Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): Kashmiri novelist, Mirza Waheed’s novel Tell Her Everything has won The Hindu Prize 2019.

The jury, according to a report published in the Hindu for fiction comprised diplomat and author Navtej Sarna, author and columnist Nilanjana Roy, author Pradeep Sebastian, researcher and translator J Devika and professor Rajeswari Sunder Rajan.

Mirza Waheed, a Kashmiri author who now lives in London, made his debut with his novel; The Collaborator in 2011 and it was a gripping story of author’s upbringing and the turmoil. He later wrote The Book of Gold Leaves in 2014. His Tell Her Everything was published in 2019. »

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Curbs adding to besieged people’s woes

Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, has appealed to the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Committee of Red Cross to impress upon India to release the Kashmiri detainees in view of the fast spread of deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Bilal Siddiqi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that thousands of detainees lodged in different jails of occupied Kashmir and India were living under constant threat and fear of getting infected by the coronavirus. He said that kept in inhuman and unhygienic conditions, these prisoners were at high risk of losing their lives to the deadly virus. »

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Islamabad, March 26 (KMS): APHC-AJK leader and the Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Abdul Majeed Malik, has expressed concern over the deteriorating health of illegally detained Hurriyat leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, in occupied Kashmir.

Zafar Akbar Butt was recently admitted to a police hospital in Srinagar after his health deteriorated at a police station in Srinagar.

Abdul Majeed Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said the Indian forces keep on shifting Zafar Akbar Butt from one basic health unit to another, where health facilities and experienced staff is rare. »

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Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a team of Jammu and Kashmir Social Youth Forum and Darul Khair Baitul Maal visited many areas of Islamabad district and distributed masks and sanitizers among the general public to prevent them from Coronavirus.

The workers from the two forums appealed to the public to follow the instructions of health advisers and stay indoors.

JKSYF delegation was led by its Chairman Umar Adil Dar, and it was comprised Zubair Mir, Basit Sofi, Amir Ahmed, Nihal Ahmed, Sheezan Gulzar and Musaib. Umar Adil Dar appealed to the well-off people and all social, religious and political organizations to rise to the occasion and help the poor and needy »

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Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Grand Mufti, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, and the President of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Ittehadul Muslimeen, Masroor Abbas Ansari, have urged the people to adopt precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam in an interview in Srinagar said that the people should offer prayers at their homes to save themselves from getting infected by this disease. »

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Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have said that they are closing all religious places in district Srinagar on Friday.

District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Shahid Choudhary, in a tweet said that the closure of all religious places in Srinagar was under way. “With active cooperation of Management committees. Revered shrines Hazratbal, Naqshband Saheb show the way. Stay at home,” he said.

“Dastgeer Saheb, Gurudwara Saheb Chhati Padshahi and others. Mosques follow. Thankful to officials on ground and all management committees,” he said in another tweeted. »

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Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, has strongly condemned India for playing with the lives of thousands of Kashmiri political prisoners amid the outbreak of deadly coronavirus.

Bilal Siddiqi in a statement issued in Srinagar said that thousands of Kashmiri detainees lodged in different jails of occupied Kashmir and India were living under constant threat and fear of getting infected by coronavirus. He said that kept in inhuman and unhygienic conditions, these prisoners were at high risk of losing their lives to this deadly pandemic. »

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Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, there is acute shortage of life saving ventilators at a time when coronavirus is spreading in the territory.

So far, one person has died of the coronavirus while several others have testing positive for the disease.

There are around 100 ventilators available in various hospitals across occupied Kashmir and 33 of them have been kept for the COVID-19 patients. »

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Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the chemists and pharmacists in Srinagar have said that the authorities are not allowing them to move, which is hampering dispensation of medicines.

The Indian government has announced 21-day lockdown in India and occupied Kashmir to curb spread of coronavirus pandemic. Only exemption from lockdown is the essential services including the supply and distribution of medicines.

As per estimates, in the Kashmir Valley, there are around 6,000 chemist shops and around 1,000 drug wholesalers, who ensure supply of medicines to patients. However, the medicine distributors as well as chemists said they are worried as the authorities have not provided them any movement passes which is hampering their work. To add to it, the lockdown which has forced closure of surface as well as air link to Kashmir has made them fearful that their existing stock won’t last more than 15 days. »

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Srinagar, March 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the restrictions on the movement and assembly of people to contain the spread of the coronavirus were intensified in the Kashmir Valley, today, adding to the miseries of already besieged people.

The move was made after four more positive cases were detected in the valley on Wednesday, taking the total number of affected persons to 11. Of the eight persons who had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, one died, today.

Officials said that the authorities tightened the curbs across the valley as four more positive cases — all from Bandipora district — were detected on Wednesday. »

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