No GST on Any Pilgrimage: Govt

Srinagar: The government Thursday said that no pilgrimage has been taxed under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) but the tax will be levied on airfares. A senior official in the government’s finance department said that under the GST 5 % tax is being levied on airfares. “This is not tax on Hajj, Umrah […]

RSS Man Kovind Elected President of India

New Delhi—Thirty-seven years after the formation of the BJP, the saffron outfit succeeded in installing one from its ranks, Ram Nath Kovind, as the 14th President of the country. Kovind, a Dalit BJP leader with humble beginnings defeated combined opposition candidate Meira Kumar in a straight fight by a huge margin, becoming the first BJP […]

Sarfraz wants to make Pakistan the top side in all three formats

Lahore—Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Thursday expressed his resolve to make Pakistan the number one team in all three formats of the game. Ahmed, who was recently appointed Test captain, will now lead Pakistan in all three formats. He had taken over as Pakistan’s T20 captain after Shahid Afridi stepped down from the post following the […]

Master XI, JCC post easy victories

Srinagar—Master XI Ompora and JCC Magam secured victories in their respective Syed Aga Mehdi Memorial Cricket Tournament fixtures played at Sports Stadium Budgam on Thursday. The first game of the day saw Master XI beat SCC Chadoora by 20 runs. . Batting first Master-XI were all-out for 150 inside 20 overs. In reply, SCC Chadoora […]

Ram Nath Kovind elected new President of India

New Delhi—National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been declared as the 14th President of India. Kovind won the Presidential election by a margin of 3,34,730 votes, with the Opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar having beem limited to 3,67,314 votes. The presidential election on July 17 saw close to 100 percent polling. A total of 771 members […]

16 security personnel killed in Afghanistan

Kabul—Sixteen security personnel were killed and seven others injured on Thursday when Taliban militants attacked checkpoints in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, an official said.   “A group of Taliban militants attacked the checkpoints in Shah Walikot district at around 2 a.m.,” the official told Xinhua news agency. He said some militants were also killed in the […]

Won’t talk until India withdraws troops: China

Beijing— China said Thursday that diplomatic channels with India remained “unimpeded” to discuss the military standoff in Sikkim sector but reiterated that the withdrawal of the Indian troops from Doklam area is a “precondition” for any meaningful dialogue.  “Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters, confirming talks between Indian and Chinese […]

AIDS killed 1 million in 2016: UN

  Paris— AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, a UN report said Thursday proclaiming “the scales have tipped”. Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of […]

In Valley, no magic bullet

  A little over half of 2017 has gone by and the tally of terrorists killed stands at 105, the highest in a number of years. If it is any small consolation to the families, the deaths of Feroz Ahmad Dar and Ayub Pandit have been “avenged” by the killing of those terrorists who perpetrated […]

A journalist’s account of why Kashmir is a paradise in peril

Me: So why don’t you start studying again? Baba: No, I can’t… Me: But why? Baba: It’s of no use, I have eight FIRs against me madam. The first one was registered when I was on my way to school. They picked me up, slapped me, let me off me after three days. The second […]

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