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Indian Parliament votes to change Kashmir's status

New Delhi (CNN)India's parliament has voted to reorganize and reclassify the state of Jammu and Kashmir, a far-reaching and highly contentious move that will give the government in New Delhi greater authority over the disputed Muslim-majority region. The bill -- passed by the lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, on Tuesday -- will change Jammu and Kashmir's administrative status from a state to a union territory. In the Indian system, state governments retain significant authority over local matters, but New Delhi has more of a say in the affairs of a union territory.According to Om Birla, speaker of the lower house, the bill was passed by a digital vote with 370 members in favor and 70 against it. The remote mountainous region of Lada ...