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Pulwama Attacks – Lata Mangeshkar to make a donation worth Rs. 1 crore to the Indian Army

The Pulwama attacks has brought together celebrities and citizens who not only grieved together but are also quite happy with the way India avenged it with Surgical Strike 2.0 yesterday.
1 crore to the Indian Army”>Pulwama Attacks – Lata Mangeshkar to make a donation worth Rs.1 crore to the Indian ArmyPulwama Attacks – Lata Mangeshkar to make a donation worth Rs. 1 crore to the Indian Army Bollywood Hungama News Network  By Bollywood Hungama News NetworkFeb 27, 2019 – 10:19 am IST When the news of this terror attack spread like wildfire earlier this month, many celebrities also came forward to make extensive donations to the Indian Army.
And now reports have it that the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar has come forward to make a wholehearted donation of Rs. 1 crore to the Indian Army.If reports are to be believed, Lata Mangeshkar has spoken to the media about making the donation of Rs. 1 crore to the Indian Army on the occasion of her father Deenanath Mangeshkars death anniversary which falls on April 24.
Not just that, we hear that the veteran singer has also urged her fans to participate in this good deed by asking them to send donations to the Indian Army instead of spending it on her gifts for her birthday.Lata Mangeshkar, who is known for singing some of the most iconic patriotic songs like ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon, also expressed grief on her official handle.
In her tweet, she not only firmly condemned the terror attack in Pulwama but she also expressed her condolences to the families of the martyred.जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुलवामा में हुए आतंकी हमले की मैं कड़ी निंदा करती हूँ.
इस हमले में जो हमारे वीर जवान शहीद हुए है उनको मैं श्रद्धांजली अर्पित करती हूँ. इन सभी वीरों के परिवारों के दुःख में मैं शामिल हूँ.
February 15, 2019In the past too, many superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan etc. expressed their condolences  on social media and have also made extensive contributions to the Bharat Ke Veer Foundation which aims at distributing the money to the family of the martyrs.By now, readers would be aware that the Pulwama attacks had a suicide bomber ramming his vehicle on a security convoy carrying over 40 CRPF officials. Followed by the attack, Indian Air Force attacked a terrorist camp at Pakistan border to avenge the death of its CRPF personnel.

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Indian govt must protect Kashmiris: SC

