Bashaarat Masood


Jammu and Kashmir moves to identify land in Valley for Sainik colonies
Fri, May 06, 2016

In April 2015, the Rajya Sainik Board (RSB), headed by Governor N N Vohra, approved establishment of a Sainik colony in Srinagar close to the old airport.

In restive south Kashmir, cricket teams named after Hizbul Mujahideen militants
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The tournament, one of the organisers said, was held in the memory of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, brother of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

Bihar Chowk in Srinagar: Profiles of ‘outsiders’ in Kashmir
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

A tea vendor from Bengal for whom Srinagar has been home for 30 yrs to a BSNL employee from Hyderabad who took a ‘voluntary’ posting in Baramulla — away from the ‘outsiders vs locals’ debate playing out at NIT and other colleges in J&K, are these stories

Valley heats up: ‘Protesters below 18, our politics for those above 18’
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Security forces say the alarming alienation among the youth in south Kashmir needs a politician’s healing touch, which is missing.

South Kashmir hears echo from Dadri killing to Bharat Mata ki Jai
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Ironically, at a time when the Jammu and Kashmir state government, seen here as an alliance of the “soft separatist” People’s Democratic Party’s and the “nationalist” Bharatiya Janata Party, is held up as a bold political experiment to bridge the deep divide between J and K.

EC puts off J&K Assembly bypoll for Anatnag seat
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

J&K govt sought postponement, said law and order situation ‘not conducive’

Mentally, we are militants: That’s the angry youth chorus in South Kashmir
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

While at the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar, both Kashmiris and “non-local” boys stressed that their names not be published, here, in this corner of south Kashmir, young people insisted they be named in this report.

Kashmir valley heats up: ‘Peaceful’ north on the boil, may fan simmer in south
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Coming within 10 days of Mehbooba Mufti taking over as Chief Minister, the incidents at Handwara threatened to add one more layer to the challenges that the new PDP-BJP government faces.

J&K: Kupwara orders a tab on WhatsApp groups, chats
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

The directive comes a day after the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir called for registration of “social media news agencies” to “curb rumour mongering”.

Handwara girl meets CJM, repeats clean chit to Army
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

The girl along with her father was presented before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Handwara last evening and her statement was recorded, police said in a statement.

Handwara killings: HC queries J&K police on ‘detention’ of girl, kin
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The mother of the 16-year-old girl, filed a petition before the High Court today seeking release of her daughter and two other relatives from "illegal detention" of police.

Handwara protests: Girl, father in custody, kin demand release
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

DIG for North Kashmir Uttam Chand said the girl’s father too was in their custody.

Handwara civilian deaths: Mehbooba-BJP govt faces first major challenge
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The police and army will find it difficult to avoid responsibility for allegedly killing four civilians including a woman.

If students want to defend jhanda from Delhi, they should take me too: J&K education minister Nayeem Akhtar
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

What has happened on the NIT campus is nothing new, not even for this campus. It has bee going on for ages. It must be in that sense that she must have spoken.

Protests at NIT Srinagar: Outstation students meet Dy CM, rue lack of ‘liberal space’
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

The NIT authorities on Thursday allowed the students to skip the minor examinations scheduled to start from April 11 saying they would be given an opportunity to write these exams later.

Shopian encounter: ‘Facebook’ militant one of 2 killed; police van set on fire in south Kashmir
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The incident once again highlighted the growing support for militants in South Kashmir. People took to the streets in both Shopian and Pulwama.

NIT Srinagar protests: Under fire, police hit back, say don’t need certificate on nationalism, impartial
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The backlash against the police has also attracted the attention of people in the Valley.

J&K govt orders probe into police action at NIT Srinagar
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The NIT administration has asked students, who wish to leave for their homes, to furnish details so that they can facilitate their transit.

NIT violence and controversy: What happened and why it could have national impact
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

The controversy started with a clash between local and non-local students after India lost the World T20 semi final to West Indies, forcing the administration of NIT to close the institute.

Protesting students at NIT Srinagar: This isn’t India, get us out of here
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

On Wednesday, as a team of the HRD Ministry landed in Srinagar to review the situation, the students put forth several demands, including shifting the NIT out of the Valley.

Jammu & Kashmir govt: PDP MP boycotts swearing-in
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

While Mehbooba dropped former Public Works Minister Bukhari - one of the few ministers who performed well in the 10-month government led by Mufti - both Drabu and Akhtar have been included.

Book NIT students who beat J&K youth: MLA Engineer Rashid
Mon, Apr 04, 2016

Engineer Rashid, an Independent MLA of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, on Sunday demanded a criminal case against non-local engineering students of NIT, Srinagar, for allegedly assaulting a youth during a fracas with a group of Kashmiri students after India’s defeat to West Indies in T20 World Cup Thursday. “Let the police not force us to […]

J-K: Mehbooba likely to be sworn as CM on April 4, BJP defers its demands
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

BJP was keen on finance portfolio, but PDP firm on previous arrangement for cabinet slots

J&K: Army firing range plan in line of fire
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The Army had been using the Tosa Maidan meadows for artillery firing range for over 50 years now.

Will not be forced into saying ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, says Omar Abdullah
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

He also called for setting up a ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ commission by India and Pakistan to bring closure to the sufferings of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

J&K: 2 soldiers, civilian hurt in grenade attack
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack in a tele-statement to a local news agency.

Out of the Valley: A look at the lives of Kashmiri students
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

With Kashmiri students in the eye of a storm, a look at their lives away from home — the little joys and the prejudices they battle every day.

Mehbooba Mufti to be Jammu and Kashmir’s first woman CM
Fri, Mar 25, 2016

Mufti, who visited her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s grave in Bijbehara in south Kashmir on Thursday, left for her hometown Bijbehara where she chaired the legislature party meet at her official residence in Gupkar.

J&K govt formation: Mehbooba Mufti in Delhi for ‘crucial’ talks with PM Modi
Tue, Mar 22, 2016

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to end the impasse over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. The PDP leader arrived at 7 Race Course Road this morning.

In J&K jail, a 4-yr-old who refuses to leave
Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Iftikhar’s father, 43-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Tantray, had in 1990 crossed over from Ganderbal’s Saloora village to Pakistan, allegedly for arms training.

Top cops engage in fist fight after militants escape in J&K
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

While the militants escaped the cordon dodging the police, it triggered an argument between DSP Zargar — who was leading the counter insurgency unit — and SP Parray, which later turned into a fist fight.

Mehbooba’s dilemma: How to form a govt with BJP without loss of face
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

In her recent speeches, it seems that Mehbooba and her party are still in a dilemma over government formation. For, whatever she says publicly, it is not an easy decision for her given the stand she took after her father’s death.

New headache in Valley: Crowds swelling at militant funerals
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

According to senior police officers, the new phenomenon has its origins in the glamourised version of militancy symbolised by its modern day poster boy, 21-year-old Hizbul commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

PoK government bans two books written by Maqbool Bhat
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Most of the other books that have been banned are authored by Mohammad Saeed Asad, the director of National Institute of Kashmir Studies (NIKS) Mirpur in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Kashmir encounter: Three Hizbul militants killed in South Kashmir
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Why the Food Security Act has Kashmir in a rage
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

The issue is price vs quantity, and residents believe they have got a bargain so bad they may starve