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Curfew, protest shutdown continues for 25th day in Kashmir

Traffic on both the Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu national highways resumed during the night

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Authorities continued curfew and restrictions on Tuesday, August 3, as Kashmir remained shut for the 25th consecutive day.

Police said the curfew would continue in some areas of south Kashmir while restrictions under section 144 of the CrPc (Criminal Procedure Code) will remain in force inSrinagar city and other districts.

Overnight protests occurred in Shopian district.

Despite clashes at some places on Monday, August1, some semblance of normal activities of life was noticed in parts of Srinagar city as private vehicles and pedestrian movement was seen almost after three weeks.

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Curfew in Kashmir. Image Source: www.scoopwhoop.com

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who interacted with members of the civil society in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday, appealed for a collective effort to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Traffic on both the Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu national highways resumed during the night.

Train services, educational institutions, banks, post offices and government offices except essential services like health, water supply, electricity, food supplies, police and fire services are shut here for the last 24 days.

Officially imposed curfew and protest shutdown called by the separatists through weekly protest calendars have crippled life in Kashmir since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander, Burhan Wani’s death in a gunfight. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Makes Changes in India After Deadly Attacks

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages

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WhatsApp has announced changes for its 200 million users in India following the spread of viral messages via the app that resulted in deadly mob attacks.

India’s government has threatened to take WhatsApp to court, saying “…the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability.” The information technology ministry said, “If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action.”

Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018.
Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018. (VOA)

The Facebook-owned messaging app said it will limit Indian users’ ability to forward messages, allowing only five contacts at a time to receive them.

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages.

Also Read: Government Pressure: Whatsapp to Limit Message Forwarding In INDIA

Both moves are designed to make stop the mass forwards that have resulted in the mob attacks.

India is WhatsApp’s largest market. (VOA)

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