18.25Srinagar

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Highlights
  • Air Force, Army put on high alert, Troop buildup triggers panic among Kashmiri’s - Govt has put IAF and Army on high alert in Kashmir Centre has also rushed 28,000 troops to the Kashmir valley Omar Abdullah has said this sounds alarming Day after the Centre decided to send an additional 28,000 troop to Kashmir, the central government has now put the Army and...
  • Hoisting tricolor in all panchayats on Independence Day reason behind troop surge in Kashmir - The Centre is “infusing” troops in Jammu and Kashmir to provide security cover for a move to hoist the Tricolour in every panchayat in the state this Independence Day, government sources said. “The government is infusing troops as many panchayat heads want to hoist the national flag this Independence Day....
  • J&K administration reshuffled - The governor Adminstration has ordered a major reshuffle in civil Adminstration. According to the decission, 1. Ms. Sushma Chauhan, IAS(JK:2009), Deputy Commissioner, Samba, is transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Jammu. 2. Mr. Ramesh Kumar, IAS(JK:2011), Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Industries...
  • Railway Protection Force asks staff to prepare for impending unrest in Kashmir - The Railway Protection Force (RPF) held a security meeting in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Saturday after the security agencies sent an input regarding the prediction of deteriorating situation in the Kashmir Valley. After the meeting, the RPF issued a set of directions for its staff in...
  • Sopore fruit growers, traders protest against highway restrictions - Traders, civil society members and fruit growers on Friday held a protest at Sopore fruit mandi to demand revocation of order restricting the movement of vehicles on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The protesters were holding placards and banners carrying messages like ‘we love yatris’, ‘lift the ban on highway’ and ‘save...
  • Eleven persons died in a major road accident in Peer Ki Gali area on the historic Mughal road - Eleven persons, including nine girls, died in a major road accident in Peer Ki Gali area on the historic Mughal road in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday. A police official said a tempo traveller on way to Shopian from Poonch skidded off the road and plunged into a deep...

General News

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Mehbooba Mufti, Sajad Lone, Shah Faesal caution Centre against tinkering...

Amid the growing grip in Kashmir in the wake of build-up of security forces, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti late on Friday night led a delegation of political leaders from different parties to Go...

What did PM tell you? Sajad, Faisal question NC’s meeting...

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone and Peoples’ Movement president Shah Faesal have questioned NC leaders’ meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ignoring the demand for an all-party meeting wit...

NC, PDP of creating hysteria in the valley, any decision...

Any decision taken by the Central government or court on Article 35A would be for the betterment of Jammu and Kashmir and “the issue was currently raked up with selfish motives,” BJP national general secretary Ram Ma...

Heavy rains hit normal life across Jammu, Srinagar

Heavy rains on Wednesday brought normal life to a grinding halt across the Jammu region where an eight-year-old boy was killed and a teenaged girl injured in separate incidents of house collapse. The traffic on the Jammu...

Everything normal, ‘No Order Valid’, Guv Satya Pal Malik rejects...

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today said people should not pay heed to rumours of any major decision on the special status of the state as “everything is normal”. “A lot of rumours are spre...

Kashmir

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Ready to resist any move to revoke Article 35A: Mirwaiz...

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that the situation developing on ground over the past week with deployment of thousands of additional forces and government orders circulating has alarmed ...

Week after 10000 central forces moved in, 28000 more troops...

Over 280 companies of security forces are in the process of being deployed in the Kashmir valley, officials aware of the development said on Thursday. The security forces, mostly CRPF personnel, are being deployed in vul...

Article 35A the last vestige of real autonomy for Kashmiri...

Kashmir valley has lately been aswirl with rumours of an impending move by the central government to scrap Article 35A of the Constitution. The article, which prevents anyone who is not a state subject of Jammu & Kas...

Kashmir on precipice, Farooq Abdullah seeks appointment with PM

Kashmir on Monday remained on the edge as fresh orders issued by Jammu and Kashmir administration officials stoked speculation about the possibility of the BJP-led government at the Centre taking a major decision with re...

Beyond Bullets and Bombs, Kashmir has a new enemy called...

In Srinagar, a mother’s struggle to help her teenage son overcome heroin addiction is evidence of an insidious drug problem that has affected Jammu and Kashmir. The boy in question, a Class 9 student living in one ...

Jammu

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Lawyers from Jammu advocating for the strengthening of Article 370,...

Lawyers in Jammu on Tuesday pitched for strengthening Articles 370 and 35-A at a time when campaign against J&K’s special status by rightwing organisations has gained momentum. A meeting was organised here by promi...

Govt failed to tackle the flood threat posed by Chenab...

The state government has failed to tackle the flood threat posed by the mighty Chenab and Tawi and much-touted flood protection projects exist on paper only. The non-serious approach of planners has emerged as the bigges...

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...

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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Why is there panic across Kashmir Valley?

Panic has gripped Jammu and Kashmir amid rumours of imminent abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution and after the deployment of thousands of extra troops to the Valley. Officials said that security has b...

What are Articles 370 and 35A? Why they are important...

Rumours are afloat that the Modi-led government is set to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, which prevents anyone who is not a state subject of Jammu & Kashmir from ...

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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Should U.S. Take ‘NO’ of India as an Answer?

Should U.S. Take ‘NO’ of India as an...

“I would like to categorically state that no such request (mediation on Kashmir) has been made by the Prime Minister (Modi) to the...
History lessons for Amit Shah on Kashmir that he should have studied in school

History lessons for Amit Shah on Kashmir that...

Amit Shah must know that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is the reason why two-third of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of...
Marriage and Culture: Two sides of the same coin

Marriage and Culture: Two sides of the same...

Human beings transcended barriers of barbarism and jungle life in quick succession and modified the way they lived to evolve a life worth...

Environment

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Cloudbursts triggers flood in Lolab, damaging houses and crops, woman...

A woman died after multiple cloudbursts triggered flash floods in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday. According to local reports and the police, the woman identified as Shafiqa Bano (35) was was...

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...

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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Antibiotics showing resistance against bugs: Doctors Association Kashmir

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has claimed that hospitals have turned into breeding grounds for resistant microbes endangering the safety of patients In a statement, DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan claimed that SMHS ...

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 ...

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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‘No agreement’ on Ayodhya, mediation report submitted; SC takes it...

The three-member mediation panel looking into the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute has been unable to get the various parties involved in it to come to an agreement, one of the persons aware of the development said o...

Fury across India as Trump claims Modi asked for Kashmir...

India’s foreign minister issued a strenuous denial to an infuriated opposition in parliament on Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited him to mediate in the bloody co...

Mediate on Kashmir: India rebuts Trump on claim that PM...

US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan in initial remarks with visiting Prime Minister Imran Khan. Trump said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a...

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...

World News

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India neither ready to hold talks nor accepting mediation on Kashmir Issue: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

India neither ready to hold talks nor accepting...

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that India is neither ready to hold talks bilaterally with Pakistan on Kashmir dispute nor...
Kashmir Issue won’t be resolved bilaterally: Imran Khan post-meet with Donald Trump

Kashmir Issue won’t be resolved bilaterally: Imran Khan...

Buoyed by US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the contentious issue...
‘If I can do anything to help, let me know’: Trump offers to mediate Kashmir Crisis between India and Pakistan

‘If I can do anything to help, let...

Donald Trump has offered himself as a mediator to one of the world’s thorniest strategic disputes – the conflict between India and Pakistan...