Bloodshed has to end

Bloodshed has to end

Seven civilian youth getting killed in a blast at an encounter site at Laroo Kulgam has plunged the entire Valley into mourning. One question which everyone seems to be asking is why the government forces did not sanitize the spot before leaving. The allegations about forces violating the Standard Operating Procedures are also making rounds. […]

Governor has to take a call

Governor has to take a call

The Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has favoured holding early elections for the Assembly, saying he does not think a popular government can be formed out of the present house after the collapse of the BJP-PDP coalition dispensation in June this year. No party enjoys a majority in the 87-member Assembly, in which […]

Srinagar has no evening transport

Srinagar has no evening transport

Srinagar is perhaps the only city in the country where public transport disappears as soon as the dusk sets in. Authorities have failed to ensure that transport plies in the city during evening hours. Minibuses disappearing from the streets provide an opportunity to auto-rickshaw drivers to charge as much as they want. Committers are left […]

Reporting conflict not easy

Reporting conflict not easy

Forces thrashing journalists near the gunfight site at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar’s old city has triggered outrage. Journalists associations have cut across the party lines and have condemned the highhandedness of the forces. Reporting conflict has not been easy for the scribes working in the Valley. They have always been caught in difficult situations. It’s […]

Race for Mayor’s post begins

Race for Mayor’s post begins

The Urban Local Bodies polls have ended in Jammu and Kashmir. The voter turnout in the Valley has been low but in Jammu region polling percentage has been high. In Kashmir many candidates have won the elections unopposed. However in Jammu, people are waiting for the results eagerly as media reports suggest that independents have […]

Governor punctures trifurcation balloon

Governor punctures trifurcation balloon

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has dispelled the notion that granting more powers to the Leh and Kargil development councils is a step towards the trifurcation of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He has said that trifurcation of J&K will be disastrous. In September, the State Administrative Council headed by the Governor Malik approved […]

Focus shifts to youth

Focus shifts to youth

The Government of India has shifted its entire focus on youth in Kashmir and it wants to channelize their energy in a positive way. Governor Satya Pal Malik recently said that the most important stakeholders in the peace process are J&K’s youth and it is essential to engage them regularly and effectively to give impetus […]

No enthusiasm!

No enthusiasm!

First three phases of the Urban Local Bodies polls witnessed a very low voter turnout in Kashmir. People in the Valley, barring a few areas, did not show any inclination towards visiting the polling booths. At many places voters even did not know who the contestants were. Kashmir based political parties National Conference and Peoples […]

After losing Kashmir, PDP loses Jammu too

After losing Kashmir, PDP loses Jammu too

Vikramaditya Singh, the elder son of former sadr-e-riyast Dr Karan Singh has formally joined the Congress party, nearly one year after quitting the Peoples Democratic Party. Vikramaditya Singh, who was considered to be the face of the PDP in Jammu region had said goodbye to the party last year after he was “ignored” by the […]

Governor’s plain talk

Governor’s plain talk

Former spokesman of National Conference Junaid Azim Mattu is in news again. Governor Satya Pal Malik has stirred the hornet’s nest by stating that Srinagar would get a foreign educated Mayor. He didn’t name Mattu but everyone knows that he is the only foreign returned candidate contesting municipal polls in Srinagar. Mattu tried to distance […]