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The stand of Hurriyat is that it believes in a sincere and result-oriented dialogue as a means of conflict resolution of Kashmir dispute. The talks should include India, Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said the Mirwaiz. •All three top separatist leaders have described Mr. Sharma’s visit as “a futile exercise” and “time bidding move”. Protests in Kupwara after civilian is killed in crossfire •A civilian died in an Army ambush, laid for militants, in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, triggering violent protests and widespread condemnation. •The government ordered a magisterial inquiry. •The police, who filed a First Information Report (FIR), called it “an incident of mistaken identity.” •Security forces used tear-gas shells to contain the situation in the area, where Internet services remained suspended. No plan to take away J&K’s special status, says Centre •The Union government informed Rajya Sabha that there was no proposal as of now for the abolition of Articles 35A and 370, which give special status to Jammu and Kashmir. •Abrogation of Article 370, which gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, continues to be part of the core ideology of the ruling BJP, but the party maintains that it does not have enough numbers in Parliament to do away with it. •In the case of Section 35A, a writ petition was filed in the Supreme Courtby a non-governmental organisation seeking its abrogation. •The PIL petition said the Jammu and Kashmir government, under the guise of Articles 35A and 370, was discriminating against non-residents who are debarred from buying property, getting a government job or voting in the local elections in Kashmir. •Article 35A was added to the Constitution by a presidential order in 1954 and it empowers the State legislature to define the State’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS DECEMBER 2017 133 | Page 9004078746 [email protected]SECURITY 2)CYBERWatch out for ransomware in 2018: report •Ransomware attacks in the cyberspace are likely to increase and become more sophisticated in 2018 targeting high net worth individuals and corporates, McAfee Inc. warned in its latest prediction report. •The report also warns individual home users that greater inter-connected home devices will surrender consumer privacy to corporates. •“The profitability of traditional ransomware campaigns will continue to decline as vendor defenses, user education, and industry strategies improve to counter them. Attackers will adjust to target less traditional, more profitable ransomware targets, including high net-worth individuals, connected devices, and businesses,” the McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions Report stated.
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