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Hastags #istandwith… violate social distancing protocols: Police warns

Srinagar: Police in Kashmir warned journalists and social media users to desist from using the hashtags #istandwithmasratzahara and #istandwithpeerzadaashiq, which they said prima facie “violate social distancing protocols”. “We have seen since yesterday, everyone is claiming to stand with Masrat Zahra, and even Peerzada Ashiq. We believe they are not maintaining the required six-feet distance
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Philanthropy: Kashmiri businessman offers 5-star hotel to govt as quarantine – for himself

Srinagar: Riding the COVID-19 philanthropic wave, a top Kashmiri businessman has offered his five-star hotel (obviously out of business these days) to government for use as a quarantine facility, if the government “really” decides to put him into quarantine.  Minutes after the offer, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Choudary gleefully took to Twitter to publicise the
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Forced to beat essential employees as none else out in lockdown: Police

Srinagar: Reacting to criticism that its men were beating essential service workers in Kashmir, Police today said that it was forced to do so as the workers were the only ones out on streets, and “thus the only ones available for a beating”. “You have to understand that we are not doing it by choice.
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Putin to send lions to defend ‘Russian poplars’ facing axe in Kashmir

Srinagar: Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to dispatch his famed lions to defend the Russian poplars facing an onslaught in Kashmir. Russian news agency Tass Ptass said the President was ‘distraught’ by news of Russian female poplars being ‘demonised’ and ‘brutalised’ in Kashmir, after which he decided to put the lions into service. The
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Modi launches Jan Joota Yojana  for workers walking back home

New Delhi: In a major relief to stranded migrant workers walking back home after a sudden lockdown came into force across India amid Covid scare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scheme promising free footwear to affected workers. Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Joota Yojana, the workers will have to fill a form online once
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Kashmir’s former informers say COVID-19 scare gave respectability to Mukhbiri

Srinagar: The COVID-19 scare has lent respectability to the otherwise derided profession of ‘Mukhbiri’ in Kashmir, former informers from the region say. Some senior Mukhbirs (police informers) who launched their public careers by reporting on militants in 1990s took to social media to express their awe at the zeal with which Kashmiris have taken to informing
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Security withdrawn, Hurriyat leader posts ads for ‘grocery boys’

Srinagar: A few days after government withdrew security to Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir, one of them is looking for grocery boys for his Srinagar home. Prof Abdul Gani Bhat has placed an advertisement in a local newspaper seeking ‘grocery boys’. “I told India and I am telling you too. That, we do not need any
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GoI awards Param Vir Chakra to JK Governor’s fax machine

New Delhi: The Government of India has awarded the highest gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra, to the fax machine of J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik, “which gave its life at the crucial moment to thwart the advancing Pakistan sponsored forces of NC, PDP and Congress”. This is the first time that the highest gallantry posthumous
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‘Babul Iqbal’ gate cuts down Bab Demb stink by 80 per cent

Srinagar: A new gateway constructed near the Bab Demb here will cut its stink by around 80 per cent, the government said today. The red coloured brick tiled gate has a feel of Mughal architecture, and takes away all the attention from the stink. “There were a lot of questions among people, but once the
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Diaper reporting of Taimur Ali Khan healthy journalism: NIA clarifies

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which has taken upon itself the role of defining real journalism today clarified it considers diaper reporting of star kid Taimur Ali Khan as healthy journalism. The clarification came after the agency was criticised for ignoring quality journalism in its initial list which covered only government functions and birthday
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