Urdu Can Keep JK United 

Neglect of Urdu by successive governments has always evoked severe reactions from quarters concerned. Cutting across party lines, legislators have time and again agitated it on the floor of the house.  Unfortunately, the sweet language has been connected to Islam and Muslims. This perhaps is the reason behind Urdu’s slow but sure demise in the state. It […]

Repeating History

If the region has finally been certified as no longer in need of a weekly “lessons of history” speech, it must have been given very little publicity, and the rating known only in a few select quarters. The reasons could be listed in two broad categories: the risks involved in spoon-feeding, which, with due credit […]

Rains relent, fear lingers

Rains relent, fear lingers

Thousands flee as flood waters enter residential colonies; 8 teams of disaster relief force being sent to the state, 100 personnel have reached Srinagar Centre sanction Rs 200 crore for JK; Mufti sanctions Rs 25 crore for relief and rescue measures in Kashmir and Rs 10 crore to SDRF and Jammu divisional commissioner for similar […]

9 die as landslide buries a house in Budgam

Nayeem Rather Budgam: Nine people died and seven others are feared dead after a landslide buried a house in Ledan village of Yousmarg, some 35 km from Budgam district headquarters, on early Monday morning. Bashir Ahmad, a resident of the village, said that at about 2.30am, the villagers were woken up by a loud noise. […]

Flood disrupts business as wary traders run to safety

Flood disrupts business as wary traders run to safety

SRINAGAR: Floods in Kashmir Valley Monday disrupted the routine business in uptown areas here, with the traders, fearing a repeat of September 2014, salvaging their merchandise. The traders at Lal Chowk told Kashmir Reader that they have been shifting their stocks since Sunday, when the entire city centre including Residency Road, Polo View, and M […]

CM visits Lal Chowk, meets traders

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Monday visited Lal Chowk here to meet the traders whose shops have been facing threat of inundation. Sayeed, as per an official handout issued here, assured the traders that his government would take “all required steps to prevent water logging.” The CM said the government would next month start […]

Activate private groups, KCCI tells public

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Monday expressed concern over the situation arising in Kashmir Valley due to incessant rains. In a press statement issued here, KCCI said it held a Special Meeting to assess the situation. Appreciating the “proactive steps” being taken by the state government to limit the damages, KCCI asked […]

Omar to Delhi: Release Rs 43000 cr relief without delay

Omar to Delhi: Release Rs 43000 cr relief without delay

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday expressed hope that the New Delhi would release the flood-relief package of over Rs 43000 crores “without any delay” to state government. “Elections were held despite the floods last year and then we were told that it was done in order to start relief, rehabilitation and infrastructure developing […]

Govt should do more, says SAVAE

SRINAGAR: South Asian Voluntary Association of Environmentalists [SAVAE], an NGO working for environment, Monday said the state government should make more efforts to help the people. “We are aware that disasters can’t be prevented with overnight measures, but the previous government and the present government never gave the feeling that they had taken last year’s […]

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