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A soldier cheers on as he and others watch the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan at a base in Srinagar.

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A paramilitary soldier prays as he and others watch the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan at a base in Srinagar.

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Fans display photographs of Indian cricket players as they cheer for the Indian team in Jammu.

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An Indian cricket team supporter carrying a poster displaying photographs of Indian cricket team members rushes up the stairs as he arrives to cheer for the Indian team in Jammu.

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A gardener walks near Red tulip flowers at the Siraj Bagh Tulip Garden on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar. The garden is all set to attract a good number of tourists this season.

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CRPF Personnel holding the photographs of their favourite players and cricket bats while cheering for the success for India team, at a special function organised by the force before the world cup match against Pakistan, at CRPF headquaters in Srinagar.

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Tourist playing with snow after fresh snowfall at ski resort Gulmarg.

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College girls walk with umbrellas to protect themselves during heavy rains in Srinagar.

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti speaks in the J&K assembly in Jammu during the ongoing budget session.

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A family of tourists enjoys a shikara ride on the waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar.

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Ladakh Muslim students hold placards and shout slogans against America during a protest against the military attack on Libya by International coalition forces outside the United Nations office in Jammu

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Members of the All Ladakh Students Association hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the military attack on Libya by the United States, in Jammu.

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Members of the JKNPP enact the hanging of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru to commemorate their 80th Martyrdom Day in Jammu.

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti talks with Congress MLA Chowdhary Mohd Aslam in the J & K assembly in Jammu during the ongoing budget session.

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A traditional health worker uses leeches to suck blood from the foot of a patient as part of a treatment, on the outskirts of Srinagar. Traditional health workers in Kashmir use leeches to treat skin diseases and ailments such as arthritis, gout, chronic headaches and sinusitis. The leech therapy follows the traditional unani system of medicine that originated in ancient Greece and is recognized by the Indian health authorities.

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A girl crosses over a stream of polluted water as she carries drinking water on the outskirts of Jammu. According to local media reports, senior executives of about sixteen North American companies will visit India in a "Water Trade Mission" to tap the $50 billion Indian Water Market, targeting water treatment projects to taking over water supply services and waste water management.

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CRPF soldiers during Holi celebrations in Srinagar.

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BSF soldiers apply colour to each other during Holi celebrations in Srinagar.

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U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer walks holding a basketball as he visits a local school on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Kuldeep Khoda (L) along with a senior official honouring a newly police man during a passing out parade at Manigam in Ganderbal, 35 kms from Srinagar.

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Newly recruited Jammu and Kashmir police personnel taking oath during their passing out parade at Manigam in Ganderbal, 35 kms from Srinagar.

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Interlocutors Professor Radha Kumar and Dilip Padgaonkar during a press conference in Srinagar. The Centre's interlocutors on Kashmir said the recent spate of arrests in the Valley was unfortunate and hoped this would end soon.

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BSF jawans celebrate 'Holi' festival at Indo-PaK border near Suchetgarh in Jammu.

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US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer being welcomed by school children at Delhi Public School in Srinagar. US ambassador is on a two-day visit to the Kashmir valley.

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School children hold placards at a special prayer for the Japanese people affected by Friday's March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the nuclear crisis it spawned, in Jammu.

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Children holding plastic lantern during a prayer march for the victims of Tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, in Jammu.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah speaks in the state assembly in Jammu.

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A security person patrols a street during a strike called by Hurriyat Conference against the arrest of youth and human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar.

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JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik being arrested by the police during a dharna at Maisuma in Srinagar.

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JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik along with other separatist leaders during a candle light sit-in protest at Maisuma in Srinagar.

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JKLF activists holding torches during a dharna at Maisuma in Srinagar.

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BJP and JKNPP MLAs shout slogans in J&K assembly in Jammu during the ongoing Budget session.

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Policeman surrounding the car in which two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed during an encounter in Srinagar.

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Local women washing off the blood stains on the road following an encounter in which two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed in Srinagar.

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Policemen are seen through the damaged windshield of a car in which suspected militants were traveling after an encounter on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar. Security forces gunned down Sajad Afghani, suspected chief commander of Jaish-e Mohammed, in the car along with his body guard, news reports said.

