MMM calls for shut down on Thursday

SRINAGAR: Appealing people to follow the protest calendar for achieving the goal of return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, Mutahida-Majlis-e-Mashawart (MMM), a united forum of separatists, on Sunday issued a fresh protest calendar for next week and called for complete shutdown on Thursday. In a statement issued today, MMM has asked […]

Will Delhi Change?

Three months on from the brutal gang rape and torture of a 23 year old woman which sparked national outrage and placed the spotlight firmly on New Delhi’s horrendous culture of violence against women, I spoke to three female journalists who have spent time living and working in the capital. I wanted to find out […]

Book Review: The Kashmir Shawl

Synopsis: It is the eve of 1941 and World War II is engulfing the globe.  Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Britain to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India, but when he leaves her in the exotic lakeside city of Srinagar to take on a complicated mission elsewhere, she discovers a new world. […]

Langoorvalas of Delhi

Last month  as I passed by the Defence Ministry, I saw people clustered on a sidewalk and I caught a glimpse of a monkey. I stopped and saw three people making two langurs fight with each other. As soon as they saw me, two of the men ran and so did the government employees who […]

Delay in Works Due to Non Clearance Of Bills: JKCCCC

SRINAGAR: Hitting back at the government, the Valley based contractors Saturday claimed that the government owes them bills worth Rs 200 crore and delayed release of funds was the main reason for delay in development works. General Secretary, the Jammu and Kashmir Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC), Farooq Ahmad Dar, also alleged that Jammu and […]

Measures reviewed for Upcoming tourist Season

SRINAGAR: A high level meeting was today convened under the Chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr. Shailendra Kumar to discuss the measures being taken to create the conducive atmosphere for the tourist inflow to the Kashmir Valley during ensuing tourist season. The Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Mr. A.G. Mir, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Mr. Farooq […]

J&K produces 917 MT Cocoons annually: Mir

JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir while replying to a question by Jehangir Hussain Mir informed the House that State produces 917.5 MT of cocoons annually. The Minister said about 6840 hectares area is under Sericulture, of which 828 hectares is under departmental nurseries, farms and blocks. The Minister said that the Sericulture in […]

HDFC Bank launches Chadura & Dooru branches

SRINAGAR: Continuing its expansion in the state of J&K, HDFC Bank, one of the premier banks in the country, opened two rural branches in Jammu & Kashmir. The new branches are located at Chadura in the Budgam District and Dooru Shahabad branch in the Anantnag District of J&K. HDFC Bank is the first new-generation private […]

CIA provides intelligence to Syrian rebels: Report

WASHINGTON: The US Central Intelligence Agency has been feeding information to rebel fighters in Syria to try to make them more effective against government troops, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Citing unnamed current and former US officials, the newspaper said the new CIA effort reflected a change in the administration’s approach that aims to […]

Syrians hold funeral for slain cleric

DAMASCUS: Syrians have held a funeral procession for the prominent Sunni cleric Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti who was killed in the suicide attack on a mosque in Damascus. On Saturday, Syrian mourners carried the coffin of al-Bouti and his grandson into historic Umayad mosque in the capital for funeral prayers before burying them in […]

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