Distance Between Two Towns Reduced From 35 Kms To 17 Kms


New Delhi, Dec 25: Train passengers in the Kashmir valley can soon travel up to Banihal with railways today announcing completion of the key Qazigund-Banihal section which also comprises the longest transportation tunnel in the country built after a seven-year effort.Opening of this section promises More

Plan panel concerned over impoverishment of Muslims

‘Perception Of Discrimination Fuels Alienation’


New Delhi, Dec 25: Concerned over the perception of discrimination and alienation among the Muslim community, the 12th Five Year Plan document has pitched for innovative steps to reach the benefits of government schemes to needy persons of the minority community.“Innovative steps are needed such More

Police not to act against Zahida

Handicapped Girl Was Detained Last Week For Stone-Pelting


Srinagar, Dec 25: Facing severe criticism against the arrest of a girl in Islamabad (Anantnag) district of south Kashmir on charges of stone throwing, police Tuesday said that they will not proceed further in the case.On Friday, Zahida, 24, of Botengo village was called to the local police station More

Christmas celebrated with religious fervor

Srinagar, Dec 25: Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ (AS), was celebrated Tuesday in Jammu & Kashmir with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervor, with special prayers held for world peace, brotherhood and safety of women.The biggest gathering was held at Holy Family Catholic Church More

Anantnag hospital understaffed

Institution Running Short Of Specialist, Super-Specialist Doctors


Islamabad (Anantnag), Dec 25: Dearth of specialized medical staff in the district hospital here is severely affecting the patient-care.The hospital, according to sources, lacks specialist and super-specialist doctors in most of the critical care departments. However, they said that in specialties More

Heavy workload awaits revived JKSCBC

Commission Begins Fresh Verification For Pending Cases


Jammu, Dec 25: Even as new members have been appointed to meet the prescribed strength for Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes (JKSCBC) after the body remained defunct for two years due to lack of quorum, it has started a fresh process to decide on the pending cases.Sources More

  • Briefs

Sendbal case: Sarpanch among 20 charged with murder


Ganderbal, Dec 25: The Principal Session Judge here charged 20 persons, accused in Sendhbal murder case, under Section 302 (murder) of the Ranbir Penal Code. The PCJ Syid Tawqeer directed the prosecution More

  • News

‘Nehru, Vivekananda, Tata were also Freemasons’


New Delhi, Dec 25: They are one of the world's oldest secretive society whose members included Motilal Nehru, Vivekananda, JRD Tata, King George VI and George Washington, among others. Their temples and More

  • Opinion

Another ‘Peaceful’ Year

But this hardly changes the dire predictions for 2013



The 2012 is drawing to a close and on a peaceful note, much like 2011. Both years followed a more or less similar trajectory, starting with dire predictions of public unrest, barely escaping a potential More

  • GK Magazine

From Farm To Fork Concept

Following the food from the farm where the animal is born through to the dinner plate and on to your fork



One of the peculiarities of the people living in Kashmir is their non-vegetarian food habit. Unlike several other traditions that got modified or changed with the passage of time, they have never compromised More

  • Letters

Kashmir worse

A girl is battling for life at Delhi Safdarjung hospital. She was brutally raped and assaulted. This has sent shock waves across the globe and civil society demands justice. This happened now but a decade More

  • Editorial

Strengthen Agriculture

J&K finance minister’s announcement that tax concessions on agriculture and allied sectors will continue in future budgets is welcome. The government in the previous budget had announced toll tax exemption More

  • Business

Bombay Mercantile Bank reviving its branches in Valley


Srinagar, Dec 25: In a bid to revive its fortune in the Kashmir Valley, Bombay Mercantile Bank is mulling to offer “attractive” schemes to woo customers.   “Revival of Bombay Mercantile Bank More

  • Sports

Malik, Hafeez guide Pak to victory

India vs Pakistan Twenty20 -I

Bangalore, Dec 25: Pakistan today snatched a thrilling five-wicket victory over India in the first Twenty20 International to record its first win in shortest format against arch rivals, whose bad streak More

  • Kashmir

In a first, UN funds reach JK for Census workshop

Hi-Tech Software To Be Used For Easy Data Dissemination


Srinagar, Dec 25: For the first time ever, the United Nations has funded a crucial workshop on data dissemination to be tried on sophisticated software produced by India to sensitize the stakeholders on More

  • Srinagar City

Poor sanitation at Bone & Joints Hospital irks patients

Plaster, dressing rooms turn into garbage dumps



Srinagar, Dec 25: Patients visiting the Bone and Joints Hospital at Barzulla here face serious health problems due to poor sanitation at the Valley’s lone trauma facility.  Scores of patients who More

  • Jammu

In JK Right to Education still farfetched dream

Official Panel Fails To Put Forth Suggestions


Jammu, Dec 25: Right to Education as a fundamental right for the children of Jammu and Kashmir remains a far fetched dream as the state government has so far failed to incorporate certain provisions of More

  • Kupwara/Qazigund

Vesu Industrial Estate distant dream

Vesu (Qazigund), Dec 25: Ten years ago government had demarcated land for an industrial estate along the Srinagar-Jammu highway here in south Kashmir. However, not a single industrial unit has so far come More

  • GKeducation&Careers


Girls once again outshined boys in the merit list of the recently announced results of class 10th board exam. First three positions were shared by seven girls, while 255 students made it to the merit list More

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