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Jan 19, 2020, 04.04 PM IST

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Prepaid mobile connections restored in Jammu and Kashmir

Internet service providers have been asked to provide fixed line Internet connectivity in all the 10 districts of Jammu region and two districts, Kupwara and Bandipora, in North Kashmir. Rohit Kansal, the principal secretary to the administration of Jammu and Kashmir said the order will come into effect from Saturday.

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  • Three Union Ministers on Saturday reached here to kick-start a week-long massive awareness of the Centre to apprise people of the potential benefits of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status after nullification of Article 370, officials said.

    Airports in Srinagar and Jammu are to be 'immediately' brought under the security cover of CISF in view of the arrest of DSP Davinder Singh, a Jammu and Kashmir government order has said.

    Sepoy Prince Kumar (25), a resident of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, was posted in 112 Territorial Army and was on guard duty when he shot himself at Chinar camp in Rehambal area on Friday, a police official said. The official said that the motive behind the extreme step was not known immediately.

    An NIA spokesperson said that it has re-registered the case against Singh and the three terrorists, who were arrested along with arms and ammunition while travelling in a car. Earlier, a team of NIA officials, including an Inspector General rank official, reached Srinagar and collected all the information from police in Jammu and Srinagar.

    The envoys were invited by the government to see for themselves the situation in the backdrop of India’s August 5 decision to withdraw the special status given to J&K and to bifurcate the state into two Union territories.

    On January 19, 1990, lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes in the Valley following a genocidal campaign launched by the terrorists. Noted political commentator Sunanda Vashisht tweeted a throwback image of herself and said that resolve to go back home has strengthened more.

    After more than five months of internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir, the UT administration Tuesday evening restored mobile internet in parts of Jammu region and broadband in institutions such as banks, hotels, travel establishments and hospitals with effect from January 15.

    ET has learnt that Germany advocated that there has been improvement on the ground situation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and that there was no necessity to call another meeting of UNSC on the matter.

    The elections to the nearly 13,000 vacant posts of panch and sarpanch in gram panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be held next month and a notification is this regard is expected to be issued on January 25, officials said on Friday.

    The services, would, however, be restored partially. The sources said that the formal announcement in this regard is likely to be made by by government spokesman Rohit Kansal. "There is every likelihood that authorities may announce restoration of 2G internet services in Jammu region and partial restoration of broadband in Kashmir region," a source said.

    The project was earlier allotted to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), but the contractor abandoned it after IL&FS Group faced financial crisis. The pact between NHIDCL and APCO Amarnathji Tunnelway was signed in presence of Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

    Hilal Ahmed Rather, the son of three-time National Conference MLA Abdul Rahim Rather, was picked up from Jammu after an investigation into allegations that he used his father's influence as finance minister in the Omar Abdullah government in 2012 to get multiple loans sanctioned in the name of business ventures.

    Jammu and Kashmir administration released another batch of five politicians who were under detention since August 5 last year, when the special status of J&K was revoked and the state was bifurcated into two Union territories.

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the NIA chief Y C Modi had earlier investigated the Gujarat riots and the Harem Pandya assassination cases.

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