College students clash with police, SHO hit during stone pelting, Clashes trigger partial shutdown in city centre

The students of SP College on Monday clashed with the government forces in MA road area of Srinagar. Witnesses said that the students of the college staged protests inside the campus. However, police used tear gas to prevent the protesting students from marching into the streets, triggering clashes. The Station House Officer (SHO) of Kralkhud police station was hospitalized after a stone hit his head during clashes near SP College Srinagar on Monday. Witnesses said that Suhail Mushtaq was hit by a stone in his head as clashes erupted between…

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Ransomware: What you need to know about this new cyber threat

What is WannaCry? WannaCry, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry, is a form of “ransomware” that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore. Ransomware is a program that gets into your computer, either by clicking on the wrong thing or downloading the wrong thing, and then it holds something you need to ransom. How does it work and spread? The WannaCry program encrypts your files and demands payment in bitcoin in order to regain access. Security…

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Foreign Tourists bypass hot Indian plains to cold Kashmir

Vietnamese tour operators visit Valley on FAM tour With scorching heat in the Indian plains becoming unbearable for tourists, the foreign travel agents are diverting travelers to Kashmir to enjoy natural beauty in the moderate to cold temperature here. After recent FAM visit of travel agents from Thailand, Vietnamese tour operators are now in Kashmir to promote Kashmir’s unmatched beauty and landscape. Currently a group of top tour operators from Vietnam are in Valley to get familiar with Kashmir situation, beauty, language, art, craft, people, food and cuisines to promote…

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Pak shelling leaves villagers shocked at LoC

Damaged roofs, shattered windows and locked houses present a grim picture of heavy Pakistani shelling all along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowshera sector. The 85 mm and 120 mm mortars claimed two lives and injured three others in the area. People have been forced to leave their houses unattended and head towards migrant camps at safer places due to which villages all along the LoC look deserted. Jhangar is the last village of the Nowshera sector beyond which lies the LoC and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from where…

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Kashmiri girl, whose photo of pelting stones went viral, wants to play football for India

Kashmir’s first female football coach Afshan Ashique said she pelted stones at security forces as they misbehaved with them. Last week during the student protests in Kashmir Valley, few photographs of a girls pelting stones on security forces outside Women’s College in Srinagar went viral on social media sites. Among them was a photograph of a girl, who dreams to play football for India. Afshan Ashique is Kashmir’s first female football coach. “Yes, I pelted stones, but that’s not what I want to do. I want to play at the…

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BJP-PDP alliance on the rocks as security establishment pitches for Governor’s rule

Two years after the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Peoples Democratic Party formed an alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, the allies are locked in a war of words, each blaming the other for rising militancy, mob violence and low voter turnout in the recent parliamentary bypolls. According to a report in the Indian Express,  a senior security official said that the alliance between the PDP and BJP is one of the causes of Kashmiri resentment and if there was Governor’s rule, it would remove this factor from the equation.Now, the security…

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Valley’s ‘Tulip man’ gets recognition at at int’l fora

When the tulip growers of Turkey recently invited retired district floriculture officer Javed Ahmad Shah to their country, they were impressed with his knowledge of tulips. Shah was then tasked with preparing a report to suggest ways to boost commercial floriculture vis-à-vis tulips in Istanbul, Turkey. Earlier, he was engaged as an expert on an advisory panel in Darjeeling for the cultivation of tulips to boost tourism in the north-east region. Shah is now scheduled to travel to Canada as a part of the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS) mission…

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Youth of Kashmir should question those who instigate them: Jitendra Singh

Appealing to the youth of Kashmir to question those who instigate them to join the “so-called freedom struggle”, Union minister Jitendra Singh today hit out at the separatists, saying if stone-pelting is a “holy task” then they should make their own children pelt stones and risk their lives. Singh rejected separatists as being stakeholders in Kashmir and said that real stakeholders are the state’s youth below the age of 40 who constitute 65 per cent of its population. “I have made this appeal to youth of Kashmir that time has…

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Cracks within PDP & BJP coalition over peace talks

Cracks have developed in the PDP-BJP coalition over the issue of engaging separatist groups and Pakistan in a dialogue to restore peace in the Kashmir valley. Instead of evolving consensus on the sensitive issue both the coalition partners are blatantly indulging into a war of words to address their respective constituencies. After PDP vice-president and one of the founders of the party Sartaj Madni recently demanded engagement with separatists and Pakistan to restore peace in J&K, state BJP spokesperson Prof Varinder Gupta said those demanding involvement of the Hurriyat Conference…

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People have to choose between ISIS & Kashmiriyat: Mehbooba Mufti

‘Guns, stones have only brought destruction, snatched best minds like Umar Fayaz’ J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said people have to decide themselves “whether they want ISIS or preserve their Kashmiri identity (Kashmiriyat).” Reacting to a query about the “advent” of ISIS in Kashmir, Mehbooba said: “If people from various religions lived in harmony in Kashmir for centuries, it is only because of ‘Kashmiriyat’ that we need to protect at any cost.” Pointing towards a temple, a Masjid and a Gurdwara located side-by-side near Sher Bagh area of…

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