India topped the list of 29 countries that forced Internet Shutdown

In 2020, India topped list of 29 countries that blocked access to the internet despite increased demand during COVID-19. Over the past year, billions of people all over the world have relied heavily on internet connectivity to keep in touch with family and friends, learn online, work from home and get vital information about the coronavirus pandemic. Yet over the course of 2020, 29 countries intentionally shut down or slowed their internet communications at least 155 times, according to a new report published by Access Now, a non-profit digital rights…

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Pheran Row: Fear of the Pheran returns to Kashmir Valley, Security forces issue fresh guideline

Security forces have been asking those wearing the loose, traditional garment – including the reporter – to take it off as they fear it may be used to hide arms. Civilians wearing pherans – the long robe traditionally worn in Kashmir in winter as protection against the cold – have found themselves under security forces’ scrutiny once again. On February 19 two policemen were killed after being shot at close range by a militant in the Baghat area of uptown Srinagar, along the high-security Airport Road. The incident was captured…

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Doodhpathri the Valley of Milk

Around 47 kilometres away from summer capital Srinagar, Doodhpathri – a tourist destination and a hill station is located in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. At an altitude of 2,730 meters from sea level, the breathtaking destination lies 22 kilometres away from district headquarters Budgam. Popularly known as ‘Valley of Milk’, the revered saint of Kashmir Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (RA) would spend time here and pray. According to the legend, the Sheikh went into the forests to quest his thirst but he found nothing. The legend goes that the Sheikh…

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Avoid Internet Bans by Using a Free VPN that works in Kashmir

On the first week of February 2021, the Indian authorities agreed to finally restore nationwide internet access by temporarily lifting the 18-month ban, the longest internet blackout in a democratic country. With this move, schools, banks, and other essential online services are now free to operate without restrictions. Additionally, the lifting of the internet ban can help in the improvement of the healthcare system in the country, especially in an era where proper healthcare is needed the most. But given the previous incidents, it will probably take just enough time…

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GA Mir briefly detained for protesting against inflation

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president GA Mir was briefly detained here on Sunday along with over 12 party workers during a protest against the rising fuel prices, police said. The police acted after Mir, along with senior party colleagues and former ministers Raman Bhalla and Yogesh Sawhney, tried to take out a rally against the price hike of essential commodities, especially petrol, diesel and LPG at Janipur locality of the city. Accompanied by a large number of party activists and supporters, the Congress leaders earlier staged a…

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Saudi Arabia maintains neutrality over the Kashmir Issue

Much to Pakistan’s dismay and India’s delight, Saudi Arabia maintained neutrality over the Kashmir issue, even when Islamabad is making all efforts to mend its relations with the Gulf country and is wooing it to change its stance. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, his government has had good relations with Saudi Arabia. After the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Riyadh in October 2019, Saudi Arabia has maintained neutrality over Kashmir and backed India on cross-border terrorism, said Abhinav Pandya, a strategic analyst and the CEO…

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JKPCC leadership protested against rising Fuel Prices & Property Tax

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president G A Mir and 145 other party leaders and activists Thursday courted arrest, after a brief scuffle with the police which foiled their attempt to march towards Civil Secretariat from Satwari, in protest against soaring fuel prices and imposition of property tax. The police, later, freed all the detained leaders and activists. Led by JKPCC president GA Mir, the protesters assembled here at Satwari against property tax, toll plazas, hike in diesel, petrol and LPG prices and staged a dharna. While shouting slogans against…

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Would Saudi Arabia change its stance on Kashmir, as Imran Khan tries to mend ties with Riyadh?

The Imran Khan government in Pakistan is trying to mend its ties with Saudi Arabia, which had hit a low last year. Does this mean Riyadh will change its stance on Kashmir? While the Pakistan-Saudi relations hit a rough patch in 2020, both New Delhi and Riyadh strengthened their ties and pledged to work together in various sectors. All this while, Islamabad’s rhetoric on Kashmir has not found any takers among its allies, including Saudi Arabia. In August 2020, cracks had surfaced in the Pakistan-Saudi relations after Foreign Minister Shah…

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Noon Chai, Kashmir’s favorite salty beverage

Noon Chai or Sheer Chai—a pink-coloured salted tea with a mixture of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) has been the traditional beverage of Kashmiris for centuries. People in Kashmir are known to be connoisseurs of making Noon Chai and usually consume it in the morning and the afternoon with Tchwoer or Girda (Oven-baked bread). What makes the tea pink? While preparing the tea, it develops a maroon hue through oxidation and aeration by mixing a certain amount of sodium bicarbonate. However, the origins of Noon Chai is not confirmed as to…

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Red Fort Violence: Delhi Police arrest farmer leaders from Jammu

The Delhi Police today said its crime branch sleuths, in association with the J&K Poilce, tracked down and apprehended two more accused for their alleged involvement in the Red Fort violence during the farmers’ tractor parade on January 26. Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal said Jammu and Kashmir United Kisan Front chairman Mohinder Singh (45), a resident of Chatha area of Jammu, and Mandeep Singh (23) of Gole Gujral, Jammu, were alleged to have been “active participants and key conspirators” in the violence. Farmers blocked the Jammu-Pathankot highway here…

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