Srinagar, Jan 22 (KMS): India’s communication blockade on the back of its revocation of Jammu Indian occupied Kashmir’s autonomous status has forced several journalists into odd jobs.
Muneeb-ul-Islam, 29, found himself running short of money as winter began to set in Kashmir. As the only bread-winner in his family, he had to take care of expenses at home. But most importantly, he had to take care of his pregnant wife’s medical expenses. She requires frequent medical check-ups, due to miscarriages she suffered in the past.
Before he went to sleep on December 2, Muneeb mulled over ways to arrange money. The money he had borrowed from friends and relatives had been spent on household expenses. He had tried to work as a salesman once, but with everything shut thanks to India’s crackdown in Kashmir, that option was a non-starter.
On the morning of December 3, Muneeb put on his shoes and left his home in Anantnag district. He did not tell his family where he was going.
By that afternoon, Muneeb had found means to earn: carrying bricks at a construction site.
For a day’s work, he was paid around $6.5. »

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New Delhi, January 21 (KMS): A few days after the Mysuru Bar Association passed a resolution barring its members from appearing for Nalini Balakumar, facing sedition for holding “Free Kashmir” placard, around 169 lawyers from the Karnataka state – including Senior Advocates – signed a Vakalatnama offering to appear for her in court.

A Mysuru court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the anticipatory bail application filed on behalf of Nalini Balakumar, a student who had recently been booked for sedition for allegedly holding a “Free Kashmir” placard during a protest at the University of Mysore. »

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Srinagar, January 21 (KMS): The abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status has raised, for the first time, alarm bells for the locals in Ladakh region in the backdrop of abrogation of Kashmir’s special status, engineers in the region held a pen-down strike against invitation of applications by the administration from candidates all across India for different engineering posts.

The strike was also supported by several other organisations including by Kargil Engineering Association. The administration in an advertisement recently has asked candidates to apply for different vacant engineering posts in Ladakh. The notice said candidates from outside the Ladakh region can also apply for these posts.

Reacting sharply to the advertisement, the local engineering association announced a one-day strike. »

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Srinagar, January 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has condemned a member of a policy think tank of the Indian government, VK Saraswat’s remarks that the economy of Jammu and Kashmir was not significantly affected by the continued internet blockade.

The KCCI said the territory is going through a very difficult phase and people like Saraswat at the policy think tank, NITI Aayog, can do no justice to Jammu and Kashmir and demanded his immediate sacking. VK Saraswat had reportedly said that the IOK’s economy was not significantly affected by the internet suspension and the data service was only used to watch ‘dirty films.

“We condemn these remarks. They are spreading venom against the people of Kashmir. Nobody gives him the right to speak like this about the people of Jammu and Kashmir and utter this nonsense against us,” KCCI President Sheikh Ashiq said in a media interview in Srinagar. »

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Srinagar, January 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region continued to face military lockdown and internet blackout on the 168th running day, today.

The so-called announcement of the authorities regarding restoration of Internet service and setting up of broadband kiosks has proven to be hoax as India Today while citing the IOK administration confirmed that the internet continues to remain suspended in, at least, eight districts of the Kashmir valley alone.

“The mobile internet connectivity shall, however, remain suspended in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Anantnag (Islamabad), Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama,” the newspaper said quoting the notification issued by Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary in the administration. »

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New York, January 18 (KMS): Rights activists and Kashmiri intellectuals are deeply unsettled over Indian chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat’s statement that Kashmiris could be shipped off to ‘deradicalization camps’, The New York Times reports.

A report published in the American newspaper quoted the rights activists and Kashmiri intellectuals as saying that the General’s words revealed how the highest levels of the Indian military viewed Kashmiri people and that his comments could presage another disturbing turn of events.

The newspaper quoted Siddiq Wahid, a Kashmiri historian, as having said that it was shocking the General would even suggest this. He said, he doesn’t think the General realises the insanity of what he is talking about. He further said that he was concerned about Rawat’s use of the word ‘camps’. “Are we talking about summer camps or one-year camps where you strip people of their identity and rebuild them?” he asked. »

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New York, January 18 (KMS): The world rights body, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that India is failing on Kashmiri human rights.

HRW’s South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly in a statement posted on the website of the organization said that occupied Kashmir had been under a lockdown for five months. She said fearing that Kashmiris might protest the revocation of special status provided to Jammu and Kashmir under India’s constitution, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi clamped down. “Since the restrictions in August, the government has taken slow, reluctant steps to ease some of them, but is still falling far short in upholding Kashmiri rights,” she said.

Meenakshi Ganguli said that many of the thousands arbitrarily arrested – lawyers, shop owners, traders, students, rights activists – had now been released, but reportedly only after promising not to criticize the government. Some senior Kashmiri political leaders, including former chief ministers, remain in custody, she added. Police admitted at least 144 children had been detained, and now the chief of defense staff (General Bipin Rawat) has spoken of putting children in “deradicalization camps, she deplored. »

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Islamabad, January 18 (KMS) Supporting Pakistan’s principled position on the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), China Friday reiterated that Kashmir was a dispute left from history and it should be properly resolved through relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and bilateral treaties and in a peaceful way.

Responding to a volley of questions by the Indian journalists based in Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Beijing wanted to play a constructive role and was in contact with both India and Pakistan urging them to enhance dialogue, exercise restraint and work for de-escalation.

The spokesman said China actively participated in UNSC review of Kashmir issue because it wanted to work for de-escalation and regional peace and stability purely out of goodwill. »

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Srinagar, January 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in central Kashmir’s Badgam district.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the troops cordoned off Chadoora area of the district and launched searches, causing huge inconvenience to the local people. The operation continued till last reports came in. »

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Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalists Association (JKYJA) has denounced the continued internet suspension by the Indian government.

The JKYJA President, Aijaz War, at a meeting in Srinagar, today, said, “The internet lockdown is taking a heavy toll on the journalists whose work and livelihood continue to suffer.” Reporters, editors and management staff of media houses are suffering heavily, he deplored.

He said, “With no sign of internet resuming soon, the future of media professionals’ looks bleak.” He added that many online media houses had already closed the operations.

“This is a ploy of the Indian government to harass the already terrified journalists and force them to strictly toe the authorities’ line,” he said. »

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