Valley limping back to normalcy: Classes 12, 10 exams being held

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examFor the first time in four months, normalcy is slowly returning back to the Valley with vehicles, including buses, plying on the city roads.

A majority of students, opposing the decree of separatists, who issue protest and strike calls at the drop of a hat, against reopening of schools and colleges, appeared for the Class 10 examinations.

Class 10 exams, which began on November 15, would be held simultaneously along with Class 12 examinations till December 3 in 1,000 examination centres.

Shops were found conducting business in many areas in the Civil Lines, city outskirts and in rural areas of Kashmir. But many remained shut due to the on-going strike.

Many vendors had put up stalls along the TRC Chowk-Batamaloo centre through Lal Chowk City Centre, while a rush of customers were observed at the banks, which were found open across the Valley.

Educational activity had come to a grinding halt in Jammu and Kashmir after 30 schools were set on fire in the violence which shook the state after the killing of Hizb terrorist Burhanuddin Wani by security forces.

Vehicular and people’s movement gave a semblance of normalcy in Srinagar, with the government sending more personnel to streamline traffic on city roads; some places witnessed traffic jams.

Inter-district vehicular transport has improved significantly. However, due to the separatist-sponsored strike, many facets of life were hit for the 129th consecutive day.