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SRINAGAR: The Friday congregation prayers concluded peacefully at Kashmir’s grand mosque Jamia Masjid Srinagar, this comes following over 100 persons were injured in forces action on last Friday triggering widespread condemnations from all corners.  Pertinently, Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar concluded peacefully a week after government forces injured over 100 people by resorting to heavy pellet and teargas shelling even while chasing the protesters forces fired inside the mosque injuring many faithful and leaving a portion of the mosque splattered with blood. A shutdown was observed on next day of the incident besides a protest rally was carried out which was addressed by Joint Resistance Leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

 

Eyewitnesses said unlike past there was lesser deployment of government forces around the Jamia Masjid. Hurriyat (M) Chiarman and Mosque’s chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had cautioned authorities of widespread protests if forces were again deployed this Friday as according to him the heavy deployment becomes a reason of clashed between forces and people aimed to damage the sanctity of Mosque.

Meanwhile, Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia has denied the news that it met any of the police officials/authorities to ensure smooth prayers without any difficulty at Jamia Masjid Srinagar. “Anjuman Auqaf has already volunteers who are always on their freewill putting their efforts particularly in Ramadan for smooth conduct of prayers,” an Auqaf spokesman said here.  Pertinently, Jamia Masjid is considered as the central place of protests in favor of the Kashmir’s popular sentiment, last year on the occasion of Juma-tul-Vida (Last Friday of Ramadan) the BJP-PDP led government for the first time in living history imposed curfew in downtown Srinagar following no prayers were offered at mosque where usually millions of people assemble to offer prayers on this very particular day.  Meanwhile, a peaceful protest rally was taken out from Jamia Masjid Srinagar demanding the release of Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in and outside Kashmir Valley. 

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GANDERBAL: The District Development Commissioner (DDC) Ganderbal, Dr. Piyush Singla, today convened a meeting of all concerned district officers to review arrangements for the smooth conduct of Annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 2018. The DDC directed all the officers to strictly follow the timeline for completion of works that have been undertaken along the Yatra route. The officers from all concerned departments apprised the DDC about the progress of works going on for the smooth conduct of ensuing Yatra-2018 via Baltal route.

 

The DDC was also apprised that the on-spot registration of pony walas, pithoo walas, dandi walas and other labourers will start from 1st June 2018, at Base Camp Sonamarg. While reviewing the arrangements, the DDC directed officials to maintain sanitation at halting places of Yatries, besides ensuring adequate water supply through taps, and restoration of 24x7 hour power supply and communication system along the route to Holy cave.

 

It was given out that as many as 350 Quintal Rice, 110 Quintal Atta, 90 Quintal Sugar besides 4000 ltrs K.oil, 11000 LPG cylinders and 3000 quintal firewood are being dumped at the different location of Yatra camps. On the occasion, CMO Ganderbal apprised the DDC that in addition to the Medicare facilities provided last year, 3 oxygen points will be put in place at different places en route the Holy Cave. The DDC was also informed that 9 fire hydrates has already been installed at Batlal and Domail. DDC emphasised upon the officers to hold yatra review meetings on weekly basis.

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  • District admin reviews arrangements

REASI: The arrangements for three-day annual AgharJitto mela starting from June 27 were today reviewed here at a meeting of line departments with the District Development Commissioner Prasanna Ramaswamy G in the chair.  The meeting was attended by senior functionaries of police, civil administration, Health, PHE, Power and other development departments, besides representatives of religious and social organizations.

 

It was informed that the annual festival would witness different activities to attract devotees and pilgrims from all parts of the state, country and across world. The Baba Jitto Mandir development committee apprised the DDC about all major issues and requirements. They sought additional stairs, mercury lights, provision for better sanitation, dustbins, construction of Foot Bridge over AgharJittoNalla and other facilities for smooth organisation of the event.

 

After threadbare discussion, the DDC instructed the concerned officers to take up clearance of drains, repair of stretch from lower Mandir to the site of upper Mandir, maintenance of stairs and ground. The Food department was asked to ensure ration and other essential commodities, while engineers of PHE and PDD were asked to ensure water and power supply without interruption.

Instructions were also passed for deployment of security personnel and SafaiKaramchari and other workers for the mela. Tourism department was directed to ensure wide publicity of the event. The meeting decided to hold awareness camp cum-exhibition to educate the locals about the schemes being offered by different departments for promotion of rural economy including handicraft, handloom, agriculture and allied farming.