Pellets snatch eye as well as dream of 14-yr-old orphan girl

Pellets snatch eye as well as dream of 14-yr-old orphan girl

By ZIA-UL-HAQ    PULWAMA: On October 31, 2016, government forces started ransacking houses in Rohmoo village of Pulwama. The villagers, men and women, all came out on roads in protest. It led to clashes between the two sides. The forces fired teargas shells and pellets at the protesters. As the clashes intensified, a 14-year-old orphan […]

Faculty vacations leave hospitals understaffed

Faculty vacations leave hospitals understaffed

By Sumiya Shah SRINAGAR: With most of the senior faculty on vacation, Kashmir’s referral hospitals are left mostly at the mercy of junior doctors during winters. While the senior doctors say they cannot be denied their rightful vacation, others question if the hospitals are well staffed to manage the yearly sabbatical. Outspoken president of the […]

Bijbehara Fruit Terminal: Tall claims and a few mounds of earth

Bijbehara Fruit Terminal: Tall claims and a few mounds of earth

By ZIA-UL-HAQ Anantnag: When the foundation stone of the proposed fruit and vegetable market in Jablipora area of Bijbehara was laid in 2013, local fruit growers and traders had turned jubilant in hopes of a booming business. However, four years later, the work on the project has not moved beyond earth filling. “When the foundation […]

Hizb asks people to stay away from RD functions

Hizb asks people to stay away from RD functions

SRINAGAR: Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has asked people not to participate in the upcoming Republic Day celebrations on January 26 and urged them to observe it as a ‘black day.’ In a 10-minute-video message circulated on social-networking sites on Thursday the outfit asked people to stop taking part in any state sponsored event or function […]

Govt to vie for two smart cities in round-III

Govt to vie for two smart cities in round-III

SRINAGAR: The state government will vie for two smart cities in round third of a challenge by the government of India. “The 2nd draft of smart city proposal in respect of Jammu and Srinagar cities has been submitted by the consultant—M/S Voyants Solutions Private Limited —engaged for the purpose but same is under improvement in […]

Hizb clarifies: Those asking for donation in our name are ‘Indian agents’

Srinagar: Militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen on Thursday said those asking for donation “in our name are Indian agents” while clarifying that it doesn’t rely on people’s donations. In an e-mailed statement issued to a local news agency, a Hizb spokesman, Saleem Hashmi, while quoting the outfit chief, Syed Salahuddin said, “Indian agents have made fake letter […]

Contingent workers demand implementation of MW Act

Contingent workers demand implementation of MW Act

Srinagar: The ‘contingent paid workers’ of education department, many of them working between rupees 25 to 100 per month, on Thursday staged a protest demonstration here demanding immediate implementation of the Minimum Wages Act constituted by the government. The workers, working under different government schemes, assembled under the banner of Centre for Indian Trade Union […]

2504 daily wagers to be regularised

SRINAGAR: There are only 2504 daily rated workers in all departments who are yet to be regularized in the state, government informed state legislative assembly on Thursday. Replying to a question by MLA Batamaloo, Finance Minister against 59904 reported Dally Rated Workers by all the departments and registered with the Finance Department, 57402 have been […]

Tral residents contradict government’s development claims

Srinagar: The residents in south Kashmir’s Tral sub-district have ridiculed the state government for repeatedly telling lies about the developmental works in the constituency. Referring to Works Minister AR Veeri’s statement in the assembly, spokesman of Civil Society Tral Advocate M Ashraf Wani said that no substantial work has been done on the development front […]