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INDIA KASHMIR PROTEST

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 18, 2009

INDIA KASHMIR PROTEST, originally uploaded by Bhat Abid.

An Indian police officer detains activists of Jammu Kashmir People’s Freedom League as they shout freedom slogan during a protest in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir, 11 June, 2009. Protests continued in Indian Kashmir against the deaths of two young women whom locals claim were raped and murdered by Indian soldiers.

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KASHMIR PARLEYS SET TO BEGIN: NYT

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 18, 2009

Srinagar, June 17: Beneath the frosty surface and well beyond for-the-cameras pleasantries at Yekaterinburg yesterday, a slow but perceptible thaw between India and Pakistan is taking place and back channel negotiations on Kashmir are set for revival.Former senior diplomats close to the foreign policy establishment in the US say that back-channel negotiations on Kashmir are set to begin again, something the United States has quietly urged,” influential US daily, New York Times reported today.Such behind-the-scene talks came close to reaching a blueprint of an agreement on the decades-old dispute of Kashmir while Gen Pervez Musharraf was Pakistan’s president, but they were suspended last year as the General’s grip on power slipped away, the paper says.According to the report, the latest developments on the Indo-Pak front point to a resumption of some sort of talks sooner rather than later. “Such talks could help ease tensions and aid stability in the region.”Certain quarters in India are wary that new talks will make India look as though it is bending to American pressure. The American envoy to the region, Richard C Holbrooke, publicly took pains on his visits here to say that the Obama administration had not asked India to talk to Pakistan, let alone discuss Kashmir.However, William J Burns, the under secretary of state for political affairs, last week nudged India by resurrecting the Kashmir issue in his public remarks, saying that the wishes of the Kashmiri people should be taken into account in any settlement. This has long been United States policy, but any hint of interference by outside parties in what India sees as an internal affair tends to raise hackles here in India, the report said.The newspaper quoted Shamshad Ahmad, a former top Pakistani diplomat, as saying that the meeting “broke some ice,” adding that “this is only happening because of Washington’s pressure.”According to the report, despite India’s growing ties with the US, there is no agreement in India about the Obama administration’s engagement with Pakistan. Some fear that while the US is keen to defeat the Taliban on Pakistan’s western border, it may not be ready to do enough to deter anti-India attacks.

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Video – Breaking News Videos from CNN.com

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 17, 2009

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Govt Employees Gear Up For Face-Off

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 17, 2009

Srinagar, June 16, KONS: Another round of confrontation is brewing up between state employees and the government over the latter’s failure to implement some clauses of the 6th Pay Commission.State employees say that the government had ignored certain recommendations of the pay panel.The employees demand release of house rent allowance, enhancement of the retirement age to 60, conversion of COLA for public sector employees into dearness allowance, release of all arrears in three installments, regularization of contractual and ad hoc employees and time bound promotions as provided in the pay panel report.They say that the government had agreed to implement the steps in principle but had not issued a formal order till date.A faction of the Employees Joint Action Committee met here today, deciding to launch another struggle to secure their demands.The faction demanded that the government fulfill all its obligations without further delay so that the panel’s recommendations are implemented in full by July.After an agreement with agitating employees last year, the government had consented to implement the recommendations of the central pay commission in the state as well.

Govt Employees Gear Up For Face-Off

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Justice for Shopian: Transporters Take to Streets

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 17, 2009

Srinagar, June 16- Transporters in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and some other major towns today took to streets in protest against the killing of two women after their rape at Shopian and other human rights violations.Yesterday traders took similar protest march against the incident.The transporters, including driver and conductors took to streets at general bus stand at Batmaloo demanding immediate arrest of culprits involved in the Shopian incident.The transporters marched through different streets before staging a dharna for sometime at Mushtaq Press Enclave, near here.They were also raising slogans against the authorities for failing to stop Human Rights violations before dispersing peacefully.The transporters had joined the protest on a call given by the breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, now under detention.Traders had staged dharna yesterday while transporters today took to streets on a call given by Mr Geelani.Women will stage sit-in on June 17, Baramulla Chalo procession will be held on June 18 and a complete shut down will be observed on June 20. Last week students, lawyers and government employees staged similar demonstrations in the valley against Shopian incident and other HR violations. Agencies

Justice for Shopian: Transporters Take to Streets

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