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Aggrieved Over Spurious And Sub-standard Medicines, CSFK(H) Urges Govt to Implement Drug Policy

Srinagar: There is only one government drug testing laboratory which is utterly ill-equipped, understaffed and poorly funded, said Civil Society Forum Kashmir (H). “Few years back when spurious drug scam had surfaced Drugs Controller General of India himself had announced that an additional state-of-art drug testing laboratory will  be established to cater to the demands

UJC rejects US designation of Hizb

Srinagar: United Jehad Council, an amalgam of various militant organizations, on Friday rejected US designation of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization’, saying that the country was going against ideas of its freedom loving founding fathers like George Washington and Martin Luther King. “We reject US designation of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as people of Kashmir have rendered thousands of sacrifices

South Kashmir A Killing Zone: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Faisal Shabir Srinagar: South Kashmir has been made into a ‘Killing Zone’ and youth are being killed in phased manner said Chairman Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday here. Mirwaiz was delivering Friday sermon in historic Jama Masjid after two months of house detention. “If Govt of India thinks that by taking a hard

Zahoor Watali Produced In Court

Srinagar: Srinagar based bussinessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali was Saturday produced before the special National Investigation Agency judge at the Patiala House court. Watali was arrested on Aug 17 from Delhi over allegation of ‘terror funding and separatist links’ in Kashmir. Watali has been remanded for police custody till 28-08-2017

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Delivers Friday Sermon At Jamia After Two Months

Srinagar: Chief Cleric and chairman Hurriyat Conference (m) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivered Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid in Old City Srinagar after two months. He was under house detention at his nigeen residence. Mirwaiz was under continuous house detention since the killing of Dy SP of Jammu and Kashmir Police Muhammad Ayoub Pandit. Pandit was


CASO launched in Shopian

Srinagar: Government forces have launched Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Shirmal village of district Shopian in South Kashmir. According to officials the joint operation by by 55 RR and Special Operation Group was lauched after an information about the presence of militants in the area. Details awaited.  

SHRC orders compensation to farmers for land taken by govt in 2005  

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission on Friday granted four weeks time to authorities to pay compensation to the farmers whose land was taken for widening of a road from Nussu Badragund to Mirpora village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district 12 years ago. The land (Aabi-Awal) was taken by R&B Department way back in 2005-2006 for construction

Civil society Members organize sit in against revocation of Article 35A

Srinagar:  Scores of Civil Society members today organized a Silent Sit In against the abrogation of article 35A in city centre Lalchowk on Thursday. Speaking to media Professor Hameeda  Nayeem head of the department of English at the University of Kashmir and member of  Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KSCDS) said that article

Zahoor Watali Arrested By NIA.

Srinagar: National Investigating Agency Thursday arrested Srinagar based business man Zahoor Ahmad Watali in connection to the ‘terror funding case’. Watali’s arrest comes day after NIA conducted raids at multiple locations in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla ‘belonging to the relatives and employees of Zahoor Watali’. Watali’s Srinagar residence was raided on June 3 by

‘Open-ended’ dialogue way forward on Kashmir, NC tells BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

  Srinagar 7:  Opposition National Conference has called for ‘open ended’ and comprehensive dialogue for resolution of Kashmir issue. Interacting with senior leader and former Indian Minister, Yashwant Sinha, who called on the, National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah in Srinagar, reiterated the party’s stand that open-ended and comprehensive dialogue

Three Years On No Salary For Casual and Seasonal Employees of Irrigation and Flood Control Department: Claim Protesting Employees

Muzamil Shah Srinagar Accusing government of callous approach and playing with their families casual and seasonal employees engaged department of Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) held a protest demonstration on Thursday here. “From last three year we are without a salary. Our families are sufferings, we are not able to repay our bank loans,” Farooq

Arms And Ammunition Recovered, Three Persons Arrested

  Two hand grenades, one AK 47 magazine and 15 AK 47 rounds were seized and three persons were arrested in a joint operation by government forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir. “On a specific information, Police Bandipora and 13 RR launched a cordon and search operation in the orchards of Wangipora in the

