Rare books vanish from historic SPS Library in SrinagarSrinagar—Top State officials, advisers and the Centre’s Kashmir interlocutors have withheld hundreds of valuable books they borrowed over past decades from the prestigious Shri Partap Singh Library in Srinagar. The library staff is now busy making an inventory of the titles, which the ‘book-loving’ official functionaries, mostly from Raj Bhawan, kept borrowing but never bothered to return.
Protests on puppet CM’s visit to Shopian, KulgamSrinagar—In occupied Kashmir, anti-India protests were held in Shopian and Kulgam areas against the visit of the puppet chief minister, Omar Abdullah to meet party workers as part of so-called election campaign.
Supporters of pro-India National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party were attacked in Srinagar and Shopian. Indian police resorted to brute force and fired teargas shells on protesters who were shouting slogans like ‘No-election, no-election’, ‘Go-India Go Back’, ‘We Want Freedom’.
Shabbir demands Mushtaq’s releaseSrinagar—In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah expressing serious concern over the continued illegal detention of Hurriyet leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, has said that the authorities are implicating its political opponents in fake cases and arresting them without any justification.
Civil society seeks end to Tosa Maidan leaseSrinagar—Stepping up pressure on the J&K government, Kashmir’s civil society members have announced a sit-in protest in Srinagar “to seek an end to the use of Tosa Maidan meadow for artillery exercises.” “All civil society organizations including tourism and trade bodies participated in the Roundtable Conference and will join the protest by the Tosa Maidan Bachao Front,” Chairperson of Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), Prof Hameeda Nayeem said. The theme of the conference was “Tosamaidan today: Graveyard for humans and dumping ground for ecologically destructive materials.”
Growing suicide cases on the rise in Held KashmirSrinagar—The frequent rise in suicide cases in Kashmir valley has thrown light on this dan-gerous trend getting established here slowly. Youth are taking to suicide as an escape route. A study of 2013 reveals 242 men and 129 women commit suicide every day in India. Uzma Manzoor talks to youth to know the reasons. Lack of social support and societal pressure seemed to be the dominant factors compelling youth to end their lives. Today’s youth face the problem of not getting proper emotional support and they fail to grow emotionally. As such they are not able to handle stress situations suitably. Expectations of parents add to the pres-sure and youth feel more isolated. This leads to taking such drastic steps.
PDP no different from NC, says Hurriyat (G)Srinagar—Terming the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) a creation of secret agencies, Hur-riyat Conference (G) has said this party was in no way different from National Conference (NC). “PDP has not only martyred the militant commanders with deceit, it has also hushed up the incident of double rape of mother and daughter at Badra Payeen. Mufti Sayeed as home minister of India sent Jaghmohan as governor of Jammu and Kashmir, who massacred thousands of innocent Kashmiris,” said a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) in a statement.
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