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Curfew-like restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar

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Srinagar, July 14, 2017: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir imposed restrictions in parts of the city on Friday to scuttle separatist-called protests.

Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said restrictions under section 144 of CrPC would remain in force in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma.

The police and paramilitary contingents have disallowed all vehicular and pedestrian movement in these areas.

The separatists have called for post-Friday prayer protests in the Kashmir Valley.

Senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have been placed under detention to prevent their participation in the protests.

While Malik has been lodged in Srinagar Central Jail, Geelani and Mirwaiz continue to remain under house arrest in the city.

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed here while skeletal private transport plied on the roads.

Attendance in banks, post offices and government offices was also affected because of the non-availability of public transport.

The Amarnath Yatra pilgrims’ movement, however, remained unaffected.

Reports from other cities and towns in the valley also indicated life was adversely affected by the separatist protest call.

Early today, a LeT militant identified as Shahbaz Mir has been arrested during an ambush laid by SOG and 13 Rashtriya Rifle army in Sumbal area of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Read More: J&K: LeT militant arrested in Bandipora, pistol recovered

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When will government wake up? ‘Saheb’ asks Congress on Pakistan shelling

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Congress spokesperson on Friday criticised the central government over its failure to tackle ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Stating an increase in Cease Fire violation by 500 percent in last 44 months the leader added that Jawans and civilians are losing their lives every day. He said that irresponsible and shameful activities by Pakistan are increasing day by day but the government is sleeping and not doing sufficient.

The leader was referring to the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in which two civilians died. In last two days, 4 civilians and 1 Indian soldier lost their lives.

Today again two civilians died and four (were) injured… Saheb (Prime Minister Narendra Modi), when will our government wake up?” asked Surjewala in his Tweet.

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Trump: We’re playing a “very hard game of poker” with North Korea

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President Trump tells Reuters that Russia is “not helping us at all with North Korea,” and that the Russian actions are “denting” progress China is making. He also said North Korea is getting “closer every day” to getting a missile that can hit the U.S.

Putin “can do a lot,” Trump said, “but unfortunately we don’t have much of a relationship with Russia, and in some cases it’s probable that what China takes back, Russia gives. So the net result is not as good as it could be.”

Context: Thursday in Vancouver a group of nations met to discuss nuclear security and North Korea, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out both Russia and China for helping North Korea.

On future talks with North Korea: Trump said he’s “not sure that sitting down [with the North Koreans] will solve the problem.”

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Telecom loses 40,000 jobs since 2017, may cull 50,000 more: Report

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Once the most growing sector, Telecom is on the edge as the upcoming six to nine months will be very challenging for it. Almost 50,000 more jobs are assumed to fade away from this sector. Since the start of 2017, the sector has witnessed a loss of 40,000 jobs and the further assumption of another 80,000 jobs may hit the sector very hard.

According to a report by CIEL, human resource services, the rapidly increasing competition between companies has declined their profit margin. The profit margin is one of the main reason behind the emergence of more jobs, although there is always a sense of uncertainty in the sector. The report by the company is based on a survey conducted by 65 technology firms and 100 employees.

“The attrition rate is like to remain high at least for the next two-three quarters and the sector is likely to reduce around 80,000-90,000 people,” the Bengaluru-based company’s chief executive Aditya Narayan Mishra told PTI.

“The telecom industry has lost its lustre and this negative sentiment is failing to attract any talent into the sector. The vacant seats continue to remain vacant with no fresh applications,” Mishra added.

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