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KATRA: In order to review the security arrangements for pilgrimage to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji, a joint review meeting of Shrine Board and District administration, Reasi, was held at the Spiritual Growth Centre at Katra today. Mr. Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board; Dr. Sagar Dattatray Doifode, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi; Ms. Nisha Nathyal, SSP Reasi; Mr. Jitendra Kumar Gupta, Commandant, 6th Bn. CRPF; Mr. Amit Vermani, Dy. CEO, SMVDSB; Mr. Ashok Kumar, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Katra; Mr. Naresh Singh, Additional SP, Katra; Mr. P. C. Tanoch, Executive Engineer, SMVDSB and other concerned officers and engineers of the Shrine Board participated in the meeting.

The overall Security scenario of the Shrine was discussed in the meeting especially in view of the New year peak that the yatra witnesses on 31st December. Besides, various long and short term measures that are required to be taken for strengthening the Security grid of the yatra routes, vital installations etc., came up for discussion in the meeting. It was decided that wherever required additional CCTV Cameras, more number of luggage as well as material x-ray scanners will be installed and other arrangements strengthened to enhance the vigil for ensuring quick and coordinated response of security agencies dealing with the security of the Shrine.

SSP Reasi gave a detailed presentation of concerns of security agencies for a speedy response from Shrine Board. The security forces were assured by the CEO, Shrine Board of immediate action to meet their infrastructural requirements especially in view of the added infrastructure like Passenger Ropeway system etc., which have been added on the yatra route in recent times. The CEO also stressed for undertaking extensive patrolling all along the track, particularly on Tarakote Marg.

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PULWAMA: Kashmir is famous for its hospitality, brotherhood and confluence of the some of the great religions and cultures .the people of different religions whether Hindu, Muslims, Buddhists or Christians are living with peace and harmony through centuries. The festivals are celebrated together and sorrows are shared together in valley. The pillars of unity among the people were unshaken by the conflict in the state. The Temples, Mosques and Gurduwaras are standing parallel to each other on river banks as well as on meadows the azaan of masjids, the bells of temples and the granths of gurduwaras in early morning testimony the brotherhood in Kashmir. The ethos of Kashmir culture has time and again withstood the travails and tribulations of time despite the currents of odds and challenges through different changing times.

Brotherhood can be seen everywhere in Kashmir, one of such example has come to fore from the south Kashmir’s Pulwama district .The residents of Haripari ,Ganeshbal  of Tral area , forty kilometers from the Srinagar, the Muslim community of the Haripora area has come forward for the reconstruction of the old temple as it has got cracks and was in a Slumber. Haripari area was one of the major hindu populated area in Tral, the majority of the Hindu families has migrated from the area in 1990,s ,some of the families stayed back . they are living in harmony  with the Muslim.

The Pandit families has started the construction of the Ganesh Astapan  temple, and Muslims are showing the solidary with them ,they are morally and financially giving the helping hand to their pandit brothers in the construction of temple. Talking to KNB Gulam Ahmad Mir a local resident said, “when we respect the others religion they will respect our religion also, they are a part of our society, whenever we have any need they help us and we also help them whenever we they need, from my childhood I have grown up with them,playing with them ,we celebrate the festivals together.”

‘’It has been only possible through the contribution of our Muslim neighbours that we are able to build the temple,we never feel difference with each other, we are always there for each other , my message to everyone is that we should not fight in the name of religion as every religion preaches the message of peace,” Sanjay bhat a local pandit said. Every person should believe in common brotherhood and try to maintain the communal harmony ,as all religions are promoting the peace,  love and brotherhood .The other state of the India should take a leaf from the valley of Kashmir  in promoting the communal  harmony.

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JAMMU: Hailing the huge initiative on Kartarpur Corridor, National Conference Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana on Sunday called for opening of Shardapeeth and Mangla Mata Mandir, Mirpur in Pakistan occupied Kashmir for the Hindu pilgrimage.  “Encouraged by the Indo-Pak initiative on Kartarpur Sahib, a hope has rekindled among the Hindus and Sikhs of Jammu and Kashmir to visit their most revered temples and Gurdwaras in the PoK”, Mr Rana said at an interactive session where in Commodore D. S Sodhi, NM presented him his book ‘Kashmir-Divine Connect and Sikh Rule, which is being released shortly.

He said a lot of people and delegations have strongly been pitching for opening of these religious places for pilgrimage, which will ultimate lead to people to people contact and help in normalizing the relations between the two neighbouring countries. In this context he sought opening of Ali Baig Gurdwara on the northeastern side of the Mirpur-Jhelum Link Road in Bimber District for the Sikh Sangat. He also sought passage to Khoi Ratta Bowli, a hot water spring, in Kotli, a symbol of communal harmony which was being frequented by the people seeking cure to skin diseases. This Bowli used to be visited people belonging to all faiths decades ago, he added.

The Provincial President described opening of various routes to Pak occupied Kashmir key to building confidence among the people, who are keen to end hostilities and lead a peaceful life. He said thaw between the two countries is imperative for overall development and prosperity of the people of the sub-continent, especially those in Jammu and Kashmir, who will be the main beneficiaries of harmonious relations.

Mr Rana said that people on both sides of the Line of Control have a strong cultural bonding the places of worship had been playing important role in strengthen this from times immemorial. The Provincial President urged India and Pakistan to work towards satiating the urges and aspirations of the people of both sides of Jammu and Kashmir and take all necessary measures in this regard on the analogy of Kartarpur Sahib.

Dwelling upon his work, Commodore Sodhi said that it gives a brief insight into various aspects of Kashmir and provides an account on Kashmir’s Divine Connect. “Various religious faiths that were followed in Kashmir have been covered as also beliefs like Mysticism, Sufiism, Rishiism, Sama have been spoken about”, he said adding that the book also provides an account on Sikh Rule in Kashmir. “Kashmiriyat and composite culture along with the need for divine intervention for restoration of peace in Kashmir have also been addressed”, the author added.

Mr Rana congratulated and complimented Commodore on his literary contribution, hoping this will serve the purpose of integration and strengthening the bonds between various communities.