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.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.