‘We are victims of media propaganda’: Hotels go empty and workers jobless as Kashmir tourism is hit

‘We are victims of media propaganda’: Hotels go empty and workers jobless as Kashmir tourism is hit

At Dal Lake in Srinagar, Rizwan Ahmad Bhat is located next to its shikhara (traditional boat), called Do Badan Ek Ene (two body, soul), waiting for tourists. Last year this time, the lake was full of visitors exploring its waters and views of the surrounding hills of Zabarwan.

This summer, the lake and its shores are empty and biker skillfully dressed is annoying. “Look at the empty containers,” Bhat said, 31. “We do not have anyone to take a walk.”

Half a dozen sailors, dressed in T-shirts and jeans, standing, listening to the conversation. They complained that the media scared tourists away from Kashmir. “When people watch TV, they think that Kashmir is burning and we do not have to go,” one of them said, and others agree.

Until July 2016, when the murder of the young militant Burhan Wani triggered a prolonged chain of violence in the valley, Bhat and other boatmen earned Rs 1 000-1500 per day. Now they are lucky if they say Rs 400 per day.

It is the same story on Ali Shah carpets on Saida Kadal Road, 7 km from Srinagar city center. Rugs and blankets sold for tens of rupees are accumulated to the dismay of the General Directorate Rafiq Ahmad Shah. “Tourism is a failure this year, as well as our production,” he said. Orders have been made by artisans in the winter for summer sales because no one foresaw the crisis.

Tourism is important for the economy of Jammu and Kashmir, which accounts for 8% of the state’s gross domestic product. By 2016, the State had registered 1,299 million tourists. The tourism sector employs more than 100,000 people directly and indirectly, according to rough industry estimates.

The 33-hectare tulip garden in Srinagar is the new addition to Kashmir’s tourist spots since 2008. However, in recent months, after the national media became embroiled with stories of violence in the valley, arrivals Of tourists declined. Credit: Athar Parvaiz / IndiaSpend.com

But tourism is also very sensitive to public policy issues. In recent months, national media were flooded with stories of violence in the valley, between April and early June this year, a few thousand tourists arrived, said tourism officials who would not be designated.

The valley has experienced a decline in insurgency-related violence in recent years, but there has not been an increase in street violence, largely caused by stones, as indicated by IndiaPase 30 May. Tour operators and tourism authorities argue that violence is too sporadic and localized to affect travelers.

For tourists, however, any problem, large or small, can be prevented. Resident Bangalore, Badri Raghavan, left a long vacation in Kashmir with his wife and three children in June, although the cost of cancellation has been pronounced. Family plans include a barge at the Naveen period lake in Srinagar and remain at Sonamarg.

“The tour operator has insisted it was safe, but if I had all seven days of vacation for the holidays, so I would pass the look on my shoulders all the time? ‘” Raghavan said.

The numbers of tourism to the valley were directly related to the situation of law and order. Kashmir was a favorite among national and international tourists until 1988, with more than 700,000 arrivals. But in 1989, armed violence began in the valley and numbers were reduced by 200 000. This year, there were 1,500 violent incidents that included bombings and shots.

In 1990 and 1991, there were 4211 and 3780 violent incidents, which allowed the arrival of tourists to be in a meager 6287 tourists, a reduction of 98% compared to the arrival of tourists since 1989.

North Korea ‘considering’ missile strike after Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ warning

North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike in the US Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump has said in Pyongyang that any threat to the United States would fill “fire and fury “.

The sharp rise in tensions has shaken financial markets and prompted US authorities and analysts not to participate in rhetorical games with North Korea.

Pyongyang said it “carefully examined” a plan to reach Guam, home to about 1,63,000 people and a US military base that includes a submarine squad, an air base and a Coast Guard group.

A spokesman for the Korean People’s Army in a statement issued by the state news agency KCNA that the plan was implemented at any time, once the leader Kim Jong Un made a decision.

Governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, dismissed the threat from the North and said that the island was prepared for “any eventuality” with strategically placed defenses.

