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Ban on Sunday shopping

N. L. Road (Church Road) which used to teem with vehicles bringing people to buy bakery products or eat in a restaurant on Sunday, bears a desolate look after the ban on March 14. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 14 (NPN)
Published on 15 Mar. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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Consequent upon the directive of the Dimapur district administration for ban on Sunday shopping, shops except pharmacies were closed on March 14 eliciting mixed reactions to it. Labourers, auto drivers and rickshaw pullers were the most affected lot as they normally ate in wayside hotels and tea stalls after work. Pan, cigarette and tobacco users were also among the affected lot. Others also resentful included central government employees who said that Sunday was the only day when they could take their family out for eating or buying snacks. Others felt the ban would only drive many from Dimapur to shop at nearby markets in Khatkhati or Bokajan and defeat the very purpose of discouraging Sunday shopping. There were also some who felt that such a ban would not be good for travelers and tourists visiting Dimapur. “This means that travelers and tourists should be told not to come to Dimapur which is supposed to be the commercial capital of the state” quipped a lady involved with one NGO in Dimapur. Rev. Fr. Anto, Youth Director, Kohima diocese supported the ban on the ground that it was biblical and also because Nagaland should set an example as a Christian dominated state. While many said the ban was logical since everyone needed to rest at least one day in a week, there were those who wanted a review of the ban. It may be mentioned that the DC Dimapur in consultation with Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), CEO, issued the order on March 11 asking all business establishments including vegetable vendors except pharmacies to stop normal trading on Sunday from March 14. DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier and DMC, CEO Nikhashe Sema could not be contacted for comments.

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