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Governor Satya Pal Malik directs government officers to resume normal functioning in Jammu and Kashmir from today

File photo of Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 16, 2019, 12.38 PM (IST) Edited By: Puniti Pandey

Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik directed the Civil Secretariat Srinagar and government offices to resume normal functioning in the state from Friday.

Schools and other educational institutions are scheduled to reopen in Kashmir valley from August 19, News agency ANI reported citing government sources.

The decision to lift the restrictions in J&K comes three days after the Supreme Court said it will wait for the normalcy to return in the valley.

The court had earlier on Tuesday refused to ease restrictions in the state after the abrogation of Article 370. The petition, filed by social activist Tehseen Poonawala, sought lifting of curfew and other restrictions including blocking of phone lines, internet and news channels.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday that the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir were being "eased out in a phased manner in the Valley".

Restrictions were eased out from Jammu division on Tuesday after assessment by relevant local authorities.

Centre last week abolished Article 370 and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Since then, the state had been under lockdown and security forces were put on maximum alert to "pre-empt" and "prevent" any breach of security.

(With inputs from agencies)