PDP Goes NC Way, To Boycott ULB, Panchayat Polls

SRINAGAR — The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), another regional party of Jammu and Kashmir, Monday announced it will boycott the municpal (UBL) and panchayat elections to be held later this month, days after the National Conference announced its decision to stay away from the polls. Addressing reporters after the party meeting, former Jammu and Kashmir […]

Hizb OGW Arrested In Kishtwar District: Police

JAMMU — A Hizb-ul-Mujahideen over ground worker (OGW was arrested from Kishtwar district in the state, police said Monday. The OGW was identified as Aiyaz Ahmad Wani. His brothers Riyaz Ahmad Wani and Niyaz Ahmad Wani, both of whom were militants, were killed in encounters with government forces in 1993 and 2003 respectively. On specific […]

Choking Internet In Kashmir: A Scourge

The world of today is altogether in contradiction to the times of the previous ages. Technology has taken the global order by a major revolutionary storm and made the world a knowledge driven global network. Internet is the constitutive element of the current times, sans which life seems to be a dead wood and bereft […]

The Significance Of September 8, 1982

This is a date that is indelibly etched in my mind for several reasons In her several visits to Kashmir in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Bilqees Taseer, an as­tute Kashmir observer, carefully noted that my maternal grandmother, Akbar Jehan Abdullah, was “given a share of the reverence which they [populace of Kashmir] always […]

Of Peace And Its Symbols!

If one were asked to pinpoint one reality that the Islamic World today lacks — is desper­ately in need of — one would not be widely off the mark in select­ing “peace”. How about devoting this col­umn to the symbols of peace? First, let us allude to the symbol ‘olive branch’. A look back at […]

Time For Centre To Reassure J&K On Article 35A

In a surprising turn of events, National Conference has decided to boycott the upcoming Urban Local Bodies and Panchayat polls, days after the party’s president Dr Farooq Abdullah at a function urged the people to participate in them for their “bright future”.  The party has asked the central government to clear its stance on Article […]

Merciless DPS Budgam Thrashes Army School 13-0

SRINAGAR — On the second day of the first of its kind ongoing night football tournament ‘Chinar Cup’ J&K being held at DPS Srinagar, Army Goodwill School (AGS) Hanjik clashed against DPS Budgam. The match was a one sided affair as DPS Budgam dominated the entire match scoring 13 goals to nill with DPS midfielder Fazal […]

You Can Stop Muharram Not The Message

Ban on the traditional Muharram processions especially 8th Muharram and 10th (Ashura) in Kashmir by the establishment since the rise of insurgency in the state in 1990s exposes their inability to rise to the occasion and guarantee fundamental rights of a community to perform their religious obligations. It also exposes successive governments lack of strategy and political […]

Omar Rules Out Any Alliance With BJP In JK

SRINAGAR — National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah Monday ruled out any alliance with the BJP for formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying such reports were “fake news” and “some psy-ops plan” designed to “unsettle” his party cadre. He in a Twitter post said that no alliance with the BJP is happening. […]

Govt Rules Out Excise Duty Cut As Petrol,Diesel Prices Hit Fresh High

NEW DELHI —  A cut in taxes on petrol and diesel is ruled out for now as neither the central government nor some states have the appetite to stomach revenue loss from such a move, a top government official said Monday. While a cut in excise duty that the central government levies will impact fiscal deficit, […]