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Friday, October 11, 2019Ayodhya 'deepotsav' to have 5 lakh diyas this year

Ayodhya, Oct 11: Around five lakhs 'diyas' (earthen lamps) will be lit in Ayodhya on the eve of Diwali this year with an aim to create a new world record.

Last year, Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record by lighting more than three lakh earthen lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes on the banks of river Saryu as part of the annual Diwali celebrations.

Hundreds of potters ar


Thursday, October 10, 2019#JhiriMela: Three-day Mela to begin from Nov 12 in Jammu

Jammu: A three-day annual ‘Jhiri Mela’ will be held from November 12 in Kanhachak area here on city outskirts.

Jammu District Development Commissioner, Sushma Chauhan this evening reviewed the arrangements for smooth conduct of Mela.

The annual fair attracts devotees from all parts of the country who come to pay homage to farmer Saint Baba Jitto.


Thursday, October 10, 2019Diwali mela to showcase craft traditions from across India

New Delhi, Oct 9: From Andhra Pradesh's leather puppets, and Bihar's Madhubani paintings, to Rajasthan's bandhani work and Jammu & Kashmir's papier-mache, Dastkar's annual Diwali mela this year will showcase handicraft traditions from across the country.

The 14-day 'Festival of Lights' mela that will pay tribute to different Indian craft forms will open on Thursday, and will be held at Nature


Sunday, October 6, 2019India, Bangladesh sign 7 pacts, launch 'sonali adhyay'

New Delhi, Oct 6: India and Bangladesh here on Saturday marked the "sonali adhyay" (golden era) in bilateral ties with the inking of seven agreements, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with visiting Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina.

During the talks, the Bangladesh PM voiced concerns over Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) and raised the Teesta water and the Rohingya refugee


Sunday, October 6, 2019“Beti Bachao Beti Padao” campaign through spl stickers on Govt vehicles

JAMMU: State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), Social Welfare Department today launched the “Beti Bachao Beti Padao” campaign through special stickers on the Government vehicles.

Advisor to Governor, Farooq Khan, who was chief guest made the launching by pasting the special sticker “Beti Bachao Beti Padao” on the official vehicles in the Civil Secretariat premises.

The Central Government’s


Sunday, October 6, 2019PM Modi extends Mahashtami greetings to people

New Delhi, Oct 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his heartfelt greetings to the people on Mahashtami Puja (worship) of Navratrti.

PM Modi furhter said that, 'May Mahagauri, the Goddess of Durgashtami, bring happiness, good luck and prosperity to all of us.'

'Heartfelt Greetings on the occasion of Mahashtami worship. Mahagauri, the goddess of Durgashtami bring happiness, goo


Sunday, October 6, 2019Kolkata household to worship Muslim girl in Kumari puja

Kolkata: Sending out a message of the Durga puja transcending religious barriers and promoting inter-faith harmony, a four-year old Muslim girl is set to be worshipped as Kumari - a custom of paying obeisance to a pre-pubertine girl as goddess - on Maha Ashtami at a household here on Sunday.

Fatima, daughter of a grocery store near Fatehpur Sikri in Agra Muhammad Tahir and a housewife Bushra B


Friday, October 4, 2019Applications for next year's Haj pilgrimage will be accepted online from October 10: Naqvi

New Delhi, Oct 4: The filing of applications for next year's Haj pilgrimage will be completely digital and the process will start from October 10, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced on Friday.

He also said there will be 22 embarkation points in 2020.

"The new embarkation point to be opened for Haj next year will be at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. So, in Haj 2020, two l


Friday, October 4, 2019Vicky visits Golden Temple for 'Sardar Udham Singh'

Amritsar, Oct 4: Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal visited the Golden Temple here before commencing the next shoot schedule for his upcoming film "Sardar Udham Singh".

Vicky on Friday took to Instagram, where he shared a photograph of himself praying.

"Babaji, mehr bakshyo. #SardarUdhamSingh here we go!" he captioned the image.

Vicky will bring alive the story of Udham Singh, who assassinate


Friday, October 4, 2019The Puja carnival

New Delhi, Oct 4: Navratri - the nine nights of Goddess Durga - are a time when India is drenched in a celebration of the divine feminine. And the diverse festivities are unique to every part of country.

If you have time at hand to travel during the festival season, EaseMyTrip co-founder and COO Rikant Pitti picks some must-visits destinations.

1. Kolkata

Kolkata witnesses the most spec


Tuesday, September 24, 2019Jaipur artist pens 'Ramcharitmanas' with paintbrush

Jaipur, Sep 24: In an unique endeavour, Sharad Mathur, a Jaipur-based artist, has written the "Ramcharitmanas" with a paintbrush in over 3,000 pages and now wishes to donate it to the grand Ram Temple to be built in Ayodhya.

"I wanted to offer something unique to Lord Ram, besides prayers. Hence, the idea to write Ramcharitmanas in bigger fonts with paint and brush. Each word measures 1-1.5 i


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