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  • HM reviews JK, asks for “Development with Transparency”

    New Delhi, June 18: Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah reviewed various development projects of J&K in New Delhi today, with the motto “Development with Transparency” enunciated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Shah said all-round development and welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is the top priority of the Modi government. The Home Minister appreciated the 90 percent reach of the Central Government's schemes in J&K. Simultaneously, Shri Amit Shah congratulated the Li...Read More

  • Domestic Violence increasing in India : Supriya Sharma

    JAMMU, JUNE 4: Supriya Sharma, stress management activist and a PhD scholar of the University of Jammu, said that although we consider home as the safest place but recent rise in the cases of domestic violence has shattered our age-old belief. Not only in India, but throughout the world, a rise in the cases of such violence has been witnessed during the lockdown. National Commission for Women (NCW) in India has issued an alert in this matter as the number of complaints surged enormously. Domestic violence can be in physical, emotional, financial or any other form. Supriya pointed out that the cases which are being reported to police and NCW is just a tip of an iceberg. Many abuse cas...Read More

  • Try Pakistan in International Court of Justice for acts of Genocides: Panelists

    New Delhi, Jan 27, 2021: Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation today demanded trial of Pakistan in International Court of Justice and announced its intent to form an International Alliance for Prevention of Genocides. The panellists at the International Seminar on the Holocaust Remembrance Day held at India International Centre, New Delhi today termed Pakistan as a Genocidal Nation which has been perpetrating Genocide in the whole of Indian Subcontinent including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, ...Read More

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Meteorological Centre at Leh

    Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Meteorological (Met) Centre at Leh via video conferencing New Delhi, December 29, 2020 The Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Science & Technology and Health& Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Meteorological (Met) Centre at Leh (Ladakh) via video conferencing at an event today in Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi. Guest of Honour, Shri Radha Krishna Mathur, Lieutenant Governor, Ladakh and Shri Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, MP Ladakh also joined the event virtually. Dr. M Rajeevan, Secretary, MoES; Dr.Vipin Chandra, JS MoES; Dr. M. Mohapatra, DG ...Read More

  • European Parliamentarians, Kashmiris laud PM Modi for stand against cross border terrorism

    European Parliamentarians, Kashmiris laud PM Modi for stand against cross border terrorism, Working for peace in Jammu & Kashmir Geneva, March 2, 2020 – European Parliamentarians and citizens of Jammu and Kashmir, spoke critical of Pakistan and focused on the fact that Pakistan has been trying evil means to portray a picture of crisis in Kashmir on international platformsto discuss and assess the condition of Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370. Addressing a press conference at Geneva press conference here, Gianna Gancia, Member of European Parliament, spoke critical of Pakistan and focused on the fact that Pakistan has been trying evil means to portray a picture of crisis in Kash...Read More

  • BJP Govt pursuing old policies on return of displaced Hindus: Panun Kashmir

    Jammu, Feb 27, 2020: Panun Kashmir, the premier organization of displaced Kashmiri Hindus has accused BJP led Central Govt. of pursuing the same Nehruvian policies pursued by earlier Govts on return and rehabilitation of of Kashmiri Hindus. With deep anguish and Concern we want to state that the governments in the Center and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir continue to be pursuing the same policy with regard to internally displaced Hindus of Kashmir as was pursued by Congress, PDP an...Read More

  • JKUF commemorates 75th Holocaust Memorial Day-2020

    UFJK News Jammu, Jan 27, 2020: The Holocaust Memorial Day was observed by Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation here today on 27th January, 2020 at Press Club Jammu. This year it was the 75th International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian forces and the ending of the Holocaust. The United Nations has chosen "75 years after Auschwitz - Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice". This is the first time such a Day ha...Read More

  • JKUF to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day-2020 on Jan 27

    JKUF to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day-2020 on Jan 27 Jammu, Jan 25, 2020: Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation will be commemorating 75th International Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan 27, 2020 at Jammu. JKUF is organizing a Panel Discussion on the Holocaust Remembrance Day titled " Genocides by Pakistan in J&K -1947 & Afterwards" at Press Club of Jammu at 2 p.m. The Prominent Panelists include Ms. Arti Agarwal, Director, Ishittva Dharma Sansthapan Foundation, Dr. Ajay Chrungoo, Chairman...Read More

