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Halloween 31 October, Kashmir Black Day on 27th

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Kashmiris on both sides of the Cease Fire Line (CFL) and all across the world will observe A Black Day on October 27, to convey to India that despite state terrorism they reject its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was on October 27 in 1947 when Indian troops invaded Kashmir in clear violation of the partition plan of the Sub-continent and against the Kashmiris’ aspirations.

Call for the observance of the Day has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

The day will be marked with total shutdown in Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir (OSJK) and a march towards the United Nations Observers’ Office in Srinagar to draw the world attention towards the fact that India continues to deny the Kashmiri people their inalienable right of Self-Determination. Rallies in support of Kashmiris’ liberation struggle will be held in Muzaffarabad and the world capitals.

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Indian Tea Exporters await MFN status to wipe out local market

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KOLKATA: Reeling under the onslaught of fierce competition from Kenya and Sri Lanka, Indian tea planters are waiting for Pakistan to grant most favoured nation (MFN) status to boost exports across the border.


“We are keenly waiting for Pakistan to grant MFN status to boost exports across the Wagah border as our tea will have a price advantage over competitors with zero import tariff and lower overheads,” said state-run Tea Board Executive Director R Ambalavanan told IANS news service.

“We are keenly waiting for Pakistan to grant MFN status to boost exports across the Wagah border as our tea will have a price advantage over competitors with zero import tariff and lower overheads,” said state-run Tea Board Executive Director R Ambalavanan told IANS news service.

Though Indian exports to Pakistan more than doubled to 18.9 million kg in 2010 from 7.5 million kg in 2009 and to 10.6 million kg in first six months (Jan- June) of 2011 from 9.5 million kg in same period in 2010, a substantial quantity of the beverage is unofficially shipped or smuggled into the neighbourhood through third countries Dubai & Afghanistan.

“MFN status will immensely benefit growers as well as exporters by avoiding middlemen and availing of 10% tariff exemption Pakistan levies on tea imports. Shipments through Wagah border will also reduce logistics costs,” official said.

Pakistan buys more tea from Kenya and Sri Lanka than from India, which is the second largest producer and consumer after China of aromatic beverage.

USA: High Risk of Terror Strikes in India

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WASHINGTON – The United States has warned Americans of the potential for terror strikes in India during the holiday season after a series of recent bomb attacks.


The US has warned Americans of the potential for terror strikes in India during the holiday season

The State Department pointed to recent government warnings and media reports of attacks being planned in the South Asian country.

US citizens should be aware of the “continued possibility of terrorist attacks throughout India,” it said in a statement.

It urged Americans to “pay particular attention to their personal security during the Indian holiday season, which includes Hindu, Islamic and other religious and secular holidays between October and January.”

“US citizens traveling or residing in India are always urged to maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile, monitor local news reports, consider the level of security present when visiting public places, and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security,” the State Department added.

It noted that markets, hotels and public transport were potential targets.

India has been hit by a series of bomb attacks in recent years, many of which remain unsolved.

Mexican navy finds 32 bodies in Veracruz

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Thirty-two bodies have been found in several locations in Mexico’s eastern port city of Veracruz, the navy says.


Mexico has deployed extra security to Veracruz state to combat an upsurge in drug-related violence

The discovery comes two weeks after 35 bodies were dumped in broad daylight on a busy road on the city outskirts.

The Mexican government has announced the deployment of extra security forces in the state, as gangs wage an escalating war over drug trafficking.

Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed since the army was sent in to combat drug gangs in 2006.

A statement from the navy said the 32 bodies were found in three houses in Veracruz as the military carried out its new Safe Veracruz campaign against the drug cartels.

Twenty of the bodies were in one house in a residential neighbourhood, the navy said.

A group calling itself the Zeta Killers has said it had killed the 35 people whose bodies were left in two lorries at an underpass on a busy road in Boca del Rio in Veracruz state.

The group said it was targeting one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels, which has been locked in an escalating war with the Gulf cartel.

Police have said that most of the dead found in Boca del Rio on 20 September had criminal records.

Earlier this week, officials said 18 police officers had been arrested on suspicion of working with the Zetas.