards art of mimicry as I used to make mimicry  of people at  college , university seminars  got exposure, and appreciation ,at university level I made the mind to make it as a career option,  parents initially  hesitated but gradually ,they started to support me, nowadays we are seeing  change in society as    the young talented  people are attracted towards the singing ,dancing ,Rapp… some people are still shy and reluctant ,I would suggest them the things are changing  and perspective of society is changing ,if u have something unique which others cannot do, you can upload a video on social media ,you do not where u can reach’’

Various new talented people  like are coming from the every corner of the valley  and showing their talent in field of music ,Art and Acting ,making  it as  source of income .Technology has changed the perspective of  working in offices and institutions ,the social media can be use  a platform to  show their talent through different channels like youtube, facebook. A young talented Singer Nargis Khatoon while speaking to Kashmir News Bureau said, “If we have talent, then show to People and Youtube and Facebook are big platform which can be utilized.”

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JAMMU: Successful performance of "Vasansi Jirnani" done on December 12 and 13 at K.L Sehgal Hall Jammu. Vasansi Jirnani is a play in Hindi written by Mahesh Elkunchwar translated by Ramesh Mehta and Directed by Sangeet Natak Academy awardee Mushtaq Kak. The play was presented by Unison Cultural Troupe in collaboration with Amateur Theatre Group.

The story of Vasansi Jirnani tells about complex intrapersonal relationship that a family shares. The play starts where Baba who is head of the family is on death bed and waiting for Raghunath to release him from his plight. Whole family is waiting for the last moment, the pretensions in familial relationships are slowly uncovering.

The long wait before the final moment reveals major truths about Baba's life as well as the characters perception of each other. Actors who participated in the performance are Mridul Raj Anand, Dr. Payal Arora, Bindiya Tikoo, Mehak Ali, Aayan Ali and Aman Sangral. Mohit Purie and Sandeep Verma was assistant director. Mohit Singh Chib was production Manager and Harsh was Costume and property in charge.

 

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  • Pashmina Industry needs Transparency and Openness to help the Communities at the bottom of the Pyramid

JAMMU: Today a global campaign was launched to spread awareness and bring in Transparency in the Authentic Pashmina Eco System of J&K and India by it’s founder Henna Babar. Speaking at the launch she explained that the Pashmina Industry of J&K employs lakhs of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is therefore one of the key economic driver of the state. The industry needs a campaign to ensure that the communities that are linked to this authentic eco-system are saved from exploitation. Henna along with Babar Afzal, has been advocating for long term strategic and sustainable growth for the entire authentic Pashmina industry in the global marketplace.

They have been working to bring experts from media, fashion, business, wildlife, ecology, environment, economics and politics and also engage with Governments and policy leaders, to provide the optimum outcomes for the economic and cultural future of the Pashmina industry. Henna explained that the campaign #WhoMadeMyPashmina is a part of the bigger vision that is poised to be a global movement of people who are the consumers of Pashmina in India and across the world. Anyone who has every bought a Pashmina or plans to buy in the future should become a part of this campaign. Speaking at the launch she asked, “Have you ever wondered who made your Pashmina ?

How much they’re paid, and What their lives are like ?” The Pashmina we wear goes on a long journey before it hits store shelves, passing through the hands of Pashmina goat herders, nomads, spinners, weavers, dyers, craft men and craft women across all the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Lakhs of people work directly and indirectly to make pashmina (including women). However, the majority of the people who makes Pashmina for the global market live in poverty and unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation and working in unsafe and extreme climatic conditions, with very little earnings. This community suffers because there is no pressure from the consumers who have the power to change the future of these communities by asking tough questions.

She stated that social media with its power and reach can change the future of a very large community and asked everyone to become a part of the campaign. Today everyone has a social media account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Only if people start adding a hashtag #WhoMadeMyPashmina to their posts when they share anything related to Winters, Pashmina, Weddings, Shopping etc. it would get more and more people become a part of a bigger conversation, thereby bring attention of a global audience to this industry. Henna is also the Co-founder of Pashmina Goat Project that believes in a Pashmina industry that values people, planet, creativity and profit in equal measure and that positive change starts with transparency, traceability and openness. She explained that it is impossible for us to make sure human rights across the Pashmina Eco-System are respected and that environmental practices are sound without knowing where our products are made, who is making them and under what conditions.