Bangladesh: 9 People Sentenced To Death For ’94 Hasina Attack

DHAKA — A Bangladesh court has sentenced nine opposition activists to death and 25 others to life in prison for an attack on a train carrying political leader Sheikh Hasina 24 years ago. The current prime minister and then-opposition leader, Hasina was riding a passenger train attacked at Pakshi Rail Station on September 23, 1994. The attackers fired shots […]

England Crush Kiwis With 119-Run Victory To Reach World Cup Semi-Finals

CHESTER-LE-STREET — England entered the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the 1992 edition, beating an erring New Zealand by 119 runs to fuel their “dream” of winning a maiden title. Jonny Bairstow, who smashed 106 off 99 balls to become the first Englishman to score back-to-back hundreds in a World Cup, was mainly […]

Illegal Constructions, Axing Trees Galore In Gulmarg

SRINAGAR — Under the garb of renovations, illegal and unauthorized constructions are going on alongside large scale felling of trees in ecologically fragile Gulmarg, Registrar Judicial of the High Court has said in her report.  Taking cognizance of the report, the state’s top court ordered slew of directions to prevent unauthorized and illegal constructions under the […]

GoI Working On 3-Pronged Strategy To Win Trust In J&K: Report

NEW DELHI —With Parliament approving a six-month extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, the government of India has initiated a three-pronged strategy to improve political and economic environment in the state, officials disclosed on Wednesday. The Centre’s priority areas in the state are: wining people’s trust in the administrative system, isolating militant and separatist […]

Fee Hike: SHRC Asks IGP Kashmir Ensure ‘At Least FIR Is Lodged’

SRINAGAR — State Human Rights Commission has directed IGP Kashmir to see FIR against the management of a school was registered in consonance with orders of fee fixation committee.  “The IGP Kashmir Zone is directed to go through the spectrum of the case and see to it that at least FIR is lodged against the management […]

Srinagar Records Season’s Highest Temperature

SRINAGAR —Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Wednesday recorded the season’s highest temperature at 32.5 degrees Celsius, while the heatwave prevailed in Jammu, the meteorological department said. The day temperature in Jammu settled at 41.0 degrees Celsius, around 4 degrees above normal.  At 30.1 degrees Celsius, the night temperature in Jammu was up […]

Munshi Ghulam Hassan No More

SRINAGAR — Munshi Ghulam Hassan, a noted civil society activist and former Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank passed away on Wednesday after brief illness at his residence in Nowpora, Srinagar. Hassan, who also served as the Sales Tax Commissioner, passed away at around 5 pm on Wednesday, family sources said. He was laid […]

Cabinet Approves Code On Wages Bill

NEW DELHI — The Union Cabinet Wednesday approved the Code on Wages Bill which seeks to subsume existing laws related to workers remuneration and enable the Centre to fix minimum wages for the entire country. The Code on Wages is one of the four codes that would subsume 44 labour laws with certain amendments to improve […]

What If Palestinians ‘Take The Money And Run?’

I wasn’t at the “Peace to Prosperity” Summit, but I listened to some of the speeches and read the documents the White House produced for the event. Nothing that I saw or read changed my belief that the entire affair was long on fantasy, short on reality. Even with that, however, a heretical thought came […]

Outreach Is The Answer

In his recent speech in the parliament, the home minister Amit Shah has said that those against India in Kashmir should have fear in their hearts.  He didn’t appear to set much store by the talks with Hurriyat. “Those having intentions to set the state on fire, having intentions to separate Kashmir from India and […]