Partial response in Valley to strike call against Narendra Modi's visit

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Strike in J&K gets lukewarm response
Srinagar, Oct 23:  The strike called by separatist groups against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday evoked a partial response in the Valley.

Although most shops in and around the city centre of Lal Chowk –- the commercial hub of the summer capital here -– were closed, establishments had opened for business in other districts of Kashmir, officials said.

Markets in Lal Chowk are yet to start functioning normally after the devastation wrought by the floods last month in the state with only a few shopkeepers having resumed business there.

Officials said that while public transport was sparse, private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws plied normally. Educational institutions, government offices and banks are closed on account of the holiday for Diwali.

The prime minister arrived in the Valley today to celebrate the festival of lights with the flood-affected people. "Will be in Srinagar on Diwali, 23d October," PM tweeted.


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