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Day 11: Officially imposed curfew and shutdown called by the separatists paralyses normal life in Kashmir

Separatist leaders continue to remain under house arrest and preventive detention in summer capital Srinagar

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Curfew continues for ninth day in Kashmir. Image Source: www.netiap.com

Officially imposed the curfew and a shutdown called by the separatists paralysed normal life for the 11th consecutive day in the Valley on Monday, June 18.

Officials told IANS that Sunday was the first day without any civilian casualty since the violence engulfed the Valley on July 9, following the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8.

“A violent mob attacked a camp of the Rashtriya Rifles in Saderkot area of Bandipora district on Sunday forcing the soldiers to open fire in self-defence.”

“Four protesters were injured in the incident.”

“Except for stray incidents of stone pelting at some places, the overall law and order situation remained calm on Sunday across the Valley,” a senior police officer told IANS.

Over a week long cycle of violence has left 40 protesters and two policemen dead in Kashmir.

Authorities have officially confirmed that newspaper owners were asked not to publish newspapers till July 19.

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Cable television services have, however, been resumed after service providers took off all Pakistan TV channels and two private Indian channels.

All mobile phone services including Internet and call facilities have been snapped across the Valley.

Curfew continues in Kashmir for ninth day. Image Source: AFP
Curfew continues in Kashmir for the ninth day. Image Source: AFP

Limited call facility continued on post-paid cell phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

All schools, colleges, and universities have been closed until July 24.

All job interviews by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) have also been postponed.

Closure of the strategic Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for over a week has caused a shortage of essential items in the Valley.

All supplies of essentials of life are routed into the landlocked Valley through this highway.

Train services between Baramulla town in the Valley and Bannihal town in the Jammu region also remained suspended for the 11th day on Monday, July 18.

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Separatist leaders continue to remain under house arrest and preventive detention in summer capital Srinagar.

The centre has rushed another 20 companies of paramilitary forces to assist the state government in maintaining law and order in the trouble-torn Valley.

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  • AJ Krish

    How long is this going to last ? The lives of many are at standstill.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    People cannot move out of their houses, is this what you want all you Separatists? What are you trying to prove with all this? People would hate you even more after this. Good job!

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  • AJ Krish

    How long is this going to last ? The lives of many are at standstill.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    People cannot move out of their houses, is this what you want all you Separatists? What are you trying to prove with all this? People would hate you even more after this. Good job!

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)