Mobile phones to be restored in Kashmir Valley by Oct 14:- Sources

Govt lifting curbs in phases as situation witnesses betterment

Srgnagar , Oct 11:The Jammu and Kashmir administration is restoring the mobile telephone services in the valley by Monday as the situation continues to witness betterment on ground.

As per the reports, there has already been the decision taken in this regard that the mobile telephone services in Kashmir valley shall be restored in phases and in the very first phase, subscribers from Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts will have their mobile phone services restored to the fullest and there are chances that same will be done by Monday-Oct 14.

Also, as per the reports coming to fore, the postpaid mobile phones will be restored in the first place and after the thorough assessment of the situation, the pre-paid mobile phones will restored after a week. “It is going to be a very peculiar issue and there has been a complete consensus on how to make the situation better on ground and allow people to use communication facilities to the fullest,” says an official.

He added that also in view of the forthcoming block development elections, it is imperative to make the model phones functional so that the official machinery is not exposed to the hardship of any kind as they would discharge their poll duties. “There is a surety that the restoration of the communication will be done on priority from this month. The Governor too has asked the security agencies to review the ground situation and accord people relief on priority and without any further delay,” sources said.

The Cellular Operators Association of India an amalgam of GSM mobile players, had revealed that the overall telecom industry operating in the valley suffers the loss of Rs 2 crores on daily basis when the calling and data services are suspended.

The present communication gag is longest in a decade. “In 2016, internet was suspended in Kashmir for 133 days but V-Sat, landline broadband and lease lines were operational. This time, the case is different at all. There is a complete blackout this time around.

According to a recent study conducted by International Council on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) which states that, “The anatomy of the internet blackout: Measuring the economic impact of internet shutdowns in India has stated in their study that 34 internet shutdowns in the year 2017 caused losses worth 1776 crores to the valley’s economy. The study further revealed that the frequent suspension of the internet services has dealt a body blow to Kashmir’s fragile economy resulting in losses of about 4000 crores since 2013. According to the estimates of study, the present gag is longest ever in the history of globe.
As per the official, second longest internet suspension was witnessed in Darjeeling, West Bengal where internet remained suspended for 100 days from June 18, 2017 to September 25, 2017. “This is for the first time that all means of internet were snapped. The gag this time around is complete and full,” he added.

J&K ​won’t remain a Union Territory forever: Amit Shah

Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah on Monday reaffirmed that Jammu and Kashmir would not remain a Union Territory for forever and it will get back its statehood status once there is a favorable situation for that, ANI reported.

“Jammu and Kashmir would not remain a Union Territory forever and that the statehood would be returned once the situation is normalised,” Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in an official statement quoting Shah.
The Home Minister also said that the notion that only Article 370 protected the Kashmiri culture and identity was a wrong one.

Shah made these remarks while speaking at a function where he met and interacted with the probationers of the 2018 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS).

The Home Minister touched all aspects and issues including National Register of Citizens (NRC), Abrogation of Article 370 etc.

Speaking on the need for a National Register of Citizens, he asserted that NRC was essential not just for national security but for good governance as well. He remarked that the NRC must not be seen as a political exercise, as it is very important to have a national citizen register in order to ensure that benefits of development reach all our citizens.

He also asked the young probationers to focus on honest performance and added that image is made by not one incident but continuous performance and delivery.

“Maintenance of law and order is very important to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a $5 trillion economy,” The Indian Express quoted Shah as having said.

Full effect of Article 370 abrogation will be realised after Kashmiri Pandits move back to J&K: Mohan Bhagwat.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the effort to repeal Article 370 will come to fruition when justice denied under its influence is restored and Kashmiri Pandits are brought back and rehabilitated.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and said that the effort will come to fruition when justice denied under its influence is restored and Kashmiri Pandits are brought back and rehabilitated.

In his address at the Vijayadashami function of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat said that the move of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led regime to nullify Article 370 has once again proved that it has the courage to fulfill expectations and respect people’s sentiments and wishes in the interest of the country.

Mohan Bhagwat said that the repeal of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been on the agenda of the ruling party. The Article was repealed in August this year almost two months after the BJP-led coalition returned to power at the Centre with a greater majority.

“But this time, by skilfully garnering the support of other parties in both Houses, with strong logic and plea in consonance with public sentiment, the work was accomplished, for which the members of the ruling party, including the Prime Minister and Home Minister, and other political parties who upheld the public sentiments in Parliament deserve congratulations,” Mohan Bhagwat said.

“This effort will come to fruition only when justice denied under the influence of Article 370 is restored, injustices occurred are brought to an end. It will happen when our Kashmiri Pandits who were unjustly driven away are brought back and rehabilitated and allowed to remain secure, fearless, patriotic and Hindu,” Mohan Bhagwat added.

Mohan Bhagwat said that there is also a need to restore the rights of residents which were denied to them.

“Many a right of residents of Kashmir which were denied to them so far will be restored, and false fears instilled in the minds of brothers of the Valley that there is a threat to their property and jobs due to the nullification of Article 370, will be removed. Having done away with those fears they will be able to perform their duties towards the country’s development with brotherly affinity and concord with the people of rest of Bharat,” Mohan Bhagwat said. (India Today)

Pakistan blocks bill which would have allowed non-Muslims to become Prime Minister or President

Pakistan’s Parliament on Tuesday blocked the introduction of a bill that would have allowed non-Muslims to become President or Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic.

