Barkati’s family ‘forgotten by everybody’

Barkati’s family ‘forgotten by everybody’

SHOPIAN: The family of Sarjan Barkati, the popular sloganeer of the freedom movement, has told Kashmir Reader that police are keeping Barkati in jail on new charges after the High Court quashed his detention order issued under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Shabroza, Barkati’s wife, said that her husband was recently brought to the court […]

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 […]

Aiyar-led delegation ‘another drop in the ocean’

Aiyar-led delegation ‘another drop in the ocean’

SRINAGAR: In the past decade-and-a-half, eight Indian political delegations have come to Kashmir to hold dialogue with pro-freedom groups, apart from interacting with the ‘people’. None of them has made any difference to India’s policy on Kashmir. The recommendations of these delegations gather dust in New Delhi, even as one uprising after the other erupts […]

Quash clandestine appointments in NIT during 2016 unrest, demand employees

Quash clandestine appointments in NIT during 2016 unrest, demand employees

Srinagar: Non-teaching staff at National Institute of Technology (NIT) on Thursday held a protest demonstration in the lawns of the deemed university. The employees were protesting against the present administration and accused them of working against the interests of the employees. The protesting employees said that there was no mechanism to redress the grievances, the […]

Tourist footfall nosedives but efforts on for revival

Tourist footfall nosedives but efforts on for revival

Mohammad Suhail SRINAGAR: Last year’s pan-Kashmir uprising following the death of Burhan Wani has had a significant impact on tourism into the Kashmir Valley, with tourist footfall having plunged by more than 55 percent, official records imply. According to tourism department statistics, tourist influx to the Kashmir Valley was steady up until June last year. […]

Tourism hit, Pahalgam hotels go empty

Tourism hit, Pahalgam hotels go empty

Pahalgam: In 2016, Nazir Ahmed Shiekh, a hotelier in Pahalgam, had all the 22 rooms of his hotel occupied for the months of April and May. Come 2017, one and a half months of the peak tourism season has already passed but  Shiekh has hosted just 150 tourists. “It is not even the three percent […]

Resolving or revolving around the ‘unrest’!

Resolving or revolving around the ‘unrest’!

While Opposition is in a rush to hold a conclave to find alternatives to the ongoing unrest in the valley, of which ‘street and student’ protests were the main highlights, besides army’s cordon and search operations back in force, the question remains whether that calms the street anger down or will it still be a […]

Modi-Nawaz may meet at Shanghai summit

Modi-Nawaz may meet at Shanghai summit

Islamabad: If India shows interest, Pakistan will look into the possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana next month, Pakistan’s top diplomat Sartaj Aziz said on Wednesday. “It is too early to say. We will […]

Agenda of Alliance: The Document of Un-kept and Fake Promises

Agenda of Alliance: The Document of Un-kept and Fake Promises

By Shabir Ahmad The current coalition government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir has two wheels; one is Green and other one is Saffron besides a driver that runs these two wheels to the direction towards which he deems fit. This driver is sitting at New Delhi. I have been perennially doubtful about the […]