Handwara shuts down on massacre anniversary

Srinagar: Normal life came to a halt in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Saturday as a shutdown was observed by people to mark the 24th anniversary of the Handwara massacre . On this day in 1990, BSF troopers had opened random fire upon thousands of people at Main Town Handwara, who were protesting […]

Cold wave continues, Kargil coldest at -19.2

Srinagar: Cold wave continued in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region as the minimum temperature in most parts settled below the freezing point, with the frontier town of Kargil being the coldest place in the state at over minus 19 degrees Celsius. Kargil was the coldest recorded place in the state with the mercury settling at […]

Laive is Not Blind!

By SHERU Seven years ago, Sheru found a person known to him in bad shape.  He had not combed his dandruffy hair for long. It looked like a bird’s nest. His clothes were not ironed. He was in depression. Sheru later came to know that his girlfriend had got married to a rich fellow, leaving him […]

Committed to cooperative ties with India: Sharif

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan is committed to friendly and cooperative ties with India to ensure the progress and prosperity of the region. In a message sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the eve of India’s Republic Day, Sharif said his government is committed to forging friendly and cooperative relations, […]

Shabir Shah, others detained

SRINAGAR: The recently floated Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir while expressing strong resentment over the Army decision to close the Pathribal fake encounter case said “Kashmiri nation never expected any justice on part of Army.” “Such decisions vindicate our stand that India is occupying Jammu and Kashmir merely by dint of gun,” the statement said, […]

Nothing unexpected: Asiya

SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-i-Millat (DeM) chief, Asiya Andrabi, said that the decision of army was predictable . “Had the army court upheld principles of justice and punished the guilty personnel that surely would have been unexpected,” a statement issued by the DeM spokesperson quoted Asiya as saying. “Since 1947, thousands of such incidents have taken place in […]

Omar for dialogue to achieve ‘permanent peace’

Jammu: Asserting that gun is no answer to any problem and wars have never solved any issue but created many, Chief Minister Omar Abdulalh stressed on the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan to address issues affecting the state, in his speech on the eve of Republic Day. Extending heartiest greetings to people on […]

US eager to hear from Pak on ties with India

Washington: The US would be eager to know how Pakistan wants to take relationship forward with India as a top diplomat of the Nawaz Sharif government meets American Secretary of State John Kerry next week. As part of the revitalised US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, Kerry is hosting Pakistan Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaz Aziz for […]

Sikh rights group wants Sonia Gandhi to depose before US court

NEW YORK: A Sikh rights group wants Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi to depose before a federal court here in a human rights violation lawsuit filed against her after she informed the court that she had not visited the US in September last year and was not served summons in the case. Sikhs For Justice […]

Senior IAS officer accused of raping civil services aspirant

New Delhi: A civil services aspirant here has accused a senior IAS officer of raping her last year, police said. In her complaint, the woman alleged that the officer, B B Mohanty, had called her to a place in Swej farm and raped her repeatedly on February 17 and 19 last year. “We have received […]