Kashmir, where hope and despair flit back and forth

first_imgThe gains made through the Army’s ‘Operation All-Out’ that left 212 militants dead in Jammu and Kashmir this year have been offset by the unprecedented local support to militancy, with the youth from the Valley joining its ranks in south Kashmir.Why is it a worry?The disturbing figures of November, from police data, show that at least six more local youths joined militant ranks. This happened despite the soft-approach adopted by both the Army and the police towards the locals. Armed local militants are offered the option of surrendering even while encounters are raging. They are allowed to return to a normal routine without facing any charge in police stations or forced to hand over weapons, as was the case in the past. Yet, over 150 local militants continue to be active in north and south Kashmir. As the count of the dead mounted, the Opposition National Conference (NC) sought an apology from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for failing to stop violence against civilians.The NC alleged that over 60 civilians were killed in 2017, including women and schoolchildren. Most of these civilian deaths were reported during counter-insurgency operations, especially when the people converged on the encounter site to help the trapped militants escape. Over 70 local militants were killed in such operations.According to a police assessment, around 117 locals, the highest number in the past decade, joined militancy this year. The ostensibly less militancy-affected districts in north Kashmir also showed an upward trend, with locals picking up arms: four from Kupwara, six from Baramulla and seven from Bandipora joined the ranks of militancy. This comes after the official figure of the number of local boys joining armed groups dipped to 23 in 2011.How can it be tackled?One of the biggest success stories of the security forces this year was the return of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) recruit Majid Khan, 22, in Anantnag, a central district in south Kashmir. Khan, an ace footballer who bears a resemblance to English cricket all-rounder Ben Stokes, was fast emerging as a poster boy for militants. His return and the subsequent efforts of the security agencies to wean away other youths was a welcome trend. It helped that families released emotional videos to recall their sons.Over 60 youths, according to the police, have been pulled away from militancy in 2017. However, after the surrender of Majid, around a dozen cases saw the “silent return” of armed youths back to a normal routine. The rounding up of at least three local injured armed militants from encounter sites also earned the good faith of the locals for the security agencies.Will carrot-and-stick policy work?Besides extending the carrot, the security forces dented the capabilities of the militant groups to strike by regularly zeroing in on their top operational commanders, especially the LeT’s Abu Ismail and Abu Dujana, both foreigners.Several battle-scarred local commanders, including Arif Lelhari, Junaid Mattoo, Bashir Lashkari, Sabzar Bhat, Shahbaz Shafi alias Rayees Kachroo and Aijaz Mir, were killed. One top-prize, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Qayoom Najar, was killed while he was infiltrating through the Line of Control at Uri in Baramulla to revive the militant ranks in north Kashmir.With the capabilities of the LeT and the Hizbul Mujahideen dented this year, the security agencies grapple with a new challenge: resurgence of the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammad and pro-al-Qaeda ideology group, led by local commander Zakir Rashid Bhatt alias Musa, who left the post of divisional commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen for being “too soft.” As Jammu and Kashmir stares at 2018, the State continues to slip into the hands of more hard-line militant groups in the absence of confidence-building measures to address the larger political question. The appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as the Government of India’s Special Representative has raised hopes over the dialogue process, but will he be able to take everyone along?last_img read more


Hindu outfit hounds Gujjar family

first_imgA Gujjar family, which helped in the burial of the eight-year-old rape victim of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, has lodged a complaint alleging harassment from the Hindu Ekta Manch. Muhammad Rafi from Kathua’s Kootha village said in his complaint: “My way was blocked by a group of agitators and foul language was used around 2 p.m. on April 13. They even threatened me and my family of dire consequences.” Talib Hussian, a lawyer activist, seeking justice for the Kathua rape victim, said, “The Hindu Ekta Manch is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the Muslim nomads are intimidated and forced to give up their land.”last_img read more


