SC Refers Petitions on Kashmir Issue to Its Constitution Bench
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The Supreme Court on Monday, 30 September, referred a batch of petitions challenging abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir to its Constitution bench which would hear the matters from Tuesday.
The Block Development Council elections will be held on 24 October in 310 blocks out of 316 blocks across Jammu and Kashmir, said Shailendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Srinagar on Sunday, 29 September.
The elections will be be conducted from 9 am till 1 pm and the counting will start at 3 pm on the same day.
- The UNHRC has urged India to end the lockdown in Kashmir and restore basic communication
- The government has set up a three-member committee to look into assets and liabilities in J&K
Restrictions Lifted from Most Areas of Kashmir
Restrictions were lifted from most areas of Kashmir, except some parts of Srinagar, on Monday even as the stalemate in the Valley following abrogation of Article 370 entered its 36th day with schools closed and public transport off the roads, news agency PTI reported, quoting officials.
The restrictions have been lifted from most areas of the valley, but continue in parts of Srinagar – in the interior areas and in the jurisdiction of Maisuma police station of the city, the officials reportedly said.
They said barricades were removed from the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas a day after they were sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points.
UN Rights Chief Asks India, Pak to Protect Rights of Kashmiris
UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Monday, 9 September, asked India and Pakistan to ensure that the human rights of the people living in the Valley are respected and protected.
Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said her office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control, PTI reported.
"I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists," she reportedly said in her opening statement at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council.
Bachelet said it was important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future.
Govt Sets up 3-Member Panel to Look into Assets, Liabilities of J&K
The Centre has constituted a three-member committee to look into distribution of assets and liabilities of Jammu and Kashmir between two successor Union territories, which will come into existence on 31 October, PTI reported, citing an official notification.
While former defence secretary Sanjay Mitra will be the chairman of the committee, retired IAS officer Arun Goyal and retired Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer Giriraj Prasad Gupta will be its members.
"...in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 84 and Section 85 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the central government hereby constitutes the advisory committee," the home ministry notification said.
All Measures in Kashmir Aimed at Safeguarding Lives: Advisor to J&K Governor
Asserting that the administration has successfully dealt with the law and order situation in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions, advisor to J&K governor Farooq Khan on Monday said that not a single bullet has been fired by security forces for over a month and slammed Pakistan for spreading lies.
He stressed that all measures in Kashmir were aimed at safeguarding the lives of people and normalcy was slowly returning to the Valley, PTI reported.
"We have been successful in that (safeguarding lives). More than a month has now passed, but not even a single bullet has been fired by security forces and police to deal with the law and order situation. It is a big thing. It is the reality," he reportedly said, adding that they "will not be cowed down" by the Pakistani propaganda.
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