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Everything you need to know about Kashmir: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Everything you need to know about Kashmir: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Opening of University in South Kashmir

May 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

The Central government has already opened two Central Universities in Jammu & Kashmir; one in Jammu and the second in Kashmir. As of now there is no plan to further open any new Central University in South Kashmir or in Jammu & Kashmir.

Opening of University in South Kashmir

May 11, 2015 at 9:48 PM

Setting up new universities and other institutions is the responsibility of both the state as well as Central Government.

Terror strike foiled? Pak boat implodes after getting intercepted by Coast Guard

January 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Pak boat implodes near Gujarat coast once it was intercepted and chased by the Coast Guard. The boat was intercepted near Porbandar coast off Guajrat.

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Politics should not be linked to communalism: Prime Minister

November 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched his election campaign in Jammu and Kashmir, addressing an election rally in Kishtwar .

Srinagar hosts heritage exhibition

May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Srinagar, May 3 (ANI): Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recently played host to a two-week- long heritage exhibition that included rare manuscripts, works of calligraphy, artifacts and old pictures.

Soldier killed in militant fire in Kashmir

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Jammu, May 3 (IANS) A soldier was killed when militants fired at an army patrol in a mountainous, forested area of Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir, police said Thursday.

Government will not impose its view on Telangana: Chidambaram

May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday said the government will not thrust its opinion on Telangana and the decision on the statehood issue will be taken after consensus among political parties.

Kashmir capital moves from Jammu to Srinagar

May 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Srinagar, May 2 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) government on Wednesday began the proceedings for shifting its civil secretariat from the winter capital Jammu to the summer capital of Srinagar.

Village heads in Kashmir observe hunger strike over ineffective local bodies

May 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Srinagar, May 1 (ANI): Headmen of various villages converged here on Tuesday to protest against the state government's failure to empower their village councils.

Kashmir tourist destination opens after 22 years

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Bota Pathri (Jammu and Kashmir), May 1 (ANI): Tourist spot Bota Pathri in Jammu and Kashmir opened up for visitors after 22 years on Monday.

Editor of Pak daily sees another Muslim state emerging in India

May 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Lahore, May 1 (ANI): The Editor-in-Chief of The Nation and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman Majid Nizami has said that another Pakistan will emerge inside India if the latter does not stop atrocities against its Muslim population.

Kashmir panchayat members stage hunger strike

May 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Srinagar, May 1 (IANS) Dozens of village elders and panchayat members sat on a day's hunger strike here Tuesday to protest against the alleged apathy of the Jammu and Kashmir government in empowering panchayats.

Hailstorms damage orchards, bring on cold in Kashmir

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Srinagar, May 1 (IANS) Bouts of hailstorm and a fall in temperature continue to damage and destroy apple and cherry orchards and paddy crop across the Kashmir Valley, officials said. However, the weather is likely to improve Tuesday onwards.

Centre's nod needed for trial of armed forces men: SC

May 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday said that armed forces personnel operating in areas under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), facing allgations of committing excesses could not be tried by the criminal courts without the prior sanction of the central government.

Nagin Valley reopens for tourists after 22 years

April 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Botpathri (Gulmarg): Out of bounds for tourists, trekkers and locals for 22 years, the picturesque Nagin Valley on the 10-km serpentine stretch of Gulmarg-Botapathri road is now back on tourist map of Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) as an eco -tourism destination aimed to decongest Gulmarg.

100 post offices to register for Amarnath yatra: SASB

April 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Srinagar, April 30 (IANS) For the first time, 100 post offices accross the country will register pilgrims for the annual Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Monday as authorities battled massive damage to the Baltal base camp due to snowfall just a month ahead of the 2012 tour.

Talibanisation in Pakistan is a serious security threat to India: IAF chief

April 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Bangalore (Karnataka), April 29 (ANI): The Talibanisation of certain elements in Pakistan is a serious concern for Indian security as far as threats posed by its neighbours is concerned, said Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne.

