Thursday, 21 Aug 2014
Pak says Kashmiri separatists stakeholders; India hits back
Pak says Kashmiri separatists stakeholders; India hits back

Basit optimistic that ‘hiccups’ won’t ‘derail’ peace process

Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) A defiant Pakistan today made it clear that it will continue talking to Kashmiri separatists, saying that the "bottom-line" for Indo-Pak talks on Kashmir issue was to engage all stakeholders
Sufferings of the destitute should be brought before people: DDC
Sufferings of the destitute should be brought before people: DDC

J&K Yateem Foundation opens office at Ganderbal

Srinagar, August 20: To mitigate the sufferings of the poor and the destitute their plight ought to be brought before the society, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Sarmad Hafeez said while, speaking on a function organized by J&K Yateem Foundation in Town hall Ganderbal. J&K Yateem Foundation District Ganderbal organized an awareness function on August 19 in which a large number of people participated. On the occasion a documentary film “Together with widows and destitute” was also screened. The participants appreciated the ways and means adopted by JKYF to carry forward the cause of Widows, Orphans and destitute.
Talk they’ll have too

Notwithstanding that India’s calling off of Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan has once again dashed the hopes of renewed bilateral engagement between the two countries, fact of the matter remains that both the neighbours are using Kashmir and its political situation as a bait to strike chord with their domestic audiences. So, without bothering to read too much into the India’s decision, as well as in Pakistan’s reaction to it, it goes without saying that sooner or later the two countries will have to talk in order to mend their fences. So even if the
Dhoni’s captaincy not up to Test standard: Brearley
Dhoni’s captaincy not up to Test standard: Brearley

LONDON,Former England captain Mike Brearley, one of the sharpest cricketing minds to have played the game, reckons that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy and wicket-keeping is not up to Test standard. Brearley, writing in his column for ‘The Times’, said India have been a disappointment in the Test series even though their bowling has throughout been energetic and often skillful. “In three of the past four Tests, including the one at Lord’s won by India, the pitches have been designed to suit England, and to test India’s batsmen, but much of the rest of their play, including slip fielding, has been, for the last three matches, poor,” the former England skipper said. “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has batted with skill
Domestic market for Kashmiri apples turns ‘sour’

Traders say demand decreased by over 40 percent 

Srinagar, August 20: The market for Kashmiri apples in domestic (Indian) market is down by 40 percent for the month of August, say the fruit growers and dealers. As the orchardists in Kashmir begin to harvest the apple production, the low demand in the premier market has dented their hopes of finding the takers as 70 percent of the production this year was infected with scab. Alleging that government has authorized some influential dealers to sell sub-standard pesticides in Kashmir, the local
Cancellation of Indo-Pak talks: Being a bully

Working out a viable relationship with Pakistan is in India’s vital national interest. But the wholly bogus nature of the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif bonhomie on the occasion of Modi’s republican coronation now stands revealed in all its nakedness. In a childish display of extreme petulance, the India-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks have been called off. The excuse proffered is that the Pakistan envoy had met with, and was scheduled to meet again with, Kashmiri “separatist” leaders on the eve of the talks. He had been warned after Round I of his interaction with them that if Round II took place, India would spurn dialogue and revert to the two-year-long stand-off.
Modi’s snub to Pakistan over Kashmiri separatists is a terrible idea

The Indian government on Monday evening cancelled talks scheduled to be held in Islamabad on August 25 between the Pakistani and Indian foreign secretaries. The reason was that the Pakistani High Commissioner in Delhi, Abdul Basit, met with Kashmiri separatist leader Shabbir Shah despite the Indian government having made it clear that this would not be acceptable.
Simmering with unresolved tensions
Simmering with unresolved tensions

Vasantha is a driver who takes tourists around Sri Lanka in his van. “I preferred being behind a wheel — going somewhere — than behind a desk. That’s why I started this business with the van the moment I retired from the corporation.” (He was earlier a chauffeur to the Coconut Corporation’s deputy governor’s wife.) He is Sinhala, but this is never explicitly mentioned. There are only clues about his identity especially, in his acquaintance with the languages. He is more at ease with Sinhala though not particularly bad with Tamil, all though outside his van he never quite knew his place.
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