Bombs Target Karbala Pilgrims, Scores Killed

BAGHDAD:  Back-to-back explosions tore through tents housing Shia pilgrims in the holy city of Karbala and in nearby southern Iraqi city Thursday resulting in the death of at least 43 people, reports  said. Reports say the victims of the bombings included women and children. The attacks in Hillah began with a roadside bombing near tents […]

Srinagar-Leh Highway Closed After Snowfall

SRINAGAR – The 434-km Srinagar-Leh National highway was closed for traffic as high altitude areas of Kashmir Valley, including the famous ski resort of Gulmarg, experienced the first heavy snowfall of the season, officials said on Thursday. Heavy snowfall along the Line of Control (LoC) since last evening also prompted authorities to suspend traffic on […]

How many deaths will it take…

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. ~ Prof Howard Zinn, leading historian and author The air was laden with a hint of festivity. Two friends, let us call them Amin and Javed, woke up to a frosty February morning unsure of what the day had in store for […]

Iran Equips Navy with New Hovercrafts

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran equipped its Navy fleets with two new hovercrafts Wednesday morning, one of which enjoys missile launching capabilities. In a ceremony attended by Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas, hovercrafts BH7 which had been overhauled by local experts and SRNX whose Iranian name is […]

Indefinite Curfew Clamped In Old Srinagar

SRINAGAR – Authorities on Wednesday evening clamped indefinite curfew on a major chunk of Old Srinagar following group clashes in downtown. The order was issued by the district magistrate late in the evening when several areas had been seething throughout the day over police raids and arrests, and insults to holy names. Areas under the […]

Geelani, Mirwaiz, Agha Flay Latest Insult, Urge Unity

SRINAGAR (ONS) – Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Agha Syed Hassan on Wednesday reacted strongly against the latest attack on the religious sentiments of Muslims, saying that this was a traditional tactic of anti-Islam forces. The leaders said that public anger and outrage over such episodes was inevitable, and appealed for restraint […]

CRPF Man Killed, 3 Injured

SRINAGAR (KNS) – A Central Reserve Police Force trooper was killed Tuesday midnight near his camp at Bemina Bypass on the city outskirts. Quoting CRPF spokesman, Sudhir Kumar, KMN said, some gunshots rattled the outlying city area at 2.30 a.m. on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday near the camp of Force’s 73rd battalion (E […]

A’nag Killings: HC Orders Transfer Of Case From CJM

SRINAGAR (KMN) – Taking a serious note of the alleged nonchalance in implementing its interim directions in the case pertaining to the killing of two youth in firing at Anantnag in September 2010, the High Court on Wednesday ordered transfer of the case out of the chief judicial magistrate’s court.  According to report circulated by […]

Nearly 20 Rounded Up In Old City Raids

“Fathers Picked Up For Sons, Families Beaten” SRINAGAR (ONS) – Over a score of youth were rounded up by the police in nocturnal raids in the old city on Tuesday on charges of stone-pelting, reports said. Locals took to the streets during the night, accusing the police of harassment, ransacking and violence, even as many […]

Anti-US, Israel Protests Rock City

SRINAGAR (ONS) – Protests over insults to holy names continued for the second day in several parts of Kashmir, with demonstrators burning tyres on roads and shouting slogans against the US and Israel. Many areas in North Kashmir remained shut down today after a wave of anger over the outrage had blocked traffic on three […]

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