Fake Encounter Case:  Court grants bail to accused

Srinagar: Principal and Sessions Judge Srinagar, Rashid Ali Dar, Tuesday granted two day’s ‘bail under police custody’ to Farooq Ahmad Padder, co-accused in Abdul Rehman Padroo fake encounter case. The accused had sought bail on the pleas that her daughter is going to be married. After hearing both defense and public prosecutor, the court while […]

Hurriyat concerned over plight of detainees in jails 

Srinagar: Denouncing continuous detention of political leaders and activists, Hurriyat Conference expressed deep concern over the deteriorating health of incarcerated leaders including  Masarat Aalam, ,Syeda Aasiya Andrabi , Mohammad Rustum Bhat ,Ab Ahad Para , Ab Subhan Wani, Master Ali Mohammad , Sheikh Mohammad Yusuf , Mohammad Yousef Lone , Ab Majid Rather , Ab […]

China Announces Role as Mediator on Kashmir

BEIJING: With relations between India and Pakistan hitting an “all-time low” China on Tuesday virtually announced its role as a mediator in the Kashmir dispute between two hostile nuclear powered neighbours to fulfill its responsibility as a “stabilising force and conflict mediator” in South Asia. The Chinese state-run media said that the country was ready […]

Mass Palestinian hunger strike claims first victim

West Bank: A young Palestinian man becomes the first victim of an open-ended mass hunger strike by Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails as well as their supporters in the occupied West Bank. The 30-year-old victim from the city of Ramallah, identified as Mazan al-Maghrebi, passed away at his home in Ramallah on Monday due to […]

UNESCO set to vote on anti-Israeli resolution

United Nations: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to vote on a resolution that describes Israel as an “occupying power,” denying its sovereignty claims over all of Jerusalem al-Quds. The UN heritage body will on Tuesday vote on the resolution, which describes as null and void any decision by the […]

Why Kashmir Bar lost case on pellet gun ban

On Friday reportedly the Supreme Court of India (SCI) practically dismissed the petition of J&K Bar Association (J&K-BA) by putting impossible condition that it can order dialogue with Kashmiris to resolve Kashmir conflict if there was a halt to stone-pelting and bloodshed. Like any other Bar Association the J&K-BA is also a body of law-knowers […]

Prof. Sumantra Bose interacts with CUK students

Srinagar: The Department of Politics and Governance, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) today organised an interaction session of Prof. Sumantra Bose, Professor, International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics, with the students at Nowgam-I academic block here. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Prof. Noor Ahmad Baba, Department of Politics and Governance, Coordinator, Dr. […]

PDP’s stark choices

The BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav held a meeting with the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at her Fairview residence amid deepening rift between the coalition partners over the handling of the situation. However, Madhav refused to talk to media revealing that the things were  not hunky-dory in the coalition. Over the past two weeks, Madhav […]

The Supreme Court Has Got It All Wrong On Kashmir

I do not know what prompted the Bar Association of J&K to approach the Supreme Court for a ban on the use of pellet guns in Kashmir. I am not even privy to the arguments it put forth for imposing such a ban. But if the plea of the Association came as a surprise, the […]

Despair over Kashmir’s young offenders

On a chilly April morning, with a backpack filled with political science, psychology and civics books slung on his shoulders, Asif Ashraf, 19, climbed the steps of the makeshift Saddar Court Complex in Bemina, Srinagar. Ashraf is charged with arson, and rioting with a deadly weapon along with Amir Asghar, 25, whom Ashraf met at […]