Mobile internet blocked in Kashmir

IN Media Watch Briefs | 09/07/2016

The government has suspended mobile internet services across Kashmir to prevent escalation of protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Mobile phone service has also been suspended in many parts of south Kashmir.  Wani was killed after serving as a militant for 6 years in Southern Kashmir's Kokernag on Friday. He carried a bounty if Rs 10 lakh on his head and was an inspiration for young recruits. Wani's forte, social media, also reacted with anger and sorrow over his killing.           

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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    
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