New map shows Gilgit-Baltistan part of Ladakh

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In a gazette notification, the government also enumerated the territories in Leh district as: "Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas, Tribal territory and Leh and Ladakh, except the present territory of Kargil".

"The new system in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is not meant to draw a line on the land (to draw a boundary) but to build a strong link of trust", the prime minister said.

"China deplores and firmly opposes this", Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a press conference on Thursday.

However, Jammu and Kashmir is now no more a state rather is now a place compromising of two union territories. The Chinese reaction has been equally blunt, with Beijing saying that "India is challenging China's sovereign rights and interests by unilaterally revising domestic law". It borders the Xinjiang Province of China to the north, the northern areas of Pakistan-administered Kashmir to the south and west, and the Siachen Glacier region to the east.

India and China fought a war in 1962.

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He said: "I assure that the entire nation is standing by you (Kashmiris) and Pakistan will go to any length to help you".

Shops and offices were shut in Indian Kashmir and the streets largely deserted as federal authorities have now formally revoked the region's constitutional autonomy and split it into two federal territories.

New Delhi has refrained from any comment on China's policy in remote Xinjiang, refusing to join USA -led calls that it stop detaining ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims. The Tibetan spiritual leader lives in exile in northern India.

The representative for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional district, George Holding said, "As we all have seen, the Indian parliament passed legislation last month changing the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir".

Modi has said the special rights Kashmir enjoyed for years has held back its growth and fueled separatism.

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The appointment was made by Lt Governor G.C. Murmu a day after the Union Territory came into being. The new LG of both the Union Territories were sworn in on Thursday but there is no sign of elections yet.

"Patel had once said that had he handled the Kashmir issue, it would not have taken so long to resolve it", Modi said in a veiled swipe at first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, often blamed for the Kashmir issue by the ruling BJP.

The mountainous region of Ladakh, previously a part of the state, has been separated and turned into another standalone territory from October 31, 2019.

It blames Pakistan for maintaining the revolt alive, allegations the nuclear-armed neighbor denies.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has also reiterated his appeal to India and Pakistan to deal with the Kashmir dispute through dialogue and respect human rights in the region, PTI reported on Friday.

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"Down with India" and "We want freedom", they chanted.

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