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18 Sep 2018 description
report BenarNews

By Peerzada Mohammad Amin

Separatist groups ordered shopkeepers in Indian Kashmir to close their businesses Monday to protest the killings of at least eight suspected militants by security forces last week, along with five more rebels and a civilian in weekend violence.

On Monday morning, an Indian soldier was fatally shot in the disputed Himalayan region, officials said, as authorities beefed up security across Jammu and Kashmir state to prevent anti-India protests and maintain order.

18 Aug 2018 description

As India celebrated its 72nd Independence Day on 15 August 2018, the country continues to face multiple and complex challenges. Disorder—including political violence and protests—is increasingly multidimensional, complex, and evolving (OECD, 2016; United Nations & World Bank, 2018).

01 Aug 2018 description

Demonstrations dominated the headlines across much of South & Southeast Asia last week, with several of the most notable focusing on demands for changes in government policy in India and Nepal. The Pakistani government also held its 2018 general election last week, which was marred by violence both by those inside and outside the political process. Demonstrations were also reported across the Philippines to mark President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of the nation address.

04 Jun 2018 description
report Times of India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India and Pakistan had on May 29 vowed to “fully implement” the pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit” forthwith
  • But on Sunday, Pakistani forces started unprovoked firing, targeting a BSF post along the IB around 1.15 am
  • The latest deaths in the Pakistani firing raised the casualty figure during ceasefire violations along the IB and the LoC in J&K this year to 46

By Sanjay Khajuria

31 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

India and Pakistan have agreed to uphold a 2003 cease-fire agreement in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, ending months of back-and-forth clashes that have left dozens of people dead.

Pakistan's military announced Wednesday that the two sides had agreed to end the hostilities during talks on a special hotline.

Both sides have exchanged gunfire and artillery fire across the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals, forcing tens of thousands of civilians on the Indian side to flee their homes.

02 May 2018 description

By Rina Chandran

BANGKOK, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Refugees in India's western state of Maharashtra have been granted land ownership rights 70 years after fleeing what is now Pakistan, when the countries were violently partitioned at independence, officials said.

The move is part of a wider push to give more rights to certain refugee groups in different parts of India.

01 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

Mohammed Yusuf

SRINIGAR - Eighteen people have been killed in three separate incidents Sunday as Indian troops conducted counterinsurgency operations in Indian Kashmir.

State police director general S.P. Vaid said 11 militants, three soldiers and four civilians died during clashes.

He said the militants killed in the operation belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen (Party of Soldiers) and Lashkar-e-Tayaba (Army of the Righteous). Both groups have been designated as terrorist groups by India and the United States.

03 Aug 2017 description

Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move

By Chris Arsenault

TORONTO, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday.

11 Jul 2017 description

By Ika Koeck, IFRC

Three weeks of non-stop heavy rain has triggered flash floods and landslides across parts of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan that have impacted over a million people and caused widespread damage and destruction to homes and infrastructure.

India

03 Jul 2017 description

• India - Monsoon, Floods: Heavy rain and thunderstorms have been affecting areas of Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand states in the past days. 453 villages have been flooded and over 800 000 people are affected by floods in the state of Assam, up to 1 500 people have been displaced in the Morbi municipality (Gujarat State) and several landslides have been triggered by the rain in Himachal Pradesh state. Over the next 24h heavy rain is expected to continue to affect the northeastern states of India. Sources: ASDM, IMD, Media

03 Mar 2017 description
report Pew Research Center

BY PHILLIP CONNOR

India has a long history of migration. More than a century ago, large numbers of Indian migrants – many of them involuntary ones – moved to Africa, the Caribbean and within the Indian subcontinent itself. Some of the top destinations of Indian migrants in more recent decades include Persian Gulf countries, North America and Europe. Here are five facts about India and migration.

25 Nov 2016 description

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days. He calls on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.

29 Aug 2016 description
report Times of India

TNN | Aug 29, 2016, 05.35 AM IST

Highlights

•The govt has proposed a Rs 2,000-crore package for people displaced from PoK living in India
•The home ministry is expected to place the details of the package before the Cabinet for approval soon •The government has maintained that PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan are part of J&K

17 Aug 2016 description

GENEVA (17 August 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed deep regret at the failure of Indian and Pakistani authorities to grant the UN Human Rights Office access to Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir respectively, given grave concerns about recent allegations of serious human rights violations.

12 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Umar Shah

SRINAGAR, India, May 10 2016 (IPS) - Trudging barefoot on his two-acre piece of land, 57-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad has little hope of growing any crops this year due to the sudden dry spell that has struck Kashmir’s winter.

Floods in 2014 had already wreaked havoc upon the region’s agricultural production, destroying Mukhtar’s small farm as well. He was hoping for a better harvest this year, but the changing climate is casting a shadow over this crop too.

22 Dec 2015 description
report Times of India

Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN | Dec 22, 2015, 05.12 AM IST

New Delhi: Braving the bloodbath of partition, they migrated from Pakistan's Sialkot to villages in Jammu hoping for a better future but after 70 years, they are knocking at the Supreme Court's door protesting denial of permanent resident status, right to education, employment and voting in Jammu and Kashmir.

22 Sep 2015 description
report Peace Direct

September 21 2015: Increased military activity across the line of control is causing families to flee in India and Pakistan. Zafar Iqbal reports.

Tensions have escalated recently between India and Pakistan in the backdrop of an increased military activity on the Line of Control in Kashmir, with a reported surge of gunfire and mortar shelling. Besides a number of casualties of soldiers, above 100 civilians have been reported as dead, many more are being treated in hospitals.

Blame game

18 Aug 2015 description

SG/SM/17016

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General expresses serious concern about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan, which reportedly resulted in a number of casualties on both sides, including civilians. He conveys his condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.