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Come fly with me

Although losing popularity, pigeon flying or Kabootar Baazi  is still an obsession for some. Aliya Bashir reports about  the hobby…

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Ducking out

state’s only duck farm with a rearing capacity of 11000 birds is under army occupation, with the government and troops…

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Aquatic relief

A drawing room  display  of the rich, aquariums are finding their use a s effective  stress busters. Aliya Bashir reports.…

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Dogs day out

About four thousand dog bite cases were referred to SMHS hospital last year alone. The situation in districts is similarly…

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Reverse the Darbar

Shuttling the capital between Srinagar and Jammu is an old tradition and expensive too. Doing away with the practice will…

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Job bonanza in SKIMS

Arbitrary service extensions to retiring doctors at SKIMS are irking the faculty, who want the administration to put a stop to the practice. Aliya Bashir reports.

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The party and the patriarch

A mysterious writer’s book on top separatist Syed Ali Geelani has pitted him against his parent organisation, Jamaat-e-Islami, again, widening the dove-hawk divide in the party. Kashmir Life reports.

This is not the first time that there is a cold war between Jamaat-e-Islami and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, perhaps the most recognized political face it produced since it was founded in 1946 in J&K. His inflexibility on issues not only prevented him from becoming the president of Jamaat but, off late, consolidated the dove-hawk divide in the party, especially in the last two decades.

The row over the book ‘Qaid-e-Inqilab, Ek Tarikh Ek Tehreek’ by Dr Shafi Shariati, finally, seems to cement the divide, Geelani and the Jamaat have lately seen. Taking strong exception to the portrayal of Jamaat in the book, the party suspended Geelani, the protagonist of the book from the basic membership of the party. 

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Taking on the bull
A month long agitation by Bomai Coordination Committee succeeded in removing the RR camp from the area. Zubair A. Dar reports from Bomai on the painful experiences the residents had with the camp and how the committee ensured the agitation is not hijacked by politicians.

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KESS prelims agonises many
Hamidullah Dar
In what appears weird to many, Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (PSC) has added a new chapter to the selection process for Kashmir Evaluation and Statistical Service (KESS) this year. The Commission is conducting preliminary examination to shortlist candidates for main examination for the service. Not just in J&K, it is the first experiment of its kind in such examinations across India.

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Another election, another ‘boycott’
The upcoming parliament elections have set both camps of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in motion to call for yet another boycott. Others are, however, reconsidering their options. Hamidullah Dar reports.

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US sleuths interrogated Kashmiri militants in 90s
Shahnawaz Khan

US interrogators questioned militants captured in Kashmir by Indian troopers in 90s, a declassified document of the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) reveals. The top secret report prepared by the federal intelligence agency in 1996 and declassified in 2004 is now available on the CIA website www.foia.cia.gov.

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