Untrained Teacher May Lose Job If They Do Not Register For Training: Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar: ‘Untrained teachers’ may lose their jobs by if they do not register themselves for the training programs made mandatory for all untrained teachers said Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari. Bukhari was addressing during a function at Minto Circle Higher Secondary School, Srinagar. Bukhari while urging untrained teachers to get registered for the training programs

India faces threat from ‘chor’ within; China or Pak can’t harm it: Farooq

Srinagar: Former chief minister and National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said India faces a threat from “chor” within and that China or Pakistan can cause no harm to New Delhi. “Today India does not face threat from China or Pakistan. China or Pakistan can cause no harm to us. There is a ‘chor’ (thief) within

People of south Kashmir left at mercy of forces: Mirwaiz 

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said that the people of south Kashmir have been left at the mercy of government forces. Paying rich tributes to LeT commander Ayob Lelhari, who according to police was killed in brief encounter at Pulwama on Wednesday, a spokesman of the Hurriyat Conference (M) said that people of

If Plebiscite In Pakistan and China Occupied Kashmir Then Plebiscite In This Kashmir As Well: Yashwant Sinha

Srinagar: Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Thursday said that if ‘plebiscite’ is held in ‘Pakstan Occupied Kashmir’ and ‘China Occupied Kashmir’ India will have no problem with holding the same. “If a plebiscite is held in Kashmir Occupied by Pakistan and China Occupied Kashmir (Aksai Chin) then we

Syed Salahuddin is photographed during an interview with Reuters in Rawalpindi near Pakistan's capital Islamabad February 11, 2010. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood/Files

Designating Hizb-ul-Mujahideen As Terrorist Organisation Saddening: Pakistan

Srinagar: Day after United States declared Hizbul Mujahideen a ‘designated terrorist organization’ Pakistan has called the decision as ‘saddening’. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria was reported to have told weekly media briefing that the people of ‘Kashmir have been struggling for their right to self-determination.’ Zakaria also said that the primary bone of contention between

HC upholds acquittals in murder of 2 persons 19 years ago

by INS Jammu:  The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by the state against a trial court judgement, acquitting accused in the murder of two persons in Udhampur district of state’s Jammu region in 1998. According to the prosecution, on 22 May 1998 at about 7.40pm, information was received through reliable sources by Police

Shutdown In South Kashmir Over LeT Commander’s Killing

Srinagar: In wake of killing of LeT commander Ayob Lelhari many areas of south Kashmir are observing a complete shutdown. The areas where shutdown is being observed include Pulwama, Kakapora and Pampore. Ayoub was killed in a shootout on August 16 when he was travelling in a car, police sources said.

Thousands Attend Slain Ayoub Lelhari’s Funeral

Srinagar: Amid shut down, slain Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Ayoub Lelhari was laid to rest in Lelhara village of Pulwama district of south Kashmir. According to eye witnesses thousands of people attended  his funeral prayers.“Two rounds of funeral prayers were offered,” eye witnesses told INS. Ayoub, according to sources an A++ militant, was killed in an operation


Srinagar Banihal Train Services Remain Suspended

Srinagar: Srinagar Banihal railway service will remain suspended on Thursday in wake of killing of the LeT commander on August 18. Train services were resumed after four days however, officials said that due to ‘security reasons services will remain suspended for the day’.  

High Court stays fresh KAS prelims list by J&KPSC

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday stayed a notification by J&K Public Service Commission regarding revised result of combined competitive (preliminary) examination 2016 for Kashmir Administrative Service.  A single bench of Justice M K Hanjura also issued a notice to the Commission and directed it to file response within four weeks to

Resistance camp targets Sheikh Abdullah in its jibe at Omar over Article 35A remarks 

Srinagar: Joint resistance leadership on Wednesday took a jibe at former Chief Minister and president National Conference Omar Abdullah on his remarks that separatists have no right to talk about Article 35A of the Indian constitution. “Mr Omar Abdullah should understand that abrogation of Article 35A by the Indian state would result in change in the demography

LeT Commander Ayub Lelhari Killed in Pulwama

District Commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba Ayub Lelhari was killed in an encounter with government forces in the Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. The exchange of fire took place in Bunderpora village of Pulwama. “Ayub Lelhari district commander LeT eliminated in Pulwama. Excellent work boys,” tweeted Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid.