Taliban threat from AfPak real: Air chief

April 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Bangalore, April 28 (IANS) Increasing Talibanisation of Pakistan and shifting of terror focus from AfPak region would pose a serious security threat to India in the next two years, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said here Saturday.

Mirwaiz Umer condemns efforts to trigger sectarian strife

April 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Srinagar, April 27 (IANS) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, Friday said his group would oppose and expose religious institutions being supported by the government to create sectarian strife among the Muslims in Kashmir.

Resolve Kashmir issue peacefully: UN chief

April 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Welcoming efforts by India and Pakistan to improve their relations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday pressed for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue sans violence and violations of human rights.

Peace in Kashmir is fake, says Geelani

April 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Hyderabad, April 27 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir may be calm since last year after three summers of unrest, but separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani insists that the peace is fake. He says the state's problem is not of development but of official terrorism and cultural aggression.

Kashmir's Bakharwal dog could be gone in four years (Feature)

April 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

New Delhi/Srinagar, April 26 (IANS) For generations, the Bakharwal dog, also known as the Kashmir sheepdog, has been guarding the lives of its human masters and their animals. But the Jammu and Kashmir government has no clue about the numbers of this breed whose population has dwindled alarmingly over the years.

Weatherman forecasts cold week for Kashmir

April 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Srinagar, April 26 (IANS) The cold weather would continue for at least another week across the Kashmir Valley, said the weather office here Thursday.

Omar for financially self-reliant Jammu and Kashmir

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Jammu, April 24 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday declared that the state's 'financial self-reliance' was the main aim of his government.

Antony warns of emerging threats from China, AfPak

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Warning that developments in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and China's strategic rivalry with India and Japan will have security implications for Asia, Defence Minister A.K. Antony Tuesday said that these threats and future challenges cannot be appreciated by other nations from outside the region.

Kashmir is ultimate for outdoor film shooting: Saroj Khan

April 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Srinagar, April 24 (IANS) For renowned Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan, the locale for her latest song sequence could just not be better. Srinagar's Tulip Garden Tuesday not only fascinated Khan, but also convinced her this was the ultimate shooting destination.

Tribal Invasion and Kashmir

April 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

London, April 24 (ANI): Tribal attack on Kashmir was a major event in contemporary history of Jammu and Kashmir with far reaching consequences. The Tribal Attack not only ended Kashmir's sovereignty, but it also resulted in division of the State between India and Pakistan; and to date, it remains divided and families are forcibly separated since 1947.

Issues with India to be resolved through dialogue: Pak PM

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Islamabad, Apr 24 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said that all issues with India, including the withdrawal of troops from Siachen and the Kashmir dispute, must be resolved through dialogue.

Talks must resolve all Pakistan-India issues: Gilani

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Islamabad, April 23 (IANS) Admitting that the era of warfare has ended, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Monday that all issues with India, including Kashmir and Siachen, must be resolved through dialogue.

12 long year search for son of Kashmiri Widow still persists

April 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM

On August 12, 2000 a Kashmiri handicraft trader was supposedly arrested in Katmandu, the basis is still unknown, the person is still missing but her mother has been running to officials for 12 long years in search for her son.

For 12 years, Kashmir widow hunts for missing son (With Image)

April 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Srinagar, April 23 (IANS) Twelve years after her son was allegedly arrested by the Nepal police, Zubeida, a 65-year-old Kashmiri widow, has said that she has been running from pillar to post to know his whereabouts.

Better weather forecast in Kashmir from Monday

April 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Srinagar, April 23 (IANS) After hailstorms and gusty winds at some places Sunday, the weather office here forecast improvement in the weather across the Kashmir Valley Monday.

Hizbul commander behind south Kashmir car blast arrested

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Srinagar, April 21 (IANS) A divisional commander of separatist guerrilla group, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), who had masterminded the car bomb explosion in south Kashmir last month has been arrested, police said Saturday.

J & K govt. mulling to bring out ordinance for protection of Temples in valley

April 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday directed the Revenue Department to prepare a note for Cabinet for proclamation of Ordinance for the protection and management of temples in Kashmir Valley.......

