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 […]

Omar gives nod to Rs 1039 cr higher education plan

Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday approved a Rs 1039 crore education plan, under which new universities, technical colleges, model degree colleges and polytechnics will be set up in the state while the existing higher education system will be upgraded. The State Higher Education Plan (SHEP) was approved by the Chief Minister at the […]

Ford unveils Figo Concept compact sedan

SRINAGAR: Ford on Monday unveiled the global Ford Figo Concept sedan in India, a move aimed at strengthening the company’s compact car portfolio. With the global unveiling of the sub 4-meter concept car, Ford is aiming for a substantial presence in the B segment, which is expected to touch 2 million units annually in India […]

J&K Bank stops circulation of pre-2005 banknotes

SRINAGAR: In the context of Reserve Bank of India’s directions to the banks to phase out the banknotes issued prior to 2005, J&K Bank has directed all its business units to stop reissuing the pre-2005 currency notes, a spokesperson of the bank said. However, the bank shall be accepting the notes from the public till […]

Fire at CAPD office, Rs 3 lakh cash destroyed

By Suhail Punjabi Jammu: More than three lakh rupees in cash along with office records were destroyed in a major fire at the Directorate of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department here, prompting authorities to launch a probe into the incident and order suspension of two officials. Fire broke out the Directorate CAPD’s office […]

Pathribal: Omar raises case closure with Singh

JAMMU: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday took up closure of infamous Pathribal fake encounter case by Army with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking justice to victim families and punishment to the guilty, an official spokesman said. Omar raised the issue of closure of case by Army on January 23 and “emphasised the need of […]