2021 April 27 » Kashmir Media Service

Corona catastrophe descends on India

Srinagar, April 27 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and other Hurriyat organizations have called upon the United Nations and global human rights watchdog to impress upon Narendra Modi led regime to release thousands of Kashmiri detainees languishing in different jails amid the ongoing cycle of death and destruction in India.

The APHC and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement Chairman Molvi Bashir Ahmed, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Chairman Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi and Jammu and Kashmir Social Youth and Justice League in their separate statements issued in Srinagar questioned the logic of keeping the detainees in jails while the world has itself admitted that India has become an epicenter of the deadly virus. They pointed out that the detainees are at high risk as around three hundred and fifty thousand Indians are getting infected with the Covid-19 on daily basis. »

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Srinagar, April 27 (KMS): in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement (JMMM) has said that India has intensified restrictions on the pretext of coronavirus pandemic to kill and detain youth during cordon and search operations.

JKMM Information Secretary Shabbir Ahmed in a statement issued in Srinagar said that while the world is battling the coronavirus disease, the Indian occupational forces are killing youth falsely labeling them as militants during siege and search operations in Jammu and Kashmir. »

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New Delhi, April 27 (KMS): In February, it seemed like India had gotten Covid-19 under control, with daily cases falling nearly 90% from the peak of the first wave last year.

Now, the country is experiencing the world’s worst outbreak. Daily cases have been rising continuously for the past 10 days; on Monday, India reported 352,991 new cases, breaking yet another record for the highest single-day figure globally.

On the ground, these numbers translate to heart wrenching tragedy. Photos show grieving families dressed in full protective suits at mass cremations, performing last rites surrounded by dozens of other burning funeral pyres. Hospitals have run out of basic medical supplies, with many patients dying due to oxygen shortages. Family members are driving from clinic to clinic, frantically searching for open ICU beds for their loved ones. »

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ImageIslamabad, April 27 (KMS): Catastrophe is descending on India as country’s new Coronaviurs infections hit a record peak of 352,991 new infections for a fifth day on Monday and 2,812 deaths— the highest single-day spike, so far. However, independent sources including a US-based organization Justice For All puts the actual figure of deaths over 10,000 a day due to Covid in India.

A report released by Kashmir Media Service said, tally of Covid cases has climbed to 1,76,36,307, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 82.54 per cent, according to the India’s Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. »

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New Delhi, April 27 (KMS): The national vice president of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Dr Navjot Dahiya, has called Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, a “super spreader” of the coronavirus for holding political rallies in poll-bound states and allowing Kumbh Mela to take place amid the second wave of the pandemic.

Dr Dahiya in a statement said, while the medical fraternity is trying hard to make people understand mandatory Covid-19 norms, Narendra Modi did not hesitate to address big political rallies, tossing all Covid-19 norms in the air. He pointed out that when the first patient of the coronavirus was found in India in January 2020, the prime minister, instead of making arrangements to tackle the infection, organised gatherings of over one lakh people in Gujarat to welcome the then US President, Donald Trump. »

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Melbourne, April 27 (KMS): Australia will suspend incoming flights from India until the middle of May as the country experiences a soaring outbreak of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said flights will be suspended immediately until at least May 15 to prevent transmission crossing borders.

Repatriation flights for Australians still in India are being organised. »

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Finding peace

Arifa Noor

The first tentative steps to peace have been taken. The ice is melting. The twins separated at birth are reaching out to each other. Now that India and Pakistan have both confirmed that they are talking to each other, let’s dust off all the clichés about peace and dialogue in the subcontinent. For the time being till we hit a speed bump again.

The beginning came with the news about the ceasefire at the LoC and then the stories about what led to this change of heart. The trickle of information began from the Indian side and was considerably detailed by mid-March; Pakistan entered the media fray much later to get their point of view out in the public nearly a month later. That India tends to get its side of the story out first is in itself a full-length piece if someone would care to write it. »

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New Delhi, April 27 (KMS): Despite the Covid-19 ravages across India, the military spending by New Delhi continues to soar as the country is ranked the third top military spender across the globe, revealed the data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

At $72.9 billion, India’s military spending in 2020 was 2.1 per cent higher than that during 2019.

After the United States and China, India has been the third biggest spenders in 2020. The US military expenditure reached an estimated $778 billion, representing an increase of 4.4 per cent over 2019, while the spending by China grew for the 26th consecutive year, says the report titled “trends in world military expenditure, 2020”. »

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Bollywood stars, tycoons, IPL cricketers and those who can afford to fly are leaving to places like Britain and Dubai, amid concerns of travel restrictions being imposed

New Delhi, April 27 (KMS): India’s mounting crisis surrounding a surge in coronavirus infections is prompting wealthy families to flee the country by private jet.
With reports of hospital bed and drug shortages sweeping social media, Indian tycoons and others able to afford fares running into millions of rupees are booking flights to bolt-holes in Europe, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.
“It’s not only the ultra rich,” said Rajan Mehra, chief executive officer at New Delhi-based private jet firm Club One Air. “Whoever can afford to take a private jet are taking private jets.” »

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Muzaffarabad, April 27 (KMS): Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Sardar Masood Khan, has stressed the need for converting the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination into an international human rights movement to make the voice of Kashmiri people more powerful.

Talking to a delegation that called on him in Muzaffarabad today (Tuesday) under the leadership of Vice Chairman International Forum for Justice Mushtaq-ul-Islam and Chairman Pasban-e-Hurriyat Uzair Ahmed Ghazali, he said a joint platform of political leadership exists in AJK and the same forum needs to be constituted at the national level. He said true sentiments of the Kashmiris for achieving the right to self-determination needs to be advocated by such forums at the international level. »

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