PCI Adopts Report of Sub-committee on Media in J&K

Srinagar—The Press Council of India (PCI) today adopted a report of its sub-committee on media in Jammu and Kashmir which suggested a slew of measures for protection of freedom of speech and welfare of the journalists in the state. Among the measures recommended by the council are providing bullet proof jackets and helmets to the […]

KEG Tells PCI to Restore Its Credibility in Kashmir

  Srinagar—Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) Monday conveyed its concerns towards Press Council of India’s (PCI) silence over issues confronting media in Kashmir for past 30 years. A KEG delegation which met a full member council which is in Srinagar and is led by PCI Chairman Justice (Rtd) C K Prasad briefed it about challenging circumstances […]

Govt Rules Out Separate Panchayat, Civic Polls

Srinagar—Despite demands for separate Panchayat and civic polls for Jammu and Ladkah regions, the government has made it clear that these elections won’t be held separately. Official sources said that due to the unfavorable situation in the Kashmir region, political parties from Jammu had demanded that Panchayat and civic polls should be conducted in Jammu […]

Nobel Laureate Refuses to Take Position on Use of Pellet Guns

Srinagar—Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who is in Kashmir Monday refused to talk about the use of pellet guns in Kashmir Valley. During his colloquy with journalists here in Kashmir capital Srinagar, Satyarthi refused to take a position on the use of pellet guns when a reporter wanted to know his perception in this regard. “I […]

7th Pay Panel Will Remove Anomalies: Drabu

Srinagar—Outlining the system of addressing pay anomaly in various cadres of state employees, Minister for Finance and Labour & Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu Monday said the new system will greatly simplify the system of administration. “We will use the opportunity of 7th Pay Commission to do a major clean-up of the pay anomaly in the […]

Braid Chopping Scare: Valley Shuts to Protest Govt Inaction

Srinagar—In an unprecedented move people across Kashmir valley observed a complete strike to protest recent phenomenon of braid cutting of women by unidentified persons who separatists, the proponents of the strike, allege are patronized by the state. Normal life was hit as markets remained shut and streets were deserted on the strike called by Joint […]

Music and Politics

When sound of the piano of famous singer-composer Adnan Sami wafted across the lawns of the SKICC in Srinagar, rows of the empty seats in the audience seemed to mock the music. Fewer common people were present in the audience, something that spoke to the elitist nature of the event. A large chunk of the […]

16 kids die at Gorakhpur’s infamous BRD Medical College in last 24-hrs

Lucknow—Sixteen children, including ten infants, died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur during the last 24 hours, authorities said on Monday. Of the children who died, ten were admitted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) while six were in the paediatric ICU. According to reports, 20 patients — including six […]