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India appoints envoy to initiate new move for Kashmir peace

NEW DELHI: India has appointed a special government representative to pursue talks in the Occupied Kashmir aimed at easing a decades-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives. It is the first such initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government to address tensions in the restive territory since his right-wing party took power in 2014. Dineshwar Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief with experience of insurgencies in India's northeast, has been named special envoy to open…