  • Police arrests two drug peddlers, contraband substance seized

    Srinagar, Jan 24: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Srinagar arrested 02 drug peddlers and seized contraband substance from their possession. Officers at a checkpoint established near Nowhatta Chowk intercepted two persons riding on a motor cycle bearing registration number JK15-5866 identified as Bashir Ahmad Dar and Mohammad Umar Dar both residents of Hakabara Sumbal. During checking 400gms of Charas was recovered from their possession. They have been arrested and shifted to PS Nowhatta where they remain in the custody. Officers have also seized the motor cycle involved in the commission of offence. A case FIR No. 04/2020 under relevant sections of law has been re...Read More


    Srinagar January 19: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Shri Vijay Kumar (IPS) today visited District Baramulla and Sopore and reviewed the security situation. IGP Kashmir was accompanied by DIG NKR Shri Mohd Sulaiman Chaudhary (IPS) and other senior officers of Army, CAPF and Armed Police. While interacting with the officials at District Police Office Baramulla, IGP Kashmir reviewed the general security situation of the area and took stock of the preparedness and security ar...Read More

  • Annual Dangal organised at Moud.

    Udhampur Jan 20: Annual dangal was organized Panchayat Moud of district Udhampur in which Former MLA & NPP President Panthers party, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia was chief guest. For the past years, the village is being organized Dangal every year & the main purpose of the event is to prevent mutual brotherhood. In his speech that started with Bharat Mata Jai, the Dangal committee organized Dangal in such a way that they were happy to say that It is the responsibility of all of us to maintain unity in the society and protect our youth from getting intoxicated while maintaining brotherly fodder. ...Read More

  • Pakistan caught again in nuclear smuggling activity

    by Chidanand Rajghatta WASHINGTON, Jan 17: Pakistan is not finished with its nuclear smuggling and illicit acquisition of missile technology. The country that became a nuclear weapons and ballistic missile power through theft and subterfuge despite barely having any base in science and technology has once again been caught in the act with the indictment in the US of five Pakistanis associated with a Rawalpindi-based front company called “Business World” on charges of smuggling American technology for Pakistan’s nuclear and missile program. According to the US Justice Department, the five men, based in Canada, Hong Kong, and United Kingdom, “operated an international procurement n...Read More

  • China is waging a global propaganda war to silence critics abroad

    By Anna Fifield BEIJING, Jan 16, 2020 — Democratic governments should wise up to — and try to thwart — China’s attempts to shape the global narrative about its actions at home and abroad, Freedom House said in a report published Wednesday that warns of the campaign’s corrosive effects on public debate. Not content with pervasive censorship and state control of almost all media at home, the ruling Communist Party under President Xi Jinping has dramatically stepped up its efforts to disseminate its version of events. “China is trying to promote itself as an international model,” said Sarah Cook, senior research analyst for China at Freedom House and the author of the report, “Beijing’s...Read More

  • JeM terror module busted

    Srinagar, Jan 16: In pursuance to the investigations of Case FIR No. 02/2020 of PS Nigeen pertaining to a terror attack on January 8, 2020 near Habak Crossing, Srinagar Police today arrested 05 persons involved in the crime. The persons arrested have been identified as Ajaz Ahmad Sheikh, Umar Hamid, Imtiyaz Chikla @Imran, Naseer Mir all residents of Hazratbal and Sahil Gojri of Soura. During the course of investigation, it was revealed that they were involved in a recent terror attack at Habak. Moreover it was also learnt that they were involved in planning and executing a terror attack last year near Sir Syed Gate University of Kashmir Hazratbal on 26th of November regarding which a ...Read More

  • Kashmir police arrests terrorist associate

    Srinagar, Jan 15: Police in Awantipora arrested a terrorist associate of proscribed terror outfit HM. He has been identified as Jahangir Ahmad Parray of Gulsahanpora Tral. As per police records he has been assisting the active terrorists of proscribed outfit HM operating in the areas of Gulsahanpora, Seer, Pasoona, Wagad, Larow, Lurgam, Mongahama and other areas of Tral. As per the investigation, he was involved in providing logistic support and assistance to HM terrorists operating in the areas of Tral. A case FIR No 03/2020 under relevant section of law has been registered at Police Station Tral and further investigation in the matter is in progress. ...Read More

  • Pakistan was and remains the hotbed of terror

    Mumbai: Eleven years ago, on this day, India suffered its most horrendous terrorist attack. 26/11 provided the best illustration of how Pakistan sponsored terrorists, belonging to the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) planned and executed a military style attack on India’s financial capital, Mumbai. While all but one of the ten attackers, namely Ajmal Kasab survived, the master planners, namely Hafiz Saeed and Zakir Lakhvi are still roaming the streets in Pakistan. The one lesson that the world learned from this multiple target attack was that Pakistan and its deep state could go to any length to harm India. The other lesson is that for all its talk, Pakistan has been unable to bring any of...Read More

