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Religious harmony corner stone of Kashmiriyat: Mehbooba

Anantnag: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here on Sunday said that religious harmony is the corner stone of Kashmiriyat and people of Kashmir won’t any one to damage the spirit of Kashmiriyat which has been introduced and strengthened by Sufi saints in Jammu & Kashmir State. According to KNS correspondent Tasaduq Rashid covering the Chief Minister’s

Border Skirmishes: Two civilians killed in Nowshera Sector

Rajouri: Two civilians, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed and five others injured as Pakistani troops resorted to 120 mm and 80 mm mortar shelling at various places along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector on Saturday morning. Four army soldiers and a civilian woman were among the injured. Identifying the deceased as Tufail

Cross-LoC Shelling: People evacuated from affected areas, lodged in relief camps

Rajouri: The District Administration Rajouri has established special relief camps for the people evacuated from habitations along the Line of Control (LoC) following heavy cross-border shelling in the area. Following heavy shelling and casualties, the District Administration immediately swung into action and Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary along with senior officers of Police,

Kashmiri businessman’s son files defamation case against news channel

Srinagar: A Kashmiri businessman, Peer Abdul Rashid of Alochi Bagh Srinagar has filed Rs 100-crores defamation case against Times Now for calling him a ‘dalal of Pakistan’ in a debate on the channel. Advocate Aamir Masoodi, son of the Rashid has filed the defamation notice against the Times Now channel on behalf of his father

Farooq, Omar express grief over deaths due to border shelling

Jammu: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah today condemned continued shelling from across the border in Naushehra and Manjakote sectors along Line of Control and expressed deep grief and anguish over the deaths of civilians in forward areas. The President and the Working President prayed for peace to the departed

Munner Khan appointed new IGP Kashmir

Srinagar: The incumbent Director State Vigilance organization Muneer Khan has been transferred and posted as Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range in place of the incumbent IGP Kashmir Syed Javid Mujtaba Gilani. Sources while disclosing this to KNS revealed that Muneer Khan and Gilani will swap offices as IGP Kashmir and Director State Vigilance

Zakir Musa quits after Hizb warning, says cannot sacrifice life for secular state

Srinagar: Hours after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen statement calling his threat to Hurriyat leaders as “unacceptable”, Zakir Musa dissociated himself from the outfit, saying that he can’t “sacrifice his life for the establishment of a secular state”. Musa released an audio clip in which he said that he stands by his earlier message. “After my last audio message,

Militant outfits came in support for Zakir Musa

Srinagar: ‘Harkat-ul-Mujhadeen’ and another lesser known militant outfit ‘Kashmiri Taliban’ Saturday came in support of ‘disgruntled’ militant commander Zakir Musa stating that he (Zakir Musa) has spoken truth and they all back him. Spokesperson Harkat-ul-Mujhadeen, Hasan Askari told news agency CNS over phone that whosoever will aid and assist India will face the music. “Even

Shab-e-Barat to be observed tonight

Srinagar: Shab-e-Barat, the night of reverence and divine blessings, is being observed tonight by the Mulsims across Jammu and Kashmir with reverence, devotion and religious fervor, offering nightlong prayers to seek Allah’s blessing and forgiveness. Large congregations will be held at major religious places including Hazratbal shrine, Chrar-e-Sharif. Congregational prayers will be held tonight at

Home Secretary Mehrishi meets CM, Guv

Srinagar: As the situation continues to deteriorate in the Kashmir Valley, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N N Vohra Thursday to discuss the prevailing fragile situation. Mehrishi who arrived here in the forenoon met Mehbooba at her residence at Gupkar and Vohra at Raj Bhavan. “The Union Home Secretary


Student protests at five places in Kashmir

Srinagar: Clashes between protesting students and the forces took place at few places in Kashmir against the alleged thrashing of students in Government Degree College Pulwama on Apr 15. The students protested in Shamaswari Khanyar in Srinagar, Magam in Budgam district, Dooru in Anantnag district, Langate in Kupwara district and Sopore in Baramulla district. According

IGP Kashmir promotes 287 police personnel

Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, Shri S.J.M Gillani has approved the promotion of 287 Police personnel to their next rank. The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) met under the Chairmanship of the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir and promoted 276 Sg. Constables to the next rank of head constable, besides in a special DPC

