Speaker’s expunge-CM’s-remarks order illegal: Experts

Speaker’s expunge-CM’s-remarks order illegal: Experts

SRINAGAR: Speaker assembly Kavinder Gupta overstepped his brief by adjourning the legislature sine die after his order to expunge chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement on Article 370 created pandemonium in the house, legal experts say. Former advocate general Ishaq Qadri told Kashmir Reader the speaker adjourned the house because “he had no answers to the […]

‘Study leave’ cancelled, officers ordered back to work

‘Study leave’ cancelled, officers ordered back to work

SRINAGAR: The state government has issued an order recalling to duty all officers/officials who have gone on ‘study leave’ in violation of norms. The departments of general administration and finance, which sanction study leave for an officer/official, have said that proposals for study leave were received ‘belatedly’ and hence the leaves are unauthorised. The two […]

Government unable to recover cost of electricity from Baglihar II

Government unable to recover cost of electricity from Baglihar II

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC), a fully-owned government company, is facing a tough time in getting buyers for electricity produced in its 450-MW Baglihar II power project. The rate of its power unit is much higher than the available market rate in India, Kashmir Reader has learnt. One of the […]

Over 900 days in courts, no justice for Wamiq’s father

Over 900 days in courts, no justice for Wamiq’s father

Srinagar: Farooq Ahmed Wani has spent 904 days in the grind of the justice system since 2010 when police killed his 13-year-old son Wamiq Farooq. During this time, he had to sell off a plot of land and his entire savings to fund his fight for justice. Wamiq was killed when a teargas shell fired […]

Hurriyat cold shouldered us: Incarcerated activist’s family

Hurriyat cold shouldered us: Incarcerated activist’s family

SRINAGAR: Family of an activist of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani have alleged that the resistance group cold shouldered them when they sought legal help for his release. Shabnum Bashir, daughter of the Bashir Sofi, who was arrested on October 25 and subsequently booked under Public Safety Act, told Kashmir Reader that she […]

Accepting ex gratia no sin: resistance leaders, Islamic scholars

Accepting ex gratia no sin: resistance leaders, Islamic scholars

SRINAGAR: Islamic scholars and the two top resistance leaders have said that by accepting government money and jobs, the kin of those killed by government forces during last year’s uprising were committing no sin, neither should they feel guilty. Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Kashmir Reader that the money provided by the […]