As stones draw blood, It’s time for Kashmir’s Civil Society to realise army is not the Villain

The security forces do not go around seeking an excuse to attack civilians. It is just the other way around with stone pelters looking for opportunities to create mayhem and chaos, writes Lt Gen (Retd) DS Hooda. Lt Gen (Retd) DS Hooda The death of 22 year-old R Thirumani, a tourist from Tamil Nadu, has exposed the stark reality of the direction in which Kashmir protests are headed. Violence and brutality is quickly overshadowing the ‘political’ character of resistance. Tourists were recently attacked at Pahalgam, civilians have been killed in…

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Let holidays be working days in schools, DSEK’s proposal to govt over frequent school closers

The director school education Kashmir G N Itoo has submitted a proposal to the government, proposing that the next holiday should be deemed as the working day to make up for the academic loss in case the schools miss a working day due to forced closure of schools during strikes and shutdowns. The proposal has been submitted to the government at a time when the government often orders suspension of class work in educational institutions “as a precautionary measure” to avoid student protests. “When class work is suspended in schools,…

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Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh flyover phase-I to be inaugurated today

After missing number of deadlines, Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh phase-I flyover will be thrown open for traffic on Friday. The phase-I which includes the area from Amar Singh College to Barzulla will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Talking to Kashmir Post, Director Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) Kashmir, Showkat Ahmad Wani said, “We have decided to throw open the phase-I from Amar Singh College to Barzulla. The traffic from Zero Bridge towards Airport will be allowed to move through this phase.” He said all the arrangements have been made…

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Vehicle burnt for ‘Smuggling’ cattle in Lakhanpur

Enraged over the alleged smuggling of bovine animals, an unidentified mob set ablaze a Mahindra load-carrier after rescuing the cattle near Lakhanpur on Thursday. The unidentified persons also thrashed the driver and another person for allegedly smuggling bovine animals and later handed them to the police. The arrested persons have been identified as Balvinder Singh of Ludhiana and Mohammad Shakib of RS Pura, Jammu. The police have registered a case against the alleged bovine smugglers and the unknown persons who torched the vehicle. In another incident, local youth threw stones…

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Govt unlikely to accept ceasefire for Ramadan and Amarnath Yatra

Officials in the home ministry, army, and Jammu and Kashmir police said an internal ceasefire is laden with risks, while the enforcement of a ceasefire with Pakistan is contingent on the latter’s behavior. The Mehbooba Mufti government on Thursday continued to push for a unilateral ceasefire with terror groups in the state and along the border with Pakistan during the holy month of Ramzan, but New Delhi, while it will consider the issue, is unlikely to accept the proposal, particularly with regard to internal operations, several officials familiar with the development…

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