Pristine Kashmir News | Media | Information Sun, 20 May 2018 13:12:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 128574844 Body of missing teenage boy found in Yousmarg: Police Sun, 20 May 2018 13:12:29 +0000

The body of a teenage boy was found in Nagbal Yusmarg area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Sunday, police said.
An official said that Mohammad Shafi Bazar, 18, a resident of Nagbal Yousmarg went missing since May 13.
A missing report was filed on May 15 to search him, police said.
His body was found today in the bushes in Nagbal area of Yousmarg.
“We didn’t witness any apparent scars or injuries on his body. The matter is being investigated. We have sent the body to Sub district hospital Charar i sharief for post mortem,” said the official.

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Pakistan govt releases Rs 20 million to renovate Krishna temple Sun, 20 May 2018 11:15:28 +0000

Pakistan’s Punjab province government has released Rs 20 million to renovate a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi city and expand it to accommodate more Hindu worshippers on festivals and religious occasions, a media report said today.
Krishna temple is the only functioning Hindu temple in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. There are two prayers held at the temple every day – one in the morning and one in the evening – which are attended by six or seven people.
Mohammad Asif, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Administrator, said the government has released Rs 20 million to reconstruct the temple at the request of a Member of Provincial Assembly, Dawn reported.
He said reconstruction work would begin soon. A team has visited the site and pointed out a plan to start work. The main room where idols are kept will be sealed until reconstruction ends, the paper said.
"Once reconstructed, the temple will be able to accommodate more people," Asif was quoted as saying by the paper.
The official said the temple could accommodate the local Hindu community from the twin cities and nearby areas.
The small temple was built by Kanji Mal and Ujagar Mal Ram Rachpal in 1897 to serve people in nearby areas. However, after partition the street temple in Saddar became the only place of worship for Rawalpindi’s Hindus.
The temple was reopened after partition in 1949; it was operated by local Hindus before being handed over to the ETPB in 1970. Until the 1980s, even diplomats living in Islamabad visited the temple to pray.
Local Hindus have said the temple’s area should be expanded.
Jag Mohan Arora said the temple courtyard, which can only accommodate 100 or so people, should be expanded, and shops next to the temple that the ETPB has leased to local traders should be retrieved to expand the front of the building.
"At present the front of the temple is very small. The ETPB should vacate nearby shops that have been rented," Arora said.

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Kashmiri woman assault case: DMC seeks report from police, RWA Sun, 20 May 2018 11:12:30 +0000

The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has issued notices to the police and a resident welfare association (RWA) here, seeking reports about the alleged assault on a Kashmiri woman and her relatives earlier this month.
The commission’s chairman, Zafarul Islam Khan, said notices have been issued in the recent incident in southeast Delhi’s Siddhartha Extension to the police and the locality’s RWA.
On May 10 night, the victims, including four women, were allegedly surrounded and roughed up by a mob of around 30 to 40 people.
A police case was registered following a complaint from one of the women.
The police also registered a case against the victims’ family members on a complaint by residents of the locality.
Khan, during his visit to the area, met the victims and locals, and also spoke to the police officer concerned.
A video of the incident had surfaced leading to reaction from different quarters.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had spoken to her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal about the incident.
The woman in her complainant had alleged that they were targeted because of their Kashmiri origin.
The Delhi Police Commissioner, however, had told the Home secretary that the incident was a local issue involving feeding of dogs and was not related to origin of the woman.
Khan said the RWA members have been directed to desist from making unfounded allegations against the woman.
Four men — Kalyan, a security guard, and three locals, SN Pandey, RK Chopra and Anil Lath — were arrested by the police on the basis of the CCTV footage collected from the area in connection with the incident.

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Protest against unavailability of ambulance driver at Ganderbal hospital Sun, 20 May 2018 10:12:28 +0000

Protestors blocked road in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district following unavailability of ambulance driver at the local hospital on Sunday.
Reports said people blocked Manigam highway in the district, after they found out that an ambulance driver was not on duty at a local hospital at Lar village of the district following a referral of an accident case to super specialty hospital.
Earlier, a man identified as Nazir Ahmad from the village was injured in an accident and was later taken to local hospital, where doctors referred him for specialized treatment.
Chief Medical officer Ganderbal Dr Roshan din Kasana told Greater Kashmir that he is on way to the village.

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UNSC must end selectivity in implementing resolutions on disputes: Pak Sun, 20 May 2018 08:15:29 +0000

Pakistan has said that the UN Security Council must end "selectivity" in implementing its resolutions, especially long-standing "disputes" such as Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi made the remarks during a Security Council debate here last week on ‘upholding international law within the context of the maintenance of international peace and security.’ 
"The Council needs to be more consistent and unbiased in its actions. Selectivity in implementation of its resolutions and decisions, especially on long-standing disputes, notably Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine must end. There can, after all, be no peace without justice," Lodhi said.
Lodhi and the Pakistani delegation consistently raises the Kashmir issue in various UN platforms.
Earlier this month, Pakistan’s delegate Masood Anwar, addressing a session of Committee on Information, raised the issue of Kashmir saying that alleged human rights violations are taking place against the people of Kashmir.
India had strongly rejected Anwar’s reference to Kashmir, saying his remarks are irrelevant to the work of the Committee.
"We have seen another attempt here today to make reference to issues extraneous to the agenda of the Committee. We completely reject these remarks as they have no relevance to the work of the Committee," S Srinivas Prasad, Minister in the Indian Mission to the UN, had said. 

