Business activities remain suspended during 2nd half in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Business activities continued to remain suspended during the second half of the day on Monday in the Kashmir, where there was no relief for leaders of different political parties detained since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5.
The pre-paid mobile and Internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5, badly hitting students who had to apply on-line for new admissions in universities, professional colleges. Other professionals, including journalists, doctors and traders were also badly affected due to lack of internet facility.
Meanwhile, large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed on streets despite sub zero temperature since morning to maintain law and order.
There is no restriction in any part of the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, police said.
Due to fog and icy cold winds for the third day on Monday, shops and business establishments reopened very late in Srinagar, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital this morning. Normally business activities were resuming at 0830 hrs 0930 hrs till 1300 hrs and 1400 hrs.
However, majority shops and business establishments reopened between 0930 hrs to 1030 hrs due to chill though there was improvement of one degree in the temperature. However, business and other activities again came to halt in the afternoon.
Public and private transport was plying on all routes, leading to frequent traffic jam on busy roads in Srinagar.
People are observed spontaneous total strike against scrapping of special status of the state since August 5 for about three months. However, shops and business establishments later started functioning for four to five hours in the morning for the past one month. But, due to cold in the morning, shops are now opening late and closing in the afternoon. However, in some areas shops remained open throughout the day.
Similar reports were also received from other parts of the Kashmir valley.
Pre-paid mobile service besides Internet, including Broadband, remained suspended, badly hitting students, traders, journalists and other professionals.
Leaders of different political parties, including three former chief ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, besides former ministers and legislators remain under detention.