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Registration for Amarnath Yatra crosses 2 lakh mark

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SRINAGAR, JUNE 26:  Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of Amarnath Shrine Board, while reviewing the ongoing Advance Registration of Yatris for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2017 with Shri Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer, and Shri Bhupinder Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer, was informed that , as of now, 2,11,994 pilgrims had  secured Advance Registration through the designated Bank branches, Group Registration Facility and through booking of helicopter tickets for the  Yatra.
This registration is being provided to the Yatris since Ist   March, 2018 through 440 designated bank branches of the Punjab National Bank, J&K Bank and YES Bank, located in 32 States and UTs across the country. The ongoing trend of registration shows that about 1200 persons are being registered every day and the maximum numbers are being registered from the States of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, M.P., Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana. It was also noted that the Advance Registration via the traditional Pahalgam route, preferred over the Baltal route; this trend  conforms to the traditional pattern of the Yatra. 225 groups have so far utilized the Group Registration Facility which is being especially provided by the Shrine Board.
CEO reported that with the reduced helicopter ticket fare for Yatra 2017 and Yatra 2018, as compared to the rates in the previous years, pilgrims in larger numbers have booked tickets in advance of the Yatra. The per passenger one way Neelgrath – Panjtarni heli-fare for Yatra 2018 is Rs. 1,600/- (inclusive of all taxes) and Rs. 2,751/- (inclusive of all taxes) for Pahalgam-Panjtarni.
CEO has yet once again urged Yatris to secure their Advance Registration for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018 only from the branches of the authorized Banks and not from any other persons or agents who may try to cheat and sell fake Yatra Permits to them.  The list of all authorized bank branches for providing advance registration for Yatra 2018, alongwith the authorized Doctors/Medical Institutions competent to issue Compulsory Health Certificates, is available on the website of Shrine Board at http://www.shriamarnathjishrine.com.


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Reasons by GoI to suspend cross-LoC trade highly indefensible: Soz

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Srinagar, April 23: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to promote propaganda for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by trying to bring Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said reasons being given for stopping Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade were highly untenable and indefensible.

“PM Modi wants to promote propaganda for Election 2019 and tries to bring in Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination”, Soz said in a statement here.

He alleged that since everything is happening at the behest of Prime Ministers Office (PMO), stopping the LOC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad all of a sudden, is seen by the trading communities on both sides, as part of a “trickery” aimed at the Election-2019.

 
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Two electrocuted to death in Poonch

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Srinagar, April 23: A police constable and a civilian died due to short circuit of 33KV transformer at Chungan Chroon area of Mendhar in Poonch district on Tuesday early morning.

Reports said that a constable (Follower) in JK police identified as Faiz son of Mohd Sharif age 40 year and a civilian Mohd Shabir son of Ab Rahim age 38 year died on the spot after they came in touch with a live wire.

SDPO Mendhar Neeraj Padyar also confirmed to a news agency that two people including a cop and civilian was dead when they came in touch with live wire after there was a short circuit in a Transfer. Meanwhile, SHO Mendhar also rushed to the spot to assess the situation.

 
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World Book day celebrated at Sgr, Kup

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Srinagar, April 23: To commemorate the World Book Day, Department of Libraries and Research organized a day-long book exhibition at S.P.S. Library Srinagar.

The day is observed annually across the world to promote book reading culture.

Deputy Director Libraries and Research Shaheena Khan inaugurated the exhibition where collection of books including Quranic manuscripts, paintings, references and some rare books were put on display.

 

Meanwhile, similar function to showcase rare books was held at District Library Kupwara. People from all walks of life turned up at the book exhibition.

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