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  • Two Rebels, Youth killed scores injured in Shopian Gunfight - An 18-year-old youth was killed and over 50 others suffered injuries during intense clashes between government forces and protesters near encounter site at Kundalan village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. Two militants were killed during the encounter in the initial phases of which two soldiers including an officer...
  • One Dead, Scores injured as forces open fire in Pulwama - One youth was shot dead by the government forces near the gunfight site at Chatpora area of district Pulwama on Friday. The deceased youth has been identified as Faizan Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Gani Khan of Ladoo, Khrew area of the district. A medico at District Hospital Pulwama confirmed...
  • Jhelum approaching danger mark at Sangam, I&FC declares flood alert - Fear of flood is again haunting the Srinagar residents, as the water levels is continuously increasing in Jhelum due to incessant rains in the Valley. As per the Irrigation and Flood Control Department Kashmir there is a possibility of flood like situation in the city. Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood...
  • Shutdown against civilian killings today: Joint Resistance Leadership - Expressing concern over resumption of Operation All-Out and CASOs in Kashmir which has resulted in killing of four civilians in past one week, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a complete shutdown against “planned genocide of Kashmiri youth”...
  • Four militants among six killed, Scores injured in Anantnag gunfight - Four militants, including ISJK chief Dawood Salafi, a policeman and a civilian were killed and dozens others injured after a gunfight broke out between militants and the government forces in Srigufwara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. A police official confirmed that four militants were killed in the...
  • Normal life hit across Kashmir with Separatist Sponsored Strike - Normal life was affected in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday due to a strike called by separatists against the killing of journalist Shujaat Bukhari. Most of the shops, petrol pumps and other business establishments in Srinagar were shut, a police official said. He said public transport was minimal in the...

General News

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BJP seeks abrogation of Articles 370, 35-A, Dineshwar Sharma on...

After snapping ties with the Peoples Democratic Party, the BJP has again started raking up the issue of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A of the Constitution. During a meeting on Wednesday with Centre’s special r...

UN Human Rights Chief Hits Back on Claims of Bias...

Over a month after UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a report which was greeted by claims of personal “prejudice” from New Delhi, his office has denied any collusion with Pakistani activis...

Government orders major reshuffle in administration

Owais is DC Shopian, Hashmat Special Secy to Governor, Zubair Chairman JKSSB Anayatullah is FC Revenue, Razdan CEO ERA, Jeelani Director Tourism, Sarwar Director R&D Kashmir The government Monday ordered massive resh...

Do not have numbers to form govt says BJP, Denies...

Priority to establish peace in state, says party’s in charge for Jammu & Kashmir In charge of the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir Avinash Rai Khanna has said that since the party did not have the numbers to form the gover...

PDP rebels go all out against Mehbooba, says they are...

For the first time, the rebel group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) jointly came out in public on Friday to counter the statement of party president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who earlier in the day caut...

Kashmir

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Violence sees new high across Kashmir Valley in last three...

A total of 256 incidents of violence — a steep hike from 2017 and 2016 — have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir in just six months of 2018, Home Ministry data presented in Parliament on Wednesday revealed. Min...

From Stones to Guns — Kashmir’s vicious cycle of violence

The road to Tral in a remote sub-district in south Kashmir crisscrosses wet rice fields and icy streams as the Himalayan Mountains arch high on the horizon. An insurgency against Indian rule has been resurrected here in ...

Rebels release another group photo 2 months after last of...

The new group photo came just a week after Hizbul flooded the social media with individual pictures of around 18 young men holding guns on the second death anniversary of Burhan Wani on July 8. Jammu and Kashmir police a...

United Nations report on human rights violation in Kashmir baseless:...

The United Nations (UN) report on the human rights situation in Kashmir is baseless and without seeing the ground realities, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Friday. On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Anto...

July 13, a day of Ironies and Sacrifice

Barring the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Jammu-based National Panthers Party, the entire spectrum of political ideologies in Jammu and Kashmir, including separatists observe July 13 as Martyr’s Day. Though J&K Ch...

Jammu

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Ram Madhav’s upcoming Jammu visit fuels ‘Alliance’ rumours

Amid rumours of the BJP trying to stitch an alliance with the rebel legislators of its erstwhile partner PDP, saffron party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav is reaching Jammu on a two-day tour on July 21. During...

Tragic Sunday: Rock crushes 7 to death under Siar Baba...

Seven people were crushed to death and 33 were wounded Sunday when a rock slipped off cliff and fell on them as they bathed under the famous Siar Baba waterfall in Reasi district. Two of the dead were women. All the inju...

Jammu divided over Martyr’s Day, Governor skips ceremony in Srinagar

NC pays tributes, BJP says ‘not martyrs’ for us There should not be holiday on this day: Congress There is a sharp divide among people and the political parties in some of the districts of Jammu region with regard to...

