Valley lashed by rains; higher reaches receive snow

Srinagar: Overnight rains lashed Kashmir Valley with the higher reaches, including the tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, receiving fresh snowfall. The plains of the Valley, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, received rainfall and the higher reaches like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Kupwara received fresh snowfall, an official of the MeT Department […]

When CA Ratified Accession

“Let us withdraw the Indian army for five days and see whom this house represents,” Abdul Ghani Goni, a member of the Constituent Assembly, said on February 6, 1954 while opposing a motion to ratify Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to the Union of India. But ignoring his heated arguments, the House voted for ratification amid […]

Protests in Baramulla after student stabbed to death

Baramulla: A student was stabbed to death while another suffered injuries during a clash outside a tuition centre, leading to massive protests in this north Kashmir district Monday. The trouble started when two groups of youth had a heated argument with each other over some issue near a coaching centre on Park Road here on […]

Avalanche warning for higher reaches

Srinagar: Authorities Sunday issued a warning to people living in higher reaches asking them not to venture into avalanche-prone areas. “As per information communicated by Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, there is a medium danger avalanche warning for higher reaches in Ladakh region and Kashmir Valley,” officials said. People living in higher reaches of Drass […]

Min temp up, light rainfall at some places

Srinagar: Minimum temperatures across Kashmir Valley rose by several notches, bringing relief to residents from the cold wave conditions, even as some places received light rainfall. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 0.3 degree Celsius, over three notches up from the previous night’s minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, an […]

Is Kashmir Happy as Kashmiris Conquer All?

Sitting in the crowded Departure Hall of the swanky new terminal of the Delhi airport, I was politely asked by a young gentleman whether the seat opposite mine was taken. I replied: ‘No, please have a seat.’ He was a marketing professional, working in a big business, for a wealthy individual from the South who […]

Farooq Abdullah figures in Kejriwal’s ‘most corrupt list’

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday raised the pitch for 2014 general elections by levelling charges of corruption against prominent politicians including former J&K Chief Minister and Union Minister for Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah. Stating that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will ‘eliminate corruption from the system’, Kejriwal said, “There should not be […]

Populist Posturing

Viewed cursorily, it would seem that the NC is finally showing some semblance of dignity in that it is taking a firm stand and not letting its coalition partner to dictate terms. But ultimately, it is not about taking a firm stand just for the sake of asserting the party identity or somebody’s individuality. What […]

LPG cylinder cap raised to 12

New Delhi: In a setback to a UPA project touted as a ‘game-changer’, government on Thursday suspended the ambitious scheme to pay LPG subsidy in cash to consumers directly but raised the quota of subsidised cooking gas to 12 cylinders per household in a year. Announcing the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political […]

The Art of Conversation

Notwithstanding the importance of the spoken word, very few people are acquainted with the art of conversation. In order to make an impression, people use words the listeners find too difficult to understand, thereby defeating the very purpose of conversation. The speaker has to bear in mind that listeners (at times) may be inferior to […]