Clean, Green & Healthy Srinagar on a Vibrant, Refocused SMC

SRINAGAR: The municipal function of what are usually called municipalities (administrative bodies having corporate status) is a key function. These functions include public health, welfare, regulation,public safety and public works and development. The administrative remit, locus and focus of municipalities then is broad and expansive and at the same time critical.  Given the very nature and […]

Terrorism is the biggest challenge for us: Mehbooba

Udhampur: Both India and Pakistan need to address the problem of terrorism like other countries which are coming closer to combat terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today.Talking to reporters here, she said, “Both India and Pakistan need to address the problem of terrorism and alienation of youth. If we keep fighting […]

Qalai crumbling—courtesy renovation by Tourism and ASI Department

Srinagar: The historical wall locally known as ‘Qalai’ which once stood majestically as tall as 15-feet surrounding the famous Koh-i-Maraan (Hari Parbat) fort is slowly degenerating as the Tourist Department and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have preferred to maintain a criminal negligence towards its preservation or maintenance. As per KO reports, a major portion of […]

Kashmir losing rice fields,thanks to failed govt policies

Srinagar: While there was a massive uproar over National Food Security Act (NFSA) much recently, the Kashmir valley has lost a whopping 3.5 lakh hectares of land that could have well been used for rice cultivation, according to official data.Out of the 3.5 lakh hectares, 1.5 lakh hectares was a pure agricultural land which has […]

Geelani rubbishes Kamau’s Kashmir statement

SRINAGAR: Terming the statement on Kashmir by the Head of the UN Peace Building Commission Macharia Kamau as ambiguous and unclear, Chairperson Hurriyat Conference (g) Syed Ali Geelani Friday said that respecting the wishes and sacrifices of the Kashmiri people is more important than the political and local situations in the dialogue process of India […]

Shelter for ‘homeless’, attempt to ‘drill hole in state subject law’

SRINAGAR: KCSDS Friday reacted sharply against the govt’s proposed plan  of providing shelter  for’ urban homeless’ in Jammu and Kupwara  under NULM  for the year 2015-2016.KCSDS has come across a copy of the Revised Minutes dated 8/1/2016 of the Project Sanctioning Committee constituted for finalization of shelter for urban homeless in Kupwara and Jammu.The minutes […]

The changing face of the Middle East

OIL PRICES still hover well below the $50 mark. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is still broken. Oil producers are trying to cobble together a deal to freeze output at current (already excessively high) production levels but it seems highly unlikely to materialise. To anyone who’s been following the news, it isn’t surprising […]

BJP’s Learning Curve in Kashmir

It is easy to imagine how the BJP would have reacted if a confrontation between students from the mainland and the locals in Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology (NIT) had taken place when the Congress and the National Conference were in power in the state.Hordes of saffron sympathizers would have descended on Srinagar to express […]

A Journey With the Devil Inside the Mind

Imagine you are on a treadmill and don’t have a pause button or you are driving a car that has no brakes in it. For the individual in either of the situations, death or being seriously hurt is guaranteed.Dr. Gaurav Nigam’s first book, “Devil Inside My Mind”, reflects this roller-coaster ride of the narrator Amit […]

What about the Darya-i-noor and the Akbar Shah diamond?

Ashes and Diamonds. The great film’s title sprang to mind when I read about Delhi’s natural history museum burning down on Tuesday. Among other things, the fire symbolised the futility of demanding the Koh-i-Noor’s repatriation.Whether Gandhi’s spectacles or Tipu’s sword, we want historical artefacts returned to India out of a sense of national pride. But […]

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