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Peoples Democratic Party’s thinking capital Naeem Akhtar may have been hit left, right and centre on his China remark but BJP’s policy wonk Ram Madhav thinks there is a value in seeing the connection. Naeem was recently at the centre of controversy on opining that China’s interest in Kashmir is...
Apparently giving in to criticism from the separatist political circles, the Peoples Democratic Party vice president Sartaj Madni appears to have issued an unnecessary elaborate statement to counter the effect the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu’s entirely misquoted and selectively reported comment on the nature of Kashmir issue. Madni’s statement was followed...
JAMMU: Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who was inducted as a Cabinet Minister Thursday morning, has been allocated with the charge of Tourism Department. This department was until today held by the Chief Minister herself. The induction of Tassaduq and Javed Mustafa Mir has necessitated...
Four of the five seniormost judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph – in a letter to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra expressed concern on certain judicial orders passed by the top court which has “adversely affected the overall...
After a massive chaos April 2017 which even led to cancellation of Lok Sabha polls in South Kashmir and an embarrassingly low turnout in the Central Kashmir, the Police got themselves into a new gear -snuff out or get back. Curiously named as 'Operation All Out' the strategy has generally...
On that important day of the year when beautiful Mughal Gardens at New Delhi's Presidential Estate are thrown open for public to welcome the Spring, not far away, the Vigyan Bhawan looked forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's about to be unfolding message for the Muslims, at home and...
NEW DELHI/JAMMU: The Narendra Modi Government at the Centre has told the Parliament, currently in session, that it was not considering any move to abolish Article 370, granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and Article 35A dealing with the issue of citizenship in the state. Modi government's clear statement...
SRINAGAR: Security forces have unearthed a militant module with the arrest of three ultras from Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Inspector General of Police Kashmir Munir Khan today said that three militants — two from the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and one from the Hizbul Mujahideen — were arrested over the...
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 23: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed the decision of the Central Government to start a sustained dialogue on Kashmir and the appointment of an interlocutor in this regard. In her reaction to the announcement of Union Home Minister in this regard today, the Chief Minister said that she has...
SRINAGAR: Two unidentified militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said on Tuesday. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Wanipora area of Shopian on Monday evening following information about presence of militants in the area,...