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  • Div Com reviews arrangements
  • Vehicle passes to be available at concerned DC offices 

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today convened a meeting to review the arrangements being made for pilgrims of the state who are scheduled to return from Saudi Arabia beginning August 28 after performing the annual pilgrimage. The meeting was informed that five flights carrying Haj pilgrims from Jeddah will reach Srinagar Airport on August 28. From August 29 to September 07, four flights carrying the pilgrims will land at the airport from Saudi Arabia. 


The Meeting discussed threadbare various issues relating to arrival of Haj flights, reception, arrival timings, airlifting of luggage and holy water (Aab-e-Zam Zam), deployment of Home Guards volunteers, vehicle passes to attendants and transport arrangements for pilgrims. While reviewing the arrangements and facilities being provided to the pilgrims of the valley, the Divisional Commissioner directed the PDD to install gen-sets to supplement the power supply to the Haj house Bemina.


He directed the concerned officers to put all arrangements with regard to maintaining regular supply of drinking water, sanitation besides establishment of medical camp along with services of medical officers and ambulance at the Haj House Srinagar and airport 24x7 to facilitate the pilgrims. SRTC will provide adequate number of buses for transportation of the pilgrims. Khan said that the attendants of Hajis would be issued multi-colour passes for entering the airport. Only one vehicle would be allowed to enter the airport premises from Humhama, in which one driver and one relative will accompany the pilgrim at departure point. He directed officials for ensuring adequate arrangements for Haj pilgrims and facilitate their hassle-free arrival besides subsequent smooth journey to their respective destinations.


He asked DDC Budgam to visit the airport premises for the finalization of necessary arrival arrangements and the deployment of magistracy en-route to the airport.  DIG SRK, V K Birdi, District Development Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, District Development Commissioner Budgam Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, RTO Kashmir, Chief Engineer PHE, GM JKSRTC, SSP Traffic, Deputy Director Fire and Emergency Services, Superintending Engineers of PHE, PDD, Joint Commissioner SMC, Chief Medical Officer, Joint Director Information Department, Custom Officer, Manager Airport Authority, Representatives of J&K Bank Ltd, Assistant Commissioner, and other concerned attended the meeting, whereas other DDCs participated in the meeting through video conferencing.


  • Hajj Flight Arrivals: Vehicle passes to be available at concerned DC offices

SRINAGAR: According to the Executive Officer, State Haj Committee, S Qamar Sajjad, the arrival of Haj flights would commence from August 28. The relatives who wish to receive their pilgrims at the airport have been informed that they can collect vehicle passes from their concerned DC Offices two days before the date of flight arrival. Those belonging to Srinagar district have been asked to collect the passes from Haj House Bemina. The passes can be obtained against xerox copies of pilgrim identity cards containing their cover numbers.

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JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today chaired a meeting to review the arrangements being put in place for the smooth celebration of upcoming Eid-ul-Azha festival. IGP Jammu S.D. Singh, DC Jammu Ramesh Kumar,  SSP Jammu Vivek Gupta, SSP Traffic Joginder Singh, SSP Samba Dr. Koushal Sharma, Director FCS &CA Amit Sharma, Deputy Director(C) Sheep Husbandry Dr. Vinod Choudhary, representatives from AUQAF, all DC’s of Jammu Division through Video Conference and senior functionaries of various departments were present in the meeting.


During the meeting, the DCs of Jammu Division apprised Div Com about the arrangements put in place for the smooth celebration of Eid-ul-Azha. The Divisional Commissioner directed PDD and PHE Department to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply on Eid-ul-Azha besides directed the concerned officers to ensure proper sanitation in and around the Eidgah and mosques. He directed concerned departments to keep a strict vigil on the rates of essential commodities. The Health department was directed to ensure all necessary arrangements during the festival.


The Div Com exhorted upon the police and traffic department to ensure proper security arrangements and traffic management to avoid  any inconvenience to the visitors. The Div Com stressed on maintaining close coordination among different departments and Auqaf and Masjid Committees for smooth celebration of the festival. Later, the Div Com convened a meeting to review the progress on Ring Road.


The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar, VC JDA Pawan Rathore besides other concerned officers. The meeting discussed in detail various issues regarding Ring Road.

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SRINAGAR: The 653rd Urs of Hazat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) popularly known as Shah-e-Hamdani or Amir-e-Kabir was observed at Khanqah Moula in old Srinagar city on Monday with religious fervor and enthusiasm.  Syed Ali bin Shahab-ud-Din Hamadani Abidi (1314-1384) also known as "Shah Hamdan" (King of Hamadhan) and as Amir-i Kabir (the Great Commander) was a Persian Sufi and a prominent Muslim scholar.  He was very influential in spreading Islam in Kashmir and has had a major hand in shaping the culture of the Kashmir valley.

He also introduced the skills of famed handicraft amongst the people for which Kashmir is famous all over the world. Every year, devotees in Kashmir observe his Urs and throng to Khanqah Moula in thousands. On Saturday as usual thousands of devotees throng the shrine where they recited verses of Holy Quran, which was followed by Duaiya Majlis. The Urs is observed on 6 Zil Hijjah every year.

Islamic scholars shed light on the life and achievements of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA). They expressed hope that the teachings of Shah-e-Hamdan (RA) shall remain alive in all times to come. The Urs was organized by Muslim Waqaf Board. The Urs of Shah Hamdhan (RA) was also observed with religious fervor at Khankah Faizpanah Tral, Jinab Sahab Soura, Aasar Sharif Kalashpora, Kabamarg and Khiram Sirhama in Anantnag, Dooru Seer Hamdan, Aham Sharif Bandipora, Budgam, Kupwara and Bandipora.