My Doors are Open to Everyone: Sharma

New Delhi—The newly appointed interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma Tuesday said that his doors for dialogue are open to everyone. Sharma told news agency CNS that he is arriving in Kashmir Valley next week and hopefully will get a positive response from the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “I will be in Kashmir […]

‘Sharma understands pain of Kashmir’

Srinagar—Former RAW chief and Kashmir pointman A S Dulat Tuesday said that Hurriyat must welcome the announcement of ‘sustained dialogue’ and appointment of an interlocutor on Kashmir by the central government. Dulat said that he welcomes that decision of the central government to initiate talks on Kashmir. “I welcome the announcement. Dialogue must start. Though […]

Anantnag Bypoll: ECI Says Situation Not Conducive 

Srinagar—The election Commission of India has informed the J&K High Court that bypoll to Anantnag was rescinded due to prevailing law and order situation in south Kashmir. Replying to the contentions in a petition filed by one Ghulam Mohammad Wani, the Chief Electoral Officer said that ECI in exercise of its powers under article 324 […]

NIA Arrests Salahudin’s Son in Funding Case

Srinagar—India’s National Investigating Agency has arrested Shahid Yousuf, the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin in alleged funding case. The arrest of Shahid Yusuf, who works with the J&K agriculture department as village agriculture extension assistant and has a family home in Soibugh village, Budgam, comes barely a day after the Centre appointed a representative to […]

JRL calls for shutdown on Oct 27

Srinagar—Terming the 27 October as black day and the day of mourning for the Kashmiris, Joint Resistance Leaders comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on Friday October 27, 2017. JRL said, “71 years back India without any constitutional and moral justifications forcibly occupied […]

Shafqat Khan Shunted, Sent to Health & Medical Education

Srinagar—The State government on Tuesday transferred SMC Commissioner Dr Shafqat Khan and posted Riyaz Ahmad Wani, Director, Urban Local Bodies as SMC commissioner in his place. As per an order issued this evening the government repatriated Khan to his parent department, Health and Medical Education. “In the interest of administration, Mr Riyaz Ahmad Wani, KAS, […]

Zulfikar Divested of Info Portfolio

Srinagar—Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday withdrew the charge of Information Department from Food and Supplies Minister Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali, and assigned the crucial portfolio to herself. Ali has instead been assigned the additional charge of Tribal Affairs. “I, Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir, do hereby withdraw the charge of Information Department and assign […]

Loss Pegged at Rs 80 Cr As LoC Trade Remains Suspended

Srinagar—Suspension of cross-LoC trade between two parts of divided Kashmir for the last 16 weeks has resulted in a loss of over Rs 80 crore, an official said today. Trade across the Line of Control (LoC) was suspended on July 11 after heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side caused damage to trade facilitation […]

Envoy Free To Decide Whom to Talk To in Kashmir: GOI

New Delhi—The Centre on Tuesday said it was left to the newly-appointed interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir to decide whom to engage with even as the Congress alleged that the move was “only for publicity”. Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Dineshwar Sharma was on Monday appointed by the Centre as its special representative for a […]

Sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps as women struggle for food,water

Cox’s Bazaar—As Rohingya women struggle to access even the very basics such as food and water in Bangladesh’s overcrowded camps, a flourishing sex trade offers cash in times of desperation. Four women entered the clean-swept mud hut, took off their black shawls and sat cross-legged on the floor. When asked if they sold sex, the […]

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