  • New revelations indict China on its internment camps

    Beijing: In a startling revelation, the Chinese cables on the internment camp in Xinjiang’s region, where nearly a million Muslim minorities, mostly Uyghurs, are not only detained, but are also under round the clock surveillance by Chinese State authorities, even on their day-to-day socialization. These shocking leaks dates back from 2017 and provided by Uyghur overseas networks, which are exposed (Nov 25, 2019) by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to the New York Times, BBC, Guardian and 14 other media associates. Among the documents recovered, there are four “bulletins” which provided confirmation of the hi-tech surveillance system being employed inside...Read More

  • Chinese demolish villages to evacuate residents

    Beijing: In the name of making the country a more industrialized one, small villages in the Shangqiu district in the eastern Henan province, Central China, have been facing demolition by the local authorities to pave the way for highway construction and building High-speed Railways. The villagers of the area in Shangqiu district have been facing huge demolition drive from local municipal authorities, without any adequate compensation and alternate homes for their livelihood. The displaced persons condition has worsened with the onset of winter and the poor farmers are left in the open to fend for themselves. The local government authorities’ in the district states that they have bee...Read More

  • Evolve a comprehensive policy to fight terrorism: JKUF

    Jammu, Nov 26: Jammu Kashmir Unity Foundation has called for a comprehensive response to Pakistan sponsored Jihadi terrorism which has been going on unabated for decades. The panelists at a seminar-26/11- Lessons For Future organized by JK Unity Foundation at Press Club Jammu remembered the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack as a war like act which exposed the entire dimension of the Pak sponsored low intensity aggression against India. All the panelists opined that if the entire gamut of issues brough...Read More

  • It's time to boycott any company doing business in Xinjiang

    by Michael Caster The author is a human rights advocate and researcher Any western company doing business in Xinjiang should consider their supply chains tainted by forced labour drawn from internment camps. Hardly a drop in the ocean of the vast global economy, this involves companies such as Ikea, H&M, Volkswagen and Siemens. This month, the United States banned the import of products made by a firm in Xinjiang over its use of forced labour. It also blacklisted 28 Chinese entities for their role in the repression of Uighurs and issued visa restrictions on key Chinese officials. Following suit, two major Australian companies have now also announced they are ending partnership with the...Read More

  • Airstrike kills key Haqqani Network leader who was involved in deadly Kabul attacks

    An airstrike in Mohammad Agha district of Logar killed a prominent Haqqani Network leader who had planned and faciliated some of the deadliest attacks in Kabul city. According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, the security forces conducted the airstrike in ZarghoonShahr Village, killing Qari Burhan and some Pakistani and Arab militants. The statement further added that Qari Burhan was in command of a notorious group of terrorists and had planned and facilitated some of the deadliest attacks in Kabul city. He had planned and conducted the 2017 attack close to Jamhuriat Hospital which killed 103 people and wounded 235 others, the defense ministry said, adding that he had plan...Read More

  • Airstrikes kill 45 Taliban and ISIS militants in 9 provinces

    A series of airstrikes killed 45 militants of the Taliban and ISIS Khurasan groups in nine provinces in the past 24 hours. The military officials said Saturday an airstrike killed 12 Taliban militants and destroyed a cache of weapons in Kush district of Herat province. The officials further added that airstrikes in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar killed 7 ISIS Khurasan militants. An airstrike in Sar Rowzad district of Paktika killed 5 Taliban militant and destroyed a vehicle, the officials added. Another airstrike in Muhammad Agha district of Logar killed 4 Taliban militants and destroyed a small cache of weapons, the officials said, adding that a similar airstrike in Nad Ali district of...Read More

  • Deadly airstrike kills 53 Taliban militants in Faryab province

    A deadly airstrike killed at least 53 Taliban militants in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the military officials said. The officials further added that the security forces conducted the airstrike late on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said a large group of Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Khwaja Namosi area of Pashtun Kot district at 8:30 pm local time. The statement further added that the security forces responded to the attack sparking heavy clashes which continued for several hours. The security forces conducted an airstrike in support of the ground forces which killed at least 53 Taliban militants while ...Read More

  • Special Forces kill, detain 4 Taliban militants; destroy caches of weapons in 3 provinces

    The Afghan Special Forces killed 3 Taliban militants, detained another Taliban fighter and destroyed three caches of weapons in three provinces. The military officials said Sunday the Special Forces conducted the operations in the past 24 hours in Paktika, Ghazni and Helmand provinces. The officials further added that the Special Forces killed the 3 militants in Zurmat district of Paktika provinces. The Special Forces also arrested a Taliban fighter and destroyed a small cache of weapons during the same operation, the officials added. In another operation in Ghazni city of Ghazni province, the Special Forces destroyed a small cache of weapons, the officials said, adding that the Special...Read More

  • China's industrial profits drop 2.1 pct in Jan.-Sept.

