Islamic State claims responsibility for Istanbul attack

CAIRO: Islamic State claimed responsibility on Monday for a New Year’s Day mass shooting in a packed Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people, an attack carried out by a lone gunman who remains at large. The jihadist group made the claim in a statement on one of its Telegram channels, a method it has used to […]

Happy New Year

Kashmir is not known for the raucous and euphoric New Year celebrations. And even if it was, this year there was no reason to celebrate. In fact, the occasion calls for a solemn reflection and refreshing the memory of the people who lost their lives and those who got blinded by the  pellet pump action guns […]

The year we reinvented the truth

Sometimes when a word is born, a world is born with it. And ‘post-truth’ may be one such word, symbolising the birth of a politics that returns to the primitive, the primordial and the irrational. The idea of democracy is in a state of flux. An ordinary citizen doesn’t know how to read the events […]

RBI allows NRIs to exchange old Rs500,Rs1000-banknotes up to June-2017

New Delhi: Non-resident Indians (NRIs) can exchange old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes till June 30, 2017, the Reserve Bank of India said on Saturday. However, Indian citizens in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Bangladesh cannot avail this facility. “Resident Indian citizens who were abroad during November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016 can avail […]

Ideological differences trump PDP-BJP alliance

The day PDP and BJP came together,  questions were raised about their agenda for alliance. Kashmir valley electorate too questioned PDP but BJP was accused more for having compromised the policies the party had been pursuing for more than last six decades. PDP pleaded that  coalition would work towards creating an environment for an all-round […]

Can government make India go cashless in 2017?

The year 2017 is an important milestone for India and would mark our transition from a cash economy to a less cash and a digital economy. But the buzzwords like “less cash”, ”cashless” and “digital” do not really convey the range and diversity of the transition. It is actually a transition to a new social […]

What to read in 2017

Is any year a good year for books? Despite doomsday predictions, the book is alive and kicking. Here’s a list of titles to look out for in 2017, from all God’s publishers, big and small. The God of Small Things came out in my last year of college in 1997. Two decades later, as I sit […]

Election a secular exercise,can’t seek votes in name of religion’

New Delhi :The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that elections will be declared void if votes were sought in the name of caste, creed, or religion. A seven-judge constitution bench, hearing a clutch of petitions in the 1996 Hindutva case, where an earlier apex court bench observed that Hinduism is a way of life, ruled […]

Youth killed during sand extraction in Ganderbal

Ganderbal : A 28-year-old youth was killed, when a river bank collapsed during sand extraction in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal. Official sources here today said that the youth, identified as Irfan Ahmed Malla, came under a portion of riverbank, which crumbled during sand extraction at Fatehpora in Ganderbal. Malla was immediately taken to a hospital, […]

Assembly: Legislators storm into well,disrupt governor’s address

Jammu : Scenes of uproar and disruption were Monday witnessed inside the central hall of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly where Governor NN Vohra addressed the joint session of both the houses of state legislators. As soon as Governor NN Vohra arrived inside assembly, all the legislators from opposition National Conference, Congress supported by others […]