After Year’s slump, recent snowfall unlocks Kashmir Tourism

After witnessing a slump for more than seven months due to outbreak of Covid-19, there is a ray of hope for Kashmir’s ailing tourism sector as the fresh snowfall in higher reaches is attracting tourists once again. Gulmarg in Baramulla district, which recorded almost 2 feet of snowfall since Saturday, has come to life as tourists have started thronging this popular ski-resort. On Sunday, as many as 574 tourists arrived at the Srinagar International Airport from different cities, mostly Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai to spend their ongoing Diwali vacations…

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Restore Pre-August 5 position of J&K: National Conference

Statements to create an atmosphere of ‘peace, love and amity’ have no meaning unless the Centre respects the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, say 11 leaders of the party Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all-party meeting over the Ladakh face-off with China and the death of 20 soldiers, the top leadership of the National Conference (NC) on Friday praised the BJP leadership’s reconciliatory tone and demanded the restoration of pre-August 5, 2019 constitutional position of Jammu and Kashmir and the unification of the Union Territories…

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High-speed internet ban extended till July 8

Yet again, the Jammu-Kashmir administration on Wednesday, extended its ban on the high-speed internet till 8 July 2020, limiting it to 2G speed only. Moreover, it stated that 2G speed internet has been provided to post-paid sim cards and provided to pre-paid sim cards after verification of norms. The government has maintained that the continued ban was in place to prevent infiltration attempts and curbing fake news, adding that neither education or COVID-related activities have been hampered. J&K: High-speed internet ban extended till July 8 SC asks Centre to examine…

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By introducing new Domicile Laws, GoI is advancing the settler-colonial project in Kashmir

Delhi has introduced new domicile laws in Kashmir that critics say are aimed at bolstering its Hindu nationalist project to change the region’s demographics akin to Israeli settlements in Palestine. By: Haris Zargar Months after India revoked the longstanding autonomy of the disputed Kashmir region, the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced new domicile laws that allows Indian citizens to buy property and become permanent residents in the contested Himalayan region. The decision has been surmised as Delhi’s first move to tamper with the Muslim-majority demographics…

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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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