Friday, 22 November, 2019

Centre Takes Power To Declare Any Area In J&K ‘Disturbed’ Under AFSPA

MEPs' Press Meet No Local Media No Questions on Detentions or Internet Ban Henri Malosse a French national and is the head of a Brussels-based think tank Vocal Europe addresses the press conference
Travis Berry | 03 November, 2019, 00:52

The new map denotes the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and surprisingly includes three districts - Muzaffarabad, Punch and Mirpur - which are under Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

On Friday, serving Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Gujarat cadre Girish Chandra Murmu took the oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, and retired bureaucrat Radha Krishna Mathur as that of Ladakh.

The Centre had announced the decision to bifurcate J&K into two UTs on August 5 this year.

With the addition of two new Union Territories, their total number has increased to nine.

Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday transitioned from a state into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, almost three months after the NDA government abrogated the state's special status.

The names of government's radio stations in Jammu, Srinagar and Leh have been renamed as All India Radio - Jammu, All India Radio - Srinagar and All India Radio - Leh, respectively.

Its ally China, which is locked in a separate decades-old dispute with India over the part of Kashmir called Ladakh, also slammed India for unilaterally changing its status.

Kurds say they have withdrawn from Syrian border region
The immediate question was the fate of the USA -brokered cease-fire, which was to run out at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT) Tuesday evening. The two powers had both stationed troops on the Turkey-Syria border after United States troops withdrew from the area.

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The scrapping of Kashmir's autonomy was heavily criticized by India's neighbor and arch-rival, Pakistan, which claims the whole of Kashmir as its territory.

Access to around half of mobile phones was only restored on October 14 and the internet remains offline for over 7 million people.

George Holding, a Representative for North Carolina's second congressional district, said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir deserve better and the region should have peace and stability in order for it to flourish in the long-run while highlighting the actions made by Pakistan-based terror groups to disrupt the normal lives of the people.

Addressing a gathering in the national capital, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Article 370 and Article 35A were the gateways of terrorism into Jammu and Kashmir. They are quick to point fingers at geopolitical rivals, yet remain mostly silent where the Modi government's excesses in occupied Kashmir are concerned. "It also created a polarising environment that was exploited politically".

In the UT of Ladakh, the Department of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Affairs will be responsible for all matters enumerated in the State List and concurrent List in any such matter concerns, except all such matters as have, under these rules, been specifically assigned to any other ministry or department of the government of India. In Jammu and Kashmir, there were words of quiet protest from those asked in the streets.

The move also removes Kashmiris' exclusive land rights, allowing people from elsewhere to buy property.

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