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Medics screen patients as part of a precautionary measure against novel coronavirus in New Delhi

Kashmir valley records first case of coronavirus in Srinagar

Authorities said there will be restrictions on public transport and assembly of people in Srinagar from Thursday. The mayor urged residents to not venture out unnecessarily.

Kashmiri Pandits’ return to Valley is a must for ‘idea of India’. But here are the obstacles

The tragedy of Kashmiri Pandits remains underreported and needs multiple retellings, even as the 30th anniversary of exodus witnesses a vow of return: Hum Wapas Ayenge.
Sig Sauer

Indian Army’s Northern Command in Kashmir Valley gets American assault rifles

India has signed a more than Rs 700 crore-contract to equip the Army with 72,400 American SiG Sauer rifles to improve combat operations against terrorists in Pakistan and PoK.
Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti

Abdullahs, Mufti & other detained Kashmiri leaders could be moved out to beat harsh winter

Authorities in J&K would ideally want the relocation to happen before the 40-day period of peak winter, Chilla-e-Kalan, begins on 21 December.
The report has also listed the deployment of J&K and paramiltary forces personnel as contributory factors to preventing violence | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

J&K cops credit counter-insurgency ops that killed 388 militants for no violence since 5 Aug

In internal assessment report, police said the operations, which began in 2018, have left militant outfits in Kashmir without organisational structures.
A deserted street ahead of Muharram

Srinagar tense ahead of Muharram test as lockdown, pellets leave residents fuming

Srinagar residents plan processions on Muharram despite security clampdown, say it's unfair to stop followers from observing festival that holds deep meaning for them.
Centaur Hotel in SKICC compound in Srinagar

Chapatis, dal & rice and a lot of TV — how J&K leaders are spending time in detention

Top J&K politicians including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti & others, were taken into custody on 5 August, after govt scrapped Article 370. They have been kept at Centaur Hotel.
A security personnel stands guard near a blocked road during restrictions in Srinagar. | PTI

Pakistan reviving days of Kashmir militancy by pushing Afghan terrorists into India: Intel

Intelligence inputs suggest that nearly a dozen potential infiltrators of Afghan origin have been identified at a PoK terrorist launchpad.
Security personnel stand guard at a check point during restrictions in Sringar

Restrictions ease, but families of detained J&K leaders say it’s tougher to meet them now

Dozens of Kashmiri politicians remain holed up at detention centres around the Valley over two weeks after Article 370 was abrogated.
Lal Chowk, Srinagar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Barricades in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk removed after more than a fortnight, say officials

Though restrictions were lifted in several places in Kashmir Valley, security forces remain deployed throughout to ensure law and order.

On Camera

Arnab Goswami | YouTube screengrab

Tablighi Jamaat brought out Republic, Zee and Times Now’s fangs that Covid-19 had withdrawn

The unity of TV channels against coronavirus was too good to be true. The Tablighi Jamaat gave most of them the chance to show their true colours.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

A file photo of NCC parade at by SD cadets at IIT Bombay. | Photo: Commons

Modi govt to rope in NCC cadets aged 18 and above to help in fight against coronavirus

The NCC will mobilise its senior division volunteer cadets to be employed in small cohesive groups of 8-20 to assist the civil infrastructure.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.