Abid Soffi

  • J&K Assembly elections: Polling for first phase today; 7 ministers, 12 MLAs in the fray 25-11-2014 12:04 AM

    Srinagar: Over 10.50 lakh voters will get to decide the political fate of 123 candidates, including seven ministers and 12 sitting MLAs, who are in the fray in 15 constituencies in the first phase of the five phased Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Polling will start at...
  • J&K Assembly polls: Close contest between NC, Congress in Gurez constituency, PDP a distant third 23-11-2014 07:11 PM

    Gurez (North Kashmir): Notwithstanding the party's overall decline in Jammu and Kashmir's political spectrum which was evident in Lok Sabha polls, National Conference is trying to stand its ground in the border town of Gurez, which is going to polls in the first phase along with 14 constituencies in the...
  • Hit by boycott during LS polls, enthusiasm high among voters for Assembly elections in Bandipora 23-11-2014 11:33 AM

    Bandipora (North Kashmir): Asserting that unprecedented enthusiasm has been witnessed among the people towards elections in the district, Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Dr Shah Faisal expressed hope that about 70 per cent to 75 per cent electorate will exercise their democratic right this time against only 40 per cent recorded during...
  • 90 candidates in fray for 9 seats in 2nd phase in Kashmir, tough fight between NC, PDP 20-11-2014 06:22 PM

    Srinagar: Three ministers of the ruling National Conference are among the 90 candidates, who are in the fray for nine Assembly constituencies going to polls on December 2 in the second phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in Kashmir valley. The ministers who are seeking re-election from their respective...
  • J&K polls: BJP hit by rebellion in Udhampur, Resi; 85 candidates in fray for 9 seats in Jammu 20-11-2014 01:49 PM

    Srinagar: One Congress minister of the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government is among the 85 candidates, who are in the fray for 9 Assembly constituencies going to polls on December 2 in the second phase of the five phased Legislative Assembly elections in the state. Meanwhile, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP),...
  • BJP trying to divide Muslim community in J&K for political gains, alleges Mufti 18-11-2014 09:47 PM

    Srinagar: Alleging that Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won three seats in Lok Sabha elections by promoting communal polarisation in the state, People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday said the saffron party is now trying to create sectarian division within the Muslim community for its political gain....
  • NC colluding with BJP to keep PDP out of power in J&K: Mehbooba Mufti 18-11-2014 02:20 PM

    Srinagar: Accusing the National Conference (NC) of colluding with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to keep her party out of power in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti urged people to stop the saffron party's invasion of Jammu and Kashmir in connivance with its allies. "Seeing a...
  • Our community will vote for PDP, will not allow communal divide in J&K: Sikh group 16-11-2014 08:14 PM

    Srinagar: Asserting that the members of the Sikh community will vote for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) said nobody will be allowed to divide the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines. Accusing the coalition National Conference (NC) and Congress government of discriminatory...
  • BJP fails to attract huge crowd at election rallies, uses media to woo voters in Kashmir 16-11-2014 08:03 PM

    Srinagar: To accomplish 'Mission-44 plus' in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, which is impossible without opening account in the Muslim majority Kashmir Valley, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to use local leading newspapers to woo the voters in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Notwithstanding the...
  • EC issues notification for 16 Assembly segments in third phase of five-phased J&K elections 14-11-2014 08:10 PM

    Srinagar: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday issued notification for 16 Assembly segments in the third phase of the five phased Legislative Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. With this, 49 out of 87 constituencies in the state have been notified and will go to polls in the first three...
  • J&K elections: Son Omar fighting for survival in the absence of father Farooq 13-11-2014 11:48 AM

    Srinagar: With the National Conference (NC) President and former union minister Farooq Abdullah out of the picture in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections due to 'health reasons', Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is struggling to cover the lost ground in Valley. It will be an uphill task for NC, which...
  • Jailed for 3 years in corruption case, Dilawar Mir resigns as PDP general secretary 12-11-2014 08:42 PM

    Srinagar: Days after a trial court sentenced him to three years imprisonment in a two decade old case, senior Peoples Democratic Party leader Mohammad Dilawar Mir on Wednesday submitted his resignation as the party general secretary. Mir said that he has submitted his resignation to party though the facts and...
  • J&K elections: Braving unprovoked Pakistani shelling, Gurez ready to vote 11-11-2014 01:43 PM

    Gurez (North Kashmir): Notwithstanding the recent ceasefire violation by Pakistani Army in Uri sector, the residents of the snow-bound border town of Gurez, which is going to polls along with 15 other Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir in the first phase on November 25, are upbeat to take part...
  • BJP launches membership drive in Kashmir to garner support for Assembly elections 09-11-2014 02:58 PM

