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Dec 11, 2019, 10.59 PM IST

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Internet services across all platforms continued to remain suspended in Kashmir

Internet services continued to remain barred in the entire valley except for few government offices and business establishments, officials said.

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  • In Kashmir zone, 26,594 youths — 15,264 from north Kashmir districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora for 873 posts, 6,013 from central Kashmir districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal for 813 posts and 5,317 from south Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag for 1,243 posts — have applied, a police spokesman has revealed.

    Police said since revocation of special status of Kashmir, militants have attempted to take advantage of communication blockade to enter Srinagar.

    "Since August 5, 2019 to November 15, 2019, 765 people have been arrested in 190 cases registered relating to stone pelting/law and order. From January 1, 2019 to August 4, 2019, 361 number of such cases were registered," Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy said replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha.

    In an apparent swipe at the Congress, Modi also said the "sensitive and emotional" Ayodhya issue could have been solved much earlier, but due to "vote bank" politics of some parties it got dragged for so long.

    The Prime Minister also said that Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was a temporary provision in the Constitution but due to "some families", it was considered as permanent.

    "Railways has restored train services to benefit thousands of local commuters to travel by train over the entire area between Baramulla and Banihal (138 Km). The decision to re-start the train services in Kashmir Valley was taken after due security audits and assurance by Government Railway Police, Jammu and Kashmir." Train services were suspended on August 3.

    The number of recruitment of locals into terrorist ranks so far this year is 110, officials said. This is lower as compared to the 128 and 214 terrorist recruitments in 2017 and last year respectively.

    “Congress follows the policy of delaying so that it can keep collecting votes. The party kept the issue over Article 370 pending. We promised to resolve it and we fulfilled it. The Ram Janmabhoomi dispute in Ayodhya had lingered for decades. The Congress could have resolved it but chose to hurt society and country to protect its vote bank," Modi said.

    Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy said that the people of the region would now be able to realise the “full potential” of all sectors of economy, just as in other parts of the country.

    During a private event in the city that was attended by some members of the Kashmiri Pandit diaspora, India's Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty spoke about the Abrogation of Article 370.

    The Kashmiri political leaders including Farooq Abdulalh, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti who have been under detention since August 5 might be released sooner and may be allowed to move out of the valley on health grounds, the government officials said. Some of them were allowed to visit their houses for few hours on Saturday on request.

    Amid "Jai Shree Ram" slogans, he said, "A grand Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya and no power in the world can stop that from happening. The path for construction of the temple has been cleared by the Supreme Court."

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