Start budget preparation exercise: Drabu tells Finance Deptt

JAMMU: Immediately after assuming office here this morning, Minister for Finance, Labour & Employment and Culture, Dr Haseeb A Drabu took a comprehensive review of the current state of the economy and functioning of the Finance Department at a meeting convened here today. Commissioner Secretary, Mr Navin K Choudhary and other senior officers of the […]

Mobile Companies Only Concerned about Earning Bucks

Srinagar:The telecom companies are making huge business in Kashmir but at the same time, security and privacy of customers is taking a back seat for the telecom service providers. In a bizarre incident, a person who applied for a prepaid reliance SIM card had submitted photographs of a famous cricketer of Pakistan, Shahid Afridi and […]

India flags off its fastest-ever train

NEW DELHI: India flagged off its fastest-ever train on Tuesday as part of a major modernisation of the crumbling railway system — but its top speed is only half of those in China and other countries. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu hailed the Gatimaan Express, running from New Delhi to the Taj Mahal and boasting hostesses […]

C.P Ganga assumes charge

JAMMU:–Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Prakash Ganga today formally took charge of the office here today. The Minister was accorded warm welcome by the senior officers/officials on his arrival at the Civil Secretariat. Soon after taking over the charge of the office, a deputation of Stone Crushers Unit met the Minister and apprised him […]

DC Budgam reviews developmental projects, Capex budget

BUDGAM: The District Development Commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf Ahmad today chaired a review meeting regarding Capex Budget (2015-16), and other State and Centrally Sponsored schemes, besides district development decisions. During the meeting it was given out that against the total allocation of Rs.168.02 crores earmarked for the year 2015-16  under Capex Budget(2015-16) , an amount […]

Chief Secretary discusses implementation of R&R-Plan of Kishanganga-project with CMD,NHPC

JAMMU: Chief Managing Director, NHPC, K M Singh today met Chief Secretary, B R Sharma to discuss implementation of Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Plan of Rs 152.72 cr for the Project Affected families (PAFs), of the 330 MW Kishanganga HEP in Bandipora District. It was informed that Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora has been appointed as Commissioner, […]

Government and Policy Choice(s) for Mehbooba Mufti: From Government to Governance

Mehbooba Mufti is now Jammu and Kashmir’s 13th Chief Minister and the first female to occupy the highest office of the state. She has assumed office at a critical and delicate juncture- time period defined by multiple transitions and a political condition that is, to say the least, fluid. Mehbooba’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) […]

Mehbooba and ‘attempted’ coup in PDP

Soon after Mehbooba Mufti’s takeover as the J&K Chief Minister, it has turned out that all is not hunky dory with her party. Top PDP leader and the former finance minister Tariq Hameed Karra has accused Syed Altaf Bukhari, a works minister in previous PDP-BJP coalition, of being the “kingpin” of an attempted coup in […]

Will Mehbooba Mufti prove to be any different?

After Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death, it was expected that Mehbooba Mufti would take the oath within a few days and become the first woman CM of the state. But surprisingly, she refused to take the oath and kept everyone guessing. Even though a meeting comprising of the party’s leadership was convened at her Srinagar residence, […]

Why is it Important to be Media Literate?

“Whoever controls the media controls the culture” – Allen Ginsberg Gone are the days when people would wait days to get news. With the onset of globalisation, even a remote vale like Kashmir is now well connected with the rest of the world. Media, which was once restricted to a few newspapers and a single […]

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