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Kashmir Violence: Curfew lifted from 4 Kashmir districts

The state government has already ordered the opening of schools in these four districts

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  • The districts were Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Baramulla, police confirmed
  • There was some civilian activity in parts of Srinagar on Saturday, July 23, as pedestrian and private transport movement was seen in the City’s uptown areas
  • Before leaving for Delhi, the Union Home Minister will chair a high-level security meeting to discuss the prevailing law and order situation, officials said

On Sunday, July 24, authorities lifted the ongoing curfew from four districts of the Kashmir Valley as the law and order situation showed marginal improvement.

The districts were Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Baramulla, police confirmed. The state government has already ordered the opening of schools in these four districts.

Officials said curfew and restrictions would, however, continue in parts of Srinagar city.

There was some civilian activity in parts of Srinagar on Saturday, July 23, as pedestrian and private transport movement was seen in the City’s uptown areas.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh currently on a two-day visit to the Valley met many delegations on Saturday at the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar.

Official sources said these delegations included members of the civil society, clerics, Sikh, Pandit community members and traders.

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

Important local trade and industry bodies including the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) decided not to meet the Union Home Minister despite an invitation from him.

Reports said Rajnath Singh told the delegations that the ongoing unrest was triggered by “forces from across the border”.

“While deciding to evolve a mechanism to engage the people of Kashmir in a dialogue process to work out solutions for the problems faced by them, the Union Home Minister does not favour an engagement with the separatists who take their directions from across the border,” official sources said.

Rajnath Singh had a detailed discussion with state Governor N.N.Vohra.

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He is slated to meet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti later on Sunday.

Before leaving for Delhi, the Union Home Minister will chair a high-level security meeting to discuss the prevailing law and order situation, officials said.

Political party delegations scheduled to meet Rajnath Singh on Sunday include one from the National Conference (NC).

However, the Congress party has decided not to call on the minister.

G.A.Mir, president of state Congress unit stated that there was no point meeting Rajnath Singh saying, “There has not been a single people friendly measure from the state government since the Chief Minister chaired an all-party meeting which was attended by us (Congress).”

In the meantime, four patients suffering from serious eye injuries due to pellet gun shots were airlifted on Saturday for specialised treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Train services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region, however, remained suspended for the 16th day on Sunday. (IANS)

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In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO

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India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said on Saturday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.

After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km.

This will be followed by bringing the rocket down further to 485 km when the fourth stage/engine will turn into a payload platform carrying three experimental payloads: (a) Automatic Identification System (AIS) from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships (b) Automatic Packet Repeating System (APRS) from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India – to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data and (c) Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) – for the structural and compositional studies of ionosphere, the space agency said.

The whole flight sequence will take about 180 minutes from the rocket’s lift off slated at 9.30 a.m. on April 1.

The 28 international customer satellites (24 from US, 2 from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland)- will weigh about 220 kg.

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“It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier told IANS.

The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.

In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging the rocket’s first stage.

On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March, it had four strap-on motors.

The Indian space agency also has two more PSLV variants, viz Core Alone (without any strap-on motors) and the larger PSLV-XL.

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The ISRO selects the kind of rocket to be used based on the weight of satellites it carries.

The ISRO will also be launching two more defence satellites sometime in July or August with its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO. (IANS)