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Archives of south Asian oral history housed in India

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Hundreds of rare ethnographic sound recordings, including parables, songs, hymns, instrumental music, and poems, made their way to India as part of a collaborative project between British Library and Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE). The project, entitled South Asian Audiovisual Heritage, aims at preserving these historic recordings and ge...

2 days ago
Three member Indian Army delegation to visit China

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) In a first after last year's Doklam stand-off, a three-member delegation of the Indian Army will be visiting Beijing for talks with its Chinese military counterparts next month to bolster defence ties between the two countries that share a long border, part of which is in dispute. The team will be led by Eastern Army commander Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna in the secon...

3 days ago
US envoy on three-day visit to Ladakh

Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) Kenneth I. Juster, the US Ambassador to India, is presently on a three-day visit to the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The US envoy visited the Hemis Monastery and the Druk Padma Karpo school in Leh district. Hemis Monastery is the oldest and the most prominent Monastery in the Ladakh region that is highly revered by the Buddhist and ...

4 days ago
J&K Governor meets Dalai Lama in Leh

Srinagar, July 10 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Tuesday met Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama who is currently visiting the state's Ladakh region, an official statement said. Before commencing his official engagements, soon after arrival at Leh this morning, Governor N.N. Vohra called on His Highness, Dalai Lama at his residence in Jive-tsal Choglamsar, said the ...

5 days ago
Omar accuses BJP, PDP of hypocrisy and double-speak

Jammu, July 9 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the situation in the state was alarming and urged Governor N.N. Vohra to restore normalcy in the Kashmir Valley. Addressing a daylong convention of the women's wing of his National Conference party Omar said: In 2014 the state witnessed near normal activity, the past over three years's misrule has b...

7 days ago
Attempt to split PDP will have serious repercussions: Mehbooba warns Centre

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has warned that any attempt by the BJP to engineer defections in her PDP to form the government in the state will erode the trust of the Kashmiris in Indian democracy. If Delhi intervenes and breaks our party, and makes Sajad Lone or whosoever as the Chief Minister, it will erode the trust of the Kashmiris in...

7 days ago
BJP wants governor's rule to continue in Kashmir: Ram Madhav

Srinagar, July 7 (IANS) BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday ruled out any possibility of the BJP stitching an alliance with disgruntled PDP legislators to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir. We are for continuing with Governor's Rule in the interest of peace, governance and development in the state, Madhav tweeted. Madhav's remarks came amid speculation that the BJ...

8 days ago
Prayers mark Dalai Lama's 83rd birthday celebrations

Leh, July 6 (IANS) Special prayers were held in this mountainous district of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir for the long life of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who turned 83 on Friday. Large crowds donning traditional dresses began to assemble since morning at the Shewatsel Phodrang complex on the outskirts of Leh for the celebrations. The Dalai Lama, revered by the Tibeta...

11 days ago
First after Doklam, Chinese soldiers in India to boost military ties

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) In a first such visit after the Doklam stand-off last year, a high-level Chinese army delegation is in India on a five-day visit to boost ties between the militaries of the two countries that remain pitted against each other on disputed border areas. The 10-member team of the People's Liberation Army, led by its senior commander Lt. General Liu Xiaowu, the Deputy...

12 days ago
Congress for early J&K elections, to hold party meet in Srinagar

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) The Congress on Monday said it wanted early elections in Jammu and Kashmir as it ruled out possibility of supporting the PDP for forming an alternate government in the state. It also dismissed any significance of a reported meeting soon of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi. General Secretary in-charge of the s...

12 days ago
Congress for early J&K elections, to hold meeting in Srinagar

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) The Congress on Monday said it wanted early elections in Jammu and Kashmir as it ruled out possibility of supporting the PDP for forming an alternate government in the state. General Secretary in-charge of the state Ambika Soni told reporters after a meeting of the party's policy planning group on Kashmir that the party will prepare for fresh elections on the bas...

19 days ago
Pre-poll grand alliance not practical: Sharad Pawar

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said a pre-poll grand alliance in the next year's Lok Sabha elections is not practical while maintaining that non-BJP parties may come together for state-specific alliances to take on the ruling BJP. He said while regional compulsions of parties in states may deem a pre-poll grand alliance impractical, a post-poll alliance could ...

20 days ago
Hope more people will practice yoga in future: Modi

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the way people across the world have embraced the International Day of Yoga celebrated on June 21, and hoped that more and more people will come forward to make the practice a part of their lives. During his 'Mann Ki Baat' address, Modi said the fourth Yoga Day event held on Thursday presented some of the rarest of s...

20 days ago
Mehbooba denies Amit Shah's allegations

Srinagar, June 24 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday denied emphatically that she discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions and wondered why none of the BJP ministers spoke about it till now if it was true. In a string of tweets, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief said that whatever happened during the time of the PDP-BJP rule in the state ...

21 days ago
Congress hits back, accuses Amit Shah of shedding crocodile tears

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday hit back at BJP President Amit Shah, accusing him of shedding crocodile tears in front of the people of Jammu after he lashed out at the Congress demanding an apology from its chief Rahul Gandhi for anti-national statements made by two of its senior leaders. In a statement, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Amit Shah had...

21 days ago
Rahul should apologize for Azad, Soz's statements, demands Amit Shah

Jammu, June 23 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday lashed out at the Congress for what he called anti-national statements made by two of its senior leaders, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz, and demanded Congress President Rahul Gandhi should apologize. Addressing a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally at the Parade Ground here, he accused Azad and Soz of making statements against...

21 days ago
Does BJP care about winning hearts and minds in Kashmir?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrawing support from the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir points to the kind of line which the party intends to follow in the run-up to next year's general election not only in the state but in the country in general. The series of recent by-election defeats, the inability to form a government in Karnataka and the uncertainty about its p...

23 days ago
Indian Army, PLA personnel do 'yoga for peace' at 17,000 feet

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Indian Army personnel deployed along the Indo-China border in Eastern Ladakh on Thursday observed the Fourth International Yoga Day with the Chinese PLA personnel at Daulat Beg Oldie-Tien Wein Dien meeting point at an altitude of 16,942 feet. During the yoga session, a talk was also given on importance of yoga for health, well being and inner balance at high alt...

24 days ago
Assembly in suspended animation helps horse trading: Omar

Srinagar, June 20 (IANS) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said his demand for dissolving the state assembly stems from the fact that the state of suspended animation it presently in helps in horse trading. No major political party staked claim to government formation after Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government collapsed on Tuesday after the BJP withdrew ...

25 days ago
BJP quits J&K government, ends alliance with PDP

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) More than three years after they formed an uneasy coalition, the BJP on Tuesday pulled out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government, citing growing terror activities and radicalization in the valley making its continuance untenable. Announcing the party's sudden decision at a hurriedly-called press conference, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ra...

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