There have been several reports of Kashmiri students and businessmen being harassed or beaten up in recent days.
The Indian Supreme Court has also sought a response from the states where these alleged incidents happened. The attack has sparked anger and anti-Pakistan protests across India.
But in some cases the anger has been directed against Kashmiri people living in other parts of India.Hundreds of Kashmiri students, traders and businessmen have returned to Kashmir from various Indian cities out of fear that they could face harassment or attack.Many Indians have expressed sympathy towards the Kashmiri students on social media, with some offering shelter in their own homes.India has long had a volatile relationship with Muslim-majority Kashmir, where there has been a freedom struggle rule since the late 1980s.
The region has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan since independence. Both countries claim all of Kashmir but control only parts of it.They have fought two wars and a limited conflict over the territory.The court’s decision singled out the federal government as well as governments in 10 states which are home to a sizeable Kashmiri population.
It asked authorities to widely publicise the details of officials who Kashmiris can contact if they face threats or violence. The order was in response to a petition seeking protection for Kashmiris living across India.
Tehseen Poonawala, one of the petitioners, told BBC that he was moved to act because he was disturbed after reading reports of Kashmiris being attacked. It’s not about Kashmiris.
It’s about human beings. We cannot be a country that responds with mob violence, he said.In the days following the attack, isolated incidents of students from Kashmir being beaten up or evicted from their accommodation in northern Indian states were reported in local media. Kashmiri Muslims were warned to stay vigilant and India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) offered help to those in need, but also warned of false reports.
Twenty Kashmiri girls in the northern city of Dehradun were forced to lock themselves in their hostel after protesters gathered outside to demand their eviction, according to the Times of India. Two other colleges in the city issued public statements saying they would not admit Kashmiri students in the next academic year.
We did so to provide protection to the [Kashmiri] students, the college principal, Aslam Siddidqu, told BBC, adding that he had faced pressure from right-wing groups.Indian Union Education Minister Prakash Javadekar has denied that incidents have taken place involving Kashmiri students.
But a police official in Dehradun told BBC that 22 students had been arrested for protesting and demanding that Kashmiri students be expelled from colleges in the city.The attack has raised tensions between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars and a limited conflict in the region and are both nuclear powers.India has moved to impose trade restrictions on Pakistan. It has also said it will build dams to reduce the flow of water to Pakistan from three rivers in India.
Similar plans were announced in 2016, after a deadly attack on an Indian base in Kashmir.The tensions between the neighbours may also have an impact on cricket, a national obsession in both India and Pakistan.Amid outrage over the attack, there have been calls for India to boycott its much anticipated match against Pakistan at the World Cup in June.SACK KASHMIRIS OR FACE CONSEQUENCESA farmers’ outfit in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar area has warned a sugar mill to throw out Kashmiri workers as soon as possible or face dire consequences.
According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the warning came just a day after rightwing groups threatened Mansoorpur Sugar Mill management to sack Kashmiri workers, reported The Times of India.The report said a farmers’ outfit, Bharatiya Kisan Union Tomar, warned Khatauli-based Triveni Sugar Mill to do the same or face consequences.
The report said there are 74 Kashmiris working in the mill.The management has sought three days time to deal with the matter, it reported.Vishal Ahlawat, a member of the outfit, warned if the mill did not sack the workers, they would remove them.After the threats to Kashmiri workers, the security around the mill has been tightened, the report said.On the other hand, India’s National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the ministries of Home and Human Resource Development and the state governments of West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, seeking reports over attacks on Kashmiris in wake of the Pulwama incident

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The Pulwama aftermath

The deaths of Indian security personnel in a massive explosion on a busy highway at Lethpora in the Pulwama district was the first such successful fidayeen attack in the history of the Kashmiri militant resistance.
That it took Kashmiris another two decades to produce full-blown destruction is surprising because the raw state repression that drives Kashmiri youth, including intellectuals and scholars, to take up guns have ignored such an easy spectacle for quite a long time.
In fact, people have been talking about such possibilities for quite a while, given the amount of radicalisation caused by wanton state brutalities.Following such a high-impact attack, and the amount of negative reaction that it has generated from the Indian media, public and the government, there are apprehensions that such a method might catch the fancy of the new generation of Kashmiri fighters.If so, there is cause for much concern for more deaths those of both military personnel and resistance fighters and its possible spill over to civilian populations could be massive and devastating. Such a thought conjures up images of Baghdad or Kabul at the height of the insurgency following the US invasions.
The impact of the blast was so strong that those slain were blown to smithereens, catalysing the pain of the tragedy. The government put a ban on showing graphic footage of the destruction, and perhaps rightly so, but social media exhibited a limitless fetish to spread the gruesome images.It is beyond any doubt that none of those killed in the blast could be identified through their bodies.While I usually refrain from watching such graphic photos of violence,

