Govt opens eatery to revive traditional food culture in Kashmir

With an aim to revive the traditional food culture of the valley, the Jammu and Kashmir tourism development department (JKTDC) opened an ethnic restaurant in Srinagar recently. “After the lockdown restrictions eased, we decided to slowly open the valley for tourists. This restaurant was planned with an aim to promote Kashmiri food. Anyone visiting Kashmir can visit this place and enjoy its beautiful ambiance and appreciate the traditional food, music and familiarise themselves with Kashmir’s rich history,” Nissar Ahmad Wani, Director – Tourism Kashmir, said. The restaurant was opened by…

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Kashmiri’s Roshni Act and its top beneficiaries

Kashmir’s top political families, IAS officers in CAG’s Roshni list. Ex-FM, Ex-PSC chairman, actor Feroz Khan’s sister, poet Aga Shahid Ali figure among beneficiaries of scrapped Act. The Kashmir political, bureaucratic and business elite’s who’s who figure among the so-called beneficiaries of the Roshni Act of 2001 who had acquired proprietary rights over the State land occupied by them illegally from time to time. The Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, commonly known as the Roshni Act, has now been declared as unconstitutional…

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New land laws a double assault on J&K’s History, Future: National Conference

National Conference (NC) on Wednesday said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir see the changes to land laws as a double assault on their political history as well as their future, saying the party will continue to strive for restoring honor and dignity of people. Party’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar and Provincial President Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani said this while presiding over a monthly review meeting with Party’s Zone Presidents Mohammad Akbar Lone, Ali Mohammad Dar, Dr. Bashir Veeri Vice Provincial Presidents Mohammad Syed Akhoon, Syed Tauqeer and…

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Dr MS Khuroo & Dr Parvaiz A Koul, Kashmiri medical researchers made to the prestigious list of World’s top scientists

Two Kashmiri medical researchers have made it to the prestigious list of World’s top scientists across disciplines, a compilation of University of Stanford, USA. Veteran gastroenterologist and ex-director SKIMS, Dr MS Khuroo, and the current head of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine SKIMS, Dr Parvaiz A Koul, have figured in the “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators”. It lists the top 2 percent scientists from all over the world from a list of over 1,59,000. The database, a work of John Ioannidis, Kevin Boyack and Jeroene Bass from the…

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Milad celebrated across J&K with religious fervor

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW), the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), was Friday celebrated across J&K with religious fervour. Thousands of devotees thronged the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar to have the glimpse of a relic of the Prophet of Islam (SAW) at the shrine. However, due to pandemic, no nightlong prayers were observed preceding night. The devotees including men, women and children visited the shrine throughout the day. However, afternoon prayers witnessed the highest attendance. Emotional scenes were witnessed during the display of the holy relic as devotees were seen in…

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As winter starts approaching unscheduled power cuts irks consumers

Ahead of winter the Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has resorted to unscheduled power cuts in both metered as well as non-metered areas, the officials however are putting onus on consumers for misusing electricity. The power crisis in Kashmir has become a natural phenomena owing to the fact that the power department has failed to enhance its transmission capacities to meet the demand for electricity in winter months when the temperature plummets below zero. From north to south Kashmir, consumers are complaining about frequent power cuts mostly during the…

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Imposition of Property Tax aimed to harass people of Kashmir: KEA

Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Saturday lambasted the Government for its decision of empowering to impose Property Tax through the Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Municipal Committees in their respective areas. KEA Co-Chairman Farooq Dar while addressing a press conference said that it has become a routine for Government to bring amendments in existing laws. Termed the tax “unjustified”, he said that law is being enforced upon people forcibly. “This is grave injustice. People are already reeling under the financial crunches due to slowdown of economy and this unnecessary and extra…

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What our youth need to know on fighting pornography?

Our youth should stop assuming that since quitting addiction is difficult therefore resisting and fighting is useless Mugees Ul Kaisar Jihad-al-akbar or ‘Greater Jihad’ is Jihad/Struggle against the erratic stubborn self. Needless to say how important & relevant it is in our times. The world of abnormally low concentration span (alluding to shallowness of thought) and radically volatile selves (Quranic parable of dog throwing its mouth on everything around) quite properly sums up our present day mentality and spiritual decadence. The first and foremost thing that our youth need to…

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Experience Kashmiri’s new Wazwan

Missing it for past 6 years, thanks to my studies, I had almost forgotten the taste of wazwan, and I was desperately waiting to end this break. The wait finally ended a few days back when I was invited to my cousin’s marriage. The thoughts of old delightful memories wherein I & my tramimates would engage in dog fights for getting the best meat piece, or enthusiastically waiting for gushtaba, and cutting it into four pieces, swirling in my mind. After a long journey which got more longer as my…

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Family accuse J&K Police of killing Irfan Dar in Custody, Question ‘Escape’ Story

Irfan Ahmad Dar was arrested for allegedly sheltering militants but then somehow escaped from custody only to be found dead a few hours later, the police say. The cause of death has not been disclosed but locals allege torture. Auqib Javeed At around 12 pm, on Tuesday, members of the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) raided the house of Irfan Ahmad Dar, a 23-year-old shopkeeper, at Sidiq Colony in the Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Irfan was arrested from the shop he owned, adjacent to…

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