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India asks China to avoid raising Kashmir dispute at UN

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. The government issued a statement on Thursday, a day after China requested a review by the UN Security Council of the …

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Kerala challenges India’s new citizenship law in Supreme Court

KERALA: India’s southern Kerala on Tuesday became the first state to legally challenge a new citizenship law that has triggered nationwide demonstrations. The Kerala government in its petition to the Supreme Court called the law a violation of the secular nature of the Indian constitution and accused the government of …

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EU envoys refuse Kashmir visit, say don’t want a ‘guided tour’

NEW DELHI: Envoys from European Union (EU), Australia, Afghanistan and other Gulf countries on Thursday refused India’s invitation to visit occupied Kashmir saying they wanted to meet people of the valley “unescorted”, reported The Hindu. Diplomats from nearly 17 countries were extended an invitation by New Delhi for a two-day …

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India to restore text messaging services in occupied Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Autho­rities in occupied Kashmir will restore text messaging services in the disputed region on Wednesday, almost five months after India’s government downgraded its semi-autonomy and imposed a strict security and communications lockdown, an official said on Tuesday. Local government spokesman Rohit Kansal said the decision was made after …

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Use of facial recognition in New Delhi rally sparks privacy fears

NEW DELHI: Police in Delhi used facial recognition software to screen crowds at a recent political rally — a first for India — raising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance amidst nationwide protests against a new citizenship law. The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) software that the Delhi Police had …

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