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Modi’s Kashmir moot

(Dawn Editorial) Nearly two years after he scrapped the special constitutional status of held Kashmir and effectively locked down the disputed region, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a ‘surprise’ meeting of Kashmiri leaders — mostly loyalists — at his New Delhi residence on Thursday. In attendance were some former …

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Feature: ‘I wish i had died’: A young man who can’t shed tears

Gafira Qadir Srinagar, June 25 (KMS): Arshad Ahmad Khan couldn’t afford to shed tears at his parents’ funerals. Two years have passed since they died at their home in Srinagar, but Khan still continues to hold back his tears. “It hurts my eyes when I cry,” he said. “Only I …

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Feature: Water of death: how arsenic is poisoning rural communities in India

(The Guardian) Deepa Padmanaban Nine members of Pankaj Rai’s family have died from cancer over the past 20 years. But the 25-year-old farmer from Bihar only found out their deaths were likely a result of arsenic poisoning when his father got sick. In 2017, Pankaj took his father, Ganesh Rai, …

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Article: Are Kashmir’s New Hydro-Electric Projects Economically & Environmentally Viable?

(The Wire) Umer Ahmed   Pulwama, Kashmir: In the last two years, since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35(A) of India’s Constitution on August 2019, and the bifurcation of the former state into two union territories, the Government of India has sanctioned a slew of hydropower projects in the …

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A cab driver from Delhi who went to jail because he is Muslim

RUSHDA FATHIMA KHAN “Don’t worry, everything will be fine soon”, Alam’s wife Bushra said as she walked hurriedly alongside him while he was being taken by the police to be produced in court in December last year. Nine months after his arrest, the 30-year-old cab driver is still in jail. …

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Feature: A firm with links to BJP is at the heart of the Kumbh COVID testing scam

(The Wire) Sharat Pant with Uttarakhand chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat. Kunal Purohit Mumbai: Max Corporate Services, the company accused of conducting nearly one lakh fake COVID tests during the recent Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, has links with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that might have played a role in …

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Feature: Can Covid vaccines fight the emerging Delta Plus variant, India’s new concern?

(India Today) Milan Sharma The Delta Plus variant has been declared a variant of concern in India. While the Centre has said the Covid vaccines are effective against the Delta variant, experts have raised concerns of their effectiveness against the Delta Plus variant. Scientists from ICMR are working to isolate …

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Article: Modi and Shah’s Humiliating Walk Back on Kashmir is Proof of Their Failed Policy

That the Centre’s plans had spectacularly failed was clear last year as militancy continued unabated, there was no progress on attracting business investments and major Kashmiri parties performed better in the DDC elections than the BJP’s allies. Sushant Singh New Delhi, June 22 (KMS): There has been no formal announcement, …

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Article: India not a paradise for Hindu migrants from Pakistan

Humayun Aziz Sandeela India has become a land of discrimination where religious intolerance is at its peak under Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), where laws like Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) are making the life of minorities a living hell. Although these laws …

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Feature: India economy: Seven years of Modi in seven charts

(BBC) Nikhil Inamdar and Aparna Alluri  Narendra Modi stormed India’s political stage with grand promises – of more jobs, prosperity and less red tape. His thumping mandate – in 2014 and again in 2019 – raised hopes of big bang reforms. But his economic record, in the seven years he’s …

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