42 J&K Policemen Killed in 1 Year: Report

New Delhi— As many as 383 police personnel, including 56 belonging to the Border Security Force and 42 from Jammu and Kashmir, have laid down their lives in the line of duty in the last one year, director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain said on Saturday. Addressing the Police Commemoration Day, where home minister Rajnath […]

Noise Pollution in Hospitals, Colleges Crosses Limits in Srinagar   

Srinagar— Higher air contamination apart, the noise pollution levels in Srinagar too have crossed permissible limits, especially near hospitals and educational institutions.   According to State Pollution Control Board’s recent noise monitoring report regarding five locations in this summer capital, the noise levels are above WHO permissible standards especially during the day time.     Outside […]

Govt permits banks to sell more small savings schemes

New Delhi—In order to encourage savings, the government has allowed banks, including top three private sector lenders, to accept deposits under various small savings schemes like National Savings Certificate (NSC), recurring deposits and monthly income plan. Until now, most of the small savings schemes were sold through post offices. According to a recent government notification, […]

Govt making innovative interventions to boost horticulture sector: Basharat

Srinagar—Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari today said necessary interventions and innovative measures are being implemented so that JK’s horticulture sector is properly augmented both in terms of human resource and infrastructure. The Minister was addressing officers during a meeting held in sequel to the pre-budget meeting with the Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb A […]

Gurezi for early tendering of Bandipora-Gurez Transmission line

Srinagar—The Deputy Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi Friday asked the Power Development Department (PDD) to immediately issue tenders for Bandipora-Gurez transmission line and start construction work on the project so that it is completed within stipulated time frame. The instruction was given by the Deputy Speaker in a meeting of officers […]

India-Pak peace has no takers

Ashley Tellis’s 91-page essay ‘Are India-Pakistan Peace Talks Worth a Damn?’ is compelling reading even if Mani Shankar Aiyar and the Wagah candle-walas disagree with its arguments and conclusion. It also sheds interesting light on the U.S. stand on the India-Pakistan problem. Mr. Tellis, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, suggests […]

‘Ghaddaar’: A Betrayal Worth Recalling

Krishan Chander was the fourth pillar of Urdu literature, along with Sa’adat Hassan Manto, Ismat Chughtai and Rajender Singh Bedi. He has been referred to as Asia’s supreme storyteller – ‘Asia ka azeem afsananigaar’ – from the 20th century, and so it is a delight when one of his books is translated into English, especially […]

50 killed in Kabul mosque blasts

Kabul—At least 50 people have been killed in two bomb attacks that targeted two mosques in Afghanistan. The first explosion rocked Imam Zaman mosque in the western district of Dasht-e-Barchi in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday as worshipers had gathered for prayers. A top security official said security forces at the scene had removed at […]

UNICEF: Rohingya children refugees face ‘hell on earth’

Geneva—UNICEF says the children who make up most of the nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are seeing a “hell on earth” in overcrowded, muddy and squalid refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. The U.N. children’s agency has issued a report that documents the plight of children who account for 58 percent […]

No Rohingya woman safe as rapists run rampant, say experts

Cox Bazar—Rape is being used as a weapon of war in the Rohingya crisis, with no woman safe from the risk of sexual attack as Myanmar’s Muslim minority is driven out of its homeland, according to experts in the field and those caught up in the crisis. Doctors treating some of the hundreds of thousands […]

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