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Sunday, 18 November 2018

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General News

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J&K Govt seeks to push through development agenda

The Jammu and Kashmir government is set to approach the government of India for “special consideration” of some major administrative and developmental matters, including construction of a tunnel on the Mughal Road as...

Nine phase panchayat elections from tomorrow, Little buzz across Valley,...

Against the backdrop of boycott call by separatists, terror threats and major logistical challenges in snowbound areas, J&K is set to go for the nine-phase panchayat poll from Saturday amid tight security arrangement...

National Conference must explain its U-turn on Article 35A: Dr...

Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh, on Thursday questioned the stand of National Conference with regard to participation in the Assembly elections. “National Conference (NC) owes an explanation to the people of Jammu &a...

Governor rule to continue: Ram Madhav

Contrary to the claims of local leaders, Ram Madhav, national general secretary of the BJP, has said that the party is in favour of continuing Governor’s rule in J&K. He said it would continue till mid-December. Ad...

Clear stand on poll participation, Ram Madhav questions NC and...

Accusing the NC and the PDP of trying to scuttle the democratic process, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has asked them to clear stand on whether they would participate in state assembly elections or boycott them, like ...

Kashmir

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Cold wave tightens grip, Srinagar records coldest night of season

Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season on Wednesday with the mercury settling below the freezing point for the first time, even as the weatherman forecast a spell of wet weather this weekend. The minimum temp...

27th October is Black Day in History of Kashmir

Kashmir is  a source of long standing dispute between Pakistan and India, which originated when the people of Jammu and Kashmir state were denied the right of self-determination in 1947. When India and Pakistan became i...

Kashmir to Chenab Valley, Shutdown observed against civilian killings

Life in Kashmir and parts of Chenab Valley was paralysed Monday due to shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) over the killings of civilians in a blast near encounter site in south Kashmir’s Kulgam distri...

Resistance group urge world bodies to break silence on Kashmir...

Separatists leaders in Kashmir have urged world bodies to break their “silence”—condemning the civilian killings in Kashmir region. In this regard, peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers were held in...

Have raised issues of Kashmiri students in AMU with UP...

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said that his administration has taken up the issue of the well-being of Kashmiri students studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) with the Uttar Pradesh governmen...

Jammu

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Lawyer Deepika Rajawat dropped by Kathua rape and murder victim’s...

The family of the eight-year-old Kathua rape and murder victim has decided to drop their lawyer Deepika Rajawat as she has “barely been available at the court hearings”, the victim’s father has said. Those clos...

Provocative speeches by prominent Right Wing Hindu leaders at Jammu...

Condemning the provocative speeches delivered by many prominent Right-Wing Hindu leaders at a seminar on November 11, political parties and Muslim Organizations on Monday said that it was an attempt to harm the harmony i...

Sushil Pandit, Madhu Kishwar others concerned about upcoming Muslim colonies...

Prominent Hindu right-wing leaders including Madhu Kishwar and Sushil Pandit on Sunday unanimously alleged that growth of Muslim colonies in Jammu and around Jammu was a concerted effort to change its demography. During ...

Four key suspects held in Kishtwar’s BJP leaders killings

In a major breakthrough in the killings of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar in Kishtwar last week, the police have arrested four key suspects who allegedly plotted the assassination and chose the kil...

Hectic lobbying on for Mayor, Dy Mayor posts

After registering a thumping majority in the just-concluded elections to Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), hectic lobbying has begun within the BJP for the coveted posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor as contenders are cozyi...

Ladakh

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Blow for BJP as Ladakh MP Thupstan Chhewang quits party,...

In a major setback to the BJP in the Ladakh region ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for next year, the party’s lone Lok Sabha member and its tallest leader Thupstan Chhewang on Thursday resigned from both...

Jamyang Namgyal elected as Leh Council CEC by BJP

Against the backdrop of a major debacle of the party in the recently held civic elections in the Ladakh region, the BJP on Friday sprang a surprise and elected its young district party president Jamyang Tsering Namgyal a...

Cancer rates spiral in Ladakh due to UV rays, Sedentary...

The rough terrain, the snow-capped peaks, the winding roads and monasteries – the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is the abode of nature’s raw and untouched beauty. The region might be a haven for adventure tr...

Five year long social boycott between Muslims and Buddhists ended...

A five year long social boycott between Muslims and Buddhists at Padum Zanskar ended after Buddhist spiritual leader Dali Lama visited the area. The social boycott between the two religious communities ended on Sunday wh...

