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A 23-year-old girl has become the first Kashmiri to develop an Android application 'Dial Kashmir' with over 500 contacts of government and private departments — a one stop source for ‘essential information’ reports, The Hindu.

 ‘Dial Kashmir’ contains important contacts of different departments, officials and public utilities and would be of immense help to the locals and tourists alike, says Mehvish Mushtaq, who holds a Bachelors (B.E.) in Computer Science.

“I felt a need to develop such an application because unlike outside where there are many apps and websites which contain such information, Kashmir had none. ‘Dial Kashmir’ would provide information easily to the people here. There are many users of Android platform-based mobile phones here,” Ms. Mehvish, a resident of uptown Barzulla in Srinagar, told PTI.

Ms. Mehvish claims that the application has witnessed an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 with a thousand plus downloads on Google Play.

She did an online course on Android application designing in January and put together her skills and desire to develop a “helpful Kashmir centric application”. With an “actually, I can” attitude — as her display picture on Facebook suggests, she proceeded to develop ‘Dial Kashmir’.

“I did this online course at the end of which I had to develop something, as part of the project. It took me about 2 weeks to develop this application,” she said.

‘Dial Kashmir’ provides users detailed information like addresses, phone numbers and email ids of various essential services and other departments in Kashmir. It is a one stop source for information on healthcare, education, transport, police and so many others and one does not need to surf through internet pages, official websites and directories,” she said.

A music lover and an ardent Atif Aslam fan, Ms. Mehvish says technology fascinates her and her love for “anything-tech” was the sole inspiration behind her “dream of developing something which would help the people of my native place”.

Ms. Mehvish, who did her B.E from SSM College of Engineering and Technology in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, says girls in Kashmir are “second to none” and “can achieve anything“.

“We just have to keep a dream alive and start working towards realising it. We are second to none and once we set on something, we can achieve it,” she said.