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Highway Ban: Admin urged to find ways for tackle yatra...

Showing resentment over restrictions on the movement of civilians on the national highway, custodian of ‘Chhari Mubarak’ (the holy mace of Lord Shiva) Mahant Deependra Giri urged the government to devise a proper mec...

High Court quashes state govt for rising road accidents

The High Court on Tuesday pulled up the State Government over 48 deaths in two separate road accidents on Mughal road, and in Kishtwar district, in less than a month. It directed administrative heads of departments conce...

Three-point political charter for J&K: Omar Abdullah

Recently, the newly appointed Union home minister, Amit Shah, made his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). It garnered a lot of attention, with the people of the state and keen Kashmir-watchers eager for clues th...

Kashmir internationally recognized dispute between India and Pakistan should be...

National Conference (NC) president and former chief minister, Farooq Abdullah, Thursday said Kashmir is internationally recognized dispute between India and Pakistan which needs to be resolved through dialogue. Talking t...

Tourists, Passengers, Truckers facing brunt due to highway restrictions

The restrictions on the Jammu-Srinagar highway is causing a lot of trouble to tourists and passengers alike besides hampering the movement of trucks laden with essential goods to a large extent. Tourist coming from vario...

Kashmir

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Pellets to Sound Cannon: BJP’s ‘Non-Violent’ methods to handle Kashmir...

Calling protesters “human obstacles”, media reports suggest that the government forces in Kashmir will switch to a sonic weapon – sound cannon or Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) – from shotguns used to shoot pe...

Probe human rights violations in Kashmir: UN Report

The United Nations has accused India again of human rights violations in Kashmir and has called for the formation of a commission of inquiry into the allegations. A 43-page report released by the Office of the United Nat...

Kashmir witnessed 271 Killings, 177 CASO’s, 51 Internet Blockades during...

The first half of 2019 in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir (IAJK) witnessed continued and increased violence. The first six months of 2019 recorded 271 killings in IAJK in various incidents of violence, which includ...

Amarnath Yatra: NH out of bounds for civil traffic for...

The government Monday disallowed civil vehicles from playing on Qazigund-Nashri stretch of Jammu-Srinagar highway for five hours to ensure smooth passage of Amarnath yatra vehicles. The 46-day annual Amarnath Yatra began...

Kashmir hopes Shah to extend an olive branch to resistance...

Shah, who is visiting the state for the first time after taking charge of the home ministry, will make a detailed security review of the Amarnath Yatra and address a party gathering followed by meetings with the state ad...

Jammu

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Vande Bharat Express, new train to cut short Delhi-Katra travel...

Offering bonanza to Vaishno Devi pilgrims, the Indian Railways has decided to run a high-tech semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express between Delhi and Katra with an aim to reduce the travel time by about four hours. Senior...

BJP told to clear stand on Articles 35A, 370: PIL

Dilly-dallying on the abrogation of Articles 35A and 370 amounts to “murdering people’s mandate and negating Preamble of the Indian Constitution”. “The abrogation of these Articles, constitution of a Delimitation...

Infamous Kathua rape & murder case verdict likely today, security...

With the verdict in the Kathua rape and murder case to be delivered on Monday, tight security has been put in place near the district and sessions court in Pathankot. The incident, wherein an 8-year-old girl from the Bak...

Regular power, Water supply still a distant dream for seven...

Grappling with drinking water shortage and regular power outages, Jammu is a living nightmare for its 7 lakh residents in the blistering heat. About 45 years after the first Master Plan (1974) was framed for Jammu, crore...

Jammu continues to reel under heat wave, sizzling at 42.5...

The heat-wave conditions continued in Jammu as the city recorded 42.5 degrees Celsius today, three degrees above normal. The temperature was three notches below yesterday’s 45.5 degrees Celsius, season’s highest so f...

Ladakh

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Ice Stupas store hope for locals in Ladakh’s cold desert

Ice stupas — the man-made mini glaciers — are solving the water problem in the remote and cold desert region of Ladakh where less precipitation during the crucial spring has resulted in lack of vegetation. Sonam Wang...

Today governor, Satya Pal Malik to inaugurate Sindhu festival in...

Governor Satya Pal Malik is arriving in Leh district on Friday on a two-day visit. The Governor will on Friday inaugurate the day-long Ladakh Singhey Khababs Sindhu Festival, being organised by the tourism department on ...

Zanskar demands repolling

In a major political development ahead of the counting of votes on May 23, three of the four candidates from the Ladakh parliamentary constituency on Monday jointly wrote to the J&K Chief Electoral Officer, demanding...