He said he was in contact with the White House and that there was no change in the level of threat.

“Guam is a US plant … We are not just a military facility,” said M. Calvo in an online video message.

North Korea accused the United States of designing a “preemptive war”. In another statement, he said any plan to execute it would be filled with a “total war that would wipe out all enemy strongholds, including the United States.”

Washington has warned that it is willing to use force if necessary to stop North Korea’s nuclear and nuclear programs, but prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

M. Trump however, has made every possible warning to North Korea in comments to the press in New Jersey on Tuesday.

“North Korea is more threatening to the United States, they will be welcomed with fire and fury as the world has never seen,” he said.

North Korea did not hide its plans to develop a nuclear missile capable of attacking the United States and ignored international calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

Pyongyang says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defense against perceived hostility from the United States, including joint military exercises with South Korea.

US stocks declined slightly after Mr. Trump made no comment, while a measure of general compliance with stock market anxiety ended at its highest level in nearly a month.

The dollar index fell and the yen shelter strengthened against the US currency after North Korea’s response.

Asian stock markets tumbled, South Korea’s benchmark index fell 0.9% and the Nikkei in Japan, down 1.6%.

“Tensions continue to rise and eventually could become a black swan event that markets do not carefully consider”

Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, told Reuters Markets Forum.

Sound of Lollywood: When ghazal king Ghulam Ali gave over his glorious voice to a love song

Sound of Lollywood: When ghazal king Ghulam Ali gave over his glorious voice to a love song

Bigri Naslein (Generations Rotten) was published in 1983 with a heavy cast directed by Mohammad Ali and Rani. Received a Silver Jubilee status.

Wadah Tum Karo (Promise Me), a song from the soundtrack, is one of the Pakistani movie songs that are like a ball that fell from the Christmas tree and rolled under the sofa. He had hidden himself, completely disconnected from his source and his reason for being. But when it takes a long time after Christmas Day, you will discover a little foundation and shine under the dust.

This is a nice song and the closest thing to real chewing gum I had heard in the music of the Pakistani movie. In this cheesy love song full of heartfelt confessions and urgent requests, fans dig under the blue evening sky and birds chirp in the branches. All the while, an atmosphere of intoxicating sound turns around. You can almost see unicorns and rainbows in the distant PRAI.

The song is the creation of Kemal Ahmed, a Bengali who took advantage of the rich popular culture of his country and chose a soft and sweet approach to musical composition. An approach focused on melody and texture in the lively rhythm and percussion espoused by colleagues like Punjabi Nazir Ali who also contributed to Bigri Naslein.

Ahmed creates a six-minute world in which love is spoken of soft melodies, guitars torn gently and the sound of Santoor sandy scales down like a waterfall splashing on a mountainside. In this perfect little world Teenage love Ahmed injects a layered female choir resembling a band of medium angels of anger. The voice wrapped the entire room with its non-syllabic song, but also turn several times to the brink of approval of raw and crushed tears. At first it was a bit disconcerting, but in fact, this is the perfect antidote for the making of such saccharin.

None of this is unusual or unique. South Asian music directors of the Golden Age were best creative geniuses, mastery of various musical languages and supported by talented musicians who could play any number of Eastern and Western instruments. What makes Tum Wadah Karo a truly remarkable piece of hype is the singer.

Less than 40 seconds into the song, the first two letter syllables and dh – emerge from the background, whole, complete and polished. As if they had always existed from and to the vortex of the sky. There is something familiar in that voice from the other world, but we try to determine it.
It is only the first stanza, sung in a slightly lower register, the coin falls: it is nothing less than the great teacher Ghulam Ali Ghazal.

Ali, who has been rigorously trained in classical music by some of the luminaries of the tradition, has spent his entire career with the interpretation of the Ghazal. Unlike most of his companions, including possibly the best Ghazal singer of the last 50 years, Mehdi Hassan, who recorded hundreds of movie songs, Ghulam Ali film production is relatively minor. In fact, his most beloved theme, Chupke Chupke Raat Din appeared in the Nikaah Indian film (1982).

