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This is the first time a state has been downsized into union territories, taking the total number to nine and bringing the number of states down to 28.
The move to hold the annual examinations was aimed at bringing children back to school at a time when the Valley is in the midst of a civil shutdown.
Once J&K is bifurcated on 31 October, its governor will assume role of a lieutenant-governor, who will preside over security, police & postings of govt officials.
Representatives from the National Commission for Minorities plan to meet religious leaders and begin confidence building measures.
The Modi govt’s J&K Reorganisation Bill provides for the new UT of Jammu and Kashmir to be given more funds and financial security.
Proposal with Union cabinet and may come up in meeting today. Centre reckons the two UTs are just 35 km apart and don't require 'duplication of work'.
Three Union Territories — Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli — are run by ex-BJP leaders. A recent EC order has effectively exempted the office from the model code of conduct.