Monday, 30 Mar 2015
As water level rises, flood threat panics Valley

CM reaches town, takes charge; urges people to be calm

Srinagar, Mar 29: Flood scare and panic returned to the Valley Sunday as incessant rains continued throughout the day, raising the water level in river Jhelum and its tributaries. Many houses were also damaged while the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was also closed because of landslides. Heavy rains since yesterday have resulted in damage to at least 44 structures, including 18 houses, due to landslides in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Kashmir, officials said.
Incessant rains: Bukhari convenes high level meet
Incessant rains: Bukhari convenes high level meet

Divisional administration asked to ensure protection of life and property

SRINAGAR, MARCH 29: In view of incessant rains in the valley and to ensure protection of life and property in case of any eventuality, the Minister for Public Works Department, Altaf Ahmad Bukhari convened a high level meeting of divisional administration here today. Reviewing the ongoing dewatering of inundated and low lying areas of the city, he urged the administration to speed up the process and ensure complete dewatering of all areas.
Unjust system

“When shoe-laces speak, wise fall silent!” This is what Shiekh Saadi Shirazi has said. Although one is not sure of the context that gave birth to this ‘pearl of wisdom’, but today’s Kashmir certainly lends a lot of meaning and context to this adage. This is the place where foot-in-mouth disease is so endemic that one should expect anyone wagging his or her tongue on anything – irrespective of whether what they are articulating about, or arbitrating on, comes within their area of expertise or not. If a person is powerful – again,
Australia crush New Zealand to win their fifth World Cup title
Australia crush New Zealand to win their fifth World Cup title

MELBOURNE: Australia on Sunday clinched the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup for the fifth time, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets to provide a perfect farewell gift to skipper Michael Clarke, who played a key role with a 74-run knock in his final ODI appearance. After the bowlers produced a clinical performance skittling out New Zealand for 183, the stage was set for the Australian captain, who used the platform to the fullest with a stylish 72-ball innings as the hosts regained the trophy winning the match in 33.1 overs -- ending an eight-year wait.
AAP removes Bhushan from National Disciplinary Committee
AAP removes Bhushan from National Disciplinary Committee

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday removed party’s internal Lokpal Admiral L. Ramdas and Prashant Bhushan as the chief of National Disciplinary Committee, a day after the latter and senior leader Yogendra Yadav were expelled from the National Executive (NE). At an “emergency” NE meeting in Delhi, the party removed former Navy chief Ramdas from the internal Lokpal and set up a new Lokpal panel, comprising former IPS officers N. Dilip Kumar and Rakesh Sinha and educationist S.P. Verma.
Revenue admn to be made more accountable, effective: Javed Mustafa
Revenue admn to be made more accountable, effective: Javed Mustafa

House passes Revenue Grants

JAMMU MARCH 29:- Minister for Revenue, Javed Mustafa Mir in the Legislative Assembly on Sunday said that “Revenue Department has taken several initiatives to revitalize the department besides improving public delivery system and making administration more  accountable and  effective across the State”,
Dream to crush MQM won’t come true: Altaf
Dream to crush MQM won’t come true: Altaf

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has declared that his party will not accept the ‘minus-one formula’ and said the dream to crush it will never come true. “I have called you at 3 in the night because we are at war.... We are being killed because the forces favouring status quo want to crush MQM with state powers. But their dream will never come true,” said Mr Hussain while speaking by phone from London to his followers gathered at the MQM’s Nine Zero headquarters early on Saturday.
Revitalization of Education System in Kashmir

It is a proven fact that the peace and prosperity of any nation largely depends on the quality of education that its citizens are provided. Today education is being projected as the primary tool for the development of balanced and harmonious human personality, creating social consciousness and bringing about industrialization and knowledge revolution. However, in case Kashmir, if there is any sector that has suffered most due to conflict, it is the educational sector. While on one hand there was a widespread destruction of the educational infrastructure, on the other, the remaining ones remained non-functional due to protests and strikes, non-availability of teachers and complete lack of concern on the part of the State administration.
Mirwaiz’s Magic ‘Mantra’!

 What I like about Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is that he speaks sense and is not unduly obdurate when it comes to discussing an issue. But what I don’t like about him is that while coming up with suggestions, he gets carried away and lets emotions get the better of his rational self. Consequently, his solutions for resolving Kashmir are mostly unachievable simply because they are based more on moral and ethical considerations rather than on technical and legal grounds.
After Germanwings: Do you trust your pilot?

The mystery surrounding the Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 seems to have unravelled finally. As airline passengers across the world held their breaths, speculations were let loose and investigators unleashed to find causes and motives. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's personal life and records were scrutinised extensively before a near-complete verdict was eventually reached:
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