Srinagar, December 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a fresh report by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has revealed that as many as 662 persons were booked under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) in 2019, most of them after August 5.

The report titled by Annual Human Rights Review 2019 by APDP and JKCCS revealed that 412 persons in the territory were booked under the PSA post August 5. A majority of these persons continue to remain detained in jails across India, it said. »

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Srinagar, December 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a local human rights group, has painted a grim picture of human rights situation in the territory.

The JKCCS in a report documented 69 killings in occupied Kashmir since the revocation of the special status of the territory by India on August 5, 2019. Challenging Indian government’s claims that no civilian death took place in occupied Kashmir after August 05, the report said that out of 69 killings 33 were civilians. “In October alone, 17 civilians were killed,” it said. »

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Indian troops martyred 210, injured 2400

Srinagar, December 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, marred by killings, crackdowns, arrests, anti-India protests and prolonged military siege the year 2019 happened to be the most brutal and agonizing for the oppressed and hapless people of the territory.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 210 innocent Kashmiris including three women and nine teenagers during the year. Sixteen of the martyrs were killed in custody or fake encounters. Most of the martyrs were highly qualified youth. The killings rendered 14 women widowed and 29 children orphaned while 64 women were molested by the men in uniform. Indian forces destroyed 249 residential houses during the period.

As many as 2,417 people were injured including 827 in pellet firing when troops used brute force on protesters and during house raids and crackdowns. 162 people lost vision after being hit by pellets in one eye. 12,892 people including Hurriyat activists, students, young boys and women were arrested during the year. Some sources say that the total number of those who were detained is over forty thousand. Many teenage Kashmiri boys have been kept hundreds and thousands of miles away from their homes in jails of far-flung Indian states like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. »

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Mumbai, December 31 (KMS): Amid continuing India-wide protests, nearly 100 organizations from across the country have decided to fight against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) as well as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) under a single banner: We the People of India.

Yogendra Yadav, founder of Swaraj Abhiyan party, a constituent of ‘We the People of India’, addressing a press conference at the Mumbai Press Club said that the BJP-led Indian govt could only resort to using repression as a means of silencing the masses. He appealed all those protesting against the CAA, NRC, and NPR to come under a single banner – We The People of India. He said, “This is the first phrase of our Constitution and there can’t be anything bigger than that”. »

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Srinagar, December 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 210 innocent Kashmiris including three women and nine teenagers during the year 2019.

According to a report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, said that the killings by the troops rendered 14 women widowed and 29 children orphaned while 64 women were disgraced, abused or molested by the men in uniform during the year.

The report said that Indian troops and police personnel injured 2,417 civilians by firing bullets, pellets, PAVA and teargas shells during peaceful demonstrations as well as house raids and crackdown operations. It said that at least 827 people sustained pellet injuries and 162 of them lost vision in one eye. Indian forces’ personnel destroyed and damaged 249 residential houses during the period, it added. »

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New Delhi, December 31 (KMS): In order to distort the history of Jammu and Kashmir, the Modi-led Indian government has decided to “revise” the curriculum followed in schools in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region.

For this, the Indian Human Resources Development Ministry has directed the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which implements policies for education, to “revise” the curriculum followed in schools in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The revision will be carried out with focus on social science subjects, which would mainly be history.

NCERT officials confirmed that they have already begun consultations on what changes should be “incorporated” in the textbooks taught in IOK schools and hinted most of them could be in history. “We have begun the process and should be able to mark the areas where the changes are needed in a few months,” an NCERT official said. »

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Srinagar, December 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, four medium intensity tremors with magnitudes ranging between 4.7 and 5.5 on Richter scale hit the territory.

The first quake with a magnitude of 4.7 hit on Monday evening, followed by another one measuring 5.5 six minutes later in a span of less than two hours , the National Centre for Seismology said.There was no immediate reports of casualty and damage to properties.

The epicentre is said to be in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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Islamabad, December 31 (KMS) : Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday said Pakistan has once again drawn the attention of the world over Narendra Modi government’s intentions of staging a false flag operation to divert the world attention from the grave human rights violations in India and occupied Kashmir.

“The world must have its interests for considering India its commercial ally but it should not be silent on the prevailing situation in India giving due importance to people’s values,” Qureshi told the Eleventh Advisory Council meeting at the Foreign Office on Monday. »

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New Delhi, December 31 (KMS): Amid growing economic recession since Modi government assumed charge for the second term in India, the flag carrier Air India may shut down by June next year, media reports quoting senior airline officials said.

The continuing uncertainty over the fate of the national carrier has already forced the airline to ground its 12 planes due to the shortage of funds, the officials said.

The airline has a debt burden of around Rs 60 billion and the government is still working on the modalities for the disinvestment. »

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New Delhi, December 31 (KMS): Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of India, the government has announced.

General Bipin Rawat has been given an extension in service till the period he serves as CDS. Two days ago, the government had amended service rules to allow CDS to serve till the age of 65. Service Chiefs serve till 62 or have a three-year tenure. General Rawat completes his three-year tenure as Army Chief on Tuesday. He will turn 62 later next year. »

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