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No day-time restrictions in 92 police stations across Kashmir: Government

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 02: 92 police stations are without any day-time restrictions in Kashmir with 93 percent Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh without prohibitory orders.

This was stated by Principal Secretary, Planning, Monitoring and Development, Rohit Kansal, who is also Government’s spokesperson, during an evening press briefing here.

Mr Kansal said that relaxation in day-time restrictions is up from 81 police stations to 92 from last week with 91 per cent of Kashmir valley free from any day time restrictions, adding that Jammu and Ladakh regions are free from any day-time restrictions.

 

Detailing about the restoration of landlines in Kashmir, the spokesperson said that 29 more exchanges were made functional increasing it to 76 exchanges out of 95 exchanges. He said over 26,000 landlines have been made functional in the Valley.

He further stated that all the landlines and mobile phones are fully functional in Jammu and Ladakh regions.

Government offices are fully functioning witnessing usual attendance of the staff. Primary, Middle and High Schools are functioning with good attendance of staff, the press briefing was told.

It was also informed that private transport was plying unhindered while public transport is returning to the roads, besides inter-district private transportation is now available.

Mr Kansal also said that the transportation of fruit produce was increasing with 300 trucks plying on daily basis, adding that over 1.5 Lakh MTs of fruit produce has been sent to various sale points outside of Valley.

He said all essential services and other departments are functioning normally in Valley with medical care, hospitals running and medicines available across all the Valley hospitals.

The spokesperson informed that nearly 2.5 lakh people visited different district hospitals in Out Patient Departments (OPD),recording 20,000 Indoor Patient Departments, witnessing 200 major surgeries, 2,000 deliveries-both caesarian and normal. At SKIMS, he said, that 33,000 visited its OPD while 20,000 follow-up cases were looked into besides 1,000 surgeries were performed while as at SMHS, 5,000 admissions were witnessed, besides 900 routine surgeries carried out.

He reiterated that it has been the Government’s endeavor to assist people as the relaxation on their movement is progressing with each passing day, adding that all the medical, ambulances and hospital assistances are being provided by the government, besides providing assistance to students.

Director Information and Public Relations, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, DIG (CKR), VK Birdi, Director School Education Kashmir, Muhammad Younis Malik, Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat were also present during the press briefing.


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UN chief could discuss Kashmir issue at UNGA: UN spokesman

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is likely to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level UN General Assembly session that begins here next week to raise the Kashmir issue, the UN chief’s spokesperson has said.

Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric during the daily press briefing here on Thursday said that the UN chief has underscored the need for dialogue as the only way to resolve the issue and, “as part of the solution for the current crisis in Kashmir, to make sure that human rights aspects are very much dealt with, as well.”

“…On Kashmir, the Secretary General… has said previously, he remains engaged. I think he will also use the opportunity of discussions during the General Assembly to raise it,” Dujarric said, responding to a question on the situation in Kashmir.

On Wednesday, Guterres emphasised that “dialogue” between India and Pakistan is an “absolute essential element” for reaching a solution on the Kashmir issue, and said his good offices are available should both sides ask for it and called for full respect of human rights.

“Well, our capacity is related to good offices, and good offices can only be implemented when the parties accept it. And, on the other hand, it relates to advocacy, and the advocacy was expressed and will be maintained,” Guterres said during his press conference ahead of the UN General Assembly session.

Guterres was asked by a Pakistani journalist about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and what will he do to bring a solution to the Kashmir issue.

“I go on with a clear opinion that human rights must be fully respected in the territory, and I go on with the clear opinion that dialogue between India and Pakistan is an absolutely essential element for the solution of the problem,” he said.

India has always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and ruled out any third party mediation, including either from the UN or the US, saying it is a bilateral issue with Pakistan.

The UN Secretary General has also repeatedly asserted that his good offices are available only if both sides ask for it.

Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on September 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to speak on the same day.

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Amid Kashmir tensions, India will participate at SAARC meeting in New York

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NEW DELHI: Amid heightened Indo-Pak tensions, India will participate at the SAARC foreign ministers meeting scheduled to be held on September 26 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, officials said on Thursday.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan will be present in the US next week and will hold bilateral and multilateral meetings.

Officials said India will participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation foreign ministers meeting that is scheduled for September 26.

The meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA could bring Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi face to face for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions.

Asked about a possible meeting with his Pakistani counterpart as well as the future of the SAARC regional grouping, Jaishankar, at a press conference earlier this week, had said, “if and when I meet Pakistani Foreign Minister, we will see at that time what happens”.

The SAARC is about regional cooperation and that refers to trade, MFN, connectivity etc.

, he had said, adding that now every member knows which country is promoting SAARC and which one is impeding it.

Last year, then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had attended the SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting, usually held on the sidelines of the UNGA.

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Plea alleges detention of children in Kashmir, SC seeks report

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The Supreme Court on Friday sought a report from Jammu and Kashmir High Court on the alleged detention of children in Kashmir during curbs following the scrapping of Article 370 in the state on August 5.

Senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing child right activists Inakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha who have alleged detention of children in Kashmir, had on September 16 told the apex court that people in the Valley are not able to approach the high court there.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it would entertain the petition regarding alleged detention of children in Kashmir as the plea has raised “substantial issues” regarding minors. The top court directed the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court to file a report before it within a week on the issue.

The Supreme Court also said it had received a report from the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court and claims that people are unable to access the court there are not supported.

“We have received the report from the chief justice (of Jammu and Kashmir High Court) which does not support your statement,” the bench also comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer told the counsel appearing for the petitioners.

The Supreme Court also sought response from the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea challenging detention of five persons in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370.

The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Jammu and Kashmir administration, to file his response.

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