India to allow tourists back into Kashmir

Frustration, anger and fear have been growing in Kashmir since Aug. 5, when the Hindu nationalist-led government of PM Narendra Modi stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status and imposed a curfew and a communications blackout. (AP)
Updated 08 October 2019

India to allow tourists back into Kashmir

  • The local government had instructed tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave on Aug. 2
  • Kashmir’s pristine mountainous landscape, ski resorts, lake houseboats and apple orchards have long made it a tourist attraction

NEW DELHI: Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir are allowing tourists back into the region two months after ordering them to leave, citing security concerns.
The local government had instructed tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave on Aug. 2, three days before India stripped the Muslim-majority region of its statehood and special semi-autonomous status.
The local government said in a statement Tuesday that the governor has decided after a security review to lift the restrictions on tourists, effective Thursday.
Kashmir’s pristine mountainous landscape, ski resorts, lake houseboats and apple orchards have long made it a tourist attraction.
India imposed a harsh security clampdown, cutting most communications and detaining thousands of people, after stripping the region of its special status.


French police arrest Sudanese man linked to stabbing near Lyon

Updated 23 min 33 sec ago

French police arrest Sudanese man linked to stabbing near Lyon

  • Police arrested the knifeman after he targeted customers in a shop and a man walking in the street
  • The knifeman was a 33-year-old refugee from Sudan, police told French media

DUBAI: French police have arrested a Sudanese man in connection with a stabbing in the town of Romans-sur-Isere near Lyon, Al-Arabiya TV reported.

Two people were killed and five were wounded in the French town after a man carrying a knife attacked residents amid the coronavirus lockdown, UK national daily, The Guardian reported on Saturday.

Police arrested the knifeman after he targeted customers in a shop and a man walking in the street.

The arrested man was a 33-year-old refugee from Sudan, police told French media. He first attacked a person who had just left home for a walk.  He then went into a tobacco shop, stabbed the tobacconist and two customers. He also grabbed another knife and attacked a customer before entering a supermarket, according to media reports.

Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet: “My thoughts go out to the victims of the attack in Romans-sur-Isère, the injured and their families. We will fully investigate this odious act that has added more grief to our country that has already suffered so much over the last few weeks.”