Both ministers ‘willing’ to withdraw resignation

Both ministers ‘willing’ to withdraw resignation

Srinagar: The two ministers who resigned from the Mehbooba Mufti-led government on Friday are willing to rejoin the cabinet if their portfolios are changed. The two PDP ministers, Syed Basharat Bukhari and Imran Raza Ansari, resigned hours after the first cabinet rejig in the coalition PDP-BJP government. Ansari, who wields influence on the Shia electorate, […]

Army chief’s statement described as ‘aggressive’, ‘direct threat’

Army chief’s statement described as ‘aggressive’, ‘direct threat’

Srinagar: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s warning to people “who help militants” is at odds with the “restraint” and “reconciliation” that is part of the 16-page ‘Agenda for Alliance’ document  of the PDP-BJP government. Though government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar did not respond to repeated calls and text, some PDP leaders and ministers told Kashmir […]

4 commissions defunct as vacancies yet to be filled

4 commissions defunct as vacancies yet to be filled

Srinagar: Four constitutional bodies are defunct currently because the government is yet to appoint their heads and members. The vacancies were created after the term of the statutory heads and members expired last year. In the State Information Commission, the positions of chief information commissioner (CIC) and state information commissioners have not been filled since […]

Govt yet to set up election commission, state may lose Rs 4,000-crore

Govt yet to set up election commission, state may lose Rs 4,000-crore

Srinagar: Elections are long overdue for Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) but the government is showing no interest in setting up a state election commission, whose mandate it is to conduct the polls. Though elections for panchayats have been announced for March, sources say it is unlikely they will be held at that time. […]

2 Kashmiris booked for sitting through India’s national anthem

Two Kashmiri men have been booked for not standing up for India’s national anthem at a cinema hall in Jammu. The duo identified as Mudasir Ahmad of Handwara and Javid Ahmad of Anantnag was arrested on Thursday evening at a cinema hall in Wave Mall on Jammu outskirts, where they had gone to watch Bollywood movie Raees.

2 Kashmiris booked for sitting through India’s national anthem

Two Kashmiri men have been booked for not standing up for India’s national anthem at a cinema hall in Jammu. The duo identified as Mudasir Ahmad of Handwara and Javid Ahmad of Anantnag was arrested on Thursday evening at a cinema hall in Wave Mall on Jammu outskirts, where they had gone to watch Bollywood movie Raees.

Family endures horror for two weeks

Family endures horror for two weeks

Srinagar: When the dusk had set in on January 12, a man carrying a letter of Hizbul Mujahideen knocked the door of a family in Chakpora on Srinagar outskirts. A girl, one of the five daughters of the family head, had half opened the gate when the unknown man handed her a letter.The contents of […]

Anything at fault? Call 100 to complain

Anything at fault? Call 100 to complain

Srinagar: Every morning, officials of seven essential services arrive at Srinagar’s police control room (PCR) on a daylong assignment: to receive calls about daily issues faced by people in Kashmir. The officials belong to seven departments: power development (electricity), consumer affairs and public distribution, mechanical engineering, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, irrigation and flood control, roads and […]

Athlete blames KU officials for ruining her career

Athlete blames KU officials for ruining her career

Srinagar: For five years, a leading athlete from Kashmir, Insha Wadoo, waited to participate in the prestigious All India Inter-University Athletics event. But when that moment finally arrived for the two-time national champion, Kashmir University marred her career. Last year, a rigorous selection procedure during an inter-college tournament held in the Valley chose athletes for […]

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