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Security tightened in Indian-controlled Kashmir ahead of Narendra Modi's rally

Security tightened in Indian-controlled Kashmir ahead of Narendra Modi's rally SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir Saturday said security has been tightened in Jammu city, the region's winter capital ahead of Indian prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi's rally. Contingents of police and India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed in Jammu city to ensure no untoward incident happens around the proposed rally scheduled on Sunday.

Ist LD Writethru: Cylinder blast wounds 37 in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Ist LD Writethru: Cylinder blast wounds 37 in Indian-controlled Kashmir SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- At least 37 people were wounded Wednesday after a domestic gas cylinder exploded during a marriage party in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Urgent: 37 wounded in cylinder blast in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Urgent: 37 wounded in cylinder blast in Indian-controlled Kashmir SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- At least 37 people were wounded Wednesday after a domestic gas cylinder exploded during a marriage party in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Indian Kashmir's top separatist leader detained again

Indian Kashmir's most senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani, was put under house arrest again on Saturday -- just two weeks after the end of a previous eight-month detention. A police truck and a contingent of policemen was placed outside the 83-year-old leader's home and he was told to remain inside. "We condemn this illegal confinement. The government was unnerved by the passionate reception I received over the last few days," Geelani told AFP from his house in Srinagar, the region's main city.

Militants kill two Indian police in disputed Kashmir

Suspected militants shot dead two Indian paramilitary police Thursday in disputed Kashmir, police said. The policemen were killed while on highway patrol in Awantipora, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) from the main city of Srinagar. Police said the guerrillas appeared to have approached the road by river and staged the attack. "We're ascertaining exactly what happened," police inspector general Abdul Gani Mir told AFP. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the scenic Himalayan region.

Thousands rally in Pakistani Kashmir against India

Thousands of Kashmiri people observed a "black day" in Pakistani Kashmir on Sunday, rallying at an event organised by Islamists against Indian "brutalities" and occupation of the Himalayan region. The rally was set up by the United Jihad Council (UJC), which consists of 16 Islamist groups, militant outfits and political parties, and was attended by jihadi groups including Hizb-ul-Mujahidin and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Kashmir rappers battle to be heard

Being a hip hop artist in one of the most militarised and sensitive places on the planet is not easy, but MC Kash is determined to be heard from his home in the Himalayas. The 23-year-old lives in Srinagar, the main city of Indian-administered Kashmir which has suffered 20 years of separatist insurgency and decades as a focus of fighting between India and Pakistan. Like many local Muslims, he chafes under restrictions imposed by an estimated 700,000 Indian security forces, with heavy-handed policing, human rights abuses and disappearances feeding his resentment.

Indian army ends deadly two-week Kashmir operation

The Indian army called off a two-week operation to hunt down suspected rebels in disputed Kashmir Tuesday after a series of gunbattles in which at least eight separatist fighters were killed. "I have given directions to call off the concerted search operation," Lieutenant General Sanjiv Chachra, a senior commander, told reporters after a visit to the de facto border that divides the Himalayan region between India and Pakistan. The general said that 59 heavy weapons had been recovered from the Keran area of Kashmir, along with a large amount of ammunition and rations.

Indian troops kill 7 suspected rebels in Kashmir

India's army, which says it has been locked in a nearly two-week battle with dozens of suspected Pakistan-backed rebels, said Saturday it killed seven militants in 24 hours in disputed Kashmir. The military says it has been fighting 30 to 40 rebel infiltrators who crossed the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan last month.

Kashmir traders hope UN meeting will ease tensions

Traders in Kashmir are hoping this weekend's meeting between the Pakistani and Indian prime ministers will ease rising tensions that have seen trade across the territory's de facto border grind to a halt. Barter trade across the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the disputed Himalayan region between the nuclear-armed rivals, began in 2008 as part of peace efforts. Mounting tensions and deadly skirmishes along the heavily militarised LoC in recent months have seen the trade come to a standstill for more than three weeks.
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