25% students drop out of secondary schools in JK

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir has 25.33 percent dropout rate in secondary schools as compared to the national rate of 14.54 percent. The information was provided in the Legislative Council on Monday by the Minister for Education Tara Chand in his written reply to the query by PDP MLC Naeem Akhtar. Quoting data of the Unified […]

Militant, soldier killed

Baramulla: A soldier and a militant were killed while another soldier sustained injures Monday in two separate encounters in Kupwara. Army officials said that militants fired upon a team of 28 RR and 41 RR when they were conducting search operations in Gagal forests of Lolab. Two soldiers identified as Daranjay Kumar of 28 RR […]

4 militants, 2 soldiers killed in Kupwara gunfights

4 militants, 2 soldiers killed in Kupwara gunfights

Baramulla: Four suspected militants and two soldiers were killed Sunday in two separate gun battles in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. A group of soldiers from 41 and 45 Rashtriya Rifles intercepted a group of militants in Sarkuli forest range in Kalaroos, about 6 kilometres from main town Kupwara, officials said. “The heavily armed militants […]

Allah gifted us Dal lake, in the Hereafter we would be held responsible for destroying it, says US artist

Allah gifted us Dal lake, in the Hereafter we would be held responsible for destroying it, says US artist

Moazum Mohammad Srinagar: Three years ago, when an American artist and environmentalist landed in the Valley, the idyllic Dal lake in the backdrop of lofty mountains caught her attention. Her joy was, however, short-lived as she soon came to terms with the reality. Debora Ahmed says her experience was harrowing after she found piles of […]

DC B’pora to file affidavit on Sheikhsar, Khushwansar lakes

Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed Deputy Commissioner Bandipora to appear in person to explain whether any construction has been carried out in violation of its order, banning all types of constructions in demarcated areas of Sheikhsar and Khushwansar Lakes in the north Kashmir district. On May 22 last year, the court imposed a […]

After pandits, BJP eyes ex-servicemen

Moazum Mohammad Srinagar: After Kashmiri pandits, BJP has embarked on a mission to rope in ex-servicemen in the Valley in order to achieve its “Mission 44+” in the state ahead of the state assembly polls. The party has roped in former Army officer and state convener ex-servicemen cell Brig Anil Gupta for this purpose. Gupta […]

Govt likely to rehabilitate another ex-babu as Cultural Academy’s Secretary

Govt likely to rehabilitate another ex-babu as Cultural Academy’s Secretary

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages is becoming a rehabilitation centre for retired bureaucrats, with the government likely to install yet another former official as Secretary of the Academy through a dubious selection process. In June 2012, the government appointed Khalid Bashir as Secretary of the Academy for two years. […]

Our first goal is to win elections in JK, says BJP

Moazum Mohammad Srinagar: In the backdrop of the remarks by a senior Congress minister batting for a Hindu Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir, the right-wing BJP on Friday said that constitution won’t be sidelined and that their first goal is to win elections in the state. “The Congress intends to divide people along communal […]

Welfare of poor girls: Govt moves SC against contempt notice to CS, Secy SWD

Welfare of poor girls: Govt moves SC against contempt notice to CS, Secy SWD

Srinagar: The state government has filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against High Court show-cause notices to Chief Secretary and Secretary Social Welfare Department (SWD) for “defeating” its orders regarding welfare of poor girls in the state. This was disclosed by senior Additional Advocate General J A Kawoosa before a division bench of Chief Justice […]