To listen to Ali in a Pakistani movie, singing a special piece of the film is similar to finding a small diamond in the bottom of biryani. Although the lyrics are intimate, Ali becomes a decent performer.

RSS ‘Propaganda’ On Violence To Block Development: Kerala Chief Minister

New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram: The “propaganda propaganda” on violence will hurt the development prospects of Kerala, not the government led by, left as planned by Prime Minister Pinaray Vijayan to NDTV today.

People of the state, said: do not buy publicity, since Kerala has the best record of law and order in the country. But these claims could hurt his prospects for investment and tourism. “This is not a campaign against the leftist government is a campaign against Kerala, the most peaceful state,” NDTV said.

The government of M. Vijayan refused to focus on violence in the country – Bharatiya Janata Party and its mentor Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sang. The position, for their possession, is politically motivated and aimed at discrediting the government by the US-led left and dismissing charges of graft against BJP leaders.

Prime Minister has broken his silence on the political violence witnessed by the state One day after the Minister of the Union, Aaron Gitli, visited Thiruvananthapuram to meet the family Rajesh Edavakode died recently after her hand was cut, allegedly by men linked to the CPM.

During his visit, M. Jetley made stinging criticism of political violence in the state, considering that the way Rajesh Edavakode killed “would even terrorists.” Mourinho criticized the government of M. Vijayan. Governments, said: “to improve the quality of people’s lives,” is elected, but Kerala has experienced “ongoing violence epic.”

He also rejected the demand for feed for the president’s ruling in the state, doubling the “joke.” RSS, he said: was indifferent when people were in the case of killing by the rumor of beef.

Today, the prime minister said earlier that the state council that the government “intelligence reports that the Bharatiya Janata Party has launched attacks across the state.” The precautionary measures have been taken to control them and the government can return the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation if necessary.

Replying to the left, MP Rajesh MP, who published an open letter to M. Jetley yesterday on Facebook, said M. Vijayan National Bureau of Crime Records data showed that Kerala was “number one” in peace.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was also present in Uttar Pradesh, which recorded the most violent cases. “The number of cases in Kerala has decreased since 2012. There were no riots while the number of murders was 305 in 2016 according to NCRB same period of year UP saw 4732 murders,” he said.

China Media And Official Both Issue Strong Warnings On War With India

The countdown of the military conflict between India and Chinese China daily began today, a senior government official praised Beijing India suggesting that the Delhi stock may be compensated by Chinese soldiers entering the Uttar Pradesh or cashmere.

In Parliament, Defense Minister Arun Jitli stressed that the armed forces are strong enough to meet any challenge to the country’s security and stressed that lessons learned from the 1962 war with China.

“I agree that some challenges are still there some people are targeting the sovereignty and unity of our country, but I am quite sure that our brave soldiers have the ability to protect our country, S ‘both the challenges on the eastern border and the Western border said.”

His remarks came a day when a senior official in China made aggressive remarks about the possible escalating conflict in Sikkim, which began in mid-June.

Beijing refers to the area boil with tension as Donglang claims it is from Chinese territory.

Bhutan and India say that the area is part of the small kingdom of the Himalayas and Indian soldiers moved to prevent the Chinese army to build a road there because it contravenes the current situation on a very sensitive area at the intersection of India, China and Bhutan.

India has suggested that both countries claim their troops, but Beijing has refused to do so and said India has “illegally crossed” the border in Sikkim, and therefore the party is committed to withdraw its troops.

“Even if there is only one Indian soldier, even for a day, it is still a violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Wang Wenli, a senior official of the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China.

Ms. Wang said a delegation from the Indian media. “It is impossible to have a dialogue with India now, our people will think our government is incompetent,” she said.

“We believe it is not possible for the Indian side to use a triangular cross-pretext,” he claimed. “The Indian side has a lot of triangular connections, what if we use the same excuse and enter the Kalabani region between China, India and Nepal, or even in Kashmir between India and Pakistan?”

