Saturday, 19 Apr 2014
Sarpanch shot dead in south Kashmir
Sarpanch shot dead in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 18: In the first political killing in Kashmir since Lok Sabha elections were announced, suspected militants shot dead a Sarpanch affiliated to opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Pulwama district, police said today. Two unidentified gunmen knocked at the door of Mohammad Amin Pandith at around 10.30 PM last night at Gulzarpora in Awantipora area, 32 km from here, and asked him to come out on the pretext of discussing some poll-related issues, police said. As soon as Pandith reached the main gate of his residential compound, the suspected militants pumped bullets into him dead, the official said.
Kashmir Bar to take up their cases in Rajasthan High Court

‘5 Kashmiris lodged in Jaipur jail since 1996’

Srinagar, Apr 18: The Kashmir Bar Association has said that it will take up the cases of five Kashmiri prisoners lodged in Jaipur jail before the Rajasthan High Court. In its jail visit report released today, the Kashmir Bar Association said that the Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails in the country are not treated fairly and justice is not being meted out to them in accordance with the law. Mian Abdul Qayoom, the president of Bar Association, while referring to the five Kashmiri prisoners -- Farooq Ahmad Khan, resident of Anantnag; Abdul Gani Gooni, resident of Bhaderwah/Doda;
No change can be undertaken at this juncture: DEO

Voters complain of ‘flawed’ EPICs

Srinagar, April 18: Voters in many areas have complained of various errors in the Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Electoral office here. The cards have been dispatched recently to the voters who allege that the mistakes have crept in due to erroneous designing. Most of the people who had applied for new election cards alleged that the card no doubt is durable and accurate with regards to voter’s personal statistics, however, the display picture (DP) on EPIC was set faultily by the officials assigned to design the cards. “I had applied for the new EPIC in October past year, but it was quite surprising that my display picture was erroneously pasted. I could not recognize my own face on the card due to the error occurred while designing,” said Riyaz Ahmad Bedub, of Kanitar Saderbal.
Land grab

Everything is up for grabs in Kashmir. This is the unfortunate reality here. Irrespective of what government might say to boast about its so-called transparency, fact of the matter remains that there is complete lack of accountability in the very systems of governance here. And mind it, this corruption is patronized and promoted by the government and its agencies, both deliberately and by default.Now take for instance the land grab in the heart of Srinagar City. For weeks together the media here talked about a priced plot of land at M A Link Road valued well over Rs 100 crores and owned by Srinagar Development Authority
Maxwell, Miller pull off huge chase
Maxwell, Miller pull off huge chase

Abu Dhabi: Glenn Maxwell butchered 95 off 43 balls as Kings XI Punjab achieved the third best chase in IPL history against Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. Maxwell's 115-run stand with David Miller was the key in KXIP's momentous victory. Chasing 206, Virender Sehwag slammed Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra for a couple of boundaries. However, after hitting Nehra for a couple of boundaries, Sehwag perished for 19. R Ashwin removed Cheteshwar Pujara in his fourth ball while he sent back Akshar Patel in his second over. However, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller decided to bat with confidence as they went after the bowlers. CSK started to feel the pressure in the field.
Vohra felicitates Red Cross Mela sponsors
Vohra felicitates Red Cross Mela sponsors

JAMMU, APRIL 18: Governor, N.N. Vohra, President of Indian Red Cross Society, J&K, felicitated all organizations, governmental and private, which provided support in sponsoring and organizing the Red Cross Mela, 2013. A function in this regard was held here at Raj Bhavan, on Friday. Usha Vohra, First Lady, was present on the occasion.
The Governor, on the occasion, said that Red Cross is a very important organization which works for the welfare of the humanity. He observed that, for obtaining such an objective, substantial resources are required by the District, Regional and State level branches of the Society, to be able to provide timely relief in the case of any exigency arising due to natural or manmade disasters. He appealed to the banking sector, commercial organizations and the rich
The politics of quota and merit

There is unquestionable value in a general policy of reservation because it attacks caste-based inequities that have proved so damaging to our society; but through an ever-expanding scheme of reservation, we have lost sight of what our aims were in the first placeThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s election manifesto, released on April 7, 2014, and its opponents’ reaction to the proposal, exemplifies the level of political debate in India today. In spite of an element of truth in claims that the manifesto is an impressionist’s version, the document nonetheless departs on certain crucial, philosophical issues. But, such is our reluctance to engage on matters of first principle that these departures are rarely, if ever,
Being Muslim Under Narendra Modi

AHMEDABAD, India — Late last month I bought an Indian comic book online. I hadn’t bought one since the mid-80s, when I was a boy and would walk to the bookstore in my hometown in Kashmir to pick up copies of D.C. and Marvel Comics, or Amar Chitra Katha, a series based on the lives of major contemporary, historical and mythological figures in India. My latest purchase, “Bal Narendra” (“Boy Narendra”), was styled after Amar Chitra Katha.I turned the pages with a mixture of anticipation and foreboding. The book purports to tell stories from the childhood of Narendra Modi, the longtime chief minister of Gujarat, one of the richest states in India, and the polarizing Hindu nationalist candidate for prime minister in the ongoing election. The tales are part of Mr. Modi’s high-octane
Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love

The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction: plagues of insomnia and forgetfulness, a cluster of magical grapes containing the secret of death, an all-night rain of yellow blossoms, a swamp of lilies oozing blood, a Spanish galleon marooned in a Latin American jungle, cattle born bearing the brand of their owner.Such images were not simply tokens of his endlessly inventive mind, but testaments to his all-embracing artistic vision, which recognized the extraordinary in the mundane, the familiar in the fantastic.
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