Jammu and Kashmir LIVE: Teachers reported to work in many schools in Kashmir as restrictions were eased further on Monday but not many students were seen. Officials said the government has made necessary arrangements for opening of 190 primary schools in Srinagar city as security forces remained deployed in most of the Valley.
However, all private schools in the city remained shut for the 15th consecutive day as parents were apprehensive about the security situation in view of violent protests over the past two days. Only Police Public School at Bemina and a few Kendriya Vidyalayas saw a handful of students turning up.
Aug 19, 2019 6:25 pm (IST)
Detained Kashmiri leader Shah Faesal moves Delhi High Court to challenge his detention. Court to hear the plea on August 23.
Shah Faesal,a former bureaucrat has moved a habeas corpus plea in Delhi High Court challenging his recent detention at Delhi airport. Court has sought response from Centre and fixed August 23 as the next date of hearing. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/QbUelVSElT
Revoking Provisions of Article 370 a 'Betrayal': NC MP Hasnain Masoodi | National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi said the Centre's move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was a "betrayal" carried out "unconstitutionally". Masoodi, a retired judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, said the bifurcation of the state in two Union Territories cannot be done without the consent of the state assembly.
Aug 19, 2019 3:02 pm (IST)
A meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah with NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior intelligence officials to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, is currently underway at the Home Ministry. Doval, who had recently spent 11 days in the Valley amid the security lockdown, returned to Delhi few days ago.
Aug 19, 2019 12:49 pm (IST)
Pakistan Director-General Mohammad Faisal has summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gaurav Ahluwalia, over alleged ceasefire violations.
Aug 19, 2019 12:49 pm (IST)
Pakistan Director General Mohammad Faisal has summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Gaurav Ahluwalia, over alleged ceasefire violations.
Aug 19, 2019 12:47 pm (IST)
The Jammu and Kashmir administration suspended two BSNL officers who are said to be associated with separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, according to an India Today report. The Hurriyat leader's account was using his Twitter account despite the communication blockade was initiated in the state, according to the report.
Aug 19, 2019 11:37 am (IST)
Update From Srinagar | Teachers reported to work in many schools in Kashmir as restrictions were eased further on Monday but not many students were seen. Although authorities moved to east restriction, all private schools in the city remained shut for the 15th consecutive day as parents were apprehensive about the security situation in view of violent protests over the past two days.
Aug 19, 2019 11:23 am (IST)
In another tweet, activist Shehla Rashid had written, "Armed forces are entering houses at night, picking up boys, ransacking houses, deliberately spilling rations on the floor, mixing oil with rice, etc."
Some of the things that people coming from Kashmir say about the situation:
1) Movement within Srinagar and to neighbouring districts is more or less permitted. Local press is restricted.
2) Cooking gas shortage has started to set in. Gas agencies are closed.
Complaint Filed Against Shehla Rashid | Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava files a criminal complaint against Shehla Rashid, seeking her arrest for allegedly spreading "fake news". In a series of tweets, Rashid had on Sunday said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been rendered powerless in the prevailing situation. "People are saying that Jammu and Kashmir Police has no authority on law and order situation....Everything is in the hands of paramilitary forces."
Aug 19, 2019 10:15 am (IST)
Schools re-opened in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district today. Here are a few visuals.
Low Attendance in Kashmir Schools | While schools have been opened in Jammu, those in the Valley remained shut as parents were reluctant to send their children. According to CNN-News18's Mufti Isah, although the streets saw some activity nearly a fortnight after curfew was imposed in the Valley, the situation was still far from normal.
Aug 19, 2019 10:00 am (IST)
After completing their pilgrimage, the first batch of 304 Hajj pilgrims arrived in two flights. The first batch of 304 Hajj pilgrims reached Srinagar in two flights. The pilgrims were received by Advisor to Governor Farooq Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan and Inspector General (IG) of Kashmir Police, ANI reported.
Aug 19, 2019 9:13 am (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra issued a warning against the "fake news" that the weapons of special police officers of J&K police are being seized, "This is purely a rumour being spread by vested interests. It is categorically denied."
A fake news is being spread that weapons of special police officers of J&K police are being seized. This is purely a rumour being spread by vested interests. It is categorically denied : Shaleen Kabra, Home Secretary, J&K.
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee once again hit out at the government over the alleged violation of rights in the Valley. According to reports, several political leaders and civilians have been detained in the Valley since the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. "Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in #Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in #Kashmir," she tweeted.
Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in #Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in #Kashmir 1/2
Jammu and Kashmir principal Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam had also said that movement of public transport will be made operational while giving the assurance that no lives had been lost.
Aug 19, 2019 8:45 am (IST)
Recount of J&K Chief Secretary's Press Brief | Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam in a press briefing on Friday had said that apart from restoring of telephone lines and the reopening of schools, political detention of leaders like Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will be eased out.
Aug 19, 2019 8:11 am (IST)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh both raised that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir will be the next on their focus. "As the parliament has unanimously agreed, let us free Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and merge it with India," Singh said on Sunday evening.
Aug 19, 2019 7:55 am (IST)
The Pakistan Army have taken up the issue of suspension of some Twitter and Facebook accounts posting about the Kashmir issue with the social media giants. Four Twitter handles were suspended for allegedly spreading anti-India propaganda on Jammu and Kashmir following a request by security agencies.
Aug 19, 2019 7:51 am (IST)
The Afghan Ambassador to the US hit out at the assertion made by her Pakistani counterpart Asad Majeed Khan for linking the situation in Kashmir to the ongoing peace efforts in Afghanistan. "Any such statements that link the evolving situation in Kashmir to the Afghan peace efforts are reckless, unwarranted and irresponsible," Roya Rahmani said. She added, "It is a poor excuse used by Pakistan to justify its inaction against the Taliban and to avoid taking a decisive stance against the militant group."
Aug 19, 2019 7:45 am (IST)
Schools to be Reopened |Classes will resume in 190 schools in Srinagar on Monday as the district administration has made all necessary arrangements to ensure the safety and security of the students.
Aug 19, 2019 7:43 am (IST)
Landlines Services Restored | Jammu and Kashmir authorities made 10 more telephone exchanges operational in Kashmir Valley on Sunday, but again snapped services of one of the 17 centres restored on Saturday. With these, around 28,000 fixed-line phones, out of around 50,000 in Kashmir Valley, were functional.
NSA Ajit Doval. (PTI)
"There is so much uncertainty in the situation that sending kids to school at this stage is out of question," Farooq Ahmad Dar, a parent, said.
Officials in Baramulla district said schools in five towns remained closed. In the rest of the district, schools were opened, they said. "There is no relaxation in restrictions in Pattan, Palhalan, Singhpora, Baramulla and Sopore towns. Primary schools in the rest of the district are open. We are collecting details about the number of students who have reported at their respective schools," an official said.
A senior Srinagar district official said a few schools on the periphery were opened but in the old city and in civil lines areas, they remained shut due to violence over the past two days.
Authorities had planned to open schools up to primary level and make all government offices functional from Monday. In Srinagar city, barricades were removed from areas where the situation has remained peaceful since the Centre announced the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories on August 5.
Markets in the Valley were shut while public transport remained off roads. The movement of private vehicles in the city increased after restrictions were eased.