Why are ‘nationalistic’ TV channels paying extremist Pakistanis?

 Last night, I watched a familiar face from Pakistan vent bile on Indian news television. Self-styled political-military analyst Syed Tariq Pirzada has made it his professional calling to abuse India and the Indian military on our news channels. As a wave of competing jingoism sweeps the subcontinent, Pirzada is seen as an ideal guest representing […]

Longer maternity leave is welcome  

Supporting a mother means supporting a family, which is a core part of society. The Government has taken concrete steps to support working women, particularly mothers, with the updated maternity laws. Calling it a ‘humble gift’ to women in India, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya welcomed the Parliament nod to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 […]

Free and vibrant press vital for democracy: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pitched for a “free and vibrant press” and said it is “vital for democracy”. He said this on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. In a tweet, he said it “is a day to reiterate our unwavering support towards” the press. “In today’s day and age, social […]

Army opens ‘speculative’ fire along LoC in Poonch

Jammu: Indian troops Wednesday opened “speculative fire” along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Earlier, an Army officer had said that there was a ceasefire violation in the area and that details are being sought. “There was no ceasefire violation along the LoC in Poonch. It was speculative fire”, an army officer of […]

Army man commits suicide along Loc in Rajouri

Jammu:An army man allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Laam sector along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. Police have registered a case and are investigating into the circumstances that led to the suicide of Lance Naik Vishal Lohar of 54 Rashtriya Rifles last evening. The army has […]

New novel on Kashmir listed for prize

Srinagar: A new book set in Kashmir,  The Giants Look Down, published by Robert Hale recently has been long listed for the Mslexia First Novel competition and shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon award. Authored by Sonja Price, novel is about a young girl who battles against the odds to become a doctor in the 1960’s […]

UN chief paying attention to Kashmir border tension: Spokesperson

United Nations: Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “paying attention” to the tensions between India and Pakistan at the border, but the UN has not received any report of alleged recent ceasefire violations, his spokesperson said. “The Secretary General is paying attention to this issue,” UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the daily briefing on […]

Alochi Bagh-Barzulla Bailey bridge opening soon for traffic

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today conducted an extensive tour of the Srinagar City to take stock of the ongoing anti-encroachment drive. Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone, SP Traffic, SP East, officers of R&B, SMC and Fire & Emergency, among other officials, the Div Com inspected Lal Chowk, Regal […]

Workshop on bio-informatics, drug designing begins at SP College

SRINAGAR: A two-day State level workshop on ‘Basic Techniques of Bio-informatics and Drug Designing’ commenced at Sri Pratap College here today. Organized by the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics of the College, the aim of workshop is to introduce participants to an intensive handson training related to bio-informatics tools and their applications in healthcare, agriculture, […]

New Director School Education chairs meeting of officers

SRINAGAR: The newly-appointed Director School Education, Dr. G N Itoo, chaired a meeting of officers of the department here today. All Chief Education Officers of Kashmir, Principals of all the ten District Institutes of Education & Training institutes, Principal State Institute of Education Srinagar and all the staff officers were present in the meeting. During […]