Authorities postpone exams for classes 5 to 9 in Kashmir

Authorities postpone exams for classes 5 to 9 in Kashmir

New Delhi, November 10: Exams for classes 5 to 9 have been postponed in Kashmir by authorities. No reasons are given by the officials for delaying the papers, which were to be held commencing from Monday for the first two papers of the annual exams. However, news agency Press Trust of India has stated that the decision was taken due to the heavy snowfall in the valley on Friday. Moreover, the news agency quoted an official as saying that the annual examinations for classes 10 and 12 will be conducted as per the schedule.

New exam date notified

The news agency reported that the Urdu/Hindi and English exams were to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday respectively, according to Director School Education. He informed that the exams will now be held on November 26 and 28.

Kashmir remained cut off from rest of the nation

Press Trust of India reported yesterday that Kashmir remained cut off from the rest of India after heavy snowfall for the second day on Friday as the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was blocked. Flights to Srinagar airport were also suspended due to poor visibility.

Due to adverse weather conditions, roads connecting the summer capital of the newly-formed union territory with far-flung areas like Gurez, Macchil, Keran and Tangdhar were also shut.

Officials said that thousands of commuters were left stranded at various places due to a fresh landslide that blocked the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district on Saturday.

After remaining closed for two days due to heavy snowfall and landslides at several places, the traffic on the 270-km highway was restored in the morning. It is a 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country. The Kashmir Valley and high-altitude areas of the Jammu region have experienced the first major snowfall of the season. Thus, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for traffic on Thursday.

The officials shared that Mughal road, which is the alternate road connecting border districts of Poonch and Rajouri, remained closed for the fourth day on Saturday. He added that after heavy snowfall along the Pir Ki Gali and Shopian stretch, the road was closed for traffic on Wednesday.