‘Old wine in new bottle’, BJP’s Ladakh manifesto continues with...

The BJP’s election manifesto for Ladakh appears to be ‘old wine in new bottle’ as it has again made the issue of Union Territory (UT) status for arid region and inclusion of Bhoti language in the 8th Schedule of In...

Rijiju, Naqvi to mobilise Buddhists, Shias in Ladakh

Even as the BJP leadership has assigned responsibility to two Union ministers – Kiran Rijiju and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – to mobilise Buddhists and Shias of Leh and Kargil districts, respectively, the state unit...

Community

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Kashmir is facing the new monster of drugs, Geelani joins...

After Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani today became the second senior separatist leader to join a growing campaign against rising drug addiction in the Valley. In a statement, which his group described as ...

‘Secured Camps’ in Kashmir to resettle Pandits: Ram Madhav

The Bharatiya Janata Party will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle scores of Hindus in the Kashmir Valley, senior leader Ram Madhav said, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten tensions i...

Education

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Align state curriculum with national standard: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed the J&K authorities to accelerate the sports activities in the state and bring the curriculum of the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) on a...

Attacks on Kashmiris continue, Student allegedly attacked in Bengaluru

There seems to be no end to attacks on innocent Kashmiris are are continuing after the Pulwama attack, in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed. In the latest incident, a Kashmiri student residing in Bengaluru wa...

Business

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Civilian flights from Awantipora airfield got Defence Ministry node

In a significant development, the Union Defence Ministry has approved operation of civilian flights from Awantipora airfield, a strategically important airbase managed by Indian Air Force in southern Kashmir. “‘In-pr...

Irregularities in appointments, loans at heart of J&K Bank raids

Allegations of large-scale irregularities in matters related to loans, finances and appointments are at the heart of raids by the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) at the corporate headquarters of the Jammu and Kashmir ...

Tourism sector on the brink of disaster

Kashmir needs no introduction as a tourism destination and its rich history is known the world over. Over the years, huge investment from the government as well as the public has played a vital role in making it a world ...

Cross-LoC trade to resume after plugging of loopholes: MHA

The cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade, which was suspended by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) because of its misuse for terror funneling purposes, will resume soon after the mechanisms to check the loopholes are put i...

Infiltration of third-party goods, Channelling funds for militancy, Clandestine trade...

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs Friday listed alleged channeling of funds for militancy in Kashmir and supply of arms and fake currency notes to the Valley among five main reasons for suspending the cross-Line of Cont...

Articales

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Climate change will not spare anyone

Climate change will not spare anyone

Climate change is a major global issue today. Every country is realizing it and is setting goals to find solutions which can help...
Unknown Gunmen: Another reality of Kashmir

Unknown Gunmen: Another reality of Kashmir

The encompassing proclivity of the armed conflict since decades has engulfed every corner of life in Kashmir. It is that part of the...
A divided Kashmir

A divided Kashmir

We are losing on all counts. Time to think Call it our evolution or a mere coincidence that we seem to be expanding...

Environment

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California to Kashmir: How ready we are for 6.4 eventuality?

The San Andreas Fault, a major dextral strike-slip fault system in United States, is probably one of the most well-known structures to mankind. Yet, the moment magnitude (Mw) 7.1 and 6.4 earthquakes that have occurred in...

At 32.5 Srinagar records highest temperature of the season, Jammu...

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 metrological department said. The day temper...

Valley grappling with widespread seasonal allergy caused by pollen from...

The Kashmir valley is grappling with a seasonal health hazard — pollen-induced allergy. Despite thousands of Russian poplars being cut down last year on the orders of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the pollen allerg...

Earthquake of 8.5 magnitude long overdue in Himalayan region: Scientists

A mega earthquake of magnitude 8.5 or more is long overdue in the Himalayan region but India has not learnt from past mistakes and is far from being prepared for such an eventuality with no strategy to minimise loss of l...

Non biodegradable disposables banned across J&K

Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday imposed ban on the non-biodegradable disposable items being used in the daily chores.The department of forest, environment and ecology issued a notification ordering complete ban on...

Kashmir’s iconic attraction Dal Lake is facing a slow death...

Sitting near a shop in the interiors of Dal Lake, 65-year-old Abdul Rehman is old enough to remember a time when the lake’s water was clean enough to drink. Today, he gazes sadly at the highly degraded state of its...

Sports

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Better cricket facilities would have helped me: Parvez Rasool

South Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool on Tuesday said he would have performed better if the state had the right cricket infrastructure. However, he asserted that things had started to improve as the J&K Cricket Assoc...

