The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Friday, 16 August, the petitions posing legal challenges to the Centre's decision to scrap provisions of Article 370 which abrogated special status to Jammu and Kashmir and subsequent measures putting restrictions on the working of media in the region.
Later in the day, the UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a closed-door meeting to discuss the Kashmir issue.
Meanwhile, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson the Jammu and Kashmir government secretariat and other offices will start functioning from Friday while easing of public curbs would depend on day's development after the 'namaaz'.
- Pakistan has banned the airing of advertisements featuring Indian artists as part of the country’s protest against India’s move
- After Pakistan, China too had written to UNSC to hold “closed consultations” on Kashmir
- Ladakh, which will become a Union Territory after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, celebrated its “first Independence Day” on Thursday
- On 14 August, Shah Faesal joined the list of political leaders to be detained in Srinagar. He was sent back from Delhi airport.
Parliament Effectively Revokes Article 370
The Parliament had earlier this week given its nod to the legislation bifurcating the state, a bold decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.
Three days after the far-reaching decision to abrogate the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 , Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a nearly 40-minute televised address to the nation on Thursday, 8 August, sought to assuage concerns of the people saying Jammu and Kashmir will not remain a Union Territory for long.
"As Jammu and Kashmir will see more and more development, I do not think it will remain Union Territory for long. Ladakh will remain a Union Territory," Modi said.
President Ram Nath Kovind Gives Assent to Reorganisation of J&K
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave his nod to the legislation for bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – will come into existence on 31 October.
The President has given assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, a home ministry official said.
"In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of section 2 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (34 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 31st day of October, 2019, as the appointed day for the purposes of the said Act," a home ministry notification said.
The UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a Lieutenant Governor and the maximum strength of its assembly will be 107, which will be enhanced to 114 after a delimitation exercise. Twenty-four seats of the Assembly will continue to remain vacant as they fall under Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The current effective strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly is 87, including four seats falling in Ladakh region, which will now be a separate UT without a legislature.
Pak Cabinet Approves Its Govt's Measures Against India on Kashmir
Pakistan's Cabinet on Friday, 9 August, officially approved a slew of measures, including downgrading of diplomatic relations and snapping of trade ties, taken by its government in response to India's decision to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting of the Cabinet which discussed the situation in Kashmir.
"Those measures among others include snapping the trade ties and downgrading the diplomatic relations," she said.
Pakistan also announced that it will suspend the Thar Express train service with India which links the two countries across the Rajasthan border, a day after it stopped the Samjhauta Express.
The government has also banned the screening of Indian films in the country's cinemas.
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