President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, officially making J&K and Ladakh Union Territories on Friday, 9 August.Earlier in the day, the Ministry of External Affairs said that Pakistan's suspension of operation of the Samjhauta Express was "a unilateral decision", adding that it has been done without consulting India.Meanwhile, after five days of a continued lockdown in the Valley post the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, DGP SP Vaid told AFP that the curfew will be eased for Friday prayers.Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to come into existence as separate Union Territories on 31 OctoberPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, 8 August, said his government has taken a “historic” decision on Jammu and Kashmir by revoking Article 370All government employees in J&K were on Thursday asked to report back to their duties with immediate effectOver 500 J&K political workers and leaders have been detained since the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370Politicians Divided Over Govt’s Proposal of J&K Bifurcation(The Quint will no longer be on WhatsApp, owing to changes in its policies regarding news publishers. You can now get the latest news updates on our Telegram channel. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram.)The government on Monday effectively revoked Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.“A historical wrong has been undone today. Article 35A came through the back door without following the procedure under Article 368 of the Constitution of India. It had to go,” Home Minister Amit Shah said while moving the bill."The decision of the government will help the people of Jammu and Kashmir the most. More investment, more industry, more private educational institutions, more jobs and more revenue will come," he said, adding that Kashmir's regional leaders now feel they would not be able to whip up the fake issue of 'sentiment verses benefit'.President Ram Nath Kovind in "concurrence" with the "Jammu and Kashmir government" promulgated Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 which states that provisions of the Indian Constitution are applicable in the state.Pakistan on Monday condemned and rejected the India’s move to effectively revoking Article 370 of the Constitution and vowed to exercise "all possible options" to counter India's "illegal" and "unilateral" step.Reacting sharply to the government's announcement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the move as "illegal" and said it will "further deteriorate" relations between the nuclear-capable neighbours.Pakistan Foreign Office summoned Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and conveyed a "strong demarche on the announcements made and actions taken" by the Government of India over Jammu and Kashmir."The Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood conveyed Pakistan's unequivocal rejection of these illegal actions as they are in breach of international law and several UN Security Council resolutions," the FO said in a statement.The US on Monday said it was "closely" observing the events in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution by the Indian government and urged all stakeholders to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control (LoC).Without naming Pakistan, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told PTI, "We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control." Pakistan has condemned and rejected the Indian government's move and vowed to exercise "all possible options" to counter, which it called, India's "illegal" and "unilateral" step.Turkey expressed concern Monday that India's decision revoke Article 370, stating that it is likely to increase the prevailing tensions.The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in a written statement, appealed that the problem be resolved within the framework of the relevant UN resolutions, through dialogue and by considering the legitimate interests of all Jammu and Kashmir people, Pakistan and India.A US-based Muslim advocacy group has announced it will hold a protest in front of the Indian Embassy here on Tuesday against the revoking of Article 370 of the Constitution.The group Sound Vision, which claims to be North America's pioneering Muslim media organisation, said demonstrations will also be held outside Indian consulates in New York and Chicago The 28-year-old organisation, in a message to its supporters, said, "Tomorrow at noon, there will be rallies in front of the Indian embassies and consulates of the following cities in the United States."National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Srinagar to review the situation on the ground after Centre effectively revoked Article 370, reported NDTV.Speaking to news agency ANi, the Centre reportedly claimed that there was “peace and normalcy”in Jammu and Kashmir.“It has been event free, no agitations held. People also moving about for essential work,” claimed sources to ANI.Union Home Minister Amit Shah moves the resolution to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, in Lok Sabha.Slamming the Modi government, Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said:“I don’t think you are thinking about PoK, you violated all rules and converted a state into a Union Territory overnight.”Responding to Chowdhury, Shah said that both PoK and Aksai Chin are both part of it.“Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of Union of India. PoK also comes under the boundaries of Kashmir. We will give up our lives for it. Whenever I have spoken about Jammu and Kashmir state in the House, I have meant to say that PoK and Aksai Chin are both part of it.”Northern Command Chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh chaired a meeting of the Core Group of Intelligence and Security agencies at Srinagar today to review the operational readiness."Necessary security arrangements put in place for ensuring peace and security," he said.Congress leader Manish Tewari, leading his party’s charge against the motion to revoke Article 370 said that the Parliament deliberating instead of J&K Assembly was a “constitutional tragedy.”“Without permission of the Constituent Assembly... you can’t abrogate Article 370. This is a wrong interpretation of the Constitution. Its not just about Article 370, there is Article 371A till which applies to some North eastern states. What message are you sending to these states? That we can do the same without consulting them?” Manish Tewari in Lok SabhaResponding to Amit Shah on whether the Congress is for or against scrapping of Article 370, party leader Manish Tewari said that:“There’s an English book, it’s not black and white, it’s 50 Shades Of Grey.” DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran slammed the Lok Sabha speaker asking why a member of the House - Farooq Abdullah - was missing.“We have no intimation. You as a Speaker should protect the members. You should be neutral,”said Maran.Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, 6 August, opposed the Centre’s resolution to revoke Article 370 by tweeting that nation was made by people and not plots of land.Ruckus in Parliament of Pakistan as the Opposition objects to Prime Minister Imran Khan's absence from the joint session to hold a discussion on Kashmir, reported ANI.Session proceedings stopped even before starting as the Speaker left for his chamber.Major Infiltration bid foiled in Macchal Sector of J&K at 2:30 am today, reported ANI. Five to six terrorists infiltrated 500 meter into Indian territory, in exchange of fire.West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee said that her party cannot support the Bill and that the Centre should have spoken to all the stakeholders.“We cannot support this Bill. We cannot vote for this Bill. They should have spoken to all political parties and the Kashmiris. If you need to arrive at a permanent solution, then you have to talk to all stakeholders,” said Banerjee.JDU walks out of the Lok Sabha over J&K Re-organisation Bill on Tuesday, 6 August.J&K Congress is reportedly planning to meet at Manmohan Singh's residence today.The Indian High Commission in Pakistan has asked Pakistani authorities to tighten up security around its premises, source said, according to PTI.Amid reports of arrest of several J&K leaders including Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, Home Minister Amit Shah, on Tuesday, said in the Parliament that Farooq Abdullah has not been arrested or detained.“He's at his home, out of his own free will," he said.He was responding to NCP’s Supriya Sule who said, “I sit on seat 462, Farooq Abdullah sits on seat 461. He's elected from J&K, we can't hear him today.This debate will be incomplete if you ask me”.While speaking in Lok Sabha on the debate over J&K Reorganisation Bill, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said, “We are with the country. But now my question is about the status of Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Government should answer this.”Referring to the arrests of several J&K leaders, Congress’ Rahul Gandhi tweeted saying that jailing them is “unconstitutional and undemocratic” and that they must be released immediately.Refuting Home Minister Amit Shah’s claim in the Parliament that Farooq Abdullah has not been arrested or detained, the former J&K Chief Minister, speaking to the media, said that he has been put under house arrest and that nobody is being allowed to enter his house.Speaking on the debate on J&K Reorganisation Bill, BJP’s MP from Ladakh Jamyang Tsering said that nothing except livelihood of two families will be lost due to the bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir.A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the Presidential order on Article 370 which revokes the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir.The plea has been filed by advocate M L Sharma who claimed that the Presidential order was "illegal" as it was passed without taking consent from the state assembly.Sharma is likely to mention his plea for urgent listing before the apex court on Wednesday.Speaking during the debate on J&K Reorganisation Bill, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor compared the government’s move to revoke Article 370 with demonetisation. He said even the note ban decision was hailed as a ‘decisive’ one by PM Modi but the country is still reeling with its after effects.Speaking to news agency ANI, Gilgit-Baltistan activist Senge H. Sering has said, “We ask for representation in legislative bodies of India. Reserved seats in the newly-formed Union Territories should have representation from Gilgit-Baltistan. We should have representation in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.He also said, “We believe Gilgit-Baltistan is an integral part of J&K. We are extension of Ladakh.”Committee of Administrators (COA) Chief Vinod Rai on Tuesday clarified that Jammu and Kashmir will continue to play as Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will be a part of J&K in domestic cricket.News agency ANI reports quoting Pakistan media that Pakistan High Commissioner to India might be called back in the backdrop of recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir.High Commissioner designate of Pakistan to India is already in Pakistan, he is to take charge on 16th August. However, Acting High Commissioner to India can be called back for Consultations, reports ANI.Amid the developments in J&K, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia has issued an advisory asking its citizens to “postpone non-essential travel to the affected areas.”Voicing serious concern over the situation in Kashmir, China on Tuesday asked India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid actions that "unilaterally" change the status quo and exacerbate tensions between the two countries."China is seriously concerned about the current situation in Kashmir," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a written response."China's position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. This issue is a legacy of history between India and Pakistan, which is also the consensus of the international community," Hua said, without directly referring to revocation of Article 370 by India."The parties concerned should exercise restraint and act with caution, especially to avoid actions that unilaterally change the status quo and exacerbate the tension," she said."We call on the two sides to peacefully resolve relevant disputes through dialogue and consultation and safeguard regional peace and stability”, she said.Section 144 has been imposed within the campus of Hyderabad University, thereby prohibiting protests and agitations.Speaking in Lok Sabha AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said on Tuesday, “I stand to oppose the bill. Definitely BJP has lived up to electoral promise in their manifesto, but you have not lived up to your constitutional duties. You've indulged in breach of a constitutional promise”.Pakistan’s army chief said on Tuesday the country’s military will “go to any extent” to support people in the contested Kashmir region, after arch rival India revoked special status in its portion of the territory, reported news agency Reuters.“Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end,” said General Qamar Javed Bajwa after meeting with top commanders in Rawalpindi.Speaking at the joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament, the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “ We will take the case of Kashmir to the United Nations & apprise the International community of the treatment of minorities in India under the racist ideology of the BJP”.Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah said that Jammu & Kashmir will be turned into a state again when the situation becomes normal and the time is right. He had said the same thing in Rajya Sabha on Monday.Speaking on the debate on J&K Reorganisation Bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said that PM Narendra Modi will be remembered for taking the decision to abrogate Article 370.He also blamed former PM Jawaharlal Nehru for taking the issue of J&K to United Nations and declaring ceasefire, which resulted in the formation of PoK.Responding to NCP’s Supriya Sule who objected against the government taking the decision to revoke Article 370 without discussing with other stakeholders, Home Minister Amit Shah said that some decisions are to be taken unilaterally since discussions cannot be conducted with people with vested interests.He also said that if need be, discussions will be held with people of Kashmir.UAE has supported India’s decision to abrogate Article 370. United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Dr Ahmad Al Banna said that the decision is “mainly aimed at reducing regional disparity, improving efficiency”He also expressed hope that Article 370 Jammu and Kashmir decision would help improve the social and economic conditions in Jammu and Kashmir.The UAE has taken note of the Indian government's decision of non-operationalisation of some sections of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution related to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, he said.Responding to China’s stand on the recent developments in J&K, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, on Tuesday said, “Jammu&Kashmir Reorganization Bill 2019, is an internal matter concerning territory of India. India doesn't comment on internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise”.Ruling out talks with Hurriyat Conference, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said in Lok Sabha that India will continue to claim the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under the occupation of Pakistan.Responding to queries over the imposition of curfew in Jammu & Kashmir in the lead up to the decision to effectively revoke Article 370, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Parliament, “The curfew wasn't put in place because the law and order situation has deteriorated. It is precautionary, it has been put in place so the situation doesn't deteriorate.”Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has supported the government’s move on Jammu and Kashmir saying it is in country’s interest. However, he said that constitutional process should have been followed.The Lok Sabha on Tuesday adopted the resolution to revoke Article 370 and the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 which bifurcates the state into two Union territories.Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday withdrew the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, which would have provided 10 percent quota to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in Jammu and Kashmir.The Bill was withdrawn because with the revocation of Article 370, the quota would anyway be applicable in J&K like other parts of the country and a separate Bill is no longer required for the same.The Lok Sabha on Tuesday adjourned sine die for the monsoon session.Soon after Lok Sabha passed the resolution to revoke Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying Jammu & Kashmir is now “free from shackles”.In a series of tweets, the PM also congratulated the people of Ladakh, which has now become a separate Union Territory and expressed hope that the Bills passed will “ensure integration and empowerment.”A meeting of the Congress Working Committee is underway discuss the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir. News agency PTI reported that the top Congress leaders will discuss the issue in detail and decide on a course of action.NSA Ajit Doval on Tuesday, took review of security situation in meeting attended by senior stakeholders.He gave directions regarding essential food supplies, emergency assistance and other provisions.DMK President MK Stalin has called for an all-party meeting on 10 August to discuss the next course of action regarding the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019.Activists of the ABVP and the student wing of the Trinamool Congress clashed in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on Tuesday over celebration of the repeal of Article 370, the police said.The incident occurred at Maynaguri College when activists of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) allegedly prevented those of the RSS student wing from bringing out a rally to celebrate the repeal of Article 370, triggering the clashes, a police officer said.Three persons have been detained in connection with the incident, he said.An all-party meeting on the decision to challenge the Presidential Order on Article 370 was held in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.The government notified President Ram Nath Kovind's declaration in the Gazette of India, within hours or Lok Sabha passing the resolution on Tuesday. Article 370 shall cease to be operative in Jammu and Kashmir from 6 August 2019 onwards, the declaration said.Former IAS Officer Shah Faesal posted an update on the current situation in J&K, saying: “Kashmir is experiencing an unprecedented lockdown. From Zero Bridge to Airport, some movement of vehicles is visible. Other places are completely out of bounds. Except for patients or those with a curfew pass.”“No violent incident has been officially reported so far. Random incidents of stone throwing were reported from Rambagh, Natipora, Downtown, Kulgam, Anantnag. But no news of any killings," he added.A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has declined to comment on claims that scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir's special status by India is in violation of the Security Council resolutions, reiterating only that the UN chief is following the developments in the region with concern."I think we've expressed our… we said very clearly that we are following the developments in the region with concern. We…the Secretary General's position at this point is to urge all parties to exercise restraint,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing on Tuesday.Amid a communication shutdown and other restrictions, security agencies have arrested over 100 people, including political leaders and activists, as they were considered a threat to peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley, officials said on Wednesday, 7 August.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were under house arrest since Sunday night, were placed under arrest on Monday night as they were considered a threat to the law-and-order situation in the state, senior officials in the J&K administration said.Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari were also arrested, they added.The arrested leaders were lodged at Hari Niwas, metres away from their Gupkar residences, the officials said.