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Ramazan shopping keeps Hyderabad bright and alive at night

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Hyderabad, June 23: Traffic jams are a common sight in parts of Hyderabad, especially in the Old City, during peak hours every single day. But during the holy month Ramazan, the city witnesses traffic snarls throughout the night.

It is chock-a-block well past midnight at the famous markets around the historic Charminar and other commercial centres like Mallepally, Mehdipatnam and Toli Chowki.

With the fasting month entering the last phase, Eid shopping has reached a crescendo in Hyderabad.

The Old City, with its rich Islamic history and cultural heritage, never sleeps during Ramazan. Men, burka-clad women and children try to grab whatever they can for Eid, which marks the culmination of the holy month.

Crowded and dazzling markets, illuminated shops, qawalis blaring from hotels and eateries, the aroma of ‘Haleem’, shouts of hawkers selling everything from safety pin to clothes to ‘atar’ (perfumes), the area around Charminar presents an extraordinary spectacle.

As one crosses the Musi river to enter the Old City, the stretch from Madina Building to Charminar and the adjoining markets are packed with shoppers who come not only from the city and Telangana but also nearby states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

The month-long festivities of Ramazan reach the peak during last ‘ashra’ (10 days). If the business in the first 20 days is dominated by dates, fruits, dry fruits, food items, groceries, skull cap, ‘atar’ and surma, the last days witness splurging sprees among families buying clothes, footwear, bangles, jewellery, mehndi, crockery and household items.

Traders of dry fruits do brisk business while ‘sewian’ (homemade vermicelli) is in huge demand.

While the Charminar area has been the epicentre of Eid shopping for decades, the activity has spread to other parts of the city in recent years. Nampally, Mallepally, Asif Nagar and the stretch from Mehdipatnam to Toli Chowki too see shopping till ‘sehri’ (pre-dawn meal before fast begins).

Many shoppers prefer to end their shopping with ‘shar’ at hotels, serving Haleem, biryani, kebabs and other dishes.

With Muslims accounting for about 30 percent of the city’s estimated nine million population, every commodity associated with the festivities opens up huge business opportunities.

The volume of business, mostly in the unorganised sector, is beyond anybody’s guess. Thousands of hawkers occupy the pavements setting up makeshift shops. The authorities too look the other way.

“There is no other festivity which goes on non-stop for the whole month and in no other Indian city can you find such kind of celebration,” said Ritesh Sharma, General Manager at Taj Falaknuma Palace.

While the city has witnessed changes in the way people shop, with the onset of shopping malls and big stores, for many Eid shopping is incomplete without a visit to Madina, Patthergatti, Patel Market, Laad Bazar and other traditional markets around Charminar.

“You get everything with a wide range to choose from. It’s also light on the pocket,” said Irfan Ahmed, a retired government employee.

The city comes also alive because of spiritual activity in the last days of the holy month. The devout throng mosques to offer special prayers which continue till 3 a.m.

By Mohammed Shafeeq

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9 killed in Rajasthan LPG cylinder blast

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Jaipur, Feb 17: At least nine persons have been killed and 18 others injured after two LPG cylinders exploded at a wedding function in Beawar in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district, police said.

The incident took place on late Friday night. According to police, six persons were referred to a hospital in Ajmer while 12 were referred to the district hospital in Beawar.

Police said one Surendra Kumar Parecha had organised wedding celebrations at Kumavat Samaj Bhavan in Beawar for his son’s wedding.

The guests were staying in a double-storey building. Suddenly, there was a loud blast which brought the entire building down like a pack of cards.

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According to some eyewitnesses, the cook was trying to refill the empty LPG cylinder from other cylinder. That caused a fire and it resulted in an explosion.

Post mortems are being done and the bodies are being handed over to their respective families. The groom’s mother is also missing.

The search for bodies is underway and once all bodies are found, police will begin an investigation into what led to the blast, an official said.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has expressed condolences over the incident and called it tragic.

She wished a speedy recovery to the injured and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

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Criminals torch three buses in Jharkhand

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Ranchi, Feb 16: Unidentified criminals torched three buses after being refused extortion money in Jharkhand’s Chatra district, police said on Friday.

According to police, three buses of a company were standing at a bypass road in Chatra district when criminals poured kerosene on them and set them on fire early on Friday. All the three buses were gutted.

Police recovered a pamphlet from the torched bus site, with the ‘Tiger Group’ claiming responsibility for the incident.

The pamphlet says that denial of extortion is the reason for the incident.

The owner of the bus claimed that he has suffered Rs 1 crore loss. The buses were new and were plying from Ranchi to Sasaram in Bihar, via Chatra.

In the past Maoist guerrillas used to torch vehicles after being denied levy.

This is the first time that a criminal group has claimed responsibility for such an incident.

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Police constable Vipin & BJP leader Jyoti Mishra slap each other in Bareilly, watch video

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BJP leader and Constable slap each other

A video is doing rounds on social media in which a police constable and a BJP leader are seeing slapping each other.

Ani reported that Police constable Vipin & BJP leader Jyoti Mishra slap each other in Bareilly.

Whereas case has been registered against both the parties. The incident took place on 13th February 2018.

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