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Four Taliban insurgents killed in Afghan air strikes Sun, 20 May 2018 08:12:34 +0000

At least four Taliban insurgents were killed following an Afghan Special Operations Forces-related air strikes in the southern province of Zabul, officials said on Sunday.
"The strikes were conducted against militants of Taliban terrorist outfit in Shahjoy and Shinkay districts and two insurgents’ motorcycles were also destroyed," Xinhua quoted Operational Coordination Group Afghanistan as saying.
Afghan forces and the NATO and US-led coalition troops continued in mopping-up operations as spring and summer, known as fighting season, is drawing near in the mountainous country.
The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than 17 years, has yet to make comments on the report.

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Intelligence warns of assassination attempt against Erdogan Sun, 20 May 2018 07:21:30 +0000

The Turkish diaspora and Western intelligence have warned of an assassination attempt by Turkish citizens against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his upcoming visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the media reported.
Citing Anadolu Agency, Xinhua reported that according to Turkish intelligence sources, the information provided by Turkish nationals in Macedonia didn’t give any details on the assassination attempt, including the date and location.
"These warnings of assassination threats are not new, and have always been there," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Twitter on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Western intelligence agencies also informed Turkish intelligence units on the death threat against Erdogan.
An in-depth investigation is underway by Turkish intelligence units.
Erdogan is slated to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, during which he will hold talks with Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic.
According to the presidential press office, Erdogan will address a large rally of the European-Turkish supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of the campaign for parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24.

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Toll in Cuba plane crash rises to 110 Sun, 20 May 2018 07:18:37 +0000

The toll from Friday’s Boeing 737 crash in Cuba, close to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, has risen to 110, officials said.
Transportation Minister Abel Izquierdo told a press conference on Saturday that of the 110 dead, 99 were Cubans, 11 foreigners including 6 Mexican crew members, 2 Argentines, 1 Mexican and 2 temporary foreign residents, Xinhua news agency reported.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday visited the survivors and relatives of the victims the crash.
The Cubana airlines flight on Friday plummeted to the ground and burst into flames.
The Boeing 737, which was rented from Mexican airline Damojh, was carrying 113 people at the time of the accident, Yzquierdo said.
Diaz-Canel visited the three women who survived, but were in serious condition and receiving treatment at the Calixto Garcia Hospital in Havana, according to a national television news broadcast. 
The President also met with the relatives of the victims as they arrived at the Forensics Institute in Havana to help identify their loved ones.
Authorities are investigating what went wrong with the domestic flight, which crashed shortly after taking off from Havana’s main airport on its way to the eastern province of Holguin.
The Cuban government arranged for the relatives to stay at a hotel, as most came to Havana from Holguin, around 700 km from Havana.
Flags were flying at half mast on Saturday as part of two days of mourning following the worst air disaster in Cuba in three decades. 

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Train service resumes in Kashmir after daylong suspension Sun, 20 May 2018 07:16:23 +0000

Train service resumed in Kashmir on Sunday after remaining suspended yesterday following a protest call issued by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).
An official of Railways said train service from Srinagar to Banihal and Srinagar to Baramulla will operate as per schedule today.

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Downtown Srinagar areas sealed ahead of Moulvi Farooq, Gani Lone anniversaries Sun, 20 May 2018 07:12:30 +0000

Restrictions were imposed in downtown Srinagar on Sunday for the second successive day in view of ‘Eidgah chalo’ called by the Joint Resistance Leadership tomorrow.
The downtown has been kept out of bounds ahead of death anniversaries of Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone on May 21.
Barricades were laid to thwart people from taking any protests. Lanes and by lanes were sealed with concertina wires, while transport was not allowed to move through downtown areas particularly through areas considered to be bastion of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. However, pedestrian movement was allowed in these areas.
In an apparent reference to yesterday’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech, Mirwaiz taking to micro blogging site Twitter said: “Leadership under detention while downtown continues to be put under curfew & restrictions! Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal completely sealed and barricaded ! Repression for the sake of “Development” The new mantra for Kashmir resolution !”
Residents of downtown said that contingents of forces arrived during wee hours today and sealed the entire area. They said due to restrictions they were facing difficulties to move in this holy month of Ramadhan.
Farooq was killed in 1990, while Lone was killed in 2002 while commemorating 12th anniversary of Farooq at Eidgah in Srinagar.

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