Governor NN Vohra meets Dalai Lama in Leh

Governor NN Vohra, who visited Leh on Tuesday, called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence at Jive-tsal Choglamsar. They both interacted on the growing tensions across the world. During his interact...

Community

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Strange tale of ‘Zakir Musa’ Al Qaeda’s chief in Kashmir

In the summer of 2017, Zakir Musa, the Hizbul Mujahideen’s 23 year old commander, broke ranks with Kashmir’s most influential insurgent group to establish the Ansar Ghawzat-Ul-Hind. Few had heard of...

After performing poll duty promised one month salary still awaited

Over one lakh government employees, who had discharged duties in the just-concluded urban local bodies elections, feel cheated as the much-publicised promise of giving them one-month additional salary as “ele...

Education

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Share admission details of poor students: SHRC to Private schools

State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice Bilal Nazki (retd) has issued notice to leading private schools of Kashmir directing them to provide admission details of students belonging to financially weaker ...

Fleecing students, panel set to tighten noose around private schools

The Directorate of School Education, Jammu, has taken note of the parents being allegedly forced by private schools to purchase textbooks and uniforms from designated shops at exorbitant rates. It has constitut...

Business

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Kashmir’s image unscathed post two years of demonetisation, but economy...

Two years ago, when Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre demonetised 86 percent of currency in one go, acrimonious debates riled the country, except Kashmir. The move was immediately dismissed as a failure. Kashmir...

Khurshid Ganai inspects damaged orchards in Anantnag, Govt to declare...

Khurshid Ganai, Adviser to the Governor, on Thursday inspected orchards damaged in the recent snowfall in Cheniwadder and Khiram areas of Anantnag district of south Kashmir. Many orchardists urged Ganai to order the reve...

Kashmir safe for tourists, time for advisories to go: Garry...

Travel advisors against Kashmir by various countries must be revoked in a phased manner because the Valley is one of the safest tourist destinations, internationally-acclaimed adventurer and author Garry Weare has said. ...

Apple production may fall in coming years

Apple production in Kashmir may be adversely hit in coming years in the wake of damage to fruit-bearing trees following recent snowfall in the Valley, officials said on Wednesday. Director horticulture department Kashmir...

Srinagar Downtown; Once a commercial hub now a victim of...

An eerie calm, spools of concertina wire, forces personnel in riot-gear dotting the deserted streets and traumatised faces of young and old: This is the most simplified description of Srinagar’s Downtown—once a bustl...

Articales

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Fresh thinking is needed to cut the Gordian knot in Kashmir

Fresh thinking is needed to cut the Gordian...

“The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.” Dr. Martin Luther King The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) [Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz...

A miraculous fruit called Apple

Health is greatest blessing as well as great gift of Allah. A bit carelessness regarding health can mess up the whole life, so...
Guevara and the Kashmiri rebel: The literary militants

Guevara and the Kashmiri rebel: The literary militants

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine” Che Guevara On 9th October 1967, socialist revolutionary, guerrilla...

Environment

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PEC expresses concern over Junaid Mattu’s ‘Insensitive Remarks’ about wetlands

Peoples’ Environmental Council (PEC), a Srinagar based environmental watchdog, has expressed serious concern over the “insensitive” remarks expressed by the newly elected mayor of Srinagar, Junaid Mattu, about wetl...

Wetlands across Kashmir valley shrinking at alarming pace

Wetlands in Kashmir are shrinking at an alarming pace due to unplanned urbanisation, siltation and lack of conservation measures by the state government, experts have said. Wetlands act as flood absorption basins by reta...

MeT forecast another spell of Rains & Snow from Nov...

There is possibility of scattered to fairly widespread rain or snowfall in Kashmir Valley from November 12 to 14, weatherman forecast even as Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort , on Wednesday recorded its coldest ni...

Rain, Snow forecast for next 4 days across valley: MET

The Meteorological department on Tuesday issued an advisory for Jammu and Kashmir predicting moderate rain or snow over the state between October 31 and November 3, which could lead to temporary closure of highways. The ...

Gurez, Sonmarg get season’s first snowfall, Chill across Valley

Several remote areas of the Valley received the season’s first snowfall on Tuesday. The meteorological department has forecast another day of wet spell. The snowfall was received in remote mountainous regions of Kashm...

E Sreedharan, India’s ‘Metro Man’ declines to be part of...

India’s ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, one of the members of the expert committee formed by the High Court (HC) last month to save the Dal Lake, has expressed his inability to be part of the effort. In a letter to the H...