    Profits of China's major industrial firms dropped 2.1 percent year on year in the first nine months, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Sunday. The decline narrowed from the 3.3-percent year-on-year drop in the first quarter (Q1) and 1.9 percent in Q2 to 1.8 percent in Q3, said NBS senior statistician Zhu Hong. Specifically, profits of state-owned industrial firms dropped 9.6 percent from one year earlier to 1.39 trillion yuan (about 196.47 billion U.S. dollars), while those in the private sector gained 5.4 percent year on year to 1.26 trillion yuan in the first nine months. During the period, profits of the mining industry climbed 3.1 percent to 427.94 billion yuan...Read More

  • China's statistics agency to fight statistical fraud

    China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has formed 11 statistical inspection teams to launch the first round of inspection to fight statistical fraud. The first batch of statistical inspectors will go to nine provinces and autonomous regions and two State Council departments in from late October to late November, according to the NBS. The move aims to facilitate the establishment of a responsibility system for preventing statistical fraud and falsification, so as to ensure the quality of statistical data. Solid statistical data can guarantee an accurate reflection of the process of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, according to the NBS. The NBS is responsib...Read More

  • Complying FATF requirements: a herculean task

    Money laundering, a white-collar crime, is a process wherein illegal proceeds are made to appear legitimate after being passed through various networks. The intricate process of money laundering usually takes place in three steps – placement, layering and integration. The said three moves are integral to disguise the real but illegal source of wealth. Placement, the first step in the process, requires proceeds of crime to be moved and ‘placed’ into financial institutions that do not question their origin. Then comes layering where crime proceeds are converted from ‘cash’ into another form to avoid the tracking of such cash. Integration, the last step of money laundering, involves the integr...Read More

  • Contrary to slogan of job creation, unemployment on the rise in Pakistan

    KARACHI : The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) promised in its election manifesto before July 2018 polls that it would provide 10 million jobs over a span of five years. Instead, its policies in the very first year of its rule have resulted in massive layoffs nationwide. The Economic Survey of Pakistan, unveiled in June 2019, reported a slight drop in the rate of unemployment to 5.79% in fiscal year 2017-18. Employers, however, have challenged the reading, arguing that it does not reflect the actual bleak situation in the job market. “If we take a holistic approach, it (the rate of unemployment) is not less than 14-15%,” Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) President Majyd Aziz told The...Read More

  • IMF mission arrives in Pakistan to review country’s performance

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sent its mission to review and evaluate Pakistan’s performance on implementation of its 39-month-long extended fund facility (EFF) worth $6 billion to the debt-ridden country as it hopes to secure the next tranche of approximately $460 million. The IMF mission will review Pakistan’s performance against six performance criteria related to Net International Reserves (NIR), Net Domestic Assets (NDA), net foreign currency swap position, primary budget deficit target, net government borrowing from the central bank and stock of sovereign guarantees issued by the government. The IMF will hold meetings with Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar...Read More

  • Leftists to protest ‘travesty of justice’ in Sahiwal killings case

    LAHORE: Left-wing organisations and groups have decided to protest against the ‘flawed’ justice in the Sahiwal tragedy on Nov 14, while condemning police action against a demonstration staged in Muzaffarabad, AJK, against Indian atrocities in the held Kashmir. A meeting of the Lahore Left Front (LLF), a platform of Lahore-based Leftist organisations and groups, on Sunday resolved to hold a protest demonstration on Nov 14 against what they called travesty of justice resulting in the court verdict on the Sahiwal incident in which four people, including a couple and their young daughter, were gunned down on a road in broad daylight. The meeting also decided that the Leftist groups would show...Read More

  • Plain-clothes men force stoppage of exhibition on ‘extrajudicial killings’