When asked whether China is preparing for a war with India, Ms. Wang said: “I can only say to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese government, we have a report.

Even if the Indian Party decides to make a wrong turn or illusions about this incident, we have the right to use all measures consistent with international law to protect our rights. ”

India and China have announced that they will use diplomatic channels to resolve the dispute.

Daily editorial in the state daily Daily India today warned that the clock is running out and that “India should blame it” if it did not withdraw its troops from the Doklam plateau, which hosted a military confrontation between the two countries since mid-June.

“Despite the impasse … enters the seventh week, closing the window for a peaceful solution,” the Chinese daily said.

Sebi bars 331 ‘shell’ cos from trading after govt list

MUMBAI: Market regulator Sebi has banned 331 companies for trading on the stock exchanges after the government named them on the list of mischievous companies suspected of being involved in money laundering and tax evasion.

The list was drawn up by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and transmitted to the regulator for future action.

At least four of these companies with established business history, reacted strongly to Sebi’s decision Monday night.

J Kumar Infraprojects, SQS India BFSI, Pincon Spirits and Prakash Industries said the suspension was without due process.

Through strongly written letter, these companies have also stressed that Sebi’s decision was detrimental to the interests of its shareholders and called for the withdrawal of the suspension.

They added that they were removed from the list of fictitious companies and indicated that they require a legal opinion on the issue.

Of the four, J Kumar Infraprojects, with a market capitalization of Rs 150 crore of Rs 2 is known for its work in the fields of engineering, design and construction.

He is involved in several high-priced projects, including the Mumbai Metro, New Bombay and Delhi, several major sailing and highways in India.

The company, which has been blocked by the BMC for repairing poor roads, said the decision will have no impact on its ongoing projects.

Prakash Industries, whose billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, one of its top 1% investors, had a market capitalization of 2.08 billion rupees.

The market value of India SQS BFSI was Rs 536 crore while Pincon Spirits was Rs 316 crore.

Estimated before the suspension, the total market cap of these 331 entities was approximately Rs 1.67 lakh crore.

Monday night, Sebi had sent instructions to the scholarships to suspend the trade of 331 control companies.

According to the regulatory directive, BSE and NSE have suspended these companies for their platform Tuesday.

Under the Sebi rules, these actions can only be redeemed once a month.

Although most companies mentioned in the trade somewhat or very rarely, some are traded regularly and have foreign and domestic institutional investors as well as individual investors recognized.

The abrupt suspension of these securities has affected the investor sentiment and also put some derivative traders in the back.

Under current rules, investors are allowed to hold shares as collateral (margin) with the stock exchanges when trading segment derivatives.

There are 331 units of these companies that form part of the total margin currently presented to stock exchanges.

Since these shares can not be traded during the day, these shares are no longer worth anything and will not be considered for the margins of derivative transactions.

“This will now push derivatives traders to reduce their positions in the segment, organize another type of collateral as margin or even reduce their share in the cash segment to offset the margin deficit,” the official said a securities house .

Blue Whale suicide game now available under different names| Download It Now

Blue Whale suicide game

Healers come into contact with vulnerable targets and give them tasks to accomplish; the ultimate task is to commit suicide
The Blue Whale Challenge Suicide Game – which has claimed more than 100 lives around the world so far – is now available with different names such as A Silent House, A Sea of Whales and Wake Me Up at 4:20 AM, according to a UNICEF statement, which states that there could be other similar games available on the Internet, as well. The advisor also said that although the government has asked companies such as Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately eliminate the links that lead to deadly gambling, it remains unclear how these companies would make the game inaccessible .

“It’s because this Blue Whale Challenge Game is not accessible to the public and can be downloaded for free, it’s a social networking phenomenon where conversations about it happen secretly in closed social media groups. play only if an administrator comes in contact with you and recruit him as a potential whale, or a candidate, “he said.

