A year of upheaval in Kashmir under direct rule from Delhi

first_imgIndia and Pakistan regularly exchange fire across their de-facto frontier, and in February last year a suicide bomber killed 40 Indian troops — pushing the two nations to the brink of another war. Why is Kashmir such a powder keg? India and Pakistan have fought two wars over the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir since it was divided in 1947, and both still see it as fully their own — although China also controls small parts, and claims more.A referendum mandated by a UN resolution in 1948 has never taken place.For the past three decades, a revolt against Indian rule — backed by Pakistan, Delhi alleges — and a muscular response has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians. What happened on the ground? An accompanying security operation was swift and heavy, with New Delhi sending in tens of thousands of troops to join the estimated half a million already there.Seven million people in the Kashmir Valley were put under complete security lockdown for weeks, with freedom of movement severely restricted and gatherings banned.Landlines, mobile phones and internet access were cut for months. Around 7,000 people were taken into custody — including three former chief ministers. Hundreds remain under house arrest or behind bars, mostly without charge.Young men told AFP and other foreign media that they were detained and tortured by soldiers. Authorities deny the allegations. What was the reaction abroad? India insists the security measures were temporary and has bristled at foreign criticism of what it calls a purely internal matter. But beyond sharp words from Malaysia, Turkey and UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet — and some unease in Brussels and Washington — international reaction has been muted.This is despite strenuous efforts by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan — who likened Modi to Adolf Hitler — to see India criticized at the United Nations.Pakistan was backed by China, which was irked by the change to Ladakh’s status, calling it “unacceptable” and worsening Beijing’s long-prickly ties with India.In June, 20 Indian troops were killed in a clash with Chinese soldiers on their Ladakh border, the first combat deaths there since the 1970s. What did Modi want to achieve?Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has long seen Muslim-majority Kashmir’s special status — with partial autonomy and its own flag and constitution — as a historical wrong. That status had “given nothing but terrorism, separatism, nepotism and big corruption” Modi said. But his “historic decision” would bring prosperity and peace.His change put Kashmir under direct rule from New Delhi and downgraded the state by splitting it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.center_img Volatile Indian-administered Kashmir has endured a tumultuous year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked its autonomy last August.Ahead of Wednesday’s one-year anniversary, AFP examines the background to the contentious move, the harsh security crackdown and its aftermath, and a deadly June border clash with China. Topics : What else has happened since? Life remains hard in Kashmir, with hundreds of checkpoints still in place and internet coverage patchy and slow.The economic effect has been dire, with half a million jobs lost in the region by the end of 2019, the Kashmir chamber of commerce says.Coronavirus lockdown measures have only added to the hardship, both for the economy and people’s lives.Children have had barely any schooling for a year.Security operations against militants in Kashmir have accelerated, putting 2020 on course to be one of the bloodiest years for some time.India has also granted tens of thousands of people from outside the region the same rights as Kashmiris, meaning they can now buy land for the first time. Critics say this is an attempt to change the demographic makeup of the region. Companies from outside India have also been given a string of mining concessions, often riding roughshod over environmental rules in the region, critics say.last_img read more

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Woakes, Buttler propel England to unlikely win over Pakistan

