India budget to boost farm growth

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he planned to double the income of struggling farmers in the next five years. Having overtaken China as the world’s fastest-growing economy, India is seen as a bright spot in the global economy. But it has been hit by slowing global demand and severe droughts affecting rural areas. “We are […]

2016-17 Union budget a routine rhetoric: Tarigami

Jammu: CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said the budget 2016-2017 presented by the union government today reflects rosy figures and is devoid of any relief for the common man. “The budget is a routine exercise of rhetoric.  It does not suggest anything substantial to provide relief to the common […]

Budget very disappointing for JK: Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar: Former chief minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Monday said that it was “very disappointing” that the Govenrment of Indian did not announce any special allocations for Jammu and Kashmir. “It is very disappointing that the Union Finance minister did not announce any special allocation for the state and especially for Kashmir,” […]

Div Com distributes relief cheques among traders

Srinagar: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today distributed relief cheques among traders from Srinagar and Kulgam districts. The government has already ordered that all flood affected traders should be compensated within the next ten days and in the initial phase only non-insured shopkeepers are being covered whose business turnover is upto Rs 5 […]

Less Snow Rings Alarm

The winter this year has passed largely without snow and rain. Though high altitude areas have received some intermittent snowfall, plains haven’t seen much. This has once again triggered concerns about the impact of the climate change in Kashmir.  Deepening this concern is the fact that the scarce snow in the winter has a pronounced […]

Pakistan Hangs Salman Taseer’s Killer

RAWALPINDI: Mumtaz Qadri, an Elite Force commando convicted of killing Salman Taseer, former provincial governor in Pakistan, was executed at the Adiala Jail at around 4.30am on Monday, police said. Qadri shot Taseer 28 times in broad daylight in Islamabad’s Kohsar Market on January 4, 2011. He was sentenced to death for assassinating Taseer on […]

Iran reformists cheer election gains

DUBAI- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won big gains in elections that could deepen the country’s engagement with the world after his government ended years of sanctions by agreeing to curb its nuclear program. The outcome shown in the latest results on Monday was a blow to the conservatives who hold the sway […]

Iraq death toll from IS bombing of Baghdad market now at 73

BAGHDAD: In Iraq, the death toll from devastating back-to-back market bombings carried out by the Islamic State group the previous day in eastern Baghdad climbed to 73 on Monday, officials said. Several of the critically wounded died overnight while 112 people remain in hospital, two police officials said. Also, at least five people were still […]

Ten children stabbed outside school gate in southern China

BEIJING: A knife-wielding attacker stabbed 10 school children in southern China on Monday, severely injuring two, before killing himself, state media reported, the latest in a series of school attacks in the country. The attacker stabbed six boys and four girls outside the gate of an elementary school in the city of Haikou, on the […]

Why J&K may be headed for trifurcation?

The drift of events- delay of government formation – may,in the final analysis, lead to the trifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This assertion is not as bizarre as it sounds. Consider the following. As the PDP delays government formation, things get difficult for the party.  There are essentially two options for the […]

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