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KISHTWAR: District administration Kishtwar  Friday reviewed the arrangements for the   Annual Urs Mubarak of Shah Farid- ud-Din Sahib (RA) scheduled to be held on June 21, 2015. ADDC Kishtwar Avtar Singh Chib took stock of the arrangements made for the visiting devotees and holding of the annual congregation at a meeting of district and Sectoral Officers.  The special prayers and sermons in connection with the annual Urs Mubarak are held at Astan Bala and Astan Pani Kishtwar.

ACR Kishtwar Dr. Khalid Hussain Malik, ASP Kishtwar Abdul Qayoom, Tehsildar Kishtwar Phulail, TSO Kishtwar and other district and Sectoral Officers, Administrator Auqaf Islamia Kishtwar, besides prominent citizens   attended the meeting. The meeting held detailed discussion on the requirements and facilities to be made available during the congregation and each department was instructed to put in place the arrangements as per past practice.

Mr. Chib directed  Xen PHE division Kishtwar to ensure availability of sufficient drinking water for devotees at both the shrines i.e Astan Bala and Astan Pani. PHE Department was also asked to fill the reservoirs and also install tanks and temporary connections at required places. Executive Officer Municipality Kishtwar was directed to ensure repair and replacement of the non-functional street lights in the town and the adjoining areas  of  the shrines for hassle free movement of devotees . He was also directed to ensure proper cleanliness in and around the shrines.

Xen PDD Kishtwar was directed to ensure un-interrupted power supply to both the shrines from June19 to June 21 2015 for smooth conduct of the Urs proceedings.   A Committee was constituted to ensure installation of street lights wherever necessary so that pilgrims may not face any difficulty.

ADDC also directed CMO Kishtwar to make available medical facilities along with ambulances at both the shrines. The    Additional SP Kishtwar was also directed to deploy adequate number of security personnel in both the shrines and in the Kishtwar town. The ARTO Kishtwar and Manager JKSRTC Kishtwar were directed to ensure availability of adequate number of buses and other passenger vehicles for the movement of devotees.   ADDC

The ARTO Kishtwar, DTI Kishtwar and SHO Kishtwar were told to formulate a comprehensive Transport Plan for hassle free movement of Zayreens/devotees. Various other arrangements were also discussed in the meeting, which include traffic Management, Ration Supply, Temporary Toilets, Parking facility of Passenger Vehicles etc.

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  • Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2015

SRINAGAR: A meeting was held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Shri P.K.Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, (SASB), to review  arrangements for weather forecasting  for the ensuing Yatra. The meeting was attended by Shri Jitendra Kumar Singh, Additional CEO; Shri Sonum Lotus Director, IMD Srinagar; and Shri Mohd. Hussain Mir, Scientific Assistant, IMD Srinagar.

Shri Sonum Lotus Director, IMD, informed that an X-Band Doppler Weather Radar having a range of 100 Kms has been installed at Srinagar, is operational for the last two months and has been providing reliable weather forecasting.  It was informed that a webpage indicating weather conditions through satellite imagery will also be uploaded, exclusively for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2015, with effect from 20th June 2015.

CEO, SASB stressed the need for timely and advance provision  of weather trend and critical weather conditions. Director, IMD informed that the Weather related SMSs will be circulated among all the officers connected with Yatra arrangements, containing sector wise weather forecast like Jammu-Banihal Sector, Banihal-Srinagar Sector and so on. The forecasts are based on the observatories of IMD located at Jammu, Batote, Banihal, Qazigund, Pahalgam, Srinagar. He further informed that Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) will be established at Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni, Holy Cave and Baltal during the Yatra period. In addition, IMD will also put up LED based weather display Boards at Baltal and Nunwan Camps.

CEO stressed the need for accurate Weather predictions so that the Shrine Board could take timely decisions to stop the movement of Pilgrims, if that becomes necessary.  He also mentioned that the intending pilgrims may also visit IMD for receiving prior information about the weather conditions before embarking on Yatra.

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JAMMU: Old Hospital Road Traders Association today organised a Langar in the old city bazaar, here. Senior BJP Leader Yudhvir Sethi attended the event and initiated the Langar. Dhamdeh is a local Dogra festival which is celebrated on the occasion on Ashadh Sankranti in the region. Chabeel and Langars are organised on the day.

Prominent among those who attended the langar include, General Secretary, Old Hospital Road Traders Association Joginder Mahajan, Convenor, BJP Freedom Fighter and Martyr Cell Bharat Bhushan, S. Avtar Singh, Shiv Gupta, Kishore, Achint, Mango, Ashok Kumar and Aakash Sethi.

Appreciating efforts of the Association for organising the Langar, Yudhvir said the festival is famous among the Dogra people and organising such events brings bonhomie among the society. He said local festival have special importance as they depict the rich culture of the region. He called upon people to mutually participate in celebrating festivals and rituals so that roots of harmony and brotherhood are further strengthened in the society.