Pak-held Kashmir, a region terrorised by ISI-Military

pmlnPakistan-occupied Kashmir is witnessing violent street protests since last week’s elections there, with the people of the illegally-occupied territory questioning the authenticity of the elections.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party the PML (Nawaz) won 32 of the 42 seats. As the protests began, Pakistan ordered a clampdown on the media, barring them from reporting from the region.

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From Hafiz Saeed to Geelani, everyone wants a piece of Burhan Wani

Pic courtesy: DNA

Pic courtesy: DNA

Bengaluru, July 27: After Hafiz Saeed, it is Syed Ali Shah Geelani who is desperate to stay relevant in Jammu and Kashmir. In today’s circumstance the best way to stay in news is to be associated with Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen who has over the past three weeks become an unwanted martyr.

A week after Hafiz Saeed claimed that Burhan Wani had called him before his death, Geelani parroted the same thing. “A few days before his death he had called me and reposed full faith in my leadership,” Geelani said in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Rigged elections in PoK: Massive protests break out

pokMuzzafarabad, July 27: Questioning the authenticity of the elections held in Pakistan occupied Kashmir on July 21, protests have erupted across the region. The elections that were held saw the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz bag 32 out of the 42 seats.
The protests spread across the region and towns such as Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Chinari and Mirpur were the worst hit. There were allegations that a PML(N) member had killed a supporter of the Muslim Conference in Muzzafarabad.

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Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh moves HC against his arrest

Dayashankar-SinghLucknow, July 26: Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh has moved the High Court seeking a stay on his arrest. The court has posted the matter for July 28. Singh in petition has termed the action against him as unfair and sought a stay on his arrest.
Singh had courted controversy after he had compared former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to a sex worker. This had become a major issue in Parliament following which the BJP expelled him.

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Former Delhi Principal secretary Rajendra Kumar gets bail

rajendrakumarNew Delhi, July 26: A Delhi court on Tuesday, July 26, granted bail to former Principal Secretary in the Delhi government.
Kumar was being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for corruption charges. Kumar who was recently arrested by the CBI on charges of corruption had sought bail from a Delhi court.
The bail today was granted to him after he was asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh.

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Battle in Jammu and Kashmir now moved online

jammu-and-kashmir8Srinagar, July 27: After Facebook decided to crack down by blocking several accounts in Jammu and Kashmir including that of separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a series of hacks have been reported. A group calling itself Cyber Caliphate-black flags have claimed that they are behind these hacks. In their messages they state that they owe allegiance to the ISIS or Daesh.
The hackers broke into the Facebook page of a leading English newspaper in Jammu and Kashmir called Rising Kashmir. Several messages had been posted which included a call for the warriors in Kashmir to come forward promising freedom.

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Anti-climax in defamation case, Rahul Gandhi off the hook?

Pic: Indian Express

Pic: Indian Express

New Delhi, July 27: The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday pointed towards procedural irregularities in the Rahul Gandhi defamation case pertaining to a statement he made where he held the RSS responsible for Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

A defamation case had been filed in Maharashtra and on the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had observed that Rahul Gandhi must face trial if he does not apologise for his remarks. However, on Wednesday when the hearing began a procedural irregularity was pointed out.

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How a marriage bureau became a front for conversions and radicalisation

isisuaeBengaluru, July 25: Was a marriage bureau used as a platform to convert people and lure them to join the ISIS? Investigators believe that a marriage bureau, run by Rizwan Khan was indulging in the same.
Two persons- Rizwan Khan and Arshi Qureshi who were arrested from Maharashtra last week are being questioned for their alleged role in enforcing a large number of conversions and also luring youth to join the ISIS.

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Time we acted tough against Kashmiri separatists, says ex-spook

hurriyat-conference-antinational-hawkfeedKashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been ‘arrested’, perhaps a pointer to a toughening of the Centre’s stance on the unrest in the state.
Indeed, the fact that no meeting took place between Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and the separatist leaders during the former’s visit to the state over the weekend is being seen as growing realisation in Delhi that the Hurriyat and other separatist organisations are increasingly irrelevant in Jammu and Kashmir affairs, beyond their efforts to keep the state on the boil.
Yet, the one question that observers ask is, why hasn’t stronger action been taken against these separatists, despite there being several dossiers and cases against them, ranging from money laundering to sedition. Successive Indian governments have been “foolishly scared” to act against the likes of Geelani, says former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer Amar Bhushan in an interview with OneIndia. Excerpts:

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Salman Khan acquitted in Blackbuck and Chinkara cases

Indian Bollywood actor Salman Khan (2R) celebrates and wishes his fans Ramzan Eid Mubarak at his residence in Mumbai on July 18, 2015.  AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Jaipur, July 21: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday acquitted actor, Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case. The Rajasthan High Court Bench in Jodhpur which was hearing appeals filed by the actor acquitted him in both cases.
A lower court had convicted Khan in two cases and handed him out a sentence of 1 and 5 years. Following this, he moved the high court against both the verdicts.
Khan and seven others were accused of killing a blackbuck and chinkara in two separate incidents.