    KARACHI: An exhibition depicting “extrajudicial killings” in Karachi by artist and professor Adeela Suleman at Frere Hall as part of the Karachi Biennale was allegedly stopped forcibly by some “plain-clothes men”, triggering criticism by activists mostly on social media, said the artist and witnesses. The exhibition was titled Killing fields of Karachi and was about the 444 killings allegedly carried out by Rao Anwar, a former Malir SSP. “This issue has been brought to our notice and we are looking into it,” said chief of Karachi’s South Zone police. DIG Sharjeel Kharal, however, added that he and his team had yet to receive any formal or informal complaint from the artist or organisers a...Read More

  • Pemra bars anchors from offering opinions in talk shows

    ISLAMABAD: In what appears to be another move to curb the media, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has barred television anchors from giving their “opinions” during talk shows and limited their role to “moderator”. In a scathing directive issued on a weekly holiday, the electronic media watchdog also directed the anchors hosting regular shows “not to appear as experts” in talk shows in their own or other channels. Media houses have been advised to select the guests in talk shows with utmost care and keeping in view of their knowledge and expertise in a particular subject. “Participants/invitees should be selected with due care having credibility as fair and unbias...Read More

  • Pemra’s Overreach

    Despite backlash, controversy and embarrassing U-turns, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) continues to push its agenda of greater control over the content that is produced by media houses – more specifically the widely watched TV news channels. Once again, after sending out a directive that was nationally condemned for being too restrictive and suppressive, the government had to hastily step in to do damage control. The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan had to appear before the media and walk back the Pemra directive in the form of a ‘clarification’; however the ideological and policy bend of Pemra shines clearly...Read More

  • Shrinking democratic space: edit in Pakistan

    Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has once again issued directives to television channels that fundamentally restrict them to choose freely the format and content of its programming. The order states that news anchors are barred from giving their “opinions” during their own or other talk shows and to limit their role to “moderator”. These instructions are quite arbitrary in nature and just another way to tighten the censorship noose on the media. How is an anchor supposed to effectively conduct a programme if he is not allowed to analyse and interpret a particular event that is being discussed in order to frame questions to ask guests of the show? It goes on to ‘direct’...Read More

  • Pak razes minority Ahmadis’ mosque, says part of antiencroachment drive

    Lahore:A 70-year-old worship place belonging to Pakistan’s minority Ahmadis has been demolished by the authorities in Punjab province, the community members said on Monday. Pakistan’s parliament in 1974 declared the Ahmadi community as nonMuslims. A decade later, they were banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and even from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. Ahmadi community spokesperson Saleemduddin said the worship place, which has been destroyed, was located in Bahawalpur district’s Hasilpur village, 400 km from Lahore. “The assistant commissioner of Hasilpur along with workers attacked the 70- year-old Ahmadi place of worship and destroyed parts...Read More

  • Balochistan govt puts Quetta Mass Transit project on hold

    ISLAMABAD: Balochistan government has decided to put on hold the Quetta Mass Transit project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as all the four mass transit schemes in the provincial capitals face significant delays. According to government sources, Pakistan had conveyed to China about its decision during a meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on transport infrastructure of CPEC which was held this month. Sources added that the provincial government took the decision to put the project on hold on the basis of a pre-feasibility study that found the mass transit scheme financially unviable. Balochistan government was reviewing the mass transit option and considering both ra...Read More

  • HC seeks Centre, AAP govt stand on plea to declare poker as gambling, ban on it

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought Centre and AAP government's response on a petition seeking that poker and similar card games, played online or offline, be declared gambling and, therefore, illegal. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the Finance Ministry and the Delhi government, asking them to indicate their stand on the plea which has sought a ban on poker and similar card games like rummy, bridge and teen patti. The court listed the petition, filed by a lawyer, for hearing on November 28 along with another similar matter. Last week, the bench had declined to entertain the same plea by the petitioner, Deepti Bhagat, as sh...Read More

  • ISIS still dangerous, could attempt retribution attack after Baghdadi's killing: US

    Washington, Oct 31: A top American General has said the Islamic State is still dangerous and it could attempt a retribution attack after the killing of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US raid. The head of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, speaking to reporters after the Pentagon released video and photos of the US special forces raid that resulted in the death of Baghdadi, acknowledged that the terror group's leadership may be disjointed and that it could take some time for it to recuperate, but that doesn't mean it is not a threat. "ISIS is first and last an ideology so, we're under no illusions that it's going to go away just because we killed Baghdadi. It will remain, ...Read More

