US Congress Committee Urges India to Lift Kashmir Communication Blackout

India welcomes tourists back to Kashmir amid protests

India welcomes tourists back to Kashmir amid protests

A police official, who declined to be named, said the two deaths meant six militants had been killed since the crackdown began in August.

The state administration on 2 August had issued a security advisory asking Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir as soon as possible, citing terror threat in the Valley.

Though the world community has mostly backed India on the issue of Kashmir and the government's decision to abrogate Article 370 to strip the state of its special status, there is growing impatience with regard to the prolonged security curbs in the state.

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Tourists will be allowed back to Jammu and Kashmir after the local governor ordered an advisory for travelers to avoid the area to be lifted.

Discontent has simmered in Jammu & Kashmir since the early hours of August 5, when phone and internet communications were suspended and restrictions clamped on public movement. "It's time for India to lift these restrictions and afford Kashmiris the same rights and privileges as any other Indian citizen", the tweet read. India has also defended the imposition of restrictions in the Kashmir Valley on the grounds that they were put to prevent attempts by Pakistan to disturb the situation or encourage terrorist attacks.

Some of the major decisions taken in the past in the Situation cum Security Review Meetings include reopening of Higher Secondary Schools; Colleges and Universities; restarting public transport; opening additional travel counters at TRC Srinagar; opening 25 internet kiosks in each district to facilitate the public and Government departments; monitoring attendance in Government offices, etc, a statement from the Governor's office said.

Last week, the Centre had announced that Block Development Council (BDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir will take place on October 24. On Monday, Governor Malik was also informed that there is "active interest in the BDC elections and most of the seats of Chairpersons of BDCs would be filled".