People in Sumbal village violate lockdown orders, hold congregational prayers

Sumbal : Police on Thursday arrested about two dozen people who who had gathered for night prayers in Jamia Masjid Pethpora Nesbal in Sumbal in of ongoing corona lockdown. A police officer while confirming to Kashmir Reader said that some locals informed and requested to disperse congregational gathering in Mosque. , Subsequently, a team of […]

PM says situation like ‘social emergency’; Lockdown unlikely to end in one go as positive cases cross 5,600

New Delhi:  Dashing hopes of a complete exit from the ongoing lockdown in one go, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country is facing a “social emergency” like situation as well as serious economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which showed a sharp spike in the infections, taking the nationwide tally to […]

Kashmir sees biggest single day jump in COVID-19 cases; 30 test positive

Srinagar: Kashmir on Wednesday registered the highest single day jump in the number of COVID-19 cases with as many as 30 persons in valley testing positive for the disease. Government Spokesperson Rohit confirmed the development. He said that three cases were detected positive in Jammu taking J&K tally of cases to 158. Two COVID-19 patients, […]

Jaish commander killed in Sopore: Police

Srinagar: Top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander was killed in Sopore gunfight on Wednesday, police said. Police identified the slain as Sajad Nawab Dar. The encounter broke out in Sopore today morning and was still underway. Mobile internet services were also suspended in the area. KR Desk

14 more COVID-19 cases in J&K, tally 139

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 14 more COVID-19 cases taking the total tally of cases in the union territory to 139. Eleven cases were reported in Kashmir and 3 from Jammu, government spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted this evening. He further said that 130 of the cases were active comprising 103 in Kashmir and […]

Afghan govt to release 100 Taliban prisoners: official

Kabu:  The Afghan government will release 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday, an official told AFP, a day after the insurgents said they were walking out of talks with Kabul over a delayed prisoner exchange. “The peace process should move forward,” Javid Faisal, spokesman for Afghanistan’s Office of the National Security Council, told AFP. (AFP) Press […]

IFEX, global media bodies join campaign to call for restoration of 4G mobile internet in Kashmir

Srinagar: The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a global network of over a hundred non-governmental organisations striving for freedom of expression, has called for an end to the block on 4G mobile internet amid the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic and the simultaneous lockdown that have forced people the world over locked up indoors […]

Invoke stringent law against those hoarding, black marketing essentials: MHA to states

New Delhi: The Centre has asked the states and the union territories to invoke a stringent law to punish those indulging in hoarding and black marketing of essential commodities, saying such acts can’t be ruled out due to the loss of production and labour crisis in the wake of the nationwide lockdown. In a communication […]

Wet markets important risk factor for disease spread: UN biodiversity chief

United Nations: The wet markets, such as the Huanan Seafood Market in China’s virus-hit Wuhan city, are an important “risk factor” for disease spread, the UN biodiversity chief has said as she called for scaling up stricter controls on the sale and consumption of wild species globally. Wild animals sold in the Huanan Seafood Market […]

China lifts 73-day lockdown of Wuhan amid sharp increase in COVID-19 cases

Beijing/Wuhan:  Tens of thousands of people in Wuhan, the origin point and epicentre for the coronavirus pandemic, began travelling out of the sprawling city on Wednesday as China lifted its 73-day lockdown, even as the number of fresh COVID-19 cases crossed 1,000 in the country and two new deaths heightened concerns of a rebound in […]