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File photo of a policeman with a pellet gun in Srinagar | ANI Photo

‘Use of force inevitable’ during mob violence — J&K High Court junks PIL against pellet guns

The PIL was filed by HC Bar Association of Kashmir in 2016, when the Valley erupted in clashes after the killing of militant Burhan Wani that July.

After scrapping of Article 370, Shias in Kashmir are in a state of relief and caution

Shias, who were seen as ‘friendly’ by cops and CRPF personnel in Kashmir, say Modi govt has bought into the Sunni majoritarian agenda.
The Lal Chowk in Srinagar during curfew, 16 Aug. | PTI

Modi govt’s plan to empower Kashmir economically & disempower politically will cost India

Slapping of Public Safety Act on Farooq Abdullah only to justify his detention in Supreme Court clears any doubt about Modi government’s intentions.
Eye surgeon Dr S. Natarajan

Mumbai eye surgeon operated on 200 Kashmir pellet victims in 2016, is ready to help again

Dr S. Natarajan, chief of All India Opthalmological Society, recalls what he saw in Kashmir in 2016, and says what pellet does to a human eye.
The Muharram procession underway. | Photo: Azaan Javaid | ThePrint

Kashmir photojournalist hit with pellets, 3 others hurt while covering Muharram procession

The alleged assault took place around 2pm Saturday at Hasanabad locality in Srinagar, which has a predominantly Shia population.

Kashmir teen dies, police claim he was hit by stones, doctors say shell injury caused death

Deceased teen Asrar Wani's family says authorities have not given them death certificate and even his medical reports.
Restrictions in Srinagar

This is how use of deflectors on pellet guns makes them ‘less lethal’ in J&K

CRPF claims that the muzzle it now uses in J&K diverts 90% pellets in a downward direction, concentrating the hit on the lower part of the body, away from the eyes.

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Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot | ThePrint

Congress loses big when a Pilot or Scindia rebels but the ‘privileged’ are ultimate losers

Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia became ministers in Congress at an age when others like them were trying to make a name for themselves in student and youth organisations.

Credibility of India’s statistics back in question over official inflation data

Economists aren’t buying the Statistics Department’s methodology for calculating India’s consumer price inflation numbers for April and May.


Representational image | Soham Sen | ThePrint

No change in India’s position on LAC, both sides looking at ‘complex disengagement’

India, China will keep watch on each other to see how much disengagement is being done. This will entail daily hotline talks at Chushul-Moldo meeting point in Ladakh.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.