India, Pak must take up LoC trade issue at higher-ups level: KCCI

SRINAGAR: Expressing its disappointment and resentment against what it called ‘callous ineptitude’ towards handling the cross-Line of Control trade imbroglio, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has impressed upon the government of India and Pakistan to take the issue at higher decision making level for immediate resumption of trade. “KCCI seeks to impress the […]

J&K Budget 2014-15: FM holds pre-budget consultation with farmers

SRINAGAR: Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather Thursday said that agriculture is the important sector of the state economy and government is committed to revolutionise it by providing all possible facilities to the farmers of the state. Rather, according to an official spokesperson, was addressing a pre-budget interactive session here, which was attended by progressive farmers […]

‘Restrictions likely from Feb 9 to 11’

Srinagar: Authorities are likely to impose restrictions across Kashmir valley on February 9 and 11 in wake of strike call and protests called by pro- pro-freedom groups to commemorate the death anniversaries of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru. The decision, according to a local news agency GNS, has been taken by the authorities […]

Efforts afoot to tap wind energy in J&K: Dr Farooq

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir has vast potential of wind energy and wind masts have been installed at Bidda in Reasi, and Tatapani in Rajouri to tap this renewable energy, Union New and Renewable Energy Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah said on Wednesday, according to an official spokesperson. He also said places of wind energy potential in […]

Tour operators, mountaineers oppose construction of road to Affarvat ridge

SRINAGAR: Valley based tour operators and mountaineers have asked Jammu and Kashmir government to desist from any plans to construct a road in world famous ski resort Gulmarg. In an emergency joint meeting of Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) and J&K Ski and Mountaineering Association (JKSMA) the office bearers and members of ATOAK […]

Mirwaiz thanks Pak for supporting Kashmiris, Geelani says do more

Srinagar: Various pro-freedom groups Wednesday expressed gratitude to Pakistani government for observing the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” and thanked the country and its people for supporting the “freedom struggle of Kashmiri people.” During a meeting in New Delhi with Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmad Khan , Chairman Hurriyat Conference(M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Kashmiris were […]

Maiden documentary on Maqbool Bhat to be screened Saturday

SRINAGAR: Thirty years after he was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, the JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat will ‘speak’ to the people of Kashmir again—through the maiden documentary on his life made possible by ‘donated efforts’ of two amateur filmmakers from the Valley. Journalist Afzal Sofi and a film editor Muneeb-ul-Haq have scripted into […]

Now, Amarnath yatris to get insurance cover

JAMMU: On the instructions of NN Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, who is also the chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), all pilgrims who possess valid yatra permits will be provided an insurance cover of Rs 100,000 against accidental death within the state during the entire period of the yatra 2014. SASB’s Chief […]

Sealing of buildings

SRINAGAR: Terming ruling National Conference and opposition People’s Democratic Party as “silent dummies acting as pawns of New Delhi, “ the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) on Wednesday accused Congress party of bringing deliberate suffering to trade and commerce of Kashmir “due to its regional and political bias. “ Referring to recently held Cabinet meeting during […]