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Employees of Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Department scuffle with police officers during a protest against the state government demanding the regularisation of their services, in Jammu.

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Army personnel carry out rescue work after a fire at Baraub in Gurez Sector in J&K.

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Security personnel inspecting the damaged railway track at Nowgam in Srinagar.The track was blown up by militants on Monday night.

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Railway engineers check a track after being repaired at Nowgam in Srinagar. The track was blown up by militants on Monday night.

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CRPF personnel guard near the railway track a day after it was blown up by the militants at Nowgam, Srinagar.

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Security personnel inspecting the damaged railway track at Nowgam in Srinagar.The track was blown up by militants on Monday night.

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J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah releasing a “Souvenir” 59th All India Police Wrestling, Weightlifting, Judo, Boxing and Gymnastics Championships 2010-11 at Gulshan Ground in Jammu.

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Opposition leaders shout slogans against the State government in Jammu assembly.

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Women learn to operate weapons at an army training camp in Rajouri, J&K. They are trained to encounter with militants.

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti shout slogans against the State government in Jammu assembly.

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Snow covered mountains are reflected in the waters of a botanical garden on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing the 3rd convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) in Jammu.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presenting degree to a student as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah claps during the 3rd convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) in Jammu.

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J&K Chief minister Omar Abdullah consoles the relatives of Showket Ali Khan in Srinagar. Engineer Showket was killed in a grenade attack at Batmaloo recently.

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Family members of the Pakistan occupied Kashmiri (PoK) refugees protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Jammu.

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PDP MLAs trying to disrupt the proceedings of the assembly over human right violations and various other issues during budget session in Jammu.

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An army man takes position during an encounter with militants at Tral in Pulwama district.

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Students on their way to school after two months winter vacation in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani coming out of an office of Delhi Police Special Cell after a questioning in connection with a money laundering case, in New Delhi. Geelani was stopped by the police at Delhi airport in the morning.

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A man reads prayers from a holy book as relatives wail near the body of a civilian Showkat Ali Khan during his funeral in Srinagar.

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Relatives of civilian Showkat Ali Khan wail during his funeral in Srinagar. Khan, who was seriously injured in a grenade attack by suspected militants in Batamaloo area, succumbed to his injuries. Khan and two policemen were injured when suspected militants hurled a grenade towards a police post.

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People take part in the funeral procession of Showket Ali Khan who died after being seriously injured in a grenade attack by militants in Batamaloo last night, in Srinagar.

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Marshals stop PDP MLAs who along with their President Mehbooba Mufti were trying to disturb the proceedings in the J&K assembly during Budget session in Jammu.

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Marshals and security men stop PDP MLAs who were trying to disturb the proceedings in the J&K assembly during Budget session in Jammu.

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Police personnel try to stop J & K agriculture technocrat employees during their protest against the State Government in Jammu.

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“There were people dying everywhere...being picked up and thrown into dark jails”

AFP (From Outlook, March 07, 2011)

Young girls walk with an umbrella during a rainy day in Srinagar.

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Youngsters from Budgam district hold torches during their protest against bungling in police recruitment recently in Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri boy looks at a ball after hitting it as he plays cricket on an empty road during a day-long strike in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri boys play cricket on an empty road during a day-long strike in Srinagar. Shops and businesses shut and public transport went off the roads across Kashmir in response to a strike call by separatist groups to protest against restrictions imposed on separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani by Delhi police.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, greets senior Journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, at CM House in Jammu.

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Members of Employees Joint Action Committee shout slogans during a demonstration in support of their various demands, in Srinagar.

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A team of Pakistani experts during their visit to review an artificial lake under construction along the river Tawi in Jammu.

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Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah with his son and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah addressing a press conference in Jammu.

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A cricket fan with the national flag painted on her face to support the Indian cricket team, smiles ahead of the World Cup, in Jammu. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.

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Kashmiri Muslim devotees raise their hands for prayers as a head priest (unseen) displays a relic of Islam's Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine on the Friday following Eid Milad-un Nabi, marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet, in Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet.

