Post opposition, govt withdraws circular on Urdu version of ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ in schools, colleges

The Jammu and Kashmir government has withdrawn a controversial circular that had asked the Education department to provide the Urdu version of “Bhagwat Geeta” and “Koshur Ramayana” in schools and other educational institutions in the state. “The circular regarding the introduction of some religious books stands withdrawn ab initio under the orders of the chief secretary,” an official said Tuesday. The state government had issued the circular Monday, directing the Director of School Education for the Jammu and Kashmir divisions to purchase these religious books. The circular had asked the…

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3 LeT militants killed in Sopore gunfight; Schools, Colleges, Cellular, mobile Internet services shut across North Kashmir

Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the government forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town, police said. Javed Ahmad Dar of Khanpora, Baramulla and Abid Hamid Mir of Hajin Bandipora are the two slain militants killed in Sopore at the hands of government forces during a gunfight Saturday, officials said. They said that identification of the third militant is being ascertained. “Acting on a specific information about the presence of militants in Jamia Mohalla, Amargarh locality of Tarzoo in Sopore, Police along with 52…

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Colleges, Varsities remain shut to prevent protests

Schools, colleges and universities remained closed in the Valley today to prevent protests by students following the killing of Lashkar commander Abu Dujana and his associate in Pulwama on Tuesday. The government had announced the closure of all educational institutions in the Valley as many school and college students had clashed with the police in many parts of the Valley, including Srinagar, on Tuesday. The killings triggered a shutdown in the commercial hub here after students from various schools assembled at MA Road and raised pro-freedom slogans on Tuesday. The…

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