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Price of conflict
Tanveen Kawoosa  

Among many prices Kashmiris have paid during two decades of conflict, loss of parental care stands among the primary few. Although reports prepared by different organisations show slight rise in the numbers of orphans in Kashmir during this period, social workers challenge the statistics basing their argument on lack of extensive study to document cases.

Human Rights
Nonstop: Bomai, Kheegam,

Kashmir life Desk Hours after home minister, P Chidambaram reassured the state government and the people that appropriate action will…

Dubai Dreams Gone Sour

Flight to Dubai may have been a long cherished dream; the excitement in trader community is about attracting high end…

Public Affairs
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday announced on the floor of the house that that his ruling coalition had no common minimum programme (CMP), a statement that has left political analysts wondering.  “Coalition Government did not need a common minimum programme as the two coalition parties had full faith in each other,” Omar said. He added that he did not feel it necessary to have a common minimum programme.One wonders how Omar’s voters should make him accountable if they do not know what he intends to do. Analysts call it a compromise. “This is a compromise, a virtual corporate merger, a takeover of smaller company for monitory gains,” said Nayeem Akhter, a former bureaucrat close to Peoples Democratic Party. “They have been running the government like a municipality but now they have even lost the semblance of a government.”

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Unearthing truth

Allegations of disappearances and custodial killings have crept into the Kashmir discourse along with the insurgency itself. But public allegations,…

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Shopian mystery

The Shopian case not only dominated the news in 2009 but also stung most the people associated with it. Three…

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Good Governance

The Coalition government is committed to provide good governance to the citizens of the State. The government shall endeavour to…

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Big Baig
After lying low for close to two years, Beig is big again. He news making ability is at work again. Riyaz Wani reports.
Public Affairs
KU intake chokes students
Muhammad Ibrahim Wani

Joy knew no bounds for Aasif when he was selected for the postgraduate programme in Mass Communication in the University of Kashmir this year. But since then, life has not been easy.
“My village is 107 Kms from Srinagar, and everyday is a new struggle for me to just reach the university,” said Aasif, who shuttles daily from his village Lammar to the university. Life is similar for hundreds of other students hailing from far off places, who, like Aasif, have been unable to secure hostel facility at the university. More than a thousand students applied for the hostel accommodation this year, but only 197 were allotted hostel rooms. 

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SC snubs state on Shopian arrests
The rapes and murder case of two young women that forced closure of Shopian for 47 days have taken a dramatic turn. The Supreme Court that heard the case of two of the four police officers, suspended and detained by the state government, has found nothing against them on record.
Strictures were passed against the high court as well as the state government. High court was critisized for ordering arrest of SP Javed Iqbal Mattoo and his Deputy Rohit Baskotra in the absence of reliable evidence. The two had gone to the apex court to get stayed the high court order asking for their DNA mapping, narco-analysis and arrest. Their blood samples had been collected well before they got the apex court breather.

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Caged Geelani

In what some analysts call a ‘big risk’ the government is going all the way to keep ailing separatist Syed…

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