Timely Elections Test For PM Modi, Says Omar  

SRINAGAR — Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said holding Lok Sabha and Assembly elections simultaneously in Jammu and Kashmir was a test for Prime Minister Modi. Talking to reporters in Shangus area of Anantnag, Omar said that the scheduled visit of Election Commission of India (ECI) officials to the state was deferred due to […]

Sentry Fires In Kulgam, CASO In Pulwama 

KULGAM — A sentry at Yaripora Police Station in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday evening fired few rounds in the air after noticing some suspicious movement near the police station. A  police official said that at around 7:47 pm, a sentry posted at police station Yaripora fired few shots in the air after observing […]

Modi Wasted 5 Years: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI — Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “wasted” five years of the country’s precious time and added that the time for “change” had come. Gandhi said he wants to see Chinese youngsters using phones that say “Made in India” and not the other way round.  “We can […]

George Fernandes, India’s Only Minister of Kashmir Affairs, Dead

NEW DELHI —  Former defence minister George Fernandes passed away Tuesday following a prolonged illness, his family sources said. Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, he contracted swine flu, they said. The National Front Government of V.P. Singh made him Minister for Kashmir Affairs in addition to the charge as Railway Minister. Fernandes was India’s […]

Woman’s Killing:HC Orders CBI Probe For Accused Being Police Officer   

SRINAGAR — Observing that there have definite attempts to shield accused, a police officer, J&K high court has ordered CBI probe into the killing of woman due to gun shot at her house in Jammu last year. As per police on 26 February last year, an information was received at Police Station, Pacca Danga, Jammu that […]

George Fernandes: The Man Who Threw Coca-Cola Out Of India

NEW DELHI — In 1977, he threw Coca-Cola out of India and two-and-a-half decades later, put spokes in the sale of India’s second-biggest fuel retailer HPCL to the likes of Reliance Industries and Royal Dutch Shell. That was George Mathew Fernandes, former defence minister in the Vajpayee government who died Tuesday. A firebrand trade unionist […]

Pak FM Qureshi Telephones Mirwaiz    

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday rang up Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and briefed him about the efforts being made by his country to highlight human rights violations in Kashmir. Qureshi also discussed with him Islamabad’s efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue. Though there was no immediate reaction from the […]

US Charges China’s Huawei, Top Executive With Bank Fraud

WASHINGTON — The US Department of Justice has filed a series of criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and top executive Meng Wanzhou, who are accused of misleading banks about the company’s business and violating US sanctions against Iran. The company is also charged in a separate indictment with stealing […]

Pak SC Rejects Review Plea Against Christian Woman’s Acquittal In Blasphemy Case

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the review petition filed against the acquittal of a Christian woman who was on death row for eight years on charges of blasphemy. The apex court’s decision in October to overturn the conviction of Aasia Bibi sparked nationwide protests and death threats from hardline groups. A three-member […]

Confiscated Benami Assets Worth Rs 6,900 Cr: I-T Dept

NEW DELHI — The Income Tax Department has confiscated assets worth Rs 6,900 crore till now as part of its action under the anti-benami transactions law, the agency said in a public advertisement today. The message issued in dealing dailies said people who “abet and induce” benami transactions, benamidar (in whose name benami property is […]

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