Godhra Retold

BY AJAZ ASHRAF Once you complete reading Manoj Mitta’s breathtaking investigative book, The Fiction of Fact-Finding; Modi & Godhra, you are likely to wonder about the priorities of the Indian media, which never shies away from trumpeting its contributions to our vibrant democracy. It’s possible you’d ask why the charges of an elaborate cover-up that Mitta […]

Walkouts in LA, LC over Dogri channel, refugees issue

Jammu: Opposition BJP and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) legislators Tuesday  held protest in the Legislative Assembly and staged walkout demanding setting up of a Dogri channel in the state. BJP members led by legislative party leader Ashok Khajuria and JKNPP MLAs led by Harsh Dev Singh, besides Jammu State Morcha member Ashwani […]

Press Club Jammu tops liquor consuming clubs

Jammu: Press Club Jammu (PCJ) has emerged as the highest liquor consuming club in Jammu and Kashmir as 11,167 bottles Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 9,507 bottles of beer were consumed at this club during the current financial year, the Legislative Assembly was told on Tuesday. In a written reply to the Cut Motion […]

PDP MLA marshalled out

Jammu: A People’s Democratic Party(PDP)  MLA was Tuesday marshalled out from Assembly over the disruption of proceedings by holding protests against the government’s alleged failure to airlift the stranded people caught in heavy snowfall in Kupwara region. During Question Hour in the state Assembly, Abdul Haq Khan raised the issue of severe problems being faced […]

Denial of right to protest condemnable: CPI (M)

Jammu: Castigating  the government for being “intolerant towards peaceful public protests,” state CPI (M) Tuesday said that it was denial of the basic democratic right. CPI (M) state secretary and Kulgam MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami today said the sadistic trend has already eroded the reputation of the government and the same will have its impact […]

125 employees suspended for absence

Kishtwar: Coming down heavily on the practice of absenteeism in government offices, the Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended 125 employees of different departments for remaining absent from their duties here. Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, Mohammad Javed Khan, deputed a team of senior officers yesterday who conducted surprise inspection of various offices in Kishtwar, Chatroo, Padder, […]


New Delhi: With Supreme Court commuting the death sentence of three convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, National Conference  chief and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru was “absolutely unjustified”. The National Conference leader said that the Government of India had not consulted his party before taking the decision […]

Guru deserved the same reprieve: Mehbooba

Jammu: Reacting to the Supreme Court’s verdict, People’s Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti said Afzal Guru deserved the same reprieve. “By commuting the death sentence of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, the Supreme Court has once again made the people of Jammu and Kashmir realize that there is a separate law for Kashmir and the rest of […]

‘J&K not dependent on Delhi for financial needs’

Jammu: Dispelling the perception that Jammu and Kashmir is dependent on Centre to meet its financial needs, state Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather has  said whatever it receives from the Government of India is its right guaranteed under the Indian Constitution. He said grant-in-aid for the state is being decided by the Finance Commission under […]

Respite from cold wave in Kashmir and Ladakh

Srinagar: There was slight respite from the intense cold conditions in Kashmir and Ladakh division even as the mercury across the region stayed below the freezing point. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, slightly up from previous night’s minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, an official […]