CRPF IG demoted

New Delhi: In the first of its kind action, CRPF Inspector General S S Sandhu has been demoted as Deputy Inspector General after the Jammu and Kashmir High Court upheld a decision of Union Home Ministry which found discrepancies in his physical fitness record. The order for his demotion was issued by the CRPF Directorate […]


By Azim Jan Bandipora: The residents of this north Kashmir district Wednesday complained of inconvenience due to the constant blockade of the highways by the people demanding administrative units. Ever since the cabinet approved the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) on setting up of 659 new administrative units in the state, protests and […]

Pageants and Clowns

The formation of new administrative units and the reactions to it were a great learning experience. Rather, a re-learning experience. Because the more such pageants are organised by the comprador government in the state, whether on its own or on the directions of its masters sitting in New Delhi, the more their hollowness becomes manifest. […]

Highway reopens, avalanche warning issued

Jammu/Srinagar: The 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar Highway was reopened for one-way traffic tuesday, police said. One-way traffic was allowed on the highway from Jammu to Srinagar, they said. The highway was closed yesterday afternoon due to snowfall and slippery road conditions at Jawahar Tunnel and Patnitop. Meanwhile, a ‘high danger’ avalanche warning was today issued in several […]

Valley lashed by rains; higher reaches receive snow

Srinagar: Overnight rains lashed Kashmir Valley with the higher reaches, including the tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, receiving fresh snowfall. The plains of the Valley, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, received rainfall and the higher reaches like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Kupwara received fresh snowfall, an official of the MeT Department […]

Political, Not Administrative – (II)

Picking up from where these columns left off on Tuesday, another priceless gem from the Cabinet Sub Committee report on new administrative units depicts the government’s tearing hurry, and implicitly its motives, in ramming more government down the throat of the cash-starved state. According to the document, the Mushtaq Ganai Committee submitted its report to the […]

When CA Ratified Accession

“Let us withdraw the Indian army for five days and see whom this house represents,” Abdul Ghani Goni, a member of the Constituent Assembly, said on February 6, 1954 while opposing a motion to ratify Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to the Union of India. But ignoring his heated arguments, the House voted for ratification amid […]

Protests in Baramulla after student stabbed to death

Baramulla: A student was stabbed to death while another suffered injuries during a clash outside a tuition centre, leading to massive protests in this north Kashmir district Monday. The trouble started when two groups of youth had a heated argument with each other over some issue near a coaching centre on Park Road here on […]

Avalanche warning for higher reaches

Srinagar: Authorities Sunday issued a warning to people living in higher reaches asking them not to venture into avalanche-prone areas. “As per information communicated by Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, there is a medium danger avalanche warning for higher reaches in Ladakh region and Kashmir Valley,” officials said. People living in higher reaches of Drass […]

Min temp up, light rainfall at some places

Srinagar: Minimum temperatures across Kashmir Valley rose by several notches, bringing relief to residents from the cold wave conditions, even as some places received light rainfall. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 0.3 degree Celsius, over three notches up from the previous night’s minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, an […]