DR Poachers ordered to pay fines and go home

first_img Related Items:court, dominicans, fine, poachers Dominican Officials agree to stop sex trafficking, poachers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Laundry detergent thief goes to court, Alleged Ganja dealer arrested Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jul 2015 – The TCI Prosecutor hopes the Dominicans captured stealing marine product from our waters will find the money to pay their fines and go home. Public Prosecutor Clement Joseph said it is far more costly to TCIG to keep these men in remand for six months; a bill he estimates at $5,000 per day for the 28 men now convicted of poaching. Over the six months, this is a $900,000 cost to house the poachers in the TCI. Magistrate Clifton Warner heard a whale of a tale yesterday from the 28 poachers who say they thought they were in Puerto Plata in the DR. The men, who had been staying at the detention center since the raid last Thursday said their captain lied to them. That captain eluded capture last week; left the 28 men, 14 boats outfitted with 14 Yamaha engines, spear guns, air compressors, hoses and other equipment outlawed in the TCI to face officers on their own. One by one, in court the 28 repeated their sorry tale. Telling Warner they were “betrayed.” The men, in the end plead guilty to all eight charges and were fined $5,400 each; a total of $151,200 in fines. The Magistrate had given them until 4pm to pay those fines. Minister responsible, Porsha Smith called the arrest, “…a proud moment as …these civil servants have shown courage and bravery and deserve our recognition and gratitude.” Smith in the statement issued Tuesday added that, “It is important that all potential violators understand that we will not stand by, while our waters and natural environment be abused. Anyone that insists on malicious efforts similar in kind to these will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” At last check the Dominicans captured in this pilferage were actively trying to raise the money to pay the fine.last_img read more

TCI Premier presented Year One token of appreciation from PDM Cabinet

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Premierpresentedtokenofappreciation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 26, 2017 – Providenciales – In a surprise move at the PDM Administration’s one year report press conference, there was a presentation to the premier,  finance minister  and People’s Democratic Movement party leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson.“The elected members from your team have watched you during the campaign and over this last year, and your leadership not only in government but also in our political party and wanted to give you something, you have been giving of yourself and this country for a very long time, and we’ve decided that a small token of appreciation and admiration that we have for you, that we should display it here in live color in front of the whole Turks and Caicos and let you know that we love you, we appreciate you, we really do appreciate the work that you do and the selflessness in the way that you do it.  And with that we would like to give you this little commemorative gift as a small token of our appreciation and love.”Flanked by her Cabinet and two other elected members, the country’s first female premier was all smiles and equally as grateful for being singled out at special.“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with, I mean I know sometimes I do breathe down their necks a bit, and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of the ministers and to say to Turks and Caicos why they are the best.”The PDM on December 20 celebrated one year of being sworn into office as Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands after a resounding win at the polls on December 15, 2016.#MagneticMediaNews#Premierpresentedtokenofappreciationlast_img read more

Ajax scout De Jong is more like Iniesta than Busquets

first_imgAjax scout Tonny Bruins Slot believes Frenkie de Jong’s “exceptional quality” is more like that of Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta to Sergio Busquets.The Dutch star has agreed to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m transfer fee along with bonuses of €11m.The Catalan giants fended off competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City to win the race for De Jong’s signature.At just 21 years old, De Jong is one of Europe’s most exciting young talents and will be expected to start out as an understudy to Busquets before succeeding the Spaniard in his midfield role at Camp Nou.But Bruins Slot reckons that De Jong is a player more in the mould of Iniesta than Busquets or even another Barcelona legend in Xavi Hernandez.“He has such a fine technique, he’s a footballer of the very top level,” Bruins Slot told Esports Cope.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“De Jong can play in Busquets’ position, but he doesn’t have the defensive level of Sergio. He has exceptional quality, though. He could play Xavi’s role, too, but he’s more Iniesta.“His profile is to drift to the left and his vision can be taken advantage of in the final third. He has a touch like [Michael] Laudrup.”He added: “He needs to improve physically, though. He’s young, only 21, and he has to grow to compete in Spanish football.“But he can add something extra playing in a team with players like Lionel Messi, the greatest. He doesn’t lose the ball, he has great vision and, I repeat, a great touch.“He is a serious kid, a really good person and a cool customer. He’s not influenced by his surrounding or the fans – he has a competitive mentality.”De Jong played the full 90 minutes of Ajax’s 3-1 win over SC Heerenveen in the KNVB Cup to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the competition.last_img read more

Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam

first_img Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter March 29, 2019 AP AP, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty. Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam Updated: 10:40 PMlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 10 Strangers At The Door Woman Taken Into

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, January 10, 2019:Police issued two parking citations in the MBTA parking lot on Main Street. (8:46am)Police noted a MBTA Commuter Rail train (#1639) at North Wilmington station was blocking Middlesex Avenue. (9:36am)A caller stated someone keeps ringing their doorbell, but she doesn’t want to answer. Caller states she is not expecting anyone. Police responded. Minuteman Services was at the door. Police notified the caller. (2:16pm)A Salem Street caller reported an unfamiliar female rang her doorbell several times and is now sitting in her driveway in a silver sedan. Police responded. Female was a CNA who was given the wrong address. (3:13pm)A caller stated he received threats from his former manager while he was picking up his belongings. (4:43pm)A Wilmington 39-year-old was taken into protective custody after causing a disturbance outside a home. Caller said she “had a few drinks.” (9:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki to Recall 103311 Units of Ertiga Swift and Dzire

first_imgMaruti Suzuki, the country’s largest car maker on Friday issued a voluntary recall of 1,03,311 units of Ertiga, Swift and DZire in India to fix a problem with the fuel filler neck.The company will recall 47,237 units of its popular hatch back Swift, 42,481 units of its sedan DZire and 13,593 units of its multi-passenger vehicle Ertiga. The company said the recall is limited to the aforementioned models, which were manufactured between 12 November 2013 and 4 February 2014 and the dealers will contact the owners of the affected models directly.”This exercise is limited to vehicles within the above specified range and does not pertain to any other vehicle of the company,” Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement. The problem with the fuel filler neck may also lead to fuel smell and also to fuel leakage in extreme condition, if fuel filled up to the fuel cap, beyond the ‘auto cutoff level’.The users can visit company’s official website www.marutisuzuki.com to check if their models also have been affected by entering the 14 digit chassis number. The latest recall of Maruti is believed to be the largest recall announced by any auto maker in India.In November 2013, Maruti had recalled 306 units of Ertiga, 592 units of Swift, 581 units of Dzire and 13 units of A-star models in the country to fix the problem with the steering column. Previously, the company had taken back 13,157 units of Dzire, Swift and Ritz in April 2011. In February 2010, around one lakh units of Maruti’s flagship export model A-Star were also recalled.Earlier this week, Toyota issued a recall for 45,000 units of its multi-utility vehicle (MPV) Innova, which were manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008, over a problem with the steering column.  Globally, Toyota has recalled the Yaris, Urban Cruiser (manufactured between January 2005 and August 2010), RAV4 and Hilux (between June 2004 and December 2010) models to fix problems with the wiring harnesses, steering column and seat railings.(ED/VS)last_img read more

Lonavalas famous Maganlal Chikki goes off shelves after failing FDA drug test

first_imgFDA [Representational image]Reuters fileA small hill station around 60km away from Pune is extremely famous for its Chikki that no trip to Lonavala is complete without buying Maganlal Chikki.Earlier this week, the Maganlal Chikki, a Lonavala landmark was forced to pull off its products from the market after a team from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) found it had no quality control measures in place to prove its products were fit for human consumption. It is to be noted that Maganlal Chikki dominates the sweet manufacturers’ segment all across Maharashtra.A raid was carried out at the manufacturing and packaging unit of Maganlal Food Products by food officers from FDA’s Pune branch on December 11 and found out that the manufacturer was involved in violating several rules of the Food Standards and Safety Act, 2006.Hindustan Times reported that the unit lacked quality-check system, its food safety standards lacked national accreditation, and there were hygiene lapses in the manufacturing process.The report filed by Food Safety Officer of the Pune region, RR Kakade, revealed that there is no assurance on the product being manufactured by the company that it is fit for consumption. The company has never carried out a food quality test in any laboratory approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India or accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).One of the owners of the company, Mangesh Agarwal argued that the allegation made by the FDA was entire “documentary in nature”. He further said that “The fact is, there is no food adulteration or spurious substance. There were small packaging and technical errors against which the FDA took action.”One of the co-owners Ashok Agarwal said all the compliances would be done at the earliest. He added that “We have completed the process of sending products to a NABL accredited laboratory. We have also started hiring a technical person to supervise the products. ..in two days, our factory will start functioning again.”last_img read more