I accidentally’ saw some of them for they came from a source never associated with such an activity.Frankly speaking, I felt sick to my core and for several days I remained under the spell of intense sadness. Many felt the same way, but the argument of those who justified such gruesome violence cannot be ignored either.One of them compared the incident with the growing incidents of the military blowing up houses and militants during encounters. The army could easily capture these rebels or at least fight them humanely.
Instead, they choose to blow them up in pieces, destroy houses and celebrate deaths.During the last few years, there has been a significant change in the rules of engagement military personnel are willing to increasingly jettison their professional behaviour and indulge in such profanities as taking selfies with dead militants, dancing with their cadavers while chanting Hindu religious slogans, and filming the beatings and torture of the Kashmiri youth.
Sometimes, such videos get leaked and reach the public domain only to provoke and further anger and hostility.The only consolations from the attack were that it did not target civilians or cause civilian deaths and that the military personnel did not go berserk after the incident to target civilians, an otherwise usual practice.
But the pessimistic view suggested that the paramilitary personnel were so frightened after the blast that they were unable to form any sort of reaction. Later, after an hour or so, the military personnel did target unsuspecting civilians and beat scores of them to exact revenge.The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the agency that was targeted in the suicide blast, also beat dozens of peoples in downtown Srinagar producing yet more anger and hate that will ultimately provoke many more Kashmiri youth down the path of militancy.The story of the alleged suicide bomber, Adil Ahmed Dar, is somewhat similar to the trajectory of other Kashmiris who take to the gun as a path to break the stalemate of oppression.
Adil had been continually harassed and humiliated by the Indian army and the personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police. Knowing no escape, he took the extreme step with a dreaded determination to cause as much damage to the military as possible.Soon after the blast, the government took the extreme step to ban the internet, but the damage had been done as photographs carrying gruesome details had already been circulated with sensational and often fake news. This spread panic, hatred, and calls for open revenge.Several Indian news channels made consistent calls for revenge, preparing the ground for more violence primarily directed against Kashmiris spread across India. The speech made by Prime Minister Modi in the aftermath was also provocative and bordered on hate speech.
As the pliant Hindutva media whipped up a frenzy, violent mobs of people were galvanised to exact revenge amid chants of teaching Pakistan a lesson that ultimately boiled down to mass violence against Kashmiris. In Jammu, the winter capital of the province of Jammu and Kashmir, thousands of Hindutva youth attacked Kashmiri Muslims, vandalised their properties and burned more than a hundred of their vehicles.
Strangely, or perhaps not so strangely, the police watched helplessly as the mobs ran amok and pillaged around for several hours. The Hindu mobs attacked government officials of Kashmiri origin, students and even women.Where are the pellet guns, asked several Kashmiris over social media. There were wide-scale attacks on Kashmiri students across India, and strangely there were no condemnations from any political party or any serious attempts to stop this from happening.
The only credible help these Kashmiri students received, and in abundance, were from Khalsa Aid, a leading international Sikh charity. Their volunteers offered aid, rescued students from mobs, provided shelter and later procured transport facilities to take those who were stranded back home.This has earned them instant yet massive following and admiration with social media flooded with messages of goodwill.Amarpreet Singh, the Asia-Pacific director of the charity, left a message on my WhatsApp that they were willing to provide more emergency aid and assistance for stranded Kashmiris.In an ocean of hate-filled frenzy, Khalsa Aid offered a glimmer of hope that must grow into a flame!

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Tough Calls Have to be Taken at Some Point: Vidya Balan on Banning Pakistani Artistes

“Though I have always believed that art should be kept away from all boundaries and politics, I think we have to take a stand now.Enough is enough,” Vidya told the media at the launch of her debut radio show.
In the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a suicide bomber on February 14 rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district, killing at least 40 troopers.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed later claimed responsibility for the attack.
When asked if art should be kept away from politics, the Tumhari Sulu actress said, “As an individual I believe that there is no better way to bring people together than arts, be it music, poetry, dance, theatre, cinema or any other art form.
But this time I think we should just take a break from this practice and see what can be done for the future. As I said, some tough calls have to be taken at some point.”
A host of Bollywood actors, including Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Ajay Devgan and Vicky Kaushal, among others, have condemned the Pulwama attack.

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DG ISPR to address important press conference today

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor is expected to address an “important” press conference at 3 pm on Friday.
The press conference comes at a time when Pakistan and India face heightened tensions after the Pulwama attack in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).
On February 14, at least 49 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and many others injured when suspected militants targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora, in what is the worst attack ever on security personnel in the state.The car bomb attack was reportedly claimed by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad and carried out by a 20-year-old Kashmiri man.