The bill which was presented by a Christian member of Parliament Naveed Aamir Jeeva was blocked by a majority of the Muslim members. MNA Jeeva’s bill proposed the removal of the Muslim requirement for the office of President and PM under article 41 and 91 of the constitution.

Article 41
A person shall not be qualified for election as President unless he is a Muslim of not less than forty-five years of age and is qualified to be elected as member of the National Assembly.

Article 91
After the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, the National Assembly shall, to the exclusion of any other business, proceed to elect without debate one of its Muslim members to be the Prime Minister

Pakistan’s Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad of PTI vehemently opposed the proposed legislation, and said that:

Pakistan is an Islamic Republic where only a Muslim can be assigned to the key post of the President and Prime Minister

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) member Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali appreciated the comments made by Muhammad Ali and said that “no law against Islamic values and teachings can be passed, introduced or even debated in the parliament”. (Rabwah Times)

4 top Hizbul terrorists arrested for Kishtwar terror acts

Intensifying crackdown on terrorists involved in four major terror acts in Kishtwar, police today achieved breakthrough when it arrested four more top terrorists during raids conducted at different places, taking total arrests to 16 even as the police personnel continued hunt for dozen more ultras, who were still at large.

In one of the biggest search operation ever launched in Kishtwar district with a view to thwart the Hizbul Mujahideen plot to further step-up terrorist activities, police today arrested four more terrorists of the outfit during raids in the town and outskirts, police sources said.

They identified the arrested terrorists as Manzoor Ahmed Ganie alias Qari son of Mushtaq Ahmed Ganie, a resident of Bunstan, Kishtwar, Noor Mohammad Malik alias Fayaz son of Abdul Razzak Malik R/o Phagsoo, Thathri in Doda district, Farooq Ahmed Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat R/o Lower Pocchal, Kishtwar and Masood Mattoo R/o Kishtwar.

All of them have been booked under FIR No. 232 registered at Kishtwar police station under Sections 13, 18, 19, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

With four more arrests made today, total number of terrorists arrested during 10-day long crackdown have gone up to 16 even as police continued hunt for about dozen more.

At Vande Bharat launch on Delhi-Katra route, Amit Shah sets a 10-year target

The government’s decision to scrap Article 370 that extended special status to Jammu and Kashmir will help eliminate terrorism and the ideologies that have spawned terror from the state, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday.

Shah, who formally flagged off a new-look Vande Bharat Express train from national capital Delhi to Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, also spelt out a 10 year target to upgrade Jammu and Kashmir into one of the most developed states in the country. Amit Shah said the new train service was the first step in this direction.

Shah said Vande Bharat Express, the fastest train yet to Jammu that will reduce the travel time between Delhi and Katra from 12 hours to 8, is a gift for J&K’s development and would enhance religious tourism.

Vande Bharat Express is a big tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s vision on his 150th birth celebrations. “It is a complete product of Make in India project,” Shah said at the flagging off ceremony of the train.

Union railways minister Piyush Goyal also announced the centre plans to begin direct connectivity from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

“Before August 2022 we will make direct connection from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. This is the fastest train between Delhi and Katra Vaishno Devi and I congratulate the hard work of Railways’ engineers. We have been working on enhancing speed and have been asked the home minister to focus on enhancing the safety of the trains. We will also install CCTVs across our entire network,” Goyal said.

The Vande Bharat Express to Katra will officially begin operations from Saturday, with a minimum fare of Rs 1630 and maximum fare of Rs 3014.

The engine-less self-propelled Vande Bharat Express is also touted to be one India’s fastest train set and is scheduled to operate at a speed of 130 kmph.

“The area for the pantry has been increased, there is wider access area in vestibules, anti-spall film has been provided on window glass to protect against stone pelting, the train also has in-house wifi and infotainment system,” a spokesperson for the ministry of railways said.

This also comes at a time when the tender for manufacturing 40 train sets for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brainchild was cancelled over allegations of “favoritism” and the decision to issue a fresh tender was taken.

The first train had also had technical and passenger comfort related issues which were noticed in the course of the running of the first Vande Bharat Express.

The order for the newly manufactured rakes of the Vande Bharat Express is scheduled to be completed by 2022 while the tendering for the new trains has been delayed by nearly six months (HT)

No tuition, bus fee to be charged from students for closed days: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Monday directed all Deputy Commissioners and Director School Education to ensure that no tuition and bus fee shall be charged from students of government as well as private schools during closed days of August and September months of year 2019.

If any educational institution is found indulging this practice, heavy course of penalty shall be charged besides registration of such educational institution would be cancelled.

He stressed concerned to implement the directions in letter and spirit across the valley. ( Kashmir Life)

Government decided to reopen all Schools, Higher Secondary and Colleges in Kashmir

Government decided to reopen all schools, higher secondary and colleges in Kashmir

All schools up to Higher Secondary level will open on 3rd of October.

Colleges to open by or before 9th of October in Kashmir: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir

( JK Updates )

Prime Minister Modi wishes President Kovind on his birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished President Ram Nath Kovind on his 74th birthday on Tuesday, saying the country had gained from his insights and understanding of policy matters.

“One can always see his passion towards empowering the poor and downtrodden,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

He said India had gained significantly from Kovind’s insights and understanding of policy matters.

“May Almighty bless him with a long and healthy life,” Modi said.

Kovind was born on this day in 1945 near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.