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a second meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) in three days on Wednesday to discuss the current situation in Kashmir, officials said.Official sources told PTI that the NSC will try to come up with a comprehensive policy to address the situation after India revoked special status of Kashmir.The meeting is being held after the meeting of Corps Commanders and joint session of parliament on Tuesday.Protests led by CPI(M) were held across three cities – Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, against the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed the status of prevailing security and law and order situation in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir in a meeting held at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday evening, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met with the police and security personnel in Shopian district of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, where DGP Dilbag Singh was also present.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has "briefed" Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the situation in Kashmir after India revoked the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani and Saudi media reported.According to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the two leaders spoke over the phone on Tuesday, 6 August. "During the call, they discussed the development of the situation in the region and efforts exerted towards it," PTI reported, quoting the SPA.Pakistan on Wednesday said it will downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India. It will also review bilateral arrangements with India.The decision was taken at a crucial meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) in Islamabad chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by top civil and military leadership, said a statement issued by the PM Office.The NSC decided to review "bilateral arrangements" with India while taking the matter to the United Nations, including the Security Council, the statement said.The Indian Government’s revocation of the autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir violates the rights of representation and participation guaranteed to the people of J&K under the Indian Constitution and in international law, the International Commission of Jurists said on Tuesday.The move is a blow to the rule of law and human rights in the state and in India, the ICJ further said.“The Indian Government has pushed through these changes in contravention of domestic and international standards with respect to the rights of people in J&K to participate and be adequately represented, accompanied by draconian new restrictions on freedoms of expression, assembly, and travel, and with an influx of thousands of unaccountable security personnel,” said Sam Zarifi, ICJ’s Secretary General.Pakistan on Wednesday, 7 August, expelled Indian envoy, and also suspended trade over Kashmir, reports AFP news agency, quoting government.The Pakistani government has also decided not to send its High Commissioner designate to India, who was to take charge later this month, according to ANI.Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, will visit Srinagar on Thursday to hold a meeting with Congress leaders at Pradesh Congress Committee office in Srinagar, ANI reported on Wednesday.Rakesh Asthana, DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security Office has reportedly issued security alerts for the airports in India in the wake of the Centre's recent decisions related to Jammu and Kashmir.According to reports, entry of visitors and sale of entry tickets will be banned at several airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, from 10 August till 20 August.Reacting to Pakistan's decision of downgrading bilateral relations with India, BJP leader R Madhav told reporters on Wednesday that Pakistan has no locus standi on the issue."The Indian Parliament had taken a decision about Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, and that is an internal matter. No other nation has locus standi to react on this," Madhav reportedly said.In a meeting on Wednesday evening, Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed arrangements for enabling people to perform Friday prayers and for celebration of Eid-ul-Azha in the coming week.Mandis will be set up at different locations in the Valley and ration shops, grocery and medicine stores have reportedly been asked to remain open on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.The Governor has also passed directions for setting up telephone lines in Deputy Commissioners’ offices for students (from J&K studying in other states) to talk to their families back home, ANI reported.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday expressed concern over Pakistan’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties with India, saying "Islamabad’s reaction was knee-jerk and uncalled for".Amarinder, however, hoped the move would not adversely impact the construction of the Kartarpur Corridor, ANI reported quoting the CMO's office.A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has declined to comment on claims that scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir's special status by India is in violation of the Security Council resolutions, reiterating only that the UN chief is following the developments in the region with concern."I think we have expressed our… we said very clearly that we are following the developments in the region with concern. We…the Secretary General's position at this point is to urge all parties to exercise restraint," Secretary-General's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday, PTI reported.Pakistan initiated ceasefire violation around 10:15 pm in Sunderbani Sector of Rajouri district on Wednesday, ANI reported. Indian Army retaliated.Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has made changes in aerial routes for all airlines specifically for Lahore region and increased the minimum limit of flights’ altitude.Foreign aircraft will not be permitted to fly below 46,000-feet altitude in Lahore region.Flights from Afghanistan have been instructed to take alternative routes.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called his British counterpart Boris Johnson and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of his government's plan to inform the world leaders about India's decision over Article 370 and withdrawing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, PTI reported.As Khan was personally getting in touch with the world leader, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is set to visit China to discuss the situation in Kashmir and ties with India.Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in Kargil, Drass and Sankoo areas and will be effective from 5am on Thursday, 8 August.All schools will remain shut.Eliot Engel, Chairman of US House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senator B Menendez, Ranking Member of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said “transparency and political participation are cornerstones of representative democracies, we hope Indian government will abide by these principles in J&K.”The further asked Pakistan to refrain from any “retaliatory aggression”.“At the same time, Pakistan must refrain from any retaliatory aggression including support for infiltrations across the Line of Control and take demonstrable action against the terrorist infrastructure on Pakistan’s soil,” they added.Pakistan on Wednesday partially closed its airspace. It will be closed from 6 August to 5 September between 2:45 am to 11 am everyday except on Sundays, ANI reported.It closed a corridor in its airspace, which will result in an additional up to12 minutes of flying time for overseas flights, an Air India official said on Wednesday.The flights will have to be diverted to other routes due to the closure, PTI reported."One air corridor has been closed (in Pakistani airspace), requiring a maximum of 12 minutes diversion. It will not affect us (much)," said the Air India spokesperson.Air India operates around 50 flights daily through Pakistani airspace.Calling for calm and restraint, US Department of State told ANI “US is closely following India’s legislation regarding new territorial status and governance of J&K. We note the broader implications of these developments, including potential for increased instability in the region. US calls for calm and restraint by all parties.”It further added “we continue to be concerned by reports of detentions and the continued restrictions on the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. We urge respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures, and inclusive dialogue with those affected. We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control, including taking firm and resolute steps to combat cross-border terrorism. We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the nation on Thursday, 8 August during which he is expected to explain government's decisions on abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir and splitting the state into two union territories, sources told PTI.The proposed address comes days before the prime minister's customary address to the nation on Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort.Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram on Thursday, 8 August, attacked the government over its actions on Jammu and Kashmir, asking if "muscular nationalism" has resolved any conflict in the world.Chidambaram also cited former civil servant Shah Faesal's comments on the issue to hit out at the government."Shah Faesal came first in the Civil Services Examination and joined the IAS. He has called the government's actions on J&K as 'the biggest betrayal'," Chidambaram said in one of a series of tweets.If Shah Faesal thinks so, imagine what millions of ordinary people of J&K think, he said.Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai on Thursday, 8 August, tweeted in support of “resolving a seven-decade-old conflict in Kashmir.”She wrote, “The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young.”Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking withdrawal of curfew, blocking of phone lines, internet, news channels and other restrictions from Jammu and Kashmir.The plea also seeks "immediate release of political leaders from illegal custody".The Supreme Court on Thursday, 8 August, refused urgent hearing of ML Sharma's plea against the abrogation of Article 370 in the state. The apex court also refused to urgently hear Tehseen Poonawalla's petition seeking lifting of lockdown in the Valley.A Division Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said that the matter would be placed before the Chief Justice of India for listing.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in a special broadcast, to be aired by All India Radio at 4 pm on Thursday, 8 August, PTI reported.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly sought help from Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman over the developments in Jammu and Kashmir.Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday said that he knew that Pakistan would do something as “a reaction to the Centre's move on Jammu and Kashmir.”The Congress leader was referring to the neighbouring country severing bilateral trade with India.Taking note of his mistake in Parliament a day earlier, Chowdhury also said that Kashmir is India's internal matter and the country has the right to decide which law to pass in the nation.“PM Modi had announced from Red Fort that we’ll take Kashmiris forward not with bullets but by embracing them,but today situation in Kashmir is similar to that of a concentration camp. No mobile/internet connection, no Amarnath pilgrimage, what’s happening there?”Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress LeaderThe All india Radio on Thursday deleted its tweet that announced a special broadcast of Prime Minister's address to the nation.Reports suggest that PM Modi will speak on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the abrogation of Article 370.The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday, 8 August, said that it had taken a note of Pakistan's decision to suspend bilateral trade with India.It said that Pakistan's unilateral decision towards bilateral relations with India include downgrading of diplomatic relations between the two countries. “The reasons cited by Pakistan are not supported by facts on the ground,” the MEA Statement said.“The Government of India regrets the steps announced by Pakistan yesterday and would urge that country to review them so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved.”Ministry of External AffairsCongress MP and the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir were stopped at the Srinagar airport on Thursday, 8 August. (More details awaited)Veteran Congress leader Karan Singh on Thursday said he does not agree with a blanket condemnation of the government's move on Jammu and Kashmir, pointing out what he called were its several positives.Singh, son of former J&K ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, welcomed the union territory status for Ladakh and said political dialogue must continue in Kashmir to help resolve the issue.In a statement issues here, the Congress leader said he supported the abrogation of provisions of Article 35A as the issue of gender-discrimination needed to be addressed.He, however, said two main political parties of Jammu and Kashmir -- the Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference -- should not be termed "anti-national".The Pakistan Foreign Ministry, on Thursday 8 August said that the work on the Kartarpur corridor will continue despite the rising tensions among the two countries over the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.Congress MP and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad is being sent back to Delhi, after they were stopped from entering Jammu and Kashmir at the Srinagar Airport.The Development Commissioner (DC) office of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir has established two helpline numbers for residents/students outside the state can to touch base. Families in Kashmir are also advised to use these lines to reach out:(+91) 9419028242(+91) 9419028251Pakistan has suspended the services of the Samjhauta Express, the only cross-border train service to India, ANI quoted Pakistan media as saying.