KASHMIR

DAY 19: RESTRICTIONS RETURN IN KASHMIR VALLEY

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Authorities have re-imposed curfew like restrictions in most parts of Srinagar city along with other major districts of Kashmir Valley. Sources said that the step has been taken as “Defensive Measure” to prevent protests after Friday congregational prayers across the region and particularly speculation about possible peoples march to United Nations Military Observation Group (UNMOG) here in Srinagar.

Region’s well-known clock tower situated in City Centre Lal Chowk has been completely enveloped by the police and paramilitary forces and barricades have been put in place in order to restrict public movement. Old City of Srinagar city popularly known as Downtown has been sealed by security forces and Jamia Masjid, the Chief Mosque of the city has been lockdown. Sources added that no Friday prayers will be allowed there.

Meanwhile, Life across Kashmir valley remains crippled for the 19th consecutive day today as shops and other business establishments’ remains closed.

Appositely, partially the landline services have been restored in Kashmir, however large section of people alleges that there landline services are yet to be restored. Mobile Phones, a Broadband and Mobile Internet service remains off-track for 19th day today.

In the interim, the state remains under lockdown since 05th of August when Union Government announced abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state into two separate Union territories. Jammu and Kashmir will be the UT with legislature while as Ladakh province will not have legislature. Post this big decision Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that UT status for J&K in temporary in nature while as it will remain permanent in Ladakh region.

He further stated that once the normalcy returns full statehood will be given back to the state. Suitably, more than 600 mainstream political leaders as well as separatists have been either detained or arrested. Among them prominent names and Three times J&K Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is also a Member of Lok Sabha, Former CM’s Omar Abdullah & Mehbooba Mufti along with other elected representatives of various political parties.

FORT WILLIAM

ARMY TO OPEN HISTORIC FORT WILLIAM TO PUBLIC FOR GUIDED TOURS

Avijit Nandi Majumdar, Editor-in-Chief: It’s official now: The historic and majestic Fort William, a place of many a British secret and hidden tunnels and hundred year old edifices will now be open to guided public tour. Speaking exclusively to ANM News, GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt. Gen MM Naravane said the Indian Army has decided to open the gates of historic Fort William to school children and public. “There will be a guided tour and modalities are being worked out,” he mentioned. Chief of Staff Eastern Command, Lt Gen RP Kalita told ANM News that Indian Army is now in the process of identifying guides and formulate timings and other modalities. Spelling out details, Lt Gen Kalita mentioned that those who are interested can get in touch with Eastern Command either over phone or email. “We will shortly come up with more details,” he added.

ANM News traced back the history and found that there are two Fort Williams. The original fort was built in the year 1696 by the Brithish East India Company under the orders of Sir John Goldsborough. The Fort was built in a decade. Sir Charles Eyre started construction near the bank of the Hoogly River with the South-East Bastion.  It was named after King William III in 1700. John Beard, Eyre’s successor, added the North-East Bastion in 1701, and in 1702 started the construction of the Government House  at the centre of the fort. Construction ended in 1706. The original building had two stories and projecting wings. In 1756, the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj Ud Daulah, attacked the Fort, temporarily conquered the city, and changed its name to Alinagar. This led the British to build a new fort in the Maidan.

Robert Clive started rebuilding the fort in 1758, after the Battle of Plassey (1757); construction was completed in 1781 at a cost of approximately two million pounds. The area around the Fort was cleared, and the Maidan became “the Lungs of Kolkata”. It stretches for around 3 km in the north-south direction and is around 1 km wide.

DOPE

HUGE BLOW FOR NDTL: WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY SUSPENDS ACCREDITATION FOR 6 MONTHS PRIOR OLYMPICS

ANM News Desk: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended National Dope Testing Laboratory’s (NDTL) accreditation for 6 months in what could be a massive blow to anti-doping movement in the country with less than a year left for Tokyo Olympics.

KRISHNA

DEVOTEES ACROSS THE GLOBE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF LORD KRISHNA

ANM News Desk: Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is was said to be born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad. This year, the festival of Janmashtami will be observed on August 24 (midnight).

The festival is celebrated with great fervour in Mathura (which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna).

