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Indian army soldiers carry a coffin containing the body of their colleague Sat Pal Bhasin, one of 18 soldiers killed during a terrorist ambush in Manipur on June 4, 2015. India’s northeastern states are now the most unsafe conflict theatre for security forces with 41 deaths this year. These states accounted for 23 deaths of security personnel in 2014, according to data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal. Eighteen Indian army soldiers were killed and 11 injured in Manipur’s Chandel district in a terrorist ambush on June 4, 2015, the worst-such attack in two decades. Source: South Asia Terrorism

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After the massive floods in Kashmir valley several houses were swept by the floodwater, leaving thousands homeless. The government response to the floods fury has been ineffective but several voluntary organisations and individuals have contributed to restore life to some extent, donating medicines, food, clothes, and tents. In Srinagar’s various areas, tents have been put up for people who lost their houses to the floods. Around 300 people have died in the state due to floods and the economy has seen a major downfall, that may not be recovered in just a few years. People living on roads, streets, relief

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Photograph by Shahid Tantray   The death toll across Jammu and Kashmir from the past three days touched to 91 as on Friday three more persons including a woman lost their lives due to flood furry. At least 14 persons were trapped while four of them died when a landslide hit Thanamandi town in Rajouri district of Jammu province on Friday, Four  persons One person died in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district when he came under an electric poll, uprooted due to flash floods. Another person died of heart attacking after he observed gushing waters making entry into his village in Tangmarg area of

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Tso Moriri Say Juley – the Ladakhi greetings, to the land of high passes and turquoise lakes, gompas and stupas, snow and sand, military and monks, Dalai Lama and Rancho, momo and Maggi, peaks and valleys, army canters and romantic shikaras, prayer wheels and prayer flags, long drives and treks, yak and yaks, 40 degrees and sub-zero temperature, blazing and starry sky – truely heaven on Earth! Not too many people are aware that Ladakh forms the third region of Jammu & Kashmir. Despite Ladakh being over-shadowed by its more popular cousin Kashmir, it’s still been in the to-do list of travellers

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In a candid admission, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said that he failed to realize the dream that his grandfather had seen about the empowerment of Panchayati Raj in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that from past five and a half years, he did not succeed fully as far as the implementation and empowerment of Panchyati Raj Institution was concerned. He however said that his government has already sanctioned Rs 70 crore as first installment for the empowerment of Panchayats in the state. Talking to reporters on the sidelines after inaugurating Panchayti houses in Central Kashmir’s Kichpara area of Kangan

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“Every year The International Day of the Disappeared is celebrated on August 30 to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives.”  “In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.” -Bertolt Brecht (German poet, 1898-1956)   Today, on the International Day of the Disappeared, APDP observes with concern the present focus of the international community, and more particularly the German Government, in Jammu and Kashmir. The German Embassy, in collaboration with the Indian Government, is organizing a

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Stone throwing in Srinagar’s downtown area after Afzal Guru’s hanging in February this year. By Yusra Khan [A]fter spending three years in jail, he still says “Yes, I’m a stone thrower.” Born on the11th of February 1991, Aarif Baba* has two historical events associated with his birth date. 11th February is the day Mohammad Maqbool Butt, considered one of the founders of Kashmir’s freedom movement, was hanged and 1991 is the peak year of resistance in Kashmir. Like Butt, Baba too wants to see Kashmir prosper as an independent nation. Ever since his childhood, Baba has been drawn to stone throwing. At

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  Kashmir, the disputed region between India and Pakistan, has been going through conflict since the armed rebellion started in late 80s and has resulted in grave human rights violations, killings, torture and rapes. The children of Kashmir or the Children of Conflict have faced the wrath of government forces and the draconian laws like Public Safety act (PSA). Since the mass peaceful resistance movements of 2008, the minors of this region have been arrested, tortured, and mostly booked under the PSA and put behind the bars for months. There have been instances during which children as young as 10

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By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today heard a public interest litigation (PIL), filed by fifty Kashmiri women, seeking action on the alleged gang rape in Kunan Poshpora on the intervening night of 23-24 February 1991 by the Indian armed forces. The litigants of the PIL, in a statement issued here, said that through the PIL they sought the immediate reopening and reinvestigation of a case where “more than forty Kashmiri women were brutally raped.” The Division Bench of Justice A. M. Magray and Justice Mansoor, in today’s hearing, questioned that how can a

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By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir Demanding re-investigation into the ‘mass rape’ of at least thirty two women in Kunanposhpora village of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, in 1991, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The petitioners also sought directions for implementation of the 2011 recommendations of the Human Rights Commission of Kashmir for re-investigating the case. Women in Kunanposhpora alleged that on the intervening night of February 23 and 24 in 1991 the Indian troops of Rajputana Rifles raped them while men where beaten up. After the incident under forceful public

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