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During G-20 meet in Bali next week, India to defend its plans to hold meetings in JK

During G-20 meet in Bali next week, India to defend its plans to hold meetings in JK

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New Delhi, July 1 India will defend its plans to hold some G-20 meetings in Jamp;K when Foreign Ministers of this grouping meet next week in Bali, Indonesia, said sources here. In a meeting expected to be dominated by Ukraine where the media glare will be on the simultaneous participation of Foreign Ministers from Ukraine and Russia, there is the expectation that Beijing could raise the issue of future meetings being held in Jamp;K. China has already gone public opposing India's plan to hold some G-20 meetings in Jamp;K when it takes over the chair of G20 from Indonesia towards the end of this year. "We call on relevant sides to focus on economic recovery and avoid politicising the relevant issue so as to make a positive contribution to improving the global economic governance," the Chi...
Final voters’ list of Jammu and Kashmir to be out on October 31

Final voters’ list of Jammu and Kashmir to be out on October 31

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New Delhi, June 30With the timeline already shared with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has planned to publish the final electoral rolls of the Union Territory (UT) on October 31.Once published, this would be first voters' list of Jamp;K after the delimitation exercise of redrawing boundaries of Assembly seats is completed.Officials said in a letter to the CEO of Jamp;K, the ECI has given a timeline to complete various activities before the final publication of the electoral rolls on October 31.The officials, however, contended the voters' list will keep getting updated, as there are four cut-off dates in a year now, when those turning 18 can enrol themselves as voters. Earlier, those turning 18 on or before the first day of th...
Jammu: Protest continues over relocation demand

Jammu: Protest continues over relocation demand

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Jammu, June 30 Reserved category and Kashmiri Pandit employees continued their protest demanding relocation to Jammu. The protest entered 30th day as the government has not taken any decision on their demand so far. While Kashmiri Pandit employees have been protesting at the office of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner since mid-June, Dalit employees are agitating at Ambedkar Chowk since June 1. "Hot and humid climatic conditions for the past 30 days have not deterred us as we are fighting for an ethical resolution of the fear that we are facing in Kashmir. After the killing of schoolteacher Rajni Bala in May, we cannot go and join our duties in Kashmir under the fear of guns," said Naresh Bhagat, who is on protest at Ambedkar Chowk. Vipan Kumar, a leader of all Jammu-based em...
First batch of yatris reaches Amarnath shrine

First batch of yatris reaches Amarnath shrine

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Samaan Lateef Srinagar, June 30 Hundreds of pilgrims, bracing cold weather and strong winds, today trekked through the treacherous mountains to reach the Amarnath cave shrine at 3,900 m in the Himalayas. The 43-day annual pilgrimage is taking place under heavy security after a gap of two years due to the Covid pandemic. Chanting hymns, the pilgrims took the twin routes of Nunwan in Pahalgam and Baltal in Ganderbal to reach the shrine where many burst into cries at the sight of the yellow grills guarding the "Shivling". At least 2,750 pilgrims, including sadhus and women, left the Nunwan base camp and trekked through Mahagunas Pass at 4,276 m to reach the shrine. Another batch of pilgrims opted for Baltal route. The Jamp;K administration is expecting 8 lakh pilgrims to turn up this year....
Amarnath Yatra: SHGs in JK roped in to make raincoats  woollens

Amarnath Yatra: SHGs in JK roped in to make raincoats woollens

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Arjun Sharma Jammu, June 30 To shield Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and officials deputed at different locations safe from rain and cold weather, thousands of women in Jamp;K are working day and night for stitching raincoats, gloves, mufflers and other woollen items. A number of self-help groups (SHGs) in different districts of the UT have been roped in prepare merchandise required for the pilgrimage. At least 30 stalls along the pilgrimage route have been set up where items made by these SHGs have been kept for sale. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha was keen on ensuring that Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board officials managing the yatra at base camps wear proper uniform. The aim was to ensure that pilgrims identify them and reach out to them for any assistance. The Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihood Mis...
Another batch of 6,400 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath from Jammu

