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Farooq Abdullah’s sister, daughter detained after women’s protest

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File Picture : A Kashmiri woman shows her hand with a message as others shout slogans during a protest after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar, August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Srinagar, Oct 15 : A group of Kashmiri women led by former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah’s sister Suraiya and daughter Safiya staged a protest here on Tuesday against the scrapping of Article 370.

The 20-odd women were protesting against the scrapping of Article 370 and 35A on August 5. They were carrying placards which read, ‘Kashmiri brides not for sale’, ‘Why downgrade Jammu and Kashmir state’. Moments after the women protesters spoke to the media, the police swung into action and took them away to the nearby police station.

“We want to know the fate of those who have been detained, that’s why we are protesting,” said Muslim Jan, an academician.

“The government of India is telling the world that we are happy, somebody should speak to us to find out how we are feeling, we are not happy, there are restrictions in Kashmir, we are highlighting those issues,” said Hawa Bashir, an academician.

“We the women of Kashmir disapprove of the unilateral decision taken by government of India to revoke article 370 and 35A and downgrade the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement by the protesting women said.

“We feel betrayed humiliated and violated as people we demand restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of civilians. We demand demilitarisation of rural and urban areas. We demand immediate release of detainees. We express outrage against national media for their false and misleading coverage of ground realities in Kashmir.”

The Public Safety Act has been slapped against Farooq who is lodged in his house, G-40, at Srinagar’s posh Gupkar Road. Earlier his daughter Safiya had put up a black flag, seemingly as mark of protest against the revocation of special status of J&K outside her house.

The J&K administration has justified the slapping of PSA on the National Conference president on the grounds that he has “tremendous potential to create public disorder in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley”.

The administration has cited several instances since 2016 when he made statements in conflict with the law.
Farooq’s son and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is detained in Hari Niwas. Farooq’s brother and senior National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal has been detained at his home.

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COVID-19: Delhi’s total tally crosses 17k-mark, death toll 398

The 34-day period, as per the health bulletin, is between April 10 and May 27, not including all the dates between them.

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New Delhi, May 29 : The count of novel coronavirus cases in Delhi witnessed a record jump of 1,106 in a day, taking its total tally on Friday to 17,386. The death toll due to coronavirus has reached 398, the Delhi Health Department said.

“At least 7,846 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 9,142 cases are active,” the Health Department said.

As per the Delhi health reports, 82 new casualties were added to the death toll. However, 13 deaths have occurred in the last 24 hours.

The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of case sheets received from various hospitals.

On Thursday, for the first time since the corona outbreak, the cases reported in a single day crossed 1,000-mark with 1,024 cases. On Friday, it was the second time that positive cases saw another huge jump.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had explained that out of the 82 new deaths, 13 took place in the last 24 hours.

“The remaining 69 deaths have taken place over a period of 34 days. These cases are being recorded now due to late reporting by various hospitals or due to incomplete submission of information,” Sisodia said.

The 34-day period, as per the health bulletin, is between April 10 and May 27, not including all the dates between them.

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Tamil Nadu corona count cross 20,000, death toll rises 154

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Chennai, May 29 : As many as 874 persons tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours in Tamil Nadu, while nine Covid-19 patients died on Friday, the state Health Department said.

In a statement issued here, it said with the new cases, taking the total tally to 20,246 in the state, which include 1,203 children in the age group 0-12.

Out of the total tally, the number of active cases stands at 8,776.

Included in the new infections are 141 persons who have returned to the state from other states like Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal, Telangana and Karnataka.

With nine persons breathing their last on Friday, the total Covid-19 death toll goes up to 154.

On Friday, 11,334 samples were tested, taking the total to 4.66 lakh. Testing of 636 samples are under process.

Chennai with its high density of population continued to see the highest number of infections at 618 taking the total tally to 13,362. Chengalpattu district reported 61 cases.

However, 23 districts did not report any positive cases on Friday.

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Massive jams as Haryana-Delhi borders sealed

“Traffic restrictions have been strictly imposed on Gurgaon-Delhi borders in view of Covid-19,” Gurugram Police informed in a tweet.

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Chandigarh, May 29 : Massive traffic jams were witnessed on the borders of Haryana and the national capital on Friday as the former restricted the entry of motorists, except essential service providers and e-movement pass holders, owing to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij blamed Delhi for a spike in patients owing to free movement of people.

He said the cases reported in districts (Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonepat and Jhajjar) that are located in the National Capital Region have been spiking despite certain restrictions.

“Only those will be allowed to commute between Haryana and Delhi who have e-movement passes. Essential service providers are exempted from ban,” Vij told the media.

Vij has written to the Home Secretary to seal the borders again.

Officials said even the link roads between the two states have been sealed to restrict movements. The government’s order to seal all the borders with Delhi was issued late Thursday night.

“Traffic restrictions have been strictly imposed on Gurgaon-Delhi borders in view of Covid-19,” Gurugram Police informed in a tweet.

“Only essential services and movement pass holders will be allowed as per MHA guidelines and Delhi HC (High Court) orders.”

A large number of commuters were seen waiting at the border in Faridabad and Sonepat districts as the police checked and allowed only essential service providers and people with e-passes.

Haryana by Friday afternoon reported 36 new cases of coronavirus, taking the state’s tally to 1,540.

On Thursday, the state witnessed the highest spike recording 123 cases. Out of 123 fresh cases, 74.8 per cent of cases came from Gurugram (68). Faridabad and Sonepat saw 18 and six cases respectively.

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