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Al-Qaida announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Reuters   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

Editor: They are only making official what has already been proven.

[From Times of India] DUBAI: Al-Qaida leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent.


In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a longstanding vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in an apparent snub to the Islamic State armed group challenging al-Qaida for leadership of transnational Islamist militancy.


Zawahri described the formation of "al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent" as a glad tidings for Muslims "in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujurat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir" and said the new wing would rescue Muslims there from injustice and oppression.

US Kashmiri Pandits ask Modi to overturn Omar order on Kousar Nag yatra PDF Print E-mail
Written by PTI   
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

[From First Post] Kashmiri Pandits in the US have sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to overturn an order from the Jammu & Kashmir government, rescinding permission for the Kousar Nag religious yatra in the valley.

Representational image: Reuters

Representational image: Reuters

Expressing dismay and anger over J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's recent decision to rescind the order permitting Kashmiri Pandits to proceed with the annual yatra to Kousar Nag, the Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA) in a letter to Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged that the yatra should be allowed to continue with immediate effect.

"The Kashmiri Pandits have historically been guardians of the ecology of Kashmir where every spring, river and mountain has been treated with respect as opposed to the degradation that has been caused in recent decades by the forces who oppose them and who do not want the Pandits to expose this destruction of the environment of Kashmir through unrestrained illegal activities," the letter said.

"We note that this is the third disturbance that has been created in the Valley following reports that your administration is looking at plans to rehabilitate the Kashmiri Pandits who had been expelled from the Valley in 1990 and have been living in exile for the last twenty five years," the letter said.

KOA has called for a general body meeting on August 31 in California to review the situation and determine their next course of action.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 August 2014 01:11
Security agencies express reservations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Special Correspondent   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:00

[From The Kashmir Monitor]: Srinagar: The resettlement of migrant Kashmir Pandits back in the valley is reported to have hit a road after security agencies have expressed reservations over the plan. Reports say that security agencies have told the central government that the plan was not workable in present conditions and would also involve huge cost in terms of men and material to secure the proposed localities for Pandits. Security agencies are apprehensive that following complete withdrawal of America from Afghanistan by this year-end, there is every likelihood that militants could make their way into Kashmir. “In that scenario they (militants) could target Pandits”, government is reported to have been told.

India plans to counter ISIS effect in Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Written by TRANS ASIA NEWS   
Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

[From Trans Asia News] NEW DELHI: A fluttering flag of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIS) at a rally held by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (M) in Srinagar, has set off alarm bells in New Delhi, where concerns have been mounting about the spread of extremist ideology from west Asia like a virulent strain of drug resistant virus all the way to Kashmir. After anti-Shia slogans were also apparently reported at the rally, the home ministry is actively considering setting up a committee to prevent radicalisation of youth in Jammu and Kashmir.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 22:04
First of its kind stone sculpture of Lord Hanumana found PDF Print E-mail
Written by Excelsior Correspondent   
Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

[From Daily Excelsior]: SRINAGAR, July 9: The extremely rare artifact which has been recently recovered from district Budgam in Kashmir valley, will be displayed for researchers and general public in the Archaeological gallery at SPS Museum Lal Mandi Srinagar by Directorate of Archives and Museums.

A team of Archaeologists active in its drive of exploration and excavation of the Archaeological antiquities was successful in recovery of several rare antiquities of immense Archaeological value.  The team has made certain path breaking findings of Kashmir sculpture art, said M S Zahid Director Archaeology.

The team recently encountered a rarest stone sculpture of a Hindu deity identified as Hanuman at Kralpora, Chadoora in Budgam district. The team claims that it is first time when any such Archaeological find of this kind has been reported from Kashmir Valley, he added.

He said the team in its preliminary report states, “the stone sculpture measuring 43″ x 19″in height and breadth has been identified as that of Hanuman in standing posture on lotus designed pedestal.  The sculpture is dated to 9th century AD. It was the period when Kashmir was under the rule of Varma dynasty and Raja Avantivarmana was on the throne of Kashmir. He is recorded to have built his capital city at Awantipora, he added.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 22:15
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