Refusal to return state’s power projects appear to be political;not economic

The J&K RTI Movement Chairman Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool calls for complete transparency in the ongoing negotiations between the Government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K Govt) and the Government of India (GoI) regarding the transfer of hydro-electric (hydel) projects in the State, currently being executed by NHPC Ltd. Data recently revealed under the Central Right […]

Drabu calls for systemic changes to improve fiscal health of Government

Jammu: Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu Thursday held an interactive meeting with officers of the Finance department.  Secretary, Revenue Resources, Director General Accounts & Treasuries, Director General Funds, Director Codes, Director(s) Finance, Financial Advisers and Chief Accounts Officers were present in the meeting.  In the meeting, Dr Drabu sensitized officers about the systemic changes required to bring […]

Govt mulls policy to regulate kerosene supply: Zulfkar

JAMMU: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today directed the  Deputy Commissioners  to take necessary measures to rationalize the allocation and distribution of kerosene  in the districts.Zulfkar said this during a video-conference held with Deputy Commissioners and officers of CAPD here today. The minister stressed upon ensuring that the allocated quantities of […]

Government committed for strengthening rural economy: Sham Choudhary

JAMMU: The Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC), Sham Lal Choudhary today reiterated government’s commitment for strengthening the rural economy through series of state and centrally sponsored schemes.The Minister was addressing a largely attended public meeting at R S Pura today.Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma and Samsher Singh Manhas, State […]

Ladakhi students to get 150 gas connections in Jammu: Dorjay

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Marketing Federation (JAKFED) would provide 150 gas connections through Public Distribution System to the students belonging to Ladakh region, studying in various educational institutions in Jammu. The JAKFED would also set up distribution of gas sale outlets at different parts of Jammu city and its vicinity area where the […]

Modi comes again, makes speech, returns

Coming to  J&K one more time after his November speech in Srinagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again made no significant political announcement on Kashmir. He reiterated that his policy on Kashmir will be dictated by the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari  Vajpayee’s “Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat”, something that has become his stock slogan on the […]

Why Kashmiris refuse to believe the official version

To many, the reaction to the violence in the Kashmiri town of Handwara last week that followed allegations that a schoolgirl had been molested by a solider is a conspiracy against the army. But for many ordinary Kashmiris, the incident is a reminder that no place is safe for anyone, not even children.For the rest […]

Kashmir-A Barricaded Paradise!

Kashmir has immense talent. Our Valley has not only given birth to some quality civil servants and academicians but has also produced world class players like Parveez Rasool. Sadly, the unending war has robbed us of some great talent. We have lost our Newton and Gavaskar but at least their families have the consolation of […]

Deoband Variations !

HERE’S a tale of two madressahs: one Deoband north of Delhi, the other in Akora Khattak, Pakistan.Today in Deoband, at the madressah where it all began in 1866, the 4,000 students focus on religion. The institution was created to preserve a purist, back-to-basics interpretation of Islam and it has remained true to that purpose. Whenever […]

What Life Taught Me In 25 Years!

It is very strange to realise how we hardly notice things changing as the days pass. Day after day, we continue following the same monotonous routine. Every day looks the same and sometimes it feels like our life has become stagnant and stale. Yet, when we look back at the same moments after a year […]

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