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 […]

I was never interested in politics; my inclinations always lay towards arts:  An interview with Tasaduq Mufti 

I was never interested in politics; my inclinations always lay towards arts:  An interview with Tasaduq Mufti 

Tasaduq Hussain Mufti is an award-winning cinematographer who rose to prominence after his camera work in Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Othello, Omkara.  The 45-year-old is the son of PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. In his first interview after formally entering the PDP, Tasaduq talked to Kashmir Reader […]

The end of an elusive man

The end of an elusive man

Srinagar: Six years ago, Kashmir’s most wanted militant commander Muzaffar Iqbal Naikoo alias Muza Molvi had become the poster boy and top strategist of Lashkar-e-Toiba in the Valley. His tales of audacity thrived and had entered folklore in north Kashmir, where he was based for a decade as a guerilla leader. Four years later, that […]

Graft watchdog: people believe nothing can happen without bribes

Graft watchdog: people believe nothing can happen without bribes

Srinagar: The widespread feeling among the people that a majority of public servants are corrupt has received official acknowledgement. In its latest report, the state vigilance commission has said that be it a work as small as installation of streetlight or as big as construction of a road to a village, or emergency surgery in […]

Heating system at SMHS leaves patients cold at night

Heating system at SMHS leaves patients cold at night

Srinagar: Mohammad Habibullah Khan (name changed), 70, suffering from an acute chest respiratory disease, is resting on a bed in one of the wards at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital beneath several layers of bedding warmed by a Kangri. His wife Hameeda Begum has folded her arms as she shivers from the cold inside the […]

World Bank takes over DPR of new flood channel

World Bank takes over DPR of new flood channel

Srinagar: The state government’s lack of funds to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for an alternate flood channel in the Valley has prompted the World Bank to take over the assignment itself. The Rs 180-crore DPR for the nearly Rs 20,000-crore mammoth project would include studying feasibility of every part of a proposed 80-kilometer […]

Power department cutting supply to defaulters in a week

Power department cutting supply to defaulters in a week

Srinagar: As the valley reels under a harsh cold wave, the power department has ordered its staff to disconnect electricity to those consumers whose pending dues exceed Rs 10,000, in a bid to increase revenue recovery. An official circular (307-13) issued by the department directed field staff reads: “You are directed to disconnect (power supply […]

Burhan the lover of Kashmiri folk music

Srinagar: Amid communication blockade and internet gag, a new video featuring Burhan Wani has gone viral in Kashmir. This video does not feature iconic Wani in army fatigue or brandishing a Kalansihkov rifle in combat style in deep forests, but introduces him as a singer and lover of Kashmiri music. Burhan and his associates grip […]

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