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JAMMU: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Arun Manhas today convened a meeting to discuss the arrangements for Mathwar Mela to be held from January 20- 22, 2018. ADC asked the security agencies to ensure fool proof arrangements in and around the venue, besides proper barricading the area.  The officers of Traffic Police Department were asked to make suitable arrangements for parking and smooth movement of vehicles in the area.

 

The ADC directed the officers of PDD and PHE department to ensure uninterrupted power supply and drinking water at the shrine during mela days. Executive Engineer PHE Rural was further asked to provide water tanks with taps at the venue. The Health Department was directed to setup a medical camp at Mathwar and to station an ambulance with mobile medical unit at the mela site.

 

Block Development Officer Mathwar was asked to ensure sanitation and cleanliness in and around the shrine. During the meeting, the Floriculture department was directed to beautify the main chowk Aghore and Kotli on the day of celebration. ADC asked the officers to work in close coordination and synergy to ensure smooth conduct of the mela. Among others, Executive Engineer PHE, PDD, R&B, Police Officers, officials of various departments and representatives of  religious organizations  were  present in the meeting.

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SRINAGAR: According to Depot Manager, Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) Anantnag a bus service for tour purposes is going to operate from Anantnag to Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan and back from December 27th this year. Interested persons are informed to contact on phone numbers 97979956719070754427, and 9858726775.

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SRINAGAR: The Christmas, birthday of Jesus Christ, was on Monday celebrated across the Kashmir Valley with religious zest and gaiety despite bone chilling cold. The fascinating part was that after 50 years the Christmas church bells were rung in Holy Family Church Srinagar as it was damaged in 1967 in a fire incident. The celebrations began with midnight mass prayers in Churches in summer capital, Srinagar, which recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 4. The church was decorated with colourful buntings and balloons and wore a festive look.

It is worth mentioning that the population of Christians in Jammu and Kashmir has increased by 75 percent from 2001 to 2011, the Census data had revealed. Of these, the data had stated, 21523 are males while remaining 14108 females. Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti had felicitated people of the State on the occasion of Christmas. In her message, the Chief Minister expressed the hope that the holy occasion would be an omen of communal harmony, love for humanity and compassion for all across the world. 

 

Most colorful Christmas celebrations were witnessed at Holy Family Catholic Church, a Roman Catholic Church located at Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar. The prayers were held at the Holy Family Catholic Church and All Saints’ Church in Srinagar, Saint Joseph’s Church in Baramulla district—the oldest Catholic Church in Jammu and Kashmir. An impressive number of worshipers attended the Christmas prayers.

The fascinating part was that after 50 years the Christmas church bells were rung in Holy Family Church Srinagar as it was damaged in 1967 in a fire incident. Last year the celebrations of Christmas were kept low key in wake of the unprecedented unrest that had hit Kashmir post killing of Militant Commander Burhan Wani. The devotes in all the churches lauded the communal brotherhood of Kashmir and prayed for peace and prosperity in Kashmir.