In India, fatal gambling claimed another victim in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday evening, when a 13-year-old boy committed suicide by clinging to his home, another boy from Bengal was rescued from mortal life by his friends, teachers and teachers of the university The police advisers of West Bengal on the same day. The game that originated in Russia has caused more than 100 deaths worldwide. In India too, it has cost the lives of more than six children between the ages of 12 and 19 to date.

A similar number of children were damaged while playing a deadly game and were rescued only by rapid intervention. The DOST #Staysafeonline ASLI campaign in India has launched tips for parents and teachers to monitor their children’s social media activity. The key points of the consultation are:


Here are a few tips on how you can keep your child safe online:

  • Having correct information about an issue is extremely important. The media reports on this issue do not make it clear that the role of this game/challenge in the recent cases of suicide has not been verified yet.
  • Make sure that your child has access to age appropriate online sites which do not promote unethical behaviour or violence.
  • Always ensure that your child accesses Internet from a computer placed in the family space.
  • Talk to your child more often. Explore the online world together and engage in interesting activities demonstrating ethical and safe online behaviour.
  • Use parental controls on all the devices used by your child. Monitor the screen time and keep an eye on his/her online activities.
  • Be a role model to your child. Be conscious of your own online activities.
  • Talk to other parents, share concerns if any and discuss best ways to help your children.
  • Keep yourself updated with recent internet phenomena.
  • Observe your child’s behaviour closely. Be alert to any unusual changes like moodiness, less or no communication, lack of interest in studies and falling grades. If you notice any such changes, closely monitor his/her online activities, talk to school authorities or consult a child psychologist.
  • If you find out that your child is already playing the Blue Whale Challenge, immediately stop him/her from using the internet from any devices.
  • Inform your local police authority about what has happened and seek their advice on the next safety measures.

Cognizant says 400 senior executives take voluntary separation package

Bangalore: Cognizant Technology Solutions said that 400 of its executives have accepted a voluntary separation program (VSP), which started a few months ago, which should translate into an annual savings of about 60 million dollars.

The company launched the VSP in May, which offers up to nine months of salary as part of some of its top executives in the US. And India.

The move is part of the expansion plan of the listed company Nasdaq to improve margins and employee utilization in a rapidly evolving computer environment that has been under pressure due to automation and lower revenues from existing operations.

“In the second quarter, we have taken steps to improve our cost structure and operating margins instead of allowing us to continue to invest in economic growth.

These actions resulted in charges of approximately $ 39 million in connection with the reorganization project, mainly due to compensation costs, including those related to was launched and concluded in the second quarter voluntary separation program, CFO Karen McLoughlin said during a call after earnings analysis last week.

It was not immediately clear how many Indian executives have accepted the company’s offer, but given that more than 70% of the Conscious staff is based in that country, the number could be on the higher side according to more conservative estimates.

The company said the cost of the $ 39 million readjustment was $ 35 million for partners who have accepted their VSP. He also expects additional costs for consulting fees, severance pay, termination of the lease and consolidation costs for the facility for the remainder of the year.

McLoughlin said in February that the company aimed to improve costs through optimization, smart procurement, simplification of the top structure of the business unit and the use of corporate function expenses to increase operating margin, which is Significantly lower than its Indian rivals Infosys and TCS.

For the first time, Conscious also reported a decrease of 4 400 jobs in its workforce, the growth of its workforce to 256,800 at the end of June of 261,200 at the end of March. The decrease was attributed to performance evaluations and voluntary separation program.

“Although we will of course manage to count, we will continue to hire and invest in the essential skills necessary for the growth of our digital business, and we expect the wear and tear will decrease in the coming months,” he said.

Opposition to meet in Delhi this week to decide on strategy to counter BJP

NEW DELHI: At the end of the session, the ugly parliament, the leader Benjamin West and the leader of the Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee will travel to Delhi to attend an August 11 meeting all opposition parties that met from the Presidential elections to address the BJP to power.

The meeting convened by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi must have 18 parties, with the exception of JD (T), who has already joined the forum, but that was to the NDA camp, which has decided to vote in a joint strategy At the gates of Parliament for the next three months before Parliament meets for the winter session in November.