  • 65 killed in massive fire on moving train in Pak

    Lahore, Oct 31 (PTI) At least 65 people were killed and scores injured on Thursday as a massive fire broke out on a moving train after cooking gas stoves carried by some passengers exploded in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province. The train, Tezgam Express, was on its way to Lahore from Karachi when the fire broke out, destroying three bogies at Liaquatpur near Rahim Yar Khan, some 400 kms from Lahore. District Police Officer Amir Taimur said that 65 passengers lost their lives after the fire erupted in three coaches. Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that most of the victims belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat (Islamic preachers) who were going to Lahore to attend a major annual cong...Read More

  • Condemn violence but do not politicise it: WB Governor

    Kolkata, Oct 31: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday said violence, irrespective of its place of occurence, should be condemned but not politicised. When asked about the killing of five labourers from West Bengal in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, Dhankhar said that violence, "anywhere, local or otherwise", is condemnable. Dhankhar was speaking to reporters after offering flowers at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion of the 144th birth anniversary of the country's first home minister. "Violence anywhere, local or otherwise, is to be condemned. If we believe in Sardar Patel, we should not be politicising violence," Dhankhar said without elaborating....Read More

  • R K Mathur sworn-in as Ladakh LG

    R K Mathur sworn-in as Ladakh LG Leh, Oct 31: Former bureaucrat Radha Krishna Mathur was sworn-in on Thursday as the first Lieutenant Governor of the strategically located Union Territory of Ladakh, which came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. Mathur, who will turn 66 next month, was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Gita Mittal, at a function held at the Sindhu Sanskriti auditorium here, which was attended by officials of the Leh and Kargil hill councils, Army and paramilitary forces, religious leaders and the general public. After the swearing-in, Mathur, who was given a guard of honour at the venue by the L...Read More

  • How Hafiz Saeed is running JuD show from prison

    Lahore: UN designated terrorist and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed is running the affairs of his banned Jamaat-udDawah (JuD) group from Lahore’s KotLakhpat jail, where he recently played the role of an arbitrator in a high-profile case between the police and the family of a suspected ATM thief who died in police custody. SalahuddinAyubi, who was mentally challenged, died in police custody last month due to alleged torture after his arrest on charges of stealing money from an ATM. His death sparked outrage across the country. Saeed, who has been in the high security jail since his arrest on July 17 on charges of terror financing, last week met the deceased man’s family and convinced ...Read More

  • Special Forces kill, wound 14 Taliban militants during a raid in Ghazni

    Geru: The Afghan Special Forces conducted a raid in Geru district of Ghazni province in the South-east, killing or wounding at least 14 militants. According to a statement released by 203rd Thunder Corps, the Special Forces conducted the raid in in Musa Khel area of Geru district. The statement further added that the Special Forces killed 8 Taliban militants and wounded 6 others during the raid. The Special Forces also destroyed six motorcycles belonging to Taliban militants, the 203rd Thunder Corps added. The Air Forces also conducted airstrikes in support of the security forces in Aab Band district of Ghazni which killed 3 militants and wounded 4 others, the 203rd Thunder Corps said, ...Read More

  • Senior ISIS leader surrenders to Afghan forces in Nangarhar province

    Nangarhar: A senior leader of the Islamic State terror group surrendered to the Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to a statement released by provincial government, Fraidoon alias Neman Al-Bajuri surrendered to the Afghan forces in Kot district of Nangarhar. The statement further added that Fraidoon was in charge of the educational programs of the terror group in Nangarhar. Originally a resident of Qarabagh district of Kabul, Fraidoon surrendered to the Afghan forces after realizing the truth, the provincial government added in its statement. Furthermore, Fraidoon handed over a pistol and two hand grenades to the Afghan forces. The sympathizers of the...Read More

  • NDS Special Forces foil suicide attack in Mazar-e Sharif city aimed at assassinating Gen. Malik

    AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan Special Forces foiled a suicide attack in Mazar-e Sharif city, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan. According to a statement released by National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Special Forces of the directorate busted a group of Taliban militants during an operation in Ferdawsi Square of the city. The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces arrested four people including Habibur Rahman alias Hanzala, the would-be suicide bomber, Syed Mia Rahnama who facilitated the transfer of the suicide bomber, Syed Nasir who had provided shelter to the suicide bomber and Abdul Munir who had facilitated the supply of equipment to the g...Read More

  • Special Forces kill 6 Taliban militants, destroy large caches of weapons and IEDs in 3 provinces

