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Indian Railways to conduct trial run tomorrow in Kashmir ahead of resuming services

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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  • The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (set up by his family members after his death) currently led by Jim McGovern (Democrat) and Chris Smith (Republican) have called for a hearing on November 14 to “examine the human rights situation in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir in India in historical and national context.”

    The Finance Minister sought Parliament nod for additional spending of Rs 21,246.16 crore, including over Rs 8,820 crore for the newly formed union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, in the first batch of supplementary demands. Of this, the net cash outgo will be Rs 18,995.51 crore, she said in the statement tabled in the Lok Sabha here.

    "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 train service on Srinagar-Banihal route will resume on Sunday and it is being restored for the public fully for the first time after it was suspended due to security reasons," a railway official said. Train services in the valley were suspended on August 3, ahead of the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370.

    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.

    Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that the claim of Chidambaram, who was released on bail on Wednesday, amounted to "self-certification". The Supreme Court had asked the Congress leader not to speak about the case against him while ordering his release on bail.

    The gunfight started when security forces launched a search operation in Lawdara village following specific information about the presence of some terrorists, the officials said. They said the hiding ultras opened fire on the security personnel who retaliated.

    Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah addressed Rajya Sabha and said the condition in Kashmir valley is "fully normal" and there were no casualties reported due to police firing since August 5th when Article 370 was abrogated thereby ending the special status that was earlier conferred to Jammu and Kashmir.

    “Election will come. It is a Union territory with a legislature, it will not continue like this (LG's rule). The process for holding the election will come soon,” Murmu said, speaking at the attestation-cum-passing out parade of the 14th batch of constables, held in the Talwara area of Reasi district.

    Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. India's August 5 decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties. Islamabad suspended all communication links with India as well as the trade ties.

    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.

    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.

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