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Activists describe life under lockdown in Kashmir as ‘grim’ Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

By SHEIKH SAALIQ, NEW DELHI (AP): On the eve of India’s Independence Day, a team of activists and scholars released a report that paints a bleak picture of Indian-administered Kashmir, challenging official government accounts that life is returning to normal amid an indefinite curfew and..

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India to ease Kashmir curfew ‘after Thursday’

NEW DELHI, (AFP): India's crippling 10-day-old curfew in Kashmir will ease after Thursday, according to the state governor, but phone lines and the internet will remain cut. India shut off communications and severely restricted movement in the part of Kashmir it controls on August 4, a day before..

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Kashmir’s main city a maze of razor wire and steel barriers Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

By AIJAZ HUSSAIN, SRINAGAR, India (AP):The main city in the India-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has turned into a vast maze of razor wire coils and steel barricades as drones and helicopters hover overhead. Wearing flak jackets and riot gear, paramilitary soldiers..

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India imposes Kashmir clampdown on Eid, rejects China criticism Monday, August 12th, 2019

SRINAGAR, (AFP): Indian troops clamped tight restrictions on mosques across Kashmir for Monday's Eid al-Adha festival over protest fears, as Beijing warned New Delhi its actions in the restive territory were causing "regional tensions". The Himalayan region's biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid, was..

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India imposes Kashmir clampdown to head off Eid protests

Srinagar (India) (AFP): Indian troops clamped tight restrictions on mosques across Kashmir for Monday's Eid al-Adha festival, fearing anti-government protests over the stripping of the Muslim-majority region's autonomy, according to residents. The Himalayan region's biggest mosque, the Jama..

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Indian forces on high alert after Kashmir Friday prayers Friday, August 9th, 2019

SRINAGAR, (AFP): Indian forces across Kashmir were on alert to head off protests after Friday prayers at mosques, as tensions remained high over the ending of the disputed region's autonomy, residents and reports said. A five-day-old lockdown with no internet or phone communications appeared..

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Indian PM: Changes in Kashmir will free it from ‘terrorism’ Thursday, August 8th, 2019

By ASHOK SHARMA and MUNIR AHMED, NEW DELHI (AP): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation Thursday night that he stripped Kashmir of its statehood and special constitutional status in order to free the disputed Himalayan region of “terrorism and separatism.” Modi’s Hindu-led..

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Kashmir an ‘internal affair’, India tells Pakistan

NEW DELHI, (AFP): India on Thursday hit back at nuclear rival Pakistan's downgrading of diplomatic ties over its clampdown on Kashmir, saying its decision to strip the restive region of its autonomy was an "internal affair". India stripped Kashmir of its special status in the constitution on..

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Hundreds of poor migrant workers flee Kashmir under lockdown Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

By CHANNI ANAND, JAMMU, India (AP): Hit by a complete security lockdown in Kashmir, hundreds of poor migrant workers have begun fleeing the Himalayan region to return to their far-away villages in northern and eastern India. Some complained on Wednesday that their Kashmiri employers didn’t pay..

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Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Former External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night, AIIMS sources said. She was 67. The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS around 9:30pm and was straight away taken to the emergency ward. AIIMS doctors said she died of a..

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Rajya Sabha approves resolution on J&K Monday, August 5th, 2019

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Rajya Sabha on Monday approved a resolution abrogating Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the..

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Pak troops shell border areas along LoC in Rajouri Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

JAMMU, (PTI): Pakistani troops on Wednesday opened fire and shelled mortars along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, officials said. Indian troops gave a befitting reply, resulting in heavy damage to Pakistani Army posts and casualties to Pakistani soldiers, they said. "At about..

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Triple talaq bill passed by Parliament Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

NEW DELHI, (PTI): Parliament on Tuesday approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence, after the contentious legislation was passed by Rajya Sabha following non-aligned BJD extending support and NDA constituents JD-U and AIADMK walking out. Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim..

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