Kashmir News

Kupwara militants-army standoff enters 18th day

Srinagar—The militant-military standoff in Manigah area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district entered 18th day on Monday, but the Army said it won’t mind prolonging of the operation as each passing day would make it difficult for the trapped militants to survive. The operation in Manigah forests was launched on November 13 by the Army following information about the presence of a group of heavily armed militants in the area. Army spokesman, Colonel Manish Kumar confirmed that the operation is still underway and the militants are still fighting to cross the reception area.

Macabre tales: Killings of innocent Kashmiris for promotion in ranks

Zahid Ghulam Mohammad

TO prevent Jammu and Kashmir steering out of the whirlpool of political uncertainty, the “dominant discourses” and oppression have been for almost seven decades working in tandem. The ‘dominant discourses are generally conjured by the establishments with certain condescension that people will buy whatever is told to them. Or with the belief that people lack will to deconstruct them. And these will get assimilated in the popular narrative as the whole truths. History is fudged; facts are manipulated; truths are obfuscated and half-truth are cooked up to strengthen the hegemonic discourses. From ‘pen pushers’ to academia collaborators are hired to trumpet the official narratives but historically these narratives come cropper under the weight of lies and the peoples narrative prevails.

Mercury further dips in Valley

Srinagar—Kashmir Valley continued to reel under the cold spell as mercury stayed below the freezing point in the region with Leh in Ladakh region recording the coldest night of the season with a low of minus 8.5 degrees Celsius, officials said. However, sun shone brightly in the Valley, providing relief to the people from the freezing cold and also making way for normal hustle and bustle in the weekly flea market in the heart of the city.

Banning seminar is state terrorism: Geelani

Srinagar—Terming the banning of Hurriyat Conference (G) proposed seminar by the government and arrest of Hurriyat (G) activists on the occasion as ‘worst kind of state terrorism’, Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani has condemned it in strong words. He said the government is playing a very ‘dangerous game’ by continuously banning the peaceful political programs and this policy is increasing the uncertainty and political instability in the state.

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