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9 killed in Sinthan car crash

SRINAGAR: At least nine state employees, including a doctor and an officer, died when an official cab that belonged to the state’s Sheep Husbandry Department rolled into a 400 meter deep gorge near Kaaj Morh of the deadly Kishtawar-Sinthan road early Tuesday morning.   The tragic accident has once again brought into sharp focus the […]

BJP’s One-Flag Cry Doesn’t Bother Separatists

SRINAGAR: As the BJP put forth its demand to abolish the two flag system in Jammu and Kashmir, the same has found little significance in the pro-freedom camp with the amalgam led by Syed Ali Geelani terming it as a ‘non-issue’. How could this be a topic of debate in Kashmir, it has nothing to […]

Handover Dal Lake to UN, PDP tells Govt.

SRINAGAR: Expressing surprise and dismay over the stoppage of funds for the Dal lake conservation programme, senior PDP leader and Member Parliament  Tariq Hameed Karra Tuesday accused NC-Congress coalition government of striking at the very foundation of the vital institutions in Kashmir. “Having lost ground and people’s trust, NC now seems to be hell bent […]

Poll tickets trigger ripples in PDP

SOPORE:  A day after workers from Pulwama’s Rajpora constituency staged a demonstration outside Mufti Sayeed’s residence, the Peoples Democratic Party faced yet another crisis in Baramulla’s Sopore segment on Tuesday. Reports said resentment was brewing among People’s Democratic Party workers after the party awarded mandate for Sopore constituency to the brother-in-law of senior leader Muhammad […]

India mulls privatizing railways

New Delhi: Presenting his maiden Rail Budget in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda announced 58 new trains including 5 new Jansadharans, 5 premium trains, 6 AC express, 27 express trains, 8 passenger trains, 2 MEMU trains and 5 DEMUs. He further announced extension of 11 trains’ route. Stating that bullet trains […]

Brakpora killings: Families want punishment for killers

Srinagar:  A day after State Home Department overruled recommendation for reinstatement of three policemen and ordered their dismissal for being involved in the killing of seven innocent civilians including two brothers in Brakpora, Anantnag, 14 years back, the families of the victims Tuesday termed the decision an attempt to hoodwink and mislead people of Kashmir. […]

Modi Prevailing Over the Parivar?

The Hindutva fundamentalists may be slowly realizing that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory is unlikely to help their cause as much as they would have liked. For instance, any sense of elation which they felt when Narendra Modi said during the election campaign that the Bangladeshi infiltrators would have to pack their bags and leave […]

Shadowboxing in India-U.S. ties

Something always seems to come in the way of India and the United States finding the groove in their relationship. Attempts by the two sides to inject some enthusiasm into bilateral ties despite the spat over the diplomat Devyani Khobragade and the U.S.’s past coldness toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of the […]

Kashmiris Deprived of Rice

30 Kgs of ration per ration card provided to the Kashmir Valley consumers by the consumer affairs and public distribution system (CAPD) is inadequate. Earlier people would rarely go to Ration Depots for rice as majority of people preferred Kashmiri variety. Now that the rates of Kashmiri rice have gone very high and is beyond […]

Dying Dal: UNESCO Needs To Step In

Decades of so-called efforts at the alleged conservation of the Dal Lake have proved to be a financial black hole as there is nothing tangible on the ground (water, rather) to account for the hundreds of crores of rupees spent on numerous projects to save the jewel of Srinagar. What is worse is that nothing […]

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