Friday prayer not allowed for sixth straight week at historic Jamia Masjid

The state government did not allow mandatory Friday congregation prayers at historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar for sixth straight week on Friday. The government have also barred Kashmir head priest Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from leading Friday prayers from last six week. Since early this morning the government has imposed strict restrictions on the movement of people in downtown area of Srinagar to prevent protests and rallies after congregational prayers. Also, Imams and Molvis of various religious organisations and Masjids of Kashmir on Thursday had also discussed the continuous closure of Jamia…

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Curfew imposed in parts of valley to stem protests

Curfew was imposed in parts of Downtown Srinagar on Friday to prevent protests and rallies after congregational prayers. Residents said that police vans announced curfew early morning today. Joint Resistance Leadership has called for “peaceful protest” after weekly congregational prayers to protest the suspension of life sentences of army soldiers involved in Machhil fake encounter and “persecution of pro-freedom leadership”. A military court has reportedly suspended the life sentences and granted bail to five army men, including two officers, convicted for extrajudicial killing of three civilians near Line of Control…

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Chinese Army strategist warns of Kashmir intervention after Doklam

The latest warning came from PLA Navy Senior Captain Zhang Ye, who is a research fellow of the PLA Naval Research Institute and a prominent strategist. Even as National Security Adviser Ajit Doval holds key talks with the Chinese leadership, a prominent strategist of a People’s Liberation Army think-tank has warned that India’s “trespass” into the Doklam region would set the precedent for “a third party’s” intervention in Jammu & Kashmir. While Chinese State media have made similar arguments in recent weeks amid the on-going stand-off, the latest warning came…

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Al-Qaida says it has group in Kashmir to fight Indian Rule

Al-Qaida said for the first time it is active in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, announcing that a local Kashmiri militant would lead a new outfit of fighters opposing Indian rule in the disputed region. Al-Qaida said for the first time it is active in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, announcing on a linked propaganda network that a militant from an indigenous rebel group would lead a new outfit of fighters opposing Indian rule in the disputed region. The announcement was made Thursday by the Global Islamic Media Front, which…

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‘Deceitful ploy to erode State’s Special Status’: Statistical Bill Row

Calling the extension of Collection of Statistics Amendment Bill-2017 to Jammu and Kashmir as a “deceitful ploy to erode state’s autonomy”, Kashmir’s civil society and business community on Thursday said the PDP-BJP government is “not leaving any stone unturned to fulfill RSS agenda.” A day after the Bill that will empower the government of India to directly collect data from J&K was passed by Rajya Sabha “without taking state legislature into confidence”, the civil society members and business community unanimously called the move as “another nail in the coffin of…

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Loophole in Aadhar card processing poses security threat

A technical lacuna in making Aadhaar cards is posing a security threat to the sensitive state. This has happened as the Information Technology Department, now tasked with making the cards, has issued instructions to the Aadhaar centres to make cards on the basis of two government-issued identity proofs. However, with the centres unable to check the genuineness of the proofs, this loophole can be misused. Earlier the Aadhaar cards were being made on the basis of Temporary Identification Number (TIN), which was circulated to each person, who was counted during…

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Terrorists attack 62 RR convoy in Shopian, two Army jawans injured; area cordoned off

A joint party of Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police were on Thursday attacked by a group of terrorists in the Shopian district of the state. Two army personnel were injured after terrorists opened fire at an army party of 62 RR in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The incident took place at Materbugh area after a joint party of Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police was returning from cordon and search operation. Following the attack, a search operation was launched by the security personnel.…

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BSNL asks net users to change password post Malware Attack

State-owned telecom operator BSNL today said it has advised broadband users to change the default system password after a section of its broadband system was hit by a malware attack earlier this week. The malware attack impacted nearly 2,000 broadband modems, where subscribers had not changed default password “admin”. “The situation has been addressed to a great extent. We are advising customers that they should immediately change their passwords, and they should not be worried about using broadband once they have done that,” BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava told PTI. He…

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J&K govt has to be extra cautious over Article 35A petition: Legal experts warn

The government of India’s stand on Article 35-A which grants J&K legislative powers to define state’s permanent residents has become “uncertain” and the state government needs to be “extra cautious” while handling the matter in the Supreme Court, legal experts cautioned on Thursday. The ‘warning’ comes days after New Delhi didn’t file an affidavit on the matter in the court and instead sought a “larger debate” on the “very sensitive” issue. “The state government has to be very cautious and very careful now because the stand of the government of…

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Pak, Separatists, Terrorists biggest enemies of Kashmir: Indresh Kumar

RSS leader Indresh Kumar said Pakistan has been fuelling stone-pelting, violence, militancy and by no parameters can be called a well-wisher of Islam and the people of Kashmir. Pakistan, separatists and terrorists are the biggest enemies of Kashmir, Kashmiris and Kashmiriyat, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said on Thursday, advising Islamabad to ”keep off Kashmir” and reminding it of how its “hate-India” campaign cost it dearly in the past. Talking to the media on the sidelines of a function organised by the Bharat-Tibet Sahyog Manch in Jammu, RSS leader Indresh…

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