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SRINAGAR: With an aim to spread awareness amongst the women folk by empowering them, the Army Camp at Bela Salamabad conducted a food processing workshop. This noble and innovative project to enhance the individual skills and for community development in the field of food processing is being conducted in collaboration with Healing Touch Foundation (NGO).

The workshop was conducted over four days from 17 to 20 April 2019 for the women residing in the nearby areas to the Skill Development Centre established by Boniyar Battalion at Bela Salamabad under the aegis of Himalayan Brigade. During the workshop, the training would be imparted on food processing techniques, homemade produce and preparation of traditional dishes by employing competent trainers and counselors from the NGO. This will help the local women to develop their skills and avail self-employment opportunities on their own merit.

The success of the initiative could already be gauged by its popularity and active participation in enrolment even before the commencement of workshop. This initiative is another milestone in achieving the goal of an improved livelihood for women in the rural areas of Kashmir. 

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  • Visits Dogra Art Museum

JAMMU:  Advisor to the Governor, Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today emphasized upon the need to preserve the treasure-trove of rare manuscripts and valuable artefacts as well raise public awareness about the rich cultural heritage of the State. He made these remarks during his visit to Dogra Art Museum here today on the occasion of World Heritage Day, which is  celebrated every year on April 18.

Ganai, who is also in-charge of Culture Department, said the  heritage is shared wealth of our J&K state which is a unique confluence of many distinct cultures and traditions. He said the day should be devoted to taking a pledge to preserve the rich diversity of the State. Later, the Advisor visited different sections of the Dogra Art Museum which is a repository of unique manuscripts and artefacts. Deputy Director, Archives, Archeology and Museums, Tsering Tashi and In-charge Dogra Art Museum Dr. Sangeeta Sharma and senior officers were present on the occasion.

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UDHAMPUR: Over 1.50 lakh people including men, women and children of all faiths thronged 3-day Historic Devika  Baisakhi Mela which concluded with traditional fervor and gaiety, here late today evening. Principal District and Session Judge Udhampur and Chairman District Legal Services Authority Sanjay Parihar, was the chief guest at the valedictory day.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Udhampur B.L Jaswal, Sub Judge Sandeep Kour, General Manager DIC- the Chairman of Baisakhi Mela Committee Suram Chand Sharma, District Information Officer, Er. Sajad Bashir Somberia, besides civil society members were also present. The mela is organised on the banks of sacred Devika River from the time immemorial. The banks on either side of the river have  several historical temples including famous and ancient Kamehswar Mahadev temples.

The visitors in addition to enjoying festivities of the mela, offer prayers in these temples to seek the blessings of Lord Mahadev and other deities. The event witnessed huge rush of the visitors with Joy rides, Circus troupes, sweet and food stalls  making hay lucrative business during the three days. On the concluding of mela, Department of Information and Public Relations,     in collaboration with Bureau of outreach communication Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India presented a variety   Cultural Programmes based on the state’s rich folk culture and historic interest. It was highly appreciated by the audience with repeated round of cheers.

District Legal Service authority Udhampur also organized an awareness programme on this occasion. The district administration had made adequate arrangements of barricading, security, sanitation, first-aid, drinking water and power supply.

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