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Indications what lies ahead in J&K post BJP 2.0

The right wing party’s stance on Kashmir and increased attempts to polarise Jammu will only aggravate the situation in the valley, which had witnessed unprecedented oppression accompanied by a rise in militancy under t...

NC sweeps Kashmir, BJP wins Jammu & Ladakh, India gets...

The BJP has repeated its 2014 victory by retaining the Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh Lok Sabha constituencies, while the National Conference swept all three seats in the Valley. The saffron party has scripted a new history ...

Highway ban lifted, Security arrangements for Amarnath yatra reviewed by...

Following a review of the security situation in the State and of the requirement of the government forces’ convoys, the Governor Tuesday decided to lift the remaining restrictions on civilian movement on NH-44 connecti...

Due to recurring landslides, Jammu – Srinagar national highway continues...

Recurring landslides hitting Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Digdol area here have put the district administration and Traffic police in quandary. The only all-weather road that connects Kashmir with rest of the count...

National Conference leader Devender Singh Rana bats for regional autonomy...

National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana Sunday said the regional autonomy to the three regions under the overall superintendence of the state government is the only way forward in Jammu and Kashmir. ...

Kashmir

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Modi wave hits Kashmir wall got less than 10000 votes...

Even as the BJP had claimed that it had 4.5 lakh members in the Valley, the saffron party managed less than 20,000 votes from the three Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir. As this figure included 9,835 migrant votes, the BJP tec...

As UN demands details on Civilian killings in Kashmir, India...

UN experts have asked for clarification on 76 cases of torture and killings of civilians in the last 29 years. Three special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have written to India asking for...

5 Rebels, 2 Civilians, 2 Soldiers killed across south Kashmir

Five rebels, two civilians and two soldiers were killed in separate gunfights in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts on Thursday, police said. Pulwama gunfight A police official said that three Jaish-e-Muhamm...

Shiv Sena extends ‘Hand of Friendship’ to Kashmir Valley

A lesser-known party in the Valley, the Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray, on Thursday extended a ‘hand of friendship’ to the people as part of efforts to expand footprints in Kashmir. “We have come with a message of f...

The first quarter of 2019 witnessed 162 killings in Kashmir:...

Ever since militancy erupted in the late 1980s, this is the first time more security forces personnel lost their lives than militants in Kashmir. During the first three months of 2019 at least 162 people including civili...

Jammu

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Construction work continues by Nirmal Singh’s family against Army, HC...

Construction of a building by senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh’s family near an Army depot in the city’s outskirts is near completion, despite the High Court directing them last...

Man killed over allegation of cow smuggling in Bhaderwah

A Muslim man was fatally shot and another was injured by Hindu vigilantes in Bhaderwah, Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday over allegations of cow smuggling. A group of Hindu men intercepted the two Muslims in the outskirts...

BJP leader Vikram Randhawa ‘Roughed Up’ in Chatta Jammu

In an embarrassment for the BJP, a senior party leader and MLC Vikram Randhawa was virtually roughed up by an unruly crowd in the Chatta area of Jammu district on Sunday evening when he along with party workers was canva...

Congress banners flooded within BJP rally venue in Jammu

The BJP leadership faced a piquant situation on Wednesday as one portion of the venue where party’s national chief Amit Shah addressed an election rally was facing two houses flooded with banners, flags and posters of ...

Udhampur-Doda seat to have a fierce contest

As no prominent candidate withdrew his nomination papers on Friday, the last day to “come out” of the fray, the prestigious Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat is going to witness a fierce battle among candidates belonging ...

Ladakh

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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...

In Ladakh, it’s Kargil vs Leh

The Ladakh parliamentary seat would be a fight between Leh and Kargil as both regions have decided to field their own candidates to contest polls. While the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their arch rival Con...

BJP fields Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Leh Council CEC for Ladakh...

The BJP on Friday sprung a surprise in the Ladakh region by fielding the Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh, and young leader Jamyang Tsering Namgyal as its candidate ...

Community

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Zakir Musa’s journey from tech student to most-wanted rebel from...

From an engineering student to one of the most wanted militants, Zakir Musa’s journey had all ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler. Zakir Rashid Bhat, alias Zakir Musa (25), had joined the militant ranks in 2...

