Police block road for SMHS ambulance, make way for CRPF vehicle

Police block road for SMHS ambulance, make way for CRPF vehicle

Srinagar: On Friday afternoon, policemen deployed at Kak Sarai Chowk near Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital sealed both sides of the road and barred the movement of dozens of vehicles, including an ambulance that was carrying a patient in critical condition. Laying barricades and razor wires all across the road, the policemen didn’t allow passage […]

Decline in exports: the fading glory of Kashmiri handicrafts?

Decline in exports: the fading glory of Kashmiri handicrafts?

SRINAGAR: Once sought after world over, the handicrafts of Kashmir, exporters say, have lost the demand they once had in the international market. Several exporters who have showrooms abroad ascribe this decline to their products’ loss of “unique identity” in foreign markets. With their great diversity and wide demand, Kashmiri handicrafts acquired worldwide fame in […]

Missing teen found in Turkey, DGP claims ‘no knowledge’

Missing teen found in Turkey, DGP claims ‘no knowledge’

SRINAGAR: The family of a 21-year-old youth from the old city, claimed by the police to have been arrested in Turkey after he went missing on March 22, says it has no clue of how the youth went overseas when he was very much engaged in his studies. Afshan Pervaiz, a student of Arabic at […]

Tender out 7th time for waste-to-energy plant at Achan

Tender out 7th time for waste-to-energy plant at Achan

Srinagar: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation is struggling to contract out the installation of its proposed waste-to-electrical energy plant at Achan. Six previous tenders inviting bidders for its installation failed to find contractors, and the seventh tender is now waiting for one. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) proposed such a plant to the SMC two years […]

Curfew pass made impediment to press movement

Curfew pass made impediment to press movement

Srinagar: Journalists continue to be harassed and prevented from doing their duties by the government forces. Both on Saturday and on Sunday, government forces restricted the movement of journalists when they were out to do their professional duties. Many media persons, including this reporter, were denied passage and asked to seek a curfew pass from […]

Witness statements not of ‘much use’ in case of 11-yr-old’s killing by BSF troops

Witness statements not of ‘much use’ in case of 11-yr-old’s killing by BSF troops

Srinagar: Batamaloo Station House Officer Pervaiz Ahmad has told Kashmir Reader that the witness statements recorded in the case of 11-year-old Sajad Ahmad’s killing by Border Security Force troops at Batamaloo on April 15, are not of “much use”. He said the police had recorded statements of three witnesses so far. “They (witnesses) couldn’t justify […]

Is GST another blow to financial independence of J&K?

Is GST another blow to financial independence of J&K?

Srinagar: The Mehbooba Mufti government will soon be convening a special session of the legislative assembly to introduce a bill that will merge different taxes into one Goods and Services Tax (GST). The state of Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the Indian Union that will do so, the others merely following the […]

Wakf seeks applications from retired officials for executive posts

Wakf seeks applications from retired officials for executive posts

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakf Board has issued a controversial advertisement seeking applications from retired government officials to fill vacancies of revenue officer and tehsildar. The notice published in a few local dailies on Saturday specifies that persons applying for the posts must be retired government employees. “Candidates who have retired on superannuation […]