Pulwama, Shopian Shuts Against Militant Killings

Srinagar—A complete shutdown was observed on Sunday in the twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir against the killing of two militants and a civilian on Saturday. All the shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads in both the districts. Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants including the outfit’s […]

Govt Official ‘Disrespects’ National Anthem in Kishtwar; Probe Ordered

Jammu—A probe has been ordered into the alleged disrespect of the national anthem by a government officer at a school in Kishtwar, an official said Sunday, calling on people to maintain peace in the area. Students and teachers alleged that Assistant commissioner revenue (ACR) M S Khan, who had gone to the school on Thursday […]

Braid Chopping Incidents Soar Across Kashmir Valley

Srinagar—With several incidents of Braid Chopping reported on Sunday, the state government continues to remain helpless over the mysterious chopping of hair of Kashmiri womenfolk. The J&K Police, which has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT), to probe the Braid Chopping incidents continue to remain clueless, which has created more resentment among the local populace. […]

Is IS actually bad? UnIslamic?

  Pakistan’s military and government have proscribed the militant Islamic State (IS, aka Daesh) group and declared it an enemy organisation. They have never explained why. Of course, IS’s atrocities — which include beheadings, crucifixions, suicide bombings, and intimidation of civilians in captured territories — have been condemned by many. It is also a fact […]

Favouritism,biases & politics: Here’s what is plaguing cricket in Kashmir

Kashmir Valley is perhaps the only place on earth where a gentleman’s game is run in a un-gentlemanly style since decades. It appears that the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), the restive region’s premier cricketing body, loves to court controversies one after another. In doing so, the JKCA more often brings disrepute to the […]

Assessing Trump’s Criticisms of Iran and the Nuclear Deal

US President Donald Trump Friday announced a hostile shift in US policy toward Iran, alleging that the Islamic Republic has performed short of its obligations under its international nuclear deal. Trump’s diatribe was billed as an address outlining a more aggressive US strategy toward Iran, aimed at “fixing” the nuclear accord and rolling back Tehran’s “malign” influence across […]

India’s economic slowdown due to demonetisation,GST;need structural reforms:IMF

Washington—The IMF has suggested a three-pronged approach for structural reform in India that includes addressing the corporate and banking sector weaknesses, continued fiscal consolidation through revenue measure, and improving the efficiency of labour and product markets. Deputy Director Asia Pacific Department of IMF, Kenneth Kang, said the favorable outlook for Asia was an important opportunity […]

RBI’s policies not growth-friendly: FICCI chief

Mumbai—FICCI President Pankaj Patel on Friday slammed the Reserve Bank of India over its reluctance to cut interest rate, saying its policies were “not industry-friendly” and posed a hurdle in the country’s economic growth. In its latest monetary policy review on October 4, the RBI had kept the policy rate unchanged at 6 per cent […]

Officers not attending DDB meetings ‘embarrasses’ Govt 

Srinagar—The state government on said that many officers don’t attend broad meetings which causes embarrassing situation for it.     ‘It has been brought into the notice of the General Administration Department that many officers of the level of Head of Department do not attend review meetings of District Development Boards thus compelling the respective Chairpersons of […]

Mehbooba convenes public redressal camp at Ramban

Ramban—Further deepening her massive public outreach programme, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Saturday visited Ramban to convene public grievances redressal camp in which scores of deputations and hundreds of people from the hilly and cut off areas of the district apprised her of their problems. The deputations came from the most hilly and far flung areas […]

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