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  • J&K polls: Continuing positive trend of high voter turnout, final phase records 76 per cent polling Yesterday

    Srinagar: Continuing the positive trend of high voting percentage set by the first four phases, the fifth and the last leg of Legislative Assembly elections for 20 segments in Jammu region witnessed a remarkable turnout. Unprecedented security arrangements along the India-Pakistan border and hinterland ensured that voting was by and large...
  • Lord's to host ICC World Cup 2019 final 3 days ago

    London: Lord's has been chosen to host the 2019 World Cup final and the 2017 Women's World Cup final, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. The ECB also revealed the 2019 semi-finals will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Oval, Taunton, Chester-le-Street, Headingley,...
  • J&K polls: Fourth phase records 49 pc polling, only 16 pc Kashmiri Pandit exercise their franchise 1 week ago

    Srinagar: Rejecting election boycott call given by separatists and spurt in terror attacks, fourth phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in 18 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a good voter turnout. Several seats, including Amriakadal which witnessed an increase of over 10 per cent against 2008, recorded a...
  • J&K polls: BJP poster girl in Kashmir Hina Bhat allegedly slaps polling officer, another candidate thrashes voter 1 week ago

    Srinagar: In an embarrassment to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), its poster girl in Kashmir valley and Amria Kadal candidate Hina Bhat on Sunday allegedly slapped an on-duty Polling Officer in uptown Chanapora. Sources said Hina entered into a heated argument with the polling staff at a polling station in Chanapora in...
  • J&K elections: BJP's Hina Bhat slaps polling officer, another candidate thrashes voter 1 week ago

    Srinagar: BJP candidate from Jammu & Kashmir's Shopian constituency Javed Ahmad Qadri on Sunday allegedly thrashed a voter inside a polling station. Qadri thrashed an unidentified man in presence of the polling staff inside the polling station at Moochwad in south Kashmir Shopian district claiming that he had entered the booth...
  • Jammu and Kashmir elections: NC, PDP in a close contest in both Shopian and Wachi December 13, 2014

    Shopian: The twin constituencies of Shopian and Wachi will vote along with 16 other seats of Jammu and Kashmir in the fourth phase of Assembly elections on December 14. Situated in South Kashmir Valley, both the seats are in Shopian district which is famous for its apples and walnuts, and...
  • J&K elections: Next government depends on 4th phase; Mufti, Omar, 3 other ministers in the fray December 13, 2014

    Srinagar: As many as 14.73 lakh voters will get to decide the fate of 182 candidates, including chief ministerial candidates of arch-rivals National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker and three ministers, who are in the fray in 18 constituencies in the...
  • J&K elections: Omar faces an 'impossible' battle, NC stares at big defeat in Srinagar December 12, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is facing perhaps the toughest electoral battle of his life. Having won from Ganderbal in 2008 Assembly elections, Omar had taken over the reigns of the militancy-hit state with a lot of hope. Six years later, those hopes lie in tatters as his...
  • J&K polls: Days before fourth phase; all separatist leaders, 600 others taken into custody December 12, 2014

    Srinagar: All separatist leaders, including chairmen of both the faction of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief, have been taken into preventive custody or put under house arrest in Kashmir valley, which is going to polls in the fourth phase in the five-phased Legislative...
  • David Warner claps on seeing Abbott's bowling figures on scoreboard December 12, 2014

    Adelaide: While he was leaving his imprint as a prolific scorer with yet another Test ton, David Warner also showed his support for Sean Abbott when the opener clapped after seeing the New South Wales (NSW) pacer's bowling figures on the Adelaide Oval scoreboard on Friday. Abbott's bouncer to Hughes in...
  • J&K elections: Riding high on Mufti Sayeed's popularity, PDP eyes all 6 seats in Anantnag December 12, 2014

    Anantnag: Situated to the south of Srinagar, Anantnag district like other parts of Kashmir Valley is surrounded by lofty mountains with crystal clear streams flowing through the region. Even on a winter morning, Anantnag town's Lal Chowk and Reshi Bazar are teeming with people and shops are open even as...
  • BJP chief Amit Shah slams NC, PDP, Congress for 'lack of development' in J&K December 11, 2014

    Srinagar: BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the ruling National Conference (NC)-Congress government in Jammu and Kashmir as well as on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleging that the funds being sent by the Centre were not reaching the people of the state. However,...
  • J&K elections: Despite spurt in terror attacks, 3rd phase records 58 pc voter turnout December 9, 2014

    Srinagar: Notwithstanding the spurt in terror attacks and election boycott call given by separatists, third phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections in 16 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a remarkable voter turnout. Several seats, including Uri constituency - where eight Army personnel, three policemen and six foreign terrorists...
  • Sean Abbott takes two wickets on return to SCG December 9, 2014

    Australian paceman Sean Abbott took two for 53 for New South Wales on Tuesday as cricket returned to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) two weeks after Phillip Hughes was fatally injured in freak accident during a match. Abbott, whose bouncer hit Hughes on the back of the head and caused the...
  • Strike call, restrictions cripple normal life across Kashmir as PM Modi visits Srinagar December 8, 2014