Khaleda on way to court

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda ZiaBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia left her Gulshan residence to appear in the make-shift court in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar that is set to deliver its verdict in a graft case against her today.According to UNB, Khaleda Zia started around 11:45am from Gulshan as the city witnessed massive presence of law enforcement.The court on 25 January fixed 8 February (Thursday) to hand down the judgement in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case that implicated Khaleda Zia, and five others on Thursday.The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 3 July 2008 with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK, and four others of misappropriating over 2.10 crore that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.Four other accused are former BNP MP Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman, nephew of late President Ziaur Rahman.Kamal Uddin Siddique and Mominur Rahman have long been absconding.last_img read more

9 protesting students freed on bail

first_imgStudents, who have been released on bail, are with their family and relatives on 19 August, 2018. Photo: Iqbal Hossain, KeraniganjNine students, arrested on charges of vandalism and attack on police during their recent demonstrations for safe roads, have been released from jail on bail.Dhaka Central Jails additional jailer, Zahidul Alam, told Prothom Alo that nine students got out of jail gate around 7:30pm on Sunday.Another 13 students will walk out of jail tomorrow, Monday, he added.Following criticism and demand from various civil rights groups, some 25 students were granted bail in cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the recent demonstrations for safe road in the capital and elsewhere in the country.Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday granted the bail upon hearing petitions.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate AKM Moinuddin Siddiqi granted bail to 15 students while chief metropolitan magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero granted bail to ten students after hearing their separate bail petitions.The bail petitions were filed with the court today, Sunday. The hearing was held between around 11:00am and 12:00pm.The lawyers in favour of the bail petitions said there were no specific charges against the arrested students. Their names are not mentioned in the case statement.The lawyers also argued that the students were detained on suspicion.According to the court officials and police, a total of 99 people have so far been arrested in 51 cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the demonstrations demanding safe roads. Among the detainees, 52 are students.Of 14 detainees, 10 students were granted bail in the case filed with Badda police station.They are: Noor Mohammad, Zahidul Haque, Iftekhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasan, Redwan Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, AHM Khalid Reza, Reza Rifat Akhlaq, Rashedul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahman.Nine students got bail in the case filed with Dhanmondi police station.The students are Sohad Khan, Masriqul Alam, Tamal Samad, Omar Siam, Mahmudur Rahman, Mahbubur Rahman, Iqbal Hasan, Minhaj Rahman and Naimur Rahman.Those, who got bail in the case filed with Bhatara police station, are Mashad Mortuza Bin Ahad, Sakhawat Hossain, Shihab Shahriar, Azizul Karim Antor, Mahedi Hasan and Foyez Ahmed Adnan.Some 14 students were detained for vandalism in Aftabnagar, and 8 others for vandalism at Basundhara.On 7 August, the court put 22 students on a two-day remand for each.Akhtar Hossain, the lawyer for Zahidul Haque and Nur Mohammad, said he was very happy securing the bail of his clients.Family of the detained students expressed their satisfactions over the bail. Many of them crowded the court area since morning.“It’s a happy day for me. None will understand the pains I’ve undergone since my son was arrested,” Mehedi Hasan’s father MA Masud Khan said.“I’m very happy as we would observe the Eid festival together,” said Mabia, Nur Mohammad’s sister.Several court officials said the court may hold hearing on bail petitions for others on Monday.The students of different schools, colleges and universities took to the street across the country demanding safe roads after two of their fellows were killed in a road crash on Airport Road on 29 July.last_img read more

Fictitious cases tarnish image of police HC

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Monday said the filing of fictitious cases against the leaders and activists of opposition parties tarnishes the image of the police and destroys their credibility, reports UNB.A HC bench of justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal came up with the observation during the hearing on a writ petition filed seeking investigation into ‘ghostly’ cases against the leaders of BNP and other opposition political parties.Placing the first information reports of seven cases before the court, Kamal Hossain, a counsel for the writ petitioner, said charges in all the cases are identical and obscure and things seized from different spots are also identical.Drawing court’s attention to the issue, he said, “Can you imagine that former Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain has also thrown brickbats at police. The government is filing these cases out of political vengeance which is contradictory to the basic rights of the constitution.”After observing the FIRs of several cases, the court told the state counsel that Khandaker Mahbub Hossain is a lawyer. “He was accused of throwing crude bombs at police. This is ridiculous.”Mentioning that a criminal case has to be proved beyond any doubt, it said it is seen on many occasions that the incident is true but the case loses its merit due to the inclusion of political party leaders as accused.At this stage, deputy attorney general Ekramul Haq Tutul said Khandaker Mahbub Hossain is not only a lawyer but also a political leader.In reply, the court said there is nothing wrong in doing politics by a lawyer and there was a time when lawyers were more active in politics.Later, the court fixed Tuesday for passing an order after attorney general Mahbubey Alam sought time.According to the writ petition filed on 22 September, the law enforcers have filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists from 1 September till 20 September.BNP vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Nitai Roy Chowdhury and its law affairs secretary Sanaullah Miah filed the writ petition.last_img read more

