articles by Ishfaq Naseem

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Faulty tests, poor contact tracing: COVID-19 fight in Kashmir faces myriad stumbling blocks

Officials who have been testing the coronavirus samples of patients in different hospitals said in Kashmir that the staff was not fully trained to test the patients.

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Centre halts probe in over 10,500 allegations of human rights violations against security forces in Kashmir

The authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have halted the investigation in tens of thousands of cases alleging human rights violation against the government and security forces before the region was converted into a Union Territory (UT) last year August.

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Overcrowded prisons in Kashmir turn into COVID-19 epicentres: 35 fresh cases reported in Srinagar jail

The new 35 COVID-19 positive cases at one of the biggest prisons in Kashmir has come weeks after more than 90 inmates were found positive at the Anantnag jail. Capable of holding not more than 3,234 inmates, prisons in Jammu and Kashmir currently have 3,700 inmates.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: In Kashmir, health surveys seeking phone numbers, Aadhaar details lead to privacy concerns

Efforts to collect phone numbers and Aadhaar numbers have met with resistance in Kashmir, and there have been several cases of health teams being attacked by people.

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Battling coronavirus outbreak, Kashmir finds itself tackling another contagion in the form of fake news

The Kashmir Valley has seen fake news spread on an unprecedented scale with a broad range of mis/disinformation circulating on social networks

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Jammu and Kashmir authorities demarcate 90 'red zones' to contain coronavirus; areas to remain under strict lockdown

The administration has demarcated 90 red zones across Jammu and Kashmir as on 14 April, according to the Department of Information and Public Relations.

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J&K locals voice anger about Centre's move to scrap contractual appointment law, open up of jobs for outsiders

The Centre's move to scrap a local law under which people were appointed on a contractual and ad hoc basis, as well as the opening of senior-level government jobs to 'outsiders', has triggered a backlash in Kashmir with both politicians and civil society activists slamming the authorities over the decision

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Kashmiri cleric who travelled to Tablighi Jamaat dies after docs refuse to admit, test him for disease

The death of one of Kashmir's wealthiest businessmen and an Islamic preacher associated with the Tablighi Jamaat has pointed to the negligence of authorities in containing the coronavirus

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Doctors, power workers beaten up as J&K Police enforces lockdown; crowds broke curfew, say cops

A number of videos have emerged showing the Jammu and Kashmir Police roughing up residents, doctors, and power sector workers during the lockdown due to coronavirus

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Anger in Kashmir after authorities extend curbs on 4G internet; online classes, work from home take biggest hit amid Covid-19 pandemic

The authorities have continued with the restrictions on the internet services in the Union Territory even when they have been stressing on social distancing asking people to stay indoors and avoid public gatherings.

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Coronavirus outbreak: In J&K and Ladakh, doctors flag inadequate testing facilities, shortage of masks, sanitisers

At least 1,000 people are believed to be at risk for coronavirus as they have returned to India from abroad. They have been asked not to venture out of their houses.

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Women in J&K await help under PMMVY months after childbirth: How internet shutdown wrecked efforts to lower infant deaths

The near-six-month-long internet shutdown following the abrogation of Article 370 hit fresh registrations under PMMVY, a scheme crucial to lowering infant deaths in the region as well as disbursal of monetary aid to pregnant women who had already registered for childbirth at hospitals under the scheme

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Kashmir fumes as crawling 2G internet hits businesses, academics; stricter norms in place to verify pre-paid customers

The low-speed internet has both affected the businesses and the academic activities in Kashmir.

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Excessive use of force by cops in Nowgam against people protesting police vehicle crushing teenager spawns widespread demonstrations

The fresh round of protests in this Srinagar neighbourhood comes after the situation had begun to normalise in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 that stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status.

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Security forces in Kashmir on high alert as militants plant locally made IEDs on roads to attempt Pulwama-like attack

Security forces in Kashmir have been put on high alert as militants have been planting locally assembled Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on roads in an attempt to repeat a Pulwama-like attack

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Land integration isn't enough, government must emotionally integrate Kashmiris, says Mehbooba's daughter Iltija Mufti

Speaking over the phone from Chennai where she lives with her aunt Rubiya Sayeed, Iltija said that she feels suffocated when she visits Kashmir

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'Authorities responsible if anything happens': J&K politicos write to cops, claim lives under threat after security withdrawn, downgraded

Former chief minister Farooq Abdullah's brother, nephew and elder sister are among several Kashmiri leaders who have claimed their lives are under threat after their security has been withdrawn by the authorities.

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Kashmir witnesses decline in gun battles with government forces focussed on preventing public protests

In many parts of Kashmir including Pulwama, while people have not witnessed any gun battles after 5 August, they have been woken up by cordon and search operations in the middle of the night.

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J&K after Article 370: PDP expels MP for attending LG's swearing-in, Congress issues show cause notice to 3 leaders for meeting EU delegates   

Political parties in Kashmir are divided over the “pro-government” stance of several of its leaders in the aftermath of the Central government’s decision to split the erstwhile state into the union territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.

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As J&K becomes UT, locals complain of lack of clarity from authorities over protecting quota in govt jobs

The authorities have said that in the wake of revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of article 370 and 35A on 5 August, permanent resident certificates (PRCs) will no longer be issued to locals.