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Some moments captured from the five day Jaipur Literature Festival- a carnival of literati in India. Being engulfed in a few controversies, with some haunting from last year, the speakers consisting of writers, professors, journalists, artists continued to attract thousands of people on day three and four. By Muhabit ul Haq Jaipur, India Pakistani-British author, Nadeem Aslam Rahul Pandita, Asiya Zahoor and Sidiq Wahid Listeners in the Bhaitak at Diggi Palace M.A. Farooqi, Syeda Hameed and Zakia Zaheer Jeet Thayil, Gagan Gill, Tishani Doshi and Sheniz Janmohamed Booker-Prize nominated author, Jeet Thayil.

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Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. (File photo) By News Desk Srinagar, Indian-Controlled Kashmir The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik today arrived in Pakistan on a private tour, said the party spokesman, in a statement issued here. According to the spokesman, soon after arriving at the Lahore Airport late Saturday night, Malik drove to the Pakistan capital, Islamabad. “A large number of people led by the JKLF supreme leader Jenab Amanullah Khan welcomed Yasin Malik on his arrival. Several JKLF leader’s including Amanullah Khan, M. Rafiq Dar, Dr. Toqeer Gilani, Hafiz Anwar Samavi,

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Indian-controlled Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah By News Desk Srinagar, Indian-Controlled Kashmir The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday said he was ready to take up the matter of officially inviting Hurriyat Conference leaders for a dialogue, with New Delhi, “in case they show an indication of willingness for talks with the Government of India”. In an interview, he said that he doesn’t see any signifigant move on Kashmir issue before India and Pakistan elections. “If the Hurriyat people give us an indication that they are ready for talks and are waiting for an invitation, I will definitely

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By Shahid Tantray Srinagar, Indian-Controlled Kashmir In the harsh chill of winter, thousands of people came out in different parts of Kashmir valley to hold procession celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), which is called Eid-e-Milad in the valley.

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By Fahad Shah Jaipur, India While India celebrates the 64th year of the implementation of its own constitution, the majority of the people listening to an eminent panel, discussing ‘Freedom of Speech and Expression’ in the Jaipur Literature Festival, voted that “there is no freedom of expression in India”. The discussion, on third day, attended by around 5000 people (the organizers said) were asked about the freedom of expression in India. The other option “sufficient freedom of expression” too got some votes, but still lesser. It was the part of the ongoing five day festival- a carnival of literati in

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The most busiest bridges, Amira Kadal, deserted on Republic Day, due to shutdown call by pro-freedom leaders and strict restrictions by the government. By News Desk Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir People in Kashmir valley remained indoors on the 64th Republic day on Saturday owing to a strike called by separatists, gazzetted holiday and restrictions by government in some parts of the summer capital. What has become a norm on such events, all mobile and internet services were suspended across valley during the celebration functions of Republic Day in Kashmir. However, the service providers once again failed to communicate information about jamming

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By News Desk Underscoring the need to punish the military and paramilitary forces for the heinous crimes they had allegedly committed in Kashmir, renowned writer and social activist Arundhati Roy Friday said Indians would suffer in future for what the people of Kashmir had gone through over last two decades.Roy accused India of not being serious in punishing the military, paramilitary, police and government backed gunmen who had been declared accused in various heinous crimes. “Troops and paramilitary troops involved in various heinous crimes including custodial killings, disappearances, rapes and declared accused through FIRs and other reports have evaded action

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Text by Muheet ul Islam, Photographs by Shahid Tantray Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir The security apparatus in the Indian-controlled Kashmir has been beefed up and the authorities sounded caution for any untoward incident, two days ahead of Indian Republic day on Jan. 26. The local policemen and troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were seen checking vehicles, frisking pedestrians in Srinagar and other adjoint areas. The policemen are checking vehicles for explosives using metal detectors. The venue for the state celebrations on the republic day, Bakshi Stadium, has been cordoned by the police and paramilitary forces. Also, spotted in the

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On Jan. 24, 2012, the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival started, with 285 speakers expected to speak in the five day long South-Asia’s major literary event. Muhabit ul Haq brings some of the moments of the day one. Thousands of people visited the festival on the first day, Jan. 24, 2012. Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, speaking at the festival. Film actor, Kabir Bedi. Audience at the festival. Lyricist Javed Akhtar and actor wife Shabana Azmi. Pakistani authors, Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Jamil Ahmed in conversation with Aneesa Syed. International Man Booker Prize 2013 finalists announced.  

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In the Kashmir region of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir, Muslims offer special prayers outside the shrine of Sufi Saint Khwaja Naqashband in Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims congregated at the shrine, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, on the death anniversary of the saint and offered prayers in a three-day festival that concluded Wednesday. By Shahid Tantray, Photojournalist