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JAMMU: SCIENTIA International School, Bantalab, organised a "Christmas Carnival" on 25th Dec 2017 (Monday) with great zeal and excitement in the school premises. The Carnival was inaugurated by the Chairman of the school, Mr. Parshotam Bhardwaj. The Carnival included eye captivating stall of games for both children and the parents also. All the stalls were planned in a line wherein the live dance performances were presented on the D.J Stage. Gifts were distributed to winners.

Some mouth watering food stalls were also included in the Carnival, which the children enjoyed a lot. The live exhibition for Nail Art and Tattoo was enjoyed by parents and students. The centre of attraction was the Camel Ride, Jumping Jack, Nail Art / Tattoo and Tambola also. The efforts done by the staff and the management were appreciated by the parents. Vote of thanks was presented by Principal Mrs. Bharti Bhardwaj.

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  • All arrangements put in place by Shrine Board to meet requirements of year end rush of pilgrims
  • Governor directs high attention for ensuring adequate facilities to meet rush of Yatris

JAMMU: The number of pilgrims visiting the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji during the current calendar year crossed 80 lakh today, thereby registering an increase of around 3 lakh pilgrims who paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum during the entire calendar year 2016. It may be recalled that 77,76,604 pilgrims had visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji in 2015 and 77,23,721 pilgrims in 2016. These days, since 23 December, there is a growing increase in the number of devotees visiting the Holy Cave Shrine. This is perhaps because only 6 days are left for the year end and for the dawn of the New Year.

On the directions of Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, elaborate arrangements have been made by the Shrine Board officers for facilitating a large number of pilgrims who are likely to visit the Holy Cave Shrine, particularly during the remaining days of this year and on the New Year day. These arrangements include ensuring proper water and power supply along the track leading to the Shrine and in the Bhawan area, medicare, adequate stocks of blankets, security, sanitation etc. Special arrangements have also been made enroute the Shrine of sagris (fire pots) and lukewarm drinking water for the pilgrims in view of the winter season.

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SRINAGAR:  Amid chill and religious fervor, Christians on Monday celebrated Christmas with special prayers for world peace, brotherhood and safety of women held at different churches across Kashmir Valley. Scores of Christian devotees including women and children flocked at the at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Moulana Azad Road in the heart of Srinagar city, to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ (A.S) and held special prayers.

 

The church was decorated with colourful buntings and balloons and wore a festive look. Some locals and tourists from different parts of India and world joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for peace and brotherhood, especially for peace and calm in Kashmir. A local Non Governmental Organization (NGO), “Who is Hussain” had erected stalls and distributed confectionaries among children.

 

Similar gatherings were held at Saint Luke's church and All Saints' church in the city, Saint Joseph's Church in north Kashmir's Baramulla, the oldest Catholic Church in Jammu and Kashmir and at the Church at the tourist resort of Gulmarg. Chief Minister Mehbooba took to twitter and greeted people on the eve of Christmas. “Occasions like Christmas remind us to rekindle the spirit of harmony, brotherhood & lead a virtuous life. I hope that the holy occasion is an omen of communal harmony, love for humanity & compassion for all across the world. Merry Christmas everyone,” Mehbooba tweeted.