Windstorm, Heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of north Kashmir

Windstorm followed by heavy rains and hailstorm wreaked havoc in parts of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday by damaging trees and residential houses. The storm caused extensive damage to standing crops and apple orchards mostly in Zaingeer belt including Mundji, Hardishiva, Takiya khan, Duroo, Warpora, Janwara and other villages. Reports quoting locals said that heavy rain, strong winds and hailstorm lasted for half an hour. It uprooted dozes of apple and willow trees and damaged rooftops of several residential houses. The area has witnessed adverse weather several…

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Pellets to Sound Cannon: BJP’s ‘Non-Violent’ methods to handle Kashmir Conflict

Calling protesters “human obstacles”, media reports suggest that the government forces in Kashmir will switch to a sonic weapon – sound cannon or Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) – from shotguns used to shoot pellets at the protesters. On June 24, 2019, news about the use of the sound cannons appeared in a newspaper. The report said that Ministry of Home Affairs headed by Bhartiya Janata Party’s former president Amit Shah has approved the use of the sonic weapon in Kashmir to shoo the protesters away. Experts say that LRAD…

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Probe human rights violations in Kashmir: UN Report

The United Nations has accused India again of human rights violations in Kashmir and has called for the formation of a commission of inquiry into the allegations. A 43-page report released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday also called out Pakistan for detaining Kashmiri separatists in its portion of the disputed region. The Muslim-majority region of Kashmir is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan, who have fought two wars so far over the Himalayan territory. The two countries came…

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Kashmir witnessed 271 Killings, 177 CASO’s, 51 Internet Blockades during last six months

The first half of 2019 in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir (IAJK) witnessed continued and increased violence. The first six months of 2019 recorded 271 killings in IAJK in various incidents of violence, which include 43 civilians, 120 militants and 108 Indian armed forces personnel. Killing Figures (January to June 2019) Month Civilians Militants Armed Forces Total Killings January 2019 02 17 08 27 February 2019 05 22 60 87 March 2019 14 19 15 48 April 2019 05 11 03 19 May 2019 11 27 04 42 June 2019…

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Amarnath Yatra: NH out of bounds for civil traffic for 5 hours on daily basis

The government Monday disallowed civil vehicles from playing on Qazigund-Nashri stretch of Jammu-Srinagar highway for five hours to ensure smooth passage of Amarnath yatra vehicles. The 46-day annual Amarnath Yatra began from both Pahalgam and Baltal routes on Monday. It will conclude on 15 August. The decision to restrict the civil traffic on Qazigund-Nashri stretch during Yatra convoy movements was taken in a meeting which was chaired by Advisor to Governor, Vijay Kumar on June 29. “There will be no vehicle movement in the opposite or same direction as the…

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Kashmir hopes Shah to extend an olive branch to resistance camp during two-day visit

Shah, who is visiting the state for the first time after taking charge of the home ministry, will make a detailed security review of the Amarnath Yatra and address a party gathering followed by meetings with the state administration. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday for the first time after taking charge of the ministry and local political leaders are expecting him to announce talks with separatists. Shah will reach the state’s summer capital, Srinagar, in the afternoon and stay in the…

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Worrying trend across Kashmir Valley as more locals joining rebel ranks

Mohammad Salman Khan and Shabir Ahmad Dar deserted the Jammu and Kashmir police’s counter-insurgency wing to cross over to the other side on June 5. The special police officers (SPOs) left Pulwama’s district police lines with their automatic weapons and joined Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad four months after it carried out one of the deadliest attacks in Kashmir on February 14 that left 40 paramilitary troopers dead. Within hours of their desertion, security forces raided a house where security forces were tipped off about the duo’s presence at Panjran Lassipora,…

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‘No Locus Standi’, India rejects OIC stand on Kashmir

Three months after New Delhi had toned down its criticism of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) reference to Jammu and Kashmir, India on Monday raised the decibel and rejected the OIC’s reference to Kashmir as “unacceptable” and said that the grouping has “no locus standi”. This is a turnaround from the March 2 statement earlier this year when India had merely said that Jammu and Kashmir is an “integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India”. But, unlike previous statements, it did not say in…

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In BJP 2.0, Amit Shah to focus on Kashmir

On his first day in North Block, the Home Minister Amit Shah got a detailed briefing on the situation in Jammu Kashmir. J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik also flew to Delhi and briefed him on the very first day in office. Reports appearing in Delhi media suggest that Shah was briefed by Director, Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain and Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. Later, he spent 15-minutes in a closed-door meeting with Satya Pal Malik. “I had a brief discussion with the Home Minister on the law and order situation…

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Juma-tul-Vida will be observed as Youm-e-Qudus, Youm-e-Kashmir: Hurriyat Conference (M)

As a convention, Hurriyat Conference (M) has announced that Juma-tul-Vida (last Friday of Ramadan) will be observed as Youm-e-Qudus and Youm-e-Kashmir—urging imams and khateebs to raise their voice for the peaceful settlement of the world’s two oldest and lingering disputes—Palestine and Kashmir on this day and to press on the international community to play its role towards solution of these disputes. Hurriyat spokesperson said that “that on the occasion of Youm-e-Qudus and Youm-e-Kashmir, a resolution framed by the Joint Resistance Leadership will be passed in all the masjids, shrines, and…

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