Youth sets self on fire To Protest Muharram Procession Ban

SRINAGAR – A Kashmiri youth  set himself on fire to protest a police ban on religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram in Srinagar. Police said Friday that the man suffered minor injuries and has been detained. During Muharram, Shiite Muslims commemorate the seventh century martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) […]

Death As Deterrent?

The death penalty carried out the other day on the sole surviving member of the 26/11 attack squad is neither the “strong message” it is supposed to be, nor compensation for the myriad sub-continental flaws which leave it so vulnerable to such outrages. As pointed out by those who know, Britain and France, which do […]

Chipping At Clichés

Chief minister Omar Abdullah’s statement the other day about Kashmir’s tourist boom, normalcy and the Kashmir issue is yet another indication of one side willing to break free of clichés and hackneyed interpretations. This regardless of the fact that New Delhi has lost no chance to reverse whatever incremental gains Mr Abdullah may have made […]

1 Die, 11 Injured In Road Mishaps In Valley

SRINAGAR (ONS) – One person died and 11 others were injured in different road accidents across the Valley, police on Friday said. A Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK01J/0542 hit and injured two pedestrians Abdul Rehman Dar son of Fateh Mohammad and Mst. Rehti wife of Abdul Rehman Dar resident of Dangerpora Malbagh at Ellahi-Bagh […]

An act of constitutional impropriety

MADABHUSHI SRIDHAR By not informing Ajmal Kasab of his right to seek a judicial review of the rejection of his mercy petition, the UPA government has committed a serious wrong The hurried and secretive hanging of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab is both an administrative wrong and a constitutional impropriety. The Manmohan Singh government and the […]

Mobile phone services suspended in Karachi and Quetta

KARACHI – Mobile phone services were suspended Friday in Karachi and Quetta from 1pm to midnight on the directives of Federal Minister Rehman Malik in light of security concerns during 8th Muharram processions, DawnNews reported. Malik added that the mobile phone services would also remain suspended in Sector G-9 of the federal capital Islamabad between […]

Curfew in parts of Srinagar

SRINAGAR – Authorities have clamped an undeclared curfew in parts of Srinagar and placed veteran Shia leader Maulana Abbas Ansari under house arrest to stop a traditional Muharram procession today.  The restrictions have been imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of five police stations of Srinagar. Police sources said the commercial nerve centre […]

SC Asks JK Govt to Pave Amarnath Track With Cement Tiles

SRINAGAR (KNS) – The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to pave the passage from Panchtarni to Amarnath  cave with pre-fabricated cement tiles to ensure that pilgrims do not slip on the way. A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar also said that side support too be provided […]

NC-Congress to Fight 2014 Elections Jointly: Omar

‘Had we not made mistake of not fighting together, PDP would be non-existent’  SRINAGAR (KNS) – Stressing upon coordination between National Conference and Congress workers for the coalition candidates’ victory in the upcoming Legislative Council elections, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said fighting the LC elections jointly was a preparation for contesting the 2014 elections […]

ANC Merger into NC on Cards: Kamal

‘Dr Farooq convinces reluctant Omar’ SRINAGAR (KNS) – Confirming media reports about merger of Awamin National Conference (ANC) into the National Conference, NC additional general secretary Mustafa Kamal said the National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah has given a green signal to the merger. However, Kamal said the party’s working president and Chief Minister Omar […]