Sports

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Football makes a come back in Kashmir, Real Kashmir’s made...

After a dream debut in I-League, the highest division of league football, Real Kashmir FC’s maiden appearance on home turf on Tuesday united fans from different walks of life as it rekindled the Valley’s love for foo...

Hamid Aziz, Srinagar youth finishes 200 Km ultramarathon

Hamid Aziz, an athlete, on Thursday completed the 200-km Kargil-Srinagar ultramarathon — a feat never achieved or attempted before. The 24-year-old from the Hawal area in the old city said his goal was to run from Kash...

Rasikh Salam, 17 Year old Kulgam pacer gets IPL trial...

Three-time champions of IPL, Mumbai Indians on Friday called Rasikh Salam- 17-year-old pace prodigy from Jammu and Kashmir- for trials ahead of the IPL 2019 following his impressive outing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The...

J&K slump to 4th consecutive defeat against Jharkhand in Vijay...

J&K senior cricket team suffered its fourth consecutive defeat in ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy one day tournament as they went down to Jharkhandh by 73 runs at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Thursday. Under critic...

Health

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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 ...

8 in Sopore, 4 in Ponch illegal health clinics sealed

The health department on Thursday sealed eight clinics in Sopore after the later failed to furnish “requisite documents”. An official said a departmental team headed by chief medical officer Baramulla, Bashir Ahmad C...

To get fit & lean eight exercises recommended by experts...

There are times when you read so many articles on exercises and fitness that you forget the basics that are key to getting in shape. We tell you eight basic exercises which will not only get you in shape, but will also h...

Caught between the limited resources, Kashmiri’s are forces to eat...

Punjabi poultry farmers have used politics to retain Kashmir as their main market to sell used layers and parents’ chicks’ that otherwise is dog food. We report the costs that consumers pay for making the cheap and s...

Technology

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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 ...

Vodafone, Idea completes merger, creates India’s largest mobile operator

The merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India has been completed, creating India’s biggest telecom service provider with over 408 million subscribers, the two companies said on Friday. A new board has been constituted...

Gmail will soon let you send emails with an expiry...

Google recently confirmed it is working on redesigning its popular Gmail service. However, it’s not just the design that will be new as it looks like the service will get new features as well. One of the features has b...

Zuckerberg says sorry after allegations of Cambridge Analytica data misuse

Facebook is facing growing scrutiny in Europe and the US about allegations that political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American voters which were later us...

Huawei, Airtel conduct India’s first successful 5G network trial in...

Airtel says that during the test trial over 3Gbps of user throughput was achieved. Chinese technology giant Huawei and telecom services provider Bharti Airtel on Friday announced to have successfully conducted 5G network...

News From Across India

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High alert sounded in Delhi after intel flashes Jaish threat

The national Capital has been put on the high alert after intelligence agencies were made aware of a message on a WhatsApp group, believed to be run by Jaish-e-Mohammed, which said that the militant outfit plans to strik...

India lower than Bangladesh, Nepal on World Bank’s 1st Human...

The World Bank on Thursday released its first report on Human Capital Index (HCI), which placed India at the 115th position, lower than Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Singapore topped the poll after it was hig...

#NameChange -Post Ahmedabad to Karnavati, Shiv Sena demands name change...

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday said that the state government was considering changing the name of Ahmedabad to Karnavati and the Shiv Sena in neighbouring Maharashtra reiterated its old demand that Aura...

Shutdown in Assam against Citizenship Bill, protesters disrupt road, rail...

Protesters burnt tyres on roads, disrupted of vehicular movement and rail traffic at several places in the state as a 12-hour shutdown called by 46 indigenous groups in Assam against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) ...

Even the dead and injured weren’t spared were robbed of...

Call it heartless or sadistic, but what left many hopeless in humanity was when they realised that some rogues in the crowd had made away with the valuables of the helpless survivors and victims of the horrific Amritsar ...

World News

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‘No longer a symbol of hope’ Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

‘No longer a symbol of hope’ Amnesty International...

Amnesty International on Monday stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over the de facto Myanmar leader’s “indifference” to the atrocities...
Minutes after take-off from Jakarta, Lion Air plane with 188 on board crashes into sea

Minutes after take-off from Jakarta, Lion Air plane...

Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said on Monday a Lion Air passenger flight from Jakarta, the capital, to the city of Pangkal Pinang...
Will once again extend hand of friendship to India after 2019 polls: Imran Khan

Will once again extend hand of friendship to...

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he would once again extend a hand of friendship to India after the 2019 Lok...