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Srinagar becomes a fortress ahead of Modi rally

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New Delhi: In a bid to thwart separatist outfits from disrupting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Srinagar, security forces nabbed over 400 Kashmiris and blacklisted over 50 social media pages on Saturday. The Sher-i-Kashmir stadium, where Modi will deliver his address has been turned into a fortress following the separatist group’s call to demonstrate against the rally.

While many top separatist leaders featured in the list of the detainees, several others have been put under house arrest.

Cases have also been filed against unknown people for allegedly spreading propaganda to fuel unrest.

In addition, political parties have been barred from holding rallies on Saturday.

“The situation is not very ideal. There has been a problem, you can’t deny that. There is a section of people who don’t like such gatherings and if government is taking precaution, it will be for the general good of the people,” said Rafi Ahmad Mir, general secretary of the PDP.

However, the umbrella organization for all separatist groups, the All Party Hurriyat Conference is keen to make it clear that Kashmiris are against Indian occupancy in the state.

“Our rally will be a message for India to read the writing on the wall that Kashmiris are against Indian occupation,” said Ayaz Akbar, a spokesman for the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

However, the move to arrest leaders drew flak from several quarters who cited that such stringent measures were not taken when former PM Vajpayee visited Kashmir in 2003.

Kashmiris have, in addition, been protesting about the lack of federal government aid more than a year after the worst flooding in over a century devastated half a million homes.

While police set up countless check-posts around Srinagar, soldiers patrolled the streets to prevent any subversive activities.

On Thursday, attacks by militants on a paramilitary camp left 11 soldiers injured.

Modi is expected to declare an economic package to help the state recover from the floods and also reach out to youth.

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US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump asks Latinos, African Americans to give him needed win in Florida

According to a poll taken by the website Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by less than 2% nationwide

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Miami, November 6, 2016: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asked on Saturday in Tampa, Florida, for the Hispanic and African American electorate’s vote in this vital state, where polls show him in a technical tie with rival Hillary Clinton.

“What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump asked Latino and African American voters, and at his first rally of the final sprint to next Tuesday’s elections he promised to fix what is wrong with the country.

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Before the elections he will visit eight states, including another visit to Florida next Monday, EFE news reported.

Trump said that African Americans and Latinos are suffering in Florida’s cities and all over the country from high crime rates, the worst education and no jobs, problems that he vowed to remedy if he wins the November 8 election.

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He also said that Democrats always forget about these minority voters once the elections are over.

These segments of the electorate, which polls indicate massively support former US secretary of state Clinton, could be vital for determining who will win Florida’s 29 electoral votes — which Trump needs to obtain the total of 270 that will give him the key to the White House.

Latinos represent 16% of Florida’s registered voters, while African Americans make up 13%, and their vote is crucial in these Florida elections, where surveys point to the Democrat having a minimal lead, EFE news added.

In Florida, 4% more Latinos have come out for early voting or have voted by mail than in 2012, while African American participation has dropped 7% compared to the last presidential election when the candidate was President Barack Obama, who finally won the state.

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Trump said he felt good about the voting results up to now, which on Saturday showed a difference of less than 7,300 between the registered Democrats and Republicans who have already voted, out of a total of 5.7 million registered voters in Florida.

The real-estate magnate said the final vote of African Americans and Hispanics will be very different from what people think.

He said Clinton is the candidate of the past, while his is the movement of the future, and it’s time for change, for new leadership.

According to a poll taken by the website Real Clear Politics, Clinton leads Trump by less than 2% nationwide. (IANS)

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10 Injured During White Nationalist Rally in California

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Sacramento rally injuries Image Source: 10tv.com
  • The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) whose leader describes it as a “white nationalist” group, had a permit for an afternoon rally near the state Capitol
  • It was unclear how many TWP members participated, but they were clearly outnumbered.
  • The TYN was believed to be a small group established in 2013

Ten persons were stabbed outside the state capitol in Sacramento, California, after violence broke out between a white supremacist group and counter-protesters, authorities said.

Two of the injured had critical stab wounds, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey said.

The nine men and one woman were between 19 and 58, the fire department said, adding all had multiple stab and laceration wounds, CNN reported.

The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) whose leader describes it as a “white nationalist” group, had a permit for an afternoon rally near the state Capitol, said Officer George Granada, California Highway Patrol public information officer with the Capitol Protection Division.

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Another group showed up “to stop them from carrying on their permit”, he said.

“They (counter-protesters) showed up ahead of time in a large group, probably 300 or more,” Granada said.

“They were positioned around the Capitol to stop them (TWP demonstrators) from carrying on their permit.”

Anti-fascist counter-protestors parade through Sacramento after multiple people were stabbed during a clash between neo-Nazis holding a permitted rally and counter-protestors on Sunday at the state capitol in Sacramento, California, United States, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Max Whittaker
Anti-fascist counter-protestors parade through Sacramento Image Credits: REUTERS/Max Whittaker

Around 11.45 a.m. PT, TWP members and supporters came out to a location south of the Capitol building, he said. It was unclear how many TWP members participated, but they were clearly outnumbered.

Video showed people running and being pursued by others with sticks. Some of the people hid their faces with scarves and masks.

However, the identities of the victims remain unknown.

The TWP called off its rally and a group of counter-protesters remained on the scene for about an hour. So far, nobody has been arrested, authorities said.

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The TWP claims to be “America’s first political party created by and for working families” and states on its website that “European-American identity is under constant attack by members of American institutions such as the state, education, culture and even churches.”

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), a non-profit organisation that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination in the US, reveals that the TWP was formed in January of this year as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), an umbrella group that aims to indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism.

The TYN was believed to be a small group established in 2013. (Source: IANS)

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Hurriyat leader Geelani wants Pakistan to be firm on Kashmir policy

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Kashmir: Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani counseled Pakistan to be firm and consistent on their Kashmir policy. Two hardliner Hurriyat conference leaders, Peer Saifullah and Altaf Ahmad Shah, met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in Delhi on Monday and delivered the message from Geelani.

They also emphasised that Pakistan should highlight, in international forums, the human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir, reported Firstpost.

“The Hurriyat delegation handed them a message from Geelani that Pakistan should continue to maintain consistency and firmness over its Kashmir policy and play an active role in highlighting the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir at international forums,” said Ayaz Akbar in a statement.

Apart from that they also discussed on the recent visit of Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia conference.

“A Hurriyat delegation sent by chairman Syed Ali Geelani held a detailed meeting for one-and-a-half hours with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi…They held a detailed discussion over the recent meeting of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan leaders on the occasion of the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad last week and also discussed the Kashmir policy there,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement in Srinagar.

This meeting came after Swaraj, India’s external affairs ministry, met with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and decided to enter into a comprehensive dialogue covering Kashmir issue among others. (IANS)