Caught Between Clerics, Media, ‘Band’ Calls It A Day

SRINAGAR: After a bizarre turn of events, driven by the media and outlandish views by clerics with nothing better to do, three guitar-strumming schoolgirls are said to have called it a day. Dubbed as a “rock band” this small group of innocuous youngsters is understood to have become targets of hate mail on the internet […]

Swine Flu Scare: Patient Dies At SKIMS

SRINAGAR: A swine flu patient breathed his last at the SKIMS here on Monday, anxiety gripping his native locality in the Tulla Mulla area of Gandarbal. The condition of Ghulam Hassan Wani had gone undiagnosed on three successive visits to the SKIMS – where, incidentally, he was an employee – after first complaining of running […]

Highway Closed After Rains, Snow

SRINAGAR: Landslides triggered by heavy rains and snowfall have closed the Srinagar-Jammu, the Kashmir’s Valley lone supply line. Authorities closed the highway after landslides at Ramsu and Ramban, and snowfall in Qazigund, Banihal and the Jawahar Tunnel, reports said. Rains were still on in the tract and more landslides could not be ruled out, traffic […]

Plunder of Badarwah Forests Apace As Inquiry Fails To Take Off

SRINAGAR: Along with many such tracts in Jammu and Kashmir, the picturesque Badarwah region too is a victim of rampant illegal felling of forests, allegedly in connivance with government officials.   Confronted with photographs and video clips of the illicit operation, the principal chief conservator of forests in Jammu and Kashmir, Vinod Ranjan, said that […]

Kashmir band politics: A reality check

The mainstream media tends to be a bit more sophisticated in such cases but often mechanically reflects popular prejudices to strengthen stereotypes. Disproportionate attention to the Kashmiri band story is a case in point and in contrast to how, for instance, the shameful police rampage in Maharashtra’s Dhule town and killing of six youth in […]

Habit Of Hafta

If an early-morning sight of streets in most of Srinagar, particularly downtown markets, is an indication, citizens of the summer capital are totally devoid of a sense of responsibility towards their city, and display what can only be described as abundant lack of self-respect. It is an everyday scene: lanes, streets-corners, roads along strings of […]