1938: Maqbool Bhat is Born

Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, who would later found the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was born in Kupwara on February 18, 1938. Politically conscious even when still quite young, Maqbool had to migrate to Pakistan because of his stand on Kashmir. But he returned, and was arrested on charges of murder.  Put into prison under […]

Gems & Jewellery industry expresses ‘shock’ at Budget

MUMBAI: The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) today expressed disappointment and shock at the interim Budget presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, and requested the government to bring down the import duties on gold to curb smuggling. “The entire Gems & Jewellery industry is deeply disappointed and shocked… Government seems to be […]

Tuition Twists

That private coaching has become such a rage in Kashmir – a phenomenon unheard of in advanced societies- is a direct reflection of the state of academics in schools and colleges whose students feel compelled to take supplementary tuitions in order to make the grade in examinations. As a matter of fact, schools and colleges […]

Govt approves ‘One Rank, One Pension’ for defence forces

NEW DELHI: The long-standing demand of ex-servicemen for ‘one-rank, one-pension’ was accepted by the government Monday with Finance Minister P Chidambaram making an announcement in this regard in the interim budget. Presenting the interim budget, Chidambaram said the government would transfer Rs 500 crore to the defence pension account for implementing one rank, one pension […]

Encourage industries based on local raw material: Minister

Encourage industries based on local raw material: Minister

JAMMU: The Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Sajad Ahmed Kichloo has  urged for massive infrastructural support for facilitating growth of Industry and Commerce, which was imperative for employment generation and economic emancipation of the State. Speaking at a meeting with the heads of various departments and Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) under his change, […]

Electronics industry demands GST from next fiscal

Mumbai: Stating that present tax system is hindering its progress, the electronics manufacturing industry has demanded implementation of GST in the next financial year. “While government is making all efforts to promote the electronics manufacturing, the anomalies in tax system are resulting in slowing down our progress and having a regressive impact on the industry,” […]

‘Kejriwal’s resignation a drama’

Gulmarg : Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday  said AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal acted in a haste by submitting his resignation over the Jan Lokpal bill, and hinted that it was probably the “aim”. Kejriwal resigned as the Delhi chief minister on Friday after suffering a defeat in the Assembly on the Jan Lokpal Bill after […]

Iran’s Dead Poets Society: As Pen Dares the Sword

BY ROBERT FISK In Iran, there should be a Dead Poets Society. Or perhaps a Martyred Poets Society, with its newest member a certain Arab-Iranian from Ahwaz, in the far south-west of the country, on the Iraqi border.  He has been hanged for “spreading corruption on earth”, one of hundreds put to death by the […]

BCCI threatened Pakistan for opposing ICC revamp: Zaka

LAHORE: Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf on Sunday, alleged that he was threatened by the Board for Cricket Control in India for opposing the structural overhaul of the ICC. (N Srinivasan to become ICC’s first chairman; PCB, SLC oppose move) “They were threats directed at Pakistan but our stance was clear,” Ashraf said […]

BSF acquiring 191 acres of land for fencing

Jammu:  Border Security Force(BSF)  is acquiring 191 acres of land for construction of three-tier border fencing along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu. “Out of the total land measuring 10408 kanals (1301 acres) in 118 villages of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts, an area measuring 1599 kanals (191 acres) is being acquired by BSF for fencing […]