Maiden State Football Academy trials get ‘overwhelming response’

SRINAGAR: The maiden trials of State Football Academy- first ever state owned football academy in Jammu and Kashmir- saw a massive response from the aspiring footballers to make the first day a huge success, a statement from the Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council said Friday. As many as 150 kids, the statement said, turned […]

Bali for channelizing energy of youth through sports

SRINAGAR: Health & Medical Education Department are contemplating to conduct a  mega sports event in the valley in their bid to give boost to sports activities and channelize the energy of youth in a positive direction,  a statement from government’s information department said Friday. The statement added that Minister for H&ME, Bali Bhagat chaired a […]

Mujahid Yaqoob becomes ‘first certified coach of Karate’

SRINAGAR: Mujahid Yaqoob (Sensei) has qualified the Karate Association of India Coach and Ni Dan Grade exam at New Delhi during the recently concluded Junior and Under 21 Karate Championship. Mujahid was honoured by Shihan Bharat Sharma, general secretary of Karate Association of India in a ceremony during the said championship. Sensei Mujahid is the […]

Aga  Mehdi Cricket Tournament:Kashif 74 helps Shahi-Hamdan to massive win

SRINAGAR: Elegant Strikers Rajouri Kadal and Shahi-Hamdan Nowpora XI managed to secure victories in their respective fixtures to progress further in Shaheed Aga Syed Mehdi Memorial Cricket Tournament played at Budgam Sports Stadium on Friday.  In the first fixture of the day, Elegant Strikers beat Paller XI by eight wickets in a tight finish. Batting […]

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting in Kashmir is at the behest of Pakistan or is a response to fundamentalists’ call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of schools have been burnt and there is a fear in the mind of students that they would be punished if they were to attend classes. The separatists […]

Facts are chaff and fact checking is useless

In these times of mass misinformation there is a new band of heroes on the horizon. A wave of hoax-slayers and fact-checkers has emerged to fight the contagion, set the record right. But sadly, they don’t change much. They only rally the already-convinced. In a polarised environment, facts alone do little to persuade anyone. The […]

May-16-1857:How a massacre by rebel-sepoys at the Red-Fort felled Bahadur Shah Zafar

On May 11, 1857, as Indian sepoys who had revolted against the British in Meerut over the use of cartridges allegedly greased with pig and cow fat entered Delhi and tried to take control of the city, there was murder and mayhem in the initial hours. Many thugs and thieves whom they had released from […]

Sweet dreams for Kashmir are made of these

Eclairs, macarons and authentic mille feuille too… Dusted with sugar and edged with the finest chocolate, Saqib Mir’s sweet dreams for Kashmir are made of these. Srinagar’s Boulevard Road may be a far cry from Parisian boulevards with their outdoor cafes and bistros but the pull of his homeland brought Mir back from France two […]

GST council finalises tax on services, exempts education, healthcare

Srinagar: The all-powerful goods and service tax (GST) Council on Friday finalised tax rates for services under the GST regime, scheduled to kick-in from 1 July. Healthcare and education would be exempted from GST. Kerala finance minister Thomas Issac said there will be four rates for services at 5, 12, 18 and 28%, similar to […]

Long queues as Iranians vote in presidential election

Tehran- Iranians voted in fiercely-contested presidential polls on Friday, standing in long lines to choose between Hassan Rouhani, the incumbent who wants normal ties with the West, and a populist challenger backed by conservative clergy. “Everyone should vote in this important election … The country’s fate is determined by the people,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed […]