10-day curfew cripples life amid media lockdown in Kashmir (Evening Lead)

The schools and colleges, which were scheduled to reopen today after 17-day summer vacations, remained closed as government extended the holidays for one more week in view of the prevailing law and order situation. The valley is suffering severely due to a shortage of essentials, including medicines.

"Except for stray incidents of stone pelting at some places, the overall law and order situation remained calm yesterday (Sunday) across the Valley", a senior police officer told IANS.

Concerned over the criticism with a large number of protesters in the Kashmir Valley facing severe eye injuries in police action during the agitation in wake of the encounter of Hizbul Mujhaideen commander Burhan Wani, the home ministry is likely to review the security protocol for paramilitary forces deployed in the region.

Close to 5,000 CRPF personnel will soon be guarding the streets of Kashmir, after the Government rushed a further 2,000 troops to the violence-hit Valley.

People complained that their stocks of groceries and other food items have dried up. Now the schools and colleges will open on 25th July.

Education Minister and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar said the telecom blockade would be lifted in the next two or three days.

It said when they contacted a government spokesperson during the meeting, he conveyed to them that in view of apprehensions of serious trouble in Kashmir Valley in next three days aimed at subverting peace, strict curfew will be imposed and movement of newspaper staff and distribution of newspapers will not be possible.

Authorities have officially confirmed that newspaper owners were asked not to publish newspapers till July 19.

Cable television services have, however, been resumed after service providers took off all Pakistan TV channels and two private Indian channels.

Limited call facility continued on post-paid cell phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

All job interviews by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) have also been postponed.

Mobile phone internet and call operations remained suspended in south Kashmir areas for the eighth day while the same remained suspended for the second day in central and northKashmir areas on Sunday.

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