Separatists gun down cop in Srinagar

April 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Srinagar, April 20 (IANS) A police officer was shot dead Friday by separatist guerrillas near a police station in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police said.

Separatist guerrillas shoot cop in Srinagar

April 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Srinagar, April 20 (IANS) A police officer was critically injured Friday when separatist guerrillas shot at him near a police station in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police said.

Ordinance to protect Kashmir's Hindu temples being readied

April 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Jammu, April 19 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to issue an ordinance to protect Hindu temples in the Kashmir Valley, a demand that Kashmiri Pandit migrants had been raising since their migration from Kashmir in the 1990s, according to official sources here.

'Sharif's call for 'unilateral Siachen troops withdrawal' reflects wisdom'

April 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Islamabad, Apr 19(ANI): Pakistan Muslim League- N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has rightly chosen wisdom rather than 'national honour' by advising a "unilateral" troops withdrawal from the Siachen Glacier, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said.

McCain slams ISI for alleged links with Haqqani network

April 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Washington, Apr 19(ANI): US Republican Senator John McCain has slammed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for its alleged links with the Haqqani network, and added that it is responsible for American deaths in Afghanistan.

'Stone mining threatens ancient cave site in Kashmir'

April 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Srinagar, April 19 (IANS) Two ancient caves in central Kashmir's Badgam district Thursday became the focus of a group of migrant Kashmiri Pandits seeking preservation of ancient, heritage sites in the Kashmir Valley.

Pak has no right to use Kashmir issue as excuse for no action against extremists: McCain

April 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Washington, Apr 19(ANI): US Republican Senator John McCain has said that Pakistan has no right to use the Kashmir issue as an excuse for not targeting extremist groups like the Haqqani network.

Three killed, 30 injured in Kashmir accident

April 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Jammu, April 18 (IANS) Three people were killed and 30 injured when a bus carrying them to a political rally in Billawar town of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir fell into a gorge Wednesday.

Trial of Geelani's aide begins

April 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court Tuesday began the trial of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a suspected aide of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, for his alleged involvement in money laundering to fund terror.

Government employees hold protest in Srinagar

April 17, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Srinagar, Apr 17 (ANI): Scores of government employees in Jammu and Kashmir staged a protest in Srinagar on Tuesday, against the alleged non-fulfillment of state government's promise of extending the retirement age by two years and making all temporary employees permanent.

Employees' strike paralyses Kashmir offices

April 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Jammu, April 17 (IANS) A section of Jammu and Kashmir government employees struck work Tuesday demanding, among others, an increase in the retirement age and regularisation of services of casual workers, and paralysed offices, a protester said.

Mehbooba Mufti flays Centre's laxity on stopping graft in J-K

April 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Rajouri, Apr 17 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has criticized the Central Government for its laxity in stopping graft in Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmir to have first ever international literary fest

April 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Srinagar, April 16 (IANS) The first ever international Kashmir literary festival, on the lines of the Jaipur Literary Festival, is to be organized in the Valley this year, an official said here Monday.

'Ripples of Afghan violence can reach Kashmir'

April 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Srinagar, April 16 (IANS) Recent events in Afghanistan will have a long term bearing on Kashmir, Lt Gen S.A. Hasnain, general officer commanding (GOC) the army's Srinagar based 15th corps, said here Monday.

Af-Pak region a continuing cause of concern: Antony

April 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (ANI): Describing the situation in the Af-Pak region as a 'continuing cause of concern', Defence Minister AK Antony today called upon the top brass of the Indian Army to be vigilant and take all appropriate steps keeping in view the developments in Afghanistan in the last couple of days. Addressing the Army Commanders' Conference here, Antony said, India remains steadfast in its commitment to provide support and assistance to Afghanistan so that it evolves into a stable country, strengthened by pluralism and free from external interference.

