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SRINAGAR: The Divisional Administration Kashmir has cautioned the public against the operations of unregistered Tour Operators who are luring the gullible people for Hajj booking. “It has come to the notice of the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir that some unregistered Tour Operators are luring general public and have started Hajj bookings inspite of not being approved by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs to do the same, which tantamount to deceiving the masses,” said a statement issued by Dr Abdul Salam Mir, Additional Commissioner Kashmir.

It said only six tour operators in Kashmir have been approved by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India for making Hajj bookings for the year 2018. These tour operators, according to the statement include, Al-Khuddam Hajj & Umrah Services, Universal Travel Corporation, Behreen Travels, Al-Huda Travels, Al-Hayat Hajj & Umrah Services and Gazi Tour & Travels.

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SRINAGAR: On the concluding day of the 4 day Orientation and Training Programme organized by the Chief Executive Officer for the 35 Civil and Police Officers who have been appointed Camp Directors to supervise Yatra Camps located at Pahalgam Helipad, Nunwan, Chandanwari, Sheshnag, Panjtarni,  Sangam Down, Lower Holy Cave, Holy Cave,  Brari Marg, Domel Baltal and Neel Grath Helipad, Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), had a two   hour interactive session with the 35 State Civil and Police officers who have been appointed as Camp Directors, Additional Camp Directors and Deputy Camp Directors for managing the Yatra Camps in the entire Shrine area. Besides, 5 senior officers from CRPF, who shall be involved in the Security of Yatra Camps also participated in the Training Programme.

Governor spoke to the officers about all the important issues regarding Yatra management and urged them to remain alert and prompt in dealing with any exigency, particularly in dealing with various categories of medical emergencies.  He advised the officers to personally inspect each and every arrangement which is being made at the Camp placed under their charge and on the tracks falling within their respective jurisdictions. He directed them to devote particular attention to ensuring the supply of safe drinking water, power, disposal of garbage, fire and emergency services and the provision of round the clock medical care facilities.

Governor exhorted the officers to maintain effective coordination with the J&K Police, Central Police, Army, Air Force, Fire Services, Heli-Operators and with all the concerned State Government Departments and agencies for ensuring the smooth conduct of the Yatra. He also directed them to ensure enforcement of all prescribed regulations to secure the safety and security of the pilgrims, particularly if adverse weather conditions developed. Also, no plastic materials must be allowed to be used anywhere in the Yatra area.

Sh. Umang Narula, CEO, informed the Governor that  in the past 4 days the Camp Directors, Additional Camp Directors and Deputy Camp Directors had been briefed on all important aspects of their roles and responsibilities for Yatra 2018 and that all of them shall leavetomorrow and be in their Camps by 5 PM on 18th June 2018. Governor directed the Camp Directors to maintain round the clock contact with the Shrine Board Control Room and with the other Camps to ensure that any arising problem is dealt with without any delay whatsoever.

In addition to their discussions with the SASB officers, the Camp Directors,  Additional and Deputy Camp Directors had interactive sessions with Sh. A. K. Choudhary, ADGP Armed; Sh. Muneer Ahmad Khan, ADGP, Security, Home Guards & SDRF; Sh. Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Sh. Rigzian Samphal, Secretary to Government, Tourism Department; Sh. Ravi Deep Singh Sahi, IG, Srinagar Sector; Sh. S. S. Gularia, DIG, BSF; Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director General, Health Services, Kashmir; Sh. Altaf Ahmed Khan, Senior Superintendent of Police, Anantnag; Sh. Fayaz Hussain, Addl. Superintendent of Police, Ganderbal; Col. Sanjeev Saroch, Victor Force, Col. Nishant Rathi, Signals; Sh. Nazir Ahmed, Dy G.M (Mob) BSNL; Sh. Bashir Ahmad, Deputy Director, Fire and Emergency Services; Sh. Mushtaq Ahmad Simnani and Sh. S.A.Raina, Chief Executive Officers of Pahalgam and Sonamarg Development Authorities respectively; Sh. Mohd Hussain Mir, Deputy Director , IMD; Sh. Bhupinder Kumar, Deputy Director, NDRF.

Sh. Umang Narula, CEO, SASB; Sh. Bhupinder Kumar, Additional CEO, SASB; Sh. Verinder Slathia, Sh. Parshotam Kumar Sharma, Sh.Vikas Verma, Dy. CEOs, SASB; Shri Satya Paul, FA & CAO; Sh. R.K. Pandita, GM (Works); Sh. Shivanji Koul Deputy General Manager Works Pahalgam axis; Sh. Pardeep Samnotra, DGM Baltal axis were among those present on the occasion.

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KISHTWAR: State Congress Vice President and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori offered Eid Nimaz at Eidgah Kishtwar here where a huge congregation of Muslims offered Eid prayers. Mr. Saroori mingled with people, shared Eid greetings and good wishes. He prayed for peace, prosperity and well-being of people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Country. During the day, large number of people from different walks of life visited the residence of the MLA Inderwal to personally convey their Eid felicitation to him.