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Freedom of expression is always the freedom of those who think differently. Rosa Luxemburg On August 24, the offices of the Rawalakot-based daily broadsheet, Majadla, were raided by the city administration. The staff was evacuated and the office-building was sealed. More than a month on, the Majadla offices remain closed. While the official pretext is Majadla’s illegal publication, the editor and publisher insist that Majadla has the provisional permission for the publication while waiting on the official declaration. Not merely the Majadla management, activists and intelligentsia in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) have viewed the action against Majadla as a

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat Saturday said that for the complete assimilation and integration of Jammu and Kashmir with rest of India, changes should be brought into the Article 370 and Article 35A. He was addressing RSS and BJP workers at party headquarters at Nagpur. “There is a need for partisan, transparent and clean administration in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. “The determination with which terrorist infiltration and firing from across the border are being dealt with is appreciated. Provocative actions and the propaganda of separatists is been effectively

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Srinagar, Sep 18: Syed Ali Geelani on Monday, asked OIC to play its active and effective role in resolving the issue faced by Muslim Ummah. Organization of Islamic Countries has adequate resources to tackle problems and serve best for the betterment and upliftment of humanity. Geelani while welcoming the statement of OIC on Kashmir, said that we hope that this institution will leave no stone unturned and will play its effective and pivotal role in world politics. There is dire need to represent the divine message of peace and righteousness of Islam and OIC is the best platform to promulgate

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Srinagar, Sep 18: Out of the 19.26 lakh police officers in India, 56,944 are deployed for the security of 20,828 VIPs, media reports quoting the data compiled by the Bureau of Police Research and Development said on Monday. As per the data Bihar has the highest number of VIPs being accorded protection. There are 3,200 VIPs who are being guarded by 6,248 police personnel. In West Bengal, 4,233 cops provide protection to 2,207 VIPs. In Jammu and Kashmir, there are 2,075 VIPs being protected by 4,499 policemen. There are 1,901 VIPs being guarded by 4,681 cops in Uttar Pradesh while

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Chandigarh, Sep 16: Dal Khalsa takes a dig at the Union government for describing the Rohingya Muslims “illegal” immigrants and threat to ‘national security” in the Supreme Court. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said by definition all refugees are ‘illegal’ until the respective state grants them ‘refugee status’ and allow them to stay. “Even Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans who came from their respective countries fearing persecution were illegal the day they crossed over. The government of the day gave them legal sanction some for political reasons and others on humanitarian grounds, he said. He asked the present dispensation to grant

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Shortly after the Government of India in its affidavit to Supreme Court claiming that the Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their continuous stay posed “serious national security ramifications,” former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah took to twitter and said that there was no such threat prior to 2014. “This threat, at least in J&K, is a post 2014 development. No such intelligence reports ever came up for discussion in Unified HQ meetings,” Omar Abdullah tweeted. The Centre’s affidavit, filed in the apex court Registry, said the fundamental right to reside and settle in

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Protesters hold signs demanding justice for the deceased. (The Indian Express archive) With the Supreme Court admitting the plea challenging the army’s decision to exonerate its officers and men accused in the Pathribal fake encounter, relatives of those killed in the encounter hope their 17-year-long struggle for justice will soon come to an end. Earlier the J&K High Court had summarily dismissed a plea of the victim families against the army’s decision. The men were earlier chargesheeted by CBI for abduction and murder of five civilians in a fake encounter and destroying the evidence. There have been several attempts to

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The Joint Resistance Leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that the paranoia and panic that has gripped the state on the martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Wani is an acknowledgment that even his memory that lives in each Kashmiris heart as a symbol of resistance and courage, is a threat to the mighty Indian state despite its huge military control. Leadership said that curfews and restrictions across the valley, blanket ban and gag on communication channels and networks suspension of rail links closing of highways deployment of additional forces at every nook and corner of

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Strongly condemning the deployment of additional forces in Kashmir valley, imposing of undue restrictions on people’s movement, and arrest of resistance leaders and activists ahead of the first anniversary of popular rebel commander Burhan Wani and his two associates, the incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said, “New Delhi and its collaborators won’t succeed in stopping people from remembering their hero.” In a statement issued here, Shah said that the people’s tribute to Wani is a referendum against the Indian forcible occupation. He said Kashmiris are not scared of bullets and repressive measures. “Indian leaders should

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Zareena Begum has visited the sub-centre in her area for a regular check-up. But, the centre is closed so she requests the locals to let her know once the staff comes. Photograph by Aliya Bashir Kanyari, Bandipora — At a nearby river bank, Zareena Begum, 30, is struggling to fill some clean water in a corrugated aluminum bucket. In her background, two school-going kids are roving a shikara to reach to their school. The boat is the only means of transport to this forgotten piece of land and it carries everything: daily essentials, ill to hospitals and children to school.

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