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm via a live Television broadcast today. The PM was earlier scheduled to address the country at 4 pm.Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting was quoted by Geo News as saying that no Indian movies will be screened in Pakistani cinemas.India may request the International Tennis Federation to shift next month’s Davis Cup tie against Pakistan from Islamabad to a neutral venue because of the prevailing tensions between the two countries, reports Reuters quoting an Indian official.Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday expressed hope that India and Pakistan would exercise "utmost restraint" to prevent further escalation that could be detrimental to the peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir."PM Imran Khan among others, referred to the need to respect the relevant UN Security Council resolutions related to J&K," PTI reported, citing a statement from Mahathir's office."Malaysia would like to encourage all stakeholders to abide by the relevant UNSC resolutions on J&K towards the maintenance of international peace and security," the statement said.Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday took stock of law and order situation and provision of basic services to people in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.In a meeting held in Srinagar, Malik reviewed arrangements for enabling people to perform Friday prayers and for celebration of Eid-ul-Azha in the coming week, PTI reported, quoting a spokesperson.Advisors to governor K Vijay Kumar and K Skandan, and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam were present in the meeting.Indian crew members and guard escorted the Samjhauta Express from Wagah border to Attari after Pakistan authorities stopped the train on their side, PTI reported on Thursday.Pakistan had reportedly stopped the train at Wagah border claiming security concerns, and passengers were stranded briefly."When we received the information from the Pakistani authorities at around 2:14 pm, we assured them that there are no security concerns and the train should come here. However, we also told them that if necessary an Indian crew and guard will escort the train to Attari," a senior railway official told PTI.As per the latest information, the Indian crew had moved the train from Wagah and it is expected to arrive at Attari shortly.The UAE has advised its citizens to postpone travel to Jammu and Kashmir and asked those who are already there to follow the instructions of the local authorities, according to a media report.The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) in a tweet on Wednesday said, "as a result of the current situation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation advises citizens to postpone travel to the state of Jammu and Kashmir for the time being, and calls upon those who are there to follow the instructions of local authorities."The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said on Thursday that Kashmir has become like a "concentration camp" with additional troops deployment and snapped communication links, after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution."Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said from the Red Fort earlier that he would solve the Kashmir issue by embracing the people of the state and not by the bullet. But, going by the developments, Kashmir is like a concentration camp in the manner in which everything there has been shut down," he told PTI.Pakistan on Thursday said that it is not considering military options, but is seeking political, legal response to India's Kashmir action, the AP reported.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said only time will tell whether the Modi government's move of scrapping of Article 370 will establish peace and bring down terror activities in erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir."Only time will tell how many employment opportunities are generated and whether acts of terrorism come down in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370...that is the biggest question before us," he said.Pakistan on Thursday announced that it would take the matter of India revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir to the United Nations Security Council.Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the decision had been taken in light of several pre-existing UN resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, IANS reported, quoting Dawn newspaper.The Minister said that Pakistan "rejected New Delhi's impression that scrapping Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was its internal matter" and called the "claim wrong from a historical, legal and moral perspective".The European Union on Thursday expressed support to a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir saying this "remains the only way to solve a long-lasting dispute that causes instability and insecurity in the region."A High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, released a statement after speaking on phone with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.In both telephone calls, Mogherini said she underlined the importance of avoiding an escalation of tensions in Kashmir and the region, IANS reported.Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said Islamabad is ready to review decision against India if New Delhi agrees to reconsider its actions on Kashmir, PTI reported.Several people were detained after they defied restrictions and took out a rally to protest against the revocation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, PTI reported quoting officials.Defying restrictions imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC, over 300 people took out a rally in Kargil under the banner of Joint Action Committee.Some of the people were reportedly detained after a minor clash broke out between police and protesters."We wanted a united state. Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir should be one entity. We are fighting for restoration of Article 370," PTI quoted former minister and NC leader Qamar Ali Akhoon as saying.Pakistan on Thursday clarified that it has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed any route for the Indian flights."There has been no change to the notice to airmen (NOTAM) and all flights are being operated as per schedule issued earlier," Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan spokesperson Mujtaba Baig told PTI."Pakistan has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed or closed down any route for the Indian flights," he reportedly said.Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal also said that Pakistan had not banned its airspace for India. “We have not banned our airspace for India. It is open for Indian flights,” he told reporters in Islamabad, according to PTI.Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Thursday briefed Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on developments in Jammu and Kashmir and on Indo-Pak border, ANI reported quoting Defence Ministry sources.The overall situation in the region is reportedly under control and the Armed forces are in a state of high alert and closely monitoring the situation.After Pakistan announced it was "permanently discontinuing" the Samjhauta Express and the train with 110 passengers was stranded at its Wagah station, the Indian Railways brought the train to Attari in India after sending its locomotive and crew to the other side."An engine with the loco-pilot and other crew members were sent to Wagah border. The train left from Wagah (Pakistan) border after the security and custom clearance from the local authorities there and arrived at the Attari station at 5.15 pm,” Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar told IANS.Earlier in the day, the Northern Railway official said that Pakistani authorities have not given any formal communication about the discontinuation of the train.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury wrote to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday, informing him of his "proposed" visit to Srinagar.The letter came hours after Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at the Srinagar airport and sent back."As the general secretary of a national party, I wish to visit Mohd. Yusuf Tarigami (who I was informed, is not keeping good health) and other members of my party. I propose to reach Srinagar on the 9th (August) morning to meet them. I hope the administration will not create any hurdles in discharging my responsibilities as a leader of my party," Yechury wrote in his letter.As per directions issued by Jammu and Kashmir's chief secretary, all government employees working at the divisional and district levels, and those serving in the civil secretariat at Srinagar, will have to report back to their duties with immediate effect, ANI reported on Thursday, quoting the J&K administration.All the educational institutions, including government and private schools, shall re-open with effect from 9 August 2019, as per an order issued by the Samba district administration on Thursday.The pro-India banners, which appeared in parts of Islamabad hailing the decision on Jammu and Kashmir, were due to an "error" made by the designers and poor "language" of the activists, a senior Pakistani official told PTI on Thursday.On Tuesday, pro-India banners appeared in different parts of the Pakistani capital, including in the high security Red Zone, hailing India's move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.Samjhauta Express on Thursday evening departed from Attari for Lahore with 103 passengers, including ten Pakistanis, onboard, ANI reported quoting Indian railways.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his address to the nation. During the address, he is expected to explain the Centre's decisions on abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir and splitting the state into two union territories.As a nation, as a family, we have taken a historic decision, says PM Modi on Revocation of Article 370. "Such a system, due to which our siblings in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of many rights, which was a major obstacle in their development, has been discontinued," the PM says.The dream of Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Atal ji and crores of Indians, has now been fulfilled, PM Modi says.After abrogating Article 370, it will be our effort to give the workers and policemen of J&K the same facilities as the workers and policemen of other states get, the PM says.No discussion ever took place on how Article 370 was adversely affecting the people of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh, says PM Modi. "It is surprising that no one was able to really tell how did Article (370) benefit the people there," Modi says.PM Modi says that Jammu and Kashmir will be given full statehood at the earliest.The decision to keep J&K directly under the central administration for a brief period was a well thought of decision, the PM says. “Since Governor’s rule was implemented in J&K, state administration has been directly in touch with the Centre due to which the effects of good governance can be seen on the ground," Modi says.Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have the potential to become the world’s biggest tourist destinations. "There was a time when Kashmir was the favorite destination of Bollywood filmmakers, I am confident that in future even international films will be shot there," the PM says.Decades of dynasty rule in J&K prevented the youth to become political leaders, says PM Modi. "Now the youth of J&K will lead the development work and take the region to new heights.”The government is working towards ensuring smooth celebrations of Eid in Jammu and Kashmir, the PM says."Our fellow countrymen who live outside Jammu and Kashmir and want to return home on Eid, are being given all possible assistance by the government,” the PM adds.Calling upon his "brothers and sisters" in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, PM Modi says: "Come, let us show the world the strength, courage and passion the people of this region have.""Let us all, together, build a new Jammu and Kashmir and new Ladakh with the new India."All schools and colleges in Reasi district will remain closed on Friday and Saturday as restrictions imposed under section 144 will continue till further orders, Deputy Commissioner of Reasi district Indu Kanwal Chib told ANI on Thursday.Samjhauta Express, carrying 76 Indian and 41 Pakistani nationals, has departed from the Attari railway station for Delhi.The train was supposed to leave at 8 pm, but was delayed due to the ongoing immigration check.The United States on Friday said that there is no change in its policy on Kashmir and called on India and Pakistan to maintain calm and restraint."No", replied State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus when asked by reporters if there has been any change in America's policy on Kashmir, PTI reported.The US policy has been that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and it is up to the two countries to decide on the pace and scope of the