Authorities in India's portion of Kashmir have shut down printing presses and temporarily banned newspapers from publishing in a sweeping information blackout after days of anti-India protests left at least 36 people dead in the volatile region.

State government spokesman and Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar said Sunday that the measures are aimed at saving lives and strengthening peace efforts.

A curfew was in effect in troubled areas for the ninth straight day, with tens of thousands of people trying to cope with shortages of food and other necessities.

The region's largest street protests in recent years erupted last week after Indian troops killed the popular young leader of the largest rebel group fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir.