A Dynast Who Chose Not to Be

BY NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the former President of Sri Lanka, has among her photographs a collector’s item taken when she was an 11-year-old girl. Crowded into the frame are no less than five South Asian Prime Ministers who served at different times over five decades in the 20th Century: her father S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, […]

Army JCO shoots himself dead

Srinagar: A Junior Commissioned officer (JCO) committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in central Kashmir’s Budgam district late Friday, reports said. JCO, Surinder Singh of 2 Rashtriya Rifles posted at Soibugh Army camp, shot himself with his service rifle, a local news agency GNS quoted sources as saying. “After hearing gunshot his […]

‘Soldier among 5 arrested for stone pelting’

Srinagar: An Army trooper was among five persons arrested by police for stone pelting in Lolab, Kupwara on Friday, a local news agency said. “After Friday prayers, a group of youth was protesting near Radnag village against killing of seven alleged militants in Lalpora (last week). The protesters also hurled stones at forces deployed in […]

ADG’s private secretary accorded warm farewell

JAMMU: Abdul Rashid Malik, private secretary to additional DGP (Armed) was accorded a warm send off on Friday on his superannuation. In a statement, police spokesman described malik as “a highly decorated officer who rendered 34 years of unblemished and distinguished services in Jammu and Kashmir Police department in different capacities.” Malik hailing from Inder […]

Lt Gen PR Kumar to be new Army DGMO

New Delhi: Lt Gen PR Kumar will tomorrow take over as Director General Military Operations (DGMO) from Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, who is retiring on Friday. “Lt Gen Kumar will take over as DGMO tomorrow from Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia who will retire today after a tenure of more than 18 months,” an Army release […]

Significant rights abuse by Indian cops, forces: US Report

Lalit K Jha Washington: A US Congress-mandated report on Friday said that abuses by police and security forces are the most significant human rights problems in India, but that the government had made “some progress” in cases seeking to punish officials for killings during the 2002 Gujarat riots. “The most significant human rights problems were […]

Malik, aides detained as police foil JKLF rally

Malik, aides detained as police foil JKLF rally

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front( JKLF) chairman  Mohammad Yasin Malik and several of his party colleagues were Friday detained when they were preparing to hold a protest rally in the city against the Army’s decision to close the Pathribal case. Malik and his 12 colleagues were taken into preventive custody near Maisuma while they […]

GoI clears EC proposal, candidates can spend more on campaign

New Delhi: Government on Friday cleared a proposal of the Election Commission to raise expenditure limits for Lok Sabha elections to a maximum of Rs 70 lakh and a minimum of Rs 54 lakh, allowing candidates to spend more on their poll campaigns. The Commission has proposed to raise expenditure limits for Assembly Elections, with […]

HC directs police to strictly implement helmet rule

Madurai: A Division Bench of the Madras High Court Friday ordered police to strictly implement the rule which made wearing of helmet mandatory for two-wheeler riders and pillion riders and deal with the violators as per law. Justice R Sudhakar and Justice V M Velumani directed police officials to submit a fresh report on April […]