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Curfew as Strauss says England players not ‘thugs’

LONDON: England cricket chief Andrew Strauss says his players are not "thugs" and there is no drinking culture in the team, as he slapped a midnight curfew on the Ashes tour, reports said Tuesday. The move followed Jonny Bairstow's headbutt of Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar late last month, which only came to light over the weekend and has dominated headlines. There is sensitivity within the England camp about off-field behaviour after the controversy surrounding suspended star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is facing a…

Curfew imposed in parts of Occupied Kashmir on 14 August

SRINAGAR: Indian authorities have imposed restrictions on public gatherings in parts of Srinagar on Monday – Pakistan’s Independence Day – following the killings of two civilians in South Kashmir yesterday. The curbs have been imposed in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, M.R. Gunj, and Safakadal areas of the city. Albeit, the officials stated that these restrictions have been imposed to maintain law and order situation after killings of two civilians but many political analysts view restrictions as an attempt to prevent…

India clamps curfew across held Kashmir on first Ramadan

SRINAGAR, INDIAN-OCCUPIED KASHMIR: India clamped a curfew across Indian Occupied Kashmir for the first day of the Muslim Ramadan festival Sunday and partially cut telephone services to thwart protests over the killing of the successor to Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. The lockdown in the mainly Muslim region crippled life on the first day of the Islamic holy month after widespread protests on Saturday over the killing of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in a gunfight with government forces. India forces in riot gear erected…

Two more killed during fresh clashes in Indian–held Kashmir

SRINAGAR: At least two Kashmiris were killed on Friday in a gun battle in northern Indian-held Kashmir as tensions along the de facto border with Pakistan flared again this week. An Indian soldier was also killed in the latest skirmish. At least 116 Kashmiris, most of them young protesters, have been killed and more than 12,000 injured in clashes with Indian security forces. Thousands more have been arrested since the unrest began on July 8, when a popular separatist leader, Burhan Wani, was killed in a gunfight…

Indian troops kill another Kashmiri youth in Kupwara

SRINAGAR, INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR: In a fresh incident of violence, Indian troops killed one more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district of the Indian-held Kashmir. According to KMS, the troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation in Machil area of the district. Earlier, an Indian soldier was killed in an attack in the same area. More than 100 people, most of them young protesters, have been killed and more than 15,000 injured in clashes with Indian security forces. Thousands more have been arrested since the…