Rasikh Salam banned for two years by BCCI for age...

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday (June 19) withdrew Rasikh Salam from the India Under-19 squad after banning him for two years for age fudging and named Prabhat Maurya as his replacement for an ODI ...

Real Kashmir FC takes on the might of ATK in...

Fresh from its fruitful I-League season, Real Kashmir FC braces up to take on ATK, an Indian Super League (ISL) club in the Hero Super Cup pre-quarterfinal contest at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Real Ka...

In couple of years, Rasikh Salam will be a special...

Impressed with his composure and control over his swing, former India batsman Yuvraj Singh said J&K young fast bowler Rasikh Salam is going to emerge as a special player in the next two to three years.“Rasikh swung...

Health

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Internet may alter brain functions: Study

The Internet can alter specific brain regions and affect our attention capacity, memory processes and social interaction, a study has found. The research, published in the journal World Psychiatry, showed that the Intern...

How conflict and stigma are creating mental health crisis in...

The embattled district of Shopian in the south of Kashmir is at breaking point. An unknown gunman has shot and injured a local politician in the village of Chitragam. He is the third politician shot this week in Shopian ...

At SKIMS, five lives lost in a month to ‘Transfusion...

In a shocking revelation, five patients have died of blood transfusion reaction at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura while the sixth one is battling for life in the intensive care unit (ICU). A ...

Deadly XDR tuberculosis spreads tentacles in state

Detection of 12 patients with extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has increased the worries of health officials in the state. It may pose a challenge to the target for the complete eradication of the disease...

Technology

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Global Internet Shutdown score is not good news​ for Kashmir

The Stanford University study says that Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and J&K account for nearly 75% of all recorded shutdowns in India, while J&K alone comprises about 47%. Internet shutdowns in Kashmir, perhaps, ...

Down for hours, Facebook, Instagram suffer a ​major global outage

Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday suffered a major global outage. Users were unable to access the two platforms on their smartphones as well as on desktop. Messenger is also down for several users. Some users complaine...

Today World Wide Web turns 30

Today, the web completed 30 years on Earth. Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) on March 12, 1989 at CERN, a research organization near Geneva. CERN is now giving users access to the first website created. ...

Indo-Pak tensions reach​ cyberspace, several websites hit

Hackers from Pakistan attacked over 90 Indian government websites and critical systems within hours of the Pulwama suicide strike by a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist in which 40 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (...

So far 52 times Cyber curfew imposed in Jammu &...

The militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir has earned the dubious distinction of witnessing the highest number of internet shutdowns in the country. Under the standard operating procedures, the area-specific internet shutdowns ...

News From Across India

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Modi govt will never misuse NIA law: Amit Shah

Refuting opposition’s claims of “misuse” of the NIA law, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday asserted that the Modi government will never abuse it to target anyone but will ensure that terrorism is finished off irres...

I am no longer Congress Chief: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who resigned following the party’s dismal show in the Lok Sabha elections, on Wednesday said that the party must quickly decide on the new chief and that its highest decision making bod...

Mumbai records highest rainfall in 10 years, 16 dead in...

At least 16 people were killed in Mumbai and Thane as the cities received heavy rains throughout the day and night on Monday forcing authorities to declare a public holiday amid forecast of more showers. According to Mum...

15 Persons crushed in midnight wall collapse in Pune

At least 15 people including four children and one woman were killed after a wall of a housing society collapsed in Pune post midnight, following heavy rains. As per initial information, the wall collapsed on a slum wher...

Amit Shah pilots his first bill in Lok Sabha for...

Home Minister Amit Shah Friday proposed to introduce the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha along with the proposal to extend President’s rule in the state. The J&K reservation amendment bill s...

World News

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Al Qaeda chief, Ayman Al-Zawahiri threatens India over Kashmir

Al Qaeda chief, Ayman Al-Zawahiri threatens India over...

Terror group Al Qaeda’s Chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has told “Mujahideen in Kashmir” to inflict “unrelenting blows” on the Indian Army and government in...
OIC supports solution to Kashmir Dispute through UN resolutions, Appoints special envoy for Kashmir

OIC supports solution to Kashmir Dispute through UN...

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has appointed Saudi Arabia’s Yousef Aldobeay as its special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir, reiterating its support...
Kashmir Issue close to our hearts, linking it with terrorism violation of international law: OIC

Kashmir Issue close to our hearts, linking it...

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday said the Jammu and Kashmir issue “is close to our hearts” and “linking it with terrorism...