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Schools in Kashmir valley open, but classes empty

Date: 20 August 2019
Few students turned up at schools that re-opened in the Kashmir Valley today after a fortnight. In Srinagar, all private schools remained shut, barring one run by the Centre where barely 10 per cent students made it to their classes. “There was thin attendance in schools. About 30-40 per cent staff made it. From Wednesday, middle schools in Kashmir will be reopened,” an official said. “Children’s safety is important,” said Hafeeza Jaan, whose two children study in Class III and V. The government had made necessary arrangements for reopening all 190 primary schools in Srinagar city, but parents were apprehensive. “There is so much uncertainty. Sending kids to school is out of question,” said Farooq Ahmad Dar.
[courtesy: Agencies]

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Second OHCHR Report on Jammu & Kashmir perseverates with the same flaws as the first

In its recently published commentary, 'Second OHCHR Report on Jammu & Kashmir' perseverates with the same flaws as the first', the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) comments. The OHCHR's second on Jammu & Kashmir after its specious and tendentious maiden effort last year, makes no attempt to address or rectify the various and momentous shortcomings that were obtrusive in the first report.
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