    Srinagar: Normal life was on Monday crippled due to a strike called by separatists and curfew like restrictions imposed by the authorities in the Kashmir valley following Prime Minister Narendar Modi's visit to Srinagar to address a rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium. Unprecedented security arrangements have been made in the entire...
  • Sikhs in Kashmir claim that they are the most neglected community, attack state, Centre December 8, 2014

    Srinagar: "We have never faced any problem here. No local Kashmiri Muslim troubled us or treated us like unwanted people. The 'Kashmiriyat' is very strong. But, the state government and the Centre have been very unkind to us. For them the Sikhs in Kashmir don't exist. The entire focus is...
  • Terror strikes cast a shadow on 3rd phase of J&K elections, Omar faces a tough battle in PDP stronghold December 7, 2014

    Srinagar: Even as the first two phases of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections on November 25 and December 2 passed off relatively peacefully with a large number of voters coming out to exercise their franchise, the multiple terror attacks on December 5 at four different places of the Kashmir Valley...
  • J&K polls: Srinagar turned into a fortified fortress ahead of Modi's rally on Monday December 7, 2014

    Srinagar: With less than 24 hours left for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to address an election rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Srinagar, the entire city has been turned into a fortified fortress. Even though security forces are already on high alert...
  • J&K polls: Terror attack shocks Uri people, fear government will shift focus from development December 7, 2014

    Uri(Kashmir): "I used to travel to Karachi and Rawalpindi via Uri before 1947. Nothing has changed since then. Everything looks the same except the huge presence of army. It is a very underdeveloped area. No tourist visits this place" says an 85 years old taxi driver from Srinagar Gulam Mohammed....
  • Jaitley's remarks contrary to historical facts of Kashmir dispute, far from reality, alleges Hurriyat December 5, 2014

    Srinagar: Questioning Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's statement that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and borders cannot be redrawn, both the factions of Hurriyat Conference said that that his remarks are contrary to political and historical facts of Kashmir dispute and far from reality. Alleging that 'stubbornness' of...
  • SCG retires pitch No.7 following Phil Hughes death December 5, 2014

    Sydney: Sydney Cricket Ground's Pitch No.7, the 22-yard strip on which Phillip Hughes fell after being fatally struck by a bouncer on head, has been retired. The wicket square at the SCG has 10 pitches. Hughes received his fatal blow on pitch No 7 and fell face-forward. He succumbed to the blow...
  • Sean Abbott to decide whether to return to SCG after Phillip Hughes shock December 5, 2014

    Sean Abbott alone will decide whether he wants to return to first class cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, two weeks after his short-pitched delivery felled Phillip Hughes at the same wicket, according to his state team. The talented 22-year-old all-rounder, who made his international debut in October, returned...
  • Omar reiterates his stand, says will not rest until AFSPA is revoked from J&K December 4, 2014

    Srinagar: Reiterating his stand on controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that National Conference (NC) would not rest until the Act is not completely revoked from Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing election rallies in Tral, Uri and Baramulla in north Kashmir, Omar said,...
  • PM Modi's 'Mission Kashmir' wins perception battle in the 'land of saffron' December 4, 2014

    Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has achieved something which no other BJP leader in the past was able to achieve. He has made the BJP a visible party in Kashmir. The BJP had no existence in the Kashmir valley before this. It was known as a 'letter head' party with...
  • Syed Ali Shah Geelani's J&K election boycott call resonates in his hometown Sopore December 3, 2014

    Sopore: This is the hometown of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani who is a strong advocate of "azadi" in Kashmir valley. Voting will take place in Sopore in the third phase of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly along with 15 other seats but the constituency is unlikely to see large...
  • Sydney Cricket Ground puts out 63 bats to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes December 3, 2014

    Sydney: The outpouring of emotions over the tragic death of Phillip Hughes continues and the Sydney Cricket Ground, where the youngster was fatally struck on his head, paid its tribute by putting out 63 bats inside the stadium as a mark of remembrance to his final score. The ground, where Hughes...
  • 71% voting in the second phase of J&K elections but slight dip in the valley December 2, 2014

    Srinagar: Just like the first phase, voters on December 2 came out in large numbers ignoring the boycott call given by separatist leaders and cold weather conditions to exercise their franchise in 18 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir. Several seats recorded a remarkable voter turnout, continuing the positive trend set...
  • Hopes of high voting in ravaged capital Srinagar, ruling NC faces voters wrath December 2, 2014

    Srinagar: "This time Srinagar will vote in large numbers. I hope people come out to vote in all 8 Assembly seats here. The Abdullah's government must be defeated at any cost. They have done nothing for us after the flood. We are left to die" says an angry taxi driver...
  • Why many voters of Kunan and Poshpora villages in Jammu and Kashmir will boycott elections December 1, 2014

    Kunan (Kupwara): While campaigning for Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections is on full force, there is an area where a group of voters have decided to boycott the democratic exercise not because they support the separatists leaders, but because they have been demanding justice for what they allege is one...
  • Polling for 2nd phase in Jammu region on Tuesday; BJP hit by rebellion in Udhampur, Reasi December 1, 2014

    Jammu: The fate of 85 candidates, including a Congress minister, will be sealed by 8.04 lakh voters in nine Assembly constituencies in Jammu region going to polls on Tuesday in the second phase of the five-phased Legislative Assembly elections. Polling will start at 8:00 am and will continue till...