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India gate in the capital city of India on a summer day. Photograph by newdelhi2012.blogspot.co.uk By Liz Hanna, Australian National University India is currently in the throes of yet another extreme heat event, with the death toll rising past 1,100. The current heatwave began on May 21, and is forecast to continue until May 30, with temperatures in many regions exceeding 45C, and reaching 47.6C and beyond. Delhi has now endured seven consecutive days over 44C, the worst extreme heat event recorded in a decade, according to the India Meteorological Department. Even in the mountain town of Mussoorie close to

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Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani today termed the electronic media houses of India as, what he called, “part of the military operation which is going on in Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement issued here, the party said that the Delhi based news channels are running a propaganda to defame the just and genuine struggle of Kashmiris and are showing wrong picture of Kashmir to the Indian people. The statement added that the local reporters working for these channels in Srinagar should perform their professional duties in an honest way. “We understand their compulsions and limitations and

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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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By News Desk | New Delhi, India Around one-hundred-fifty Kashmiris who traveled to Delhi to join the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s (JKLF) 48-hour long hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here, today, protested in Jamia Nagar as the Delhi police didn’t allow the protestors to go out of the vicinity. The Chairman of the front, Yasin Malik, was arrested by the police last night and shifted to Kashmir where he has been admitted in a hospital after receiving head injury. Maqbool Butt’s mother in the protest. The police had cancelled the two-day hunger strike led by the JKLF against government repression

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By News Agencies| New Delhi, India The Delhi Police on Thursday night took Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik into preventive custody. Earlier in the day, the police had denied permission to Malik to hold a 48-hour hunger strike in the capital to press for his demands including handing over the body of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru to his family. “Yes,” said City Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar when asked by PTI whether any decision was taken to deny permission for the protest at Jantar Mantar starting on Friday. The decision came after security agencies submitted a report to the

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By News Agencies | New Delhi Giving permission to Yasin Malik to hold a protest in Delhi may create law and order problem, security agencies said. Delhi Police has denied permission to Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik to hold a 48-hour hunger strike in the capital to press for his demands including handing over the body of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru to his family. “Yes,” said City Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar when asked whether any decision was taken to deny permission for the protest at Jantar Mantar starting tomorrow. The decision came after security agencies submitted a report

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By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir The Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)- a pro-independent group, Mohammad Yasin Malik today reached Delhi where he will sit on a hunger strike from 3 May 2013 at Jantar Mantar. A front spokesperson said that Yasin reached Delhi to look after the arrangements for the 48 hour long hunger strike that is likely to be attended by many people. Before leaving for Delhi, Malik in a statement said that the protest hunger strike that was announced by him on 3 December 2012 and recently on 16 April 2013 will highlight the demand

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By News Desk | Srinagar The Chairman of a pro-freedom group in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani Wednesday said that the killing of a youth in Sopore in a mosque was un-Islamic. While strongly condemning the incident, Geelani said that such killings carried out by the “undercover” and “unknown gunmen” were a menace and must be unearthed. “Masjid is a place of peace. When the boy had taken shelter in it, he should have been spared, but I don’t know, who these people were. who carried out this heinous act,” shocked Geelani said. He added

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By News Desk Inmates at the highly fortified Tihar jail in New Delhi, have complained that Afzal Guru’s spirit was haunting them and have requested the jail authorities to hold prayers. Convicted for attacking the Indian Parliament in 2001, Mohammad Afzal Guru, was hanged on February 9, 2013 and buried in the jail. Quoting sources, a report published in a Hindi newspaper “Navbharat Times”,  said that prisoners have complained that Guru’s spirit was haunting them and have asked the authorities to “hold a Havan” (prayers) that suit the prisoners. It said that the inmates were unaware that Guru, who was

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By Asima Nazki This is about the recent “Kashmiri Women Solidarity” drama in Delhi by Center for Policy Analysis (CPA) group. To the conveners with their politically motivated decontextualized recommendations that became public last week.Let me tell you, this is no service to Kashmir and its ailments. As a Kashmiri woman I am seething. This is a subversive game plan which is aimed at nothing but decontextualizing Kashmir issue. It is the pseudo-feminism, where women try to build bridges with women, negating why is it happening? How are the men placed and what do they think? I might be accused

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