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Kashmir Violence: Curfew lifted from 4 Kashmir districts

The state government has already ordered the opening of schools in these four districts

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  • The districts were Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Baramulla, police confirmed
  • There was some civilian activity in parts of Srinagar on Saturday, July 23, as pedestrian and private transport movement was seen in the City’s uptown areas
  • Before leaving for Delhi, the Union Home Minister will chair a high-level security meeting to discuss the prevailing law and order situation, officials said

On Sunday, July 24, authorities lifted the ongoing curfew from four districts of the Kashmir Valley as the law and order situation showed marginal improvement.

The districts were Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Baramulla, police confirmed. The state government has already ordered the opening of schools in these four districts.

Officials said curfew and restrictions would, however, continue in parts of Srinagar city.

There was some civilian activity in parts of Srinagar on Saturday, July 23, as pedestrian and private transport movement was seen in the City’s uptown areas.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh currently on a two-day visit to the Valley met many delegations on Saturday at the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar.

Official sources said these delegations included members of the civil society, clerics, Sikh, Pandit community members and traders.

Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk
Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk

Important local trade and industry bodies including the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) decided not to meet the Union Home Minister despite an invitation from him.

Reports said Rajnath Singh told the delegations that the ongoing unrest was triggered by “forces from across the border”.

“While deciding to evolve a mechanism to engage the people of Kashmir in a dialogue process to work out solutions for the problems faced by them, the Union Home Minister does not favour an engagement with the separatists who take their directions from across the border,” official sources said.

Rajnath Singh had a detailed discussion with state Governor N.N.Vohra.

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He is slated to meet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti later on Sunday.

Before leaving for Delhi, the Union Home Minister will chair a high-level security meeting to discuss the prevailing law and order situation, officials said.

Political party delegations scheduled to meet Rajnath Singh on Sunday include one from the National Conference (NC).

However, the Congress party has decided not to call on the minister.

G.A.Mir, president of state Congress unit stated that there was no point meeting Rajnath Singh saying, “There has not been a single people friendly measure from the state government since the Chief Minister chaired an all-party meeting which was attended by us (Congress).”

In the meantime, four patients suffering from serious eye injuries due to pellet gun shots were airlifted on Saturday for specialised treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Train services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region, however, remained suspended for the 16th day on Sunday. (IANS)

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President Ram Nath Kovind Pays His Condolences to Former UN Chief Kofi Annan

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death.
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India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

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Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. Flickr

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)