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Friday, August 9, 2019Over 2 million Muslims in Mecca for start of hajj pilgrimage

Mecca, Aug 9: More than 2 million pilgrims have gathered in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform initial rites of the hajj, an Islamic pilgrimage that takes the faithful along a path traversed by the Prophet Muhammad some 1,400 years ago.

The hajj in Islam is meant to unify Muslims, with pilgrims shedding displays of wealth and materialism.

Male pilgrims wearing simple terry cl


Wednesday, August 7, 2019Big B 'disturbed and saddened' by Sushma Swaraj's death

Mumbai, Aug 7 Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is deeply "disturbed and saddened" by the news of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's sudden demise.

Swaraj, 67, passed away late on Tuesday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.

"Disturbed and saddened at the sudden passing of Sushma Swarajji. An extraordinary speaker and politician, a friend and amiable countenance.. ever


Sunday, August 4, 2019Janamashtami in Mathura to be mega celebration

Mathura, Aug 4: Janamashtami celebrations in Mathura this year will be an eight-day extravaganza.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed the Braj Development Council to chalk out an elaborate plan to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna in Mathura in a big way.

The celebrations will begin form August 17 and continue till August 25, a day after Janamashtami.



Thursday, August 1, 2019Chhari Mubarak taken to Shankaracharya temple in Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 1: 'Chhari Mubarak', holy silver Mace of Lord Shiva, was taken to historic Shankaracharya temple on the hill of Takhat-e-Suliman in summer capital, Srinagar on Thursday on the occasion of 'Haryali-Amavasya' (Shravan Amavasya) as per the age-old customs, connected with annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.

Mahant Deependra Giri, custodian of th


Tuesday, July 30, 2019CALLIGRAPHY CALLING!

Interview : Sakshi Beri

Sakshi Beri has done her MBA, works in a bank, is pursuing Ph.D. and is a ‘solo-creative-preneur’, as she likes to call herself. She is the first person to have brought the art of Calligraphy in its contemporary form in Jammu, and is striving to make Jammu a hub of creative pursuits like Pointed Pen and Brush Pen Calligraphy. She also conducts Calligraphy and Terrarium workshops in Jammu. In a ca


Friday, July 26, 2019Punjab, Haryana CMs pay tributes to Kargil martyrs

Chandigarh, July 26: Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers on Friday paid tributes to the heroes of the Kargil War by remembering the valour of the soldiers who took part in Operation Vijay.

"Remembering and saluting the brave soldiers of the Indian Army, whose courage and valour was immortalised during the Kargil war. Their heroic acts will remain etched as defining moments in the nation's histo


Friday, July 26, 2019As drones monitor Kanwar Yatra, Dehradun-Delhi Highway closed till July 30

Meerut, July 26: As annual the pilgrimage of Shiva devotees -- Kanwar Yatra -- hits its peak celebrations in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the all important national Highway connecting Delhi and Dehradun has been closed from early on Friday.

According to the Additional Director General (ADG) of police, (west UP), Prashant Kumar, the highway will remain close till late midnight July 30.



Friday, July 12, 2019Adityanath to celebrate Janmashtami on grand scale

Lucknow, July 12: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath now wants Janamashtami in Vrindavan to be celebrated on a much grander scale, similarly like the ‘Deepotsav in Ayodhya.

Addressing a meeting of the Braj Teerth Development Board, Adityanath said that Ram Navami in Ayodhya and Navratri in Vindhyachal and all other Shakti Peeths should be celebrated on a grand scale.

"If you will


Thursday, July 4, 2019First batch of Hajj 2019 pilgrims leaves for Saudi

Srinagar, July 4: First batch of 304 Hajj pilgrims left Srinagar on Thursday for Saudi Arabia to perform this year's Hajj pilgrimage.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik came to see off the pilgrims at the Srinagar International Airport.

The pilgrims were taken in special buses from the Hajj House in Bemina area of Srinagar city to the airport.

