While the government has set up Internet kiosks — one at each of the 10 district headquarters — to “facilitate” the applications, students say these kiosks are too few in number. Over 20,000 students from Kashmir appeared for the NEET exams last year and sources say the number is likely to increase this year.
The 114th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir is on Thursday and it would be observed as an official holiday in the Union Territory, but the public event will not be allowed.
As Kashmir witnesses an unusually early winter, with snow flattening trees and power lines, The Indian Express on how the chill has added to the problems of a region now under 100 days of lockdown — from farmers counting their losses to the soldier who is still to get his kerosene stove.
It is early days, but the Centre hopes to restart conversations and slowly fill the political void created following the arrest of almost all notable politicians and prominent workers of mainstream parties in the Valley.
Official sources said the Centre has asked the state administration to hold twin functions — administering the oath of office to the two Lieutenant Governors for Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir — separately, at Leh and Srinagar, respectively.
In its first-ever BDC elections, J&K witnessed 98.3 per cent polling. But behind this turnout lies the story of vacant panchayats, elected panches confined to secured hotels far from their villages, a boycott by the major mainstream political parties barring BJP, and public indifference in the Valley.
Of the 310 blocks, candidates in 27 blocks have been elected unopposed. So voting will be held only in 283 blocks, where over a thousand candidates are in the fray. According to the election department, 853 are independent candidates, while 218 are from the BJP.