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Pakistan calls for global investigation into the extrajudicial killings in disputed territory of Kashmir

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza

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The will of Kashmiris stay unbroken even after India’s persistent suppression over the past seven decades said Pakistan today on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day. Pakistan has called upon the international community to hold an investigation into the extrajudicial killings in disputed territory of Kashmir.

The Foreign Office said in a statement issued on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day “As we commemorate the sacrifices of innocent Kashmiris today, we once again call upon the international community, particularly the United Nations and human rights organizations to investigate the persistent extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice,”.

The Kashmir Martyrs’ Day is observed by the country in remembrance of the 22 sons of the disputed territory in Kashmir who had laid down their lives fighting the brutal Dogra forces in Srinagar in 1931.The martyrs lost their lives during the protests against sham trial of a Kashmiri leader on trumped up charges.

The Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control as well as the Pakistani movements across the globe honored the valor and sacrifices of the Kashmiri martyrs.

“The Kashmiri martyrs galvanized an unparalleled struggle for self-determination in 1931 that continues till date,” the Foreign Office said.

The Foreign Office further stated that since 5th August 2019, a number of Kashmiris amounting to more than 390 had been martyred by the Indian Occupation Forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Data has shown that during the current year alone, the Indian occupation forces extrajudicially killed 85 innocent Kashmiris which includes young boys and women, indiscriminately arrested and detained 537 Kashmiris and destroyed 31 houses of Kashmiri people.

“The unabated Indian repression over the past seven decades, has failed to break the will of the Kashmiri people,” it said.

Constant support will be given to its Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle against Indian oppression till the comprehension of their absolute right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions said Pakistan in a clear message.

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Malé City Council to initiate public consultation meetings.

Ahmed Thahir

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Malé City Mayor Dr. Mohammed Muizzu has stated that the Malé City Council would be meeting with its residents starting tonight.

While speaking at the current press conference, Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu stated that though the council intends to consult the public on key issues, such meetings has not been possible so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but given the current laxation in COVID-19 curbing measurements, the city council would be meeting with the residents.

He also stated that though tonight’s meetings would be focused on the Galolhu ward, residents from the other wards of the city are also welcome to join. Tonight’s meeting focusing on the residents of Galolhu ward will be held at 20:15 at the Galolhu City Park.

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Disagreement rises between the Fenaka MD and STO MD.

Ahmed Thahir

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Managing Directors of two major state-owned companies, STO and Fenaka have been disputing on social media. The disagreement is in relation with an issue between the two companies regarding the several millions of Rufiyaa taken on credit.

Speaking to the media, the Managing Director of STO, Hussain Amru claimed that Fenaka has failed to make payment for the oil provided by STO to Fenaka in order to provide electricity to the islands. Thereby currently electricity is being provided for the islands by STO for free.

The Managing Director of Fenaka have denied these claims and have responded that Fenaka have already paid more than MVR 1.8 billion to STO.

Both the directors are members of the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP). MDP holds the majority in the ruling coalition. However, there is division amongst the party members as they have been split into two fractions. Managing Director of STO Hussein Amru is reportedly backing the former President Mohamed Nasheed while the Managing Director of Fenaka, Saeed favors incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

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Education Ministry releases Academic New Year Guideline.

Ahmed Thahir

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Ministry of Education has publicized guidelines to be followed with the commencement of the new Academic year on 10th of August. The school sessions are to be held for the same time period as prior the COVID-19 pandemic. However, students and teachers are required to follow new rules and guidelines to ensure the health safety of the students and teachers.

Some of the noted points on the guideline are as follows:

  • Classrooms need to be well ventilated
  • Social distance maintained during teaching and arranging of the class
  • Students to be sitting 3 ft apart in airconditioned classes
  • All teachers and students arriving from abroad to provide a negative PCR test done no longer than 5 to 6 days from return date.
  • All teachers and students arriving from islands under monitoring to provide a negative PCR test done no longer than 5 to 6 days from return date.

Students that falls under the high-risk category have been urged to wear face shields in addition to a face mask.

Ministry have stated extracurricular activities will only start after all students above 12 years are vaccinated.

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