    Srinagar: Continuing its drive to garner support in Kashmir to accomplish its 'Mission 44-plus' in the Assembly elections, a feat that will enable it to form a government in India's only Muslim-majority state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday launched a membership drive in the valley. Chief spokesperson of...
  • PDP patron Mufti supervised massacre of thousands of Kashmiri youth, looted the state: Omar 09-11-2014 07:28 AM

    Srinagar: Accusing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of supervising the massacre of thousands of youth in Kashmir when he was the home minister of India, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he is the biggest oppressor and tormentor in the history of the state. Omar, who is also...
  • J&K Assembly elections: BJP's 'Mission 44+' faces a roadblock in Kashmir Valley 07-11-2014 03:04 PM

    Srinagar: Buoyed by its performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to make inroads in the Valley by fielding Kashmiri Muslims and Pandits in the Assembly election to accomplish its 'Mission 44-plus', a feat that will enable it to form a...
  • J&K Assembly elections: Omar Abdullah faces an uphill task despite quitting home seat of Ganderbal 06-11-2014 01:37 PM

    Srinagar: Even though many believe that Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided to quit his family political bastion Ganderbal fearing rout from the constituency, it will be an uphill task for him to get mandate from Sonawar and Beerwah, the two seats he will test his luck in...
  • J&K Assembly elections: Flood-hit people allege misuse of relief material to woo voters 05-11-2014 10:35 AM

    Srinagar: Notwithstanding the enthusiasm shown by political parties to campaign for their candidates in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, which has already been set into motion with the issuance of notification for the first of the five phase polls, the local people are still indifferent towards the polls as...
  • J&K: From unopposed election in 1950s to multi-corner dead heat contest 04-11-2014 11:45 AM

    Srinagar: From a single party rule in Jammu and Kashmir, after it merged with the Union of India in 1947 - barring few years in between, to a cut-throat competition in all the 87 Assembly constituencies, the political spectrum of the state has witnessed drastic changes. Though Jammu and Kashmir...
  • Cash-starving J&K govt set to procure another chopper for VIPs 18-09-2013 03:50 PM

    Srinagar: In Jammu and Kashmir, where two lakh unemployed youths on Tuesday appeared in the State Selection Recruitment Board examination for just 1200 non-gazetted posts, the government has decided to add one more helicopter to its fleet for VIPs. According to reports, during the past 10 years, an amount of...
  • J&K govt spends crores on Zubin Mehta concert, but no money for compensation 17-09-2013 02:40 PM

    Srinagar: For a state which is known for its poor financial condition, crores of rupees were spend by the Jammu and Kashmir government on hosting Zubin Mehata's 'Ehsass-e-Kashmir' concert. Though the concert was dubbed as a perfect stage to present the state at an international platform, the world renowned music...
  • The mountains echo of Zubin's music, but where are the Kashmiris?

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    There are various aspects of the much-hyped and talked-about world renowned music conductor Zubin Mehta's concert in Kashmir. People who oppose it talk about its...

  • Time for India to join hands with Bharat to curb crimes against women

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    After the horrific Delhi gangrape incident which shook the nation to its foundation, people for the first time in one voice said 'No to crimes...

  • J&K: Like Omar, Farooq too surrenders extra LPG connections 04-11-2012 08:01 PM

    Srinagar: Following the footsteps of his son and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has also surrendered his two LPG connections. This after IBNLive had reported how amid a massive crisis of LPG cylinders in the Kashmir Valley, the Chief Minister was enjoying the luxury...
  • J&K grapples with LPG crisis, Omar enjoys multiple connections 02-11-2012 08:18 PM

    Srinagar: Amid a massive crisis of LPG cylinders in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who should lead by an example, enjoys multiple gas connections. It is ironic that when people have to wait for hours and sometime pay a hefty amount as bribe to get...
  • Marriages no more a low-key affair in Kashmir

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    With each culture evolving its own ways of celebrations, marriage is an event of lifetime. After a break during the Holy fasting month of Ramzan,...

  • Team Anna joining politics: SAD, MAD, BAD

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    The recent decision of Team Anna, to use fast again as a weapon to force the UPA government to engage them in talks when there...

  • Has Anna Hazare lost his aura among the masses?

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    Anna Hazare and team are back in town but this time, not with much of a bang as they could muster the support of less...

  • Is Rahul Gandhi ready for the big role?

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    Now with the presidential election a thing of the past, the Congress has finally decided to gear up for 'Mission 2014' with Rahul Gandhi announcing...

  • Peaceful summer in Kashmir, calm before the storm?

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    Everyone is satisfied that the summer in the Kashmir valley this season remained peaceful. Of course barring some incidents of stone pelting and strike calls...