Joint Chamber urges India, Pak to resume LoC trade

Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over the latest standoff on cross-LoC trade, the Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JKJCCI) on Friday urged the Indian and Pakistani authorities to immediately facilitate the return of stranded drivers along with their trucks and resume the trade. “The Joint Chamber appeals to the Indian and Pakistan […]

Security heightened across Valley ahead of Jan 26

Security heightened across Valley ahead of Jan 26

Srinagar: Security was tightened Monday in this summer capital and other major towns of the Valley in run up to January 26 . Paramilitary CRPF personnel and police have been deployed in strength for R-day functions across the Valley, official sources told Kashmir Reader Monday. A contingent of troopers and policemen carried out day long […]

Pulwama: Cop arrested for selling seized drugs to NC Sarpanch

Srinagar: A Sarpanch belonging to ruling National Conference and a policeman have been arrested in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district for trading banned drugs. Reports said a police officer caught a man coming out from police station Kakapora with bottles of Codeine wrapped in a newspaper. On questioning, the man confessed that a police constable had […]

Out of business: Maharaj Gunj, Kashmir’s erstwhile commercial hub, struggles for existence

SRINAGAR: Kashmir’s oldest wholesale market Shri Ranbir Gunj or Maharaj Gunj in downtown Srinagar is struggling to withhold its historical significance and commercial importance. In 1863-64, history has it, Maharaja Ranbir Singh established this wholesale market on the banks of Jhelum to pay off the debt his forefathers owed to non-Muslim traders of Amritsar since […]

Employees’ agitation: JCC calls for Secretariat ‘gherao’ on Jan 30, indefinite strike on cards

SRINAGAR: The Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of several employees union, on Friday called for Civil Secretariat ‘gherao’ in Jammu on January 30 to press for their demands. “Keeping in view the non-serious attitude of the government, we call for Secretariat gherao on January 30, and we are appealing all the employees to take […]

Hardepanzoo teachers without salary for 5 months

SRINAGAR: Frequent transfer of Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) and delay in payment of salaries of ReTs has irked the School Education staff in Hardepanzoo in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. “In past three to four months, six new ZEOs were appointed in the area. These frequent transfers are drastically affecting the working of the system,” a […]

Dobighat fire victims battle freezing cold, govt apathy

Dobighat fire victims battle freezing cold, govt apathy

SRINAGAR: Sixty-year-old Nazir Ahmad Dar sits in distant corner of a classroom in Girls Higher Secondary School Hazratbal here. Shadows conceal wrinkles on the face of shabby looking, bearded Dar. He leans against a pile of mattresses and quilts behind him, frowns, and then sighs. Consumed in some thought, he is almost unmindful of Jana, […]

Govt mulling to close privately held CAPD fair price shops

SUHAIL PUNJABI JAMMU: In a move which would leave hundreds of youth jobless in Jammu and Kashmir, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department is intending to close all the fair price shops (ration depots) run by the private dealers in the state, highly placed sources told Kashmir Reader. The sources said that CAPD Department […]

Unite or step aside, Kashmiri intelligentsia tells pro-freedom camp

SRINAGAR: “…if they are tired, let us respectfully ask them to step aside and rest,” says a Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez. He went public with his remarks on Facebook which is witnessing passionate debates on relevance of United Nations’ resolutions on the Kashmir dispute. “Now Kashmiris are in catch 22 situation, unable to […]