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A Terrorist Attack kills 8 CRPF men and leaves 22 injured in Pampore, Kashmir

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials

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An Indian army soldier, second left, gives first aid to paramilitary soldiers who were injured in a highway ambush in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
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  • Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday
  • Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar
  • Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings

Kashmir once again faced attacks from rebels. Eight policemen lost their lives in the attack in Pampore district on Saturday, June 25.

The attack, which targeted a security convoy of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on a highway near Pampore, left 20 officers injured. Pampore is 15 kilometers from the state capital, Srinagar.

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Two attackers were killed by Police wand injured Policemen were taken to the Hospital in Srinagar.

“Firsthand information after looking at the bodies is, both appear to be Pakistanis, definitely from Lashkar, and in all likelihood, they were fidayeen. Two AK-47 rifles have been recovered from them,” said CRPG Inspector General Nalin Prabhat.

“I salute the courage of the CRPF personnel martyred today in J&K. They served the nation with utmost dedication. Pained by their demise. My thoughts are with the families of those martyred today. May those injured recover soon,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter.

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Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers' bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP
Indian security personnel stand guard near paramilitary soldiers’ bus that was damaged in an ambush by suspected rebels in Pampore, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2016. Image source: AP

For decades, rebel groups fought for Kashmir’s independence from India, often attacking government officials.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killings.

“The only purpose of such blood-spattered acts of violence is to add to the tragedies and  miseries of the people,” she said in a statement.

Indian Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said the attack was a matter of grave concern.

“Tomorrow, the CRPF director general of police and other senior officials will go to Srinagar to carry out investigations because it is a matter of grave concern for us that so many security personnel have been martyred,” Rijiju said.

However, India had accused Pakistan for  training of Revolutionaries which fight for Kashmir’s independence from India and its merger with Pakistan but, Islamabad denied the charges. (VOA)

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Tea Body of Assam Slam ‘Chaiwala’ Modi

The tea labourers of Assam live in the most deplorable conditions without some of the basic amenities, Gowala said

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Assam tea body slam 'chaiwala' Modi,

The largest tea body of Assam on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often refer to himself as a “chaiwala”, for not being considerate towards the state’s tea garden workers’ plight and urged him to implement the promised minimum wage of Rs 350 before the new year starts.

The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) General Secretary Rupesh Gowala said while Modi often refers to himself as a “chaiwala”, he is yet make good on his promises towards a million tea garden labourers in the state in the last four years.

“Before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, Modi addressed several rallies in Assam and assured that the tea garden labourers would be paid a minimum wage of Rs 350 per day,” Gowala said.

“If this happens, the 10,00,000 tea garden labourers will lose Rs 30 each day for two months. Is it a “chaiwala” Prime Minister who is doing this to his own community?” said Gowala.

The tea garden workers in Brahmaputra Valley in Assam are presently drawing Rs 167 per day while the tea garden workers in Barak Valley are getting Rs 145 per day.

“The existing wage agreement between the Assam government and the ACMS and other tea workers bodies expired on December 31, 2017.

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“The government had announced an interim hike of Rs 30 per day. The tea garden labourers are supposed to get this interim hike from January 1, 2018, but the government is saying the hike will apply from March 1, 2018.

“This would make them lose Rs 30 per day for two months,” he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Assam is yet to fix that minimum wage, Gowala said, urging Modi to announce the promised Rs 350 per day minimum wage before 2019.

Gowala said the condition of all those tea gardens run by the Assam government was far worse.

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“While the labourers in company-owned garden are receiving a wage of Rs. 167 per day now, the 26,000 workers under the 14 gardens of state-owned Assam Tea Company Limited (ATCL) are receiving a wage of Rs 115 only per day,” he said.

Assam has over 800 medium and large size tea gardens that produces over 50 per cent of the country’s total tea produce.

The tea labourers of Assam live in the most deplorable conditions without some of the basic amenities, Gowala said. (IANS)