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India stops Kashmir newspapers from printing amid unrest

  • A masked Kashmiri protester throws bricks at Indian security men during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Protests and curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continued for the eight straight day to check anti-India violence following the recent killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    A masked Kashmiri protester throws bricks at Indian security men during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Protests and curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continued for the eight straight day to check anti-India violence following the recent killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Masked Kashmiri protester throws a stone at Indian security officers in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Protests and curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continued for the eight straight day to check anti-India violence following the recent killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group.(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    A Masked Kashmiri protester throws a stone at Indian security officers in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Protests and curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continued for the eight straight day to check anti-India violence following the recent killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group.(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

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.