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SRINAGAR: As Eid-ul-Azha draws nearer, markets are abuzz with people wanting to get their shopping done for the big occasion, traders are resorting to arbitrary price hike of commodities and other goods, with complaints galore across the Valley.  With Eid-ul-Azha just around the corner, women and men alike are in the final phase of their shopping, be it clothes, shoes or other items.
 
Buyers on Monday said that  they are forced to pay inflated prices for different items while they griped over government failure to ensure fair prices of essential commodities on Eid eve. “Everyone wants to celebrate Eid happily but price hikes in items, including vegetables have been hiked,” said a customer while returning from shopping complex. People have started buying clothes, household items, and other good, they complained that shopkeepers have inflated prices.
 
Whether it is women or children wishing to get the best outfits, or men buying the perfect kurta shalwar for the joyous occasion, shopping malls and clothing brands see a considerable rush and a spike in their sales. The shopkeepers have raised prices, but many have also displayed ‘sale’ signs to hoodwink the customers.  Prices of products like mutton, poultry, bakery products, vegetables, cottage cheese, clothes and other items are likely to be shot up by the traders .
 
Reports have emerged from north as well as south Kashmir districts too where buyers are being looted by some traders, as there are complaints that shopkeepers have inflated prices on clothes, household items, and other goods. A woman says she is extremely fond of Eid shopping. “Most of my children have shopped online, but I still prefer looking at the things before buying them.”
 
But officials said checking squads have been directed to the markets.  Traders and businessmen, however, point out that the rush at markets doesn’t mean that sales have increased. They add the numbers are likely to go up in the last 10 days. Nowadays, the main focus of the citizens is towards the purchase of clothes, footwear and many other items for the festival. A larger number of makeshift shops have sprung up on the pavements of the city.
 
Due to the rush in Kashmir markets, severe traffic jams are witnessed at and around commercial areas. These include Lal Chowk , Shalteng, Kamarwari, Pattan, Sangrama, Baramulla and other districts as well as towns of the valley. While as Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan has directed all Deputy Commissioners to start a crackdown against black marketers, profiteers and hoarders across the valley to arrest all traders immediately who are found indulging in such illegal practice.

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BUDGAM: Arrangements for ensuing annual Urs of Hazrat Syed Ali Aali Balkhi (R.A.) Pakherpora commencing from August 23 to August 31, 2018 were finalized in a meeting convened under the chairmanship of Additional District Development Commissioner Budgam, Khurshid Ahmad Sanai. The meeting was also attended by SDM Chadoora Aziz Ahmad Rather besides concerned officers from all other required departments including Police, Health,PHE, R&b, PDD, FCS&CA, ARTO Budgam/Pulwama, MC Chareshareef and YDA.  The Chairman and members of Auqaf Committee accompanied by president shopkeepers union also attended the meeting.

 

Briefing the meeting about the decisions taken with regard to arrangements, the ADDC said that FCS&CA Department has been directed to ensure sufficient supply of ration including gas, kerosene and sugar which shall remain available for consumers during the Urs days. 

Simultaneously the PDD has been asked to provide round the clock power supply to the town and in case of any urgency the generators shall be kept available. ADDC directed ARTO Budgam to provide hassle free transport facility to the visiting devotees especially buses shall be made available from Pulwama and Shopian. He said in order to check illegal profiteering, hoarding and black marketing in the market during Urs days, a special squad headed by concerned Tehildar will keep close watch and make surprise checks of the market during these days.

Accordingly, PHE Department has been directed that apart from uninterrupted water supply, mobile tankers must be kept ready to avoid any exigency. Block Medical Officer Pakherpora informed that 3 medical camps will be setup during Urs days.  Similarly R&B Department was directed to make necessary repairments of the road approaching to the shrine if required. To ensure clean atmosphere during Urs days, ADDC impressed upon the Executive Officer Municipal Committee Charisharief to keep premises clean and garbage free.

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir is an abode of all major religions of the world: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. Irrespective of the religion, the people in the Valley have set an example of an unmatched religious and cultural harmony which in conjunction with the values therein constitute Kashmiryat.   

 

The annual Amarnath pilgrimage revives that sense of Kashmiryat as we get to host lacs of pilgrims for nearly 60-days and make them pay their obeisance at the Holy Shrine smoothly and securely. So far, over 2.82 lakh pilgrims have paid their respect at the holy cave since June 28 this year.  “Amarnath Yatra has been going on for centuries in Kashmir. The important thing about it is Muslim families have been the main custodians,” said the Kashmir-based Journalist Rameez Makhdoomi. 

 

“Kashmir has, for many decades, witnessed a lot of bad circumstances, hopelessness and pain. Despite that, Amarnath yatra has, over all, run smoothly. This sends a message to the world that despite destruction and suffering, people can live in co-existence. There has to be co-existence or no-existence, and this is the message to today’s humanity,” he added. 

 

Said to be the abode of Shiva, the pilgrims get to see the incarnation of the Hindu deity in the form of an ice stalagmite called Lingam. As described by the AmarnathJi Shrine Board website, the holy cave is situated at a height of 3,888 meters in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley at a distance of 46 kilometres from Pahalgam and 14 Kilometres from Baltal. 

 

With tourism industry still struggling to find its footing after the unrest in 2016 following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani on July 8, the pilgrimage offers a breather though limited.  According to a report Human Rights Review published by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), the total number of killings in 2016 was 383, including 145 civilians, 138 militants and 100 state and Central forces. This wide-scale bloodshed, the glimpses of which we continue to witness to this day, caused Kashmir a loss of 16000 crores from July 8 to November 30 in 2016, according to the Economic Survey 2016 report.

“The way  the Yatra is being conducted over the years is a larger message to the tourists across the world. They should come and enjoy the beauty of Kashmir. Tourism, besides being an important sector of the Kashmir economy, is also a good source of interaction between humans. We can get to know about each other and find a way for the larger betterment of humanity,” hoped Rameez.  He also said that the policy makers should not politicise tourism and Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir.