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China, Pakistan decide to extend CPEC to Afghanistan

BEIJING China and Pakistan have decided to speed up and extend the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor towards Afghanistan during Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to Islamabad, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Wang, designated as China’s top diplomat as he is also the State Councillor — a higher rank in the Chinese political hierarchy — visited Pakistan from September 7 to 9 …

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Valley weekends resume with cultural show on banks of Dal Lake

SRINAGAR The Department of Tourism Kashmir resumed its Valley Weekend programme here at Zabarwan Park on Saturday with a mesmerizing performance by local singers. The Valley Weekend programme is aimed at entertaining tourists, engaging locals in music, cultural and sports activities besides providing a platform to the local artists and …

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Jammu to witness ‘terrace theatre’ by Kashmir group

JAMMU Vomedh Rangmanch, a prominent theatre group of Kashmiri artistes, is set to perform ‘terrace theatre’ here. Vomedh, led by young director Rohit Bhat, launched the fortnightly theatre series today. The first presentation on the inaugural day was “Daya Sanz Daygath” written by Ravinder Dhar and directed by Rohit. Terrace …

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Nazir Josh–Kashmir’s laugh doctor wants to bring mirth back to valley’s depressed lives

BUDGAM Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir’s very own “Charlie Chaplin”, used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, …

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Noted writer and broadcaster Pran Kishore Kaul conferred Padam Shri award

SRINAGAR Noted Kashmiri writer, broadcaster and a stage and film director, Pran Kishore Kaul was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award on the 69th Republic Day in New Delhi. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra congratulated Kaul on the achievement and wished him continuing high success in all his endeavours. …

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Book details woes of Kashmir’s transgender community

SRINAGAR A recent book looks at the suffering of Kashmir’s transgender community by studying the lives of 24 “hijras”, with the author contending that very few people are interested in knowing about them, resulting in the sordid conditions in which they live. The insightful “Hijras of Kashmir: A Marginalised Form of Personhood,” (Jay Kay Books/ …

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