Create Union Territory in Kashmir to resolve our problems: Panun...

The Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of 3.50 lakh displaced Hindus of Kashmir, on Thursday called upon the Central government to treat displacement of Pandits as a political issue. Reiterating the demand for creatio...

Lal Singh holds torchlight march in support of handing over...

The scion of the erstwhile royal Dogra family on Wednesday joined the campaign launched by former minister and Basholi MLA Choudhary Lal Singh in support of handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI. On Wed...

Ladakh

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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...

Ladakh in festive mood ahead of PM Modi’s visit

Festive mood has gripped the Ladakh region ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Leh on Saturday. The Prime Minister is scheduled to join the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, t...

Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of Zojila tunnel on...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Asia’s longest bi-directional Zojila tunnel, connecting Kashmir’s Sonamarg with the Gumri area in Kargil district, on May 19 during his visit to Ladakh. T...

President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Siachen base camp today

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit the Siachen base camp, world’s highest battlefield, on Thursday and interact with soldiers. President Kovind, who is also the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, will be the firs...

PM Narendra Modi likely to visit Leh on May 19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Leh on May 19 to address a public gathering to mark conclusion of the birth centenary celebrations of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, the architect of modern Ladakh. The Prime...

Community

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J&K Govt orders ban on 30 Islamic, Pakistani channels, Cable...

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday ordered for an immediate ban on 30 Islamic and Pakistan-based religious and spiritual channels across all cable television networks. A notification, issued by the A...

Joint Resistance Leadership urges global rights bodies to visit Kashmir...

Expressing strong resentment over the extension of judicial remand for Asiya Andrabi and her two associates, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin M...

Education

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Three IT giants innovate to save Kashmir education

Three IT majors – Microsoft, Tech Avant-Garde and Efee Online – have come together to help Kashmiri students to make up for their academic losses due to frequent shutdowns and curfews in the insurgency-rava...

Frequent Govt closure orders put academics in jeopardy in Kashmir

With PDP-BJP led coalition facing tough time over running academic institutions amid volatile situation and rising protests, various colleges across Kashmir region have lost their academic session due to freque...

Business

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Handcarts of street vendors ablaze in Soura by security forces

Police and paramilitary forces Wednesday set the handcarts of five vendors of Soura ablaze along with their merchandise and cash boxes, locals and eyewitnesses said. They said youth were engaging Police and paramilitary ...

Mission Impossible or Mission Kashmir? Tom Cruise visits the Valley...

Hollywood icon Tom Cruise along with his Mission Impossible team lands in Kashmir to stop a sinister plot. Before you jump the gun, that’s how India finds a place in the narrative of the upcoming Mission: Impossible &#...

‘Valley Weekends’ set to return from tomorrow

The Tourism Department will be resuming ‘Valley Weekends’, which will have cultural and sports activities for tourists and locals from the wee hours to the evenings, from Saturday. An official of the Tourism Departme...

Centre must step in to check rising airfares: PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday asked the state and the Central governments to take immediate measures for addressing the skyrocketing air fares to Kashmir during peak tourist season. In a statement issue...

GST roll-out hit industrial production, forced employee layoffs: FCIK

Appalled by ‘callous’ performance of government departments, the Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir claimed that rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime has hit Kashmir industry badly resulting in huge e...

Articales

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We Find A Voice: Kashmir Once again shot into international headlines

We Find A Voice: Kashmir Once again shot...

Historically, Kashmiris since 1819 have always greeted the voices raised from outside the state against their oppression and in support of their cause....
A hard outlook will have pitfalls in Kashmir

A hard outlook will have pitfalls in Kashmir

KASHMIR is happy, somewhat. The PDP-BJP split was much awaited; by people who were unable to reconcile to the rule of the saffron...
Infinite quest for permanent solution in J&K: An unconventional roadmap towards a permanent solution

Infinite quest for permanent solution in J&K: An...

Well, as a fiction author, I often am in a position to take liberties which policy makers and people in decision making positions...

Environment

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Surrounded by glaciers, Kashmir faces drought-like conditions as precipitation levels...

In 2002, the Jammu and Kashmir government set up a water-treatment plant at Pokhribal in Srinagar to supply drinking water from the Dal Lake to the households of the area. But local people objected saying the lake water ...

Wular has lost its primary function of flood absorption basin...

Not so long ago Wular in Bandipore was considered to be one of the largest freshwater lakes in Aisa, acting as a natural flood reservoir for Jhelum River to prevent floods in the Valley. Today, the lake is however gaspin...

Heavy rains likely across Kashmir Valley in next few days

Kashmir is likely to receive downpour over the next few days with the state weather department predicting heavy rainfall at isolated places in the region. A spell of rain is expected to begin tonight or tomorrow and will...