Netizens also took to Twitter and Facebook spreading the joy and wishes of the festival celebrating one of the most significant Gods in the Bhagvad Gita.

AMAZON FIRE

UN CHIEF ANTONIO GUTERRES EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER MASSIVE AMAZON FOREST FIRES

ANM News Desk: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that he was “deeply concerned” by wildfires that have devoured large sections of the Amazon rainforest, blanketing several Brazilian cities in thick smoke.

He tweeted that in the midst of the global climate crisis, one cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity adding that the forests must be protected.

The extent of the area damaged by fires has yet to be determined but smoke has choked Sao Paulo and several other Brazilian cities. Forest fires tend to intensify during the dry season, which usually ends in late October or early November.

MODI MACRON

NO THIRD PARTY SHOULD INTERFERE IN KASHMIR ISSUE: EMMANUEL MACRON

ANM News Desk: India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should “interfere or incite” violence in the region, French President Emmanuel Macron stated on Thursday after his marathon one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two leaders reviewed the dynamic and multi-faceted bilateral relationship during their more than 90-minute long one-on-one meeting at Chateau de Chantilly, located about 50 kms north of Paris.

The one-on-one interaction was followed by the delegation-level talks. After the talks, the two countries signed four MoUs.

CHIDAMBARAM

P. CHIDAMBARAM REMANDED TO CBI CUSTODY TILL AUGUST 26

ANM News Desk: Former Union minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the INX Media corruption case, was remanded to CBI custody till Monday (August 26). Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that Chidambaram had to be interrogated in custody as he was “not being co-operative and being evasive in his replies.”

SUVAPRSANNA CBI

CBI PINS THE FINAL NAIL IN SUVAPRASSANA PROBE COFFIN: THE PAINTER IN DOCK

From Our Correspondent, Delhi: Painter, heritage activist, journalist and part time political leader Suvaprasanna is in neck deep CBI trouble. ANM News sources at the CBI headquarters in Delhi mentioned that Director Rishi Shukla has urged investigators to expedite investigations and file chargesheet at the earliest in the Saradha chit fund case. CBI claimed that Suvaprasanna has not been able to explain a major part of the Rs 6 crore that was transferred to his account. CBI officials in Delhi claimed that several close confidants of Suvaprasanna interrogated by the CBI had confessed to the detectives that the painter used his proximity with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to curry favours. CBI sources said after reviewing Suvaprasanna’s case that there are tell tale evidences to suggest his involvement. There are chances that Suvaprasanna might be called for interrogation again as he needs to clarify about some paintings that he had bought at exorbitant prices.

KASHMIR

VALLEY CONTINUES TO BE IN STAGNATION MODE FOR 18TH DAY, COMMUNICATION BLACKOUT CONTINUES TO HAUNT POPULACE

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Life across Kashmir valley remains crippled for the 18th consecutive day today as shops and other business establishments’ remains closed, while as government offices have started working. Srinagar’s downtown witnesses curbs under section 144CrPc even as vehicular movement in some parts of Srinagar seems dotted. Appositely, Director of Schools education in Kashmir Province Muhammad Younis Malik told reporters that 747 schools re-opened in Valley. He added 116 Middle Schools were re-opened in Bandipora, 87 in Srinagar and 29 in Pulwama. Further stated that students have started truning up in large numbers in Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara, however the ground reality contradicts their tall claims as apprehension compels parts to keep their children indoor. Briefing about the law and order situation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (CKR) VK Birdi-IPS said that barring a couple of stone-pelting incidents, the situation in Kashmir Valley remained peaceful.

ANM News_Farooq_Abdullah

COURT REJECTS PETITION OF FAROOQ ABDULLAH’S DAUGHTER CHALLENGING HER HOUSE ARREST

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Court has rejected the petition of the daughter of Dr Farooq Abdullah challenging her house arrest along with her husband. Safia Abdullah, the daughter of former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah had filed a petition in State High Court challenging her house arrest with the plea that her family is not related to any political organization as such the detention of her family is illegal and uncalled for.

The High Court rejected the petition of Safia Abdullah on the grounds that she along with her family enjoys every facility that a political leader gets.

Pertinent to mention here is that the daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, Iltija had also in a communiqué to Union Home Minister raised the question of her house arrest.