Stop Recruiting Kashmiri Muslims in Police: VHP

Mumbai—Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday said the attack on Amarnath Yatris  shows that the government was not dealing with the situation in Kashmir with an iron hand. The right-wing Hindu organisation also said that over 10,000 VHP and Bajrang Dal activists would soon gather in the terror-affected regions of Kashmir to boost the Armys […]

‘My Son, Sajad, Chose The Gun Out Of Helplessness’

Srinagar—“At exactly 7:48pm I received a phone call from an unknown number. I couldn’t first recognize who’s voice it was. The person told me that an encounter is about to take place and the area has been cordoned off. Then he said that I must forgive him for his sins. I still was not able […]

Govt Clueless About Boys Who Lost Eyesight Due to Pellets

Srinagar—State government has admitted that it possess no record of the people who lost their eyes due to pellet firing by the police and paramilitary forces in last one year. Authorities in response to a query sought under Right to Information Act have revealed that it has maintained no records of those people who were […]

Police Forms SIT to Probe Yatra Bus Attack

Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by a DIG-rank officer to probe the July 10 terror attack on a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir. “We have constituted the six-member SIT headed by South Kashmir Deputy Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani for speedy investigation […]

Frequent Flight Cancellations at Srinagar Airport on HC Radar

Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday directed Airports Authority of India (AAI) to carry spot survey of land needed for installation of approach lighting system to prevent frequent cancellation of flights, especially during winters, at Srinagar ‘international’ airport, a joint military-cum-civil airfield. More than 200 flights were cancelled during first fortnight of January […]

Opposition Vows to Support Govt on Kashmir, China

New Delhi—Top central ministers and officials on Friday briefed opposition leaders, including from the Congress, Left and Samajwadi Party (SP), on the standoff with China and the situation in Kashmir, officials said. The briefing by home minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, defence minister Arun Jaitley and top officials, including national security advisor […]

The Shining Women of Kashmir

  A few years ago I had the pleasure of listening to Mossarat Qadeem of the Paiman Trust. Speaking of her work in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, she offered an interesting insight into women in conflict. According to her, one of the militant commander’s in the region used to set […]

Parched before the arriving rains

I am not a superstitious person and have no faith in Zodiac signs. In fact, let me confess, when a certain Gulf daily I worked for ran out of money one day I thoroughly enjoyed my duties as the stone-sub, lifting bromides from the previous year’s horoscope for the newspaper’s most popular and most irrelevant […]

Deception and Trickery in Plants and Animals

Plants and animals are so interdependent that many plants change themselves, and even where they grow, in order to accommodate insects. For instance, the Bee Orchid of the Mediterranean has adapted its colour, shape and texture to make itself look like a female bee. It also releases scents (pheromones) to attract male bees. In their […]

Sarfraz urges international teams to visit Pakistan

Karachi—If international teams can play in England despite all the issues they should also come to Pakistan to play cricket, captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at a gathering held in his honour at Karachi Press Club on Thursday. “It would be difficult to replace Misbah and Younis,” Ahmed accepted, but said that he hopes batsmen like […]

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