Evolution of the transportation system in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, like other parts of the world, developed slowly following patterns of planning in the state. One of the important factors of development is the communications i.e. transport system. In the pre-1947 era the system was very slow. Reportedly there were very limited roads of bad quality and frequency of modern means of […]

Chadoora-Who Won, Who Lost?

The recent militant attack on a Police party in Chadoora main market has once illustrated the proclivity of militants for shoot-outs in crowded places. In this attack, besides a Station House Officer (SHO) being killed and two policemen suffering injuries, bullets fired by the militants also wounded three shopkeepers. While this is certainly not an […]

Tehelka’s Fall: Will The Indian Media Hold The Mirror Up To Itself?

Eight years ago I remember listening to Tarun Tejpal in Bangalore as he held forth on how the news media could change the world for the better. It was a gathering of journalism students from Catholic institutions around the country and Tejpal was impressive in his defence of media freedoms. He was passionate, charismatic, extremely […]

SHO Killed, 6 Injured in Chadura Militant Attack

SRINAGAR: Station House Officer (SHO) was killed and six people, including three police personnel, were injured in a militant strike outside Chadura police station on Monday. Police sources said that at least three militants appeared in Chadura market Monday afternoon and fired upon a police party, headed by Station House Officer Shabir Ahmed. “SHO was […]

Fierce encounter rages on in Handwara

SRINAGAR: A fierce encounter  broke out between militants and army at Rajwar in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Monday. Reports reaching here said that acting on a tip off, a joint team of Army’s 21 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group (SOG) of police cordoned off Ganie Mohala of Rajpora in Rajwar sector of Handwara on […]

Geelani a ‘Dream Merchant’: Omar

MLA blames Police Official for low gathering SOPORE: Without naming Syed Ali Geelani, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said that people of Sopore have attached themselves with a person who could never fulfil their wishes.   “That man (Geelani) is a ‘dream merchant’ who exploited people of Sopore on the name of freedom and Self-Determination. […]

Article 370 No Babri Masjid: Mehbooba

SRINAGAR: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said Article 370 cannot be scrapped. “It is this Article which connects Jammu and Kashmir with rest of the India and if it is scraped then accession with India automatically becomes redundant,” the PDP president told reporters at her residence in Gupkar. Mehbooba observed that […]

JKLF Condemns Mistreatment With Malik in Delhi

SRINAGAR: If Delhi gets upset due to our presence there, it should formally introduce the law that would prevent the people of Kashmir from visiting Indian capital. Only due to the person’s political ideology, he was thrown out of the hotel along with his family, including 18 month old daughter, a JKLF statement said here […]

Protest in Kupwara against SSRB

KUPWARA:  Scores of graduates and post-graduate students Monday staged a massive protest against Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) for including blue-eyed persons in teacher list in lieu of hefty bribe. According to reports, two years before SSRB had conducted tests for the post of teachers in Frontier District Kupwara. Hundreds of graduates and post-graduate candidates […]

Arresting Sallahudin will worsen situation: Kamal

SRINAGAR:  Stating that National Investigating Agency (NIA) chase to arrest Syed Sallah-u-Din will prove counterproductive, National Conference additional general secretary Dr Mustafa Kamal Monday said the move will create a situation which will go out of control for New Delhi. “On the one hand Home Minster of the country has declared that any militant who […]