A Kashmiri activist has criticized the New Delhi government’s recent decision to strip the disputed Kashmir region of its special constitutional status, saying it seems like the restive Muslim-majority Himalayan region has been taken over by the Indian army in a “military coup,” Press TV reports.
Officials in the disputed Indian-controlled Kashmir region have started restoring landline phone lines since imposing a brutal curfew and news blackout on the majority-Muslim territory in early August.
Floods and landslides have killed more than 270 people in India this month, displaced one million and inundated thousands of homes across six states, authorities said on Wednesday after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains.
Nigeria’s Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky has headed for India to receive treatment as his health condition is deteriorating after spending four years in detention along with his wife, who was also injured during a crackdown by Nigerian authorities in 2015.
The death toll from floods in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra rose to 147, state authorities said on Sunday, as rescue teams raced to evacuate people and waters submerged parts of a world heritage site.
Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 33 people and forced the evacuation of 180,000 from their homes, officials said on Thursday.