Omar to raise repeal of AFSPA at CMs' meet

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Jammu, April 14 (IANS) Enthused by the drastic decline in militancy and an all- pervasive upbeat mood in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is determined to raise the issue of repeal of AFSPA from some areas in the state at the chief ministers' meet in New Delhi Monday, sources close to him said.

'Kashmiris subjected to forced labour for 12 years'

April 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Srinagar, April 14 (IANS) A legislator of the Jammu and Kashmir Saturday alleged that people in north Kashmir had been subjected to forced labour for 12 years by the security forces.

Six dead, 30 hurt in Pakistan accident

April 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Islamabad, April 13 (IANS) At least six people were killed and 30 injured Friday when a bus they were travelling in fell into a ravine in Pakistan, a media report said.

'India willing to discuss Kashmir issue with Pak'

April 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

New Delhi, Apr 12(ANI): India is willing to discuss about the Kashmir issue with Pakistan to advance the peace talks, but the latter needs to take serious action against militants using its soil to attack India, a top Indian diplomat has said.

Include China to solve Kashmir issue: Fai

April 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Washington, Apr 11 (ANI): Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was sentenced to two years in prison for accepting money from Pakistan's ISI to fund his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir, has asked the US, India, Pakistan, China to come together to solve the long pending Kashmir issue.

Make someone like Desmond Tutu special envoy on Kashmir: Fai

April 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Washington, Apr 11 (ANI): Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was sentenced to two years in prison for accepting money from Pakistan's ISI to fund his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir, has urged the United States to appoint someone like Bishop Desmond Tutu to be special envoy on Kashmir.

Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is on fire, but do we care?

April 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM

New Delhi, Apr 11 (ANI): In Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan's only Shia dominated province ethnic cleansing is being carried out systematically, away from media glare and international attention. Hundreds of Shia Muslims staged a protest in front of the Lahore Press Club on April 10th urging the media to pressurize the Pakistani government to stop the atrocities on its community in Gilgit Baltistan. On April 9th a rally was held in Kargil against targeted killings in GB and local leaders appealed to the Indian government to take up the issue with the international community.

Chidambaram reviews security situation in Jammu and Kashmir

April 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Jammu, Apr 10 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting here to review security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Militancy has declined in J-K, says CRPF DG

April 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Srinagar, Apr 9 (ANI): The Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Anirudh Uppal, on Monday said there was a decline in militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, but the problem is yet to be completely resolved.

The danger of Pakistan sponsored terrorism will persist, despite Zardari's visit

April 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

New Delhi, Apr 9 (ANI): With notoriety comes a celebrity status; a good example of this adage is the international celebrity status that Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the head of the Pakistan based international terrorist organisation Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), has attained after the US put a $10 Million bounty on his head. The bounty has greatly elevated his stature and placed him in the exalted league of Al Qaeda's Ayman al Zawahiri and Taliban's Mullah Omar.

Zardari lost one rupee bet with Omar

April 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari owes him one rupee because he had bet that the Pakistani leader won't be able to visit Jammu and Kashmir on his India trip.

Kashmiris give mixed response to Manmohan, Zardari meet

April 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Srinagar, Apr 8 (ANI): Mixed responses seem to be coming from the people of Kashmir ahead of the much-talked about meeting scheduled to take place between Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New Delhi today.

Resolve Siachen row, daily tells Pakistan, India

April 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) Pakistan and India must "strive with all their might to resolve the issues that underpin" the Siachen conflict, said a daily Sunday, a day after 124 Pakistani soldiers were buried under an avalanche and President Asif Ali Zardari was arriving in India on a day's visit.

From Hizbul spokesman to Kashmir's anti-drug campaigner

April 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Srinagar, April 8 (IANS) He was once among the most wanted separatist guerrillas of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terror outfit in Jammu and Kashmir. But today Abdul Khaliq Dar alias Junaid-ul-Islam spends most of his time advising youths against drug abuse.

Records indicating Fai's anti-national activities available: J-K police chief

April 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Jammu, Apr.7 (ANI): The Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Kuldeep Khoda, said on Saturday that the state police possesses past records that indicate the anti-national activities of naturalised U.S. citizen from Pakistan Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai.

