Geneva, October 16 (KMS): A number of UN Working Groups and Special Rapporteurs have urged India to take all necessary measures to guarantee the Kashmiris’ right to liberty and fair proceedings before an independent and impartial tribunal in accordance with Articles 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The demand was made in a joint communication by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, the Special Rapporteurs on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. »

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Gilani lauds Pakistan’s support to Kashmiris

Srinagar, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth as Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region continue to reel under military lockdown on the 73rd consecutive day, today.

The youth were killed in a fake encounter by the troops during cordon and search operations in Pazalpora area of Islamabad district. The martyred youth have been identified as Nasir Chadro, a resident of Arwani, Aaqib Ahmad Sheikh of Redwani and Zahid Ahmad from Bijbehara.

Although voice-call service on post-paid mobile phones has partially been restored, yet the situation in the occupied territory is far from normal as mobile internet and broadband besides two million prepaid phones continue to remain suspended. Shops usually open only for a couple of hours in the morning and evening. Public transport remains mostly absent, offices empty and schools and colleges without students. Observers say the mood in the valley continues to remain sullen and defiant and the continued shutdown is reflection of the anger at India’s 5th August action. A number of new checkpoints and bunkers have been installed in different areas of Srinagar to check the movement of the people. »

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Srinagar, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, unidentified gunmen killed an apple trader and injured another in Shopian district, today.

Unknown gunmen opened fire at the apple traders at Trenz village in the district. The traders identified as Charanjeet Singh and Sanjeev where from Indian state of Punjab. Charanjeet succumbed to his injuries, while Sanjeev is battling for his life at hospital. »

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Vows to continue resistance against occupation

Srinagar, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani has thanked the people of Pakistan as well as its political and military leadership for extending their support to the suffering Kashmiri people.

In a statement issued in Srinagar, Syed Ali Gilani while lauding PM Imran Khan’s role for effectively championing the Kashmir cause at the global level urged him to not only maintain this momentum but further enhance it to make world realize the gravity of the situation in the territory. He said it is time for world especially the UN to stand up and raise their voices in favour of the besieged people of occupied Kashmir as issuing mere statements and condemnations are not enough at a time when Indian state terrorism is at its peak in the territory.

Gilani stressed that the Kashmiri people will not succumb to the evil machinations of BJP-led Indian govt and would continue resisting New Delhi’s brutal military occupation with exemplary courage and sacrifices till securing their inalienable right to self-determination. »

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New Delhi, October 16 (KMS): India has been classified as a country with serious levels of hunger according to this year’s Global Hunger Index (GHI), slipping from 95th rank in 2010 to 102nd in 2019. The country with the severest problem of hunger at rank 117 is the Central African Republic.

The GHI calculates the levels of hunger and undernutrition worldwide. The four indicators for the index are undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting (weight for age) and child mortality.

The annual report says among the 117 countries ranked, 47 countries are in serious and alarming hunger levels and one in critically alarming. India’s dismal performance on hunger is directly linked to the high levels of child undernourishment.Neighbouring countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan are better at feeding its citizens than India, according to this index.

The Global Hunger Index or GHI scores countries on a 100-point severity scale, where zero is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst. “With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a level of hunger that is serious,” the report says. »

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Srinagar, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested Hurriyat leader Muhammad Hayat Butt in Srinagar and shifted him to some unknown location.

Muhammad Hayat Butt led many anti-India protests at Anchar, Soura in Srinagar since India imposed lockdown after 5th August.

Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League’s AJK chapter convener Ishtiaq Hameed and J&K Young Men’s League Vice Chairman, Zahid Ashraf in their separate statements expressed concern over his arrest. They said that such methods won’t deter the valiant Kashmiri people from pursuing their long cherished dream.

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Srinagar, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Islamabad district, today.

The youth were killed in a fake encounter by the troops during cordon and search operations at Pazalpora area of the district.

More details are awaited.

Meanwhile, a labourer was shot dead by unknown attackers in South Kashmir’s Kakpora area of Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said.

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Srinagar, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, military siege and communications lockdown in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region entered 73rd successive day, today.

Although the voice call service on post-paid mobile phones has partially been restored, yet the situation is far from normal. Mobile internet and broadband as well as about two million phones using prepaid SIM cards continue to remain suspended. »

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Washington, October 16 (KMS): India is barreling down the path to disaster with its decision to cut taxes for the rich and making unnecessary public investments that could explode government debt, economist Abhijit Banerjee said, days before being awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

In a lecture at the Watson Institute in Brown University, Rhode Island in the US, last week, Banerjee said the Indian economy is in a crisis, with growth slowing sharply and consumption falling for the first time in several years. The government’s response, he added, was only making matters worse.

“You cut taxes for the rich, you make public investments that are not required. All it does is hurt the income distribution and make government debt explode, often ending in a full-blown meltdown. This is what happened in Latin America. India is doing well on this time-honoured path to disaster,” he said.

India cut corporate tax rates for firms to an effective tax rate of 27 per cent, aimed at reviving investment in the economy, but many economists have argued that these measures will not help boost consumption that has been flailing.

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Jammu, October 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the apples bought from the Kashmir valley were found with messages like ‘Pakistan Zindabad, Love Burhan Wani, Meri Jan Imran Khan and Go India Go Back’ in Kathua fruit market, Jammu region.

Anti-India messages were seen when a fruit vendor opened a box containing apples bought from Kashmir in Kathua local fruit market.

Slogans like “Pakistan Zindabad, Love Burhan Wani, Musa, Meri Jan Imran Khan, Go India Go Back and We Want Freedom”, were inscribed in English and Urdu languages, an eyewitness said.

The Kathua Police seized the consignment.

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