Valley shutdown 100 days old amid internet blackout

MAJID NABI. Dated: 11/13/2019 12:18:23 PM

SRINAGAR, Nov 12: Spontaneous shutdown continued to hit normal life in Kashmir on Tuesday 100 days after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A on August 5 this year.
Markets continued to remain closed across Kashmir; however shops at few places in civil line areas were partially open and street vendors setup their stalls on roads at several places amidst an increased movement of private vehicles.
Partial movement of public transport was witnessed on roads on few routes in Srinagar on the second consecutive day since August 5. Transport service was suspended across Kashmir on August 5, the day the Centre repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories.
Schools, colleges and universities as usual were deserted across Kashmir as the reluctant students continued to skip classes ever since the administration ordered opening of educational institutions in all ten districts of Kashmir. Teachers and other staff however marked their presence amidst shutdown.
A day after trial run was conducted on Baramulla-Banihal track, rail service was formally restored today after 100 days of suspension since August 5.
However, communication system barring landline service and partial restoration of postpaid mobile calling continued to remain suspended in Kashmir.
Reports reaching here from other district headquarters including north and south Kashmir said that normal life was affected due to spontaneous shutdown which continued in Kashmir since August 5.

 

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