This year, over 11,500 pilgrims fro


Wednesday, June 12, 201940-day Machail Mata Yatra to start from July 25

Jammu, Jun 12 : A 40-day long Machail Mata Yatra will be starting from July 25 in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.
''An annual Machail Mata Yatra is starting from July 25 and will conclude on September 5'', an official here said on Wednesday.
He added that all arrangements to be made by different departments to ensure smooth conduct of yatra were discussed by the Deputy Commissioner Kish


Tuesday, June 11, 2019Vayu to intensify into severe Cyclonic storm in next 24 hrs : to cross Gujarat Coast on Jun 13 : IMD

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 11 : The Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ over Eastcentral and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 11 kmph in last six hours on Tuesday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.
In a bulletin, It said the Storm lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of June 11, near latitude 14.2°N and longitude 70.6°E over Eastcentral & adjoining S


Tuesday, June 4, 2019Chairman Wakf board, CS greet people on Eid

Srinagar, Jun 4: Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Wakf Board Khursheed Ahmad Ganai and state Chief secretary B V R Subhramanyam on Tuesday greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Mr Ganai, who is also advisor to the Governor, extended his warm greetings to the people and prayed that Almighty Allah reward the Rozadars with His bounties and mercy.

Urging the people to celebrate Eid w


Tuesday, June 4, 2019Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated in Shia dominated Kargil

Srinagar, Jun 4: Eid-ul-Fitr, culminating the holy fasting month of Ramazan, was on Tuesday celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety in Shia dominated Kargil in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the Sunni sect of the Muslims did not celebrate the festival in the entire Ladakh region , including Leh, Kargil and Drass -- second coldest place in the world after Siberia.

Ulmas of


Saturday, June 1, 2019Governor greets people on Shab-i-Qadr

Srinagar, June 1: Governor Satya Pal Malik has felicitated the people on Shab-i-Qadr.

In a message of greetings, Governor hoped that this auspicious occasion would bring peace, progress and prosperity in the State.

Governor prayed for the well-being of the people of the State.


Saturday, June 1, 2019Kerala Ramadan congregation ends with pledge against terrorism

Malappuram (Kerala) June 1: A Ramadan congregation near here which is billed as one of the country's largest and held annually on the 26th night of the Muslim holy month, ended on Saturday with a pledge against terrorism and prayers for universal peace.

Hundreds of thousands of worshippers gathered at the Ma'din Campus since early Friday morning, expecting the blessings of 'Laylat al-Qadr', o


Friday, May 31, 2019Rijiju replaces Rathore as Sports Minister

New Delhi, May 31: Kiren Rijiju was on Friday appointed as the new Sports Minister. He replaced Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Along with the Independent charge of the Sports and Youth Affairs, Rijiju was also named as the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

"My heartfelt gratitude to PM Narendra Modi for reposing faith in me to be a member of his council of ministers. I


Friday, May 31, 2019Jumat-ul-Vida, last Friday of Ramzan, celebrated with religious fervor, gaiety

Srinagar, May 31: Lakhs of people on Friday joined Jumat-ul-Vida, last Friday of Holy month of Ramzan, prayers in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti greeted people on the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida.

People, incl


Thursday, May 30, 2019J&K Guv stresses need for increased awareness on negative impact of tobacco

Srinagar, May 30: Stressing the need for increasing awareness on negative impact of tobacco, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday said it is necessary to organise workshop, seminar and rallies for spreading a message about the highly injurious effects of smoking.

In his message on occasion of ''World No Tobacco Day'', which is being observed on the theme "Tobacco and Lung He


Thursday, May 30, 2019Seven-day Army recruitment rally for Kashmiri youths in July

Srinagar, May 30: The Army will conduct a seven-day-long rally to recruit Soldier General Duty (SGD) and clerk, store keepers and soldier nursing assistant from July 10 in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Col Rajesh Kalia said that Army Recruitment Office, Srinagar will be hosting a recruitment rally at Haider Beigh, Pattan in Baramulla from


Thursday, May 30, 2019J&K Governor greets people on Jumat-ul-Vida

Srinagar, May 30: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday has conveyed his warm greetings to the people on the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida.

The Governor observed that Jumat-ul-Vida, being celebrated tomorrow, is an auspicious time to offer special prayers and seek blessings of the Almighty.

