Twitterati spar over govt’s social media policy

Twitterati spar over govt’s social media policy

Srinagar: A Twitter war has broken out between youth leaders of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition National Conference (NC) with both heaping blame on each other for embargoes imposed on freedom of speech in Kashmir. The stinging debate was triggered by former students’ union leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Shehla Rashid […]

A little rejig in cabinet likely after Tassaduq takes oath today

A little rejig in cabinet likely after Tassaduq takes oath today

Srinagar: The brother of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Tassaduq Mufti, will take oath as J&K tourism minister on Thursday at Raj Bhavan Jammu. Ahead of the oath-taking ceremony, the PDP held day-long discussions on Wednesday in Jammu during which two things reportedly emerged. “The chief minister, senior leaders, and other ministers held various consultations to […]

Interventions by state’s ‘traffic advisor’ not working

Interventions by state’s ‘traffic advisor’ not working

SRINAGAR: Srinagar is unlikely to get any relief from traffic jams as interventions brought in by the state government-appointed traffic advisor have so far, according to insiders, proved a failure. Anuj Malhotra was appointed as traffic advisor in October on the recommendations of Tassaduq Mufti, erstwhile coordinator of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s grievance cell, and […]

Farooq Andrabi resigns as minister, clears way for Tasaduq Mufti

Farooq Andrabi resigns as minister, clears way for Tasaduq Mufti

Srinagar: Minister of State (MoS) for Hajj and Auqaf, Syed Farooq Andrabi, has tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Andrabi, who is also the maternal uncle of the chief minister, has not given any reason for leaving the ministry except that he had some “personal reasons” to do so, government sources said. The […]

Army contradicts police statement over civilian killing

Army contradicts police statement over civilian killing

Srinagar: The police and the army have made contradictory claims over the killing of a civilian Tata Sumo driver outside his home in Thandipora village of Kupwara. Soon after the incident happened late Saturday night, police claimed that the victim, Asif Iqbal Bhat, was killed after being mistaken as a militant. Later, the army put […]

Uncle to make way for Tassaduq in Mehbooba cabinet

Uncle to make way for Tassaduq in Mehbooba cabinet

Srinagar: Minister of State (MoS) for Irrigation and Flood Control, Farooq Andrabi, who happens to be the maternal uncle of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, is likely to be removed from the council of ministers to make room for the chief minister’s brother, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, sources in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told Kashmir Raeder. […]

‘Police component’ gains no currency, govt forces prefer to call counterinsurgency cops as SOG

‘Police component’ gains no currency, govt forces prefer to call counterinsurgency cops as SOG

SRINAGAR: Ever since it came to power in 2015, the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been repeatedly claiming that it has dissolved the Special Operations Group (SOG) in Kashmir. However, the police and the army have been consistently using the acronym ‘SOG’ in their handouts, signifying that the police’s special group exists and is […]

Tasaduq Mufti to be tourism minister

Tasaduq Mufti to be tourism minister

Srinagar: Brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and coordinator of the CM’s grievance cell, Tasaduq Mufti, is all set to become the new tourism minister of the state, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) sources revealed. The party sources said that Tasaduq will be first elected as a Member of Legislative Council (MLC), to pave the way […]