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All schools reopened today in J&K after long shutdown

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After staying closed for nearly two months following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, all schools in Kashmir Valley are set to reopen today. The Jammu and Kashmir administration had on Monday directed officials to ensure the same.

Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directed all deputy commissioners in the Valley and the director of school education to make sure that no tuition fee or bus fee is charged from students for the days in August and September when the institutes were closed.

He directed officials concerned to ensure that all government schools and private institutions up to the higher secondary level in the Valley be reopened by Thursday, a spokesperson said.

Colleges across Kashmir will be reopened by October 9, the spokesperson said.

The state administration had attempted to reopen schools last month but that did not succeed because while the teachers and other staff reported for work, the students did not turn up.

During a meeting with deputy commissioners and officials concerned in Kashmir on Monday, Khan directed them to hold a parent-teacher meet at all schools in the Valley on Tuesday and also finalize all modalities for opening schools and colleges in coordination with district administrations.

The spokesperson said that during Monday’s meeting, it was informed that medical and dental colleges are already functioning smoothly and the students are appearing in exams without any inconvenience.

It was decided that if any educational institution is found charging tuition fees or bus fees from students for the days in August and September when the institutes were closed, heavy penalty will be levied and the registration of such educational institutions would be canceled, the spokesperson said.

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Hazy morning in Delhi-NCR, air quality continues to be ‘poor’

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People residing in the national capital and its adjoining areas such as Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, and Ghaziabad woke up to a hazy morning on Tuesday as the air quality index (AQI) dipped again to the poor category for the sixth consecutive day.

The data collated by the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) showed the overall air quality of Delhi was docking at 252 at 8:30 am in the morning.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

At Dhirpur, the AQI was 259 at 8:30 am, while at Mathura Road area it dipped to the ‘poor’ category at 296. Furthermore, the AQI near Pusa, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 215, 293 and 241 respectively.

The air quality index is expected to plunge further around Diwali, if the availability of green crackers, as promised by the Central Government, is not ensured. Last year, during this festival, the apex court had banned conventional firecrackers and passed an order stating that only green crackers with reduced emissions will be allowed.

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Postpaid mobile phone services are restored but the Internet were still down

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Over 70 days after the Kashmir was put under an unprecedented lockdown and all communication lines were snapped, the government has restored postpaid mobile services in the Valley.

Postpaid mobile phone services have been restored on the state-run BSNL network in the Kashmir Valley.

Mobile internet and broadband still continue to be blacked out in the Valley since the August decision that saw a magnanimous shift in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

On August 5, Home Minister Amit Shah had announced the government’s major decision to scrap Article 370 to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and also bifurcate the strife-torn state into two Union Territories.

Ever since, the government has imposed an unprecedented lockdown on the Valley, including the blackout of all communication lines.

On Saturday the J&K administration announced that some 40 lakh postpaid mobile phones will become operational from Monday noon.

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SC rejects PIL seeking to link social media accounts to Aadhaar

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a PIL seeking to link all social media accounts to Aadhaar to stop fake, troll accounts from overpowering social media platforms. The court has said all matters need not come to the apex court.

While hearing a PIL on social media accounts, the Supreme Court said, Everything doesn’t need to come to Supreme Court. This issue is before the Madras High Court and you can go there.

The plea sought a direction to the Centre for appropriate steps to link social media accounts with Aadhaar card to ‘check the menace of fake and paid news’. It was filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay.

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