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India restores post-paid cellphone services in Kashmir

More than two months after India’s government downgraded Kashmir’s semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown, cellphones started to ring in the disputed Himalayan region on Monday as authorities restored post-paid cellphone services, Agencies report. Landline phones were restored in the region last month, but the ban on more than 2 million prepaid mobile connections and internet services will ...

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Deputy SP killed, 2 Armymen injured in Kulgam encounter

3 Jaish militants shot dead WT24 Desk A deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir police and three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were killed in an encounter in Tarigam area of the state’s Kulgam district on Sunday, The Hindustan Times reports. The 34 Rashtirya Rifles of the Army, the CRPF and the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police had launched a cordon-and-search operation ...

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Tainted alcohol kills 85 people in India

Hundreds more are sick, with many of them critical, says Assam health minister WT24 Desk Eighty-five people have died on tea estates in Assam, north-east India, after drinking poisonous hooch, The Guardian reports. Assam’s health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, confirmed on WhatsApp that 85 people had died but the final death toll may be higher as that figure relates only to ...

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Indian PM: Pakistan will pay ‘heavy price’ for Kashmir bombing

Narendra Modi warns of strong response after at least 40 army personnel die in suicide blast WT24 Desk Indian youth congress activists protest near the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi against the deadly militant attack in Kashmir. Photograph: EPA India’s prime minister has warned Pakistan it will pay a “heavy price” for a suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed at least ...

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‘Nothing left in Baghuz’: Isis families flee as war enters endgame

Small enclave of extremists holds out in Syria against intensive bombardment WT24 Desk Clamouring up dirt berms, clutching babies and blankets, the newest refugees of the Islamic State could well be the last, The Guardian reports. Inside the nearby enclave they fled are perhaps no more than 500 people – nearly all of them fighters who are refusing to leave a two ...

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