Srinagar, Dec 4: Pre-paid mobile and Internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) remained suspended as a precautionary measure in the Kashmir valley since August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories (UTs).
Meanwhile, life remained affected during the second half of the day on Wednesday after shops and business establishments were functioning normally in the morning in the Kashmir valley, where political leaders , including three former Chief Ministers of Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti besides ex-ministers and legislators who remained detained since August 5.
Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed on streets despite sub zero temperature since morning to maintain law and order.
Pre-paid mobile service besides Internet, including Broadband, remained suspended, badly hitting students, traders, journalists and other professionals. In the absence of internet students could not registered themselves for NEET and other professional examinations. Candidates also failed to apply for posts in different central and state government departments. The traders also failed to file their GST and other returns. Scores of professionals had to shift to Delhi and Jammu to work with their companies.
Mediapersons were the worst hit as they are not able to work smoothly in the absence of internet.
Shops and business establishments reopened this morning in Srinagar as usual. However, after functioning for several hours, shops were again closed in the afternoon.
After about three months spontaneous total strike against scrapping of special status of the state, shops and business establishments are now functioning for four to five hours in the morning for the past one month.
However, due to cold in the morning, shops are now opening late in the morning 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. Transport service was now fully operational in the valley. (UNI)