JK set to legalize ‘civil militia’

Police Bill-2013 Provides For Legal Cover To Infamous VDCs; Legal Experts, Politicians Smell Rat



Srinagar, Feb 24: What has sparked off concern among people and political observers in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government is all set to provide a legal cover to the infamous Village Defence Committees (VDCs) if the Police Bill-2013 is tabled in its present form in the upcoming session of the More

NC creating Ikhwan-State: PDP

Mehbooba Opposes Bill In Present Form

Srinagar, Feb 24: Describing the proposed Police Bill as an attempt to “institutionalize the dreaded Ikhwan culture” in the State, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday said it would strongly oppose passage of the Bill in its present form.  In a statement issued here, the party president More


NC’s Member Parliament Calls On Geelani; ‘Separatist Leader’s Confinement Illegal, Sheikh Was Jailed For 22 Yrs For Same Cause’


Srinagar, Feb 24: Senior National Conference leader and Member Parliament Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri Sunday threw up a surprise by calling on the veteran separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani at his New Delhi residence. After the meeting from a distance, Ratanpuri said the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman More

Afzal's body demand: Separatists meet to chalk out ‘joint strategy’

Members From Hurriyat Factions, JKLF, DeM Discuss Issue At Undisclosed Location In Srinagar


Srinagar, Feb 24: In a significant development, members of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and Dukhtaran-e-Milat Sunday met at an unknown place in Srinagar to “devise a joint strategy” on seeking the return of Afzal Guru’s body from Government of India.

Security Grid ‘Against’ Return Of Body

DGP, Home Secretary Tightlipped


Srinagar, Feb 24: With voices favoring return of Afzal Guru’s body to his family growing louder within and outside Jammu and Kashmir, the security grid in the State is understood to be vehemently against any such move, citing “eruption of protests in Kashmir.” According to informed sources More

Srinagar-Jammu highway opens

Stranded Vehicles Cleared

Traffic From Srinagar To Jammu Today


Srinagar, Feb 24: After two days of its closure due to heavy snowfall, the Srinagar-Jammu highway—the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of the world—opened for vehicular traffic on Sunday morning, leading to clearance of at least 1000 stranded vehicles. “Normal traffic flow from More

JK to ‘overhaul’ higher education

Govt Appoints Prof Nisar Ali As Advisor; Post Created In Consultation With CM



Srinagar, Feb 24: Realizing the need to address the “mess” in J&K’s higher education sector, the state government has appointed noted economist Prof Nisar Ali as Advisor (Higher Education) to “streamline and overhaul ways of teaching-learning by augmenting infrastructure and introducing a slew More

NC Sarpanch shot dead in Baramulla


Baramulla, Feb 24: Unidentified militants shot dead a ruling National Conference Sarpanch in Kalantra village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday evening, police said.Police sources said the militants shot dead the Sarpanch Javed Ahmad Wani son of Bashir Ahmad Wani outside his home More

Sehrai arrested, shifted to Central Jail

Srinagar, Feb 24: Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, General Secretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat was arrested on Sunday and later shifted to Central Jail Srinagar.Sources said contingents of Police Sunday afternoon cordoned off Sehrai’s residence. “He was bundled in a police gypsy and straight way taken to Central More

  • Briefs

Ahmad Kashmiri bereaved

Srinagar: Abdul Ahad Reshi, father of Ahmad Kashmiri passed away on Saturday evening.  74-year old Reshi, breathed his last after brief spell of illness, at his house Chanapora Tangmarg. People from More

  • National

Police harassing Muslim youth: CLMC


Hyderabad, Feb 24: Hyderabad based Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC) on Sunday said that it is continuously receiving the information about the illegal arrest and detention of Muslim youth from More

  • Opinion

Letter and Leaders

The letter from the gallows will work as catalyst for a change



 I thought it would be about Ghalib his son - about his future. I thought it would be about the family affairs -   a word of advice for his wife. A dying man’s routine testament for the More

  • GKeducation&Careers


Channelizing Innovative Minds

Your ideas can be converted into innovations


It is a universal fact that the idea of creating something different and unique in the absence of the problem is not possible. Problems trigger an innovative mind to innovate and invent something out of More

  • Letters

Doctors wait

This refers to the notification issued by Health and medical education, civil secretariat Srinagar whereby the doctors who had left the valley were called back home to join their services or else face More

  • Editorial

Not Cricket

In October 2009, J-K cricketer Parvez Rasool was arrested by Bangalorepolice after he refused to allow them to check his baggage as itcontained a copy of holy Quran. Parvez was, however, released soon More

  • Business

‘Better irrigation facilities must for agriculture growth’

Mir reviews CAD projects


Srinagar, Feb 24: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today urged the officers to endow farmers with all basic facilities saying that their welfare was in the interest of state economy. Chairing More

  • Sports

G A Mir inaugurates Intl Rafting Championship

Jammu, Feb 24: To promote adventure tourism in Jammu region and to catch the attention of adventure lovers, a four day long International Rafting Championship commenced from today in river Chenab.  More

  • Kashmir

TB kills 155 persons in one year

More Than 15000 Fresh Cases Detected From 2010-12


Srinagar, Feb 24: Around one hundred and fifty-five persons have died of Tuberculosis in Kashmir in one year while more than fifteen thousand fresh cases were tested positive for the disease in three years More

  • Srinagar City

Expedite expansion, beautification of Hazratbal Shrine: CM

Srinagar, Feb 24: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday visited Hazratbal Shrine and directed Waqf Board to expedite its expansion and beautification.   Omar Abdullah who is also Chairman of Waqf More

  • South Asia

Get out of 2 Afghan provinces now: Karzai to US Forces

Kabul, Feb 24: Afghan President Hamid Karzai today demanded the withdrawal of US special forces from Wardak and Logar within two weeks, accusing them of fuelling "insecurity and instability" in the volatile More

  • World

Colombo plays Kashmir card to challenge New Delhi

Colombo, Feb 24: With the Manmohan Singh government under increasing pressure from Tamil Nadu MPs to vote for the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the March session of the UN Human Rights Council More

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