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 […]

High voter turnout in Budgam’s Khag

High voter turnout in Budgam’s Khag

BUDGAM: No polling was held in Sanor Kalipora (SK Pora) panchayat block in Budgam district due to absence of candidates but 23 kilometres away in Khag block, hundreds of voters turned up to cast their vote in panchayat polls held on Thursday. Located in upper region of the district, polling centres at most places in […]

In Budgam, troops on election duty discuss: Why are people not voting?

In Budgam, troops on election duty discuss: Why are people not voting?

BUDGAM: After boycotting the urban local bodies’ polls, people in Budgam have shown a similar response to the Panchayat elections, which have witnessed no polling in Budgam, Rathsun, Soibugh, Watrihal and Beerwah blocks due to lack of candidates. On Tuesday, the fourth round of the nine-phase panchayat elections was scheduled in Beerwah and Watrihal blocks […]