Heavy militarization of Kashmir Valley risking Environment, Ecology

Policy Group, civil society ask Govt to adopt concrete measures to save environment Several members of Environment Policy Group (EPG) and civil society Monday asked the government to adopt concrete measures to save the e...

What happens to the plastic you throw away every day?

In the absence of proper segregation of waste inside homes, the danger from hazardous plastics falls on the trash collectors, most of whom are poorly paid. And, landfills are still non-scientific dump sites that pose gra...

Dal Lake gets dull as waste dumping goes on

“Perhaps in the whole world, there is no corner as pleasant as the Dal Lake,” said Sir Walter Lawrence in his book ‘Valley of Kashmir’. But today, the Dal Lake, which used to be the top attraction for tourists in...

Sports

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Jammu and Kashmir Premier League begins in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Premier League tournament for Srinagar district commenced on Wednesday. The tournament organized by Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association would be played at least on four different venues across the cit...

Two Valley students to represent India at Kick Boxing Championship...

Two Kashmiri students will represent India at the World Kick-boxing Championship, which will be held in November at Buenos Aires in Argentina. The participants, Aabid Hamid and Hashim Ashraf, are students of Army Goodwil...

Real Kashmir FC qualify for I-League, becomes first J&K club...

Real Kashmir FC on Wednesday became the first football club from Jammu and Kashmir to qualify for the country’s top tier I-League after they won the second division league by beating Delhi side Hindustan FC 3-2. Th...

Irfan Pathan joins J&K Criket Team as Mentor-cum-Player

After months of uncertainty, the air was cleared on Friday as international cricketer Irfan Pathan officially joined Jammu and Kashmir cricket team as mentor cum player at Sher-i-Kashmir International Cricket Stadium, So...

Health

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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...

Valley doctors mitigate Nipah Virus fear

Doctors and health authorities Monday said there was no immediate threat of the deadly Nipah Virus (NiV) in Kashmir, but advised people to take precautions. The virology division of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sc...

Nipah mystery deepens as lab report rules out bats as...

The mystery over the source of the deadly Nipah (NiV) virus infection that has claimed 12 lives in north Kerala deepened after the blood and serum samples of 21 bats tested at the National Institute of High Security Anim...

Antibiotic resistance linked to global warming, rising population

The resistance to antibiotics among the human pathogens is spreading like a wild fire and will have serious consequences on the spread of infections and how our doctors treat them in the future. It is estimated that by 2...

Technology

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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...

4G Speed in India slowest in world

India may be going digital, but high-speed internet on mobile phones still remains a challenge, even on 4G. Despite telecom companies announcing massive rollout of 4G services, the average network speed in India remains ...

Earth’s satellite turns red, stargazers see ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’...

Moon-gazers saw a super moon, when it looks bigger and brighter than ever because it is closer to the earth, a blue moon, which is the second full moon in a calendar month, and a blood moon, a reference to the red colour...

News From Across India

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RSS-affiliate Rashtriya Muslim Manch sponsored Namaz on river bank called...

There were also rumours about Rashtriya Muslim Manch cancelling the event under pressure from the district administration. The Rashtriya Muslim Manch cancelled the grand namaz and Quran recitation session on the banks of...

If BJP wins 2019 polls, India will become Hindu Pakistan:...

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it will create a condition leading to the formation of a ‘Hindu Pakistan’. Addressing an event in Thi...

After triple talaq, Centre targets nikah halala and polygamy

After moving to criminalise instant triple talaq + , the Centre is all set to throw its weight behind a clutch of petitions filed in the Supreme Court to declare “nikah halala” and polygamy “unconstitutional”. So...

Sacrifice of soldiers cannot become political tool: Oppn accuse BJP...

The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP of using the September 2016 surgical strike for political gains, inviting strong reaction from the ruling party which charged its principal rival with lowering the morale of armed...

Ahead of Eid-Uz-Zuha (Bakra Eid), Govt backs campaign against animal...

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is launching a campaign to crack down on the slaughter of animals for sacrifice, ahead of the Muslim festival of Bakrid, or Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice), which will be cele...

World News

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Geelani, Mirwaiz congratulate Tayyip Erdogan on election success

Geelani, Mirwaiz congratulate Tayyip Erdogan on election success

Hurriyat conference (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani extended his congratulations to Tayyip Erdogan for “his success” in the June 24 presidential elections and...
World Bank asks Pak to accept India’s offer of appointing a neutral expert on Kishan Ganga dispute

World Bank asks Pak to accept India’s offer...

The World Bank has asked Pakistan that it should accept India’s offer of appointing a “neutral expert” on the Kishanganga dam dispute instead...
Pak warns of dangerous situation over water issues with India

Pak warns of dangerous situation over water issues...

Pakistan warned on Friday that water issues with India can lead to a dangerous situation and that Islamabad wants a peaceful resolution of...