Internet gag risks students’ career

Srinagar, December 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region as the sweeping Indian military lockdown entered 121st straight day, today.

Restrictions under Section 144 are enforced amid heavy military presence. Internet across all platforms and prepaid cellular networks are shut and messaging is suspended. People in the besieged Valley continue to observe civil disobedience to show their disapproval of the illegal moves made by India in the wake of 5th of August in the territory.

Meanwhile, career of thousands of Kashmiri students is at stake as they are unable to apply for higher education and admission in professional institutions due to the continued suspension of internet and mobile services. Forms for admission in medical colleges were issued by Delhi-based National Testing Agency on Monday, but Kashmiri students are worried about losing the opportunity because of the unrelenting communication gag. The Internet services were blocked in Kashmir on August 5 and were never restored as yet. »

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Srinagar, December 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops arrested a youth in an injured condition after firing at him in Kishtwar district, today.

The troops during an operation shot at and injured one Tariq Hussain Wani and later arrested him in Ikhala Plamar area of the district.

He was also rushed to the Kishtwar District Hospital for treatment. The SSP Kishtwar Dr. Harmeet Singh Mehta while confirming the arrest of youth claimed that he was a member of Hizbul Mujahideen. »

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Jammu, December 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops arrested a man from Azad Jammu and Kashmir after he inadvertently crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) and entered the occupied territory.

Indian police said that a man was nabbed after he entered into the occupied territory from across the Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. »

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Islamabad, December 03 (KMS): The Jammu and Kashmir Pir Panchal Freedom Movement and Young Men’s League have strongly condemned the killing and harassment of Kashmiri people in occupied Kashmir and inside India.

Qazi Muhammad Imran, Vice Chairman of Pir Panchal Freedom Movement, in a statement issued in Islamabad also condemned the ban on people to offer Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, suspension of Internet, prepaid mobile and SMS services for the past four months. He criticized the Indian authorities for keeping thousands of Hurriyat leaders, workers, businessmen and members of civil society in prisons or under houses detentions in the territory. »

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Srinagar, December 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the career of thousands of Kashmiri students is at stake as they are unlikely to apply for the National Eligibility Entrance Examination (NEET), a highly competitive test through which science students secure admission in medical colleges across India.

Forms were issued by the National Testing Agency for the test on Monday. In Kashmir valley, where internet lockdown has been imposed for the past four months, the aspirants are worried about losing the opportunity

“We studied whatever little we could in such hard circumstances but now, in the absence of the Internet, we do not know how to fill the forms,” said 17-year-old Irtiza who has been preparing for the exam for the last one year.

“We could not go to tuitions and it was only at home that we tried to study but now the bigger worry is the Internet,” she said. »

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Srinagar, December 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region as Indian military lockdown entered 121st straight day, today.

Restrictions under Section 144 are enforced amid continued heavy military presence. Internet across all platforms and prepaid cellular networks are shut and messaging continues to remain suspended.

People in the besieged Valley continue to observe civil disobedience to show their resistance to the August 5 illegal moves adopted by the Indian government in IOK. As part of this movement, Kashmiris don’t open their shops except for a few hours in the morning or evening. They also stay away from schools and offices. Public transport largely remains off the roads as well. »

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Jammu, December 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the students from Kargil studying in Jammu feel that New Delhi is undermining their aspirations.

Nearly 4,000 students from Kargil, now a part of so-called Ladakh union territory, are studying in Jammu. Bifurcation of J&K state into two separate units post August 5, is mostly seen as detrimental to the identity of Muslim majority in Kargil district.

“Change of state’s status has confused us. We are studying in Jammu for the last two years, but now we belong to a separate UT. We don’t know if we should study here or move back to Ladakh, where educational infrastructure is very poor,” said Nisar Hussain, a student of class XII. »

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New Delhi, December 03 (KMS): Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that India’s economic condition is “deeply worrying” and that the latest GDP figures released by the government are clearly “unacceptable”.

The remarks by Manmohan Singh come just after data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) on Friday showed that India’s GDP growth slipped to a 26-quarter low of 4.5 per cent in the second quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal.

“GDP figures released today are as low as 4.5 per cent. This is clearly unacceptable. Aspiration of our country is to grow at 8-9 per cent. The sharp decline of GDP from 5 per cent in Q1 to 4.5 per cent in Q2 is worrisome. Mere changes in economic policies will not help revive the economy,” the veteran Congress leader was quoted as saying. »

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Multan, Dec 03 (KMS): Chairman Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam on Monday said that hegemonic steps by Modi government were not only crushing the innocent people, but also destroying 20 billion dollar economy of occupied valley of Jammu and Kashmir.
Syed Fakhar Imam said the Indian government was not giving access to Human Rights Organizations in the occupied valley and several countries were condemning Modi government for extreme human rights violations in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said Modi was following the agenda of RSS, which pursued “Hindutwa” concept only. He said that BJP also emerged from RSS. “The present India is not India of Nehru or Gandhi”, he said. »

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