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Voice calls connect Kashmir with the world after over 2 months

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Srinagar, Oct 15 : The resumption of voice calls in Kashmir after two months has ended young Afroza’s frequent visits to her neighbour’s house. She can now speak to her Bengaluru-based fiance at will.

Afroza’s marriage, which was scheduled for the last week of August, was cancelled due to the lockdown in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.

Her wedding will now take place November. She hopes all restrictions will be lifted and internet will also be back by then.

“I am no longer dependent on my neighbour’s landline to talk my fiance. It’s like coming back to the real world,” she said.

Cell phones and internet remained suspended in Kashmir for 70 days. The resumption of post-paid cellphones after so long has also cheered the students.

“Students were suffering the most due to communication blockade,” said Sabiya Mir, a college student. In Kashmir, 66 lakh cellphones are registered with different services providers. Around 26 lakh pre-paid cell phones are still shut.

“The government should lift all the restrictions on communication to make life easier for the people,” said Raiq Ahmed. “It is not a favour bestowed on us, this is our right that was snatched.”

Scores of people thronged BSNL offices in Srinagar to clear their bills. Some called their contacts in Jammu to pay their bills online.

“My phone is not working, I have an outstanding of Rs 1,200,” said Muhammad Ayub, an engineer.” I went to the telecom office, but there is a huge rush. So I asked a friend in Jammu clear my outstanding.”

The government has also ordered opening of schools and colleges, and has withdrawn the travel advisory to bring back tourists to Kashmir and restore a sense of normalcy. But the situation has shown little signs of improvement.

Many people believe that resumption of prepaid phone and internet will help bring back normalcy in Kashmir, which has been living under siege since August.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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