Friday, 18 Apr 2014
Governor reviews arrangements for Yatra

The CEO briefed the meeting about the to-date position of various ongoing arrangements for the Yatra including the registration of Yatris; provision of heli-services in the Yatra area; grant of Tent and Shop permissions, registration of dandiwallas, pony-wallas and palkiwallas; registration of ponies; arrangements for cleaning of Camps, track cleaning, garbage collection and disposal; provision of insurance covers to registered Yatris, Service Providers and ponies; grant of permissions to NGOs to set up Langars in the Yatra area; appointment and deployment of Camp Directors; provision of telecom services in the Yatra  etc.
Communal polarization for political gains most immoral: Rather

He said NC is the “people’s movement” which has a track-record of “fighting for the rights and honour of the state’s people”.Addressing a series of election meetings organised for NC president and candidate for Srinagar Parliamentary constituency, Dr Farooq Abdullah at GogjiPathri, Kotabal, Bonen and Buzgoo areas of Tehsil Chadoora today, Rather, according to a statement issued by NC here, said that alliance between NC and Congress has been forged in the “larger interests of the people of the state”.
Beware of dirty politics!


As expected, the row over Tosamaidan has generated heat. This was bound to happen. With everybody out there looking for opportunities that accord them relevance and political currency, no one is going to let go of a chance such wrangles throw up every now and then. So, all the different political actors have all of a sudden discovered a new bandwagon in the Tosamaidan row for their politics. Nobody has a case in defending that ‘land use’
Dropped Kallis catch cost Mumbai Indians the game: Malinga
Dropped Kallis catch cost Mumbai Indians the game: Malinga

He shone with the ball with a four-wicket haul but Mumbai Indians’ pacer Lasith Malinga feels responsible for the team’s IPL loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, saying that a catch dropped by him cost the defending champions dearly.Mumbai lost by 41 runs in the IPL opener last night after Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis’ 50s helped KKR post a fine total of 163 on the board.
Bollywood songs fail to charm Sufi music-lovers in Valley

One would have expected the flooding of Bollywood songs and music albums in English and other languages playing havoc with the age old traditional music in the state!However, the hopes of Kashmiris, particularly, the youngsters picking up the lost taste for golden era of local music---Sufiana Mosiki have brought in some cheers for music lovers.
The likening for Sufiana
A reign of fear

One of the greatest challenges human rights defenders today face in Pakistan is the near impossibility of guaranteeing those charged with blasphemy, or any other offence relating to religion, their right to adequate defence.
A modern-day enlightenment

There is no doubt that Ambedkar was indeed exceptional in many respects — as an intellectual, a politician and a human being. He fought unimaginable odds to become one of the greatest men of the historical era in which he lived. But this does not mean that he existed, thought or worked in isolation, apart from a climate of ideas, cut off from a rich inter-subjective context of teachers, mentors, benefactors, patrons, friends, comrades,
The books you would bequeath your kids By Karen Ann Monsy Friday, April 11, 2014

A graduate of both Oxford University and Cambridge University, the Dubai-based British-American author has put her education to good use by working in an advertising agency, a comprehensive school, and a men’s prison. She developed a passion for storytelling as a long-suffering English teacher, when she discovered it was the best way to get her students to sit down and listen. After winning a prize in the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition at the 2013 Emirates
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