first_imgPAKISTAN 1st innings 326ENGLAND 1st inningsRory Burns lbw Shaheen Afridi 4Dominic Sibley lbw Mohammad Abbas 8Joe Root c Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah 14Ben Stokes b Mohammad Abbas 0Ollie Pope c Shadab Khan b Naseem Shah 62Jos Buttler b Yasir Shah 38Chris Woakes b Yasir Shah 19Dom Bess c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 1Jofra Archer c Mohammad Rizwan b Shadab Khan 16Stuart Broad not out 29James Anderson lbw Shadab Khan 7Extras: (b-8, lb-4, nb-8, w-1) 21Total: (all out, 70.3 overs) 219Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-12, 3-12, 4-62, 5-127, 6-159, 7-161, 8-170, 9-197.Bowling: Shaheen Afridi 18-4-51-1 (w-1, nb-4), Mohammad Abbas 15-6-33-2 (nb-3), Naseem Shah 16-4-44-1, Yasir Shah 18-2-66-4 (nb-1, Shadab Khan 3.3-0-13-2.PAKISTAN 2nd inningsShan Masood c Jos Buttler b Stuart Broad 0Abid Ali c Chris Woakes b Dom Bess 20Azhar Ali lbw Chris Woakes 18Babar Azam c Ben Stokes b Chris Woakes 5Asad Shafiq run-out Dominic Sibley 29Mohammad Rizwan lbw Ben Stokes 27Shadab Khan lbw Stuart Broad 15Yasir Shah c Jos Buttler b Stuart Broad 33Shaheen Afridi c Rory Burns b Ben Stokes 2Mohammad Abbas not out 3Naseem Shah b Jofra Archer 4Extras: (b-4, lb-5, nb-4) 13Total: (all out, 46.4 overs) 169Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-33, 3-48, 4-63, 5-101, 6-120, 7-122, 8-137, 9-158.Bowling: James Anderson 9-2-34- 0 (nb-1), Stuart Broad 10-3-37-3 (nb-1), Jofra Archer 6.4-0-27-1 (nb-1), Dom Bess 12-2-40-1, Chris Woakes 5-1-11-2, Ben Stokes 4-1-11-2 (nb-1).ENGLAND 2nd inningsRory Burns lbw Mohammad Abbas 10Dominic Sibley c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 36Joe Root c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah 42Ben Stokes c Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah 9Ollie Pope c Shadab Khan b Shaheen Afridi 7Jos Buttler lbw Yasir Shah 75Chris Woakes not out 84Stuart Broad lbw Yasir Shah zz 7Dom Bess not out 0Extras: (lb-2, nb-5) 7Total: (7 wkts, 82.1 overs) 277Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-86, 3-96, 4-106, 5-117, 6-256, 7-273.Bowling: Shaheen Afridi 15.1-1-61-1 (nb-4), Mohammad Abbas 16-4-36-1 (nb-1), Naseem Shah 13-4-45-1, Yasir Shah 30-2-99-4 Shadab Khan 8-0-34-0. MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – A magnificent partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler helped propel England to an unlikely three-wicket victory over Pakistan in a topsy-turvy first Test at Old Trafford yesterday.Woakes joined Buttler at the crease with England having slumped to 117-5 in their pursuit of a daunting 277 on a bowler-friendly pitch. But they launched a superb counter-attack to turn the tide with a sixth-wicket stand worth 139 runs.Buttler was eventually out lbw for 75 to leg-spinner Yasir Shah with England requiring another 21 for victory, briefly reviving Pakistan’s flagging hopes. Stuart Broad was also dismissed lbw attempting to knock off the last four runs but fittingly Woakes edged a boundary to clinch victory, ending unbeaten on 84.Pakistan earlier boosted their overnight 137-8 with 32 quick-fire runs to be bowled out for 169 – a frenetic flourish that looked to have put the visitors in control on a dry pitch offering bounce, pace and spin.England had reached 86-1 in reply with skipper Joe Root looking in control, but quick wickets left them reeling in their attempt at the second-highest successful fourth-innings run chase seen at Old Trafford. When Ollie Pope gloved an unplayable brute of a Shaheen Afridi delivery to gully, England still needed 160 with five wickets left.But Buttler, and more surprisingly Woakes, took the game by the scruff of the neck.“It was a fantastic win, it looked a long way away on Friday,” Buttler said. “I think from the position we were in to get over the line was a fantastic effort.“We wanted to be positive and put pressure back on Pakistan and try to replicate a one-day chase.”The only sad thing was there were no fans at Old Trafford to witness another great advert for Test cricket.AUDACIOUS SIX Pakistan blotted their copybook on Friday when, having earned a 107-run first-innings lead, they slumped to 137-8.They were still in the driving seat though and more so after an extraordinary start yesterday when Yasir Shah added 21 runs to his overnight total, including one audacious six off Broad. Broad eventually had him caught behind for 33 and Jofra Archer bowled 17-year-old Naseem Shah to restore order.England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley looked relatively secure as they negotiated the opening burst from Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi before Abbas dismissed Burns lbw to leave England on 55-1 for at lunch.Sibley dug in after the break and, with Root looking increasingly comfortable, the pendulum swung England’s way.But having made a patient 36, Sibley was tempted into a drive at Yasir Shah and edged to Asad Shafiq at slip.Root (42) was undone by a well-directed delivery from teenage quick Shah that took the splice of the bat and flew to Babar Azam at first slip. Pakistan were cock-a-hoop when the impressive Yasir pitched one in the rough outside off stump and the ball pitched up at England dangerman Stokes and flew to keeper Mohammad Rizwan who juggled a superb catch. Initially given not out, Stokes (9) was aghast when a review showed the ball had brushed his glove.Pope (7) had no chance when a ferocious full-length Afridi delivery reared up and caught his glove before looping up to Shadab Khan at gully.There seemed no way back for England but Buttler and Woakes began playing with freedom, putting on 50 in 49 balls to put some doubts into Pakistan heads. By the time they were parted, the victory that had looked so unlikely was all but assured.last_img read more

