UN Chief urged India and Pakistan to move in a positive direction for the settlement of Kashmir Issue

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan to move in a positive direction to resolve differences with respect to the border issue along the Line of Control. At a time when border issues are the most pressing issues India is facing on both its fronts, with Pakistan as well as China, the United Nations on Wednesday called for a “positive” resolution to the matter. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged India and Pakistan to move in a positive direction to resolve differences with respect to the border issue along the…

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Lockdown dents Kashmir Economy by Rs 45000 Cr: KTA Report

Successive lockdowns during the past year have dented the Kashmir region’s economy by over Rs 45,000 crore as per the report released by a Valley-based traders’ body. Businesses first remained shut for months after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year and just when economic activities had started picking up early this year, the Covid-19 lockdown started. “Since August 5, 2019, the business community has suffered a total loss of Rs 45,000 crore. The total loss of Rs 21,320.64 crore took place as a result of the…

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Six regional parties vow to fight for restoration of Article 370; Restoration next to impossible says BJP

A year after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, six regional parties, including the NC, PDP and Congress, today announced a joint fight for the restoration of Article 370. Party leaders, accused of evading a comment on the abrogation so far, said they had been unable to keep in touch owing to the curbs imposed by the Centre. In a statement, Farooq Abdullah (NC), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), GA Mir (J&K Pradesh Congress Committee), MY Tarigami (CPM), Sajad Lone (J&K People’s Conference) and Muzaffar Shah (Awami National Conference), termed…

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12 Fresh deaths, 708 new cases of coronavirus reported from across J&K

12 more people lost lives to COVID19 in Kashmir today, including a 43-year old Srinagar man with no underlying diseases. COVID19 continued to cause deaths in young ‘otherwise healthy’ individuals. Another 43 year old man from Hawal Srinagar died at SKIMS Soura today. He had been admitted with COVID19 pneumonia, a doctor at the hospital said. However, the doctor said the patient had been admitted very late into the disease. “He was under treatment only for one day and had acute respiratory distress when he was brought to the hospital,”…

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With 10 more deaths, J&K cross 500 mark due to novel corona-virus

COVID19 deaths crossed 500 in J&K today with 10 more people succumbing after getting infected with novel coronavirus. While the death rate (among the infected) is 1.9 percent in J&K, there is a wide gap in the death rates of the two divisions. In J&K, 19 out of every 1000 infected people infected with COVID19 lost his/her life. While 26413 cases of COVID19 have been confirmed in J&K till date, the number of deaths attributed to the viral illness stood at 506 on Wednesday evening. The death rate among infected…

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UN discusses Kashmir for third time since abrogation of article 370

The UN Security Council discussed disputed Kashmir at Pakistan’s request on Wednesday for the third time since India’s Hindu nationalist government decided to end the Muslim-majority region’s semi-autonomy a year ago. The United Nations’s most powerful body did not take any action or issue a statement after the virtual meeting held behind closed doors. Nonetheless, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said afterwards holding the meeting signified “that Jammu and Kashmir is an international dispute firmly on the agenda of the Security Council and has nullified, yet another time, the…

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Coronavirus spike continues 718 fresh positive cases, 9 deaths reported in Kashmir Valley

Over 90 security personnel,18 pregnant women, 15-month old among new cases Cases cross 16000, 9 die in Kashmir Valley As many as 718 new cases of COVID19 were confirmed in J&K on Wednesday, the total positive cases here reaching 16429. The Kashmir division had 601 cases today; over 90 police and other security personnel, 18 pregnant women and a 15-month old baby are among the new cases from Kashmir, health officials said. Srinagar district today too had a high number of positive cases. 158 people belonging to the district tested…

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Hue & Cry across Kashmir as thousands of non-local are arriving amid pandemic and lockdown

If public transport is banned in Kashmir, why is no such ban on the highway: Locals ask Is India planning large-scale killings in Kashmir through Hindutva terrorists A video has gone viral on social media network sites wherein non-local labourers heading towards Kashmir say they have not undergone COVID19 test has left people here worried. The administration says that the necessary protocol is being followed. In the video, a bus can be seen halted somewhere on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway while on the way to Kashmir. One of the passengers…

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J&K reports the highest spike of 13 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, Toll 209

J&K toll reaches 209 COVID19 deaths witnessed a spurt in J&K on Wednesday with 13 people dying of the viral illness in a day, the toll reaching 209. In the past 15 days, the death toll attributed to COVID19 rose from 101 to 209. The deaths doubled in two weeks, revealing the high mortality of patients. While many doctors believe that the rise in the number of deaths was reflective of the “actual number of cases” in the community, hospitals are grappling to accommodate moderately and critically sick COVID19 patients.…

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Six deaths, 387 fresh cases of coronavirus reported from across J&K

Six more persons including five from Kashmir died of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in J&K to 160, officials said.A 35-year-old woman from Srinagar died at Chest Disease Hospital. Hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Saleem Tak said she shifted from SMHS on July 08. “She was suffering from hypertension, acute bilateral pneumonia and respiratory distress syndrome and died today at 9 am,” he saidAn 80-year-old man from Kokernag died at the CD Hospital late Thursday. Tak said the deceased was admitted on July 04 with bilateral…

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