Soldier Succumbs After Eight Days, Army Pays Homage

Eight days after sustaining bullet injuries at Line of Control soldier succumbed to injuries at 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar. Army while paying homge to the soldier said  that Narendra Singh 43, sustained bullet injuries ‘due to enemy fire from across the Line of Control while he was deployed at a forward post in Rampur Sector

NIA Continues Crackdown, Raids Dozen Places in Kashmir

Continuing its investigation over ‘terror funding casen Jammu and Kashmir  National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted searches at about dozen places. Sources said that the raids are being carried out at a dozen locations Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara districts over alleged links to separatists. Seven people have been arrested by NIA on July 24

Those arrested by NIA subjected to psychological torture: Resistance Camp

Srinagar: Joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday said that those arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) are subjected to psychological torture. While strongly condemning, the JRL said that Shabir Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam and Farooq Ahmed Dar (Bita Karete) are continuously being harassed during investigations and

Shutdown, restriction hits normal life in Old City. Pic/ Zargar Zahoor

Shutdown, restrictions cripples life in Kashmir on I-day

Train service too remains affected, internet restored 5-hour suspension  Srinagar: Life in most parts of Kashmir Valley on Tuesday came to a grinding halt in view of the government imposed curbs coupled with a complete shutdown called by joint resistance leadership on August 15. Reports said that all shops, private offices, petrol pumps, business establishments

Won’t remain silent to ‘murder’ of Kashmir’s next generation: Resistance camp

Srinagar: Expressing anger at the killing of youths by government forces, joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday said that they won’t remain silent to the continued and unabated brutal murder of Kashmiris next generation. In a statement issued here, the leaders strongly condemned and denounced

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PDP-led govt ‘intentionally’ putting weak defence on Article 35A in SC: Omar   

Jammu: Accusing PDP-led government of “intentionally” putting up a weak case before Supreme Court of India, opposition National Conference president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday claimed that the state will traverse back to the “unfortunate era of indignity, deprivation and oppression.” “State government is putting up a weak case, perhaps intentionally so. The preliminary

3 CRPF men among 4 injured in Magam grenade blast

Srinagar: Three paramilitary CRPF personnel were among four persons were injured in a militant attack on joint patrol of the forces at Magam in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Official sources said that the militants hurled a grenade at the patrol which exploded with a big bang, resulting in injuries to three CRPF and a police

Police refutes pro-Pak video shot in Pulwama, lodges case

Srinagar: Police on Monday refuted as “baseless” claims about a video, showing youths taking out a pro-Pakistan march in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on the Islamabad’s Independence Day. “Some anti-nation elements have shared an anti-national and seditious video claiming to be shot in Murran Chowk Pulwama today (on Monday) on social networking sites. The

Govt orders closure of all schools in Valley on Monday

Srinagar: Authorities have ordered closure of all schools in Kashmir Valley on Monday in wake of the situation following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s top commander along with his two associates in a gun fight with government forces at Shopian in south Kashmir on Sunday. “We have decided to close all schools in Kashmir Valley on

Another youth killed in forces firing in south kashmir

Srinagar: A youth, in his mid 20s, was killed allegedly in firing by government forces on protesters in Shopian district on Sunday, the second civilian killing in few hours in the south Kashmir. Official sources said that the youth identified as Mohammad Saeed was shifted to SHMS hospital where he succumbed. Further details are awaited.