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German club want Taarabt – reports

first_imgWolfsburg want to sign Adel Taarabt from QPR, the German media are reporting.It is claimed the Bundesliga club are planning to table a bid for him at the end of the season.The German magazine Kicker has suggested Rangers want £8.5m for Taarabt, who scored his first Premier League goal in the recent victory over Arsenal.Meanwhile, Real Madrid want to sign Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.Ivanovic faces a three-match ban after being charged with misconduct by the FA and it is now claimed that Chelsea face a battle to keep him in the summer.Real are said to be keen to capture the Serbian defender – even if Jose Mourinho quits as boss.Click here for our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek down Mahesh Bhupathi-Rohan Bopanna to win Shanghai Masters

first_imgLeander Paes of India and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek beat India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for the doubles tennis title at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.The fourth seeds claimed a 6-7(7-9), 6-3, 10-5 comeback victory over the Indian duo, seeded seventh.The Indian-Czech tandem saved four of the five break points they faced and broke their opponents twice to claim victory in one hour and 36 minutes. Paes and Stepanek won 50 percent of points on Bhupathi-Bopanna’s second serve and won 70 percent of their own service points.The Indian-Czech tandem saved four of the five break points they faced and broke their opponents twice to claim victory.”Today was a bit more of a personal match for us three Indians,” Paes was quoted as saying by ATP website.”Radek came in and he made it fun for me. He relaxed, laughed, joked. Said, ‘stay smooth, relaxed and have a hungry intensity’.”Paes and Stepanek, who have already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, earned 1000 ATP World Tour ranking points and $207,320. Four spots remain at the year-end championships, with Bhupathi and Bopanna bolstering their claim by receiving 600 ranking points.”We’ve had a great year,” said Paes. “It started off with a big bang. To do well early in a partnership is something that can happen. But to continue playing well right through the whole year shows the quality of tennis that we play.”last_img read more

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25 days agoEverton, Wolves tracking Hamilton youngster Jamie Hamilton

first_imgEverton, Wolves tracking Hamilton youngster Jamie Hamiltonby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are among English clubs tracking Hamilton youngster Jamie Hamilton.The Scottish Daily Mail says the Toffees could be eyeing a January move for the 17-year-old defender.Wolves, Norwich City, Southampton and Derby County are also tracking the teenager.The Blues do have links with the Scottish outfit already, with Everton youngster Korede Adedoyin currently on loan at Hamilton. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Hanover Residents Pay Tribute to Sir Alexander Bustamante

first_img Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who was the guest speaker at the event, lauded Sir Alexander as a voice for the voiceless, who stood up for the rights of Jamaica’s labour force and the less fortunate. Scores of residents of Hanover and its environs turned out for the thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, held in the Blenheim community in the parish on Sunday (February 24). Scores of residents of Hanover and its environs turned out for the thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, held in the Blenheim community in the parish on Sunday (February 24).Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who was the guest speaker at the event, lauded Sir Alexander as a voice for the voiceless, who stood up for the rights of Jamaica’s labour force and the less fortunate.“He (Sir Alexander) was known for his tireless work to represent workers’ rights to the then colonial government,” he noted.The Minister expressed the hope that this generation of leaders in Jamaica will replicate the National Hero’s compassionate style of leadership.“It is my hope that this generation has finally answered the call (of Bustamante) to lead Jamaica with practical, sober, and compassionate leadership as we seek to bring a better quality of life and prosperity to all Jamaicans,” Dr. Chang said.The event, held by the Hanover Municipal Corporation in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), included tributes highlighting Sir Alexander’s legacy of service and governance.Residents of Hanover attend the Thanksgiving Service to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the birth of Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante in Blenheim, Hanover on Sunday ( February 24). The National Hero is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Jamaica. He was passionate about people and their welfare, particularly the poor working class, and was a vanguard for human rights and national development.Alexander Bustamante, who became the first Prime Minister of Independent Jamaica in 1962, retired from active politics in 1967. He is regarded as the champion of the working class as he advocated their cause during 1937 and 1938, a period of major social unrest.In 1943, Sir Alexander founded the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and the party won the first general election under Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.Sir Alexander was declared a National Hero in 1969 and is the only Jamaican to receive this honour while still alive. He died on August 6, 1977, at the age of 93.center_img “He (Sir Alexander) was known for his tireless work to represent workers’ rights to the then colonial government,” he noted. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Education Ministry Takes Over Jamaica Basic Education Project

