Normal business and other activities resumed in Kashmir valley, where Eid-ul-Azha festival was celebrated for three days. Meanwhile, educational institutions and media offices also reopened today after remaining closed yesterday, when there was no official holiday. However, about half-a-dozen local newspapers, mostly in Urdu, hit the stand today. No newspaper was published on Sunday and yesterday.
Eid-ul-Azha, marking the end of Holy Hajj pilgrimage was celebrated on September 2, when several areas witnessed clashes between demonstrators and security forces after Eid prayers. Train service across the valley remained suspended for security reasons for two days till yesterday. Shops and business establishments, which were closed for three days from September 2 in view of Eid, reopened this morning and traffic on all routes was plying normally in summer capital, Srinagar, and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in the valley.
Business and other activities resumed in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad Road, Residency Road and Dalgate. Work in government offices, banks and educational institutions were normal in Srinagar. But, schools and colleges remained closed for the second day today in Sopore and Handwara in north Kashmir following security reasons. Reports of normalcy were also received from south and central Kashmir districts and tehsil headquarters, where business and other activities resumed today.