Widespread human rights violation in Kashmir: Global civil society alliance

By TCN News,

Johannesburg (South Africa): CIVICUS, an international non-profit organization strongly condemned Indian government for clampdown over media and communication in Kashmir. It also denounced the excessive lethal force used on protestors by the law enforcement agencies.

CIVICUS describes itself as “a global alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world” and it focuses on regions where democracy and freedom of association are at risk.

India blames Pakistan for Kashmir trouble as valley stays calm

Srinagar/New Delhi : Amid a continuing curfew and media lockdown, the Kashmir Valley on Monday stayed calm barring a few stray incidents of stone throwing at security forces as India squarely blamed Pakistan for the unrest that has claimed over 40 lives in the past over 10 days.

Curfew remained in place all across the valley, hitting normal life for the 11th day. Shops, businesses, banks, private and government offices remained closed. People complained of severe hardships due to the security restrictions and separatist-called shutdown.

China calls for proper settlement of Kashmir clashes

Beijing : China on Monday called for proper settlement of clashes in Kashmir which have left more than 40 people dead.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China was concerned about the casualties due to violence in Kashmir which began on July 9, a day after a top militant was killed by security forces, Xinhua news agency reported.

Stressing that China's position on the Kashmir issue has been consistent, Lu said Beijing hoped that relevant parties could resolve the issue through peaceful means.

California removes Islamophobic contents from syllabus and corrects Islamic history

State Board of Education accepts some of the recommendations from scholars to reverse Islamophobic edits pushed by US based Hindu nationalist groups

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California: In a significant move State Board of Education has reversed some of the Islamophobic content that had been earlier injected into the California curriculum and corrected history of Islam in South Asia.

Noam Chomsky speaks on Kashmir turmoil, compares it with Palestine

By Siddhant Mohan,

Boston/Srinagar - In an email conversation with Mehboob Makhdoomi, Expert on Kashmir situation and Socio-Political commentator from Harvard, American linguist and political activist Prof. Noam Chomsky compared the conditions in Kashmir to that of Palestine.

India's Nalanda among 9 new cultural sites added to World Heritage List

Istanbul : The World Heritage Committee on Friday added nine new cultural sites, including India's Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara, to the prestigious World Heritage List.

The committee, at its 40th session in Istanbul, made the decisions following a day-long review of some of the 27 nominations submitted from around the world for this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The new inscriptions include the sites from China, Iran, Micronesia, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Britain and a joint nomination by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia also.

No reports of Indians affected in France 'terror' attack: MEA

New Delhi : The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said there were no reports of any Indians affected in the terror attack in Nice, France. The Indian embassy in Paris has opened a helpline number: +33-1-40507070.

"Our ambassador in Paris is in touch with the Indian community in Nice. So far no report of any Indians affected. Our embassy in Paris has opened helpline +33-1-40507070," tweeted Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

156 arrive from South Sudan in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram : One hundred and fifty six persons who were evacuated from South Sudan arrived on a special Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft at the international airport here early on Friday.

Among those rescued included 46 Keralites, two Nepalese nationals, seven women and three children. The remaining passengers hailed from other South Indian states. The Kerala government has made special arrangements for their onward journey.

Probe use of lethal force and ensure protection of human rights in Kashmir: Human Rights Watch

By TCN News,

New York: India should conduct an impartial probe into the use of lethal force by police during the violent protests following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in Kashmir and ensure that basic human rights are protected, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Akbar expected to add heft to Modi's outreach to Gulf region

New Delhi : Veteran journalist-turned-politician M.J. Akbar, who was inducted as Minister of State on Tuesday and given the External Affairs portfolio, is expected to handle India's relations with the Middle East - giving added impetus to the Narendra Modi government's stress on its 'Link West' policy of outreach to the oil-rich Muslim nations.

Akbar, 65, who joined the BJP in 2014, is expected to lend his considerable knowledge of international affairs, especially of the Gulf region, in his handling of India's sensitive relations with the region.