Restrictions lifted in 99% areas in J&K

Srinagar: Restrictions on movement of people have been lifted in “over 99 per cent” areas of J&K, state government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said.

Speaking to reporters, he asserted that the curbs were necessary to prevent “externally-aided terrorists” from disturbing peace in the valley in the wake of abrogation of the state’s special status under Article 370 in August.

He also said the cases of those who were detained, including political leaders, were being reviewed by the government for their release.

Kansal said there was a gradual lifting of restrictions in J&K since Aug 16 and most curbs were lifted by the first week of September.

Postpaid mobile services to resume from Monday

In a major step towards easing the 69-day lockdown in the Kashmir Valley, authorities announced that some 40 lakh postpaid mobile phones will become operational from Monday noon. The announcement was made by J&K Principal Secy Rohit Kansal. However, over 20 lakh prepaid mobile phones, and mobile and other internet services will remain deactivated for now, he said.

Pink cabs: In a first for J&K,the district administration in Rajouri in association with Motor Vehicle Department, launched pink vehicles on International Girl Child Day to provide a safe and dignified travel experience to women.

Turned into hell of terror: Naqvi

Mumbai: Separatists and terrorists had turned Kashmir into a “hell of terror” using Article 370 as a shield, but abrogation of its provisions will now pave the way for the development of the region, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Saturday.

Praising the Modi government, the Minority Affairs Minister said it has “broken” the back of terrorism.
Referring to the Balakot air strike, he said the government added a new dimension to the national security by killing the country’s enemies “in their own house.”