Kashmir Press club constitutes welfare fund for journalists in need

Srinagar: Kashmir Press Club (KPC) Wednesday announced creation of a relief fund for media persons operating in Kashmir. KPC in a statement issued here said that the coronavirus outbreak is ripping apart economies and shattering businesses, creating a deep stress for the media industry as well. “Some of our fraternity members may be in dire […]

FSSAI extends renewal date of food license, registration of FBOs to June 30 Annual, half yearly returns date extended to July 31

SRINAGAR: In a much needed respite to the Food Business operators operating in of J&K, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has extended the renewal date of food license, registration and filling of annual, half yearly returns to 30th June 2020 and 31th July 2020 respectively. The notice issued from the office […]

FCS&CA Kashmir appeals public not to pay extra for rice, flour

SRINAGAR: The Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Kashmir on Wednesday appealed consumers not to pay anything extra for the items bought from Ration Ghats or Fair Price shops. According to FCS&CA, the price of Rice under NFSA is Rs 3/Kg for AAY and PHH categories and Rs 15/kg for NPHH category. […]

EU unveils virus exit plan, hoping to avoid more chaos

Brussels:   The European Union moved Wednesday to head off a chaotic and potentially disastrous easing of restrictions that are limiting the spread of the coronavirus, warning its 27 nations to move very cautiously as they return to normal life and base their actions on scientific advice. With Austria, the Czech Republic and Denmark already lifting […]

African Union chief says Trump decision on WHO ‘deeply regrettable’

Addis Ababa: The decision by US President Donald Trump to freeze funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus pandemic is “deeply regrettable,” Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairman of the African Union Commission, said Wednesday. “Today more than ever, the world depends on WHO’s leadership to steer the global #Covid_19 pandemic response. Our […]

Srinagar Mayor to write to PM about harassment of SMC workers by police

Srinagar: Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu has decided to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting beating of Srinagar Municipal Corporation workers at the hands of of J&K police. The Mayor shared a video showing policemen stopping a car and beating its inmates, he claimed were SMC workers. Mattu tweeted that there had been “multiple instances […]

US ambassador: China not blocking medical supply exports

Beijing: The US ambassador to China said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe Beijing is deliberately blocking exports of masks and other medical supplies to fight the coronavirus, and that the shipment of 1,200 tons of such products to the US could not have been possible without Chinese support. Ambassador Terry Branstad also said the US […]

China says ‘seriously concerned’ by US freeze of WHO funds

Beijing: China said Wednesday it was “seriously concerned” about the US decision to suspend funding for the World Health Organization, and urged Washington to fulfill its obligations during the coronavirus crisis. “This US decision will weaken WHO’s capacities and undermine the international cooperation against the epidemic,” Chinese official Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing, […]

Amid COVID-19 lockdown, J&K govt to cash transfer cost of uniforms to 15 lakh students

Srinagar: With schools shut and manual distribution of government of India sponsored uniforms among students out of place, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to credit the equivalent amount directly to the beneficiaries. Principal Secretary School Education Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon tweeted that under the prevailing lockdown, it was “virtually impossible to stitch and distribute […]

Coronavirus: Pompeo says China did not give Americans access when needed the most

Washington: China did not give Americans access when it was needed the most in the beginning, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, demanding answers and transparency from Beijing over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Pompeo also criticised the World Health Organization (WHO) for taking an awfully long time in declaring COVID-19 a global […]