Pellets claim second civilian in 4 days in Pulwama

Srinagar: A youth was killed as government forces showered pellets on protesters near Kakapora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday. This is the second killing due to the munitions in Pulwama district in last four days alone. Sources said that the youth, Owais Ahmad Dar son of Muhammad Shafi Dar of Kakapora Pulwama was

Resistance camp calls for shutdown on August 15 

Srinagar: Joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Sunday called for a complete shutdown on August 15. In a statement, the leaders called upon people to observe complete shutdown on the day, marking India’s Independence Day and appealed teachers, students and their parents to boycott all functions related to the

Geelani admitted to SKIMS, Hurriyat urges people for prayers 

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani was Sunday hospitalized after he complained abdominal pain, a spokesman of the amalgam said here. “After complaining abdominal cramps, dehydration and generalized weakness, chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani was shifted to SKIMS Soura at about 6:00 pm, where he has been admitted for observation,” the spokesman said.

Hizb’s top commander Yasin Yatoo alias Mehmood Gaznavi dead

Srinagar: Hizbul-ul-Mujahideen’s top commander Mohammad Yasin Yatoo alias Mehmood Gaznavi has been confirmed dead. A resident of Chadoora in Budgam district, Yatoo was one among the three militants killed with government forces in the overnight gunfight at Zainapora area in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Sources said earlier the police presumed that Adil Malik along with

Guns roar again after 5 deaths in Shopian

Srinagar: A fresh gun battle between militants and joint team of government forces has started at Zainapora area of southern Kashmir’s Shopian district. Three militants and two soldiers were killed previously. Official sources said that as the joint team was carrying searches, a militant rose from debris of a house, razed earlier and opened fire.

3 militants, 2 soldiers killed as Shopian gunfight ends

Srinagar: Three militants and two soldiers were killed in the gun battle at Zainapora area of southern Kashmir’s Shopian district. Reports said three other soldiers, one of them a Captain, were also injured in the gunfight which started at Astan Mohalla in Awanura village of Zainpora on Saturday night after government forces including of army’s

Ahead of I-Day, 2 cops injured in militant attack in Hajin Bandipora

Srinagar: Couple of days ahead of the I-Day, two policemen were injured in a militant attacked in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Sunday. Official sources said that a joint team of army’s 11 Rashtriya Rifles and police had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Wahabpora Hajin in the district early on Sunday. Some militants fired

Dalgate blast: 45-year-old man from Kashmir’s Old City succumbs

Srinagar: A 45-year-old man from Old City’s Hawal area died at SKIMS on Sunday, less than 12-hours after suffering serious injuries in a blast near Dalgate, the tourism hub of this summer capital of the state. According to the officails, the man, Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Amda Kadal Hawal, succumbed to the injuries at around

Waste-to-energy plant: NGT gives govt more time for final report

Srinagar: National Green Tribunal has granted state government more time to file a final report on finalizing for setting up of a waste-to-energy power plant at Achan, adjacent to SKIMS hospital at Soura in outskirts of Srinagar. As the hearing of a petition came up before a NGT bench, the counsel appearing for the state

Jammu stands by Article 35A: NC, asks BJP to carry referendum to prove contrary claims

Jammu: Opposition National Conference on Saturday said that people of Jammu region stand by Article 35A of Indian constitution, protecting exclusive rights to property of the state subjects, and asked BJP, the ruling partner in state government with PDP, to carry a referendum to prove its claims contrary to it. “Those crying hoarse over this Article being

Attempts aimed to change J&K’s demography will be opposed at all costs: JRL   

Srinagar:  The joint resistance leadership on Saturday said that attempts aimed to undermine the ‘disputed’ nature of Jammu and Kashmir or changing the state’s demographic character will be resisted and opposed by the people of Kashmir at all cost. In a statement issued here, the leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin

Govt asks its employees to attend I-Day function in Valley

Srinagar:  The state government has asked its employees to attend main I-Day function in Srinagar on August 15 as part of their official duty. “All the officers and officials of the state government stationed at Srinagar are enjoined upon to attend the main function of the (I-Day) celebration at the Bakshi Stadium as a part

Muzaffar Beigh wishes Modi to become leader of the next millennium

Srinagar: Ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party leader and its member parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh has wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi to become leader of the next millennium. Addressing a function, organised in honour of BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on becoming vice president of India, Beigh referred to a couplet by Robert Frost, the American poet: “Good

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