Mufti Tassaduq appointed Coordinator CM’s Grievance Cell

SRINAGAR, MAY 11: In a step towards ensuring good governance and responsive administration, the Government today appointed Mufti Tassaduq Hussain as the Coordinator of Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell. An order to this effect was issued by the General Administration Department here today. Mufti Tassaduq, as per the order, shall not draw any salary or perks

Tanvir invited for the Indian Politicians visit to UK

Srinagar: Tanvir Sadiq, NC leader and Political secretary to Omar Abdullah has been invited by the British High Commission for the “Indian politicians visit to the UK” from May 14 to 20, 2017. He is amongst the 12-member delegation comprising leaders cutting across party lines. Prof Abhishek Mishra, former minister in Uttar Pradesh. Ashish Shelar,

CM expresses grief over lady’s death in cross LoC firing

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief over the death of woman and injuries to her husband in Nowshehra sector of Rajouri district today due to cross LoC firing. The Chief Minister has directed the Rajouri district administration to provide all assistance and help to the injured in the incident.

Kashmir can be solved through UN resolutions: Hurriyat (G)

Srinagar: Kashmir resolution can be solved only through UNO resolutions, said Hurriyat Conference (G). Hurriyat (G) termed the prevailing bloodshed in state as outcome of wrong policies and arrogance of Indian authorities & sought UN intervention and described these resolutions on the issue as an “important framework” for settlement of the dispute. Commenting over the

13000 students register for PMSSS, last date extended upto 31 May 2017

SRINAGAR: Around 13000 students have, till date, registered for the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for the academic session 2017-18. Given the overwhelming response of the students, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to extend the last date for online registration upto 31st May 2017. This information was given at

A man tries to cover his face as he rides his bicycle through cotton-like seeds from Poplar trees, also known as Cottonwood trees, on a Spring day in Beijing April 14, 2008. REUTERS/David Gray

Director Education directs felling of Poplar trees in all educational institutions

SRINAGAR: Director School Education Kashmir Dr G. N. Itoo has directed for immediate felling of Russian Poplar trees in all educational institutions of the valley. In a surprise visit to the GHSS Kothibagh, Director came to know that instructions regarding the chopping of popular trees have not been followed and because of which hundreds of

Inspectors General CRPF and BSF meet Governor

SRINAGAR: In separate meetings, Sh. Ravideep Singh Sahi, IG CRPF and Ms. Sonali Mishra, IG BSF, called on Governor N. N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today. Sh. Sahi and Ms. Mishra briefed the Governor about their respective areas of responsibility, the obtaining internal security situation and the arrangements being made for the safety

Gov to hold urgent meeting with VCs, other stakeholders on student protests

Srinagar: Governor N.N. Vohra, deeply disturbed by the series of recent reports on incidents involving students in situations leading to public disorder, has been repeatedly stressing his concern that the educational interests of the entire student community must be vigorously advanced and selfishly protected and, under no circumstances, should the future careers of the student

Altaf Bukhari stresses on requisite parental control on student protests

Srinagar: Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday emphasised for requisite parental control so that the children in Kashmir do not get astray from their academic ambitions. The Minister was on a day long tour of Batmaloo constituency where he inaugurated the newly constructed building for Government High School at Malroo. Accompanied by

Dialogue without Hurriyat is meaningless, apolitical: Madni

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice president Mohammad Sartaj Madni has expressed dismay over the repeated utterances of local and National BJP Leaders discounting dialogue with Hurriyat Leaders and Pakistan. He said the very idea of closing the doors of reconciliation and understanding on vital political issues undermines the process of peace which does not

Is Farooq Abdullah playing a peacemaker in Kashmir?