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti slams Abdullah government over misgovernance, scams

April 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Jammu, Apr.7 (ANI): Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday flayed the Omar Abdullah-led Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday, charging it with misgovernance and involvement in various corruption-related scams.

Omar for sustained Indo-Pak dialogue and 'J-K centric' CBMs

April 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Jammu, April 7 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said sustained dialogue between India and Pakistan was the only way to resolve all issues between the two neighbours.

Kashmir observes shutdown to protest prison term for separatist leader Fai

April 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Srinagar, Apr.7 (ANI): The state of Jammu and Kashmir observed a shutdown on Saturday in protest against a U.S. judge giving an American of Kashmiri origin, Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, a two-year prison sentence after he admitted secretly receiving millions of dollars from Pakistan and its spy service while lobbying in the United States.

Welcome Mr. President

April 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

New Delhi, Apr.7 (ANI): Benazir Bhutto made five pilgrimages to the Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the last being in 2005. She wanted to visit one more time in 2007, but this did not materialise. Instead, she went home to Pakistan to a tumultuous welcome, but ultimately to become yet another Bhutto martyr.

'Identify graves of four Westerners killed by Al-Faran'

April 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Srinagar, April 6 (IANS) A group of Jammu and Kashmir rights activists Friday appealed to the state rights panel to order the identification of the graves of four Western trekkers that police claimed had been killed by their kidnappers in July 1995.

Fast-track LOC trade, travel: Mufti Sayeed

April 6, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Jammu, April 6 (IANS) Ahead of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to New Delhi, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and main opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said Friday there was lack of progress on cross Line of Control (LOC) trade and travel.

Three guerrillas killed in Kashmir gunfight

April 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Srinagar, April 5 (IANS) Three separatist guerrillas were killed in a gunfight between the guerrillas and the security forces in north Kashmir's Kupwara district that continued till late Thursday.

J-K parties hope Manmohan-Zardari talks will help ease travel norms

April 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Political parties from Jammu and Kashmir Thursday hoped that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit here Sunday would lead to easing of travel restrictions between two parts of Kashmir.

Cross-LoC trade needs financial mechanisms: Omar

April 4, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Jammu, April 4 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade was not yielding any financial benefits to the state as a financial arrangement was not in place yet.

Omar believes IPL5 inaugural was 'tacky'

April 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Srinagar, April 4 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah seems to be unhappy with the opening ceremony of IPL5 saying the inaugural couldn't have been more 'tacky'.

Kashmir Valley gold sellers on strike against excise duty

April 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Srinagar, April 3 (IANS) Wholesale and retail gold traders of the Kashmir Valley continued their strike for the 16th day Tuesday against the excise duty hike on branded and unbranded gold in 2012-2013 union budget.

POLICE BATON CHARGE PROTESTERS IN NORTH INDIAN STATE

April 2, 2012 at 9:20 PM

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US should define Pak's clear-cut role in Afghan peace process

April 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Islamabad, Mar 31(ANI): The United States should define Pakistan's role in the Afghanistan reconciliation process as the deadline for the withdrawal of NATO troops draws closer, the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) has asserted.

'Multi-faceted strategy to address unemployment in Kashmir'

March 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Jammu, March 31 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said the state government is addressing the problem of unemployment in the state through a multi-faceted strategy which includes opening the substantial overseas job market for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.

U.S. jails Kashmir separatist leader Fai for concealing funds got from ISI

March 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Washington, Mar.31 (ANI): A court in Alexandria, Virginia, has sentenced Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai to two years imprisonment for "conspiracy to defraud the U.S." by concealing the transfer of at least 3.5 million dollars from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to fund his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir.

Moderate intensity quake rocks Kashmir

March 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Srinagar, March 31 (IANS) A moderate intensity temblor rocked Kashmir Saturday morning, sending panic stricken locals rushing out of their homes and workplaces.

5.2 earthquake hits Afghanistan, tremors felt in Kashmir

March 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

New Delhi, Mar.31 (ANI): An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit Afghanistan on Saturday morning, sending tremors as far as Kashmir.

