Amid EVM Row, Nationwide alert sounded about violence on counting day

The Home Ministry on Wednesday put out a nation-wide alert to states about possible eruption of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes. The Centre’s advisory comes just a day after former union minister Upendra Kushwaha threatened of bloodshed in Bihar if any attempt is made to steal “the peoples’ votes”. Ram Vilas Paswan, the union minister and the BJP ally in Bihar, had responded to Kushwaha’s warning of bloodshed. Paswan, who spoke after the dinner for NDA allies hosted by BJP chief…

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Modern “Halal” meat is a mockery of Islam

Eating meat in Islam is not a right or a duty. Eating meat is a privilege, extended to us by Allah with responsibilities attached. Unfortunately, many Muslims today don’t seem to care about the food they eat, at the expense of their akirah. This article is a warning to Muslims around the world to start paying attention before its too late. Industrial meat, egg and dairy operations operate under a capitalist system, not the Shariah. Consequently the only important component is money, not animal welfare or health. Under the Shariah…

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Highway ban lifted, Security arrangements for Amarnath yatra reviewed by the governor

Following a review of the security situation in the State and of the requirement of the government forces’ convoys, the Governor Tuesday decided to lift the remaining restrictions on civilian movement on NH-44 connecting Srinagar to Jammu with effect from May 27, 2019. An official spokesman said these restrictions had become necessary following the movement of the government forces on an unprecedented scale after the Pulwama attack. He said the government forces were required both for anti-militancy operations and for smooth conduct of general elections. In order to facilitate safe…

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EVM’s On Run: Multiple videos of EVMs stacked in cars, shops surface on social media

Several incidents of EVMs being stored in illegal cars and shops surfaced on Twitter Opposition will move EC demanding VVPATs be verified in entire Assembly segment in case of discrepancies Results for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be declared on May 23 Days before results for the fiercely fought Lok Sabha elections are declared, several videos of EVMs being stored and moved from one unauthorised storage house to another surfaced on Twitter. While some machines are seen stored at local shops, others are seen stacked in the boot of…

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Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover phase II inauguration today

After a long wait, the second phase of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover will be thrown open for vehicular traffic today. It will be inaugurated by J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik. For the past four years, residents were waiting for the flyover to get complete. With the second phase to be thrown open tomorrow, people are overjoyed, as Eid is also near, which may provide them some relief from traffic congestion. “Traffic congestion has been a big problem for everyone. With flyover’s second phase being inaugurated today, it will come as a…

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Kashmir shuts on resistance call, Mirwaiz house arrest, March to Eidgah foiled

The authorities in Kashmir on Tuesday foiled the proposed march by the separatists to the Eidgah ground in Srinagar by imposing restrictions in old city areas and also keeping the “martyrs’ graveyard” out of bounds for the visitors. The authorities also put moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nigeen residence here as the faction led by him had called for a shutdown and Eidgah march on Tuesday to commemorate the death anniversaries of two assassinated separatist leaders — Moulvi Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.…

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How conflict and stigma are creating mental health crisis in Kashmir

The embattled district of Shopian in the south of Kashmir is at breaking point. An unknown gunman has shot and injured a local politician in the village of Chitragam. He is the third politician shot this week in Shopian district alone. Earlier that day, streets across the region were filled with thousands of protesters demanding the death penalty for the man who raped a three-year-old girl. And the past week has also seen the return of shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces in Kashmir, with civilians reportedly injured. Such violence…

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Turkish president, Erdogan calls on Muslim countries to unite and confront Israel

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslim leaders to unite and confront Israel, days after scores of Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers as they marked 70 years of Israeli occupation. Speaking at an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday, Erdogan said Israel should be held accountable over the killings which drew widespread international condemnation and triggered a wave of protests from Asia, through the Middle East, to North Africa. “To take action for Palestinians massacred by Israeli bandits is to show the whole world that humanity…

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Mohammad Jammal, PDP worker paid by his life as his family cast 5 of 7 votes in south Kashmir

Police officials said militants were behind Mohammad Jammal’s killing as they want to create fear among the people for the next elections to the assembly for which dates are yet to be announced. PDP worker Mohammad Jammal from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district knew casting his vote would not be easy this time, yet he insisted he and his family would not stay away from the polling booths. On April 29, the polling day, the 65-year-old from Zungalpora was unwell and could not go out to vote. But he made sure…

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As UN demands details on Civilian killings in Kashmir, India stops engagement on topic

UN experts have asked for clarification on 76 cases of torture and killings of civilians in the last 29 years. Three special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have written to India asking for details on steps taken to punish or provide justice to victims and their next of kin in 76 cases of torture and arbitrary killing in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990. The letter to the Indian government, dated March 18, is written by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard,…

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