Getting Passport in Kashmir

This refers to the news item in the Kashmir Observer, “Orphan Girl Gets US Scholarship, Police Denies Passport”. Passport is a fundamental right which is virtually denied to every Kashmiri as the police verification is so cumbersome that many don’t apply at all. The least a totalitarian state within democratic India (that is J&K) can […]

Seminar Discusses Saffron Adulteration Menace

SRINAGAR: A seminar ‘KONG POSH- Fight Against Counterfeiting and Smuggling’ was held here today to increase awareness among the masses and saffron growers to fight against the menace of counterfeiting and smuggling. The seminar was organised by FICCI-CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) in collaboration with Space Communications and was inaugurated […]

Indian funeral pyres and incense ‘melting Himalayan glaciers’

Funeral pyres and temple incense are responsible for nearly a quarter of carbon emissions from India and Nepal, study claims Holy smoke from Hindu funeral pyres, Muslim cemeteries and Buddhist temples accounts for almost a quarter of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming on the Indian subcontinent and the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, […]

Liquor Trade in Srinagar : Govt Given 15 Day Ultimatum

SRINAGAR:  Socio-religious organization Anjuman-i-Ulmai Ahnaf (AUA) Wednesday threatened to launch an agitation if liquor trade in Srinagar city was not be stopped within two weeks. Majlis-e-Shura meeting of AUA was held in Srinagar that was presided over by Chairman AUA Maulana Akhzar Hussain. During the meeting it was resolved that if liquor shops in Batwara […]

Hurriyat (M) welcomes LOC de-escalation

SRINAGAR: While welcoming the decision aimed at de-escalation in tension on borders, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday called upon India and Pakistan to start a result-oriented meaningful dialogue on Kashmir dispute between all the stake holders which includes genuine leadership of Kashmir as well. This was remarked by the Hurriyat (M) executive council members at […]

Malik flays slapping of PSA on Zahoor

Srinagar: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Mohammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the arrest and slapping of black law PSA on Zahoor Ahmad Bhat (JKLF leader and younger brother of father of Kashmiri Nation Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat). Zahoor Ahmad Bhat was arrested a few days back and after slapping PSA on him has been […]

PDP’s trifurcation just a matter of time: Rana

JAMMU:  Anticipating trifurcation of Peoples Democratic Party ahead of 2014 elections, Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday said that the process has already begun with its senior functionaries deserting the party as was predicted by him a year back. “PDP is suffering from crisis of faith with its patron publicly sending wavering […]

KU’s DLL to launch course in Civil Aviation Management

SRINAGAR: At a time when the jobs in government sector have dried up, the Directorate of Lifelong Learning, University of Kashmir is all set to launch Certificate Course in Civil Aviation Management in its upcoming academic session – a course that will attract aviation stakeholders to hire young professionals here. The DLL is developing and […]

Govt Likely to Shun Property Tax Proposal

Law Minister returns file, shows serious reservations  SRINAGAR: The state government is likely to defer imposition of much hyped property tax proposal in Jammu and Kashmir at least till elections next year are over. Sources in the government revealed that the minister for law and parliamentary affairs has raised serious objections over setting up of a board […]

PIL Against Pepper, Pellet Gun Use Dismissed

SRINAGAR: The Division Bench of J&K High Court today dismissed public interest litigation filed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq that had challenged the use of pepper gas and pellet guns in mob management. Division bench comprised of Chief Justice, Mr. Justice M.M. Kumar, and Mr. Justice Ali Mohammad Magray.  The respondent-State contended that the instant petitions […]

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