One More Massacre

The killing of seven more civilians during the encounter at Pulwama has once again underlined the continuing grim fallout of the state of impunity prevailing in the state. Three days after the killings, the situation has returned to normal.  Hartal has once again served as a ritual tribute to the deceased.  And at the end […]

Civilians Used As Human Shield In Pulwama: Report 

PULWAMA —The army allegedly used four residents of Pulwama village as human shields to scout for the exact hideout of the militants in the Sirnoo apple orchard where three militants and seven civilians were killed on December 15.  According to a report in the New Delhi based Economic Times, the Army allegedly dragged 35-year-old Firdous Ahmad Najar, […]

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh Visits South Kashmir, Commends Troops    

SRINAGAR — Three days after seven civilians were killed post a gunfight that left three militants and a soldier dead, the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Monday visited south Kashmir and “commended troops for their dedication to duty” and asked all ranks to maintain a “safe, secure and peaceful environment for the (people) […]

Pulwama Killings: Amnesty Demands Independent Probe

NEW DELHI  — The Amnesty International on Monday demanded an independent investigation into the recent death of seven civilians in clashes that followed an encounter in Pulwama. Seven civilians died on Saturday when security forces opened fire at a mob that had thronged the site of the encounter in the south Kashmir district in which […]

OIC Asks New Delhi To Allow Fact Finding Mission to Kashmir 

SRINAGAR — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the civilian killings in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and asked New Delhi to allow the organisation and its human rights wing to send a fact-finding mission to the valley.  In a series of tweets, OIC General Secretariat said: “OIC General Secretariat expressed strong condemnation of the killing […]

Governor Writes To GoI: Impose Prez Rule In J&K

JAMMU — Governor Satya Pal Malik has recommended the Centre to impose President’s rule in the State after the expiry of six-months of Governor’s rule on December 19, officials said on Monday. A communication from the Governor’s office has been sent to the Union Home Ministry which will be taken up by the Union Cabinet […]

JRL’s ‘Kill Us All’ March To Army Headquarters Foiled 

SRINAGAR — Authorities imposed curbs to thwart a protest march called by joint resistance leadership to Badamibagh, housing the headquarters of army’s 15 corps, even as protest shutdown against the killing of seven civilians in Pulwama on weekend continued for the third running day on Monday.  The JRL comprising Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali […]

Govt To Have Powers To Appoint Administrator, Professional Board For Cooperative Banks

JAMMU— The State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved amendments to the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Societies Act, 1989. The Bill seeks to replace the J&K Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 promulgated by the Hon’ble Governor on 14.06.2018.  The amendments will enable the Government to constitute a Board of Management or […]

2-Hours After Taking Oath As MP CM,Kamal Nath Waives Farm Loan

BHOPAL— Loans of up to Rs 2 lakh of Madhya Pradesh farmers will be waived, with Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday signing a file to the effect. Addressing the media, Kamal Nath said: “After joining this post (of Chief Minister), the first file I have signed is of farm loan waiver of Rs 2 lakh […]

Cong Takes Reins In 3 Hindi Heartland States

JAIPUR/BHOPAL/RAIPUR — Three Congress chief ministers on Monday took oath of office in three previously BJP-ruled Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh with most of the opposition leaders present in the swearing-in ceremonies that also turned into a show of unity against the saffron party. Ashok Gehlot was the first one to the […]