KO-Archives-April,2,2005:VAT Comes Into Force Amid Protests

SRINAGAR —  In accordance with a widely followed international practice, a Value Added Tax (VAT) system came into effect in Jammu and Kash­mir and 20 other stales Friday despite protests from sections of traders across India. Modern pro-reform VAT, regarded as a rational system that prevents cascading effect of tax checks evasion and augments revenues […]

Article 35 A: A Rejoinder To Arun Jaitley

By Abdul Majid Zargar  Through a written blog followed by his tweet, Union Finance Minster Mr. Arun Jailey has yet again stirred the issue of Article 35A due to be adjudicated by Supreme court any time now. His tweet on the issue reads as: [[{“type”:”media”,”fid”:”39289″,”view_mode”:”wysiwyg”,”instance_fields”:”override”,”link_text”:”Embedded rich media on Twitter”}]] Article 35A surreptitiously inserted by Pt. […]

Facebook says removed pages linked to Congress party ahead of polls

Facebook Inc said on Monday it was removing 687 pages and accounts linked to India’s main opposition Congress party, just days before voting begins in a general election, because of “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on the social media platform. The announcement marks a rare action from Facebook against a prominent political party in a country where […]

Existential Question !

The finance minister Arun Jaitley’s post about the Article 35A has once again brought the sensitive issue back to the centre stage. And this time not only in Kashmir but also in India’s ongoing high stakes election campaign.  In his post Jaitley termed the Article 35A as “constitutionally vulnerable” as it was “surreptitiously introduced” into […]

Facebook removes accounts linked to Pakistani military employees

ISLAMABAD :- Facebook has removed 103 pages, groups and accounts that were part of a network it said was linked to employees of the Pakistani military’s public relations arm, the social media group announced on Monday. A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis […]

Pak clerics declare forceful conversion of Hindu girls un-Islamic

ISLAMABAD:- Pakistan’s senior Muslim clerics and representatives from different religions have condemned forceful conversions, saying Islam doesn’t allow such acts and Muslims must provide better environment to minorities in their areas, according to a media report.Reports revealed that the representatives further agreed that the prevailing issue of Hindu girls and other subsequent matters should be settled in […]

Counting of VVPAT slips: Opposition leaders get a week to reply

New Delhi:- The Supreme Court Monday asked 21 opposition leaders to file within a week their reply on the Election Commission’s affidavit on their plea regarding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in Lok Sabha polls. The opposition leaders led by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had sought that VVPAT slips of at […]

Khashoggi’s murderers received training in US: report

Washington: Members of the Saudi team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi received training in the United States, the Washington Post has reported, revealing other new elements in the death of the newspaper’s former contributor. A critic of the Saudi regime, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a […]

Erdogan loses capital in Turkish elections

Ankara:- Turkey’s ruling party has suffered major setbacks in local elections, losing control of the capital and potentially also Istanbul. According to unofficial results, the ruling party lost the capital, Ankara. The head of Turkey’s electoral board said the opposition was also leading in Istanbul by nearly 28,000 votes. Sunday’s local elections were widely seen […]

Pakistan appoints its envoy to India as new foreign secretary

ISLAMABAD:- Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India and seasoned diplomat Sohail Mahmood will be the country’s new foreign secretary, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced Sunday. Qureshi, while talking to reporters in Multan, said that the decision to appoint Mahmood as foreign secretary had been made following discussions with Prime Minister Imran Khan. “Sohail Mahmood is […]