    Logar: The Afghan Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants and destroyed large caches of weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices during the operations in 3 provinces. The military officials said Wednesday the Special Forces conducted the operations in the past 24 hours in Logar, Farah and Herat provinces. The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 4 Taliban militants and destroyed a weapons cache in Baraki Barak district of Logar. The Special Forces killed 2 other militants and destroyed a cache of weapons during a patrol in Farah district of Farah province. The officials also added that the Special Forces also destroyed 17 IEDs during the operations in Herat and Farah...Read More

  • China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

    SAN FRANCISCO — China’s state-sponsored hackers have drastically changed how they operate over the last three years, substituting selectivity for what had been a scattershot approach to their targets and showing a new determination by Beijing to push its surveillance state beyond its borders. The government has poured considerable resources into the change, which is part of a reorganization of the national People’s Liberation Army that President Xi Jinping initiated in 2016, security researchers and intelligence officials said. China’s hackers have since built up a new arsenal of techniques, such as elaborate hacks of iPhone and Android software, pushing them beyond email attacks and the ...Read More

  • KSA refuses to release Pakistani prisoners involved in drug smuggling

    ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Arabia government has apologised from the immediate release of under-trial Pakistani prisoners involved in drug smuggling. Foreign ministry officials said Pakistani inmates would complete their trial according to the Saudi law and their release was not possible until their cases were concluded. Out of the release of 2,100 Pakistani prisoners as was agreed between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan earlier this year, only 563 could be released. The information was shared during the Sub-Committee of National Assembly Standing Committee on the Overseas Pakistanis session, which was chaired by MehreenRazzak Bhutto. The Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) informed the committee...Read More

  • Pak’s N-proliferation in focus amid Turkey’s quest for nukes

    Washington: Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation is once again coming under scrutiny following Turkey’s reported quest for nuclear weapons. Buried for nearly 15 years after Pakistan’s nuclear smuggler AQ Khan confessed to nuclear smuggling and illicit exports, the issue has resurfaced in recent days after Turkey’s President ReccepTayyip Erdogan was reported conveying his desire for Turkey to go nuclear at a party convention. “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads… (But the West insists) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept,” Erdogan was reported telling his party faithful in remarks that have caused a stir in Washington. “If the US could not prevent the Turkish leader from ro...Read More

  • One killed, dozen injured in police-mob clash

    MIRPUR (AJK)-One person was killed and scores others including policemen were injured as a result of a street battle between an unruly group of protestors and the police in AJK’s capital city Muzaffarabad on Tuesday. The riot police clashed with the mob, comprising activists of Jammu & Kashmir People’s National Alliance, consists of over 27 Kashmiri nationalist political groups and organisations. The ill-fated person who lost life was identified as an elderly citizen Aslam Abbasi. Police stormed the Central Press Club Muzaffarabad where the PNA leaders including its Central Chairman Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed were addressing news conference to unveil the objectives of holding of the protest demo...Read More

  • US attorney supports India’s Article 370 move, compares PM Modi with Abraham Lincoln

    New York: Terror needs to be eradicated, so rights and freedoms mean something, a top Indian-American attorney has said as several US lawmakers underscored the importance of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of its special status. Ravi Batra’s remarks came while responding to a Congressional subcommittee on human rights in South Asia. “When you have people afraid to come out of their house because they don’t want to be blown up because cross border terrorism exists as a daily event and home grown terrorist being nurtured. The first thing somebody wants before they want human rights, they want to live,” the attorney from New York told the Subcommittee on Asia, the Paci...Read More

  • Infiltration of terrorists classical strategy of Pak to destabilise J&K: Panelists

    Jammu, Oct 22: The panelists at a seminar organized by Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation on the topic "Pakistan Invasion not Tribal Raid on Jammu and Kashmir-Oct 22, 1947", observed that infiltration of agents, terrorists, saboteurs supported by Pakistani army has been the classical strategy deployed by Pakistan to destablise Jammu and Kashmir since its first failed mission in 1947 when it sent irregulars and disguised regulars to invade the State. Protecting borders by stopping all infiltration across the LoC and IB into J&K and rest of India is an imperative necessity. Oct 22, 1947 invasion carries a cardinal message that borders can be only safe if we have the capability to stop infilt...Read More

  • Green crackers hit market ahead of Diwali

    Sivakasi (TN), Oct 24 :This Diwali will see green crackers taking centre-stage with the country's fireworks hub here rolling out the eco-friendly varieties which have reduced emission of harmful chemicals and low sound in line with the Supreme Court order. After a gloomy 2018 in the wake of the apex court banning conventional crackers on pollution grounds, the industry which provides livelihood to around eight lakh people in and around this arid town, over 550 km from Chennai, is hopeful of meeting the demand for green crackers in the coming season. The changeover to green crackers after extensive experiments marks revival of the industry which has over 1,000 manufacturing units around Si...Read More

