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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Thursday stirred up the hornet’s nests on social media site by sharing a graphical post depicting India’s map without Kashmir. Highlighting the achievements of its Internet.org platform, Zukerberg posted an info-graphic with maps of 11 nations including India minus the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Indians were quick to  criticise Zuckerberg over the issue. They bombarded the post demanding Zukerberg to put Kashmir back on the map. Instantly after Zuckerberg posted one user commented “Great Job, Please correct the Indian MAP on this Picture, Kashmir is Missing.”  It opened up a much uglier debate. Despite over

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  As Nepal tries to recover from aftermath of the massive earthquake that devastated the Himalayan nation yesterday, tech giants Google and Facebook have joined in the relief efforts. While Google has opened its Person Finder tool for the purpose, Facebook has activated its ‘Safety Check’ feature to help victims of the deadly earthquake. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a status update announcing the feature. He said: “When disasters happen, people need to know their loved ones are safe. It’s moments like this that being able to connect really matters. My thoughts are with everyone who’s been caught up in this tragedy.”

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The passage of time changes the perspectives of societies, driven by the gaining of knowledge, it takes them out of the caliginous dark into illuminating light. Time, however, can also change an opulent and prosperous society into a corrupt and despicable slum when core values of morality and conscientiousness are relinquished, leaving that society in the depths of nothingness. I fear that our society, the society of the Grand Saints, is following this latter order of time. With the sudden influx of money and with it, technology, our society, particularly our youth have failed to sensibly utilize this technology. They

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By Aaqib Javeed [I]n philosophy, reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist. I am writing this piece in which I will talk about the circumstances by which my reality has been constructed since childhood, till today. In childhood Sadly, my reality has been constructed with comparison since my childhood days. My parents always

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Faizan Rafiq Hakeem By Adnan Majeed After years of protests on the streets of Kashmir for justice, the younger generation of Kashmir have taken the fight to a new battleground “internet” fighting and resisting through the weapon of online campaigns. Making their voices heard and gathering support for their causes, not only from within boundaries of the valley but from across the globe. Such a campaign was launched when Faizan Rafiq Hakeem, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on February 7, 2011 outside his house in Reshibazar locality of Islamabad town and was later booked under the Public Safety act for being

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                  By Fahad Shah A page was started on Facebook called, Bekaar Jamaath (Idle group). It was about “fun, friends and life”. When Kashmir saw mass public protests in 2010, the page was converted into Aalaw (A Call) along with a website http://www.aalaw-kashmircalls.org. It would post about the happenings in Kashmir. In their own words “breaking the mist of bias, Indian media is covered in”. The information on the website says that the website and Facebook page is maintained, administered and run by administrators of major Pro-Kashmir pages and groups on the Facebook. It has been blocked eighteen times, so far.

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Freedom of speech always comes under the pressure of the rulers. In conflict places like Kashmir, being one of the world’s long standing conflict, restrictions on mediums of communication are a daily exercise. In 2008, when the Amarnath Land Row started in summer there were number of local cable television news channels in Valley. Channels like Vaadi TV, Sen Tv, 9 TV were known for their daily reporting of the events. State didn’t like such coverage by these channels and they ordered them to stop telecasting news for longer durations first and later they banned them completely. Many news anchors

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A man paints to hide anti-India graffiti written on the shutters of a closed shop during a curfew in Srinagar. Freedom of expression and speech is the most fundamental of all rights. This right lays the very foundation of a democratic society. It is often being said that without free political discussions and free flow of communication in the society, no public education is possible. The Indian Constitution, for a gentle reminder, also guarantees this right to its citizens. Communication – as defined by various theories and models – is the free exchange of thoughts, messages, opinions, views, or information,

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As the state police started a crackdown on the social media activists of Kashmir when five of the 35 administrators of Facebook pages identified by it as “anti-India” were summoned. A national newspaper reported that police is also monitoring a Swiss woman who has been “coordinating the activities of such administrators” in Kashmir. “Police say the woman, believed to be in her 40s, came to the Valley in 2011 and met Facebook administrators who have been uploading the allegedly “seditious” material. The police said they found her links when they intercepted her email exchanges several months ago. While police refuse

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