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Situation in J-K getting normal, detained leaders being released gradually: MHA to MPs

At a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by Congress leader Anand Sharma, the MPs quizzed Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and his team of officials on the prevailing situation in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and the steps taken to bring back normalcy there.

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  • The parliamentary panel will seek to know the exact number of detentions, house arrests and habeas corpus cases filed in the Valley, which came under a communications blockade since August 5.

    A bipartisan Congressional Commission is ready to hold a hearing on human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir post revoking Article 370 by the Indian government on August 5. The commission has raised suspicion over the sudden hearing without notice and choosing a panel that is "loaded against India" and is expected to be a one-sided affair.

    The Internet shutdown since August 5--when special status of the J&K was revoked and the state was downgraded into two Union Territories--put these youngsters in extreme financial and psychological distress as they would otherwise earn good money working remotely from home for different companies across the globe.

    Speaking at the Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also referred to abrogation of Article 370 and said it was achieved without any violence.

    A railway official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this morning. The train service in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.

    Train services in the valley were suspended on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories. The railways conducted two successful trial runs on the stretch on Monday after conducting a thorough safety audit of the line.

    When BJP had adopted Ram Mandir as part of its political agenda at Palampur in 1989, it had ruled out any settlement through the courts, while agreeing to a possible solution by dialogue or through Parliament. The now legally sanctioned construction of the mandir will credit Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ticking yet another box of the BJP’s core agenda.

    The Pakistan regiments were moved close to the Line of Control (LOC) following the abrogation of Article 370 (special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir) on August 5. Officials said that Pakistan brought in heavy artillery guns keeping in mind that tensions at the border could grow after the move.

    The security and railway officials will be present during the trial run. "No mischievous element can stop this trial run. Keeping security arrangements in mind, the exact route of train between Banihal and Baramulla section has been not disclosed. So that everything goes smoothly," the Railways officials said.

    ​​According to Director School Education, the Urdu/Hindi and English exams were scheduled to be held on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

    The Samajwadi party, which took up cudgels against the government on both issues in the Parliament, has cornered BSP on the issue and projected itself on the ground as the true representative of the Muslim interests, a senior Samajawadi party leader told ET.

    Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directed the railway authorities to conduct track inspection within three days, followed by a trial run on November 10 and resumption of services from November 11, the spokesperson said. Train service from Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in south Kashmir was suspended on August 5.

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