He prayed for the well-being and happiness of the people of the State.


Sunday, May 26, 2019Giant replica of earth on display in Britain

London, May 26 : A giant replica of the earth went on display at the Liverpool Cathedral, Britain's biggest church.
Following its display in Hong Kong, the artwork is on exhibit in the cathedral in Liverpool until June 23. It was created by British artist Luke Jerram with detailed NASA satellite imagery of the earth's surface, reports Xinhua news agency.
"It's an opportunity to see our planet f


Sunday, May 26, 2019Famous Sunday market in Srinagar abuzz with customers ahead of Eid

Srinagar, May 26 : With over a week left for Eid-ul-Fitr, the famous 3-km-long Sunday market, in the summer capital, Srinagar, was abuzz with customers, who had come from different parts of the valley.
Meanwhile, other markers in the city, including Gankhan market in Hari Singh High Streets (HSHS), was flooded with customers, who were marking purchases for Eid to be celebrated next week.


Saturday, May 18, 2019Kovind, Naidu, Modi greet nation on Buddha Purnima

New Delhi, May 18 : President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

"Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens and to the global Buddhist community on #BuddhaPurnima. Lord Buddha's message of peace, non-violence and compassion hold even greater significance today. May his teaching


Tuesday, May 14, 2019A.R. Rahman has iftar dinner at Cannes

Cannes, May 14: Grammy and Oscar-winning musician A.R. Rahman broke his Ramadan fast and had his iftar dinner here.

Rahman is here to promote his directorial "Le Musk" (India's first virtual reality film) presented by Intel at the Cannes Film Festival. He took to Instagram, where he posted several photographs of himself.

In one image, Rahman is seen sitting and holding a glass of apple juic


Sunday, May 12, 2019Thrissur pooram begins in Kerala

Thrissur, May 12 : Signalling the start of Thrissur Pooram, the biggest festival of Kerala, 'Thechikode Ramachandan', the tallest elephant of Kerala on Sunday pushed open the southern entrance of Vadakkunathan Siva temple, amidst chorus of a large number of people.
For the elephant, participating in the festival was not a smooth affair as the local administration has banned 'Ramachandran' from b


Wednesday, May 8, 2019Father of 'legal education' Madhava Menon dead

Thiruvananthapuram, May 8: Considered as the tallest figure in modern legal education N.R. Madhava Menon passed away early on Wednesday, here at a private hospital, said family sources. He was 84.
Menon was unwell and was hospitalised a few days back.
He was the Founder Director of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, besides the Founder


Sunday, May 5, 2019Three tombs discovered under Egypt's Great Pyramids

Cairo, May 5: An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed three tombs, including one that was shared by two priests over 4,400 years ago, a few kilometres south of the three Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure.
Egypt's Ministry of State of Antiquities announced the discovery of the tombs belonging to Behnui-Ka and Nwi Who from the fifth dynasty in Giza governorate on Saturday.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019Historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar reopens after one-day closure

Srinagar, Apr 24: Historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar reopened for devotees after remaining closed as a precautionary measure to prevent any demonstration on Tuesday, when Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a general strike to protest against alleged ill-treatment to Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik and other separatist leaders, businessmen and


Sunday, April 21, 2019Shab-e-Baraat celebrated with religious fervour, gaiety in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 21: Shab-e-Baraat was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety in the Kashmir valley, where people joined night-long prayers in mosques, shrines, Jamia Masjids and other places.

Lakhs of people, including women and children, joined night-long prayers in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region, where Islamic scholars and Ulmas highlighted the importance of the night.

The main con


Sunday, April 21, 2019Sanasar Tulips in full bloom but pathetic road irks visitors

Nathatop (J&K), Apr 21:Tulip garden at Sanasar is in full bloom but unfortunately, the visitors are not much keen to visit to this scenic place to have a glimpse of high breed flowers, courtesy, pathetic road condition leading to the destination.
Surrounded by snow clad hills with Nathatop in its backdrop, Tulip Garden in Sanasar area of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir waiting for visitors