Somewhere in Kashmir....

For the first time since the defanging of Article 370 on August 5, complete normalcy was restored in Kashmir Valley with shops remaining opened for the entire day and J&K State Roadways Transport Corporation buses plying across districts of the Valley. Sources said broadband services were likely to be restored in the Valley by the end of this week. This would completely restore communication links.

For the first time in 105 days, shops in the Valley remained opened in the afternoon hours as well. Till a day ago, traders were opening their shops from 7 to 11 in the morning and from 5 to 8 in the evening following diktats from militants.

People of the Valley had also altered their shopping timings accordingly, turning up to buy items only in the morning and evening hours. For the first time in 105 days, unauthorised hawkers in busy areas like Lal Chowk — who used spaces outside closed shops to put up their stalls — could not do business as the commercial establishments were opened through the day.

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