Sinha led delegation stopped from visiting Pulwama, Budgam

Group says have been restricted to hotel in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: The J&K government on Saturday barred a delegation led by a former BJP leader and minister Yashwant Sinha to access ground situation outside Srinagar. The delegation which arrived in the Valley a day ago comprises of former bureaucrat Wajahat Habibullah, journalist Bharat Bushan, and civil society member Kapil Kak. On Saturday, they were stopped […]

After much wait, government rolls out crop insurance

Farmers least impressed after root stock uncovered

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government has finally woken up to provide insurance cover to four crops after horticulture sector faced immense loses for two consecutive years. The government has invited bid for bringing four crops comprising Apple, mangoes, litchi and saffron under the insurance cover. As per the document, the process of bidding is scheduled […]

Internet shutdown hits tax collection as only 40 percent filed returns, says govt

Finance dept asks DCs to facilitate filers from Nov 20

Internet shutdown hits tax collection as only 40 percent filed returns, says govt

SRINAGAR: The J&K government has said that internet shutdown has severely hit tax collection in the Valley since the government of India abrogated Article 370 on August 5. According to a finance department letter (dated November 11) addressed to deputy commissioners (DCs) in Kashmir’s ten districts, only 40 percent returns have been filed so far […]

Two weeks later, electricity fully restored in Kashmir

Power dept follows Canadian system on its own to restore power, says PDD engineer

SRINAGAR: After being on toes for nearly two weeks, Power Development Department (PDD) has fully restored major power infrastructure in the Valley which got damaged in November 7 snow. On Sunday, electricity was restored to vast network of villages falling in the jurisdiction of Magam and Pattan grids. The grid connectively between Magam and Pattan […]

Snow wreaks havoc on power infrastructure

PDD official pegs loss at Rs 100 crore in Valley

Snow wreaks havoc on power infrastructure

SRINAGAR: For the second consecutive year, power infrastructure in Kashmir has suffered massive losses in season’s first bout of snow last week. An official of the Power Development Department (PDD) told Kashmir Reader losses up to Rs 100 crore were suffered during snow. It included damages to electric transformers, poles and transmission lines. About ten […]

Defunct forum: Aggrieved consumers in dilemma after years of struggle

SRINAGAR: Ghulam Mohammad Parray is an aggrieved consumer who sued an insurance company in Jammu and Kashmir state consumer disputes redressal forum for not compensating damages suffered in 2014 floods. The Srinagar resident had suffered massive damages to his business establishment in the deluge. But after five years of struggle when the case was in […]

Kashmiri entrepreneur offers free space in Bangalore to start ups throttled by internet gag

SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri entrepreneur is offering free of cost space and internet in Bangalore to Kashmir based start ups run down by the communications shutdown in the Valley. Shahid Ansari’s Start up Kashmir will offer office space for up to 50 Kashmir based entrepreneurs in central Bangalore till the time internet gag continues. Kashmir has […]

GoI responsible if anything happens to my mother: Iltija Mufti

Requests administration to shift her to a place equipped for winter

GoI responsible if anything happens to my mother: Iltija Mufti

SRINAGAR: Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti on Tuesday said that Government of India (GoI) would be responsible “if anything happens” to her mother, whose health she said was falling under dentition. Mehbooba is under detention since August 5 when GoI special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated. Mufti tweeted through the […]

1 killed, dozens injured in grenade blast at Amira Kadal

1 killed, dozens injured in grenade blast at Amira Kadal

SRINAGAR: A civilian was killed and 41 others injured in a grenade blast in the heart of Srinagar city on Monday. The grenade attack took place around 1:30 pm when people were making purchases from street vendors at an overcrowded Hari Singh High Street in Amira Kadal. In the attack, a civilian identified as Rinku […]

Transporters to decide on resumption next week

Srinagar: Transporters in Kashmir will meet on Tuesday to decide on whether and when to resume public transport in Kashmir, which had remained off the roads since August 5, when GoI announced abrogation of J&K’s special status. The sector has faced huge losses for the past three months impacting livelihood of thousands of families. Chairman, […]