Money not coming from Delhi for ITC

Money not coming from Delhi for ITC

SRINAGAR: The Indian government has not released funds for construction of the International Trade Centre (ITC) at Pampore, even after its budget was scaled down by 60 percent in the detailed project report (DPR). The ITC was conceived in 2005 and its foundation was laid two years later by then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad […]

Draft of Srinagar Master Plan reads like wishful thinking

Draft of Srinagar Master Plan reads like wishful thinking

SRINAGAR: Lack of availability of land, rising construction costs, and bad access to housing finance are the reason behind the growing  number of slums in Srinagar city, says the new draft of Srinagar Master Plan 2035. The city, according to the draft prepared by the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), has 10 percent of its population […]

Indian media has set Kashmir on fire: Altaf Bukhari

Indian media has set Kashmir on fire: Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar: Education Minister Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said that the Government of India and the Jammu Kashmir government were “on the same page” on the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigation into the sources of funding of pro-freedom groups. “Central government and the state government are on the same page,” Bukhari said on the sidelines of […]

Mehbooba tells JK Bank chairman to speak in Kashmiri

Mehbooba tells JK Bank chairman to speak in Kashmiri

SRINAGAR: At a function on Saturday, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti advised JK Bank Chairman Parvez Ahmad to speak in Kashmiri instead of English. Ms Mufti gave the chairman this advice at an inaugural function of 82 delivery units and 20 mobile carts of JK Bank at the SKICC here. At the start of the function, […]

Who ordered internet, mobile shutdown in 2016?

Who ordered internet, mobile shutdown in 2016?

SRINAGAR: Who had issued orders in Jammu and Kashmir to suspend mobile telephony and block internet services in the 2016 anti-India uprising? The state home department and the divisional commissioner Kashmir, the two important government bodies that have a say in deciding such moves, have distanced themselves from the order, reveals an RTI. The divisional […]

Why PDP government failed to give justice to Asiya and Neelofar, asks Shakil Ahangar

Why PDP government failed to give justice to Asiya and Neelofar, asks Shakil Ahangar

SRINAGAR: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that led high-octane protests against National Conference led government for not taking action against the double rape-cum-murder of Asiya and Neelofer in Shopian since 2009 has themselves not initiated any action during its two-year tenure. Shakeel Ahanger, brother of Asiya and husband of Neelofer, told Kashmir Reader that since […]

Officials look for Drabu’s ‘groundbreaking reforms’

Officials look for Drabu’s ‘groundbreaking reforms’

SRINAGAR: Key announcements made by the Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu for bringing structural changes in existing system of the state for better performance are yet to see the light of the day. Drabu during his various budget speeches announced to unbundle the Power Development Department (PDD) into Jammu & Kashmir State Power […]

Innovator attempts to harness magnetic energy

Innovator attempts to harness magnetic energy

SRINAGAR: A young Kashmiri innovator is trying his hands at converting earth’s magnetic field into usable electricity, which according to him, would be cheaper than all other available sources of energy. Faisal Baba (26), a resident of south Kashmiri’s Anantnag district, has developed a combination of two metals, which will store readily available magnetic energy […]

Private schools demand doing away with archaic class VIII board exams

Private schools demand doing away with archaic class VIII board exams

Srinagar: National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), the largest amalgam of private school associations in India on Thursday suggested the Jammu and Kashmir Government to remove board examination for class VIII  from the academic calendar of education. Talking to reporters, President NISA Kulbhushan Sharma said that J&K is the only place in India where class VIII […]

Ladishah, a folk art that has ‘completely died’ in Kashmir

Ladishah, a folk art that has ‘completely died’ in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Why does the young breed of Kashmiri musicians choose western hip-hop over Ladishah, the traditional Kashmiri ‘performance’ where music is combined with wit and humour to make a critique? Bhat Rihaan, part of a group of young rappers, believes that Ladishah has maintained the “same pattern” over the years, which deprives it of novelty. […]