‘Naya Kashmir’ is ‘Udta Kashmir’: JK Congress hits out at BJP

'Naya Kashmir’ is ‘Udta Kashmir’: JK Congress hits out at BJP

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee Spokesperson Advocate Pushkar Nath today in a press conference at the party headquarters in Jammu came down heavily on ruling BJP for its “abject failure” in governing J-K. In a press statement, Advocate Deepika said, “BJP right after their unilateral decisions which not only abrogated Article-370 but also dismembered the erstwhile state into two new Union Territories has been running a rhetorical propaganda of an unfounded development in Jammu and Kashmir.” The statement further added: “Their repeated attempts of obfuscation however are exposed through…

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IMHANS Study reveals nearly one-third of drug addicts in Kashmir are married

IMHANS Study reveals nearly one-third of drug addicts in Kashmir are married

Despite being happily married and having a good job, 35-year-old Rahim (name changed) felt like something was missing in his life. That’s when his friend suggested he try something that would help him relax. His friend had recently started using drugs and claimed it helped him escape the stress and monotony of everyday life. Rahim was hesitant at first, but eventually gave in to the temptation. He reasoned that just a little bit would not hurt, and before he knew it, he was hooked. As weeks went by, Rahim found himself relying on drugs…

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Shehla Rashid ex-JNU student leader to be tried for sedition over ‘Anti-Army’ tweet

Shehla Rashid ex-JNU student leader to be tried for sedition over ‘Anti-Army’ tweet

Delhi lieutenant governor Vinai Kumar Saxena has approved the prosecution of Shehla Rashid, former vice-president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, for tweets about the Army allegedly “aimed at promoting enmity” and for “acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony”, officials aware of the matter said on Tuesday. Rashid was, in September 2019, booked on a complaint by lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava’s over her tweets a month prior, which accused the armed forces of ransacking houses and “creating an environment of fear” in Kashmir. The Army rejected the allegations…

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Tourists flock to disputed Jesus Tomb in Kashmir

Tourists flock to disputed Jesus Tomb in Kashmir

Look at the picture carefully. This nondescript Muslim shrine in Kashmir has shot into the international limelight after many believers claimed it was where Jesus Christ was laid to rest. Inquisitive visitors– mostly Westerners–have started flocking to the shrine, forcing the caretakers to close down the religious structure. While traveling to Khanyar in Srinagar, in search of some spiritual answers. Where did Jesus spend his last days? Had he been to India? Had he been buried in Kashmir? There are several versions on Jesus’ India sojourn. Some books argue Jesus…

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6 November 1947 massacre that cut Muslim population of Jammu city by half

6 November 1947 massacre that cut Muslim population of Jammu city by half

In the aftermath of partition, the risk to Muslims increased ‘every hour,’ as hordes of non-muslim migrants began flooding into Jammu from areas that would become Pakistan. Following the March 1947 rioting in Punjab Rawalpindi, Attock, Murree, Bannu, and Hazara, the first trickle of refugees arrived in Jammu in April. The daily flood peaked in late 1947, when an estimated 160,000 Hindus and Sikhs came from Pakistan’s western provinces. (January 26, 1947, The Times, London) During the partition-related unrest, the majority of Sialkot’s non-Muslim population had fled to Jammu. Sialkot…

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Onset of winter Kangri weaving picks up in Kashmir

Onset of winter Kangri weaving picks up in Kashmir

With winters fast approaching Kashmiri men busy weaving Kangris, portable fire pots, is a common scene across the Valley these days. Within the next few days, Kangris can be seen piled up roadside. Kangri is an earthen pot with wickers woven all over. When fueled with charcoal and dry Chinar leaves, it releases heat for about eight hours. People in Kashmir use it during the winter to keep themselves warm. The Kangri has a significant place in the culture and heritage of Kashmir. It is part of Kashmiri tradition and…

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Alert!! Kashmir has 70000 drug abusers, 52000 using heroin: Survey

Drug abuse among youngsters has increased manifold with medicos blaming easy access to illicit drugs in Kashmir. As per the official figures, the Drug De-addiction Center at SMHS Hospital receives at least 150 drug addiction cases every day. Of 150 cases, 70 cases are follow-up cases and the remaining cases are new. There are also 15 drug addiction cases among teenagers. According to the officials, 95 percent of cases are heroin abusers. According to the doctors, after doing serological tests of these patients, of the 100, 70 cases are found to have Hepatitis…

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Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema seeks ban on bhajans across schools in Kashmir

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema seeks ban on bhajans across schools in Kashmir

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), a collective of around 30 Islamic religious and educational organisations in Kashmir, on Saturday urged the government and education department to stop practices like “singing of bhajans and Surya Namaskars” in schools as it was hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims. The MMU, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chief cleric of Jamia Masjid and Hurriyat chairman, expressed resentment against imposing acts in the name of “yoga and morning prayers” in educational institutions and alleged that Muslim students are made to chant bhajans and at times asked to…

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Waqf Board imposed ban on priests from collecting offerings in Kashmir shrines

Waqf Board imposed ban on priests from collecting offerings in Kashmir shrines

The Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board has imposed a ban on priests from collecting offerings from people in major shrines and mosques managed by the board. Priests and ‘peers’ (faith healers) were not allowed to sit and collect offerings in some shrines of Kashmir on Thursday which they would otherwise do at designated spots like windows and doors of the shrines. “We have put the ban into action…It was the demand of people. There were grievances by people. The ban is being enforced in every shrine,” said chairperson of J&K…

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‘Line through our hearts’: Teetwal a Kashmir village post 75 years partition

'Line through our hearts': Teetwal a Kashmir village, 75 years after partition

By:  Fayaz Bukhari & Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam A roaring Himalayan river and one of the world’s most militarised borders separate the Khokhar family in Kashmir, a mountainous region divided between India and Pakistan – arch rivals that gained independence from Britain 75 years ago. Abdul Rashid Khokhar lives on the Indian side, in the village of Teetwal. Across the fast-flowing waters of the Neelum River, also known as the Kishanganga, his nephews – Javed Iqbal Khokhar and Muneer Hussain Khokhar – run small stores in the hamlet of Chilehana in…

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