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India cancels Amarnath Yatra amid mounting virus cases

SRINAGAR: Indian-held Kashmir on Wednesday imposed a strict lockdown for a week as authorities warned of rising coronavirus cases, one day after cancelling a major annual Hindu pilgrimage. India, which has recorded almost 1.2 million infections and is the world’s third-most infected nation, had significantly eased a months-long shutdown to …

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India sets free veteran Kashmiri politician Farooq Abdullah

SRINAGAR: Indian authorities on Friday released an influential Kashmiri lawmaker who had been held for seven months after New Delhi stripped India-held Jammu and Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and detained thousands of politicians and activists. Farooq Abdullah, 82, had been confined to his residence in Srinagar since August 5 when …

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Social media restrictions lifted in occupied Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Authorities in occupied Kashmir lifted the ban on access to social media websites, India Today reported on Wednesday. According to the publication, people in the region will now be allowed unrestricted 2G internet access. In addition, internet services will also be available on landline connections. However, this permission …

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AJK leaders condemn Indian shelling on civilians along LoC

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider have condemned unprovoked and indiscriminate shelling by Indian occupation forces targeting unarmed and innocent civilians along the Line of Control (LoC) and called upon the UN to play its role in addressing the core …

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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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India-held Kashmir suffers $2.4bn economic losses since lockdown

SRINAGAR: A lockdown in India-held Kashmir has cost its economy more than $2.4 billion since the Modi government stripped it of its special status, officials of the Himalayan region’s main trade organisation said on Wednesday. “In the last 120 days we have witnessed how each and every sector has bled …

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India restores incoming SMS in occupied Kashmir, mobile internet still cut

INDIAN HELD KASHMIR: India on Tuesday was set to allow some incoming text messages into Kashmir, officials said, four months after they were first blocked when New Delhi moved to strip the region’s autonomy. The August 5 communications blackout — which included cutting landlines, mobile phones and internet access — …

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