Another batch of 6,400 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath from Jammu

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Jammu, July 1 Amid tight security, fresh batch of 6,400 pilgrims left from a base camp here on Friday in a secured convoy to perform pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south of Himalayas. Chanting 'Bam Bam Bhole', the pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in a cavalcade of 265 vehicles early morning. The 43-day long pilgrimage to the cave shrine will conclude on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. With today's batch the number of the total pilgrims, who have left for Amarnath cave shrine from Jammu, goes up to 17,100, officials said. Over 7,000 fresh pilgrims have arrived in Jammu from various places across the country for their onward journey to the shrine, they said. After on-the spot registration at three counters and supply of tokens at two counters, they ...
3 Amarnath pilgrims injured in accident on Jammu-Srinagar highway in Banihal

3 Amarnath pilgrims injured in accident on Jammu-Srinagar highway in Banihal

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Banihal/Jammu, July 1 Three pilgrims to the Amarnath cave shrine were injured when their vehicle skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district and overturned on Friday morning, officials said. The tempo-traveller, which was carrying pilgrims from Jammu to Kashmir, met with the accident near the Sherbibi area in Banihal, they said. Kundan Kumar (59) from Uttar Pradesh, Vivek (10) and Anita Gupta (49) from Chhattisgarh were undergoing treatment in a Banihal hospital, the officials said. They were to visit the cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas on July 3.
Election commission to publish finalised voters’ list of J-K post-delimitation on October 31

Election commission to publish finalised voters’ list of J-K post-delimitation on October 31

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New Delhi, June 30With the timeline already shared with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jammu and Kashmir, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has planned to publish the finalised electoral rolls of the Union Territory (UT) on October 31.Once published, this would be the first voters' list of Jamp;K after the delimitation exercise of redrawing boundaries of assembly seats was completed.Officials said in a letter to the CEO of Jamp;K, the ECI has given a timeline to complete various activities before the final publication of the electoral rolls on October 31.The officials, however, contended that the voters' list will keep getting updated as there are four cut-off dates in a year now when those turning 18 can enroll themselves as voters.Earlier, those turning 18 on or before the fir...
Government strives to make ‘Amarnath Yatra’ grand success; to setup 50-bed hospitals at Baltal, Chandanwari

Government strives to make ‘Amarnath Yatra’ grand success; to setup 50-bed hospitals at Baltal, Chandanwari

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New Delhi, June 30Two 50-bedded hospitals are being set up as indoor facilities at Baltal and Chandanwari in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of DRDO as part of various steps taken by the Union health ministry to make this year's Amarnath Yatra a grand success.Under the directions of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, and as per the directives of the Supreme Court, various initiatives have been taken to streamline Amarnathji Yatra for the devotees, the ministry said in a statement.Amarnath Yatra commenced on Thursday and will conclude on August 11."State governments have been informed about the required arrangements along with medical preparation, including services of specialist doctors, as well as General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) to supplement the efforts of the Jammu and Kashm...
Amarnath Yatra begins, 2,750 pilgrims leave Nunwan base camp for cave shrine

Amarnath Yatra begins, 2,750 pilgrims leave Nunwan base camp for cave shrine

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Nunwan (J-K), June 30 The annual Amarnath Yatra began on Thursday as a batch of about 2,750 pilgrims left the base camp here for the cave shrine housing the naturally formed ice-lingam in the Kashmir Himalayas. The pilgrimage was flagged off by Deputy Commissioner Piyush Singla at the Nunwan base camp in Anantnag's Pahalgam district. The journey -- most of it on foot -- takes about three days with night halts at Sheshnag and Panchtarni along the route. All arrangements have been made to ensure smooth conduct of the 43-day pilgrimage, Singla said, adding, "The endeavour is to make sure that the pilgrims feel secure and visit the shrine peacefully." Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday flagged off the first batch of 4,890 pilgrims from the Jammu base camp. Shr...