‘No Simultaneous State,LS-Polls Is Modi’s Surrender To Pak,Militants’

SRINAGAR — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “surrendered” before Pakistan, militants and Hurriyat, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah said on Sunday, soon after the Election Commission’s no to simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir. The EC announced the schedule for Lok Sabha polls to be held in seven phases across the […]

As Fuel-Prices Spike Before Polls, Centre Seeks Saudi Help To Cool Rates

NEW DELHI —With oil prices on the boil just as general elections are announced, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has asked world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia to play an active role in keeping rates at a reasonable level. Petrol and diesel prices have risen by over Rs 2 per litre in last one month as […]

J&K Parties Criticise Decision To Defer Assembly Poll, Slam Modi Govt

SRINAGAR — Parties in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday criticised the decision to defer assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir and blamed the Centre for “mishandling” the security situation and “surrendering” to militants and Hurriyat. The Congress, National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flayed the Centre for not holding the assembly polls along with the […]

Respect Wisdom Of EC,Simultaneous Polls Not Possible In J&K: CEO

JAMMU — Amid criticism by political parties over the ECI’s decision not to hold state polls with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shalinder Kumar Sunday said “we must respect the wisdom of the election commission” as simultaneous polls were not possible due to the prevailing security situation in […]

Lok Sabha Polls In 7-Phases From April 11;Counting On May 23:EC

NEW DELHI — Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting the countdown for a mega electoral battle where the BJP will pitch for a re-election of the Modi […]

EC Imposes Model Code Of Conduct With Immediate Effect

NEW DELHI — The Election Commission on Sunday imposed model code of conduct’ with immediate effect for the Lok Sabha elections and announced that voter verifiable paper audit trail’ will be used in all polling stations this time. Among other things, the model code of conduct bars the government from announcing any policy move that […]

South Kashmir: 2 Militants Kiled In Tral Gunfight

SRINAGAR — Two militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Pinglish area of Tral in South Kashmir’ s Pulwama district on Sunday. A police official said that two militants have been killed and their bodies have been recovered along with as many rifles. The identities of the slain militants are yet to be ascertained, the officer […]

Lok Sabha Elections In J&K On Time, Assembly Polls Delayed

SRINAGAR — The elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls which will be held in five phases from April 11, Election Commission said on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that after several rounds of consultations with home ministry, […]

Ethiopian Airlines Flight Bound For Nairobi Crashes, All 157 On Board Killed

BISHOFTU — A Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa Sunday, killing all 149 passengers, including four Indians, and eight crew on board, Ethiopian Airlines said as world leaders offered condolences to distraught next-of-kin. People holding passports from 32 countries and the UN were on board the plane which ploughed […]

#LetWomenSpeak: Srinagar Women Speak About Life & Times

Srinagar: ‘Sahuliyat Kashmir’ held an open mic session #LetWomenSpeak at Winterfell cafe here on Sunday. The event attended by scores of participants saw women speakers sheding light on various aspects of their life and struggles. “The event was held to give women the privilege to speak about their lives, sufferings, ascents and descents and how […]

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