Srinagar, May 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops launchd a massive cordon and search operation in Handwara town, today.

The troops cordoned off Rajwar area of the town and launched searches. The operation launched by the personnel of 21 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group of Indian police continued till last reports came in. »

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KMS research section describes IFJ survey as realistic

Brussels, May 01 (KMS): Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has said that the working conditions of news reporters around the globe have deteriorated during the coronavirus pandemic amid job losses and attacks on media freedom.

A survey published by the IFJ on its website showed that three out of four journalists have faced restrictions, ob

struction or intimidation while covering the coronavirus crisis. The organization analyzed responses from 1,308 journalists in 77 countries in its survey.Two-thirds of staff and freelance journalists said they have experienced worsening working conditions, including pay cuts, lost revenue and job losses, the IFJ survey said. Nearly every freelance respondent reported losing revenue or work opportunities in the survey conducted in April. »

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Oppose shifting of service matters to cat chandigarh

Srinagar, May 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) and High Court Bar Association (HCBA), have strongly opposed the Indian government’s move of shifting the services matters of the employees in the territory to Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in Chandigarh, India, for redressal of their grievances.

The EJAC President, Fayaz Ahmed Shabnam, in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the move quite unfortunate and said that such an order was totally unjustified and was unacceptable to the employees of the occupied territory. He said that such an order was unwarranted and would further complicate the situation of thousands of employees whose cases were pending in courts for a very long time.

“Such an order will not only delay justice to the employees but will also be too costly for the employees as the majority of the service related cases belong to the lower ranked employees and daily wagers who on a meager salary hardly make their two ends meet” he said. »

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Srinagar, May 01 (KMS): Over 400 Kashmiri students stranded in Bhopal, the capital of Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, have said that they are facing severe hardships due to coronavirus lockdown.

Many of the stranded students told Srinagar-based media persons over phone that over 400 Kashmiri students are enrolled in different programmes in Barkatullah University, RKDF University, All India Society for Electronics and Computer Technology (AISECT) and other private colleges in Bhopal.

They said that many Kashmiri students stayed back in Bhopal for examinations, which were scheduled in March. With the corona outbreak, situations worsened and a lockdown was imposed across India. They asked the authorities of Madhya Pradesh to help them reach their homes in occupied Kashmir. »

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New Delhi, May 01 (KMS): Six more personnel from a Delhi-based battalion of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have tested positive for coronavirus.

The total number of infected troops in this unit now stands at 52.

The men belong to the 31st battalion of the paramilitary, based in Mayur Vihar Phase-III area that has been entirely sealed after 46 personnel were infected with the novel coronavirus and one succumbed to it over the last few days.

Six more out of the 89 samples taken have tested positive for COVID-19, a senior official said. All the troops suffering from the infection have been admitted for treatment to various hospitals in the national capital, he said. »

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Srinagar, May 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their continued acts of state terrorism martyred thirty three (33) Kashmiris including two (2) young boys and one (1) woman during the last month of April.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, these killings rendered one (1) woman widowed and two (2) children orphaned.

During the period, at least one hundred fifty two (152) people were injured due to the use of brute force including firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by Indian troops and police personnel on peaceful protesters. »

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Islamabad, May 01 (KMS): The President of AJK chapter of Ummat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, Syed Manzoor Ahmed Shah, has urged India to stop military operations and killing of innocent youth in occupied Kashmir.

Syed Manzoor Ahmed Shah in a statement issued in Islamabad, today, said that Indian troops martyred 33 youth and destroyed several residential houses in the month of April. He said that in the garb of coronavirus testing more than a dozen pregnant women were fraudulently arrested in Bijbehara after they were called them for a normal check-up and many were being kept in the worst conditions.

He said the Indian forces continue the arrest of innocent youth in South Kashmir. He said that many youth arrested from Khanabal were shifted to some undisclosed location. He deplored that at a time when the world is striving hard to save lives of humans from the deadly coronavirus the occupation authorities had made the life of Kashmiri people more miserable. »

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Islamabad, May 01 (KMS): Pakistan has said that Indian forces are particularly targeting Kashmiri youth in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) under the garb of so-called cordon and search operations.

In her opening remarks during her weekly media briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in April alone 29 innocent Kashmiris were martyred including seven since the onset of Ramazan.

She said harassment and intimidation of Kashmiri journalists has further intensified under the notorious and unlawful acts. She said the Indian occupied forces are completely allowed to operate with impunity in the Occupied Kashmir under draconian laws such as Public Safety Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act. »

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Lahore, May 01 (KMS): Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committing terrorism against Muslims in India while erroneously holding them responsible for spread of coronavirus.

The governor while speaking to different delegations urged the United Nations, Amnesty International and other human rights bodies to take serious note and take strict action and check most dreadful crime of Indian Muslims’ genocide. “Holding Indian Muslims responsible for the spread of coronavirus is such an ignominious act on the part of Indian Premier Modi that should be condemned at all levels around the world,” the governor said. »

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