Millions of Muslims around the world on Thursday marked the start of Ramzan, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan. The annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.

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In a bid at creating an environment free of terror and violence during the holy month, the Centre has announced a conditional ceasefire under which security forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan, but reserve the right to retaliate if attacked.