48 Kashmir dallies barred from receiving government ads

SRINAGAR: Authorities in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir have dropped 48 newspapers from a panel that makes periodicals eligible to run government advertisements, officials said Saturday. While 10 dailies have been struck off the panel completely, eight others were suspended temporarily in Kashmir, Haris Handoo, joint director of information, told Anadolu Agency. He said those that have been dropped temporarily could be added back on the panel if they adhere to government-mandated rules of, for example, on regular publishing and meeting required copy numbers. The newspapers that were dropped from the panel…

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Targeting of Muslims in Madhya Pradesh was pre-planned, says fact finding team

New Delhi: Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) has stated that the violence and ”targeting of people from a specific religion” in Madhya Pradesh were pre-planned and it were carried out by the hooligans of the BJP and RSS in presence of the police. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, convener of the APCR and Supreme Court lawyer, Ehtesham Hashmi said that a fact finding team had visited Chandankhedi in Indore, Ujjain and Dorana in Mandsaur district. ‘We have collected a lot of evidence related to violence and targeting of…

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Rights group urges national rights panel to ensure free and fair trial of comedian Munawar Faruqui and others

By Special Correspondent New Delhi:  Rights organization, the National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) today filed a complaint in the National Human Rights Commission against the arresting and the denial of bail to stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui comedian Manuwar Faruqui and four others in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The local court denied him the bail despite the police failed to produce any evidence against him and others.  The NCHRO urged the rights commission to intervene in the matter and ensure free and frail trial against the accsued. Faruqui and Nalin…

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