COVID19: With 30 new cases, J&K crosses 1000 mark

By: Tahaa Yaseen J&K has crossed the mark of a thousand cases as 30 more patients tested positive for coronavirus including 21 in Kashmir on Friday that took JK’s infection tally to 1013. The coronavirus testing lab of Chest Disease (CD) Hospital Srinagar today tested 537 samples of which 12 returned positive. Only two of these cases are from Kashmir valley. Nodal Officer for COVID-19 measures, GMC Srinagar, Dr M Salim Khan said today’s cases include six admitted at Lakhanpur including one from Punjab and one from Rajasthan. He said…

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Youth shot dead by forces for jumping checkpoint, family denies police version

By Tahaa Yaseen * Protests on* Internet suspended One civilian was killed and another injured when paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force Wednesday opened fire on them in Budgam district of central Kashmir, leading to protests and clashes in the area. The injured is a police officer and uncle of the deceased youth. The police and CRPF said the two, travelling in a car, didn’t stop at a checkpoint and were fired upon. The authorities snapped cellular internet service in the district to stop any further protests. The incident took place…

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Policemen caught on camera vandalizing private property in Nasrullahpora Budgam

By Tahaa Yaseen Policemen in a village in Jammu and Kashmir were caught on camera damaging shops and houses after one of their senior colleagues was attacked when he tried to stop the Friday prayers last week. The J&K top cop has asked the Budgam Police to submit a report amid allegations of vandalism and harassment by the villagers. According to the Sarpanch of Nasrullahpora Panchayat- represented by the BJP – many, including those struggling for basics during the pandemic, have been targeted during the recent raids by the police.…

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Kashmiris who received international recognition for their work in Journalism, Literature and Human Rights

The announcement by Dana Canedy, the administrator of the Pulitzer prizes came late Monday via her youtube stream, being deferred by two weeks due to the COVD-19 crises. Two Kashmiri and one Jammu based journalists had bagged the 2020 Pulitzer for ‘the striking’ images of life in Kashmir after the scrapping of Article 370 which granted Kashmir autonomy. The news was broken online by another journalist who tweeted “Pulitzer is home”, and instantly, the tweet became viral. It was retweeted some hundred times and liked a few thousand times by…

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“Access to the Internet not fundamental right”, J&K admin opposes the restoration of 4G Services in Supreme Court

The right to access the internet is not a fundamental right and the state can curtail the freedom of speech and the right to trade through the internet, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has told the Supreme Court while opposing the restoration of 4G services in the union territory. The administration told the apex court that a very reasonable quantum of restrictions have been imposed by reducing the speed of internet to protect the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. “It is submitted that the right to access internet…

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India’s new Kashmir domicile law mirrors Israel’s settler-colonial blueprint

As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic amid a global race to stop its spread, India has passed a new law in Kashmir which residents fear will change the demographic status of the Muslim-majority territory.  The new domicile law announced by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on 1 April grants permanent residency rights, which entails owning and buying property and access to government jobs, for anyone who has resided in Indian-administered Kashmir for a period of 15 years.  The move has sparked anger in the contested region, with civilians from a range of political opinions questioning…

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Kashmir, Chenab Valley shut against Pulwama killings

Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on Sunday against the killing of seven civilians and three militants by government forces in southern Pulwama district a day earlier, even as the police imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar’s Downtown areas to thwart possible pro-freedom protests and also placed the resistance leadership under detention. The call for shutdown, given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, evoked a complete response across the Valley. Seven civilians including a teenager and an MBA graduate who had married…

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Kashmir, Banihal shuts over Manan Wani’s killing

The Kashmir valley observed a shutdown on Friday over the killing of PhD scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani in a gunfight in the frontier district of Kupwara. Fearing law and problem, the authorities also imposed restrictions and curfew in some parts of the Valley. Manan, 26, was killed along with another associate in a gunfight with security forces on Thursday at Handwara village in Kupwara district. The authorities imposed curfew in Kupwara — the native town of Manan — and enforced strict restrictions some other areas of the district to maintain law…

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Kashmir, Banihal Shuts against civilian killings

Paying heed to the Joint Resistance Leadership’s call for a complete shutdown against militant and civilian killings in southern Kulgam district on Saturday, life came to a grinding halt on Monday as businesses, offices and schools remained closed across the Valley and in some parts of Jammu. On Saturday, a civilian Rouf Ahmed sustained bullet injuries during clashes at the gunfight site in Kulgam, and later succumbed to his injuries. Five militants were also killed in the encounter. Following the killings, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq…

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Hang the rapists of Asifa, demand raising from Chenab Valley, Kashmir, Kargil

Kashmir valley, the Chenab region of Jammu and Kargil region of Ladakh Monday witnessed widespread protests seeking death penalty to the rapists and murderers of eight-year old nomadic girl in Kathua. The students from Central University of Kashmir held protests in Press Enclave here where they waved placards and shouted slogans. “No civilized society will tolerate people who organize pro-rapist rally. The world is watching,” said Ashfaq Ahmad, a student. “It is shame that now the women are not safe even at sacred places like temples. We condemn those who…

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