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Curfew in Kashmir to be relaxed by the Authorities

Authorities decided to open schools in four districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora, Badgam and Baramulla on Thursday.

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  • Authorities decided to open schools in four districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora, Badgam and Baramulla on Thursday. There are ten districts in the valley
  • Thursday’s decision to relax curfew coincided with the separatists appeal to end the ongoing protest shutdown after 2.00 PM for the remaining portion of the day
  • If the relaxation period passes off peacefully, people would benefit the most as violence has already claimed 45 lives here

Authorities on Thursday decided to relax curfew across Kashmir Valley in the afternoon to allow people buy essentials of life.

“Curfew will be relaxed in the afternoon to provide relief to the people,” a senior police official said.

Authorities to relax curfew in Kashmir. Image source: Business Standard
Authorities to relax curfew in Kashmir. Image source: Business Standard

“The relaxation period will be reviewed in the evening as it depends upon how the law and order situation behaves,” said the official.

Authorities decided to open schools in four districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora, Badgam and Baramulla on Thursday. There are ten districts in the valley.

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Thursday’s decision to relax curfew coincided with the separatists appeal to end the ongoing protest shutdown after 2.00 PM for the remaining portion of the day.

Separatists have again called a shutdown from Friday till Monday.

Separatists continues shutdown. Image Source: PTI
Separatists continues shutdown. Image Source: PTI

The valley has been reeling under curfew restrictions announced by the authorities, and a total protest shutdown called by the separatists for the last 13 days.

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If the relaxation period passes off peacefully, people would benefit the most as violence has already claimed 45 lives here.

Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk
Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk

The present cycle of violence started on July 9, a day after Hizbul commander, Burhan Wani, was killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district. (IANS)

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Republic Day functions pass off peacefully in J&K

Reports of peaceful Republic Day celebrations have also come from different district headquarters of the Valley, Jammu and Ladakh regions

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Smartly turned out contingents of army, paramilitary forces, state police and school children participated in the parade. Pixabay
Smartly turned out contingents of army, paramilitary forces, state police and school children participated in the parade. Pixabay
  • Peaceful Republic Day celebrations amid heightened security in J&K
  • Hoisting function and ceremonial parade were held at Maulana Azad Stadium
  • Mobile phone services were suspended as a precautionary measure

Amid heightened security, the Republic Day celebrations on Friday passed off peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir’s winter and summer capitals.

The main flag hoisting function and ceremonial parade were held at the Maulana Azad stadium in Jammu city where state governor N.N. Vohra unfurled the national flag and took the salute at an impressive parade.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, her cabinet colleagues, Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, high court judges and senior army police and civil officials were also present at the function.

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People from across the social spectrum and school children also participated in country’s 69th Republic Day celebrations.

Cultural programmes by school children was a highlight of this year's Republic Day celebrations both in Jammu city and different district headquarters of the state. Pixabay
Cultural programmes by school children was a highlight of this year’s Republic Day celebrations both in Jammu city and different district headquarters of the state. Pixabay

In Srinagar city, the main function was held at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium where Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri hoisted the Tricolour and took the salute at the parade.

Extraordinary security arrangements had been made this year for the Republic Day celebrations amid intelligence inputs that a non-local female suicide militant had entered Srinagar.

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Mobile phone services were suspended in the Valley as a precautionary measure, with the authorities saying they would be restored in the afternoon.

Reports of peaceful Republic Day celebrations have also come from different district headquarters of the Valley, Jammu and Ladakh regions.

Separatists had called for a shutdown across the Valley to attract international attention to the Kashmir dispute. (IANS)