Anantnag by-poll: Mehbooba’s popularity on test

Though Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is favourite to win the Anantnag bypoll, the low turnout hasn’t reflected well on her government. The voting on Wednesday started tentatively, picking up marginally as the day progressed, reaching 28 percent by 3 pm. And by 6 pm, the final turnout was to just 33.09 percent,  way short of […]

Why west will continue to dominates non-west

I would like to begin this essay by stating that my identity is, after many convoluted years, reasonably settled.  Yes, my Kashmiri Muslim ethno religious background is indelible but it is also complemented by a more expansive, cosmopolitan self and a more capacious world view- the kind that defies stereotypes and caricatures. Yes, I am […]

What Stopped the Iranian Nationals from Hajj Rituals this Year?

The approach of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards Hajj has always been spiritual and free from sectarianism or tribalism and this is evident from the collective and active participation of Iranian Hajj pilgrims in the congregational prayers of both Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabi (s.a.).  The officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran had […]

Amjad Sabri —who carried forward the legacy of the inimitable Sabri brothers

Amjad Sabri’s had one of the most power-packed voices in contemporary qawwali music. Unlike another Pakistani vocalist hailing from a qawwal family Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who opted for mainstream film music, Amjad carried on with the legacy of this distinct genre of devotional music popularised throughout the world by the inimitable duo of his […]

The Obligatory Prayers and the Broader Command to Remember Allah

WE all each now and then meet and hear about people who perform the daily obligatory prayers for a period of time then abandon it, then start again, just to stop praying after a while, and so on. The same happens with fasting. Some Muslims who do not observe the obligatory prayers still observe the […]

Ladakh to be developed on ‘modern lines’

Srinagar: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh today said that the Government has already undertaken a holistic developmental programme for that the Ladakh region. The Deputy Chief Minister was interacting with various deputations during his extensive tour of Leh city where he took stock of various developmental works being undertaken by the Government. Minster for […]

Defaulters exposed by I-T dept to be penalized: Jaitley

NEW DELHI: Finance ministerArun Jaitley on Wednesday said the income tax department would take penal actions only against those wilful defaulters whose names have been made public by the tax authorities. “The names of the wilful tax defaulters have been published by I-T department. There are about 63 names, subject to verification. These include persons […]

Assembly:PDP Lawmaker Questions as Why HMT CRPF Camp be Not Shifted

SRINAGAR: Ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Batamaloo Lawmaker Wednesday reiterated his demand and asked Chief Minister to relocate the paramilitary CRPF camp from HMT area of his assembly segment. Sheikh Noor Mohammad, who represents Batamaloo in Lower House of the J&K Legislature, was participating in the debate over grants to departments including Home working under […]

Illegal constructions galore Jhelum bund at Raj Bagh

Srinagar: Though the government claimed to have tightened noose against the encroachers of water bodies, scores of people have again started carrying out illegal constructions and riverside encroachments on the banks of river Jhelum. Sources informed KNS that illegal construction work is going on the embankment of river Jehlum from Mehjoor Nagar Bridge to Kursoo […]

Hari Singh High Street-Polo View Stretch to be ‘No Vehicle’ Zone?

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday hinted that the road stretch between Polo-view and Hari Sing High Street in Srinagar’s commercial hub will be converted into a “No Vehicle Zone”. This is a part of greater plan of Tourism Ministry of state government to turn Srinagar into a “vibrant” city. […]

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