Govt sets up panel to declare Dal lake as ESZ

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has set up a ten-member committee to declare Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake and its surrounding areas as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), following concerns over its shrinking size. Pollution and encroachments have resulted in the Dal Lake shrinking from its original area of 22 square kilometers to about 10 square […]

China welcomes India-Pakistan initiative to open Kartarpur corridor

China welcomes India-Pakistan initiative to open Kartarpur corridor

BEIJING: China on Monday welcomed the opening of the landmark Kartarpur corridor and hoped that both India and Pakistan “can continue to show the goodwill” to resolve their differences through dialogue. The first batch of the Indian Sikh pilgrims entered Pakistan on Saturday through the historic corridor which was thrown open ahead of the 550th […]

Mass protest outside JNU over fee hike, dress code ahead of convocation

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of students staged protests outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Monday over fee hike, curfew timings and dress code restrictions in the varsity. Students wanted to march towards the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), where Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is addressing a convocation, but the gates have been barricaded. […]

Nearly 70,000 BSNL employees opted for VRS so far: Chairman

Nearly 70,000 BSNL employees opted for VRS so far: Chairman

NEW DELHI: As many as 70,000 employees of BSNL have already opted for the VRS scheme which was launched last week, Chairman and MD of the state-owned telecom corporation P K Purwar said on Monday. In all, nearly one lakh BSNL employees are eligible for the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) out of its total strength […]

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict: Hindu, Muslim leaders pledge support to govt after meeting Doval

90 persons arrested across India

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict: Hindu, Muslim leaders pledge support to govt after meeting Doval

New Delhi/Ayodhya: Nearly 90 people have been arrested and action taken against over 8,000 social media posts as authorities maintained a tight vigil in the temple town and elsewhere in the country in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, while Hindu and Muslim religious leaders exhorted people to maintain communal harmony after a meeting with […]

‘Why Babri Masjid handed to those who demolished it’

‘Why Babri Masjid handed to those who demolished it’

Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has sought to know if Babri Masjid was illegal why were L K Advani and others being tried in connection with its demolition. Addressing a public meeting here on Saturday night, the AIMIM president said, “If Babri Masjid was legal then why was it (land) handed over to those who […]

Violation of religious freedom: NC

Violation of religious freedom: NC

Srinagar: The National Conference on Sunday condemned the Jammu and Kashmir administration for disallowing religious gatherings at the holy Hazratbal shrine on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, saying such a measure tantamounts to violation of people’s religious freedom. Authorities on Sunday sealed all roads leading to the Hazratbal Shrine here which houses the holy relic of […]

Pakistan condemns restrictions

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday condemned restrictions imposed in Kashmir on Eid-Milad-un-Nabi processions celebrating the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (SAW). The Foreign Office said imposition of restrictions on celebrations and congregations on the occasion represents “utter disrespect for the sentiments of the Muslims” in Kashmir. “It is also a flagrant violation of their fundamental freedom […]

Militant killed in gunfight in Bandipora

Srinagar: A gunfight between militants and government forces erupted in Bandipora on Sunday, resulting in killing of militant, officials said. The gunfight started when government forces launched a search operation in Lawdara village following specific information about the presence of some militants, it said. During searches, the hiding militants opened fire on the forces personnel […]

DMK accuses GoI of turning Kashmir into a ‘huge prison’

Demands release of detained persons

DMK accuses GoI of turning Kashmir into a ‘huge prison’

Chennai: The main opposition DMK on Sunday condemned the government of India for what it called “turning Jammu and Kashmir region into a huge prison’ and demanded the release of all those arrested, including former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. The M K Stalin-led party, which has all along been critical of the BJP government’s action […]