Blockade against Qatar amounts to ‘bloodless declaration of war’: Minister

Doha—Qatar says the Saudi-led blockade against Doha is a “bloodless declaration of war,” a day after the Persian Gulf Arab country rejected as “unreasonable” the demands presented by Saudi Arabia and its allies to end the unprecedented diplomatic row with the emirate. Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah made the remarks in an interview with the UK-based […]

Iraqi PM hails Sistani’s role in terror fight

Baghdad—The Iraqi premier has thanked top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for his contribution to the fight against Daesh terrorists, saying his 2014 religious decree (fatwa), which mobilized volunteer forces behind army troops on the battlefield, “saved” the Arab state. In June 2014, shortly after Daesh unleashed its terror campaign in Iraq, Ayatollah Sistani […]

Ending occupation sole way to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict: UN

United Nations—United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an end to Israel’s half-century occupation of the Palestinian territories, stressing that it is the only path that leads to the resolution of the conflict in the region. Guterres made the plea in a message read out by his deputy Amina Mohammed to a forum […]

New India Is Running Amok

A Small event is sometimes more revealing than a cataclysmic one that grabs headlines. Last month, the government-run Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi became the venue for a distasteful display of the ruling BJP’s ideology. The chief speaker at the provocatively titled conclave, ‘Nationalist Journalism in Today’s Context’ was a police officer notorious […]

7th J&K Golfers Association Tournament: Team Pine fashions title glory

Srinagar- Team Pine led by ace hotelier Mushtaq Ahmad Burza Saturday clinched one-day 7th J&K Golfers Association Tournament played at Pahalgam Golf Course on Saturday. Team Pine was followed by Team Chinar on the leaders’ board. Pahalgam exhibited pleasant weather to the golfers with clear sky making the venue perfect setting for the tourney. According […]

ICSC holds sports wall climbing training camp

Srinagar—Islamia College of Science and Commerce Srinagar Saturday conducted Sports Wall Climbing and Rappelling training at J&K Tourism artificial wallat Nowgam near Railway Station, a statement from organizers said. The one-day event was organized by the college’s Department of Physical Education. [[{“type”:”media”,”fid”:”19967″,”view_mode”:”wysiwyg”,”instance_fields”:”override”}]] According to the statement, Junaid Beigh, the Alpinist and Climbing instructor, imparted the […]

Four-day Summer Basketball League begins

Srinagar—The four-day Summer Basketball League began Saturday at Indoor Stadium, Srinagar, a statement from the organizers said. According to the statement, as many as 20 teams are vying for top honours in both boys and girls category. The first day of the event saw twenty teams in action. Divisional Sports Officer Kashmir Nuzhat Ara and […]

Pakistan athletes given visas to take part in Asian-Athletics Championships in India

New Delhi—A six-member Pakistan team will take part in the Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9 as the Indian government has given visa to them, a development which was welcomed by the Athletics Federation of India. AFI secretary CK Valson said that Pakistani athletes have got the visas and they […]

Is J&K Financial Corporation On Verge of Collapse?

Srinagar—Jammu and Kashmir State Financial Corporation is facing severe crisis following heavy losses due to poor ‘financial management and unaccountability.” The Corporation with its supported units have incurred significant losses in the preceding financial year due to poor financial management and planning. According to insiders, the Corporation has incurred loss of over Rs 50 crore […]

GST seen to give consumers’ buying power a shot in the arm

New Delhi—The Goods and Services Tax launch will enhance buying power of consumers as over 80 per cent of the goods fall below the 18 per cent tax bracket, but SMEs need to work to remove technology glitches, say experts. Tax professionals want the government to have empathy towards businesses in initial days of GST […]

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