Demonetisation Drive: A colossal mismanagement

The perennial question about demonetisation is whether it helped to solve the conundrum of black economy, ostensibly, the first goal-post of the unprecedented move proclaimed by the government. The rhetoric of the government boasted to break new frontiers in economic transformation but nevertheless economic indicators released recently starkly expose such extravagant demagogue. Recent slowdown in economy indicates the demonetisation policy was poorly planned and badly executed by the government. Anticipatively the government articulates that much of the censure is tendentious judgement made on the basis of selective and inaccurate reports.…

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#AcheeDin: Turnover of company owned by Amit Shah’s son grew by 16,000 times

In a stunning revelation, a company owned by the BJP President Amit Shah’s son, Jay Amitbhai Shah, grew by 16,000 times after Narendra Modi formed the government at the Centre and the former became the saffron party’s chief. In an explosive piece, The Wire website wrote that the balance sheets and annual reports obtained from the RoC had revealed that in the financial years ending March 2013 and 2014, Shah’s Temple Enterprise Private Ltd. engaged in negligible activity and recorded losses of Rs 6,230 and Rs 1,724 respectively. In 2014-15,…

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Shutdown across Kashmir against increasing incidents of Braid Chopping, Restrictions at many places in Srinagar

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for complete shutdown on Monday against the unabated incidents of braid chopping in Kashmir. In a statement issued here, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that there was a “well planned conspiracy” behind the braid chopping of Kashmiri women. Kashmir valley has been witnessing braid chopping incidents for last one month which has evoked widespread condemnation and spread fear. On last Friday, protests against the braid chopping were held across Kashmir on the call of the resistance leadership.…

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Part of its foundation day, RSS cadre march in Jammu areas

As part of its foundation day celebrations, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today performed ‘shastra pujan’ (worshipping weapons) and took out ‘Path Sanchalan’ (route marches) in various parts of Jammu. The route marches were taken out in 13 places across Jammu region including five in the city. In Jammu City, around 2000 RSS volunteers (swayamsevaks) along with sticks marched through different areas and markets of Jammu. The route march was also taken out in old city areas Amphalla, Rehari and Channi Himmat. Senior BJP leaders and some MLAs also participated…

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SMC issues advisory for safe buildings

The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has issued an advisory for city residents asking them to ensure safety of buildings by adhering to building bylaws. In the advisory, officials stated that a safe environment could not be achieved without the involvement of people. “The government can only make and promote guidelines but unless people don’t follow rules for safety from natural and man-made hazards, the dream of a safe society cannot be achieved,” the advisory read. Officials said we should not forget the two worst natural disasters in the Valley –…

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Legacy of Jashn e Kashmir left by Late GM Bakshi inherited till date

Art and culture are interlinked. Art flows from vast ocean of culture. In a broader sense, art which forms part of culture of any society encompasses within it varied disciplines of music, dance, poetry, drama, photography, prose, painting, sculpture & suchlike. Art & culture together reflect character, and desire to preserve identity, of a community. Kashmiri community is no exception to it. Their art too stands for their unique cultural behaviour & social norm. Art gives an opportunity to a community to understand, inter alia, its past & present history,…

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Facebook journalism in Kashmir

It is total chaos. Rumors push the panic button and we end up buying these fake stories from their stores. Neither they are professional nor reasonable, yet we trust them blindly. We blame them for sprouting the seeds of rumours, equally are we responsible for sharing it too. The micro-blogging site Facebook is turning out to be the headache in Kashmir. Everyone is reporting from so called ground zero. Some report from their cozy rooms and those who really are at the right place act brutally wrong. Now-a-days Kashmir is…

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High Court order stalls J&K’s U-23 game over selection row

J&K High Court had barred JKCA from picking the under-23 team after one player Hashim Saleem filed a petition alleging discrepancy in selection. The CK Nayudu Trophy under-23 game between Jammu & Kashmir and Goa had to be stopped in 13th over of the opening day due to a court order passed by the J&K High Court. The court had barred the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association from picking the under-23 team after one player Hashim Saleem filed a petition alleging discrepancy in selection. Saleem had alleged that a selector,…

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Lost foreign tourists mobbed in Kashmir as locals suspect them of braid-chopping

The situation was beginning to turn unruly when police and few other locals and calmed the mob down. Six foreign tourists who had lost their way and were mistaken as braid choppers by locals in the interiors of Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar were rescued by police owing to the intervention of some good Samaritans, police said on Sunday. The six tourists – three Australians and one from South Korea, Ireland and England – were travelling from Leh to Srinagar in a vehicle and lost their way near the old city…

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Ex-RAW chief says dialogue only way to resolve Kashmir dispute

Amarjit Singh Dulat, former chief of Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), has said dialogue was the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute, Radio Pakistan reported. Addressing a function organised by the London School of Economics’ South Asia Forum, he said India’s strategy of not engaging with Pakistan made no sense at all. “New Delhi has created a mess in Kashmir in the past 15 months,” he added. “Heavy handedness has never worked in Kashmir… actually it doesn’t work anywhere as we’ve seen recently in Spain.” Former…

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