New Delhi: Restrictions were tightened and more than 50,000 telephone links were restored in parts of the Kashmir Valley, almost two weeks after severe restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir before the government's big move to end special status to the state. However, heavy security continues. In Jammu region, mobile Internet connections have been restored in five districts. Jammu and Kashmir has been under unprecedented security cover and banning orders banning large gatherings since August 4 – a day before the government announced it would end special status for the state and said it would fork it into two union territories.
- Seventeen out of just over 100 telephone exchanges in Kashmir have operated. Railway services have been restored in Budgam, Sonamarg and Manigam regions of central Kashmir. In northern Kashmir, services have been restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar regions. In Srinagar, land lines are back in the Civil Lines area, Cantonment area and near the airport. Officials said 20 additional telephone exchanges will be operational soon.
- Officials said security forces continued to be deployed, while barricades remained on the roads, but people were allowed to move after checking their credentials.
- Mobile Internet connections have been restored in five districts in the Jammu region. 2G mobile internet services are back in the Jammu, Reasi, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur districts of the region.
- Officials said the high-speed (3G and 4G) mobile Internet services will be restored after a fresh assessment of the situation.
- Some shops in the Srinagar civil lines area have been opened this morning, officials said. However, most commercial establishments, including gas stations, remained closed.
- The administration said government offices in the state have become fully operational, listing measures by the administration to ease the restrictions.
- Schools will reopen next week "area wise" and telecommunications services will be restored step by step, BVR Secretary General Subrahmanyam said on Friday.
- The center on Friday told the Supreme Court that the land situation is being reviewed daily.
- As part of a complete communication outage, telephone services and Internet connections have been discontinued in the Kashmir Valley and similar restaurants.
- Almost 400 political leaders of the Kashmir Valley are in detention. Two former prime ministers – Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah – are among those arrested.
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