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19/08/2019 7:56 AM IST | Updated 19/08/2019 8:00 AM IST

Primary Schools To Re-Open In Kashmir Today, Internet Snapped Again In Parts Of Jammu

The government is planning to reopen only primary schools from Monday, PTI reported.

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In this picture taken on August 9, 2019, a woman and children with their bikes cross a deserted street in Srinagar.

Schools in Kashmir are expected to reopen this week, nearly two weeks after the Centre’s move to revoke provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into union territories.

The government is planning to reopen only primary schools from Monday, PTI reported, and officials believe there won’t be much attendance because of the restrictions.

“Over 190 primary schools will reopen tomorrow in Srinagar alone and after this, we look forward to other areas like taking up development-related activities,” J&K spokesman Rohit Kansal said

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Internet in Jammu

On Sunday, officials said low speed (2G) mobile internet was “temporarily disconnected” in five districts of Jammu, a day after the services were restored. Indian Express reports the suspension sparked rumours of a strike in the region, leading to long queues at petrol pumps.

The services were snapped after it was found that a video clip with the potential to trigger communal tension was being circulated, PTI says.

However, Inspector General of Police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh said the 2G network has “temporarily been disconnected due to some technical reasons which is being rectified and efforts are on to ensure restoration as soon as possible”. He also asked people not to believe rumours.

Police told PTI searches were being carried out for nabbing those behind the video clip.

Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbag Singh had warned that stern action would be taken against anyone misusing internet services. 

 

Phone lines in Kashmir

Authorities made 10 more telephone exchanges operational in Kashmir Valley on Sunday, but again snapped services of one of the 17 centres restored on Saturday, officials told PTI.

An exchange was closed after reports that landline phones were being used for spreading misinformation campaign, they said.

However, according to the Express report, major telephone exchanges in the region remain shut.

Officials told the daily they had no directions to restore the Lalchowk exchange, the city’s main exchange that has the most connections and services of Srinagar.

While authorities have not revealed how many connections have been restored in Kashmir Valley, PTI says around 28,000 fixed-line phones, out of around 50,000 are functional, as of Sunday.