KARACHI - A large number of citizens have preferred buying online sacrificial animals due to precarious situation of law and order in the metropolis.  According to details, buying a goat for sacrifice on Eidul Azha has become a lot simpler this year. No more tedious search for the right pick or bargaining over the price with the animal traders. Citizens used IT technology to buy sacrificial animal on the eve of Eid as online animals booking facility was first time offered in this city to avert security risks and hassles.Meanwhile, traditional animal dealers continue to wait for buyers. In Karachi, demand for sacrificial goats and cows has especially been low following an economic meltdown and fears of unrest in the outlying areas of the City. Various animal traders have returned to their native areas including interior Sindh and Punjab without selling their cattle because of poor situation of law and order and unstable business in the cattle market of the City.The new trend of online goat market is providing photos, videos, and other descriptions such as the type and price of animals for sale at different web sites. Atif Babar, a resident of Shadman Town, who purchased two goats from the online goat market, he told that he had been drawn to the online markets due to option of paying a price based on the actual weight of the animal.He said in the traditional cattle markets the customers are seen bargaining over the prices of the sacrificial animals and the animal dealers normally demand ten times higher prices of their cattle. In the online gallery, details such as the weight, number of teeth, age, photo, price and the name of animal are to help customers select the animal of his choice. The animals’ prices may be a little higher but this is often compensated by the option of having the animal delivered to you. Another citizen Ayaz Ansari told that if the animals are not the same as shown on the website, buyers have the option of canceling the deal with dealer. This is how the websites won the trust of the customers.TECHNICAL TRAINING TO YOUTH: Imparting technical training to youngsters helps in the process of national development and for the creation of job opportunities. This was stated by the Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs Faisal Ali Subzwari. He was speaking as chief guest at a ceremony to award certificates to homeless and deprived youngsters in technical skills at the Memon Industrial and Technical Training Institute here the other day.The training was imparted under the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme by the Sindh Department of Youth Affairs with the collaboration of Memon Industrial and Technical Training Institute.The minister said that such training programmes also prove helpful in enabling youngsters to get employment opportunities and stand on their own feet.Sindh Youth Affairs Secretary Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and Director Youth Affairs, Khurshid Ali Shaikh, also expressed their views on the occasion.

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