Armed forces, Govt departments, Police, Bureaucrats, Legislators major power defaulters in Kashmir: RTI

Kashmir’s own government departments are defaulting on power bills. As per the official figures, the consumers who are among the top power defaulters in Kashmir are police, bureaucrats, legislators and government departments. The CRPF is a major defaulter with outstanding in crores of rupees. The figures available lying with the Kashmir Post reveal that the CRPF-157 Battalion (BTN) camp near Tatoo Ground has to pay power dues amounting to Rs 2 crores, CRPF-23 BTN camp near Assembly Complex have also an outstanding of Rs 2 crores. Similarly CRPF-23 BTN camp…

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Kashmir Problem cannot be solved by force: AS Dulat

Former Indian spymaster AS Dulat on Monday claimed that Pakistan has given up on Kashmir and the message coming out from Kashmir is that the stakeholders want peace and a dialogue with New Delhi, reported The Tribune. “Kashmir problem cannot be solved by force because it is not a military issue but a political one, the report quoted Dulat as having said. “The only way forward is to engage and talk with the stakeholders,” according to the report he said. “Today we have a situation where a former Norwegian Prime…

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Late Marriages – a root cause of all evils in the society

Marriage which you can also call it Wedlock, wedding, but most preferable term used is NIKKAH, which means the joining of two hearts, and two different families via Nikkah. Nikkah was first celebrated in heavens, the Nikkah of our Father Adam and our Mother Hawwa. يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُواْ رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيراً وَنِسَاء وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءلُونَ بِهِ وَالأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيباً O men, fear your Lord who created you from a single soul, and from it created…

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Hizb issues open threat to KU VC, accuses him of ‘Working with BJP-RSS’

In a latest bid to cause unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has purportedly issued a threat to the Vice Chancellor of Central University pf Kashmir. As per reports, the terror outfit has released a letter, in which it has targeted the Vice Chancellor of the varsity, Mehrajuddin Mir. The Hizbul Mujahideen has reportedly claimed in its letter that the Vice Chancellor was furthering his own agenda in the university and was “working for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh”, Times Now reported. Reportedly,…

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Killers of policemen called terrorists in Kashmir, eulogised as heroes in UP: Omar Abdullah

Reacting to the mob frenzy and killing of a policeman in Bulandshahr, former chief minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh eluogises the killers of policemen as heroes while in Kashmir they were dubbed “terrorists”. “In Kashmir people who kill cops & snatch weapons are called terrorists. In UP the ruling party will fete & eulogize these killers as heroes,” tweeted Omar while re-posting an NDTV story which detailed the killing of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh by a mob protesting over alleged cow slaughter. A…

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Jammu to Kashmir rail link likely to miss 2020 deadline

Linking Kashmir with the vast railway network outside Jammu and Kashmir has been further delayed due to a halt in construction of a vital bridge across Chenab, a part of the project that is already late by 16 years and facing a massive cost overrun of Rs 25,446 crore. According to the latest report of the union ministry of statistics and program implementation, work on this project was started in March 1995 and was initially proposed to be completed in 2002. Since then the project has missed several deadlines. In…

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Prolonged power cuts irk consumers across Kashmir Valley

Frequent unscheduled and prolonged power cuts have irked the people here as they have to face an ordeal in view of the biting cold in the ongo­ing winter. Many residents ex­pressed their resentment over the cuts enforced b the Power Development Department which has also triggered pro­tests in parts of Kashmir. Several residents complained of prolonged and unscheduled power cuts in their areas. The residents said that PDD is resort­ing to unscheduled power cuts in summer capital Srinagar and other districts of the valley. They lamented that the PDD is…

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Groom Gulmarg’s ski slopes, get them certified to boost its potential: Skiers

Skiers and experts say that Gulmarg could realize its full skiing potential if its slopes are groomed and if the authorities concerned get its slopes, especially those in Apharwat range, certified by the Federation of International Skiing. For competitive skiing, says Olympics skiing coach Shabir Ahmad Wani, certification of ski slopes is important. The Federation takes into account different parameters such as the vertical drop, width, and degree of a ski slope. “Minus this certification, we are missing out on holding international competitions on our ski slopes. If we get…

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Presence of BSF at Pari Mahal ‘Unauthorized Occupation’, declares govt

The state government has declared the Border Security Force (BSF) camp inside Pari Mahal as “un-authorized occupation” and asserted that the camp would be reallocated soon. A meeting held under the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to discuss “unauthorized occupation” of Pari Mahal by BSF, a nationally protected monument, stated that presence of BSF camp has been hampering the renovation work of the monument. According to the senior archaeologist and conservation assistant GRI, Archaeological Survey of India (Srinagar Circle), Pari Mahal is under “severe threat. The senior archaeologist informed the meeting that…

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I felt safer in Srinagar than South Africa: Chantelle Flores

When Chantelle Flores, an internationally-acclaimed photographer from South Africa decided to visit Kashmir, she had certain apprehensions due to “negative publicity” of the Valley. However, all her fears vanished when she landed in Srinagar. “I did not face any problems during my stay in Kashmir. I hail from South Africa and have been a victim of ‘gun crime’ on numerous occasions during the years I have lived there. I felt safer in Srinagar despite the overwhelming military presence, and the (negative) news reports about Kashmir,” Flores told Kashmir Post. “In…

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