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The speculation that Home Minister Amit Shah will unfurl the Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar came to a naught with Governor Satya Pal Malik presiding over the I-Day ceremony at the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium. According to government sources, schools and other educational institutions will reopen in Kashmir valley from Monday (August 19). Exchange by exchange they will be switching it on. On remarks by Gandhi that there have been reports of violence in Kashmir, Malik said, "Rahul Gandhi has taken four days to respond on an issue, which already stands clarified and settled by various Indian news channels which have reported the correct position".

He also paid respectful homage and salute to the fearless hearts of the JK Police, Paramilitary and the Army who made the supreme sacrifice to preserve the territorial integrity of our country.He said that the recent changes made by the Union Government have opened a new vista of development for the people of Jammu, Kashmir, Kargil and Ladakh.

Centre has removed all the restrictions in Jammu, while some are still in place in Kashmir. I accept your invitation to visit Jammu & Kashmir and meet the people, with no conditions attached.

Scrapping provisions of Article 370 and annulment of Article 35A, which prohibited non-state subjects from purchasing land and getting government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir, have generated concerns, particularly in Jammu region, that state subjects will now have to compete with "outsiders" for jobs.

The petition also seeks the release of detained political leaders in Kashmir, among more than 300 people held to prevent widespread protests.

He said people should trust the security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir and authorities are taking stock of situation on day-to-day basis.

"The govt's focus is on the earliest return to normalcy while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past".

Subrahmanyam said the government had taken measures to ensure minimum inconvenience to residents. "Their record has been recognised by governments worldwide and by global organisations, including the United Nations", he said. "Important factor was credible inputs that such organisations were planning to undertake strikes in J&K in immediate future". "Telecom connectivity will be gradually eased and restored".

All major newspapers are being published and satellite and cable TV networks are operational, the chief secretary said.

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