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OPPOSITION PARTIES DEMAND RELEASE OF LEADERS UNDER DETENTION IN J&K

ANM News Desk: Opposition parties, including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the DMK, protested on August 22 to demand the release of political leaders under detention in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congress leader P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram also joined the protest at Jantar Mantar.

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VALLEY CONTINUES TO BE IN STAGNATION MODE FOR 18TH DAY, COMMUNICATION BLACKOUT CONTINUES TO HAUNT POPULACE

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Life across Kashmir valley remains crippled for the 18th consecutive day today as shops and other business establishments’ remains closed, while as government offices have started working. Srinagar’s downtown witnesses curbs under section 144CrPc even as vehicular movement in some parts of Srinagar seems dotted. Appositely, Director of Schools education in Kashmir Province Muhammad Younis Malik told reporters that 747 schools re-opened in Valley. He added 116 Middle Schools were re-opened in Bandipora, 87 in Srinagar and 29 in Pulwama. Further stated that students have started truning up in large numbers in Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara, however the ground reality contradicts their tall claims as apprehension compels parts to keep their children indoor. Briefing about the law and order situation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (CKR) VK Birdi-IPS said that barring a couple of stone-pelting incidents, the situation in Kashmir Valley remained peaceful.

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COURT REJECTS PETITION OF FAROOQ ABDULLAH’S DAUGHTER CHALLENGING HER HOUSE ARREST

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Court has rejected the petition of the daughter of Dr Farooq Abdullah challenging her house arrest along with her husband. Safia Abdullah, the daughter of former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah had filed a petition in State High Court challenging her house arrest with the plea that her family is not related to any political organization as such the detention of her family is illegal and uncalled for.

The High Court rejected the petition of Safia Abdullah on the grounds that she along with her family enjoys every facility that a political leader gets.

Pertinent to mention here is that the daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, Iltija had also in a communiqué to Union Home Minister raised the question of her house arrest.

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PAKISTAN VIOLATES CEASEFIRE IN RAJOURI

Raju Singh, Jammu: On 21 August at about 1545 hours Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Sunderbani Sector, District Rajouri(J&K).

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J&K SITUATION, APPREHENSIONS COMPEL PARENTS TO KEEP CHILDREN INDOOR

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: As the authorities are maintaining normalcy and peace is prevailing, however the ground situation seems to be contradict. Government has decided to re-open middle level classes across Jammu and Kashmir but zero percent student attendance recorded in the schools while as teacher and other non-teaching staff reports to their respective institutions.

District Magistrate Srinagar City Shahid Iqbal has assured that all sort of help and assistance along with security cover will be provided to institutions, though prevailing situation compels parents to keep their children stay at home.

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EERIE SILENCE AMID RESTLESSNESS IN VALLEY ON 17TH DAY

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar:  Restrictions continued to remain in place in many parts of Kashmir valley under section 144 CrPc for the 17thconsecutive day today.

According to witnesses, amid thin movement of private vehicles in Srinagar parts, majority of roads remained dotted with the deployment of Police and paramilitary forces. Even though government claimed to have eased out the restrictions in the areas falling under the half of the police stations of Kashmir, downtown areas to remain under tight security grip for the seventeenth day.

Pertinently, Day before Deputy Inspector General of Police (Central Kashmir Range) VK Birdi-IPS told reporters that a few stray incidents of stone pelting took place in Srinagar and action was taken against the “miscreants”, adding further that there was no major untoward incident anywhere.

Meanwhile, the state remains under lockdown since 05th of August when Union Government announced abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state into two separate Union territories. Jammu and Kashmir will be the UT with legislature while as Ladakh province will not have legislature. Post this big decision Prime Minister Narandre Modi said that UT status for J&K in temporary in nature while as it will remain permanent in Ladakh region.

He further stated that once the normalcy returns full statehood will be given back to the state. Suitably, more than 600 mainstream political leaders as well as separatists have been either detained or arrested. Among them prominent names and Three times J&K Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is also a Member of Lok Sabha, Former CM’s Omar Abdullah & Mehbooba Mufti along with other elected representatives of various political parties.

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ENCOUNTER POP UP IN BARAMULLA J&K, COP, MILITANTS KILLED: POLICE OFFICER INJURED

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: A fierce encounter which broke out in Baramulla district of North Kashmir claimed the life of policeman, while as one Lashkar ultra has also been neutralized. One police officer has also been wounded in an encounter, police said

He added that the encounter was rattles last night and one Lashkar Militant identified as Momin Gojri has been killed. Further police stated that one SPO of J-K Police Bilal Ahmad has also lost his life during the course of firing.

One police officer identified as Amandeep has recieved bullet injuries and has been shifted to 92 Army base Hospital at Badamibagh cantonment for specialised treatment. Pertinently, it a first encounter since 5th august when Centre abrogates the Article 370 of the constitution.

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TRUMP INTENDS TO DISCUSS KASHMIR SITUATION WITH PM MODI

ANM News Desk: US President Donald Trump on August 20 stated that he would discuss the tense situation in Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they meet at the G7 Summit in France during this weekend.

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KASHMIR LOCKDOWN HITS DAY 16

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: While the authorities are maintaining that “Peace and Normalcy” is hitting the track gradually, Kashmir valley is continuing under clampdown for the 16th consecutive day today. The persist Lockdown cripples life across the valley as shops and other business establishments including private offices remains closed, while as government offices have started functioning.

Day before, 190 schools out of 900 have been reopened up to primary classes however “Zero percent” attendance of students were recorded. Fittingly, most of the schools remained locked in Srinagar being it private or government institutions. The District Magistrate Srinagar City Dr Shahid Iqbal said that if anything goes untoward he will take the responsibility of it. He added that calculated measures have been taken for the safety and well being of students and teachers.

Meanwhile, Principle Secretary Planning Rohit Kansal who is also holding the charge of Spokesperson in J&K Government told reporters that authorities have ensured that schools will reopen in phase wise. He assured all possible assist for the reopening of schools up to primary classes. The state remains under lockdown since 05th of August when Union Government announced abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state into two separate Union territories. Jammu and Kashmir will be the UT with legislature while as Ladakh province will not have legislature.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that once the normalcy returns full statehood will be given back to the state. Suitably, more than 600 mainstream political leaders as well as separatists have been either detained or arrested. Among them prominent names and Three times J&K Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is also a Member of Lok Sabha, Former CM’s Omar Abdullah & Mehbooba Mufti along with other elected representatives of various political parties.

Meanwhile, cellular phones and internet connectivity remains clampdown for the sixteenth day today. Although the state administration said that they are gradually restoring landline services across Kashmir region, however there is large section in valley who is still off track from restoring landline services. They says that they will suitably restore rest communication setup once the things turns normal.

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LANDLINE PHONES PARTIALLY RESTORED IN KASHMIR, INTERNET OTHER COMMUNICATION STILL CLAMP DOWN

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: The administration of Jammu-Kashmir said that they have eased curfew across the Valley subject to the situation and Law & Order. The state government said that as things stand, 12 of the 22 districts of the state are functioning normally with some limited night-time restrictions in five of these. The measure put in place have ensured that there has been not a single loss of life or serious injuries to anyone during the course of maintaining peace and order. And, further, it is expected that over the next few days, as the restrictions get eased, life in Jammu and Kashmir will become completely normal and this is already visible on the roads which have seen a steady return of regular traffic.

Meanwhile out of 96 landline exchanges half of it have been made functional across the Valley, while as in coming days rest exchanges will be made fully functional. Pertinently, cellular phones, broadband services and mobile data are completely out of track. Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal stated that once the normalcy returns rest communication will be restored in phase manner.