GoI hikes DA to 100% for 80 lakh employees & pensioners

New Delhi: The Indian government on Friday raised dearness allowance to 100 per cent, from 90 per cent, benefiting its 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh pensioners. The decision to hike DA for its employees, and to provide dearness relief for pensioners, by 10 per cent to 100 per cent was taken by the Union […]

North’s Weird Winter and Climate Change

BY FRED PEARCE Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter – from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain – is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet stream play a key role and could become even more disruptive as […]

Origins of Militancy

BY KHURRAM HUSAIN THE strong demands for military action against the TTP have put one party and its position regarding militancy in a tight spot. The PTI of Imran Khan, which made a large platform out of opposing action and promoting talks as the only way to deal with the terrorists, is now searching for […]

Curfew imposed in Lolab in view of anticipated protests: Govt

Curfew imposed in Lolab in view of anticipated protests: Govt

Jammu: The state government on Friday justified imposition of curfew in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, where seven suspected foreign militants were killed in an encounter with the Army on Monday, saying it was “necessary” for maintenance of law and order problem in view of anticipated protests after Fridayprayers. “District Magistrate Kupwara has […]

Militarization and Food Scarcity

Two years ago, the state’s Economic Survey had come out with a perturbing projection about Jammu and Kashmir facing an acute shortage of food grains by 2030 when the annual requirement would be 1.82 million tons. Experts have given a variety of reasons for this grave impending crisis, ranging from changing food patterns to loss […]

ASIA CUP: Sangakara ton delivers Sri Lanka tense win

ASIA CUP: Sangakara ton delivers Sri Lanka tense win

SRINAGAR: Kumar Sangakara hit a terrific ton to power Sri Lanka to a tense eight wicket victory against India in Asia Cup game played at Fatullah, Bangladesh. Chasing a target of 265, Sangakara helped t Sri Lanka, who were struggling   183 for 6 inside 40 overs, drove his team forward, with a judiuos mix of […]

Petrol price hiked by 60 paise per litre, diesel by 50p

Petrol price hiked by 60 paise per litre, diesel by 50p

NEW DELHI: Petrol price was Friday hiked by 60 paise a litre, the second increase this year, and diesel by 50 paise per litre, the 14th hike since January 2013. The hikes, effective from Friday midnight, are excluding local sales tax or VAT and actual increase will be higher and will vary from city to […]

Misbah urges batsmen to buck up ahead of clash against India

Fatullah: Gearing up for the marquee clash against India, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants his batsmen to learn quickly from the mistakes they made against minnows Afghanistan in their Asia Cup preliminary clash here. Pakistan won the match by 72 runs but some of their batting frailties were laid bare by a resolute Afghan bowling attack […]