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Rescue under way to save toddler stuck in well in India

KONFRONTASI-Rescue workers have been carrying out a major operation to save a two-year-old boy stuck in a narrow well in south India for four days but chances of his survival look bleak, according to officials.

The toddler, Sujith Wilson, fell into the abandoned bore-well while playing with his friends near his home in Tamil Nadu state's Trichy district on Thursday evening.

India set to hold local elections in Kashmir amid boycott

KONFRONTASI-India is set to hold local body elections on Thursday in Indian-administered Kashmir amid a boycott by most political parties, which have termed it "undemocratic".

Hundreds of leaders of pro-India parties, including three former chief ministers, remain in detention since New Delhi stripped the disputed region's autonomy on August 5.

Residents and political parties have criticised the timing of the "forced elections" as the state remains under a security lockdown and a near-complete communication blackout.

Shehla Rashid, a young Kashmiri politician, quit electoral politics earlier this month saying she did not want to "legitimise" New Delhi's actions in Kashmir by participating in "sham electoral exercise".

In total 26,629 village council heads will vote to elect 310 out of 316 blocks, which comprise of a group of villages, in the Muslim-majority region of seven million.

The region's main parties such as National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference and other small parties have not put up candidates, as they are opposed to the abrogation of Article 370 that granted the region special rights.

Around 60 percent village council seats remain vacant due to the boycott by the regional parties.

Most of the 1,065 candidates in the fray have been accommodated in highly guarded hotels in the main city of Srinagar hundreds of kilometres away from the villages from where they are contesting making the opposition parties to criticise the "whole process".

On Wednesday, many of these candidates went to their villages for the first time to campaign in the closed-door meetings.

"This is really worth seeing how the democracy of India lives in hotels in Kashmir," said 30-year-old, Dilshad Ahmad. "This is a forced election, we don't know what they plan to do here."

Many village heads have moved to the government-provided accommodations and hotels with their families due to fear from armed rebels. A Peoples Democratic Party activist in Anantnag was shot at on Sunday.

Asiya, 34, is staying at a hotel in old Srinagar's Khanyar with her three children. Her husband, Abdul Rasheed, is a sarpanch (village head) from Khag village in Budgam and the family has been living in the hotel, 60km away from their home.

"There is a lot of fear. Today, he has gone to his village for the first time after August 5 and I am worried about him," she told Al Jazeera sitting in her hotel room.

In another hotel on the banks of Dal Lake in the main city of Srinagar, there are 18 village heads from Shopian and Anantnag and other villages from south Kashmir are staying for the last 20 days.

Ghulam Hasan Khan, who is contesting from Ichgam in central Kashmir, said his village lacks development.

"I want to make the local hospital run 24/7 and help build better roads," Khan said.

When asked about the current situation in Kashmir, he declined to comment.

Alamak, Istri 'Jual' Suami Rp99 Juta Demi Lunasi Utang

KONFRONTASI-Seorang istri di Karnataka, India, “menjual” suaminya dalam upaya untuk melunasi utangnya. Anehnya, pembayarnya adalah perempuan yang jadi kekasih gelap suami tersebut.

Mengutip laporan The Star, Rabu (23/10/2019), kejadian ini dimulai ketika suami wanita itu mulai memilih tinggal di rumah kekasih gelapnya setelah bekerja. Dia tidak mau pulang ke rumah, tempat istrinya menanti.

India's court ends hearings in Babri Mosque dispute

KONFRONTASI-India's top court has ended hearings to settle a land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site in northern India where Hindu hardliners demolished a 16th-century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly violence.

The five judges are expected to announce their verdict in mid-November.

They heard 14 petitions challenging a 2010 lower court ruling that 1.12 hectares (2.77 acres) of disputed land be partitioned among Hindus and Muslims.

Ledakan Granat Lukai Lima Orang di Srinagar

KONFRONTASI- Setidaknya lima orang terluka dalam serangan granat di kota utama Kashmir, Srinagar, yang dikuasai India, Sabtu, kata polisi, dan merupakan serangan kedua sejak India menanggalkan status khusus di wilayah Himalaya.

"Teroris melemparkan granat di Jalan HSH Srinagar," cuit polisi Kashmir di Twitter. "Semua (yang terluka) dinyatakan stabil. Kawasannya di bawah penjagaan," katanya, menambahkan bahwa operasi pencarian sedang berlangsung.

India akan Cabut Anjuran Perjalanan ke Kashmir

KONFRONTASI-Pemerintah India akan mencabut anjuran perjalanan ke wilayah sengketa Kashmir pada Kamis (10/10), dua bulan setelah mereka menyiagakan pasukan keamanan di sana sebelum akhirnya mencabut status khusus wilayah itu.
Pencabutan anjuran perjalanan yang dikeluarkan pada 2 Agustus lalu itu disampaikan oleh pemerintah negara bagian berpenduduk mayoritas Muslim, Jammu dan Kashmir, dalam pernyataan tertulis pada Senin (7/10).

Senjata Makan Tuan, Helikopter India Hancur Dihantam Rudal Sendiri

KONFRONTASI- Kepala Angkatan Udara India mengkonfirmasi bahwa sebuah helikopternya jatuh oleh salah satu rudal milik negara itu sendiri. Insiden itu terjadi saat India terlibat bentrokan bersenjata dengan Pakistan medio Februari lalu di atas langit Kashmir.

Kepala Udara India, Marsekal Rakesh Bhadauria, membuat pengakuan resmi setelah melakukan penyelidikan atas insiden yang menewaskan 6 personel angkatan udara dan satu warga sipil di distrik Budgam di Kashmir.

Kecelakaan Maut di Tol Jakarta-Cikampek, 3 WNA Tewas di Tempat

Konfrontasi - Kecelakaan maut terjadi di ruas jalan Tol Jakarta-Cikampek, Karawang, Jawa Barat (Jabar), Sabtu (5/10/2019) siang. Sebanyak tiga orang warga negara asing (WNA) tewas di lokasi kejadian akibat terjepit badan mobil dan satu sopir terluka.

Berdasar rekaman video salah satu netizen, mobil jenis Innova yang menuju Jakarta bernopol F 1379 RZ terguling ke parit sedalam tiga meter di sekitar ruas jalan tol kilometer 69.200 B, sekitar daerah Dawuan Kecamatan Cikampek, Kabupaten Karawang.

Biadab, Tiga Bajingan 'Gituin' Gadis ABG Sambil Direkam

KONFRONTASI-Tiga pemuda menggilir gadis 16 tahun lalu membuat videonya. Warga yang jengkel atas ulah mereka menangkap begajulan yang memvideokan aksi jahat dua temannya.

Dilaporkan The Hindustan Times, perkosaan itu terjadi di desa di daerah Sarai Akil, distrik Kaushambi, padsa Sabtu (21/9/2019). Polisi menyebut sebuah tim dibentuk untuk menyelidiki kasus itu dan menangkap dua tersangka yang masih buron.

Menurut laporan, kejadian bermula saat remaja itu pergi mengambil makanan ternak. Namun tiga pemuda dari desa tetangga menculiknya.

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