Jammu, October 18 (KMS): Indian government has abolished the so-called Legislative Council, the Upper House of the legislature, of occupied Kashmir.

Occupied Kashmir is under strict military siege since 5th August when India repealed the special status of the territory and divided into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Legislative Council was abolished in terms of Section 57 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, introduced in Rajya Sabha, on August 5 and subsequently passed by the Indian Parliament. »

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Life in occupied Kashmir remained paralysed on 72nd day

Srinagar, October 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops arrested several women after subjecting them to brute force during an anti-India demonstration in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar, today.

A large number of women including rights activists and leading academicians carrying placards gathered at the Pratap Park in Srinagar. As they started march, the police swooped in on them and arrested several women including the daughter and the sister of former puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, during the protest against the revocation of Kashmir’s special status. Ms Hawa Bashir, the wife of former Chief Justice of IOK High Court, Bashir Ahmed Khan, was also among the detainees. The protesters were dragged and subjected to torture by the police. This was the first anti-India protest of its kind in Lal Chowk area, the center of Srinagar, after 5th August 2019.

The police also tried to stop the protesting women from distributing a statement to the media, which said that they expressed their outrage against the Indian media for its false/misleading coverage of ground realities in the territory. Demanding restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens as well as immediate release of detainees and demilitarization of rural and urban areas, the women said they feel betrayed, humiliated and violated as people. »

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Srinagar, October 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, residents on fixed cellphone contracts were surprised to discover they had been billed for the two-month, which witnessed communications blackout imposed by India on August 05.

Mobile internet and broadband remained suspended on Tuesday as well as phones using prepaid SIM cards. »

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Kuala Lumpur, October 14 (KMS): India is the world’s biggest importer of edible oils, and is the biggest buyer of Malaysian palm oil. It bought 3.9 million tonnes of Malaysian palm oil in the first nine months of 2019.
Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that his government will monitor the trade situation with India, which is reported to be considering trade curbs on the Southeast Asian nation over his criticism of New Delhi’s actions in Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, with authorities deciding to hold class 10 and class 12 board exams from last week of October, anxious students reeling under unprecedented clampdown for the 71st day, today, cite incomplete syllabus as the reason for their non-readiness to face examinations.

All the educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, across Kashmir are shut since August 5, when the Indian government repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the authorities have issued date sheets with examinations for class 10th starting from October 29 and class 12 from October 30 in an apparent move to show the world that the situation in under control. But students say they have not completed the syllabus due to the continuous closure of educational institutions. »

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Srinagar, October 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu businessmen are facing the brunt of the lockdown imposed by the Indian government on August 5 when it scrapped special status of the territory.

The Jammu’s fruit traders are the worst hit by the current crisis in the territory. The winter capital’s otherwise busiest Narwal Fruit Mandi is currently receiving only 200 to 250 apple trucks against 500 trucks during normal times. »

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New Delhi, October 10 (KMS): There have been 306 incidents of stone pelting in occupied Kashmir since it was stripped of its special status on August 5 by the Indian communal government.

On August 6, Parliament approved abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmirand bifurcated the territory into two Union Territories.

Apart from deployment of extra troops in what was already the most militarized region of the world, the authorities imposed severe restrictions on movement, snapped phone and internet lines, and detained over 4,000 people including the pro-India politicians.

According to official record, forces have undertaken five encounters in which 10 youth have been martyred.

While the authorities have maintained that not a single bullet has been fired and not a single person has died. A class XI student, Asrar Ahmed Khan, whose family claimed was injured in pellet gun firing after a procession was taken out in Soura area of Srinagar, had succumbed to his injuries on September 4. The Army, however, had denied that the boy succumbed to pellet injuries and said he had died during stone pelting.

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Washington, October 08 (KMS): Weeks ahead of Congress’ Asia Subcommittee hearing on human rights in South Asia, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) has said that the communications shutdown is having a devastating impact on Kashmiris and called for restrictions to be lifted.

HFAC said via Twitter said, “India’s communications blackout in Kashmir is having a devastating impact on the lives and welfare of everyday Kashmiris.” The committee asked India to lift the restrictions and afford Kashmiris the same rights and privileges enjoyed by the Indian citizens. »

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Srinagar, October 08 (KMS): After the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, the Bharatiya Janata Party is conspiring to pave the way for a Hindu chief minister through gerrymandering in the name of delimitation.

In a media interview, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kashmir chief, Ravinder Raina, said, “The BJP is hopeful of getting its ‘first Chief Minister’ in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370, and the planned delimitation of the Assembly constituencies.” »

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Srinagar, October 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah has demanded unconditional release of all those detained or arrested after New Delhi stripped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370, the party said, a day after its delegation met the leader for the first time after his detention.

A party spokesperson said in Srinagar that Mr Abdullah also told the delegation that the people of the Kashmir have voiced their disapproval over the revocation of the Kashmir’s special status and its bifurcation by protesting in a peaceful manner. »

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