first_imgStory Highlights Those who have been involved in the project are now equipped to practise and pass on new reading techniques. The reading coaches will not replace teachers, but will supplement and complement them. The project, which started in 2010, is primarily aimed at improving the reading skills of students from grade one to three. The Ministry of Education has taken over the reigns of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project (JBEP), and will now take the initiative to its next phase.The project, which started in 2010, is primarily aimed at improving the reading skills of students from grade one to three, in regions one, four and six. It has assisted the Ministry to improve reading skills in 172 primary schools in the specified regions and provided support to the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP) in 250 institutions.The initiative supports the Ministry’s goal of achieving quality education through the ESTP and seeks to expand on the previous Expanding Educational Horizons and New Horizons for Primary Schools projects, as well as best practices from the Caribbean Centre for Excellence in teacher training.Speaking at the symbolic handing over ceremony, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said that those who have been involved in the project are now equipped to practise and pass on new reading techniques, new performance measures and standards. “We now anticipate the cascade effect throughout the education system,” he stated.He lauded the US Government and in particular the USAID, along with the JBEP team, for their commitment and investment in the advancement of the Jamaican primary education system.“We are indebted to them for helping us to do that which we would have wanted to do for ourselves, and must now takeover full responsibility…this ceremony is an important milestone, because it signals that several local educators and administrators involved in delivering reading curriculum in primary schools have completed a phase of knowledge transfer,” the Education Minister stated.He said with the continued use of reading coaches and peer trainers, the reading progamme is being extended into more schools, and urged principals to ask for the assistance they need.“It is not a shame to say that you need help, that your students require more than you can give,” he said, noting that the Ministry is seeking full partnership and co-operation to attain its target of 85 per cent mastery in literacy by 2014, among all grade four students.Minister Thwaites informed that the reading coaches will not replace teachers, but will supplement and complement them, using the modern techniques, and opportunities for support and suggestions.In her address, Chief of Party/Project Director, JBEP, Dr. Jean Beaumont pointed out that the resources created from the project were accessible to all schools, not just those involved in the JBEP.These include: reading assessment checklist for grades 1-3; reading standards and benchmark for grades 1-3; checklist for principals to monitor the use of these standards; procedures for successfully managing and supervising the reading programme; strategies for effective teaching of reading comprehension; and tools for continuous reading assessment and a manual.Technology resources for the 172 project schools include: desktop computers (in some schools), laptops, multi-media projectors, digital cameras, and the Jamaica School Administrative Software (JSAS) system, which is available to all schools.Dr. Beaumont explained that the project was mandated to develop remedial instruction for grade three teachers, which resulted in the staging of Camp Summer Plus over the past three years.“This intervention (camp) alone has impacted everyone. The consistent improvement in students’ performance level has proven that we must persevere. It proves that it is possible for an entire class of low performing students, can make an entire year’s movement, in five weeks,” she stressed.USAID Mission Director, Denise Herbol, said learning to read is the most important skill for children to develop.She noted that over the past three years, the JBEP project has made progress in improving early grade reading skills and numeracy in select schools across the country. “It has not been an easy road, but through perseverance and determination, we have made great inroads,” Ms. Herbol stated.The Ministry, in collaboration with the USAID, will manage the next phase of the project, which is dubbed: Education Partnership for Improved Reading Outcomes.last_img read more

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MAN Engines to Power Eastern Pacifics 11 New Boxships

first_imgzoomllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping’s orders for a total of eleven 15,000 TEU containerships have been confirmed by German engine producer MAN Energy Solutions.The shipping firm exercised an option connected with an order for five boxships placed in November 2017, and requested another six vessels. MAN Energy Solutions was hired to supply the units with two-stroke engines.The first five engines will be conventional MAN B&W 11G90ME-C units equipped with scrubbers that are due for delivery between 2019-2020. The additional six units will be built as MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI dual-fuel configurations operating on LNG with delivery dates scheduled between 2020-2022.Each of the six ME-GI engines will feature MAN Energy Solutions’ new pump vaporizer unit (PVU), an innovative, low-cost pump unit for the supply of LNG to the ME-GI engines.The neo-Panamax containerships were ordered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI).last_img read more

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Mourinho tease Juve fans after recent loss

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Juventus fans by challenging them to match his treble feat at Inter Milan following their loss at Old Trafford.Mourinho’s men were undone by a solitary strike from Paulo Dybala which was truly deserved considering their dominance in the game.However, the Portuguese manager believes the outcome of the tie would have been different if they had more options off the bench.“I think with the way we ended the game for the last 20 minutes, it would’ve been very different if we had Marouane Fellaini or Alexis Sanchez to take off the bench,” Mourinho told Football Italia.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We had a super-difficult game just two days ago. In any case, Juve have a great deal of quality. We did what we possibly could with heart and in my opinion a positive approach.“We knew when the draw was made that we’d be fighting Valencia for second place in the group.”Tensions flared up in the final minutes, as some of the travelling Juve fans insulted Mourinho, and he responded by holding up three fingers to represent Inter’s 2010 Treble – something Juventus have never achieved.“It’s an obvious response. Obviously, they don’t love me. Obviously, the toughest moment for them was our Treble. That’s fine. With players, Coaches, club and everything, we have total respect, everything is very cordial.”last_img read more

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