Aiyar-led Group to Meet Geelani Today

Srinagar: The civil society group from New Delhi which is on a visit to Kashmir valley is scheduled to meet Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday to discuss the prevailing situation. The group will also explore possibility of engaging separatist leaders for dialogue with New Delhi. The group comprising of senior Congress […]

‘War Like’ Situation in Kashmir, Army Free to Take Decisions: Jaitley

New Delhi: Army officers are free to take decisions in a “war-like” zone, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today, referring to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the Army went public on fire assaults on Pakistani posts along the LoC. “Well, military solutions are to be provided by military officers. How a […]

Grim message to Kashmir

Nobody in Kashmir  expected the Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi to be taken to task for using a civilian as a human shield during Srinagar by-poll but none in his worst imagination would have thought he would be conferred with a commendation medal for doing so. What was it that made the Army chief General Bipin […]

Norwegian Parliament Debates Kashmir Situation

Islamabad: Norway’s foreign minister Borge Brende has called for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue amicably as the Norwegian Parliament debated the issue. The issue was taken up on an adjournment motion tabled by Christian Democratic Party’s leader Knut Arild Hareide who called for a Norwegian role in pushing India to […]

Why Major Gogoi is wrong

On April 9, the day of the election to the vacant Srinagar parliamentary seat, a cornered paramilitary unit in Budgam district called the army for assistance to secure a polling booth they were afraid would be run over by a mob. The army unit that responded to this call reached the spot and decided to […]

Bahrain crackdown: 5 killed in raid on cleric’s town

Dubai: At least five people were killed and scores other injured when regime forces opened fire on a protesters holding a sit-in outside the home of a highly revered pro-democracy religious figure in Bahrain on Tuesday.  Bahrain’s Interior Ministry admitted the death of five people in raids targeting Diraz, home to Sheikh Isa Qassim and a long-running sit-in […]

What Indians should know about war before demanding a military-crackdown in Kashmir

Sections of India’s middle and upper classes seem increasingly drawn to the idea of using state violence to sort out political questions. This is expressed in many ways. Chander Prakash Ganga, J&K’s industries and commerce minister from the BJP, says that stone pelting youth in the Valley “are traitors” and that the “bullet is the […]

Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees?

Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees. What followed was global concern over a new phenomenon: Colony Collapse Disorder. Since then we have realised that it was not just the US that was losing its honey bees; similar problems have manifested all over the […]

24 dead as bus plunges into gorge in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: At least 24 persons were killed and eight others injured when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand late on Tuesday, police said. The accident took place near Nalupani in Uttarkashi district when a bus full of pilgrims from Indore, Madhya Pradesh were returning from the Gangotri shrine.  […]

Basharat Bukhari for holistic development, upgradation of Fruit Mandis

SRINAGAR:  The Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari, today called for undertaking necessary steps for the holistic development of the Fruit Mandis of the State so that the growers get all the requisite facilities for selling and storing their produce. The Minister was speaking during a review meeting convened to discuss the initiatives being undertaken […]

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