India clampdown hits Kashmir's Silicon Valley

5/10/2019 10:17:00 AM

Rangreth, the industrial area for software development companies has become a ghost town, a symbol of suffering across the region.

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Rangreth, the industrial area for software development companies has become a ghost town, a symbol of suffering across the region. FMTNews

Rangreth, the industrial area for software development companies has become a ghost town, a symbol of suffering across the region.

October 5, 2019 3:15 PMThe dozen software development companies in the Rangreth industrial estate on the edge of Srinagar bring tens of millions of dollars of crucial revenue into the region each year.The government said the crackdown, backed by the presence of hundreds of thousands of security forces, was needed to head off trouble by Pakistan-backed militants in the Muslim-majority territory.

Rangreth’s warehouse-style halls, normally packed with young T-shirted programmers, are empty.Jahangir Rasool, chief executive of internet provider STC, said he was detained by police for six days for keeping lines open for a few hours to help another company in his building that has clients in the United States.

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(AFP Pic) SRINAGAR: The coffee machines have been cold, computer screens blank and work stations empty for two months in Kashmir’s Silicon Valley as an Indian communications blockade on the troubled region takes a growing toll on business. The dozen software development companies in the Rangreth industrial estate on the edge of Srinagar bring tens of millions of dollars of crucial revenue into the region each year. One of the biggest projects in Jalan Peel is Sunway Velocity. But the cutting of internet and mobile phone links on Aug 5, when the New Delhi government ended Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, has crippled business. The disgraceful act was captured on the rear camera of the car the driver was tailgating, believed to have taken place at Mid Valley. Rangreth has become a ghost town, a symbol of suffering across the region. The 9. The government said the crackdown, backed by the presence of hundreds of thousands of security forces, was needed to head off trouble by Pakistan-backed militants in the Muslim-majority territory. “These include disinfecting all lorries going into the farms, minimising visitors and avoid feeding pigs kitchen waste, especially those containing pork products.

Pakistan also claims Kashmir which the two neighbours divided when they became independent in 1947 and have squabbled over ever since. According to Sunway Bhd, Sunway Velocity was created to bridge the gap among the growing population and for the gentrification of the area, which had more than 800,000 people in 2010 when the company began master-planning the development. The post invited a barrage of comments from Malaysians who mostly criticised the Honda driver for being “cheap”. Markets, banks, schools, clothes stores and the fledgling hi-tech industry have all been closed. Many locals say the shutdown is in protest at the government action.72 million people within a 20-minute drive, with 87 per cent wealthy achievers and prosperity in top occupation categories. Authorities blame militant threats. There was also a theory suggesting that the car was being stolen from the mall’s car park. Rangreth’s warehouse-style halls, normally packed with young T-shirted programmers, are empty. Average household income in the area was RM8,000 to RM15,000 at the time, with an estimated population growth of 24. The affected countries are China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, the Phillippines and Timor Leste.

“It’s a devastating blow to the software business in Kashmir. Internet is like oxygen to our business and it has been taken away,” the owner of one company with clients all over the world told AFP on condition of anonymity. Sunway has sold more than RM1 billion worth of residences and offices since the project started. The video has been viewed over 11,000 at the time of writing. The businessman said clients’ patience was running out. “We’re likely to lose them. When Sunway Velocity Shopping Mall opened in 2016, it become a new landmark in the Cheras area.” Jahangir Rasool, chief executive of internet provider STC, said he was detained by police for six days for keeping lines open for a few hours to help another company in his building that has clients in the United States.6 billion annually and pork production is about 213 tonnes.

Rasool said his firm and others have the firewalls and protocols to block social media or “political propaganda” on the internet.1 million visitors per month that can increase up to 1. But he said Indian authorities would not listen. “They sent police and intelligence agencies to inspect our systems. These shoppers are mainly from Cheras and the Klang Valley. We told them that the IT sector will collapse (without the internet). They said: ‘Let it. Mini anchors are TGV Cinemas, Harvey Norman, Popular, Toys “R” Us, Home’s Harmony & SB Furniture, Uniqlo, Aeon MaxValu Prime, Grand Imperial, JD, Chi-X Fitness and Padini Concept Store, among others.

We are not taking any risks’,” declared the director of another company with clients in the Middle East. Authorities have unblocked most landlines. The 351-room Sunway Velocity Hotel opened in September 2017, complementing the mall. But apart from 6,000 mobiles used by police and government officials, most of Kashmir’s 880,000 mobile connections and internet services remain suspended. State governor Satya Pal Malik in August said the lines were mainly useful as a “weapon” for “terrorists and Pakistanis for mobilisation and indoctrination”. In addition to the ready catchment provided by the tenants of the office towers, the hotel also anticipates visitors from the upcoming financial city of Tun Razak Exchange, Bukit Bintang City Centre development, and the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Some IT companies have already laid off workers, many are preparing to move their business away from Kashmir.

Rasool at STC said his company had lost more than $2. The college can accommodate 3,500 students.8 million in business since Aug 5 and has laid off two thirds of its 370 employees. “We can’t function in a total blackout,” said STC’s finance chief Abid Bhat who compared the shutdown to being “blind”. The hospital, developed at an estimated cost of RM320 million, has a designed capacity for 240 beds, 77 consultation suites, six operating theatres and a catheterisation laboratory. High-tech is not alone in its suffering. Not a single car or truck has been sold in two months by dealers across the Kashmir Valley, said Aawan Ahmad Narwaroo, head of one Srinagar car dealership. The medical centre is part of Sunway Group’s extensive expansion plans for the healthcare segment.

He reckoned about 5,000 vehicles and motorbikes were sold in the same two months last year. Official records show no new vehicles have been registered with the authorities since Aug 5. One of the rooms for inpatient care at the new Sunway Medical Centre Velocity. “It’s a collapse of Kashmir’s economy. It’s not possible to calculate the snowballing losses,” Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president Nasir Hamid Khan told AFP.41ha of leasehold land in Jalan Peel to launch Sunway Velocity TWO, directly opposite Sunway Velocity. “About 1,200 trucks carrying Kashmiri produce used to ply daily on the main highway out.

Today we hear not even 100 do,” Khan said. The development comprises four residential towers, office blocks and retail units at the podium level, and will continue to cater to the needs of a rapidly-growing neighbourhood in Cheras. At least three top business leaders were among thousands arrested after the Aug 5 clampdown. The executives are still in detention. Phase One will have two 53-storey residential towers (Tower A and Tower B), an office block (net floor area of 25,000 sq ft) and 18 retail units. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a top police officer told AFP the decision to reopen mobile and internet services would be taken by India’s powerful Home Minister Amit Shah. “He (Shah) is asking for guarantees that no large scale protests will happen if the services are resumed. There will be a total of 1,500 residential units.

And there is no official here today confident enough to put his neck on the block,” the police official said. Subscribe to our newsletter and get news delivered to your mailbox. To date, both towers have recorded 98 per cent take-ups. .