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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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Fury grows after protest deaths in Indian Muslim neighborhood

MEERUT: Zaheer Ahmed had just returned home from work in northern India last Friday afternoon and stepped out for a smoke before lunch. Minutes later, he was dead, shot in the head. His death, and the killing by gunfire of four other Muslim men the same afternoon in the mainly …

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Gen Rawat’s political remarks assailed

NEW DELHI: Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday slammed the people calling for protests in the country against the new citizenship law, saying leadership was not about guiding crowds including students “to carry out arson and violence”. His remarks drew sharp criticism from some retired and serving military …

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Indian state demands damages, threatens to confiscate property over protests

NEW DELHI: India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state is demanding millions of rupees from over 200 people and threatening to confiscate their property as a penalty for damage done to public property during protests against the country’s new citizenship law. Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, has suffered some of the …

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