Retired cop gets 1 of 5 votes in Sarpanch election: his own

Retired cop gets 1 of 5 votes in Sarpanch election: his own

BUDGAM: A retired cop was among two candidates for the lone Sarpanch seat where panchayat elections were held in Narbal block of Budgam district on Saturday. Hailing from Gagarpora in Narbal panchayat block, Syed Abdul Rashid, 62, served the police department for not less than forty years. Two years after his retirement, he decided to […]

Anjuman-e-Sharie-Shian holds candlelight protest

BUDGAM: Following JRL (Joint Resistance Leadership) call to lit candles and torchlights after evening prayers during the week to highlight human rights abuses, Anjuman-e-Sharie-Shian members on Thursday evening held a candlelight protest against human rights violations in Magam town in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Scores of members assembled at main taxi stand and staged a […]

Policemen speak of ‘jamhuriyat ka janaza’ in Budgam

Policemen speak of ‘jamhuriyat ka janaza’ in Budgam

BUDGAM: On Tuesday, a policeman managing vehicles on the road outside the polling station in Bon Zanigam, where youths pelted stones in the morning and by the end of the day only 95 voters out of 1,575 (5.8%) had turned up, recalled Syed Ali Geelani’s words to policemen blocking the gate of his residence: “Aap […]

Former militant takes son’s place as Sarpanch candidate

Former militant takes son’s place as Sarpanch candidate

BUDGAM: At a time when militants as well as local regional political parties have called for boycott of panchayat elections, a former militant is standing as a Sarpanch candidate in a far-off village in Sukhnag block in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Hailing from Rakhi-Wachoo, Ghulam Mohiuddin Wani, who has grown old now, was an active […]

Srinagar-Budgam cab service via Mirgund was a long pending demand

Srinagar-Budgam cab service via Mirgund was a long pending demand

BUDGAM: The Transport department on Friday kicked off a much sought cab service connecting Srinagar with Budgam via Bemina, Mirgund route. The service, according to locals, has come up as a major relief to thousands of commuters using the route. Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) Budgam, Mubasheer Jan told Kashmir Reader that the service has […]

Budgam continues boycott: 8.9% polling

Budgam continues boycott: 8.9% polling

BUDGAM: The trend of low voter turnout continued in Budgam district on Saturday, with 8.9 percent of polling recorded overall in Charar-e-Sharief and Nagam panchayat blocks. Most people preferred to stay away from polling stations. For instance, in Charar-e-Sharief-A (Ward 1), till 1pm no voter had turned up. Out of 117 total registered voters in […]

Show of solidarity with militants in Budgam

Show of solidarity with militants in Budgam

BUDGAM: A day after the killing of top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Naveed Jutt and his associate in an encounter with government forces in Budgam, banners depicting pro-freedom slogans and pictures of militants were installed at many places on Thursday. The banners were tied to tree branches, shop fronts, and roof tops to show “solidarity” with […]

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