Religious leaders respond with fury to idea of ‘controling mosques’

Religious leaders respond with fury to idea of ‘controling mosques’

SRINAGAR: In response to the report published in The Indian Express that the Ministry of Home Affairs has recommended control of mosques in Kashmir, religious leaders in Kashmir said they would not allow control of their religious institutions “at any cost”. Advocate Zahid Ali, spokesman of the largest religious politico-social organisation of Kashmir, the Jamiat-e-Islami, […]

Six surgeries unable to restore vision of school teacher

Six surgeries unable to restore vision of school teacher

By ISHFAQ RESHI BEERWAH: Six major surgeries have not been able to restore the eyesight of 28-year-old school teacher Shabnum Amin, struck by pellets while sitting in the lawn of her home in Beerwah on September 2. Shabnum wanted to become a teacher and had completed a BEd course after finishing her Masters degree. She […]

Cops ‘hunting for’ Palhalan residents

Cops ‘hunting for’ Palhalan residents

Pattan/Palhallan: The residents of Palhallan village in Baramulla district on Tuesday said they are living under “Gaza-like” conditions. According to locals, the police and paramilitary forces have launched a hunt to arrest residents of Palhalan. The government forces have established several checkpoints and nakas where passenger vehicles are being searched for residents of Palhalan. The […]

After CRPF, army refusing to vacate SKUAST land

After CRPF, army refusing to vacate SKUAST land

Sopore: After the CRPF 92 Battalion, the army is now refusing to vacate land belonging to Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science & Technology (SKUAST) in Sopore. The army unit which shifted here from Bomai in 2009 is occupying some 15 kanals of university land along with the police SOG of Baramulla district, which, too, has […]

New Delhi handling Kashmir casually: NC

New Delhi handling Kashmir casually: NC

Srinagar: National Conference said on Monday that it will take a stand against the government of India for its casual approach in handling Kashmir and not offering dialogue to “arrest a growing alienation in the valley”. The party held a meeting of its Core Group, which was chaired by NC patron Farooq Abdullah at his […]

Four years later, plan to ‘unbundle’ power dept still a plan

Four years later, plan to ‘unbundle’ power dept still a plan

SRINAGAR: More than four years have passed since the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered the division of Power Development Department (PDD) into four separate entities, with the aim to reduce power losses, give financial autonomy, and bring accountability and transparency, but it is yet to happen. The Power Development Department (PDD) manages the transmission and […]

Ganai appointed chief information commissioner

Ganai appointed chief information commissioner

JAMMU: Former financial commissioner and advisor to governor Khurshid Ganai was appointed as chief information commissioner on Monday. He is second CIC of the state. Governor NN Vohra appointed him under the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act. Ganai’s appointment as CIC shall take effect from the date he assumes charge of the post, […]

Minister’s cavalcade ‘attacked’

Minister’s cavalcade ‘attacked’

PULWAMA: A cavalcade of minister of state for forests Zahoor Ahmad Mir was attacked with stones in Ratnipora village of Pulwama district on Monday. Zahoor was on way to the home of PDP leader Showkat Gayoor, whose mother had passed away, when scores of youths threw stones at the cavalcade, forcing his security guards to […]

Government and Aesthetic

Government and Aesthetic

In Kashmir it’s now hard to come across aesthetically pleasing and culturally or environmentally appropriate structures or buildings the government constructs. One of the first big buildings that came up after Dogra colonial rule is the seat of the government, the Secretariat in the summer capital Srinagar. It looks like an erstwhile Soviet building transplanted […]

Cups of nun chai-86: Reclaiming curfewed time

Cups of nun chai-86: Reclaiming curfewed time

This participatory memorial, by artist Alana Hunt, emerged in response to Kashmir’s Summer of 2010. In the face of the violence, the growing number of dead and the lack of serious media coverage, Hunt evolved ways to speak, to connect and to write in a form that would reach places where the news headlines do […]