LS Polls Come To Close; Over 64% Voting In Last Phase

NEW DELHI — Voting for the marathon seven-phased Lok Sabha elections came to a close on Sunday as 64.26 per cent turnout was recorded in the the last phase of polls in 59 seats, which also featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi. The highest ever voter turnout for a Lok Sabha election at 66.40 per […]

Exit Polls Predict Another Term For Modi,Some Forecast 300+ Seats For NDA

NEW DELHI — Most exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha. Exit polls were, however, divided in their prediction for the politically most crucial state […]

Cross LOC Trade: Authorities Start Installation Of Truck Scanners

SRINAGAR — Amid the suspension of cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade, the authorities are working on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in the Kashmir valley and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu.  The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on April 18 had suspended the cross-LoC trade in J&K, saying that it […]

Shortage Of Subsidized Sugar Mars Ramazan Festivities      

SRINAGAR —With public distribution discontinued from government ration-depots for last several months, the shortage of sugar has taken a toll on common people, especially during the month of Ramazan.  The  demand of sugar during the month of Ramazan increases manifold as it is used as an ingredient during Iftaar and Sehri preparations..  Compared to the sugar […]

Man Held For ‘Raping Teenage Girl’

JAMMU —A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth here and the accused has been arrested, police said Saturday.  A family lodged a written complaint at police station Janipur Friday, alleging Karan Singh, a resident of Shivalik Puram, allegedly abducted their minor daughter and raped her in captivity, a police official said.  He said […]

PaK Resident Held In Tanghdar    

SRINAGAR — A resident of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) was held by the army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tanghdar area of Kupwara district of north Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.  They said that Shabir Ahmad son of Mir Wali of Manjkote was apprehended near Diler post at Amrohi by army’s 17 Bihar regiment on […]

Migrant Employees Demand Completion Of Accommodation

SRINAGAR —Kashmiri migrant employees, who were given government jobs in the Valley under Prime Minister’s package for migrants, Saturday staged a protest here demanding early completion of residential accommodation for them.  The employees, most of them Kashmiri pandits, assembled at Pratap Park here to stage the protest in support of their demands.  The main demand […]

Geelani Convenes Shoora Meet  

SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Saturday convened a meeting of the separatist group’s Majlis Shoora (Consultative Body) here to discuss the “prevailing political situation of Jammu and Kashmir.” “After taking a serious note of the broad discussion, opinions and proposals put forward by Shoora members, Geelani  in his presidential address said that the […]

‘Hafta-e-Shahadat’ Commences With Special Prayers  

SRINAGAR — Recitation of Quran and special payers across Kashmir marked the commencement of “Hafta-e-Shadat” to commemorate the death anniversaries of slain Hurriyat leaders Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and  Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone and victims of Hawal massacre of May 21, 1990.   “The main function for the recitation of Holy Quran and offering of special Fateh prayers […]

JKLF Zonal President Booked Under PSA  

SRINAGAR — Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Mattan jail Anantnag on Saturday, the party said in  a statement.  JKLF chief spokesperson Muhammad Rafiq Dar in a statement said that Noor Muhammad Kalwal was arrested by police on 30 April 2019 and was […]