U.N. 'condemns' Maoists violence in India, calls for repeal of 'draconian' anti-militancy law

March 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): Strongly backing the Indian Government's stand on Maoist violence, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has condemned the violence perpetrated by the rebels in India.

Fai's Kashmir lobby was front for Pakistani intelligence: US

March 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Washington, March 31 (IANS) Kashmiri separatist Ghulam Nabi Fai, who has been sentenced to two years in prison for concealing his links to Pakistan's spy agency, operated his lobbying outfit as a "front for Pakistani intelligence" for 20 years.

General KT Parnaik says Army prepared to face any trouble

March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Jammu, Mar 30 (ANI): General Officer Commanding-In-Chief, Northern Command , Lt General KT Parnaik has stated that the Northern Command was prepared to face any trouble from neighbouring countries.

Militancy in Kashmir has declined: Omar Abdullah

March 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Jammu, Mar 29 (ANI): Hailing the over all improving situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said militancy in the region has declined.

Five LeT guerrillas killed in Kashmir gunfights

March 28, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Srinagar, March 28 (IANS) Five Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) guerrillas were killed in two separate gunfights with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district Wednesday, police said.

No access to toilets for half of Jammu and Kashmir households

March 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Srinagar, March 28 (IANS) Almost half of Jammu and Kashmir's two million households don't have access to toilets and only 900,000 have water taps in their homes, revealed figures released here by the directorate of census operations Wednesday.

US Congressman calls 'Taliban supporter' Pakistan an 'enemy of US, freedom'

March 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Washington, Mar 28 (ANI): US Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has said Pakistan is an enemy of the United States and freedom because it supports the Taliban.

Omar thirsty for power, says Mehbooba

March 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Jammu, March 27 (IANS) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday launched a spirited attack on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, calling him a man who has 'unquenchable thirst for power'.

I will quit politics if graft charges proved: Farooq

March 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Union minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah Tuesday vowed to quit politics if graft charges against him in the alleged money laundering scam in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) were proved.

Tourists enjoy Kashmir Valley's blossoming almond trees

March 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Srinagar, Mar.27 (ANI): Hundreds of tourists, both domestic and foreign, have thronged the Kashmir Valley to enjoy the experience of watching almond trees bloom.

Record tourist arrival is peace dividend : Kashmir minister

March 26, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Jammu, March 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said Monday that a peaceful 2011 has been the year of making history in terms of arrival of record number of tourists and pilgrims while 'European nations see the atmosphere conducive for withdrawing negative advisory issued earlier.'

Chidambaram launches website for Kashmir's youth

March 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram launched an interactive website here Monday, aimed at increasing job prospects for 40,000 youth in Jammu and Kashmir.

UN special rapporteur on human rights arrives in Srinagar

March 26, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Srinagar, March 26 (IANS) The United Nations' special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit Monday.

'Record tourist arrival in Kashmir is peace dividend'

March 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Jammu, March 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora Monday said 2011 had been a historical year for the state in terms of arrival of record number of tourists and pilgrims.

Chidambaram launches industry website for J-K youth

March 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

New Delhi, Mar.26 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday launched a website called 'Udaan', for the youth of the state.

Fresh snowfall in Ladakh, rain in Kashmir

March 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Srinagar, March 26 (IANS) As fresh snowfall lashed the Ladakh region, the minimum temperature dropped to minus 3.8 degrees Celsius in Kargil town Monday, making it the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir.

PDP scripted new chapter in Kashmir's history: Mufti

March 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Jammu, March 25 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and patron of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sunday said his party has 'scripted a new chapter in the political history of the state by challenging the hegemony of the National Conference (NC) and provided an alternative to the people of the state'.

Kashmir begins dredging of Jhelum river after 26 years

March 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Srinagar, March 24 (IANS) After 26 years, the Jammu and Kashmir government Saturday re-started the dredging of the Jhelum river to address the annual flood threat in the Valley.

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