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Tripura Scraps AFSPA After 18 Yrs

AGARTALA:  Tripura has decided to do away with the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA, a controversial law that gives the army sweeping emergency powers in troubled areas. 

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is also the state Home Minister, said the decision was taken at a cabinet... more

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Thursday hailed the Tripura government's decision to revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives security forces sweeping powers and judicial immunity in conflict-hit areas. "It's a welcome move and we appreciate the decision of the Tripura government,"... more

New Delhi: The AFSPA is mandatory if the Army has to be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir or any other state for internal security, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday.

"Mine is not the Ministry to decide about it (AFSPA). It is very simple that if the Act is existing in that... more

Local News

Rehab of Flood-affected Priority: Rajan
PULWAMA: The Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Mr. Raghuram Rajan Thursday said supporting the flood-affected people of J&K and reviving their livelihood should be at the... more
Div Com reviews road widening of NH at Pantha Chowk
Asks house, shop owners to remove their structures SRINAGAR, MAY 28: In connection with road widening at Pantha Chowk-Zewan crossing, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr... more

Regional News

‘Kaante se kaanta nikalta hai’   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today said Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's remarks that "terrorists have to be neutralised only through... more
Hospitals overwhelmed as India heatwave deaths near 1,500 Melted roads of New Delhi
NEW DELHI: Hospitals were struggling Thursday to cope with an influx of victims of a blistering heatwave that has claimed nearly 1,500 lives in just over a week. Hundreds of... more

City News

Education System has Strayed into Unproductive Areas: Akhtar
SRINAGAR: The Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, on Thursday said that education system of the state has strayed into areas that in no way have contributed to the... more
SRINAGAR: The Traffic Police City Srinagar has decided to start Non Stop bus service on some city routes for the convenience of general public and students. Star Transport... more

Sports

KOLKATTA: Kashmir FC recorded their first win of the 2nd leg with a fantastic comeback victory against United sports in the Round 9 of I-league Division 2nd at... more
JAMMU: In a function held here today at the Raj Bhavan this evening, Governor Mr. N.N. Vohra, felicitated the sportspersons from the State who had won medals... more

News in Pictures

Kashmiri pandits devotee prays at the Kheer Bhawani Temple at Tulla Mulla Ganderbal on Tuesday. Hundreds of Hindu devotees attended the prayers in the historic Kheer Bhavani Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kheer Bhavani.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Kashmiri pandits devotee prays at the Kheer Bhawani Temple at Tulla Mulla Ganderbal on Tuesday. Hundreds of Hindu devotees attended the prayers in the historic Kheer Bhavani Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kheer Bhavani.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Kashmiri pandits devotee prays at the Kheer Bhawani Temple at Tulla Mulla Ganderbal on Tuesday. Hundreds of Hindu devotees attended the prayers in the historic Kheer Bhavani Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kheer Bhavani.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Kashmiri pandits devotee prays at the Kheer Bhawani Temple at Tulla Mulla Ganderbal on Tuesday. Hundreds of Hindu devotees attended the prayers in the historic Kheer Bhavani Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kheer Bhavani.-Pix Aabid Bhat
Police and paramedics carry the body of Mohammad Rafiq Bhat on a stretcher inside a hospital in Srinagar on Monday. One person was killed and two other were injured when un-identified gunmen attacked a BSNL franchisee showroom at Sopore.- Pix Aabid Bhat
A wounded civilian is carried by paramedics for treatment at SMHS hospital in Srinagar on Monday. One person was killed and two other were injured when un-identified gunmen attacked a BSNL franchisee showroom at Sopore.- Pix Aabid Bhat
AScenSion To HeAven: with prayers on their lips devout turn ecstatic while having a glimpse of the relic of holy prophet muhammad (pbuh) at dargah hazratbal on sunday. pix abid Bhat
AScenSion To HeAven: with prayers on their lips devout turn ecstatic while having a glimpse of the relic of holy prophet muhammad (pbuh) at dargah hazratbal on sunday. pix abid Bhat
AScenSion To HeAven: with prayers on their lips devout turn ecstatic while having a glimpse of the relic of holy prophet muhammad (pbuh) at dargah hazratbal on sunday. pix abid Bhat
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World News

US begins training militants in Turkey for Syria
ANKARA: The US military has started training foreign-backed militants fighting in Syria in neighboring Turkey, an American official said on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed the information on Thursday, but he... more
Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya plight
SYDNEY: The Dalai Lama has urged Myanmar’s Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to “do something” about the atrocities perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims. “It’s very sad. In the Burmese case I hope Aung San Suu Kyi, as a Nobel laureate, can do... more

Business

SRINAGAR: Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Mr. Raghuram Rajan Thursday afternoon interacted with the representatives of Trade and Industry Bodies and Travel and Tour... more

Technology

A brand new biography of the late computer wiz throws up interesting new facets of the iconic man and his colossal company.
A brand new biography of the late computer wiz throws up interesting new facets of the iconic man and his colossal company. It's raining Steve Jobs adaptations this year. Not only is an eponymous biopic (with Michael Fassbender in the titular role... more

Editorial

Over the past some days, two civilians associated with telecom trade have been killed in Sopore and the adjoining areas of the Baramulla district. This has caused a... more

Opinion

6,000 on the high seas, 1,100 in detention camps... most of 1.1 million Rohingya are in search of a land they can call home. What’s behind Asia’s biggest rehabilitation... more

Letters

Taj Mohi-ud-din, ex-Minister, Irrigation and Flood Control, was extraordinarily bubbly on introducing water transport over Jhelum. To achieve this ‘feat’, the water level of... more

Features

IT is that time of year when results of various 10th and 12th standard board exams start coming in. It is that time of year when parents, or at least some of them, exult that... more

Interviews

Mumbai-based Rochelle Potkar, a fiction writer, a storyteller and a poet, whose works have appeared in several Indian and international publications, says in the light of the... more

Reviews

The Book of Gold Leaves is a ‘melancholy’ story
It’s about art, it’s about love, it’s about culture, it’s about nostalgia and it’s about Kashmir. The Book of Gold Leaves is the second book by the author after The... more

Heads & Tails

The Ugly Facts About Beauty Care
Beauty products that are routinely creamed onto faces, rubbed into hair and splashed over bodies contain toxic ingredients that are known to cause severe allergic reactions,... more

Bazar Observer

When Cafe` Coffee Day (CCD), India’s most popular and the fast growing coffee cum fast food chain opened its first outlet in Srinagar in December 2009, very few people could anticipate the massive customer base it would gain over a short span of time.
When Cafe` Coffee Day (CCD), India’s most popular and the fast growing coffee cum fast food chain opened its first outlet in Srinagar in December 2009, very few people could... more