De Joya tows Batangas to 2nd straight win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Round trip: Mike Brown returns to Cleveland with Warriors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Wangs could not sustain its winning ways despite Herndon’s 27-point, 14-rebound performance,Michole Sorela chipped in 13 markers and eight boards, while Tim Habelito got a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.The Scores:BATANGAS 81 – Sedurifa 25, De Joya 14, Saitanan 10, Ablaza 9, Ragasa 9, Bautista 8, Mendoza 5, Dela Peña 1, Anderson 0, Laude 0, Isit 0, Napoles 0.WANGS BASKETBALL 79 – Herndon 27, Sorela 13, Habelito 11, Arambulo 6, Juico 5, Riley 4, Asuncion 3, De Chavez 3, King 3, Ambuludto 2, Montemayor 2, Importante 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 5-foot-5 De Joya, though, raced the length of the court and drilled the off-the-glass floater with time winding down to preserve Batangas’ immaculate record.“It’s already common sense. We didn’t have any timeouts left and he did what he had to do. Fortunately for us, his effort was rewarded,” said coach Eric Gonzales of his pint-sized playmaker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Joya finished with 14 points, three assists, and two rebounds for the Batangueños.Joseph Sedurifa topped his crew with 25 markers, five boards, three dimes, and two blocks, while Jessie Saitanan had 10 points and three rebounds. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cedric de Joya. PBA IMAGESCedric de Joya emerged as the biggest man for Batangas as the diminutive guard scored on the game-winning drive at the buzzer to lift Batangas to a thrilling 81-79 victory over Wangs Basketball Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Batangueños lost hold of their 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, 65-52, and even allowed Robbie Herndon to knot the score at 79 with a booming three 4.6 seconds left for the Couriers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Quarters: 14-23, 41-39, 63-52, 81-79.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more


Kanina Sue Turtles family sues Tikinagan for 59M over her wrongful death

first_img(Barbara Suggashie, left, and her husband Clarence Suggashie hold the picture of their deceased daughter Kanina Sue Turtle who died by suicide Oct. 29, 2016. APTN file photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe family of Kanina Sue Turtle is suing Tikinagan Child and Family Services for $5.9 million after the 15-year-old died by suicide inside a Sioux Lookout foster home the agency owned and operated in October 2016.The lawsuit alleges Kanina’s death was preventable and the result of Tikinagan’s “reckless disregard” for her wellbeing.“The Defendants conduct caused Kanina to experience severe mental suffering and injury and ultimately a wrongful death,” the claim alleges.The lawsuit was filed in a Bracebridge, Ont. courthouse Thursday by lawyer Cara Valiquette from Falls Law Group.The claim details much of what APTN News has already published since February.Kanina had been in and out the child welfare system for several years.She filmed her death inside the Tikinagan home that was still being used this past summer by the agency.An APTN investigation found Kanina was clearly suicidal, yet left alone for 45 minutes before a Tikinagan worker noticed she was gone.“(Tikinagan) failed to adequately monitor Kanina,” the claim alleges. “Its employees or agents had no or improper training, qualifications, education and experience to supervise and/or assist Indigenous children suffering from mental health issues, including Kanina.”APTN has viewed the video and previously reported a worker comes into the room and says what sounds like “Kanina, take my hand.”She then laid Kanina’s lifeless body on the floor, which isn’t visible in the video and leaves the room. She returned quickly talking on a cellphone with emergency personnel. She also appeared to try to resuscitate Kanina by pumping air into her lungs with a plastic device.But it was futile. Too much time had passed.“She’s gone,” the woman said as a baby can be heard crying from another room.Within minutes sirens are heard and paramedics arrive.“No pulse,” one of them is heard saying.Her parents, Barabara and Clarence Suggashie, told APTN they filed the lawsuit to get answers, as they have never been told why Kanina was left alone the day she died.“Every day we miss her, every day we go through sadness, especially because of the video she left behind,” said Clarence. “ She had dreams about her future, and positive goals. She thought about being a police officer.”He said Kanina just wanted to come home. The family didn’t know Kanina filmed her suicide until at least six months after her death. Police returned the iPod and the family guessed the password. The lawsuit alleges no one told them the video was on there.Several days before Kanina killed herself, she was in the hospital for self-harming according to a video she posted on her Facebook account.It’s a recording of a live video where Kanina filmed what appears to be a Tikinagan worker sitting in a chair in the hospital room as they wait to be seen by a doctor.The unidentified woman talks on a mobile phone explaining to someone she is at the hospital with Kanina and how her shift is ending soon.Turtle begins the video by showing her injuries and says very little, other than she is bored.The worker agrees it is boring and notices there is no television to watch.“So quit cutting yourself so you don’t have to come here,” the woman says on the video.Kanina then turns the camera to the woman who is looking down at her phone.“(Tikinagan) created a situation of trust and an illusion of safety which the Plaintiffs relied on, and given Kanina’s mental health issues, this trust prevented the Plaintiffs from being able to appreciate the risks of death which may be encountered when Indigenous children are residing in the care of Tikinagan,” the claim alleges.Kanina’s Facebook account gave many hints of her deteriorating mental state in the days leading up to her death.“(I don’t know) what to do anymore,” she wrote Oct. 24, 2016. “Just gunna give up on everything.”A video on her Facebook posted Oct. 27, 2016, that was recorded live, shows the bruised outline of a noose across her neck.“(Tikinagan) failed to have in place emergency medical procedures and protocols when it suspected, or ought to have suspected, that a child in its group home would attempt to inflect harm on herself,” the claim alleges.Then on Oct. 28, a day before her death, she attempted again and also filmed that.APTN has viewed that video.“I don’t know what to do anymore,” Kanina says. “I’m sorry for what … umm… I’m going to do.”The video is just over a minute when she stops recording. She didn’t say anything in the video of her death.“Kanina had been receiving limited counselling in the days leading up to her death, which did not adequately address her needs,” the claim alleges.Tikinagan didn’t immediately respond to APTN when provided an opportunity to address the lawsuit.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Kanina is buried on Poplar Hill First Nation near the Manitoba and Ontario border.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