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Rhythm Dispels Blues The public and the police hardly ever meet on cordial terms, more so in Jammu and Kashmir. Formal efforts to achieve this are stiffly awkward. Therefore, a gust of spontaneity from CM Omar Abdullah’s wife Payal at a police-public mela in Jammu gladdened many. When a dancer at a traditional Kashmiri rauf performance extended an inviting hand, she accepted at once. That’s grace.

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In this Tuesday Feb.8, 2011 photograph, Ghulam Jeelani, unseen, holds the photograph of his sisters Arifa, left, and Akhtara killed by suspected rebels, at his home, in Sopore, some 50 kilometers (31.25 miles) north of Srinagar.

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Shahjada Nisheen Ghulam Hassan Banday of Hazratbal shrine displays holy relic of Prophet Mohammad Saheb to Muslim devotees on the occasion of Eid-e-Millad in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Muslims raise their hands for prayers as head priest displays a relic of Prophet Mohammed, to mark the birth anniversary of the Prophet at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet, to offer prayers on his birth anniversary.

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Muslim devotees having a glimpse of a holy relic on the occasion of Eid Millad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad at historic Hazratbal shrine on the ouskirts of Srinagar.

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Muslim devotees having a glimpse of a holy relic on the occasion of Eid Millad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad at historic Hazratbal shrine on the ouskirts of Srinagar.

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A man walks through a garden during a snowfall in Srinagar.

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A vendor sells umbrellas at roadside during snowfall in Srinagar.

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People walk with umbrellas during a snowfall in Srinagar.

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Policemen stand guard during the PDP's protest against price hike in Jammu.

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Workers pasting labels on cricket bats at a manufacturing unit in Sangam, 40 kms from Srinagar. As cricket fever grips the sub-continent from next weekend, workers in Kashmir's bat manufacturing units are preparing for bumper orders from rest of the country.

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Students holding placards during a protest rally against corruption in Jammu.

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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2010 file photo, a sister of Feroz Ahmad, alias Showkat, who was killed by forces, wails as she clings to the bed carrying the body of her brother during his funeral in Pattan, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Srinagar. Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri was awarded the 1st prize in the the People in the News singles category at the 2011 World Press Photo awards.

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Policemen help their injured colleague hit by a stone during a protest in Srinagar. People shut shops and businesses and road traffic was thin across Kashmir in response to a strike call by separatist groups to honor a pro-independence leader who was executed by authorities in 1984.

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Police help their injured colleague hit by a stone during a protest in Srinagar.

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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard during a strike in Srinagar.

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Policemen detain activists of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party during a demonstration in Srinagar.

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An elderly Kashmiri kicks a soccer ball at a closed market area during a strike in Srinagar. Shops and businesses shut and road traffic was thin across Kashmir in response to a strike call by separatist groups to honor a pro-independence leader executed by India more than 25 years ago.

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A paramilitary soldier standing guard at a deserted street during a general strike called by the separatist group in the memory of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat in Srinagar.

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J&K police displaying a leopard skin recovered during a raid in Srinagar.

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J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah being enumerated for Census 2011, in Jammu.

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Census workers take details of a Kashmiri family on the outskirts of Srinagar. Millions of census workers fanned out as they began a mammoth effort to document every person in the world's second most populous country over the next three weeks.

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A Kashmiri woman walks homeward carrying washed clothes on her head on a cold and foggy morning on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri boatman rows his shikara, a traditional wooden boat, with the backdrop of snow covered mountains at the Dal Lake, as it rains in Srinagar.

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People carrying the body of a student Manzoor Ahmad Magray who was killed allegedly during an ambush by the Army at Chogal Handwara in Kupwara.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offering prayers along with the family members of the student killed in Army firing at Handwara in North Kashmir.

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A candidate gives measurements during an Indian Army recruitment rally at the military camp Sunjawan in Jammu.

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Veiled members of the separatist Kashmiri group Muslim Khawateen Markaz, hold placards during a demonstration against rape and killing of Kashmiri women allegedly by government forces in Srinagar. Last week unidentified gunmen killed two young sisters after dragging them from their home. Police blamed militants for the killings while the rebels denied the blame.

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Women hold placards during a peaceful protest against the killing of two sisters by militants at Sopore, in Srinagar.

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