  • Haryana will not tolerate BJP's misgovernance any more: Selja

    New Delhi, Oct 24: The people of Haryana had rejected the ruling BJP and was ready to "embrace a new dawn of justice", state Congress chief Kumari Selja said on Thursday as trends showed no clear winner. The BJP was leading in 38 seats and the Congress in 31 in trends available for the 89 of the 90 seats. The Jannayak Janta Party was ahead in 11 seats and could emerge kingmaker. "Haryana has given the verdict- it will not tolerate @BJP4Haryana's misgovernance any more. Choosing to leave behind the maladies inflicted on its people in last 5years,the state is ready to embrace a new dawn of justice & equality under the leadership of @INCHaryana," Selja tweeted....Read More

  • BJP, Shiv Sena on course to retain power in Maharashtra

    Mumbai, Oct 24: The ruling BJP-Shiv Sena alliance on Thursday looked on course to retaining power in Maharashtra as per trends available in 283 of the 288 Assembly seats. BJP is leading in 99, Shiv Sena 61, Cong 41, NCP 49 and Independents are ahead in 15 seats as per trends available so far as per the Election Commission figures. The Sharad Pawar led party has fared better than its parent party, which seems to have held on to its tally in 2014 elections. The Independents were ahead in 15 seats, the ECI said. BJP candidate Udayanraje Bhosale is trailing behind NCP nominee Shriniwas Patil by 10,000 votes in Satara Lok Sabha seat bypoll after the first round of counting. Shiv Sena's Aadi...Read More

  • Article 370: It’s time to move ahead, says Karan Singh

    New Delhi, Oct 21: Maintaining that a political decision on Article 370 of the Constitution and re-organisation of Jammu and Kashmir has already taken place, senior Congress leader Karan Singh today said, “One has to approach it with a positive mindset and move ahead.” Speaking at an event here to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of Jammu & Kashmir state, the Congress leader, however, stressed the importance of political dialogue with recognised political parties and civil society in the Kashmir Valley to normalise the situation there. Singh stressed that it was essential to maintain communal harmony in the entire state, particularly in Jammu, which has a mi...Read More

  • US media ideological, didn’t present facts on Jammu & Kashmir: Jaishankar

    Pulling up media for coverage on Article 370, Jaishankar said, “Media was ideological, didn’t present the facts on Jammu & Kashmir move… People were surprised about the costs of doing business in J&K as a result of Article 370.” New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Monday while pointing out that the current US administration has made trade issues alot more central to its foreign policy, said that there is no obstacle that can’t be resolved between Delhi and Washington. “This US administration has made trade issues a lot more central to foreign policy. I don't see any obstacle that can't be overcome between the United States and India. No issues on trade that cannot be sor...Read More

  • 3 mortar shells defused along LoC in Poonch

    Jammu, Oct 22: The Army has defused three live mortar shells fired by Pakistan troops along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, officials said on Tuesday. With the safe defusal of the mortar shells by Army engineers, a tragedy has been averted in Karmara village of Poonch district, they said. Pakistan has been resorting to heavy mortar shelling along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir for the past over one month....Read More

  • Canada elects Parliament in vote seen as threat to Trudeau

    Toronto, Oct 21 : Canadians are electing a new Parliament on Monday after a tight election campaign that has raised the threat of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being knocked from power after one term. The 47-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he won in 2015 but a combination of scandal and high expectations have damaged his prospects. Polls indicate Trudeau's Liberal Party could lose to the rival Conservatives, or perhaps win but still fail to get a majority of seats in Parliament and have to rely on an opposition party to remain in power. Not in 84 years has a first-term Canadian prime minister with a pa...Read More

  • Centre approves renovation of heritage building of IIAS

    Shimla, Oct 21: The heritage building of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), which used to be the residence of viceroy from 1888 till Independence, will soon be renovated. Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has recently given its in-principle approval for the renovation of the heritage building which was renamed as Rashtrapati Nivas after Independence, IIAS director Makarand R Paranjape said on Monday. The building spread over about 330 acres will be renovated with a cost of Rs 66.33 crores, Pranajape accompanied by IIAS secretary Colonel Vijay K Tiwari said. Then President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan conceived in 1965 the idea of housing the IIAS in the building and...Read More