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Kashmir springs back to life, shops and offices open after four months

Author: Agencies
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 19, 2016
URL:   http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kashmir-springs-back-to-life-Shops-offices-open-after-four-months/articleshow/55511655.cms

The Kashmir valley burst into life on Saturday morning as offices, shops and other business establishments opened for the first time since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani+ in an encounter on July 8.

Shops, offices, business establishments and fuel stations opened on Saturday morning for a full day for the first time since the unrest began following the killing of Burhan Wani. While some had started opening earlier defying the separatists, others did business few hours on some days of the week whenever relaxation in the strike was announced. Separatist leaders, who had been spearheading the agitation with their weekly protest calendars, relaxed the shutdown for two days, asking people to resume normal activities over the weekend.

There was massive traffic on the roads in Srinagar - the summer capital - as public transport resumed fully and people came out to carry out their day to day activities today.

Officials said attendance in government offices, banks and post offices was almost full for the first time since the unrest. The authorities had increased the presence of traffic personnel on the roads to manage the traffic.

Similar reports of people resuming their normal life were received from most of the other district headquarters of the valley.

Students appearing for the ongoing 10th and 12th class annual exams used public transport for the first time to reach the examination centres.

The authorities on Friday night restored mobile internet services on postpaid numbers due to improvement in situation. However, such facility on prepaid numbers continued to remain snapped and there is no word yet on their restoration.

The unrest in Kashmir had left 86 people dead and many others, including 5,000 security personnel, injured.
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