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Kashmir back to normal: Schools reopen amid tight security

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 19, 2019, 11.55 AM (IST)

Schools in the Jammu and Kashmir valley have re-opened today after 15 days of the scrapping of the state's special status under Article 370.

Though the teaching and non-teaching staff were present on the first day of the school reopening. The schools, however, wore a deserted look as not many students turned up. 

The government has made all necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of the students.

As announced by governor Satya Pal Malik, restrictions in the valley are being eased in a phased manner.

On Sunday, the relaxations were provided in 50 police stations as against 35 police stations on Saturday. The duration in the relaxation was also increased from six hours to eight hours. 

On Saturday, the state government restored 2G mobile internet services in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts. Landline services also resumed in 17 telephone exchanges in the Kashmir valley. 

All government offices are also expected to start functioning normally from today.

As a result of the restoration of communication, locals resumed their work and businesses.

Restrictions were imposed on August 5, when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked and the state bifurcated into two Union Territories.

(With inputs from agencies)