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the chatter among political circles in the state on whether the senior political leader is playing a “peacemaker” in the restive Valley. Farooq on Tuesday met Modi in New Delhi where the recently elected parliamentarian from

Restore Srinagar as permanent capital of J&K: Er Rashid

Srinagar: Reacting to BJP’s demand to abandon the practice of bi-annual Durbar Move AIP Supremo and MLA Langate, Er. Rasheed has said that it would be in the interest of entire state for more than enough reasons, if Srinagar is restored as the permanent capital of the state. While interacting to people of various sections


APDP holds silent protest in Srinagar

Srinagar: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APD) Wednesday held a silent protest in Srinagar’s Pratap Park here against what it termed the authorities “deceitful approach” in tracing out their beloved ones who are disappeared since 1989 in Kashmir. The members of the association led by its chairperson, Parveena Ahanger assembled at Srinagar’s Pratap Park

Army officer who was on leave killed in Shopian

Srinagar: Army Wednesday said that militants killed one of its officers after abducting him in Shopian district. Ummer, 24, a resident of Sarsun village in Kulgam district, was commissioned as Liteunant in December 2016 and was posted with RAJRIF unit in Akhnoor. Army said he was found killed in Harmen village in Shopian district on

CM condemns Army officer’s killing

Srinagar: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the killing of Lt. Umar Fayaz Parray, the young Kashmiri Army officer from Sadsun, Kulgam, who was found killed today Shopian. The Chief Minister said what was more painful to note is that the young officer had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of

NC condemns killing of Army Lieutenant

Srinagar: National Conference on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of a young Lieutenant of the Army, Lt. Umar Fayaz Parray in Shopian and termed it as a barbaric and unacceptable act. In a statement issued to KNS, NC State Spokesperson Junaid Mattu extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with them in

Umar had secured 96% marks in Class 12th examination

Kulgam, May 10: It was not the first visit of 22 years old Lieutenant Umar Fayaz to his native district, but he used to visit Valley frequently and never he was touched by anyone. If family members are to be believed, Umar used to visit his native village after every two or three months and

ISIS is a terrorist organization, says Lashkar-e-Toiba

Srinagar, May 10: LeT chief Mehmood Shah has said that they have nothing to do with ISIS. “The allegation is completely baseless. In Jammu and Kashmir, ISIS is a part of RAW’s plot to sabotage the freedom movement. ISIS is a terrorist organization founded and funded by India, America and Israel to disintegrate and kill

Local Bodies to act tough against ‘corrupt’

Srinagar, May 10: Department of Local Bodies has started acting tough against ‘corrupt’ officials working in different Municipal Committees across Kashmir Valley. Official sources said that complaints have been pouring in about some officials who make possible for offenders to raise illegal structures. Taking note of such complaints, Director Local Bodies Mr Reyaz Ahmed Wani


Students clash with police in Srinagar and Pulwama

Srinagar, May 9: Police on Tuesday lobbed tear-smoke shells to disperse the stone-throwing students in summer capital Srinagar. Large number of students from SP Higher Secondary School and Women’s College tried to take out a march that was foiled by police. The agitating students resorted to stone-pelting while police used force to disperse them. The

Govt keen to breakup student protests

Srinagar, May 9: To breakup student protests across Kashmir Valley, police have started calling parents to different police stations where they are being advised to persuade their wards to desist from stone-pelting in or outside the school premises. Reliable sources told news agency CNS that the students’ agitation across Valley has been giving sleepless nights

Div Com reviews progress of Rajbagh bridge

SRINAGAR, MAY 09: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Tuesday convened a meeting to review the progress of Rajbagh bridge being constructed over river Jhelum opposite Abdullah Bridge at Rajbagh, Srinagar. Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Chief Engineers of R&B and I&FC, MD JKPCC, Chief Town Planner, SSP Traffic and other concerned officials attended

Educational institutes in Handwara to resume on Thursday

Srinagar, May 09: The administration in Kupwara will keep open those educational institutes on Thursday which were closed today following student protests in Handwara town. Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, G M Dar told KNS that the three educational institutes including Government Degree College, Govt Boys and Girls Higher secondary schools in Handwara town remain closed Tuesday.

