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2 days ago
Two Koreas fully restore western military communication line

Seoul, July 17 (IANS) South and North Korea on Tuesday fully restored their military communication line, Seoul's Defence Ministry said. The complete restoration of fax and phone connections was part of an agreement from last month's inter-Korean general-grade military talks, the first such meeting in more than a decade, reports Yonhap News Agency. The western line was suspended i...

3 days ago
Following US indictments, Twitter bans Russia-linked accounts

San Francisco, July 15 (IANS) In response to the US' indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for hacking into the Democrats' emails during the 2016 presidential campaign, Twitter has banned accounts for both Moscow-linked DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0. They were connected to a network of accounts that had already been shut down for violating rules, a Twitter spokesperson told ...

5 days ago
Spiritual leader Dada Vaswani cremated with state honours

Pune, July 13 (IANS) The mortal remains of Sindhi spiritual leader Dada J. P. Vaswani were cremated with state honours at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission (SVM) here on Friday evening, an official said. Dada Vaswani, 99, passed away on Thursday morning following a brief illness, barely three weeks ahead of his 100th birthday on August 2. Earlier, many thousands of people from different ...

5 days ago
Kashmir remembers 1931 martyrs with shutdown

Srinagar, July 13 (IANS) Kashmiris remembered the martyrs of 1931 who fought against an autocratic rule, with a shutdown on Friday. Authorities made heavy security arrangements around the Martyrs graveyard in Naqashband Sahab area of the old city here where the people who fought the Dogra rule and were killed by the state forces on July 13, 1931, were buried. Protesters had storm...

7 days ago
Army commando killed in Kashmir gunfight, civilian in clash

Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) An Indian Army commando was killed and another injured in a gunfight with militants in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday, while a civilian there was killed when security forces opened fire in a clash with protesters, officials said. Army officials said Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was killed in the battle that was still ...

7 days ago
Army commando killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) An Indian Army commando was killed and another injured in a gunfight with militants in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, army officials said. The officials said Sepoy Mukul Meena of 3 Para Regiment was killed in the battle that was still raging till late in the evening in Sadu Ganga forest area of the north Kashmir mountainous district. ...

8 days ago
Separatist-called shutdown affects life in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) A protest shutdown called by separatists affected life adversely across the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, called the valley-wide shutdown against the continuing killings of civilians by the Indian security forces. Two militants a...

11 days ago
Amarnath Yatra hampered due to separatist-called shutdown

Jammu, July 8 (IANS) Amarnath pilgrims were not allowed to move towards the cave shrine from Jammu on Sunday due to a separatist-called protest shutdown in the Kashmir Valley, police said. The protest shutdown was called to mark the second death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani who was killed along with his two associates by the security forces on this day in 2014 in Anantnag'...

11 days ago
Kashmir simmers after three civilians shot dead

Srinagar, July 7 (IANS) Three civilians, including a girl, 16, were killed and many injured when security when security forces allegedly opened fire at a stone-pelting mob during a cordon and search operation in a south Kashmir village on Saturday, sparking tension across the Valley on the eve of militant commander Burhan Wani's second death anniversary. A police officer said residents o...

12 days ago
Separatist called shutdown affects life in J&K

Srinagar, July 7 (IANS) Life across the Kashmir Valley was adversely affected on Saturday by a protest shutdown called by the separatists against shifting of Asiya Andrabi, chief of a separatist women group to Delhi. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik called the protest after Dukhtaran-e-Milat (Daughters of Faith) chief ...

12 days ago
Netflix to remove all online reviews in August

Los Angeles, July 6 (IANS) Streaming platform Netflix will from August discontinue a feature that allows users to read and write reviews of various movies and TV shows. The shutdown of the desktop-only feature is coming in stages. People will no longer be able to write their feedback on a show, and in mid-August, people will no longer be able to read existing user reviews on Netflix eith...

12 days ago
Separatist leaders detained ahead of Wani death anniversary

Srinagar, July 6 (IANS) Authorities on Friday placed two senior separatist leaders under detention in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of a separatist-called shutdown on July 8, the second death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. While Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence, JKLF leader Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody and ...

13 days ago
Jharkhand shutdown evokes mixed response

Ranchi, July 5 (IANS) A state-wide shutdown called by the opposition in Jharkhand to protest against an amendment to the Land Acquisition Act authorising direct parchases witnessed mixed response on Thursday. More than 1,000 people were arrested in different parts of the state after opposition parties' supporters tried to enforce the shutdown against the legal provision allowing the gove...

14 days ago
Jharkhand warns against violence during Thursday's shutdown

Ranchi, July 4 (IANS) The Jharkhand government on Wednesday warned of strict action against anyone found indulging in violence during a united opposition shutdown called on Thursday to protest an amendment in the Land Acquisition Act 2013. A total of 5,000 jawans of the state police will be deployed along with two companies of Rapid Action Force, six companies of Reserve Armed Police and...

14 days ago
Japan permits restart of tusnami-hit nuclear plant

Tokyo, July 4 (IANS) Japanese authorities on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to restart a nuclear plant hit by the 2011 tsunami triggering the Fukushima nuclear crisis. The nearly 40-year-old Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant, located about 130 km northeast of Tokyo in Ibaraki prefecture, would still need two clearances by the regulator and approval from local officials, the Nuclear Regulation Autho...

16 days ago
Green activist Claude Alvares arrested for symbolic protest, released

Panaji, July 2 (IANS) Green activist Claude Alvares, whose petition in the Supreme Court led to the shutdown of the mining industry in Goa earlier this year, was on Monday arrested along with an associate, for symbolically locking the offices of the state Mines and Geology Department here. Alvares and his associate Rahul Basu, both of green NGO Goa Foundation, were technically arrested a...

20 days ago
Bali airport forced to close amid volcanic ash

Bali, June 29 (IANS) Indonesian authorities on Friday closed the airport in the resort island of Bali amid volcanic ash spewed from Mount Agung which erupted a day earlier. The Ngurah Rai international airport will remain closed till 6 p.m. and an assessment of the situation will be made at 11 a.m., reports Xinhua news agency. A total of 239 domestic flights and 207 international...

23 days ago
Separatist leaders, MLA detained as shutdown hits Valley

Srinagar, June 25 (IANS) Life across the Kashmir Valley was derailed on Monday by a separatist-sponsored shutdown even as the authorities detained senior separatist leaders to prevent their participation in protests. Shops, public transport, other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar city and other district headquarters of the Valley. R...

24 days ago
Separatist shutdown affects life in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, June 25 (IANS) A shutdown called by separatists on Monday affected life across the Kashmir Valley with heavy security deployed here and other vulnerable places. The Valley-wide protest shutdown was by the Joint Residence Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against continuing civilian killings in Ka...

27 days ago
Separatist leaders detained, shutdown hits life in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, June 21 (IANS) Authorities on Thursday placed senior separatist leaders under detention in the summer capital Srinagar to prevent their participation in a protest shutdown that derailed life in the Kashmir Valley. Police took Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of pro-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), into preventive custody here to stop him from taking out a protest ...

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