#Covid19: Coronavirus cases rise to 169 across India, first positive case reported from Kashmir

The number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 169, reports PTI. The pandemic, described as an “unprecedented threat” by the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom, has now affected over 2,00,000 people around the world and caused 8,000 deaths globally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Thursday at 8 PM during which he will talk about issues relating to COVID-19 and the efforts to combat it, the prime minister’s office announced on Wednesday. The border between the US and Canada has been temporarily closed by “mutual consent”…

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NC President and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah walks free post-seven-month detention

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah walked out of his Gupkar residence on Friday, seven months after he was put under detention following the abrogation of Article 370 by the central government. “I am free, I am free,” he said while addressing the media persons gathered outside his home. Abdullah was detained in August last year after the Centre stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and bifurcated it into two union territories. “I am grateful to the people of the state…

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#Covid19: Understanding Coronavirus

Coronavirus first originated in China in December last year but has spread to more than 100 countries and infected over one lakh people. It has also led to the death of more than 3,000 people. Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, is known to kill between 3-4 percent of those it infects. “Covid-19 is not very fatal, but it is very infectious. Since it infects more people, a large number die. In terms of infectivity, it is almost up there with the most infectious measles and chickenpox… We don’t really…

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#Convid19: WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic, All Schools, Colleges, Universities Shut till March 31

The coronavirus outbreak was Wednesday declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), whose chief expressed his “deep concern” over “alarming levels of inaction” in combating the virus spread. WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases outside China had increased 13-fold over the past two weeks. However, he clarified that the labeling of it as a pandemic, or disease spreading in multiple countries around the world simultaneously, did not mean the WHO was changing its advice about what countries should do and he called on…

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Ready to resist any move to revoke Article 35A: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that the situation developing on ground over the past week with deployment of thousands of additional forces and government orders circulating has alarmed people and they have become apprehensive of something happening. Addressing Friday congregation at historic Jama Masjid in Srinagar he said, “Speculations are rife including removal of Article 35A to change the demography of the state and its Muslim majority character. For the past three years there has been a great push towards it since when various PILs were…

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Mehbooba Mufti, Sajad Lone, Shah Faesal caution Centre against tinkering with J&K’s special status

Amid the growing grip in Kashmir in the wake of build-up of security forces, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti late on Friday night led a delegation of political leaders from different parties to Governor Satya Pal Malik, urging him that New Delhi shouldn’t tinker with unique identity of Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. In a dramatic turn of events, Mehbooba, late Friday night, addressed media, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to tinker with the State’s special status. “The Prime Minister must ensure that the…

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Kashmir in hysteria, Panic grips Valley, locals throng ATM’s, Petrol Pumps

A series of alarming official orders that talked of an upcoming crisis situation, additional troop deployment and an advisory to tourists and yatris to immediately leave the Kashmir valley has left the residents in panic and guessing. The orders, which got leaked over the past week, have slowly built a pressure cooker situation in the Valley and left the people here apprehensive about a possible unrest. The panic deepened on Friday afternoon when the state government issued a security advisory asking tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to leave the Valley “as…

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Why is there panic across Kashmir Valley?

Panic has gripped Jammu and Kashmir amid rumours of imminent abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution and after the deployment of thousands of extra troops to the Valley. Officials said that security has been withdrawn from some isolated shrines because of intelligence inputs that foreign terrorists are planning to target police guard there. Some langars for the Amarnath Yatra have also been closed. Summer vacations were preponed and educational institutions have been closed for 10 days starting Thursday. Local residents have started panic-buying essentials as they are linking the…

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Air Force, Army put on high alert, Troop buildup triggers panic among Kashmiri’s

Govt has put IAF and Army on high alert in Kashmir Centre has also rushed 28,000 troops to the Kashmir valley Omar Abdullah has said this sounds alarming Day after the Centre decided to send an additional 28,000 troop to Kashmir, the central government has now put the Army and Air Force on high alert in Jammu and Kashmir. Rashtriya Rifles and other regular units deployed on the LoC have been asked to be prepared for any attempts by Pakistan to push terrorists into the Kashmir valley. Indian Air Force…

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What are Articles 370 and 35A? Why they are important for J&K

Rumours are afloat that the Modi-led government is set to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, which prevents anyone who is not a state subject of Jammu & Kashmir from purchasing property and settling in the state. The rumours were triggered by reports of Centre deploying additional 10,000 paramilitary troops to address the likely fallout from the removal of the controversial Article 35A in J&K. The government has, however, said that these are precautionary measures in view of terrorist threats. The rumours reflect apprehensions in the Valley following Home Minister Amit Shah’s pointed statement in…

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