PDA apathy putting trekkers along Lidder Valley to difficulties: ATOAK

SRINAGAR: The Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) Wednesday alleged that lackadaisical approach from Pahalgam Development Authority was making trekking along Lidder Valley difficult. According to a statement issued here, the ATOAK has accused the PDA  of not paying to their pleas of constructing bridges over Satlanjan Nallah and Tarsar Nallah. “The adventure enthusiasts […]

Resistance Int’l Film Fest Calls for Submissions

BANGALORE: The 14th ‘Resistance International Film Festival’ (RIFF) is being held from September 23-30, 2016 in Iran. The goal of the festival, according to the organizers, is to create an atmosphere of dialogue in order to understand current human sufferings, and to share experiences and new ideas. The Resistance Film Festival with the 34 years of history […]

Address suspicions about Tanveer’s death

Was Tanveer Ahmad, a youth from Bemina, who died in a firing incident at Udhampur on Monday a militant?  The government’s answer is in the affirmative while his family denies it. The incident had also resulted in the killing of a woman Mamta Devi and injuries to two other people. Police version of the incident […]

Piercing Kashmir’s Doublethink About the Return of the Pandits

The Pandit question is stupefying. It can make political activists in the Kashmir valley do two mutually irreconcilable things at the same time. They can say how their hearts bleed at the misery of this displaced minority, even as they present their own set of ‘musts’ and ‘must nots’ for the resettlement of Pandits in […]

Corruption: A menace we need to end

Dear Editor According to many English dictionaries corruption ‘is a way of dishonesty, late actions and foul schemes that destroy trust’. Others define it as an illegal and treacherous behaviour and misuse of power, especially by the elite and the powerful people of the government.  Corruption has become quite widespread in Kashmir. It has become […]

Ramadan & Ramazan schedule

IN the departure lounge near Gate No 308 at the Istanbul airport there’s a coffee shop, which has thrown a few chairs and tables near the exit to cater to its needy customers whose flights are delayed. It was here that I got an important glimpse the other day of how one can still frontally […]

Note to journalists: How not to write about Ramzan

It’s the time of the year when Muslim communities across the world give up eating and drinking during the daylight hours and spend most of their time immersed in the remembrance of god and generally trying to be a better version of themselves. Truth be told, one has never bought this learning to resist one’s […]

Israel cuts water supplies in West Bank amid heat, Ramadan

Israel has cut water supplies to major areas in the north of the occupied West Bank amid sweltering heat and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Reports on Wednesday pointed to the move by the Israeli water authority Mekorot, which has affected tens of thousands of Palestinians. They listed the targeted areas as the municipality […]

Bangladesh police arm villagers against ‘Islamist’ militants

DHAKA: Police in western Bangladesh said Wednesday they have armed villagers with bamboo sticks and whistles in an effort to deter ‘Islamist’ militants from attacking people of minority faiths. Officers said they wanted to empower people to act against militants who have killed dozens of secular activists, Hindus and other minorities across the country in […]

Dalai Lama urges Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to ease Rohingya tension

WASHINGTON: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tension between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday. The Tibetan spiritual leader said he had stressed the issue in meetings with Suu Kyi, who came to power in April in […]

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