3 Yatris die during Amarnath yatra

3 Yatris die during Amarnath yatra

Three Yatris, including two from Andhra Pradesh, died today en route to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas due to various causes, taking the death toll in this year’s yatra to six. Thota Radhnam, a 75-year-old woman from Fiwalayam in Andhra Pradesh, died of suspected cardiac arrest in a community kitchen at […]

31,085 people certified as disabled across Kashmir during PDP-BJP rule: Report

31,085 people certified as disabled across Kashmir during PDP-BJP rule: Report

In three years to 2017–when the coalition government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power in Jammu and Kashmir–31,085 people were certified as disabled in the 10 districts in Kashmir valley, up 74% from 17,898 people in the three preceding years, information based on RTI shows. According […]

#India: WhatsApp rumours claim 19 lives in 2 months

#India: WhatsApp rumours claim 19 lives in 2 months

Since May 2018, WhatsApp-borne rumours have allegedly led to at least 19 deaths in India, TheQuint reported. Fake messages, claiming that child traffickers and robbers have entered cities and towns, have had a menacing effect, purportedly responsible for at least 13 incidents of fatal mob-violence across eight Indian states. The messaging app, with close to […]

‘Leave for India or convert to Islam’: Afghanistan’s Sikhs weigh future after IS attack

‘Leave for India or convert to Islam’: Afghanistan’s Sikhs weigh future after IS attack

Many among Afghanistan’s dwindling Sikh minority are considering leaving for neighbouring India, after a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed at least 13 members of the community, Reuters reported. The victims of the attack claimed by militant group Islamic State included Avtar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate in parliamentary […]

SC agrees for urgent listing of pleas against nikah-halala, polygamy

SC agrees for urgent listing of pleas against nikah-halala, polygamy

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider listing of a batch of petitions challenging the practices of polygamy and nikah halala among Muslims.  A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud considered the submissions of senior advocate V. Shekhar that the petitions be listed before a five-judge constitution bench for […]

2 juveniles arrested for anti-India protest in #Kishtwar

2 juveniles arrested for anti-India protest in #Kishtwar

Two juveniles were arrested by police in Jammu provinces Kishtwar district on Thursday night for allegedly participating in anti-India protests on Eid day, reports said. As per the reports, after registration of two FIRs at police station Kishtwar in connection with the Eid procession, Kishtwar police started identifying the persons involved in raising anti-national and […]

#Kishtwar: DM Angrez asks WhatsApp group admins to register with govt or face action

#Kishtwar: DM Angrez asks WhatsApp group admins to register with govt or face action

The District Magistrate Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana, has given a ten-day ultimatum to WhatsApp news group admins to get their groups registered with his office or face action, Early Times reported. Rana took the step after SSP Kishtwar Abrar Choudhary brought into his notice that a large number of WhatsApp news groups are spreading rumours in the […]

#Kashmir: CRPF to deploy women commando to check stone-pelting

#Kashmir: CRPF to deploy women commando to check stone-pelting

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has trained a team of women commandos to deploy them as and when required to check protests by Kashmir’s woman folk, reports said.  The rigorous training includes repairing weapons in ‘under-one-minute’ in case of malfunction and being blind-folded to deal with nighttime deployment, the reports said. The battalion would […]