India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed Oct 16, 2019 0 73 12345 AFPSrinagarText messaging services were blocked in Indian Kashmir just hours after being restored when a truck driver was killed by suspected militants and his vehicle set ablaze, authorities said on Tuesday.Separately, Indian officials said a 24-year-old woman died in the latest exchange of artillery fire with Pakistan over their de-facto border dividing the blood-soaked Himalayan region.Three people -- a father and his two children aged 10 and 11 -- were killed in a Pakistani district next to the Line of Control after mortar shells hit their homes, officials said on Tuesday.Indian security sources said the decision to cut text messaging services was taken to reduce the ability of militants to communicate.Authorities had only restored call and text services for mobile phones on Monday, following a 72-day blackout in the restive northern territory imposed after New Delhi scrapped the region’s semi-autonomous status.The seven million-plus people of the Kashmir Valley -- the main hotbed of resistance to Indian rule -- are still cut off from the internet, however.Authorities said SMS services were cut again on Monday night following the attack on the driver of a truck carrying apples in Shopian.Residents said two masked gunmen told the driver to use his truck to block the road, but it skidded and got stuck.“The gunmen then fired at the truck and set it on fire,” a witness told AFP.Apples are a sensitive issue in Kashmir, which exports vast quantities of the fruit to markets across India.Many orchard owners say they are refusing to harvest this year to protest against the government’s move to scrap Kashmir’s autonomy.Indian authorities say that militants have been intimidating farmers and businessmen.The latest death from Pakistani artillery fire over the Line of Control dividing Kashmir brings the number of fatalities on the Indian side to three in the past four days, the Press Trust of India reported.Two Indian soldiers were killed in two separate incidents on Friday and Sunday, PTI said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan PM Khan welcomes UK’s royal couple William and Kate Oct 16, 2019 0 75 NASA brings forward all-female spacewalk Oct 16, 2019 0 163 Biden, impeachment in spotlight for crowded Democratic debate Oct 16, 2019 0 93 Rajapakse vows to scrap Sri Lanka war crimes probe if elected Colombo: Sri Lanka’s front-running presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapakse vowed on Tuesday that if elected he will scrap Colombo’s pledge to investigate war crimes committed during his brother Mahinda’s decade .. US, Taliban peace talks to resume within weeks, says source Kabul: Peace talks between the United States and Taliban that were cancelled by US President Donald Trump in early September will resume in weeks, sources with knowledge of the talks said on Tuesday. According to the .. France blocks start of EU membership talks with Albania and N Macedonia DPA Luxembourg France, backed by the Netherlands and Denmark, blocked a decision on Tuesday by EU member states to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, dealing a blow to the two Western Balkan .. EU, Britain seen closing in on ‘possible’ Brexit text in time for Thursday summit AFP Brussels Britain and the EU were seen to be closing in on a detailed draft Brexit deal on Tuesday, although officials voiced scepticism it would be ready in time for a key European summit this week. The pound jumped to its .. Hunter Biden admits error in judgment but insists no wrongdoing in business Washington: Hunter Biden denied any wrongdoing in his business dealings in Ukraine and China but acknowledged he exercised poor judgment and cashed in on the fame of his last name. In an interview with ABC News, Biden said .. Sexism behind rejection of May’s Brexit deal, says former minister London: Sexism appears to have played a part in Conservative lawmakers’ rejection of former British prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with Brussels, a former minister in May’s government said on Tuesday. Amber ..