Assembly to discuss GST on June 17

Assembly to discuss GST on June 17

Srinagar: Finance minister Haseeb Drabu said on Wednesday that the government will hold a special session in the Legislative Assembly on June 17 to discuss the extension of Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the state. Addressing a press conference here, Drabu said that many people had reservations about the GST and the government will […]

PDP gives in to BJP: KPS officers won’t get DIG, IG ranks

PDP gives in to BJP: KPS officers won’t get DIG, IG ranks

Srinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has had its way in the coalition government on the matter of the state’s senior-most police officers. The JK government announced on Wednesday that it had approved the creation of a Jammu and Kashmir Police Service Cadre, whereby local police officers awaiting promotion as IGs and DIGs will get […]

New Delhi’s new tactic: NIA raids at 14 locations

New Delhi’s new tactic: NIA raids at 14 locations

Srinagar: Widening the crackdown on pro-freedom groups, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday raided 14 locations in Kashmir to locate Hawala money received allegedly from Pakistan to conduct “subversive activities in Kashmir”. The NIA raided the houses and offices of the second-rung leadership of both the Hurriyat factions, as well as other affiliated pro-freedom […]

Police claim 34 youth have left militancy after ‘counselling’

Police claim 34 youth have left militancy after ‘counselling’

Srinagar: While the number of active militants has sharply gone up in the Valley, police claim they have managed to bring back 34 youth from militancy to “normal life”. “We have brought back home 34 youth who went to join militancy,” Director General of Police SP Vaid told Kashmir Reader. “We have persuaded them to […]

‘BJP has no idea of how to rule Kashmir’

‘BJP has no idea of how to rule Kashmir’

Srinagar: Could it be the lack of ruling experience that is behind the BJP’s bungling of Kashmir? The contradictory statements made by its ministers do suggest that the party is yet to make head or tail of the situation it confronts in Kashmir. On Tuesday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu insisted that the “problem […]

We will fire pellets at people who pelt stones: CRPF

We will fire pellets at people who pelt stones: CRPF

Srinagar: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has said that their troops will continue to use pellets on those who throw stones at them. “Whosoever will throw stones on our jawans (men), we will react with force. We cannot afford to be sitting ducks and be pelted by stones,” CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav told Kashmir […]

Police department stumped as 55 candidates ignore job offer

Police department stumped as 55 candidates ignore job offer

Srinagar: The police department is surprised, and a little apoplectic, that after thousands of Kashmiri youth lining up for its recruitment drives, and at a time of widespread unemployment, 55 candidates chosen as wireless operators in the police department on January 19, 2017, have not turned up for joining duties. A senior police official said […]