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No PM's speech for children in Valley

Toufiq Rashid , Hindustan Times   Srinagar, September 04, 2014
First Published: 22:05 IST(4/9/2014) | Last Updated: 09:10 IST(5/9/2014)

The flood-like situation in the Valley will be a major hurdle for school students to attend the schools for Prime Minister's September 5 speech.

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The government of Jammu and Kashmir has closed all educational institutions from September 4 to September 8, 2014 owing to flood-like situation in most areas in Kashmir.

"The Cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of chief minister Omar Abdullah ordered closure of government and private schools and colleges in the state till September 7, 2014. The closure has been ordered to ensure safety of school-going children,'' read a government press statement.

Most parts of Srinagar and rural areas in the Valley have been water-logged due to incessant rains in last 48 hours. All schools and colleges in five districts of Srinagar, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian remain closed on Thursday in view of the looming flood, officials said.

These districts have been most affected due to the continuous rains for the past three days.
Meanwhile, the Kashmir University has postponed all examinations for Thursday and has suspended class work in all its departments for two days in view of the inclement weather.

According to the Met department, the weather is likely to remain the same in next 48 hours. The weathermen say heavy to moderate rainfall is expected till Saturday. The government has also sounded an alert for flash floods and avalanches in many areas. 

The state government had on Tuesday passed directions to 23,485 schools, including private schools, to make necessary arrangement for beaming and airing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Teachers' Day speech on September 5 live for students.

As reported by Hindustan Times, the government had made available 12,500 television sets and two edusats in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar. Over 7,333 transistors were also likely to be distributed in schools located in remote areas with no electricity.

The move, however, was being opposed by a private schools body on Wednesday describing the government's directive to attend to the Prime Minister's speech as "unconstitutional."

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