Jammu and Kashmir: Landline phones back this weekend, schools open next week

By NAVEED IQBAL ADIL AKHZER Moving to relax restrictions imposed in the Valley after the state Announcing the easing of restrictions, chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam told a press conference that government offices in the Valley functioned normally and attendance was He said there has been no loss of life or major injury since the restrictions were imposed on August 5. 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, Stating that some decisions were taken for long-term welfare of the people of all regions of the state and for better governance and accelerated development, Subrahmanyam said, An important factor in doing so were credible inputs that such terrorist organisations were planning to undertake strikes in the state in the immediate future. As movement restrictions are removed The government approach, he said, is guided by the conviction that all-round development is Responding to questions, the Chief Secretary said: Most of you have seen the events of 2008, 2010 and 2016, what happened then and what has happened now. There has not been a single loss of life and the credit goes to the people of the state, the government and the security forces that they have managed to get over the situation very quietly and with utmost calm. People offered Friday prayers at neighbourhood mosques but the bigger mosques, including Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta, remained out of bounds. The day passed off peacefully barring minor protests in parts of the Valley. At Jinab Sahib in Soura, people took to the streets after the prayers. Residents of Foreshore Road near Hazratbal in Srinagar alleged that security personnel damaged public property Thursday evening following stone-pelting by protesters. Additional forces have been deployed in the area. Asked about the incident and claims of damage to civilian property, JK government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said he would Kansal said a journalist, who was detained by security forces in Tral, has been released. Irfan Malik, a journalist working for the daily Greater Kashmir, was picked from his home Wednesday night and was taken to the Tral police station.