The global broadband consumer premises market was

first_imgThe global broadband consumer premises market was worth US$10.5 billion (€9.9 billion) last year, up 9% on the 2013 figure, according to Infonetics Research.According to IHS-owned Infonetics Research’s PON, FTTH, Cable, DSL and Wireless Broadband CPE report, the figures were boosted by growth in the FTTH segment, up 18%, with DOCSIS 3.0 equipment sales growing by 3%. The group said that growth had been seen from GPON and DOCSIS 3.0 sales in North America, GPON sales in China, Europe and Latin America, and VDSL sales in Europe.There was some sign of growth tailing off towards the end of the year, with fourth-quarter revenue from broadband CPE coming in at US$2.7 billion, flat quarter-on-quarter.Infonetics Research predicts that DSL will take a smaller share of sales as telcos migrate to FTTH or, in some cases, forego fixed infrastructure altogether in favour of LTE.Top broadband CPE vendors in terms of market share were Huawei with 17%, ZTE and Arris with 11% each, Alcatel-Lucent with 7% and Technicolor with 7%.last_img read more


SPI International has just signed a nonexclusive

first_imgSPI International has just signed a non-exclusive agreement with New Films International (NFI) that will bring NFI’s library to SPI’s worldwide channels.The NFI catalogue features Hollywood’s stars including: Robert Downey Jr, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Hugh Jackman, Natalie Portman and Matthew McConaughey.SPI International said the deal will also strengthen its growing catalogue of new and classic arthouse films with a selection of titles featuring stars including isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.SPI acquired non-exclusive TV and VoD rights to New Films International content for territories including CEE, CIS, the Baltic countries, ex-Yugo republics, Africa, Asia and Australia.“NFI’s movies will enhance our arthouse programming and bring color to our actual Filmbox movie channels,” said SPI’s President Loni Farhi .New Films International CEO & Founder Nesim Hason said, “I am extremely happy to be signing this deal with Loni Farhi and his team. SPI is doing so well I have no doubt that their brand will soon become a household name all over the world.”last_img read more


French broadcaster TF1 Group has secured a multiy

first_imgFrench broadcaster TF1 Group has secured a multi-year deal to include Formula 1 in its line-up of sports content for the next three seasons.The agreement will take effect from the beginning of the 2018 season. TF1 will offer coverage of four Grand Prix races in the clear and in their entirety, including the French Grand Prix and Grand Prix de Monaco.TF1 will cover the competition across different channels, notably in its Automoto show presented by Denis Brogniart and Rendez-vous Sport with Gregoire Margotton.Ï am delighted with return of Formula 1 to TF1 which, along with the transmission contract already in force in France, will contribute greatly to the position of this sport in the market,”said TF1 CEO Gilles Pelisson.last_img read more


BBC Research and Development has launched a new in

first_imgBBC Research and Development has launched a new interactive drama for Amazon Alexa, based on English novelist BS Johnson’s experimental 1969 work The Unfortunates.The drama is a reworked version of a BBC Radio 3 play starring Martin Freeman and listeners can access it for free by asking Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to ‘enable The Unfortunates’. It can also be accessed via BBC Taster, the BBC’s home for experimental projects.The Unfortunates was originally published as a ‘book in a box’ featuring 27 unbound chapters that, apart from the first and last chapters, were designed to be read in any order. With this in mind, the BBC’s Alexa adaptation randomises the story so that users get a unique perspective.The Unfortunates is a meditation on death and friendship and revolves around a sports journalists’ memories of a late friend, which are set off when he is sent to report on a football match.The launch marks the BBC’s latest experiment with voice services. It released its first interactive voice drama for Amazon Alexa last November – a sci-fi comedy dram called The Inspection Chamber.A month later it launched an Amazon Alexa skill for Echo devices that made the BBC’s full range of live radio stations and on-demand podcasts available to Amazon Echo and Alexa users.In an interview earlier this year, the BBC’s executive editor of voice, Mukul Devichand, said that voice devices are “clearly a way that people are accessing BBC services” and that the corporation is interested in connecting with audiences wherever they are.For more on the technical work behind The Unfortunates project, see this post on the BBC’s R&D blog.last_img read more