The grandmother of all embarrassments

(Islamabad diary) Even when we suspected the worst but did not know all the facts, the Abbottabad raid on the Bin Laden compound was the mother of all embarrassments…for the army and the ISI, the frontline defenders of our physical, moral, spiritual and ideological frontiers. But with the Seymour Hersh story coming out – the […]

Putting the Education System back on Track

Education system in the valley has been one of the biggest victims of political violence in the valley. Not only were schools and colleges burnt thereby putting a heavy strain on education infrastructure in the valley, but the curfews and shut downs which marked the valley for major part of the last two decades, substantially […]

The future of war

Saigon fell 40 years ago this week. The defeat of the United States seemed at the time to be a world-changing event, which demonstrated that even the planet’s foremost power could not prevail if resolutely opposed. But it was the second time the mistake had been made: 20 or so years before, schoolteachers in French […]

Commercial Activities in Residential Areas

In early 20th century due to migration from the inner, older core to the outlying city suburbs, new residential colonies came up at Karanagar, Balgarden, Wazir Bagh  and Samander Bagh. In early 1960’s state government declared Balgarden & Jawahar Nagar as first planned residential colony and the plots were allotted to the government officials only. […]

Yusuf Buch hospitalised

Srinagar: Ambassador Yusuf Buch, US based Kashmiri ideologue and champion for Kashmir cause was hospitalized in New York City on Monday. Ambassador Yusuf Buch is an observer and  a direct participant of Kashmir’s struggle for freedom  since its inception in its modern form in 1931, said Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement from Washington. Buch […]

Rations as per updated list from June: Minister

Srinagar: Minister for CA&PD and Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today convened a follow up meeting with District Development Commissioners of Kashmir Division to review the progress of verification to ascertain the exact number of additional families under different categories so that rations are provided as per Census-2011 from next month. On the occasion, the […]

Aloochibagh water scarcity

Srinagar: Water scarcity has badly hit Alocchi Bagh area of Srinagar city over the past month. All the taps according to locals are running dry while in some residential houses which use motors complain that the pressure is so low that it takes over an hour to fill a bucket.  A delegation from the area […]

DAK seeks ban on pvt practice of Govt docs

Srinagar:  Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday demanded blanket ban on private practice by government doctors particularly those posted in teaching hospitals. In a statement President DAK Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that private practice has eroded health institutions and is the root cause of healthcare mess. There is no provision for private practice of doctors working in […]

MLA not invited to CM’s Pahalgam tour

Pahalgam:  The government  Tuesday did not bother to invite MLA Pahalgam Altaf Kaloo to Chief Minister’s tour in his home constituency Pahalgam. Surprisingly, the defeated candidate and PDP leader Rafi Mir was formally invited while the elected representative of the people was allegedly ignored. Kaloo said that Chief Minister thinks that his defeated candidate is […]

Make Jmu-Sgr highway roadworthy: Azad

New Delhi: Former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha member Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday expressed serious concern over the deplorable condition of Srinagar-Jammu Highway. In a statement, Azad said that dilapidated Srinagar-Jammu highway usually breaks down, leading to frequent closures and road accidents.  He appealed to the State Government to take up the matter with the […]

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