Structures Raised In Violation Of Building Permission Laws Under Scanner

SRINAGAR — While revised Master Plan of Srinagar-2035 has been notified, Amicus Curie advocate R A Jan on Friday submitted before the high court that the authorities can go ahead against constructions which have come up in violation of building permission laws.  Hearing a public Interest Litigation, a division bench of the high court was […]

Militant From Sopore Killed In Shopian

SHOPIAN / SOPORE — A militant reportedly affiliated with ISJK was killed in an early Friday morning encounter with government forces in Ram Nagri area of Herpora area of South Kashmirs Shopian district. Police sources identified the slain as Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi alias Abdulla bhai, a resident of Model town Sopore. A police spokesman in […]

Army Officers Accused Of Violating Poll Sanctity 

LEH — District Development Commissioner Leh, Avny Lavasa has asked Ladakh based General Officer Commanding 14 Corps to sensitise his officers about the sanctity of election process.  In a communiqué to Army Commander, DC Leh has written that a complaint has been received from a contesting candidate for the Ladakh Parliamentary Constituency for the Lok Sabha […]

Irregularities, Scams: Gov Constitutes Fact Finding Panels

SRINAGAR — Based on a large number of complaints coming to Governor and to Government from various quarters regarding irregularities in the functioning of different Departments, the Government has decided to constitute Fact Finding Committees headed by senior officers to go into these alleged irregularities, if any and identify those responsible for these. The Fact […]

Highway Remains Shut for 2nd Day

JAMMU — The Jammu-Srinagar Highway remained closed for traffic for the second consecutive day Friday due to fresh landslides in Ramban district that left over 3000 vehicles stranded, officials said. During the work of clearance of landslides at Digdol on the highway, fresh landslide took place resulting in closure of highway for the second day, […]

Carrying Cow Dung Baskets Degrading for Women: SHRC

SRINAGAR — The State Human Rights Commission said on Friday said that the age-old practice of women carrying cow-dung in baskets on their heads shall not be allowed, observing that it’s “degrading self respect” of the fairer gender.  “Taking a Suo-moto cognizance of old age practice in Kashmir carrying cow-dung to the fields by ladies folk […]

BJP Wanted To Keep J&K Issue Alive Till 2019 Polls: Sinha

SRINAGAR — Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s repeated references to Pakistan while campaigning for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday claimed the party is deliberately bringing up Pakistani threats as mentioning China would not arouse the same emotions. Sinha sought to attack the government on its Jammu and Kashmir policy, claiming […]

PM Modi Features On Time Magazine Cover With Controversial Headline

NEW DELHI  — American news magazine Time has featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the cover page of its May 20 issue with a headline that may create controversy across the India amid the election season. The headline reads “India’s Divider in Chief” that is and carries a caricature of the Prime Minister criticises Modi. […]

US B-52 Bombers Land In Qatar Over Unspecified Iran Threat

WASHINGTON — B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to deploy to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats from Iran have arrived at a major American air base in Qatar, the US Air Force acknowledged Friday. Images released by the US Air Force’s Central Command show B-52H Stratofortress bombers arriving at Al Udeid Air […]

Zarif: US Bullies Europe, EU Only Expresses Regret

TEHRAN — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the European Union should stop submitting to Washington’s dictates concerning Tehran instead of just expressing “regret” over the US’s anti-Iran policy. “EU statement today is why JCPOA is where it is: the US has bullied Europe—and rest of world—for a year and EU can only express […]