Cabinet Okays Regularisation of Casual, Seasonal Labourers, Dailywagers

Srinagar—The state cabinet which met here Monday under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti accepted the report of the high level committee headed by the Chief Secretary laying out a roadmap for absorption/regularization of Casual/Seasonal Labourers/ Daily Rated Workers so as to ensure sustainable livelihood to thousands of persons and engagements which were made […]

Non-local Labourers Flee South Kashmir

Srinagar—Day after a non-local labourer was shot dead in Kulgam, fear has gripped the non-local labourers who have started packing their bags from South Kashmir interiors. In Wachi, hundreds of non-locals have already left the villages after posters appeared asking non-locals to leave the valley. “Most of my other fellows have left. I am just […]

Geelani Dismayed At Innocent Killings

Srinagar—Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Monday said that innocent killings can prove detrimental for ongoing freedom movement. Reacting to the recent civilian killings in Tral and Arwani, Geelani said that in armed confrontation between warring groups, the casualties are expected, however killing innocents neither serve any purpose for movement, nor does it […]

SMAS to Poor Girls:HC Pulls Up SWD for Delaying Benefits 

Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday chided social welfare department for extending the timeline from 15 days to 22 days for processing and disbursement of benefits to poor girls under SMAS and HUNAR. Under State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS), an eligible poor girl beneficiary is entitled to get one-time financial assistance of Rs […]

Ex IB Chief Is PM Modi’s New Man For Kashmir

New Delhi—In an apparent shift from its no lenient approach policy, BJP led Central government Monday announced its decision to start a dialogue process and appointed former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma as its representative for talks with “all” stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home minister Rajnath Singh said Dineshwar Sharma, 63, who […]

Indian Army among the strongest in the world: General Rawat

Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand)—Indian Army is one of the strongest armies in the world, thanks to its committed regiments and personnel like those in the 3 Kumaon Rifles, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said Monday.    The Army chief was here to honour soldiers, retired personnel and veer naris (wives of soldiers killed on the line of […]

Thousands of fish wash ashore Jhelum river in Srinagar

Srinagar: Thousands of fish washed ashore River Jhelum in Srinagar leading to panic among residents, but the district administration said most of the fish were not dead suggesting the oxygen content in the water could be low. Thousands of fish were seen floating on the surface of the river at several places, officials said. The […]

A new alliance between Iran, Pak

US is having issues with Pakistan and Turkey. Both these countries are important ally of US. Pakistan, supported US in Afghanistan war, while on the other hand, Turkey is an important NATO ally. The relationship is going through most difficult  times. Between US and Turkey, it was visa ban that caused tension. Although, it has […]

The Bijbehara massacre

Twenty-four years ago, on the 22nd of October, 1993, Bijbehara, my hometown, was struck by a vicious massacre that killed scores of peaceful protesters who were demanding revocation of the military siege of the famous shrine, Dargah Hazratbal. According to the state government’s own magisterial enquiry report, “a procession of 2,000 to 3,000 people” that […]

Changing South Asian Geopolitical Scene

If the US Secretary of State Rex W. Tellerson’s speech at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington is anything to go by, American tilt towards India is now a fait accompli. In the twenty minutes of his speech Tellerson devoted just three sentences to Pakistan. And that too calling upon the country […]