Media and the proximity to power

A large number of journalists attended the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s dinner at Nehru Guest House on Wednesday. The function lasted around two hours. The journalists came, had dinner and left.  There was precious little interaction  between the CM and the journalists. The CM said nothing that could have added to the understanding of the […]

‘Sexually assaulted by soldier, abused and spat at by police in custody’

SRINAGAR: In a major twist in the Handwara molestation case, the victim on Monday revealed that she had been forced to record a false statement while in custody and had also been abused.The 16 year old Handwara girl, whose alleged molestation bid sparked violent protests last month that left five persons dead, claimed she was […]

Winter Schedule Continues in Summer

Srinagar: Even after reopening of durbar in Srinagar, which officially marks the commencement of summer in Kashmir, the woeful power cuts of winter-schedule continue to haunt people as the Power Development Department (PDD) has failed in timely revision of the curtailment program.It is for the first time in the past over two decades that the […]

GOI Plans to Revive Sharda Script for Kashmiri Language

SRINAGAR: The BJP-led Union government has proposed the formation of a national council to prevent the Kashmiri language and its original script – Sharada – from becoming extinct.The move has been initiated after the successive governments apparently failed to give Kashmiri language its due regard.The UPA had refrained from taking such a step for fear […]

Mehbooba stresses on strict adherence to project timelines

SRINAGAR: Asking J&K ERA (Economic Reconstruction Agency) to strictly adhere to fixed timelines, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, today passed instructions to the Planning Department to monitor the pace of work on a fortnightly basis.She also called for devising an effective mechanism which binds contractors to delivering the projects on time, as the State government cannot […]

Geelani urges Pandits to oppose townships

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Monday made a “patient and humble” appeal to the Pandit community to oppose the proposed composite townships in Kashmir valley.“They (Pandits) should not support the any such proposal or plan which will cut off them from the rest of the society and which will harm the brotherhood […]

Swamy predicts Kashmir problem will be solved by 2019

New Delhi: Given the grit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kashmir problem will be solved by 2019, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy claimed today even as he pitched for undertaking major economic reforms once the NDA Government “puts house in order” to become leading economy of the world.“Sardar Patel, the man who welded 600 kingdoms […]

In Kashmir, roads are deadlier than militancy

SRINAGAR: Road accidents are a bigger killer than militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, according to official records that show deaths due to “rash or negligent driving” were five times more than the toll from terrorism, at least in the last two years. Jammu and Kashmir Police’s annual crime report, released recently, said nearly 1,000 people were […]

Extension of Central Laws matter of concern: Farooq

Srinagar: National Conference chief Dr Farooq Abdullah Monday alleged that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is all set to implement the RSS agenda in Jammu and Kashmir. He said PDP feels no shame in compromising on the special status of the state and whatever steps this party will take with its ally will have serious ramifications […]

15 years on, Justice eludes Sumbal widow

Sumbal: Justice has been deluding from past 15 years to a widow from Nesbal Sumbal area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district whose husband was allegedly put to death by security agencies in a ‘fake’ encounter on 17 May 2001. Bashir Ahmed Bhat son of Late Ghulam Nabi Bhat, a resident of Nesbal Sumbal according to his […]

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