Ex LG Advisor & Retired IAS officer Baseer Khan’s house raided by CBI

Retired IAS officer Baseer A Khan's house raided by CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday raided the house of retired IAS officer Baseer Ahmad Khan, a week after he was relieved as advisor to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. News agency GNS while quoting official sources reported that a team of CBI officials from New Delhi accompanied by local police showed up at Khan’s residence at Bulbul Bagh, Baghat in uptown Srinagar and started searching the house. The raid was going on when this report was filed. Sources told GNS that the raids are being carried in connection…

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Won’t Leave Kashmir ‘Neither allow anyone to create rift in Kashmiri Brotherhood’ : United Sikh Forum

Won’t Leave Kashmir ‘Neither allow anyone to create rift in Kashmiri Brotherhood’ : United Sikh Forum

The United Sikh Forum (USF) Saturday condemning the killing of two school teachers said that no Sikh would leave Kashmir and appealed to all the communities to get united at the time of crises. Talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) President of United Sikh Forum (USF) Manmeet Singh said that no Sikh is leaving Kashmir as the land belongs to both Kashmiri Sikhs and Muslims. “We have to get united to fight against these elements who are trying to create a gap in between communities,” Singh said Singh said…

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Due to uncertainty Srinagar fails to attract investors: Report

Due to uncertainty Srinagar fails to attract investors - Report

The erstwhile capital of Jammu and Kashmir—Srinagar— has failed to attract investors in the industrial sector due to prevailing uncertainty, insufficient capital, lack of technology and infrastructure, reveals an official report. Besides, it also states that the poor connectivity and frequent power cuts were some other major reasons to attract them. According to the approved report of Srinagar Metropolitan Region (SMR) 2035, Srinagar is the most urbanized part of Jammu and Kashmir, the Valley has remained an industrially backward region. The documents available with the news agency read, “The valley…

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COVID Showing Steady Rise in Kashmir; Five more Srinagar areas declared containment zones

COVID Showing Steady Rise in Kashmir; Five more Srinagar areas declared containment zones

In view of the continuous surge in the daily reported cases of Covid19, the district administration on Tuesday declared five more areas in Srinagar as containment zones. The public movement in these areas has been disallowed as a preventive measure to control the virus. The areas include one Yateem Trust, one Factory, Nowpora at Khanyar, Sheikh Faisal colony at Bachpora, and Sheikh Hamza Colony Lal Bazar. “We have also sealed five shops in downtown and uptown areas of Srinagar as we found the COVID19 SoPs were not being followed inside…

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Train Service to Kashmir before 2024, Promises railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

Train Service to Kashmir before 2024, Promises railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday promised that rail link with the Kashmir Valley would be open to the public before 2024, an official spokesperson said. He said systematic surveys are being undertaken to link the remotest regions of the country through mobile and internet connectivity. The minister, who visited the Jammu railway station and a community service center (CSC) here, took stock of the facilities being provided to the public. His visit is part of the public outreach initiative of the Union government for Jammu and Kashmir. The…

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How will the Taliban takeover impact militancy in Kashmir?

How will the Taliban takeover impact militancy in Kashmir?

Analysts warn that increasing disaffection among young Kashmiris in the region could have serious consequences. Kashmir is reportedly seeing a surge in foreign militants. Analysts warn that increasing disaffection among young Kashmiris in the region could have serious consequences. On August 31, hours after the last of the US troops left Afghanistan, al-Qaeda hailed the Taliban for its victory in Kabul. In a statement, the militant group called for the “liberation” of Kashmir, Somalia, Yemen, and other “Islamic lands.” The statement sent ripples through New Delhi. According to official figures, Kashmir…

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Masarat Alam named Geelani’s Successor and is new chairman for Hurriyat Conference (G)

Masarat Alam named Geelani’s Successor and is new chairman for Hurriyat Conference (G)

Masarat Alam Bhat, who is in Tihar jail, was on Tuesday named the successor of Syed Ali Geelani in Hurriyat Conference (G) following the death of the nonagenarian leader last week. In a statement issued to media on Tuesday, the faction of the Hurriyat claimed that the people of Jammu and Kashmir look up to the amalgam’s leadership with great expectations. It said that Shabir Ahmad Shah and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar have been elected as vice-chairmen. The appointments are temporary till elections are held according to the Hurriyat constitution, the…

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Why Kashmir is feeling the ripples of Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover

Why Kashmir is feeling the ripples of Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover

By – Aarish Bilal It has been around two weeks since the Taliban took over the control of almost the entire Afghanistan. The group is now trying to stabilize its hold on the country that has seen more than four decades of unrest and is still craving peace. At the same time, the Taliban is now working on the diplomatic front to generate legitimacy and goodwill for itself. Countries like Pakistan are more than willing to oblige. However, thousands of miles away from Afghanistan, a small place like Kashmir is…

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Why three decades later Kashmir is cool to Taliban

Why three decades later Kashmir is cool to Taliban

By Ahmed Ali Fayyaz Kashmir’s politicians, both separatists as well as mainstream, have maintained near-total silence over the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan after prolonged strife of 20 long years. However, the visibility of a wave of jubilation among the separatists, militants and their shrinking supporters is not completely concealed. As news of the fall of Kabul flashed in the media on Sunday, 15 August, Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, formerly a professor of Law at the University of Kashmir and the Central University of Kashmir gave vent to his euphoria. “And…

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Soviet Afghanistan, and Kashmir

Soviet Afghanistan, and Kashmir

By -Bruce Riedel Tampa, Florida, is a long way from South Asia, but in mid-2011 I was there to attend a conference on Pakistan at the headquarters of the US Central Command as a guest of Gen David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan. I was to review Pakistan’s role in supporting the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. Only twenty-five years ago the United States had fought a war against the Soviets in Afghanistan with Pakistan’s help. President Ronald Reagan enjoyed Pakistan’s support and won the war. Now, in the twenty-first…

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