100 Addl CAPF Companies Being Deployed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR — In a significant development, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the sanction for deployment of 100 additional companies of government forces in the State in a bid to strengthen the counter insurgency grid and to maintain law and order situation, an official order reveals. “In order to strengthen the counter insurgency grid […]

Pakistan Can Not Fight War With India: Rajnath

NEW DELHI — Pakistan can neither fight a full-fledged nor a limited war with India and is waging a proxy war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. He was speaking in Lok Sabha on the 20th anniversary of Kargil conflict as Parliament paid tributes to Indian soldiers who drove out enemy forces and reclaimed Kargil […]

India, Pak Should Peacefully Settle Kashmir Issue: China

BEIJING — China on Friday said India and Pakistan should peacefully settle the Kashmir issue and other disputes through dialogue and expressed its support to the international community, including the US, in playing a “constructive role” to improve the Indo-Pak ties. China’s reaction came after US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to be the “mediator” […]

SHRC Orders Case, CB Probe Into 2011 Sopore ‘Fake Encounter’

SRINAGAR —The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday ordered registration of a case into the “fake encounter” killing of a 10th standard student of Sopore in 2011 and ordered investigation by Crime Branch to be headed by SSP rank official or above, observing that “truth will die unnatural death” otherwise. The student was allegedly […]

Gujarat Police Arrests Anantnag Resident in 2002 Case

GANDHINAGAR — Mohammad Yasin Bhat, alleged prime conspirator of the 2002 Akshardham Temple attack here, was arrested by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad from Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, an official said. Thirty-three persons, including a National Security Guard (NSG) commando, died when two gunmen opened fire inside the Akshardham temple complex here on September 24, […]

2 Ex-Agri Officials, Now In Late 70s,Get 1-Year Jail In Graft Case

SRINAGAR — Two former officials of government agriculture production department who are in their late seventies have been convicted and sentenced to one year’s jail and varied fines by a Special Judge, Anti-Corruption Kashmir, after fifteen years of trial in connection with a corruption case. “Prosecution has succeeded in proving charge that accused abused their […]

Kashmir No Longer Issue With Int’l Community: Army Chief

SRINAGAR — Kashmir is no longer an issue with the international community, Army chief Bipin Rawat on Friday said even as he warned Pakistan against a repeat of its “Kargil-like misadventure.” He also appealed to Kashmiri youth to shun guns and look after their families for a better and peaceful future.  “Indian Army stands resolute […]

Climate Change Eats Output of Top Food Crops in J&K

Agriculture production has always been at the mercy of unpredictable weather, but a rapidly changing climate is making agriculture production an even more vulnerable enterprise. With changes in rainfall patterns, farmers face dual threats from flooding and drought. Both extremes can destroy food crops. Flooding washes away fertile topsoil that farmers depend on for productivity, while droughts […]

Pakistan Pacer Mohammad Amir Retires From Test Cricket

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s tarnished left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir retired from Test cricket on Friday but affirmed his commitment to continue playing limited-overs for his country. Convicted in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England, the 27-year-old has been indicating for some time now that he wanted to quit playing Test cricket and focus on ODIs and T20s. […]

Govt To Promote JK As Ideal, Safe Tourist Destination: Navin

SRINAGAR — Principal Secretary, Tourism, Navin Kumar Choudhary today chaired an interactive session with representatives of various tourism associations and other stakeholders of tourism industry here. Director Tourism Kashmir, Nisar Ahmad Wani, Director Tourism Jammu, Deepika Kumari Sharma, Additional Secretary Tourism Prasanna Ramaswamy, officials from JKTDC, Tourism Department, representatives of various tourism associations including Nigeen […]

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