Engineer Rashid credits Facebook for getting over a lakh vote...

He ran the election campaign on his Facebook page and surprised everyone with over 1 lakh votes in his kitty. Engineer Rashid, an independent candidate from Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla constituency has ...

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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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...

Due to Convoy System, Highway Ban, Kashmir Apple Industry on...

The prevailing Army convoy system and highway ban has left the only surviving Apple industry in Kashmir at the verge of decline given the huge losses faced by the merchants and growers. The Apple Merchant Association Del...

Asia’s largest Tulip Garden thrown open to visitors

Asia’s largest tulip garden overlooking the famous Dal Lake here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir was Sunday thrown open to public, marking the beginning of new tourism season in the valley. The garden wi...

Articales

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Caged within smartphones

Caged within smartphones

While walking down the memory lane, we pre-2000 generation has a lot to cherish. Starting from open baths in nearby streams and rivers...
E-Curfew and Digital India

E-Curfew and Digital India

In the era of digital India, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has witnessed internet shutdown for more than 197 times in 2018-19. One of...
Darbar move in Digital era

Darbar move in Digital era

Jammu and Kashmir is a unique state not only because of use of pellets on humans or blocking internet day in and day...

Environment

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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...

For polluting Chenab and Tawi rivers, NGT slaps Rs 2...

The NGT has slapped a penalty of Rs 1 crore each on the Gammon India Limited and the Hindustan Construction Co (HCC) Ltd for damaging the environment by dumping soil in Chenab and Tawi rivers for construction on a stretc...

Unabated cold wave continues across Kashmir Valley

An unabated cold wave continues in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, with Ladakh plunging into a deep freeze and Kargil recording minus 14.9 degrees Celsius. The Met forecast the cold wave would continue for another week ...

Sports

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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...

Rasikh Salam, Kashmiri pacer makes IPL debut

South Kashmir boy Rasikh Salam Dar has become second ever cricketer from J&K to play in Indian Premier League (IPL) as he was included by Mumbai Indians in the playing eleven of their opening match on Sunday in Mumba...

What will be the worth of that World Cup trophy...

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has given his opinion on the increasing calls for India to boycott their World Cup group stage match against Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester. In the aftermath of the...

Health

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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...

Experts recommend caution as traces of dreaded Polio Type 2...

When India was declared polio-free in the year 2014, the country heaved a collective sigh of relief. Which is exactly why the resurgence of the Polio type 2 virus in certain parts of the country is worrisome, to say the ...

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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Amid EVM Row, Nationwide alert sounded about violence on counting...

The Home Ministry on Wednesday put out a nation-wide alert to states about possible eruption of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes. The Centre’s advisory comes just a da...

EVM’s On Run: Multiple videos of EVMs stacked in cars,...

Several incidents of EVMs being stored in illegal cars and shops surfaced on Twitter Opposition will move EC demanding VVPATs be verified in entire Assembly segment in case of discrepancies Results for the 2019 Lok Sabha...

Won’t forgive Pragya Thakur for her remarks on ‘Bapu’: PM...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hammered his party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, underlining that this kind of a language could not tolerated ...

India’s Muslims fear for their future under Narendra Modi

With an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in India in recent years, some fear the world’s largest democracy is becoming dangerously intolerant under the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BBC...

After backlash on ‘Godse a patriot’ remark, Pragya Thakur apologises...

Pragya Thakur, who provoked national outrage by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot, has apologised for her comments, the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh unit said after a barrage of criticism from politi...

World News

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Turkish president, Erdogan calls on Muslim countries to unite and confront Israel

Turkish president, Erdogan calls on Muslim countries to...

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslim leaders to unite and confront Israel, days after scores of Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers...
Neither India nor Pakistan, Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris: Shahid Afridi

Neither India nor Pakistan, Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris:...

Former Pakistan crickerter Shahid Afridi has said that Kashmir belongs to the people of the valley and not India or Pakistan beside urging...
5 Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka Easter blasts, 24 suspects arrested

5 Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka...

The death toll from attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka rose significantly to 290, and about 500 people were also...