talks on the issue."And if there was, I certainly wouldn't be announcing it here, but no, there's not," Ortagus said in response to a follow up question.The Samjhauta Express which was stopped at the Wagah border by Pakistani authorities on Thursday, 8 August, reached Delhi station at 8 am on Friday, four-and-a-half hours behind schedule, reported PTI.The train that runs between Indian and Pakistan came with 117 passengers, including 48 Pakistanis, it said.On Thursday, hundreds of passengers from both sides of the border were stuck for several hours waiting for security clearances following the disruption in the train service that connects Delhi and Lahore.Pakistan's Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told the media in Islamabad on Thursday that Pakistan has closed the Samjhauta Express train service with India.However, railway officials here said the train has not been suspended.The Taliban on Thursday, 8 August, said the India-Pakistan rift over Kashmir should not be linked with the situation in Afghanistan."Linking the issue of Kashmir with that of Afghanistan by some parties will not aid in improving the crisis at hand because the issue of Afghanistan is not related nor should Afghanistan be turned into the theatre of competition between other countries," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said in a statement, reported Anadolu news agency.After five days of continued lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, DGP Shesh Paul Vaid told AFP that the curfew will be eased for Friday prayers.However, there will be no Friday congregation at the historic Jama Masjid in Srinagar.The move comes after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval directed authorities to ensure that no Kashmiris were harassed, officials told PTI.The officials clarified that people will be allowed to offer prayers in mosques located in their locality.Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday, 8 August, dashed to China to discuss with the Chinese leadership Indo-Pak tensions after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.Qureshi told the media before embarking on the visit to China that India was trying to destroy the regional peace with its unconstitutional measures and Pakistan will take Chinese leadership into confidence, Geo News reported."China is not only a friend to Pakistan but also an important country of the region...I will apprise the Chinese leaders of the unconstitutional measures taken up by the Indian government in Kashmir. I will also brief them of the gross human rights violations...," he said.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yecury said he and his CPI colleague D Raja were detained at the Srinagar airport on Friday, 9 August and denied entry into the city.The Left leaders had gone to the Srinagar to meet their party colleagues."They showed us a legal order which did not allow any entry into Srinagar. It stated that even escorted movement int the city was not permitted due to security reasons. We are still trying to negotiate with them," Yechury told PTI over the phone.Yechury and CPI general secretary Raja had written to Satya Pal Malik on Thursday informing him of their visit and requesting him to facilitate their entry.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited Srinagar on Friday and spent over 2 hours in the area, reported ANI. He interacted with troops and locals and also had lunch with CRPF personnel.A day after Pakistan suspended the operation of Samjhauta Express between New Delhi and Attari, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday, called it a "unilateral decision" and said it has urged the neighbouring country to "reconsider" it.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Governor Satya Pal Malik and discussed the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, 9 August, according to ANI.The Governor also discussed the arrangements made by the administration to facilitate Eid celebrations.Sushma Chauhan, Deputy Magistrate of Jammu District, said Section 144 has been withdrawn from Jammu Municipal limits and all schools, and colleges will open on Saturday, 10 August, ANI reported.The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has expressed serious concern over the detention of senior party functionaries by the state administration and demanded their immediate release, a spokesperson said on Friday, according to PTI.Senior party leaders Saifuddin Soz, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Gulam Nabi Monga, Farooq Andrabi, Mohd Amin Bhat, Gular Ahmad Wani and others have been placed under house arrest since the midnight of 4 August, the JKPCC said in a statement.The party sought immediate release of its leaders, while cautioning the government that illegal detention of political leaders won't address the problems in the state.President Ram Nath Kovind gives his assent to The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, officially making J&K and Ladakh Union Territories.Pakistan's Federal Minister for Communications, Murad Saeed on Friday, said that Pakistan has suspended bus service to India, according to ANI.The Indian Navy has put all its warships and key assets on high alert for quick operational deployment in the wake of the government's decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union Territories, official sources said on Friday, according to PTI.The Army and the Indian Air Force were also put on high alert following the government's far reaching decision on Jammu and Kashmir.A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against the Presidential Order by which Article 370 was scrapped in Jammu and Kashmir, and also sought direction to declare it illegal and unconstitutional, ANI reported.The petition has been filed by a Kashmiri lawyer, Shakir Shabir, who has sought direction for government to prevent all forms of human rights violation and exercise constrain bile dealing with the bonafide citizens of the nation.Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday, said he visited various hospitals and public places in the state and reviewed the availability of basic amenities."We have two months stock of ration. There is sufficient stock of petrol, diesel and regular supply for LPG,” Malik said, adding that arrangements have been made for Eid celebrations.Former Jammu & Kashmir MLA Rashid Engineer has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency, in connection with terror-funding case, ANI reported.The Jammu and Kashmir authorities airlifted a fresh batch of 20 "potential troublemakers" from Srinagar to Agra, officials said on Friday.The people, who have a history of being involved in separatist activities, were taken out of Kashmir Valley in a special Indian Air Force plane, they said.They are alleged to be active members of separatist groups in Kashmir Valley.They were taken in a special IAF plane to Uttar Pradesh and lodged in Agra Central Jail, PTI reported.