India has accused Pakistan of facilitating the attack as tensions between the two countries escalated and India announced it would withdraw Pakistan’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status. However, Pakistan has denied all allegations of terror financing.Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Pakistan Army to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India.The premier issued the directives during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), which discussed the geo-strategic environment in the region as well as the situation arising after the Pulwama incident.Prior to the NSC meeting, Khan also held a meeting with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. The two dignitaries discussed the national and regional security situation, it was reported.

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Pulwama attack fallout: Paramilitary jawans get air travel to and from J&K

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu routes for all the …
Previously, only officers were given air travel on these sectors.
The air travel is meant for times when personnel go on or return from leave.The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the entitlement of air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors to all the personnel of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces.February 21, 2019The decision will benefit around 780,000 personnel of the CAPFs in the ranks of constable, head constable and assistant sub inspector, who were otherwise not eligible to travel by air earlier.This facility is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the MHA to help the jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and fro from home on leave.February 21, 2019The big rule change comes following February 14’s Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred. The terrorists targeted a CRPF convoy, which was moving from Jammu to Srinagar and had over 70 vehicles and more than 2,500 personnel.
The new order implemented is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the home ministry to help the jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and fro from home on leave.In Jammu and Kashmir Sector, it may be recalled that Air Courier Service for CAPFs jawans was approved for the Jammu-Srinagar-Jammu sector.Subsequently, the Service was extended to cover 1) Delhi-Jammu, 2) Jammu-Srinagar, 3) Srinagar-Jammu and 3) Jammu-Delhi sector in Dec 2017.February 21, 2019In addition, air support is provided from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as and when required.

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Free Air Travel Announced For Paramilitary Amid Criticism Over Pulwama

The Home Ministry announced free air travel for personnel of the central police forces who are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir – a facility they can the announcement comes a week after 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on their 78-vehicle convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
This facility adds to the existing “air courier services” for CAPFs or Central Armed Police Forces in which an entire aircraft is booked for the personnel on some routes, the Home Ministry said.The announcement also achieves the twin goals of saving money and time for the personnel of the central police forces, as they now have a choice of not going by road, which can be time-consuming and even dangerous.
“The decision will immediately benefit approximately 780,000 personnel of the CAPFs in the ranks of Constable, Head Constable ASI who were otherwise not eligible earlier. This includes journey on duty and journey on leave, i.e; while going on leave from JK to home and return,” the Home Ministry tweeted.The routes approved for “entitlement of air travel” are Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu.The air courier service is already active on these routes: Delhi-Jammu, Jammu-Srinagar, Srinagar-Jammu, and Jammu-Delhi.The Home Ministry said it can always ask for transport from the Air Force if needed.
On Thursday last, the long 78-vehicle convoy was running on the Jammu-Srinagar highway when a car driven by a 22-year-old terrorist of the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed overtook the vehicles and detonated 60 kg of RDX. Though questions have been raised on the high threat level that such a long convoy would have had to face while travelling in a file on open road, and whether air transport for them would have skirted the threat altogether, the Home Ministry last week said “movement of convoys by road for logistical and operational reasons has been and will continue to be necessary.
This is also the case with the Army.”It denied reports that there was no air transit facility for the CRPF on the Jammu-Srinagar sector, as the courier service was available.”Fact of the matter is, over the last few years, the MHA has significantly enhanced air courier services for CAPFs in all sectors to help jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and back from home on leave,” it had said. Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav Announce Seat-Sharing Details In UP, Door Shut On CongressSmriti Irani Calls Navjot Sidhu India’s “Jaichand” Over Pulwama Comment Trending Kapil Sharma To Reportedly Reunite With Sunil Grover But There’s A TwistEmployee Provident Fund Rate Hiked To 8.65% In Big Step For Aam Aadm iChris Gayle Sets New Record In International Cricket Related National Human Rights Commission Condemns Pulwama Terror Attack Rajasthan Soldier Killed In Pulwama Encounter Cremated With State Honours Election Commission Briefed Over Holding Simultaneous Polls In J&K Home Ministry Central Reserve Police Forceবাংলায় পড়ুন.

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