Ahead of Trump's visit, four US senators seek assessment of human rights and religious freedom situation in India
Thursday, 13 February 2020 Ahead of President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India, four influential US senators, who described themselves as a "longtime friends of India", have sought an assessment of the human rights situation in Kashmir and religious freedom in the country, saying hundreds of Kashmiris remain in "preventive detention".
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Mortal remains of Rifleman Sukhbir Singh brought to his native village Khawaspur in Tarn Taran district of Punjab on November 28. He lost his life in action in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army along LoC in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir on November 27. Locals and family members gathered to pay last respects to the slain solider.
Voting is underway in Jammu and Kashmir for the first phase of District Development Councils (DDC) election. J&K goes to polls first time after the abrogation of Article 370. People were seen outside Shamasabad polling station in Budgam. 43 out of 280 constituencies in the Union Territory are going to polls. The contest is among the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, the BJP & the Apni Party. As many as 1,475 candidates are in the fray for the first phase of the polls. Elections for District Development Councils are being held in eight phases. It will conclude on Dec 19 and counting of votes will be held on December 22. Watch the full video for more.
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Jammu and Kashmir has recorded 39.69 % voter turnout recorded in the first phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections till 1 pm and the highest 59% voting recorded in Samba. Polling in of the DDC election is underway. People are flocking to the nearest polling stations to cast their votes. Women are also participating in large number. The administration is also taking care of COVID-19 SOPs. 43 constituencies are undergoing polls - 25 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu. Elections will conclude on December 19 and counting of votes will take place on December 22.
A Kashmir-based podcast offers a platform to youngsters to connect with the locals of the Valley. The podcast 'Mashq Talks' empowers young talent to harness creativity. The 'Mashq Talks' podcast series is an episodic series of digital audio or video files. Its aim is to connect young Kashmiris to the world through digital media. Founder Umar Nisar said, "I tried to offer Kashmir, its own 'Ted Talks' and I started an initiative and named it 'Mashq Talks'. It is as same as 'Ted Talks'. We started a podcast through which we targeted 100 Kashmiri influencers and featured them. Kashmir has abundance of talent but at the same time, they lack platform." A writer Sulah Shabir said, "Their intention is to bring youth from the Valley in front. If I talk about myself, I have been writing for last 6 years but I am in limelight for last 6 months. This happened because we don't know how to reach to the audience through our talent. We have lots of talent but no exposure and this is our biggest drawback as our social and political situation are not well. This podcast is a big initiative."
Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said that earlier laws were people-friendly but now laws are being imposed against their existence. Mehbooba Mufti said, "Earlier all laws were made in consultation with public and they were people-friendly. But now, laws are being imposed on Kashmiris which are against their existence and we won't tolerate it. Elections are not priority for us."