Rohingyas flee no mans land after Myanmar threat

first_imgThis photo taken on 27 February, 2018 shows Myanmar army personnel keeping watch as Myanmar workers build a fence along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, as seen from Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban. Photo: AFPHundreds of Rohingya living in no man’s land have left their makeshift camp and crossed into Bangladesh after soldiers from Myanmar used loud hailers to threaten them, community leaders said Wednesday.Around 6,000 Rohingya have been living on a thin stretch of land between the two countries since fleeing Myanmar in the wake of a brutal military crackdown on the Muslim minority in late August.They were among the first to flee Myanmar when the violence erupted last year and set up makeshift shelters in no man’s land in the weeks before Bangladesh agreed to let the Rohingya into the country.In recent weeks they have come under pressure from soldiers who have stepped up patrols along the barbed wire border fence just yards (metres) away from the camp and broadcast messages using loud hailers ordering the Rohingya to leave.Community leader Dil Mohammad said the messages had spread panic through the camp.”We can’t now sleep peacefully. Most of the Rohingya in the camps now want to flee and take shelter in Bangladesh,” Mohammad said.”Around 150 families have already left the camp for Bangladesh as they were afraid they might be forcefully sent back to Rakhine,” he told AFP, referring to the area of Myanmar where the Rohingya used to live.One Border Guard Bangladesh official said the Myanmar soldiers were playing the announcement at least 10 to 15 times a day.In it, they urge the Rohingya to leave, saying the land they are on is under their jurisdiction and threatening them with prosecution if they remain.Last week Bangladesh and Myanmar officials visited the camp and urged the refugees to return to Rakhine.But community leaders have said they won’t go back unless their demands for citizenship and security guarantees are met.Myanmar views the Rohingya as illegal settlers from Bangladesh and has long denied them citizenship and basic rights.Nearly 700,000 have fled since the military backed by Buddhist mobs launched a brutal crackdown last year in the wake of militant attacks on police posts.Doctors without Borders has said 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of the violence alone in a campaign the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.Most of the refugees are now living in camps in Bangladesh.The Bangladesh government has signed an agreement with Myanmar to repatriate them, but the refugees themselves say they do not want to return.Bangladesh was supposed to start the repatriation process last month but it has been delayed amid concerns over a lack of preparation.Myanmar forces have also erected a kilometres-long barbed wire fence along the border in recent weeks and installed multiple outposts with armed guards and loudspeakers, the refugees said.last_img read more

