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Curfew and separatist shutdown on 14th day in Valley

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Srinagar, July 22: Curfew and separatists-called protest shutdown have put life out of gear for people residing across the Valley for the 14th day running on Friday.

Authorities imposed curfew in all the 10 districts of the Valley on Friday by making announcements on loudspeaker mounted on police vehicles and requested people to stay indoors.

“People are asked to remain indoors,” said one such loudspeaker mounted on a police vehicle in north Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

Sources in the state administration said curfew will be strictly enforced to prevent post Friday prayer violence in the Valley. Separatists have already extended their protest shutdown call up to Monday.

State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday met bereaved families in south Kashmir Anantnag district whose members have been died in the ongoing violence that has claimed 45 lives.

The chief minister also met families members of those who have been injured during protests which began on July 9, a day after Hizbul commander, Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with the security forces.

Authorities had announced opening of schools in four districts of Baramulla, Badgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal on Thursday.

Due to prevailing tension and continuing curfew in these districts, the decision to re-open schools failed to encourage parents to send children to schools.

Encouragingly, no major incident of violence held anywhere in the Valley.

Mufti also headed a all party meeting held in Srinagar on Thusrday. The regional National Conference (NC) boycotted the meeting while the Congress, CPI M and Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) attended it.

The meeting condemned violence while condoling the killing of people in violence.

Separatists had asked people to resume normal activities of life from 2 p.m. onwards for the remaining portion of the day on Thursday.

The authorities enforced curfew more strictly during this period to shoot down the intended message that the separatists were calling all the shots in Kashmir

Wefornews Bureau

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NCP MLA Bharat Bhalke dies due to post-COVID complications at Pune’s Ruby Hospital

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Bharat Bhalke passed away on Saturday at Pune’s Ruby Hospital. He was admitted for post-COVID complications and was kept on a ventilator since Friday.

Bhalke was the MLA from Pandharpur-Mangalwedha assembly constituency from Solapur district. He was tested Covid-19 positive on October 30. He recovered, but later developed kidney-related problems.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope expressed grief over Bhalke’s demise. “The news of the death of Bharat Bhalke, MLA of NCP’s Pandharpur-Mangalvedha assembly constituency is very shocking. With his demise, an influential orator and dedicated leader passed away. I share the grief of the Bhalke family. A heartfelt tribute,” the Maharashtra Minister tweeted.

Bhalke was a third time MLA from Malshiras Pandharpur assembly constituency. He quit the Congress in 2019 and tried to join the BJP, but was unable to get a seat. He contested the election on NCP ticket and won it.

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Delhi govt to provide essential amenities to farmers at Nirankari Maidan

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New Delhi: Farmers from Punjab have been allowed to demonstrate at the Nirankari grounds in Delhi’s Burari to protest against the Centre’s agricultural laws. At the same time, the Delhi government has decided to provide basic facilities to the farmers at Nirankari grounds, beginning with drinking water.

The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has asked its MLA and Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha to take stock of the situation by reaching Burari.

The Delhi government said in a press briefing, “Raghav Chadha, Vice Chairman, Delhi Jal Board, will visit the Nirankari grounds, Burari on Friday evening. Proper arrangements for drinking water will be made for farmers who are protesting at the approved protest site. Water tankers are being deployed here. To oversee the preparations, DJB vice-president Raghav Chadha is going to the dharna site.”

Chadha told IANS, “Farmers have a right to speak and cannot be treated like criminals. Our farmer brothers and sisters are reaching Delhi from all corners of the country. They have come here to protest the black farm laws passed by the Modi government. Now they have got permission to come to the Nirankari grounds. Whatever they need here, whether it is water, food, toilets, the Arvind Kejriwal government will provide it. All the officers and MLAs are keeping an eye on the arrangements.”

The Delhi Police had sought permission to convert nine stadia in Delhi into temporary jails. However, the Kejriwal government has rejected the proposal. The Delhi government has issued an official statement supporting the farmers. The state government says the farmers demands are justified and they have the right to protest.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The Centre’s three farming laws are anti-farmer. Instead of withdrawing these laws, farmers are being prevented from protesting peacefully, water canons are being turned on them. This atrocity on farmers is completely wrong. Peaceful demonstrations are their constitutional right.”

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Farmers refuse to leave Sindhu border as agitation ‘could weaken’

The meeting of the farmers at the Sindhu border was still going on on Friday evening.

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New Delhi, Nov 27 : Even as the Delhi Police on Friday allowed farmers from Punjab, Haryana and elsewhere to hold a peaceful protest against the controversial Agriculture Bills at the Sant Nirankari ground in the capital’s Burari area, the farmers refused to leave Delhi-Haryana Sindhu border fearing that their protest would be “weakened”.

Delhi Police made the announcement after using tear gas shells and water cannons on the protesting farmers, and undertaking a baton charge to disperse them as they tried to enter Delhi.

Gurpreet Singh, a farmer associated with Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta in Punjab, told IANS, “We are holding talks with our representatives as of now to decide whether we will got to Burari ground or not.”

Singh said that most of the farmers don’t want to go at Burari ground and that is the reason why they are all are sitting here.

“Till the time the government does not accept our three demands, we will sit here,” he asserted.

Singh said that the farmers have been demanding the revocation of the three Agriculture Bills that were passed in Parliament in September this year, guarantee the minimum support price to farmers and roll back the fine on stubble burning.

Another farmer said that All India Kisan Khet Mazdur Sangthan’s leadership are also sitting on the Sindhu border here and they too don’t want to go to Burari for protests.

The meeting of the farmers at the Sindhu border was still going on on Friday evening.

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