Indian troops kill 3 rebels in Kashmir fighting

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard during a one-day strike clalled by seperatists in Srinagar on July 8, 2018. (FIle Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP)
Updated 22 July 2018
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Indian troops kill 3 rebels in Kashmir fighting

  • The fighting comes a day after suspected militants abducted and killed a police official in the same area
  • Residents say the raiding troops torched two civilian homes where the rebels were trapped

SRINAGAR, India: Three rebels were killed in a gunbattle with Indian troops in disputed Kashmir early Sunday, police said.
Counterinsurgency police and soldiers staged an early morning raid on a cluster of homes in southern Khudwani village on a tip that rebels were hiding there and came under fire, said top police officer S.P. Vaid. In the ensuing fighting, three militants were killed while troops suffered no casualties, he said.
Residents said the raiding troops torched two civilian homes where the rebels were trapped.
The fighting comes a day after suspected militants abducted and killed a police official in the same area.
In recent years, local police working with India's counterinsurgency forces have increasingly been targeted by the rebels, who accuse them of being collaborators.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian control since 1989, demanding that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.
Most Kashmiris support the rebels' cause while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.
India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies. Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.


Greek public sector workers strike for higher pay

Updated 14 November 2018
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Greek public sector workers strike for higher pay

  • The strike by the ADEDY union is the first major strike since Greece exited its bailout program in August
  • The Greek economy shrank by about a quarter during the eight-year crisis

ATHENS: Greece’s largest public sector union staged a 24-hour walkout on Wednesday, demanding wage and pension increases from a government still bound to keeping expenditure in check by its lenders.
The strike by the ADEDY union is the first major strike since Greece exited its bailout program in August.
Greece still has limits on what it can spend as it needs to achieve a primary budget surplus — which excludes debt servicing costs — of 3.5 percent of its annual output in the medium-term under a post-bailout supervision program.
The ADEDY union, which represents about half a million public sector workers, wants the left-led Syriza government to retract pay and pension cuts and tax increases which were part of three bailout programs since 2010.
“Now is the time the government should be forced to change track, (by) abandoning its extreme policies of austerity and satisfy our demands,” ADEDY said in a statement.
Public sector workers have seen earnings shrink by up to 40 percent cumulatively since Greece first sought a financial lifeline from the European Union and the IMF in 2010.
Since early 2010 to mid-2018, Greece relied on more than €260 billion ($300 billion) lent by its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund.
Workers plan to hold a protest march in central Athens on Wednesday morning.
The economy shrank by about a quarter during the eight-year crisis. It has now returned to growth and the jobless rate has dropped to 18 percent from a record high of nearly 28 percent in 2013, but is still the highest in the euro zone.
The government, which signed up to a new bailout in 2015 despite pre-election promises to end austerity, has pledged to protect workers and pensioners from any further cuts, but without derailing the country’s fiscal performance.