Representatives of Kashmir

Dear Editor, Majority of Kashmir is de facto under India’s control. India being a secular country, accession to India helped its cause. Ground realities in Kashmir have definitely changed, and are not the same now as in 1948 and 1952. Pakistan has altered the demographics of the portion of occupied Kashmir, and also annexed parts […]

Pakistan’s Kashmir Policy

There are around 195 States and more than 800 nations in the world today. People of the State of Jammu and Kashmir have upped their claim as a nation as well. Up until August 1947 at the time of a Stand Still Agreement proposed to both India and Pakistan, the people of the State had […]

Delayed And Denied

A union home ministry “advisory” under P Chidambaram, trumpeting constitutional rights and equality of Indian citizens in asking state governments not to harass Kashmiris working or studying outside Jammu and Kashmir, must have been issued merely for forms sake, given that three successive governments here had been persistently flagging the issue. Even as the “advisory” […]

Indigenous Inhibitions

The unintended consequences of upward social mobility can plunge Kashmir into a serious predicament, difficult – perhaps impossible – to resolve if present trends continue unchecked. The phenomenon is remarkable given the scale of unemployment here, and could lead to acute social and economic distortions. At the seminal level, the development reflects gross misconceptions widely […]

Desperate Kashmiri Mother Goes Online To Rescue Jailed Innocent Son

SRINAGAR  – With her son in jail for the past six years for a crime she says he never committed, Mahmooda Akhtar has signed on to a global online petition platform to secure his release. At 55, the grieving mother has already exhausted all options and resources fighting for Muhammad Rafiq Shah, jailed for the […]

CERC To Squeeze Overdrawn Power Dues From JK Plan Funds

Imposes Rs 1 Lakh Penalty On PDD Principal Secretary SRINAGAR (ONS)  – Rejecting Jammu and Kashmir government’s plea liquidate the unscheduled interchanges (UI) power dues of Rs 427.35 crore in five years, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed it to clear the outstanding by this month end failing which the Union Finance Ministry has been […]

Banks Loan Recovery Attitude Harsh: KEA

‘Humanize RBI Guidelines For Kashmir’ SRINAGAR – Expressing concern over the attitude of valley-based banks towards their borrowers, the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), Sunday asked them to understand their social responsibilities in the turmoil-hit region. In a statement, the KEA spokesman, while appreciating the commercial considerations of banks, said the banks seeking private deposits and […]

Pvt Schools Hike Fee By 20 Per Cent, Parents Aghast

SRINAGAR – With the onset of the new academic session in Kashmir, missionary and other private schools have hiked students’ fees by a hefty 20 per cent at one go, violating clear government directives. Complaints are pouring in from parents of what they term as extortion by school managements who have levied large amounts as […]

Guv Okays Khoda’s Nomination as CVC

‘Jerath, Khan to be appointed as VCs’ SRINAGAR (KNS) – More than five months after a high power panel recommended names for constitution of the State Vigilance Commission (SVC), Governor, N N Vohra has finally given approval to the appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and two Vigilance Commissioners (VCs) to the commission, reliable […]

Roti To Cost More As Bakers Sound Bugle

SRINAGAR (ONS) – Bakers have warned to hike roti prices on their own if the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department fails to notify revised rate lists within two days. “We have been discussing the issue with the director of the department for the past three months, but he has been stalling us,” the […]

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