Bahrain Toughens Penalties for Insulting King

MANAMA: The king of Bahrain approved a law imposing a jail sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to 10,000 dinars ($26,500) for anyone who publicly insults him. King Hamad’s measure highlights the sensitivity of Bahrain and other Persian Gulf Arab states to criticism of senior officials and ruling family members […]

Saudi journalist jailed 12 years for ‘disobeying ruler’

BEIRUT: A journalist in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for “discrediting” the kingdom. On Tuesday, a criminal court in the capital, Riyadh, said the journalist, identified as Wajdi al-Ghazzawi, is guilty of “disobeying the ruler on a television program, inciting sedition…discrediting the kingdom and claiming that terrorism and Al-Qaeda were […]

Hurriyat begins campaign for return of Maqbool, Afzal’s Remains

SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference Wednesday started a signature campaign pressing for the return of mortal remains of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guroo. The signature campaign was started from Press Enclave Srinagar where scores of people signed in favour of the said campaign. Talking to reporters, senior […]

Despite directions, passport denied to militant kin

SRINAGAR: Despite directions from the government that the kith and kin of former militants should not be denied passports, there are countless such cases where people are facing enormous difficulties to get police clearance for the passport.  And in almost all the cases the CID department cites the reason that some relative  of the applicant […]

Ski group violated advisory: Official

SRINAGAR:  The tourism department has blamed a foreign ski guide for violating its advisory that lead to a tourist’s death under an avalanche in Gulamarg on Jan 24.  Refuting a news item, regarding the death of Swiss skier Arno Roy in an avalanche in Gulmarg, Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir said that the department had issued […]

CRPF IG demoted

SRINAGAR: In the first such case, CRPF Inspector General S S Sandhu has been demoted as Deputy Inspector General after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court upheld a decision of Union Home Ministry which found discrepancies in his physical fitness record.  The order for his demotion was issued by the CRPF Directorate last evening and […]

Admin units step towards grassroots governance : Omar

JAMMU: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday vowed his endeavour to bring administration to the doorsteps of people all across the State particularly living in far-flung, backward and hilly areas. He said creation of New Administrative Units is a step further in this direction.  “It will take all steps to expand public reach to government and […]

Sharif invites India for Talks on Kashmir

MUZAFFARABD: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday invited the Indian government for a dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue as per aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Sharif said his government was ready to consider any proposal for establishment of peace. “We are ready to discuss and resolve all outstanding issues with India, including the Kashmir […]

Separatists welcome talks offer

SRINAGAR: Reacting to Pakistani Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif’s invitation to India for talks on Kashmir, separatist leadership Wednesday welcomed the initiative but cautioned that  the issue cannot be resolved without taking Kashmiri leadership on  board. Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani while terming the announcement a welcome step, stated that the Kashmir must […]

Saroori, Dy CM Get Clean Chit From SAC

JAMMU: The State Accountability Commission (SAC) Wednesday dismissed a case former minister and MLA Inderwal G M Saroori of being a “mute spectator” to the large-scale “illegal” allotment of works during his stint as minister for Roads and Buildings department. The complaint, a Srinagar resident had alleged that the former minster sanctioned two thousand works […]