Maulana Mustafa Ansari – A Scholar of Reason

An erudite scholar, Maulana Mustafa Hussain Ansari would always stress the importance of rational thought in a removing cobwebs of ignorance and modernising Muslim society. Born on March 21, 1945 in Srinagar, Maulana Mustafa Hussain Ansari went on to become one of the top religious scholars of Kashmir till date. One of the best orators, […]

Hum Sab Maange ‘Azaadi’?

“Azaadi”, I heard this during a discussion on Kashmir, held in the capital city. Infact, for a few hours, it was all that I heard of. People were talking about it, arguing for it and more importantly, “demanding” it. I was present in the audience, keenly listening to the “arguments”, taking them in, not because […]

Death of Pashmina Goats: Grand Mufti Concerned

SRINAGAR: Criticizing Menaka Gandhi for allegedly defaming Kashmiris all over the world for calling them ‘bear-eaters’ and getting Pashmina and Shahtosh banned, Grand Mufti Bashir-u-Din Ahmad today expressed shock over the death of more than 2600 Pashmina and Shahtosh yielding goats in Ladakh region. In a statement, Grand Mufti has said that more than 2600 […]

WG examining MRP fixation mechanism submits report

JAMMU- The Working Group (WG) constituted by the State Government to examine and recommend the mechanism of fixation of Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on consumer goods and drugs submitted its recommendations here today. The Working Group, headed by MLC, Mr. Ravinder Sharma, submitted the report to the Minister for CA&PD and Transport, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan […]

RS 100Cr Automatic Rolling Steel Plant at Rangreth in offing

BUDGAM- The District Development Commissioner, Budgam Mr. Khurshid Ahmad accompanied by team of the officers of industries and district administration today inspected the Industrial Estate, Ompora and Rangreth. The DDC was informed that the Industrial Estate, Ompora is spread over an area of 1008 kanals maintained by J&K SIDCO. The units inspected by him included […]

Fire in Russian psychiatric hospital kills 38

MOSCOW: Thirty-eight people, mostly psychiatric patients, were killed Friday in a fire that ravaged a hospital in the Moscow region, suffocating the victims as they slept behind barred windows. The deadly blaze raised new questions about security standards at Russia’s medical institutions, in particular psychiatric hospitals, after a string of fires in the last years.  […]

Hezbollah denies Israel’s drone claim

BEIRUT: The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has denied a claim by Israeli military officials that the movement had sent an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the occupied Palestinian territories. The Lebanese television Al-Manar made the announcement Thursday through a one-line statement flashed as an urgent news bar on its screen. Earlier in the day, the […]

Iraqi troops regain control of seized town

BAGHDAD:  Iraqi security forces have regained control of a town north of the capital Baghdad after gunmen who had seized the town agreed to withdraw without resistance. Iraqi authorities say soldiers backed by tanks entered the town of Sulaiman Bek in Salahuddin Province early on Friday after gunmen retreated under a deal mediated by tribal […]

Malik, 20 Others, Held On Way To Sopore

SRINAGAR: The chairman of the JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, was detained along with over a score of his associates near the northern township of Sopore on Friday, his party said. Malik and other leaders were held at Mirgund while heading to lead a protest rally in the town, and later taken to the local police […]

Tulip Garden closed for public

SRINAGAR: The Siraj Bagh Tulip Garden will remain closed for general public from April 28, 2013, Director Floriculture, Srinagar said here today. “Since the tulip bloom-2013 at Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Siraj Bagh, Cheshmashahi’s is over, as such, the garden will be closed for general public from Sunday”, he said.