Of politicians and their soothsayers

  Irfan Husain WHATEVER people might think about Imran Khan’s words and antics, nobody can deny that he brings a lot of colour and macho swagger to politics. By making bizarre accusations against rivals, he succeeds in putting them on the defensive while deflecting any criticism of his own course of action. And, like Trump, […]

Oprah vs Trump in 2020?

  Andrew Mitrovica Still smarting from somehow forfeiting the White House to a popular TV celebrity, bruised and bemused Democrats are longing, it seems, for another popular TV celebrity to win it back soon. So, the chatter about President Oprah has begun in earnest and could, in time, gather inexorable momentum. It’s fitting that a […]

Well done girls

Girls have once again outshined the boys in the class 12th examinations conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) results of which were declared on Thursday. Girls registered overall pass percentage of 64.31, while this figure for boys stood at 58.92. Even in the merit list number of girls was more than […]

Aadhaar: A lot of questions yet to be resolved

  Yogi Aggarwal As the date approaches for the Supreme Court to hear several petitions challenging the Aadhaar project, the government’s Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which runs the intrusive scheme, is becoming even more bizarre in its responses. The latest move is to file a criminal case against a reporter from a national […]

Health warning

  K Srinath Reddy Should medical education be governed through self-regulation by elected representatives of the profession? Or does the government have the responsibility to ensure that the mould for making doctors matches the requirements of the health system and meets the needs of the people? Should there be a facilitated crossover from non-allopathic systems […]

Internet at receiving end

Whenever encounter between the security forces and militants takes place in any area of the Valley authorities block the internet services in the entire district. Recently internet services were blocked in central Kashmir’s Budgam district and south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Pulwama districts in wake of two gunfights in these areas. Authorities believe that rumours add […]

Aadhaar Of Injustice

  Anjali Bhardwaj , Amrita Johri In September 2017, 11-year-old Santoshi, resident of Simdega district of Jharkhand, succumbed to starvation. According to her mother, she died “asking for rice, but there was not a single grain at home”. She was deprived of her subsidised ration as her family’s ration card was cancelled because it was […]

Two borders, two disputes

  Sandeep Bamzai The two major disputed borders India has are with China and Pakistan. With Pakistan, the disputed border falls in Jammu and Kashmir, a legacy of the 1948 war. When India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire on January 1, 1949, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire line (CFL). This line was […]

Threats loom large

Director General of Police S P Vaid has made it clear that Jammu and Kashmir Police won’t be able to provide security to all the candidates who would contest the forthcoming Panchayat polls. The audio clip of the Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo going viral on social media has added to the worries of the security […]

Dry winter cause of concern

  The cold wave tightening its grip over Kashmir has led to the apprehensions that this time around Kashmir won’t receive much snowfall. Upper reaches have witnessed some amount of snowfall but plains are yet to witness any major snowfall. Lack of precipitation is becoming a cause of worry for people. Despite Chilla-Kalan setting in […]

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