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2G Phone Services In Kashmir Restored In Jammu; LandLines Active In 17 Valley Exchanges

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2G phone services in the Valley were restored in on Saturday in five districts in Jammu and the landlines were activated in 17 valley exchanges; bringing some relief to the locals. As per a top Jammu and Kashmir official, The schools will reopen area-wise next week.  The official said that the restrictions will be reased in a phased and “orderly way”.

Offices of the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Valley functioned normally on Friday and the attendance in many offices was “quite high”, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said at a press conference.

He said there has been no loss of life or major injury since restrictions were imposed on August 5, when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked and the state split into two union territories.

“…There will be easing of restrictions in the next few days in an orderly way,” Subrahmanyam said, adding that steps would be taken keeping in view the evolving situation as well as the cooperation of the people in maintaining calm and peace.

“Schools will be opened after the weekend area-wise so that children’s studies do not suffer,” he said.

Telecom connectivity, a major point of concern, will gradually be eased and restored in a phased manner keeping in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist groups to organise terror actions, Subrahmanyam said.

Asked about the restoration of telephone lines, he said, “You will see gradual restoration from tonight and tomorrow onwards. You will find a lot of Srinagar functioning tomorrow morning. BSNL takes a couple of hours to get back to action. Exchange by exchange they will be switching it on. Over the weekend, you will have most of these lines functional.”

Twelve districts in Jammu and Kashmir out of 22 were functioning normally while there was limited night-time restrictions only in five districts.

“After today’s Friday prayers, immediate reports suggest that things have gone off quite peacefully right throughout the state,” he said.

Earlier in the day in Delhi, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said in the Supreme Court that people should trust the security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir and authorities are taking stock of situation on day-to-day basis.

He told the court, hearing a petition by Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin that some time should be given to bring normalcy in the region.

Bhasin had sought removal of restrictions imposed on working of journalists in the state after scrapping of provisions of Article 370 and the restoration of all modes of communication, including mobile, internet and landline services, throughout the state.

Meanwhile, India firmly told Pakistan that it has to stop terrorism to start talks as the UN Security Council held a rare closed door meeting to discuss revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the media in the Valley’s principal city, the Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary said, “We have prevented any loss of human life despite concerted efforts by terrorist organisations, radical groups and continuing efforts by Pakistan to destabilise the situation.”

As restrictions on the movement of people are removed area by area, movement of public transport will be allowed in these areas too, the senior official said. “It is expected that over the next few days as the restrictions get eased, life in Jammu and Kashmir will become completely normal. This is already visible on the roads as the roads are full of regular traffic and we expect to an increase in the coming days,” he said.

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Kiren Rijiju posted P Chidambaram’s old video on unifying language, Again triggered language conflicts

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Some minister Amit Shah’s comments, in which he pitched for making Hindi a common language in the country, has re-ignited the debate on ‘Hindi imposition’ with political leaders, particularly those from the south, warning the government against any move to make Hindi a common language in the country.

As a political slugfest erupted over the matter, Minister of State Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to share an old video in which Congress leader P Chidambaram is heard saying that he hopes efforts to make Hindi as the country’s language would continue.

Rijiju’s tweet came a day after the Congress reacted to Amit Shah’s statement by warning the government against stirring up controversies over “emotive and sensitive issues” and against tinkering with the three-language formula.

Meanwhile, voices of dissent came in from the Bharatiya Janata Party itself with Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa tweeting that for his state “Kannada is the principal language”. “We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promoting Kannada and our state’s culture,” Yediyurappa also said.

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J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik briefed Modi about Kashmir situation

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J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik briefed Modi about Kashmir situation

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.

“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.

Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into Union territories.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.

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Nirmala Sitharaman steps up to boost economic growth

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Nirmala Sitharaman steps up to boost economic growth

On Saturday Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a series of steps to boost exports to improve the growth and uplift consumer sentiments.

Nirmala Sitharaman has sought to address concerns over infrastructure spending, improved access to credit for businesses, more capital for state-run banks, boosting the prospects of the auto sector; and improving credit flow.

Minutes of  the Press Conference :

On September 19, the Finance Minister will be meeting all PSB heads to assess how the credit flow system is working up.

She further added that Inflation is under control and there is a clear sign of revival of industrial production.

Sitharaman said that there will be the total removal of human interface in the tax assessment.

Small tax-payers with minor defaults will not be prosecuted.

To boost exports the government has come up with a six-point plan. Remission of duties or taxes on export products particularly in textile dispensation will completely replace all MEIS from Ist Jan 2020

Export Credit Guarantee Corp will expand the scope of ECIS and offer higher insurance cover to banks lending working capital for exports in a move which will cost Rs.1700 crore per annum to the government.

Data on export Finance will be regularly published by RBI. The inter-ministerial group will be formed which will be monitoring export finance on a weekly basis.

Annual mega shopping festivals will be held to boost small and medium scale enterprises.

Rs 50,000 cr revenue will be foregone with the introduction of remission of duties or taxes on export products, said the minister.

 Government moves to enable handicrafts industry to effectively harness e-commerce for exports; announces mass enrolment of artisans across India for handicraft promotion.

 With a focus on the construction of unfinished units, the government announces special window to provide last-mile funding for housing projects which are non-NPA and non-NCLT and are net worth positive in the affordable and middle-income category.

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