Polling under way for last phase of municipal polls in J&K, Srinagar recorded 2.3%, Ganderbal 7.9% polls till 12

Partial shutdown across Kashmir Valley, Clashes in Soura Polling was under way for the fourth and last phase of municipal elections in Jammu and Kashmir to seal the fate of 156 candidates in fray in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts. They said the voting would take place at 308 polling stations across the state and would end at 4 pm. Eight municipal bodies spanning across six districts–all in Kashmir Valley–were scheduled to go to polls in the fourth and final phase of the elections. However, out of the eight, only two…

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A journey called Make in India to Assembled in India

India imported $6.3 billion worth of mobile phones from China in 2014, the year Narendra Modi became the country’s prime minister. This number has declined continuously and reached $ 3.3 billion in 2017 according to a study conducted by the ministry of commerce and industry. This would suggest that the ambitious Make in India programme of this government is working. But another set of statistics indicates otherwise. India’s import of parts of mobile phones as well as telecom equipment from China increased from $1.3 billion in 2014 to $9.4 billion…

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Kashmir’s Unarmed freedom fighters

Flowing black beard, a headband with “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) and a fluttering green flag. This has been the trademark picture of the recent azadi (freedom) processions of Kashmir, where hundreds of thousands marched the streets of this disputed Himalayan region seeking a separation from India. From a distance, it seems as if the past has returned to Kashmir. But the present contains an irrefutable truth: in place of guns, the people carry slogans. The politics of protest this time is not about the argument of power, but about…

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Guevara and the Kashmiri rebel: The literary militants

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine” Che Guevara On 9th October 1967, socialist revolutionary, guerrilla leader and the main man behind Cuban revolution, Che Guevara, age 39, was killed by the Bolivian army. The Argentine-born revolutionary, a major figure in Fidel Castro’s ‘26th of July Movement’ which seized power in Cuba in 1959, had been fighting with a small band of guerrillas in the South American country when he was captured by the army near the village of Higueras. Since his death,…

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Ahead of darbar move Kashmir started facing drastic power cuts

The Kashmir Valley is facing drastic power cuts ahead of the shifting of the government offices to winter capital Jammu as part of the Dogra-era practice of Durbar Move. The Power Development Department (PDD) has resorted to unscheduled power outages even in autumn when cuts would usually start from harsh winter months. In most parts of the Valley, power woes are causing immense inconvenience to the general public. Consumers from many areas have complained that they face unscheduled power outages thrice a day. According to the residents of Srinagar and…

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Have raised issues of Kashmiri students in AMU with UP govt: Governor Satya Pal Malik

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said that his administration has taken up the issue of the well-being of Kashmiri students studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) with the Uttar Pradesh government. The governor’s assertion came a day after three Kashmiri students of AMU were booked on sedition charges for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans and trying to hold a funeral prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen militant Manan Bashir Wani on October 12. Wani, a former PhD scholar of AMU who left research to join militancy in Kashmir,…

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1200 Kashmiri Students in AMU threaten to return home on October 17

Kashmiri students studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on October 17, if the sedition charges against three of them are not dropped. In a letter to AMU vice-chancellor, AMU students union former vice-president Sajjad Rathar said, “If this vilification does not stop, more than 1,200 Kashmiri students will leave for their homes in the Kashmir Valley on October 17 as a last option.” Terming the slapping of sedition charges as “vendetta”, Rathar said, “The option of holding Namaaz-e-Janaza (prayer meeting) in absentia was…

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GoI needs to pay heed to ‘Clear Message’: Joint Resistance Leadership

Joint Resistance Leadership on Saturday said that people once again rejected the “forcibly thrust, sham and futile exercise of so called election” as there was a near total boycott of it. “People see this delusive cosmetic attempt as another assault on them and hence are resisting it tooth and nail,” said JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here. JRL said “it’s time government of India pay heed to the clear message emanating from the rejection of these elections by…

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Rasikh Salam, 17 Year old Kulgam pacer gets IPL trial call-up

Three-time champions of IPL, Mumbai Indians on Friday called Rasikh Salam- 17-year-old pace prodigy from Jammu and Kashmir- for trials ahead of the IPL 2019 following his impressive outing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The trial session will take place in Mumbai tomorrow. Rasikh, who recently made his debut in the competitive cricket against Rajasthan in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, had played no age-group level cricket before making his entry to the senior side, largely due to Irfan Pathan’s insertion as mentor-cum-player to the side. Coming from a small village…

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Cancer rates spiral in Ladakh due to UV rays, Sedentary lifestyle

The rough terrain, the snow-capped peaks, the winding roads and monasteries – the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is the abode of nature’s raw and untouched beauty. The region might be a haven for adventure travellers, but all is not well for the local residents. The high altitude, exposure to excessive ultraviolet (UV) rays, lack of oxygen and the sedentary lifestyle of the locals are leading to a rise in cancer cases, particularly gastrointestinal (GI) and of the skin, according to medical experts from New Delhi’s premier All India…

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