EU gives Britain 6month delay for Brexit

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May holds a news conference following an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium on 11 April 2019. Photo: AFPEuropean leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week.The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that if London remains in the EU after 22 May, British voters will have to take part in European elections.Prime minister Theresa May and the other 27 EU leaders “have agreed a flexible extension until 31 October”, European Council president Donald Tusk said in a tweet.”This means additional six months for the UK to find the best possible solution.”France’s President Emmanuel Macron was the strongest voice opposing a long extension, but most leaders backed it and the French had to settle for a promise that the delay will be reviewed at an EU summit on 21 June.Most of the leaders gathered for the emergency summit, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, had backed a plan for Brexit to be postponed for up to a year.But as the talks went into Thursday morning, Macron — with backing from Belgium, Austria and some smaller EU states — held out for a short delay of only a few weeks and demanded solid guarantees that London would not interfere in EU business during that time.May has already said that if Britain is still an EU member when the European parliamentary election begins on 23 May, UK voters will take part. But some EU leaders are unconvinced that she is sincere, despite one official telling reporters her presentation had been “solid”.Without a postponement, Britain would have ended its 46-year membership of the EU at midnight (2200 GMT) on Friday with no deal, risking economic chaos on both sides of the Channel.May agreed a divorce deal with the EU last November but MPs in London have rejected it three times, forcing her to turn to the main opposition Labour party in a bid to find a way through.’As soon as possible’ But these talks are moving slowly, and the prime minister is under intense pressure from hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative party not to compromise.As she arrived, May said she wanted to leave the EU “as soon as possible”.”I’ve asked for an extension to 30 June but what is important is that any extension enables us to leave at the point at which we ratify the withdrawal agreement,” she said.She said she still hoped to leave the EU on 22 May, the last day before Britain must hold European Parliament elections.For as long as Britain is in the EU, it must take part in bloc elections for them to be valid.EU leaders have already agreed one delay to Brexit, from 29 March to 12 April, and Tusk has warned there is “little reason to believe” the British parliament can ratify May’s deal by 30 June.A draft copy of the summit conclusions seen by AFP before the leaders sat down to finalise it said “an extension should last only as long as necessary and, in any event, no longer than [XX.XX.XXXX].””If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the withdrawal will take place on the first day of the following month,” the draft stated.EU members want to ensure that a semi-detached Britain does not seek leverage in Brexit talks by intervening in choosing the next head of the European Commission or the next multi-year EU budget.May’s ministers have begun cross-party talks with Labour on a compromise to get the withdrawal agreement through the House of Commons.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to commit to remaining within the EU customs union, an idea that many in Europe would be keen to accommodate.”We would be generous in negotiating that, understanding that the UK couldn’t be a silent partner in such an arrangement — it would have to have a say in decisions being made,” Irish premier Leo Varadkar said as he arrived at the summit.last_img read more

Kashmiris queue for twominute phone access

first_imgMembers of the American Muslim community stage a demonstration to protest what they say is the Indian government`s occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state within India, outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles on August 10, 2019. Photo: AFPOutside a guarded government office in Indian Kashmir’s main city, an interminable queue forms every day for a near-priceless opportunity: a two-minute phone call to the outside world.Residents of Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley have been starved of phone and internet use for a week as India snuffs out opposition to its military lockdown in the Himalayan region.Only two mobile phones with an outside line are on offer in the deputy commissioner’s office, but so desperate are people to contact families in the rest of India and overseas that they come from across Srinagar and beyond to wait in line.Under the watchful eye of Indian paramilitaries, the calls and conversations are tightly controlled, and simmering frustrations often boil over.One 56-year-old woman, who had walked miles and was stopped at dozens of checkpoints along the way, became embroiled in an argument with security forces outside the office after she was turned away.”They stopped me from entering because they don’t have a female police of?cer to frisk me,” the dejected woman, who was hoping to call her two children studying abroad, told AFP.”I am worried about my daughters but they would definitely be more worried about us,” she said, declining to be named.In the end, she was left with no choice but to give her childrens’ numbers to a stranger in the queue and plead with him to try and contact them.Silent punishment India deployed tens of thousands of additional troops to back its move last week to strip Muslim-majority Kashmir of its autonomy, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not indicated how long the communications blackout and lockdown will last.A crippling curfew has been eased ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday, but there is still a massive security presence on the streets.The government has issued a few hundred satellite phones to police and top bureaucrats, while dozens of other officials have mobile and landline numbers linked to a private network.The deputy commissioner’s office began offering its mobile service on Thursday.Each day, the queue builds up early and jostling starts when an official emerges from a poorly lit corridor to take the names and numbers to be called in a register.”We are trying to help people to connect with relatives abroad,” the of?cer said on condition of anonymity.He reads out names of the lucky callers and hands over the mobile phone to each one. He also times each call, waving his hands when the 120 seconds are nearly up.Mubashir Hussain’s excitement turned to frustration when his call to a brother in the United States went unanswered.”He must be away from his phone or sleeping. There is a time difference,” the 44-year-old businessman said as he handed back the phone.Back to the ‘stone age’ A three-decade insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir has left tens of thousands dead, and communication clampdowns are nothing new.According to the Software Freedom Law Center, a New Delhi monitoring group, there have been dozens of internet shutdowns this year alone.But the current restrictions — affecting the mobile network, landlines and cable TVs — are on a different scale.”We are being literally pushed into stone age. Cutting communication is a violation of basic human rights,” said Hussain.Shakeel Ahmad Khan said he had to plead with troops at several checkpoints to let him pass so he could try to contact his elderly parents who have been on the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia since last month.”I saw my mother in a dream last night and she said they are ?ne,” he said as he waited.last_img