Many schools yet to receive books in Budgam

Many schools yet to receive books in Budgam

Budgam: Puncturing the government’s claims of bringing reform to the education sector, several schools here in central Kashmir’s Budgam are yet to receive the books for this academic session, badly affecting studies in these schools. It is now two months since the schools reopened in Kashmir, yet dozens of schools here in several education zones […]

Beerwah bridge collapse: Negotiations still on for alternative route

Beerwah bridge collapse: Negotiations still on for alternative route

BUDGAM: Thousands of people in dozens of villages in Central Kashmir’s Beerwah area are up in arms against the Public Works Department (PWD) over its failure to provide an alternative diversion plan for vehicles after last week’s collapse of a bridge over a canal. Almost four months have elapsed since the PWD had declared the […]

A nursing school upgraded, but never made functional

A nursing school upgraded, but never made functional

BUDGAM: Despite the Health department’s claims to have upgraded the Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) School at Khanpora in Budgam district from auxiliary to general nursing midwifery (GNM), the school has never been operational till date for unknown reasons. The training institute (now called the General Nursing Midwifery School on official records) was constructed at a […]

Budgam villagers mock at government’s macadamisation claim

Budgam villagers mock at government’s macadamisation claim

BUDGAM: Puncturing the tall claims of the R&B department that macadamization has been carried out in all areas; residents of Budgam say that majority of link roads in the district have not been macadamized for decades. Citing the example of a five-kilometre bumpy road stretch connecting Poshker-Gogaldara, residents said that it has never been macadamized […]

Police arrests drug peddler in Budgam

BUDGAM: Police on Sunday said that they arrested a drug peddler along with 110 grams of charas in Poshkar Budgam. A police official said that acting on a specific information, a police party of police station Khag arrested one drug peddler namely Ghulam Ahmad Mir son of Mohd Sultan Mir resident of Hardu- Abroo along […]

Delhi pushing youth to take arms: Agha Hassan

Budgam: Senior pro-freedom leader and president Anjuman Shari Shian Agha Syed Hassan on Thursday said it is because of the “repressive policy” and “military outlook” of New Delhi, its “stooges and agents” in Kashmir that youth are forced to take extreme step of joining militancy and getting brutally killed. Agha said this while addressing a […]

Shutdown in Budgam to mourn civilians killed on by-poll day

Shutdown in Budgam to mourn civilians killed on by-poll day

BUDGAM: A spontaneous shutdown was observed in parts of Budgam district on Monday to mourn the civilians killed by government forces on this day a year ago, when parliamentary by-elections were being held amid a massive boycott in Srinagar and Budgam. Shops and business establishments were closed in Kawoosa, Chadoora, Charar-e-Sharief, Pakherpora, Dalwan and Rathsuna, […]

A year of fear for ‘human shield’ Farooq Dar

A year of fear for ‘human shield’ Farooq Dar

CHILL-KHANSAHAB: In a small room of a decrepit mud house, Farooq Ahmad Dar sits under a large picture hung on a decorated wooden wall of him tied to the bonnet of an army jeep, “human shield” printed in bold letters on it. Across the room, multi-coloured threads used for weaving shawls hang on another wall. […]

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