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Flood leaves behind trail of devastation in valley

As they start gradually coming out of the shock caused by a devastating flood the likes of which Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar had not seen even in 1893, the worst ever recorded so far, Kashmiris are now taking STOCK of their material losses.
Businesses have been shattered, agriculture has been devastated and families have been uprooted from their homes which might not be immediately livable, given the fact that winter is knocking at the Valley's door. Two thousand houses have been completely destroyed in the Valley. More than 20,000 have suffered partial damage.
This does not include those in Srinagar city that bore the brunt of the floods.
Losses to agriculture are now officially estimated to have crossed Rs.3,500 crore (nearly $60 million). TRADE and business losses in the city continue to be wild guess since most of the shops in the commercial hub of Residency Road, Lal Chowk, Badshan Chowk, Maisuma and Hari Singh High Street are still flooded.
The Kashmir Chamber of Comme…

'De-notified tribes victims of discrimination'

De-notified tribes in India are still treated as outsiders by the society and are victims of discrimination at the hands of the authorities, a study reveals.
The study on the educational status of de-notified tribes was conducted by  an NGO that works to empower women to resist and end sex trafficking. It analysed the education and societal status of de-notified tribes in six states - Delhi, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. The findings were shared as part of the NGO's "Terrace Talks" session.
According to the findings, many de-notified tribes practise inter-generational prostitution which is the extreme form of exploitation of young girls. The study said the communities, which include Sapera, Jogi, Kanjar and Gond, are victims of traditional stereotyping and are looked at with suspicion.
During the study, the team found that young women were seen as financial resources and often kept as security with brothel owners for a specified period against a spe…