Champion of Human Rights

BY ZAHIR-UD-DIN Today is the day when Allah, the Most Exalted, bestowed a favour on humankind. The Imam-ul-Anbia (on whom be peace) was born and the world was freed from the fetters of thralldom. “We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creation.” (The Quran, 21:117) The most revered Prophet (pbuh) conferred rights […]

5 kg saffron seized at Srinagar airport

SRINAGAR: An attempt to smuggle out five kilograms of prized saffron from Srinagar to New Delhi was foiled Monday by sleuths of the Commercial Tax Department (CTD) here. The CTD officials, with the assistance of CRPF troopers and police, found two residents of Pampore—Showkat Ahmad Bhat and Shahid Ahmad Bhat—carrying the saffron without documents at […]

Pakistan says Indian Army chief’s remarks ‘provocative’

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh warned against any ceasefire violations on the LoC, the Pakistani military today said such “provocative” statements were counterproductive. A statement issued by the Pakistani military’s media wing claimed Singh’s statement was “contrary to the facts on ground”. “Such accusation and provocative statements are regrettable and counterproductive,” […]

Bears lose sleep as partying Gulmarg despoils forest tracts

Abdul Mohamin Gulmarg: Manmade vagaries in Gulmarg may be buried deep under snow today, but nature has sought a way to betray what humans would like to hide. Long accustomed to feeding on huge untended mounds of garbage steadily growing around the Meadow of Flowers, a hibernating species of black bear found in outlying forests […]

Haj 2014: 20% cut in quota to stay

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that it would continue to impose a 20 per cent cut in foreign pilgrims and a 50 per cent reduction in domestic pilgrims during the 2014 Haj. “The government will continue to request foreign countries to slash the quota of their Haj pilgrims by 20 per cent due to […]

Baramulla quarry owners protest against administration order to stop extraction

Baramulla quarry owners protest against administration order to stop extraction

MUSHTAQ AHMED BARAMULLA: Dozens of stone quarry owners of Drangbal area here Monday staged protests against the district administration move to stop the operations of their stone quarries. The owners said that district administration on Monday called them to Tehsil officer Baramulla and asked them to stop the extraction in the quarries located within Kacharaie […]

Kashmir industry discriminated against Jammu: Industrialists

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has miserably failed to ensure equitable growth and development in the industrial sector and Kashmir region continues to be grossly ignored and discriminating against Jammu region in industrial development, Valley based industrialists Monday said here. In an interactive program organised by Kashmir Small Scale Industries Association (KSSIA), Baghi Ali […]