24,631 SPOs working in JK: Omar

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday said 24,631 Special Police Officers (SPOs) are at present working in the state. In a written reply to the joint question of MLCs Bashir Ahmed Magrey, Syed Asgar Ali and Rani Gargi Bleoria in the Legislative Council, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said 24,631 SPOs are presently working […]

‘Flawed K-policy blamed for situation in Pakistan’

Islamabad: An official Pakistani document has blamed “flawed and myopic foreign policy choices” related to India, Afghanistan and Kashmir, prolonged military rule and poor governance for internal security threats currently faced by the country, according to a media report Sunday. The draft of the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2013-2018, being fine-tuned by Interior Minister […]

Finance Min doesn’t own bungalow in Dubai: CM

JAMMU: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that allegation about one of his Cabinet ministers that he possessed a bungalow in Dubai has proved “totally baseless”. Allegation levelled against Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather that he possessed a bungalow in Dubai “has been proved as totally wrong when investigated by the Vigilance Organization,” Abdullah […]

Prof Talat gets 3-yr extension as KU V-C

JAMMU: Prof Talat Ahmad has been granted another term of three years as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, an official handout said Saturday. It said J&K Governor NN Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, has in consultation with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah (who is Pro-Chancellor of the University) appointed […]

Ready to face Taliban challenge: Army

Srinagar: Army apprehends increased infiltration attempts by militants in Kashmir in view of the “depleting” militant leadership and upcoming elections but is prepared to meet any challenge, including possible influx of Taliban fighters from Afghanistan. “There will be attempts to infiltrate by militants due to elimination of the leadership (of militants) but I am prepared,” […]

ReZs to be regularised from Apr 1

Jammu: The Rehbar-e-Ziraat employees would be regularised in three phases, beginning April 1 this year, after completion of seven years of continuous service, the state government said Saturday. Replying to a question in the Assembly, Minister of State for Agriculture, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, said ReZ employees would be regularised in three phases after completion of […]

Pulwama: Curbs, shutdown cripple life on second day

Srinagar:  Life remained paralyzed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where curfew remained in place for the second consecutive day Friday to thwart anti-India protests over the death of a militant in an alleged gunfight in Budgam district of central Kashmir. On Wednesday, Army had claimed it killed a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant Tauseef Ahmad Dar, son of […]

Kashmiri youths make Kolkata winter home to sell woollens

By Pradipta Tapadar Kolkata: Driven by unemployment at home, hundreds of Kashmiri youths make Kolkata their winter abode selling a variety of woolens, mostly hand-woven, to customers who eagerly await their arrival. Though insurgency has seen a decline in the Kashmir Valley, there is high unemployment among educated youths who are compelled to fan out […]

Corridor through ‘Azad Kashmir’ no detriment to K-dispute: China

By K J M Varma Beijing: Defending a proposed Economic Corridor through Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PAK), China on Thursday said the multi-billion dollar project will have “no detriment” to the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. The 2,000-km corridor connecting China’s Xinjiang region with Gwadar Port in southwestern Pakistan is aimed at improving the well-being of […]

SAC probing cases against Dy CM, others: Omar

Jammu: The State Accountability Commission is probing eight cases against some politicians including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and three of his ministerial colleagues, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in the Assembly on Thursday. The regular inquiry cases pending for disposal is against the Deputy Chief Minister, three other sitting ministers, six […]