Kashmir was never a crown for India, will never be in future: Hurriyat (G)

Srinagar, May 09: Reacting over the statement of Mehbooba Mufti wherein she termed J&K as the “crown” of India, Hurriyat Conference (G) on Tuesday termed it unrealistic and ridiculous and said no doubt it is a crown & belongs to people of J&K, however It is not a personal property of any pro-Indian leader. Hurriyat

Malik terms Mehbooba’s statement as ‘ridiculous’

Srinagar, May 09: Terming the statement of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti where she called Kashmir the crown of India as ‘ridiculous’, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik Tuesday said that Jammu Kashmir is ‘an occupied territory’ and the people of Kashmir are striving for their freedom and self determination from

Shah reacts to Mehbooba’s statement

Srinagar, May 09: Reacting over the statement of Mehbooba Mufti wherein she termed J&K as the “crown and soul” of India, the incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah on Tuesday termed it rhetoric. Shah in a statement to KNS said not a single head is safe in the region which is

Hurriyat (M) condemns use of force against students

Srinagar, May 09: Strongly condemning the use of brutal force and teargas shelling by the government forces on the protesting students in Srinagar and Pulwama as completely inhuman and un democratic the spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M) has said that the students were protesting against the atrocities committed and arrest of their fellow students and

Chairman of Indian Kashmir's Muslim League and senior separatist leader of the hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Confrence (APHC) Masrat Alam addresses a news conference in Srinagar on June 5, 2008. Alam, who heads the hardline Muslim League advocating Indian Kashmir's merger with Pakistan called for the boycott of upcoming state elections in Kashmir. Violence has declined in Kashmir in the past four years since India and Pakistan, who hold the region in part but claim it in full, started a peace process. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Masarat Aalam slapped with 35th PSA

Srinagar, May 09: The authorities on Tuesday slapped 35th Public Safety Act (PSA) on senior Hurriyat leader and Muslim League (ML) chairman, Masrat Aalam Bhat, and shifted him to Kot Bolwal jail in Jammu, the ML leaders said. Legal Secretary of Muslim League, Shah Riyaz told KNS that Aalam who was under detention at Baramulla

Div Com tours city, stress on development in work culture

Srinagar: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan conducted tour of Srinagar City areas and stress on development in work culture. The Divisional commissioner also urged the officers to personally monitor the progress of developmental work.

Prevailing situation serious, but can be resolved: Mehbooba

Srinagar: Terming the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley “serious”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that the situation can be resolved and appealed the electronic media not to telecast those debates which disturb peace in the state. “Since 1947, we have seen ups and downs in the state. For 22 years, famous leader (Sheikh


Students protest continue in Kashmir

Srinagar: A day after Education Minister Altaf Bukhari assured students that their colleagues will be released provided that don’t hit to roads, students at many places on Monday hit to roads and clashed with government forces, prompting police make many more arrests. Students blocked the road at Umarabad HMT and amid pro-freedom slogans pelted stones

ISIS, Al-Qaida have nothing to do with our movement: Resistance leadership

Srinagar: Declaring ongoing freedom struggle as indigenous, resistance leadership said that terrorism and freedom movement are poles apart. Monday, pro-freedom leadership disclosed that Indian agencies are desperate to malign movement and under well thought plan are drawing their policies to bring bad name to ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir. Pro-freedom leader while divulging the fraudulence

95 locals join militant ranks in recent past: IGP

Srinagar: Asking students not to confront police, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Geelani Monday said that militant outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujhadeen are behind the bank robberies in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a press conference here in Police Control Room, IGP Kashmir said that the video footages taken from different banks

Special cyber team in Valley to ascertain militant videos locations

Srinagar: New Delhi has dispatched a special technological expert team to Kashmir Valley to ascertain the locations from where militants allegedly upload their videos on social networking sites. Highly placed sources told news agency CNS that the team of experts hails from Indian silicon city Bengaluru. In past, scores of militant videos have gone viral

Congress blames Govt for worrisome situation in valley

Srinagar: On the opening of Darbar Move in Srinagar today, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) held a peaceful sit in Dharna against the anti-people and wrong policies of the ruling dispensation of PDP BJP. The Party also peacefully protested against use of force and interference in the Institutions, as a result, the situation has deteriorated

Come out of your make-believe world: NC to CM

Srinagar: National Conference on Monday said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement that Kashmir had “seen worse” was an alarming sign of her complete disconnect from reality and goes on to prove how she is living in denial. In a statement issued to KNS, NC State Spokesperson Junaid Mattu said the Chief Minister should remember that

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