Gunmen Loot EDB Bank In Pulwama

Pulwama: Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday looted around five lakh rupees from a bank in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Police sources said that three masked  men carrying guns barged inside the Ellaquai Dehati Bank branch Wahibugh in Pulwama and looted around five lakh rupees. This is the second incident in the past 24 hours. On Tuesday gunmen had looted […]

Winning back the Valley

The deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir, together with strained relations among the Agenda for Alliance partners in the State, obviously prompted the meeting between Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The April 24 meeting covered various measures to deal with the violent protests that have rocked the Valley lately, but the […]

Why Kashmir’s mainstream parties have gone underground

Less than a year ago, when you entered the town of Anantnag in South Kashmir, you were greet­ed with party flags. The pen and inkpot of the People’s Democratic Party, the plough of the National Conference, even the odd Congress hand fluttered in Khanabal Chowk, close to the govern­ment quarters. As you drove deeper into […]

World Press Day: All’s not hunky dory with Kashmir Press

On World Press Day, there has been little soul searching in Kashmir about the state of media. True, Kashmir Editors Guild held a meeting in which they paid tributes to the journalists slain over the turmoil of past thirty years. The Guild noted with dismay that the investigations in all of those killings have yet […]

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 […]

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