Reasons for boycott include ‘shroud thieves’

Reasons for boycott include ‘shroud thieves’

Sebdan (Budgam): The residents of Galwanpora village in Sebdan, a few kilometres from Srinagar, remember the exact number of votes National Conference and PDP got during 2014 assembly elections—545 and 280. The figures are quoted precisely to announce an affinity with elections. This time around, not a single resident turned out to vote. “Vote travith […]

Troops on duty wonder at Kashmir and themselves

Troops on duty wonder at Kashmir and themselves

Srinagar: Paramilitary forces guarding pooling booths were bemused by the public boycott of the parliamentary election in Srinagar constituency. Inside most of the booths, the troops were making enquiries as to the reason behind the boycott. One CRPF trooper who was sitting on stairs had a different question. “Kab sudhrega ye Kashmir? (When will this […]

Poll day eve looks like a military drill

Poll day eve looks like a military drill

Srinagar: At 9:30pm on Friday, the government forces manning an election booth at SP higher secondary school in the heart of Srinagar’s Lal Chowk were extra vigilant, patrolling the area and keeping watch on passersby. The alertness was prompted by the protests in Nishat area after a vehicle carrying CRPF soldiers for election duty hit […]

Home ministry organ counted bird census as ‘positive development’ last year

Home ministry organ counted bird census as ‘positive development’ last year

Srinagar: A monthly magazine published by government of India’s home ministry has been listing “positive developments” taking place in Jammu and Kashmir. Last March, one such development was the Bird census carried out by wildlife authorities at the Hokersar wetland. Activities in the realm of culture, sports, tourism and job recruitments under Udaan (flight) scheme […]

Political parties caught napping by ‘snap poll’

Political parties caught napping by ‘snap poll’

Srinagar: The lingering shadow of last year’s uprising and the continuing rush of people to rescue besieged militants is not the only reason for low-key campaigning for parliamentary by-polls, especially in Srinagar. The political parties are just not ready. This is illustrated by the fact that no major public rally or roadshow has been held […]

Suspension, inquiry, hounding of senior doctor at GMC Jammu

Suspension, inquiry, hounding of senior doctor at GMC Jammu

Srinagar: On March 13, the government relieved Dr Zahid Hussain Gilani of the charge of principal of Jammu’s Government Medical College and gave the charge to Dr Sunanda Raina, head of the college’s anatomy department. On the day she took over, she filed a complaint against her predecessor of “gross indiscipline, misconduct and disobedience.” She […]

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