Opinion

Sarabjit Singh: A Sufferer of ill-fate and ill-politics

Had he ever imagined that he will be the cover story of every news paper and news channel?   When he is in the deep coma the whole political system has become active. Opposition is blaming the ruling party and the government is trying its level best to save him and save its reputation through him , Our neighbouring state is in stubborn moods, without super specialties they think they can help an almost dead man !!! And amid of all such muddle a man who is the victim of false judiciary system is fighting for his breadths. Sarabjit Singh, a victim of mistaken identity was the resident of Bhikhiwind, located along the Indo-Pakistan border in Tarn Taran district of …

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Bonhomie between alliance partners NC and Congress on the decline

The bonhomie between the alliance partners is on the decline and they are finding it difficult to stomach even political rhetoric in Jammu and Kashmir. On the surface the alliance partners National Conference and Congress are trying to project  a united face but deep inside the fissures are growing deep in the run up to the polls.     On Sunday when National Conference Provincial President Jammu region Devender Singh Rana was addressing a day long convention of nominated Presidents and officer bearers of 71 ward committees in Jammu he went on to claim in 2014 National Conference will emerge as A team with the support of the people.Rana was commenting on the statement of Prof Soz that Congress will …

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Revoke ‘SMS Ban’ before ‘AFSPA’

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah keeps talking  about the removal of Armed Forces Special Power Act from  Jammu and Kashmir but remains mum on the issue of SMS Ban . The 43 years old Chief Minister has time and again expressed his political desire on the revocation of the AFSPA but he keeps a silence on the issue of removing ban from SMS service, he has not even setting a deadline for withdrawal of SMS Ban.    Though Omar promises on his face book page  “I can say with confidence that AFSPA withdrawal will take place during the tenure of this government and that day is also not very far”     It is pertinent to mention here so far neither the …

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JKNC website has complete biographies of Farooq and Omar,Goes Silent on profile of party MLAs,MLCs

Of all the regional political parties in the state of Jammu and Kashmir the official website of National Conference is considered a comprehensive website.It contains rich archives, history of the party and most of the vision documents as well. The photo features of Sheikh Mohd Abdullah and day and day working of the party activities are thoroughly covered on the website. Interestingly, in the same website a great distinction has been made by the administrators of the website for reasons well known to them.The website contains complete biography of both the party President Dr Farooq Abdullah and working President Omar Abdullah. But beyond that if any visitor attempts to log on to the party website to dig out information about …

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Mubarak Mandi-Dogra Heritage-Jammu

Crumbling Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex cries for desperate help

On the eve of the three day long Baisakhi festival when one portion of the Mubarak Mandi heritage complex was decorated in different hues of festival lights almost all the newspapers and TV channels flashed colourful images of the complex on their front pages and TV screens. On the other side of the lit up complex, stood crumbled structures of the same heritage complex sending a grim reminder to the political establishment at the helm that half hearted measures can fetch accolades for the time being but unless serious efforts are made to restore the pristine glory of the iconic monument the  whole exercise would remain futile. In the recent years a whole campaign was built around restoration of the …

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Ahead of Local Bodies Polls,Politics heating up in J&K

Ahead of the local bodies polls,scheduled to be held by June end this year, the political parties in the state have started measuring swords to cut their political rivals to size and consolidate their vote bank ahead of the 2014 Assembly polls. On one hand the main opposition parties BJP ,Panthers Party and PDP are on the streets and highlighting the shortcomings of the Omar Abdullah led coalition government and on the other hand the state government has already kick started its campaign among the masses with  its performance report card.   If the opposition parties have started picking holes and finding faults in the working of the alliance government and its lop sided policies the Chief Minister on its …

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Raghunath Mandir

Who will Convert Raghunath Bazar into a heritage market?

Since 2008, the residents of Jammu city have been fed that the state government  is keen on converting historical Raghunath bazaar in to a famous heritage centre by way of upgrading facilities and introducing ornamental lights, decked up pavements, underground cabling of electric wires but the regular visitors to the market continue to face hardships on account of lack of basic amenities in the crowded market flooded with visitors/tourists from different parts of the country. The beautification project sanctioned at a whopping cost of Rs 6.62 crore is yet to take off in the absence of political will and lack of interest shown by the elite babus and local businessmen.   Till date negligible work has been done for the …

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Monkeys living life King Size on Jammu Kashmir National Highway

Monkeys are living life ‘king size’ on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway eating what ever they can straight out of the hands of passing by pilgrims heading towards the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.   Pilgrims, traveling in their private vehicles and those on board public transport buses normally offer bread, banana and other eatable items including Gur (jaggery) and ‘channa’ (roasted chickpea) to the simian population.   Even though the monkeys get to eat alot but there is an element of risk involved too. Some monkeys pick food items in time and safely reunite with their parent group to enjoy the feast. The unlucky ones get crushed under the wheels of over speeding motor vehicles without eating anything. …

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Politics of Healing Touch in the state of Jammu Kashmir

A day after another sarpanch Ghulam Mohd Lone was killed by unidentified gunmen in Kashmir valley battery of senior cabinet ministers visited his residence and conveyed their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.   The team of ministers and leaders of National Conference were led by  Ali Mohd Sagar, senior most cabinet colleague of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.   Sagar was also accompanied by  Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo, Minister of State for Home, Sajad Ahmad Kitchloo, Minister of State for PHE & Irrigation Nazir Ahmad Gurazi along with District Development Commissioner, Pulwama, Shafat Noor and MLA Amira Kadal, Nasir Aslam Wani.   During their stay the ministers handed over a …

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Jasrota fort: Another Jammu Fort crying for maintenance

Forts,Palaces etc. are sites of great historical, religious and archaeological importance. They have great architectural beauty and historical value and attract millions of visitors every year. No matter how rich was  the king,who had constructed the fort of Jasrota, no matter how rich the fort is in its architecture. But today’s reality is that it seems as  if the fort is crying for its maintenance. Jasrota fort is located on the bank of river Ujh, on a hillock near Rajbagh on Jammu Pathankot national highway.It looks more like a haunted place. Jasrota fort is famous for exquisite  architecture. However, the condition is deteriorating fast because of the neglect. Though all the people from Jasrota community celebrate a day in a …

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