Opposition parties in Parliament have coordinated soil strategy for the monsoon session and on Tuesday they even worked together to get out Rajya Sabha claiming that the currency of Rs 500 banknotes in circulation are not identical.

Even Wednesday the parties plan to address the problem against the afternoon government because the morning in the House will focus on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement against the British rulers who culminated in Independence of India in 1947.

On the remaining three days of the session, opposition parties have decided to allow the upper chamber, where it still has a majority of only ran for celebrations of Quit India, vice president and farewell Hamid Ansari, vice president and Rajya Sabha, and Also to welcome the President and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, a member of one’s own house.

Opposition parties plan to address issues related to the current regime in the streets and through public gatherings to keep the momentum of protests in the next three months and the first major rally is scheduled to rally a demonstration in Gandhi Maidan called Patna By RJD chief Lalu Prasad, whose party recently left the government with the leader of JD (T), Nitish Kumar, who broke the alliance and retired with BJP to form the government in Bihar.

It is interesting to note that the top leader of the JD member (T) Rajya Sabha Sharad Yadav, invited opposition leaders to a forum – Sanjha Virasat – proposed to float on August 17. Yadav can also attend the meeting of opposition parties on August 11, his party is not part of the group that formed Opposition Unit.

It’s Pride Month, and here are five queer South Asian speculative stories to raise a toast

It’s Pride Month, and here are five queer South Asian speculative stories to raise a toast

Strange characters were present in speculative fiction from the genre, perhaps because of their interest in representing alternatives to what has been considered the “normal” human experience. Most of these earlier representations were negative, often evil, like the murdered Carmilla lesbian or morally ambiguous protagonist, not the age, The Portrait of Dorian Gray.

Fortunately, these two works were more than a century old, and although it is not easy for a century people particularly strangers, it was also a century of many triumphs – more and more people coming out of the closet, demanding dignity, acceptance, and Rights, including the right to be duly represented in the literature and the media. The speculative fiction community arose immediately, and it is difficult to find a science fiction or fantasy story these days, which is openly homophobic in its plot or insinuation.

And it’s not just white foreigners or writers who write those strange stories of speculative fiction – many writers in South Asia also write them. For a month of pride, I bring you a list of five short stories from speculative fiction writers from South Asian contemporaries. Some of these stories almost depend on their characters, but others do not – because strangers also do other things in life, like the rule kingdoms, move to other planets have relationships with their parents, brothers, and friends.

Sri Lankan American writer Mary Anne Mohanraj built a world of South Asian flavor encompassing several planets and species in which humans exist in polyamor marriage contracts. Space Jump, written in 2009, is the oldest in the history of this universe. In this case, a spatial family refers to the introduction of a new member into their fold. This story is followed by the novel The Stars Mohanraj Change (2015), another story titled “Communion” and “web” and more stories that expand the universe continues to write.

Shweta Narayan was – several histories – meticulously re-writing the history of India, by inserting a tribe called “mechanics” that is built, runs on gears and barriers, and put robots to a deep shame. The stories shine with well-studied details. The protagonist of this story is Jahanara, the eldest daughter of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who remained of the Padishah Begum empire throughout his life. It begins as Jahanara receives the French Embassy sent by Napoleon in the Diwan-i-Khas and crosses multiple historical antecedents until its unexpected but tender end.

Other stories from this series appeared in the anthology The Book of the Jungle Mechanic and Lightspeed Magazine. Narayan wrote poetry and fiction and was for many years the co-editor of the very well-designed small speculative poetry magazine Stone Telling. Her writing is erudite and controlled, often bilingual – every story and poem are a work of postcolonial interpretation, feminist and queer history and Indian mythology.

American Indian writer Shveta Thakrar wrote a fiction for young adults with an atmosphere of fairy tale and fantasy Indian stories for older readers who nonetheless retain a childish astonishment. Some of their stories are based on a historical time or place.