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JAMMU: Colorful cultural programme as part of the Christmas celebrations was today organized by Prisons Department in collaboration with Sahyog India at District Jail Ambphalla, here. The programme was attended by Superintendent of District Jail Dinesh Sharma, Founder Sahyog India Ashwani Jojra, senior members of district jail and Sahyog India besides many prominent citizens. The cultural celebrations features Sarangi Vadan by eminent Sarangi Vadak GL Sharma, a musical programme by Academy for Vocational Training Art and Rhythem “AVTAR”, NAT MANCH, Waheed group, Jail inmates and members of Sahyog India.

 

The prominent who addressed on the occasion are Jail Superintendent Dinesh Sharma, Dr D.R Kapoor, G.R Bhagat, Thakur Jagdev Singh Manhas. The speakers addressed the prisoners on the importance of incorporating ethics of tolerance, social service, patience and scarification in their lives. The jail inmates enjoyed the cultural programme and performed dance with enthusiasm. They also requested for such programmes to be organized in future.

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  • Minister prays for peace, prosperity of the state

JAMMU: Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga extended his wishes to people of Jammu, on the auspicious occasion of Christmas and Gurpurab. The Minister attended Christmas celebrations organized at Christian Colony, Bari Brahmana by Christian Welfare Association. He asserted that state government is following the development mantra of centre government “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas” given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Various programmes including Christmas carols, songs, dance and skit depicting the birth and life of Jesus Christ were presented on the occasion. Children were dressed as Santa Claus and fairies and they also presented a colorful cultural extravaganza.

 

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. Earlier, the Minister also visited Gurdwara in Khor Salarian to celebrate the 351st birth anniversary of 10th Guru of Sikh Panth Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He extended his wishes to the Sikh community on the occasion of Prakash Utsav and prayed for peace, prosperity and development of the state.

 

 

The Minister said that Guru Gobind Singh Ji was a spiritual master, warrior, poet and a philosopher who dedicated and sacrificed his life for the safeguard of the country. He appealed every citizen of the state, especially youth, to follow the foot prints of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and contribute to the development of the nation.

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GULMARG: The Christmas Mass was held at St Mary’s Church in Gulmarg while Santa Claus distributed chocolates and sweets among the children as the Tourism Department ensured gala Christmas celebrations at ski resort Gulmarg. The Tourism Department had made elaborate arrangements for making the festival grand lighting up lanterns and organizing cultural programmes.

 

Addressing the gathering of tourists, Secretary Tourism Sarmad Hafeez said the department was organising cultural events and adventure sports activities to entertain tourists and to engage locals. Hafeez said skiing and snowboarding championships would also be held during the winter season. He said special New Year celebrations were also being held at Pahalgam to promote Pahalgam also as a winter tourist destination that otherwise is considered to be a summer resort.

 

Hafeez said this year, a snow festival would also be held at Patnitop. Director Tourism, Mahmood Ahmad Shah said Gulmarg, being a skiing destination, foreigners across the world come to visit the place.  “We are now stepping up tourism promotion by visiting many cities across the country too for tourism seminars, road shows,” he said. Shah said the officials of the Tourism department would also attend travel and trade fairs to woo more tourists to Kashmir.

 

The department this week has lined up seminars at Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad in which leading travel agents from across the country and outside have been invited. The department has already inaugurated skiing and other winter sports activities at Gulmarg. Attending the Christmas celebrations in Gulmarg, Vice Chancellor Jammu Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation, Rafi Ahmad Mir said Gulmarg is one the highest skiing resorts in the world that not only offers skiers powdery slopes but is also a breathtaking place to visit for a tourist. On Christmas, besides the hotel properties, the Cable Car ‘Gandola’ was also illuminated.