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JAMMU: Commandant JKAP 7th Bn, SSP, Mohan Lal and Chairman Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal today released a Bhajan CD “Nachna Chamunda Maa De Naal Ajj Mera Jee Karda” sung by daughter of the soil and a popular singer of J&K, Sonali Dogra. Produced by Sushma Rajput, MD, CMD Production with bhajan written by Shivani Tak, directed by Sahil Lucky, edited and choreographed by Akash Dogra, the Bhajan CD highlights the ancient temple of Mata Chamunda situated in remote belt of Udhampur district.

On the occasion, SSP, Mohan Lal and Chairman Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal distributed prizes among the youth who acted and danced in the Bhajan CD. They included Tarun Sharma, Raju Balotra, Raju Singer, Dharun Kesar, Deepak Kumar, Ikesh Sharma, Anil Sharma, Sonam Simran Chouhan, Siksha Bhat, Prachi Bhau, Preeti and Nisha Mehra. In his address, SSP, Mohan Lal congratulated CMD Production, Singer Sonali Dogra and other artists for making all efforts to preserve the Dogra culture. He also appealed to all present in the programme to continue to encourage the younger generation participate in such events.

While stressed on preserving regional languages and called for collective efforts to promote Dogri language through art and literature and fold songs and Bhajans, Chairman Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal complimented the singer of the Audio and Video CD Sonali Dogra besides musicians and composer on the release of her Bhajan CD and blessed for her bright future in the field of music. He appreciated the efforts of the organizers and hoped this would go in long way to promote local talent of the region.

Zorawar Singh Jamwal also appealed to the state Government headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik for making all out efforts to promote such type of budding artists of the State to national and international competitions. There must a comprehensive policy for young talented artists of the state so that their talent could be showcased in all over the country as well as world over.

In her brief address, Sonali Dogra informed that she had also performed in Voice of Punjab (PTC), Indian Idol, Voice of India (Star Plus), All India Devotional Song competition at Katra. She stood first in all the competitions and brought laurels for the State. She further informed that she also took part in Punjabi World Wide movie ‘the blood street’ as leading singer and would be performing abroad, next month.    

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SRINAGAR: Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Friday paid obeisance at the Dargah Hazratbal & the shrine of Hazrat Peer Dastageer (RA) at Khanyar today. He also reviewed the arrangements being made for the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) for which people from all parts of the Valley converge at the Dargah in large numbers. Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rashid, Chief Executive Officer, J&K Wakf Board, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Dar, Commissioner. Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Peer Hafizullah, RTO Kashmir, Mr. Akramulla Tak and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

While at Dargah Hazratbal, Ganai, who is also the Chairman of J&K, Wakf Board, prayed for peace and prosperity and wellbeing of the people of the State. He interacted with the management body and took firsthand review of the directions given by him during his last visit regarding creation of adequate facilities for the visiting devotees who throng the Dargah from all parts of the Valley on the revered day.

The Advisor went around the holy place and checked various facilities earmarked for the devotees including prayer areas for men and women, places of ablution and facilitation counters. He directed CEO Wakf Board to create additional temporary washrooms for women devotees. The Chairman Wakf Board also passed directions for sprucing up the shrine premises by way of proper illumination and landscaping on the auspicious occasion. He also directed the Municipal Commissioner to undertake special cleanliness drives and ensure proper sanitation facilities at the historic Dargah.

The Power Development and the Public Health Engineering Departments were also directed to ensure uninterrupted power and drinking water supply on the occasion so that devotees, who pray right through the night, do not face any difficulties.  While being briefed by CEO Wakf Board about the developmental works being undertaken, the Advisor passed on-spot directions for early leveling of the land adjacent to the shrine so that additional space is also utilized for prayer purposes.

The Deputy Commissioner informed the Advisor that a fleet of SRTC buses will ply on the route to Dargah on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH). Ganai directed RTO Kashmir to start special Dargah bus service on the revered days from different parts of the Valley to facilitate the devotees. A delegation of people residing in the vicinity of the Dargah and shrine management also met the Advisor and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements being made on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad un Nabi (SAW).

Later, the Advisor also visited the shrine of Hazrat Peer Dastageer Sahib (RA) at Khanyar and prayed for peace and prosperity of the state. He also took stock of pace of re-construction and restoration works at the shrine and was briefed by CEO Wakf Board about the status of works being undertaken by JKPCC, the executing agency. The Advisor also passed immediate directions for repair and maintenance of washrooms and ablution areas as well as special cleanliness drives in the shrine premises. He also asked CEO Wakf Board to speed up completion of left-over works in a time-bound manner and hold early meeting with MD JKPCC in this regard.

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  • Mirwaiz leads special prayers for forgiveness, asks people to follow saint's footsteps

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference chairman Mohammad Umar Farooq today stated that the Uswa-e-Hasana (the way of living) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has been and will continue to be the best path to follow and walk upon, not only for Muslims but entire mankind. Addressing the massive gathering at the shrine of Khawja Bahaudin Naqshband (RA) at Khawaja Bazar in downtown on the occasion of “Khoja Diger” celebrated on 3 Rabiul Awal during the annual Urs every year, Mirwaiz while paying tributes to great saint stated that he worked tirelessly for the establishment of Tawheed and implementation of Sunah among the Muslims of the world.

He said great Sufi saints like Hazrat Khawja Bahaudin (RA) were the blessed and chosen ones by Almighty Allah to spread the teachings of the revered Prophet Muhammad (SAW) among people who dedicated their life to it. Their life is a living example of piety and simplicity. They guided humanity and showed them the spiritual path of getting closer to Almighty Allah and helped to kindle compassion and kindness among them. The light of their teachings and exemplary lives penetrated the darkness of ignorance and doubt.

On the occasion Mirwaiz led special touba-e-Istigfaar prayers (repentance prayers) and also offered the Khoje-e-Digar (the congregational Asr prayers), a 400 year old practice in Kashmir to remember Hazrat Khawaja Naqshband (RA). Recalling the sacrifices of the martyrs of 1931 buried there Mirwaiz said that the cause for which they laid down their lives is yet to be realized. He said tens of thousands of Kashmiris have laid down their lives since then for the realization of that cause, the right to decide our destiny.

Mirwaiz said Kashmiris are going through worst form of subjugation and repression by GOI forcing our youth to a path of armed resistance while some shameless creatures within us are exploiting the situation to realize their petty personal ambitions. Mirwaiz reiterated that Kashmiris have rejected any and every form of electoral dramas thrust on them to grant legitimacy to illegal and forcible control and only demand Right to self-determination.