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Dec 06, 2019, 08.55 AM IST

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  • The work is being carried under the centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which is a mega flagship programme with the main objective of providing connectivity to rural areas. The programme is being implemented by the Public Works (Roads and Buildings) Department of the Union Territory.

    Pakistan has managed to infiltrate about 135 terrorists into the Kashmir valley in three months, since the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked with abrogation of Article 370, as per latest assessment by intelligence agencies. Security forces had identified over 25 entry routes along the Indo-Pak border in J&K.

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

    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.

    "5,161 preventive arrests, including stone pelters, miscreants, OGWs (overground workers), separatists and political workers were made since August 4, 2019, in Kashmir Valley," MoS home G Kishan Reddy said in a statement in the Rajya Sabha.

    The Enforcement Directorate case against Watali relates to its terror funding and money laundering case against Hafiz Saeed, the founder of terror group Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), and others.

    In south Kashmir's Anantnag, militants lobbed a grenade in Wagoora area when a government function was taking place, killing two people and injuring four others, a police official said, while in Srinagar city, an explosion took place in the market near Sir Syed gate of Kashmir University in Hazratbal area this afternoon, another official said.

    Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu said that vandals' act to set ablaze a sufi shrine in Tral is designed to arouse passion among the people and hurt their sentiments but they will not be tolerated, an official spokesperson said.

    “I was concerned about the health of my mother, but nobody was listening. The hut she was kept in had cracked windows and there was no adequate heating arrangement,” Iltija Mufti, daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, told ET. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti along with former CMs Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, has been in detention since August 5.

    "International community has to assist India in eradicating radical Islamist terror that is when the human rights situation will be possible," Sunanda Vashisht said. Plebiscite in Kashmir is never going to happen. A plebiscite requires the community to unite for a decision, but in this case, a part of Kashmir is in India, another in Pak, a part of it is also held with China, she said.

    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.

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