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Day-9: Shutdown hits normal life

Uneasy Calm Prevails; Clashes In Old City, Pulwama

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Feb 17: Life in the Valley remained paralyzed for ninth consecutive day on Sunday in the aftermath of the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was executed in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail last Saturday. Following Afzal’s hanging authorities imposed 7-day curfew in all the ten districts of the Valley More


NO INFO ON RETURN OF AFZAL’S BODY: TIHAR OFFICIAL

‘No Directions So Far’

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Feb 18: Dispelling the rumours about Muhammad Afzal Guru’s body would be returned to his family members, officials in Prison Department of New Delhi and Tihar Jail on Sunday night said they had neither any such information nor any direction had been passed on to them so far . Talking More


MAN DIES

Family Says Due To Pepper Gas; Police Refutes

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Feb 17: Family of a 60-year old man in old city on Sunday alleged that he died due to the “excessive use” of Pepper gas in the area by the forces’ personnel during the past eight days, a charge denied by police.  Family members of the deceased Abdul Rashid Sheikh, who died at SMHS More


Er Rashid proposes all party meet to press for return of Afzal’s body

Says Guru 'Sacrificed' For Rahul’s Prime Ministership; ‘Omar Equally Responsible’

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Feb 17: Member Legislative Assembly (LA), Er Rashid on Sunday invited mainstream parties including ruling National Conference (NC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to an All Party Meeting (APM) tomorrow to chalk out joint strategy for return of Muhammad Afzal Guru’s body. Rashid More


NC rejects APM idea

PDP Says It Is Not Aware

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Feb 17: Ruling National Conference (NC) Sunday rejected the independent legislator Er Abdur Rashid’s proposal of convening All Party Meeting (APM) of mainstream parties “to build pressure on New Delhi for return of Muhammad Afzal Guru’s body.” “Being a premier political party, NC doesn More


Afzal execution blot on democracy: Nariman

‘Our Worst Enemies Couldn’t Have Done It Better’

New Delhi, Feb 17: Terming ‘secret’ execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru a blot on country’s democracy and justice system, eminent jurist Fali S Nariman has described it a case of “absolute thoughtlessness, recklessness.” “Our worst enemies couldn’t have done it better,” was how Nariman reacted More


Former Tihar official writes book on Guru

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Feb 17: Former Superintendent of Tihar Jail Manoj Kumar Dwivedi is giving final touches to his book revolving around the life of Muhammad Afzal Guru.Dwivedi, originally a Delhi Andaman Nicobar Island Civil Services (DANCIS) officer is presently posted as Additional District Magistrate More


JCC defers strike

New Program After Feb 28

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Feb 17: The Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an umbrella body of various government employees’ unions and associations in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday deferred the fifth phase of strike. Senior leaders of the employees’ amalgam said a meeting was called by JCC at Jammu wherein More


NC to repeat Rana; Mir, Ganai also in list

Congress Finalizes Names Of Rani Bloeria, Naresh Gupta

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL POLLS

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Feb 17: What seems to be a politically crafted move, ruling National Conference (NC) Sunday decided to give more representation to south Kashmir by nominating two candidates from the area for the upcoming Legislative Council (LC) polls. Meanwhile, according to sources, Congress More


CABINET MEETING TODAY

Omar Arrives In Winter Capital

Jammu, Feb 17: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is scheduled to chair a crucial cabinet meeting of the state cabinet here on Monday morning. It was reliably learnt that Omar, who was camping in Srinagar due to fragile situation in the valley, following hanging of Afzal Guru, returned to the winter More


POLICE OFFICER ENDS LIFE

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Feb 17: A Police officer on Sunday ended his life in frontier district of Kupwara allegedly by shooting himself dead. However, police said that circumstantial evidence indicates that he was killed in an accidental fire.  The Station House Officer (SHO) Qalamabad Abdul Rashid Peer More





  • Briefs

Padder fire: Govt distributes Rs 8 lac among 32 families

Padder (Kishtwar), Feb 17: Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo and Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry Nazir Ahmad Gurezi Sunday flew to Gulabgarh in Padder here and distributed More



  • National

Katju,Jaitley in war of words over Modi

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Feb 17: A war of words broke out today between Markandeya Katju and the BJP over his article critical of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with party leader Arun Jaitley dubbing the PCI Chairman More




  • Opinion

Beyond Gallows

Afzal's hanging is not just an event, but a history in itself

PUNCHLINE

Z.G. MUHAMMAD

Sometimes, letters speak more than volumes of books. On Saturday, February 9, I was one amongst the millions- shell-shocked on hearing about ‘surreptitious’ execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru in Tihar More



  • GKeducation&Careers

Teaching Social Skills in Schools

We need to teach social skills to our students to deal with personal emotional states

LIFE SKILLS

PUPINDER SINGH BALI

We live in a competitive world and being globally connected, we need to understand and experience diverse culture of our state. We would need to determine whether every child in our state is ready to contribute More




  • Letters

Jobless youth

The government statement of recruiting 80000 unemployed youth is not heartening. The number of educated unemployed youth runs over 6 Lacks in state. The picture is dismal particularly because think of More



  • Editorial

Fraught Situation

The tragic execution of Afzal Guru has unleashed  an unprecedented grief and emotion  even  while Valley  is slowly  returning  to normal. Nobody in Valley had expected the More



  • Business

Oil price hike will hit aam admi: Experts

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Feb 17: The recent petrol and diesel price hike has come in for severe criticism with experts believing it would stoke inflation and further hit the aam admi.  With this hike the petrol More



  • Sports

Taj,Bhalla flags off 4th Jammu Marathon

Jammu, Feb 17: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-Din and Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Raman Bhalla on Sunday flagged off 4th Jammu Marathon from M More



  • Kashmir

Official version rubs salt into the wounds of Batwina families

Witnesses Rubbish Govt Claims, Say Duo Chased To Death

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Batwina (Ganderbal), Feb 17: The families of 14-year-old Zameer Ahmad Dar and 24-year-old Tariq Ahmad Bhat are unable to come to the grips with the tragedy that has befallen them. What is rubbing salt More



  • Srinagar City

Mushtaq Zargar’s family accuses police of harassment

‘THEY ARE TRYING TO IMPLICATE US ON FRIVOLOUS CHARGES’

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Srinagar, Feb 17: Tanveera, 35, sister of Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar –founder of the Al-Umar Mujahideen militant outfit – woke up with a thud around 12 am last night at her Nowhatta house here, blood oozing More




  • Jammu

Angry Congress leaders mull ‘joint offensive’

CABINET RESHUFFLE AFTERMATH

GK NEWS NETWORK

Jammu, Feb 17: While the dissent within the Pradesh Congress Committee has united the warring groups, legislators unhappy with the recent cabinet reshuffle have begun a fresh offensive, urging the party More



  • South Asia

Quetta blast toll 84

REZAUL H LASKAR\PTI

Islamabad, Feb 17: The death toll in the devastating bomb attack that targeted Shia Hazaras in Quetta city of southwestern Pakistan today rose to 84, even as the minority community threatened protests More



  • World

Pope calls for Church to 'renew'

Vatican City, Feb 17: Pope Benedict XVI called on the Church and its faithful today to "renew themselves" as tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists attended his penultimate Angelus prayers."The Church More




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