Economic growth to cross 5% this financial year: PM

NEW DELHI: Pinning hopes on the good monsoon and recent reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said economic growth will cross 5 per cent in the current financial year and accelerate further in the coming years. Addressing the Governors’ Conference here, Singh said the Indian economy, after many years of rapid growth, has slowed down […]

Shopian encounter: Geelani pays tributes to slain militants

SRINAGAR: Paying tributes to the militants killed in an encounter at Pinjoora Shopian in South Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday said the militants are an “asset and pride” of the “nation”. “Our young generation has chosen the path of resistance instead of school and colleges, and despite limited resources they have […]

Police detain Asiya for anti-V day drive

Srinagar: Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi and her three colleagues were Friday detained by police here while carrying out an anti-Valentine’s day drive. Every year on Valentine’s Day, Dukhtaran activists visit restaurants and cafes in Srinagar city to chase away young couples. Abdrabi and her colleagues were taken into preventive custody by police team including female […]

SC slaps fine of Rs 50,000 on employee for taking Rs 265 bribe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a government official for accepting a bribe of Rs 265 from a contractor 29 years ago. Upholding the conviction of the employee V K Verma, a bench headed by Justice S J Mukhopadhaya, however, reduced his jail term of one and […]

Entrepreneurship training in Bandipora concludes

BANDIPORA: A 15-days training course organized by Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) concluded at Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI), Bandipora. As many as 60 candidates were imparted the necessary training of dairy farming, sheep rearing, tour and travel management, readymade garments and other skills under SKEWPY, an official statement Friday said. The aim of the […]

STP Issue

SRINAGAR: Expressing their resentment over the statement by Minister for Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora wherein he had stated that hotels having more than 19 rooms needed to install their own STPs, the Valley hoteliers said the information given in the legislative assembly contradicts the government’s own decision to construct STPs in Srinagar and Jammu […]

Wholesale inflation cools to 7-month low of 5.05%

NEW DELHI: Wholesale inflation eased to a seven-month low of 5.05 per cent in January, on decline in the rate of price rise in food articles, mainly vegetables. This is the second straight month of decline in wholesale price based inflation. The WPI was at 6.16 per cent in December. During January, inflation in food […]

Pakistan recall Kamran, Malik for World T20

LAHORE: Pakistan suffered a huge blow to their Asia Cup and World Twenty20 preparations as fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, the team’s spearhead in recent times, was ruled out of both events due to a recurrence of his hip injury. The notable inclusions in the squads for the upcoming events are Fawad Alam, who returns to […]

Marked improvement in power scenario: PDD

JAMMU: Power Development Department (PDD) has refuted claims about irregular power supply in the state, saying there has been “marked improvement in the power scenario with the consumers being provided 10% more power supply than the last year.” “The government has taken every possible measure to augment the same by ensuring that transmission and distribution […]