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A Kashmiri government employee shouts anti-government slogans from inside an Indian police vehicle after she was detained during a protest demanding release of their arrears and regularization of adhoc and contractual employees in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 10 June 2013. The employees had called for a march to enter the Civil Secretariat which comprises offices of the state's chief minister.

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A Kashmiri government employee shouts anti-government slogans from inside an Indian police vehicle after she was detained during a protest demanding release of their arrears and regularisation of adhoc and contractual employees in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir on Monday. The employees called for a march to enter the Civil Secretariat which comprises offices of the state’s chief minister.

Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the Prophet Muhammad's beard, at Kashmir's main Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar early June 7, 2013, during celebrations for Miraj-Ul-Alam (Ascension to Heaven). Thousands of Muslims converge annually for celebrations at the shrine near the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the Prophet Mohammed’s beard, at Kashmir’s main Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on Friday, during celebrations for Miraj-Ul-Alam (Ascension to Heaven). Thousands of Muslims converge annually for celebrations at the shrine near the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

An Indian policeman looks from armored vehicle outside Mirwaiz Manzil in the old city, towards were separatists were planning to hold a rally in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 21 May 2013. A shutdown called by separatists to mark the anniversaries of two slain leaders Molvi Mohammad Farooq, who was assassinated on 21 May 1990, and Abdul Gani Lone killed on the same day in 2002 hit normal life in Indian- Kashmir. Protesters clashed with the police and paramilitary troopers in old city. Shops, educational institutions, business establishments remained closed in the city as well as public transport. Authorities have placed moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.

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An Indian policeman on Tuesday watches from an armoured vehicle outside Mirwaiz Manzil in the old city, towards where separatists were planning to hold a rally in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. A shutdown was called by separatists to mark the anniversaries of two slain leaders, Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. Protesters clashed with the police and paramilitary troopers in the old city. Shops, schools and businesses were closed, as was public transport. Authorities have placed moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest. Read more

A Kashmiri Bakarwal leads a horse carrying tents and blankets through the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Bakarwals are nomadic herders in Jammu Kashmir state, who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle.

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A Kashmiri Bakarwal leads his horse carrying tents and blankets along the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India. Bakarwals are nomadic herders in Jammu and Kashmir state, who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle

epa03698376 (05/17) A leper patient looks on outside one of the huts at the leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 30 April 2013. The leprosy hospital was founded by the British around 1891. At present there are just over a hundred patients living with their families in the hospital run by the Kashmir state government. The patients live in the same mud made structures which were built by the British over a century ago, most of them under unhygienic conditions and without proper sanitation.  EPA/FAROOQ KHAN PLEASE REFER TO ADVISORY NOTICE (epa03698371)  FOR FULL FEATURE TEXT

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A leprosy patient looks on outside one of the huts at the leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. The leprosy hospital was founded by the British circa 1891. At present there are just over a hundred patients living with their families in the hospital run by the Kashmir state government. The patients live in the same mud made structures which were built by the British over a century ago. Most of them with unhygienic conditions and without proper sanitation

Kashmiri Muslims react as an unseen priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam  at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on May 3, 2013. Hundrends of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.

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Kashmiri Muslims react as a priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on Friday. Hundreds of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.

A Kashmiri Muslim looks on as an unseen priest shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam  at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar on May 3, 2013. Hundrends of Kashmiri Muslims gathered at the shrine in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers.

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A Kashmiri Muslim looks on as an unseen priest at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq’s death. Read more

Kashmiri government employees shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar April 18, 2013. Indian police detained dozens of employees on Thursday during a protest demanding a greater regularization of temporary jobs and a hike in salary, according to protesters.

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Kashmiri government employees shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar on Thursday. Indian police detained dozens of staff, according to protesters, during a protest demanding a rise in salary and that temporary jobs become more regular.

Kashmiri government employees scuffle with police during a protest in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

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Kashmiri government employees scuffled with police during a protest in Srinagar, India, on Wednesday. Police used force to stop the government employees during a protest called by the workers’ union demanding regularisation of contractual jobs and an increase in salary. Read more