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International rights watchdog Amnesty International on Thursday said the Jammu and Kashmir government must prohibit the use of pellet firing shotguns during policing of demonstrations. In a statement, Amnesty said: “Jammu and Kashmir authorities must prohibit the use of pellet-firing shotguns in policing demonstrations, as they are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate. “Police in the state have used pellet shotguns for a number of years. Several cases have been reported of people suffering serious injuries, particularly eye injuries, as a result. “Recently, on May 21, 2015, 16-year-old Hamid Nazir Bhat was shot by police firing a pellet gun in Palhalan, Jammu

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The family of Muhammad Afzal Guru Monday asked former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah to stop shedding crocodile tears on the ‘martyrdom’ of Afzal and urged people not to take any of his comments seriously regarding Afzal’s execution. “Omar Abdullah is an artist and is enacting a drama. Why he did not utter a word when he was in power. If he was so sincere and clear hearted, then why did not he resign when my husband was executed for political benefits,” Tabasum Guru, the wife of slain Kashmiri youth Muahmmad Afazal Guroo told CNS adding that

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Days after mysterious posters from a militant outfit surfaced in restive North Kashmir’s Sopore town, in which people associated with telecommunication business were directed to windup their business within a week’s time, the unidentified armed men Monday barged into a telecom centre and fired indiscriminately on the employees present there injuring three among which one succumbed to his injuries in one of the hospitals in Srinagar. Eyewitnesses told CNS three pistol borne youth made way into the second story of a building and barged into BSNL franchise Iqra Telecom Centre, where they fired upon the employees without giving them a

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Parrikar’s statement announcement of starting new phase of Ikwhani culture in Kashmir: Hurriyat (G) Expressing its deep concern and anguish over the statement of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in which he had said that “neutralize terrorists only through terrorists and target killing in Jammu & Kashmir”, Hurriyat Conference (G) Saturday said “it is the announcement regarding the start of new phase of Ikwhani (government gunmen) culture in this state.” “It is the announcement of the beginning of a dangerous plan of target killing of the pro-freedom people by the unknown gunmen and this announcement is enough to expose the communal

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The crime graph against the women in Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing an upward trend with more than four thousand people detained and over more than two thousand cases of violence against women registered since past five years. According to KNS correspondent, in Jammu city, more than 1250 people have been detained in this regard while as in Srinagar, the number of persons detained was 439. In Srinagar there are as many as 255 cases registered over the crime against the women while action in this regard has been taken against 439 persons. In Budgam, there were 17 cases and

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Amidst the controversy surrounding the issuance of passport to Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, former Chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) A K Dulat Friday said that Geelani does not need a passport and is only creating issue out of it. “Geelani is creating issue out of it. If at all he is in need of the passport he should have completed all the formalities. I can say that he is not interested in actually getting a passport but is creating issue out of it,” Dulat told KNS over phone from New Delhi. He said that Geelani

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Senior separatist leader and Huriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday said he has submitted his passport form online and he is yet to go for the biometric procedure due to restrictions placed on him by the police. Talking to KNS, Geelani said till now he has only submitted his passport application form online and that until his house detention is not ended, he will not go for the biometric procedure.  “My residence has been converted into a garrison. I am under house arrest. There is a large number police party outside my gate- until, I am not freed, I

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At a time when government schools have shown dismal performance   during the recently conducted class 10th exams, figures are enough to reveal why government run schools lag behind the private ones in JK. There are 83 percent of the schools in Jammu and Kashmir without the internet or computer facility at present and more than 12 percent without the library facility, reveals the survey conducted by MHRD in JK. The survey in detail had revealed that in the year 2012-13 83.93 percent of the schools in Jammu and Kashmir were without the computer and internet facility. After one year, in 2013-14,

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The government will impose restrictions in old city on Thursday in view of the rally being organized by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the martyrdom anniversaries of Mirwaiz Molvi Mohamamad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar said that in the areas of the old city coming under the jurisdiction of six police stations, section 144 will be imposed and no procession shall be allowed to take place in these areas. He added that in view of the law and order situation, such a decision has been taken. Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that he had intimated the government earlier

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  Salman Khan in Kashmir during shooting of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Photograph by Ayush Sharma Pitching for reopening of cinema’s in Kashmir valley bollywood actor Salman Khan on Sunday said he would like to release his upcoming Bajrangi Bhaijan in Kashmir Valley besides other parts of India. While addressing a presser in Sonamarg he said it is surprising that the theaters are not operational here and people have to watch bollywood movies through pirated DVD’s. He termed it unfortunate that the people here are not enjoing cenima on 70mm screen. Hailing the hospitality of the people of Kashmir he said he

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