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Forty-nine lakh Devotees visited Mata Vaishno Devi so far in 2021; 20 thousand devotees arrive at Katra every day.

Every day hundreds of devotees from all over the country reach Mata Vaishno Devi, the world-famous pilgrimage place to have darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi. In the ongoing year till the end of November, a total of 49,49,967 devotees have so far appeared at the feet of the mother, and thousands of devotees have supernatural darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi every day.

During Maa Vaishno Devi Yatra, devotees are continuously following the ongoing Kovid-19 rules. With lofty spirits, devotees constantly wish for the happiness and peace of the family by taking the darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi with their families. The enthusiasm of the business class of the city has also remained constant.

Be it summer or winter, the devotees’ enthusiasm remains constant for the darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi. Despite the ongoing corona epidemic, devotees are constantly having supernatural darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi. In January, a total of 408061 devotees had appeared at the feet of Maa Vaishno Devi, while in February, 389549 devotees had reached the court of the mother.

Similarly, in March, 525198 devotees came to the mother’s court, while in April, 321735 devotees had reached the court of the mother. Despite the second wave of the corona epidemic, a small number of devotees came to Vaishno Devi, 45155, in May. Again, devotees reached the court of the mother.

In June, 198490 devotees reached the mother’s court, and in the same way, in July, 500671 devotees attended the mother’s feet, whereas, in August, 521970 devotees attended the feet of Vaishno Devi. Similarly, in September 639162 reached the Darbar, whereas 753500 devotees came to Vaishno Devi in October.

In November, a total of 646415 devotees made attendance at the feet of Maa Vaishno Devi. Until the first 11 months of the ongoing year, that is, till November, 4949967 devotees have attended the mother’s court.

Although the outbreak of dry cold continues continuously, on the other hand, there has been some decline in the travel figures of Maa Vaishno Devi due to the third wave of the corona epidemic. While 20000 to 25000 devotees were reaching the feet of Maa Vaishno Devi daily to attend the feet of Maa Vaishno Devi every day last month, at present this figure has come down to between 16000 to 20000.

On December 1, where about 16000 devotees had appeared at the feet of Maa Vaishno Devi, on December 2, that is, by 3:00 pm on Thursday, about 9000 devotees had left for Maa Vaishno Devi Bhavan, and the devotees continued to come. Therefore, experts believe that the current situation may continue till December 15. However, if the fear of the third wave of the corona epidemic subsides, then on the arrival of the new year, there will be an increase in the journey of Mother Vaishno Devi, which will be better to wait for the time being.

The infection of the corona epidemic did not spread in the base camp Katra, including Maa Vaishno Devi Bhawan and Maa Vaishno Devi Yatra, continued continuously. Therefore, the health department has set up corona test centres at all prominent places along with the entrance of Katra. Among them, the entry of Katra is Muri check post as well as Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Railway Station Katra, Katra Helipad, Darshani Deodhi, the entrance of Maa Vaishno Devi, the entrance of new Tarakot road etc. are prominent.

However, the devotees who have applied both the doses of corona vaccine and have a PAN certificate are being sent directly to the building for darshan, but the devotees who have not applied the dose of corona vaccine or have applied a single amount. His test is mandatory, which is being done continuously by the health department.


Jammu Police Foils Bovine Smuggling Bid, 2 Arrested

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Nagrota police recovered six cattle from a stubble-laden truck going from Jammu to Kashmir. The accused had made a wooden box inside the vehicle. Although cattle were kept hidden inside this box, the top and front of the box were loaded with straw so that the police personnel posted at the checkpoints did not even know that cattle were being smuggled in the truck.

The vehicle driver, Obad-ul-Rehman resident of Belicharana and his companion Murad Ali resident of Belicharana, Satwari, were arrested. A case was registered against both of them at Nagrota police station for violating the order of the district commissioner and cruelty to cattle. The police are not even denying that the accused must have stolen these cattle from somewhere. The interrogation of both is on.

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On the midnight of Wednesday, Thursday, on strong information about cattle smuggling, police personnel blocked the Ban toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. During this, vehicle number JK02AW-5753, carrying straw from Jammu to Kashmir, was stopped by the police personnel for investigation. However, when the people in the vehicle were asked about their destination, they could not answer satisfactorily.

Due to suspicion of the words of both the occupants of the vehicle, the police personnel searched the vehicle. When the stubble was removed, the police personnel found a wooden box inside the vehicle. When I looked inside the box, there were cattle there. After the cattle were recovered from the vehicle, the people tried to run away, but the police personnel did not let them escape. The vehicle was seized on the spot. Both the passengers in it were taken into custody.

Amish Mahajan

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Devender Rana calls on LG, raises issues of public importance

Former Legislator and BJP leader, Devender Singh Rana on Thursday called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan Jammu and raised various issues of public importance.

As per an official handout, Rana had a detailed interaction with the Lt Governor, wherein he projected several demands and issues pertaining to the release of pending payments under MGNREGA; age relaxation issue of the aspirants of Combined Competitive Exams; regularization of daily wagers; expediting pending Class-IV recruitment, besides joining issue of compilers and concerns of BSF/CISF aspirants and vocational trainers.

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The Lt Governor observed that the UT government is formulating development plans and policies reflective of the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K and assured him of due consideration of the genuine issues projected during the interaction, the handout read.

It further added that the Lt Governor urged Rana to continue his endeavours for promoting public welfare on all fronts.

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BJP govt–Delimitation Commission undermining democratic legitimacy: Harsh Dev

During its meeting with associate members, the Delimitation Commission had invited objections from the latter concerning delimiting the 90 seats in December last. Still, the Delimitation is nowhere in sight and nor has any draft circulated even amongst the members. And neither has any report been shared with media nor put in the public domain.

Therefore, no one knows precisely which seats are proposed for reservation and which are to be deserved giving rise to speculations and rumours being spread in the public and social media. This has also led to public unrest in several areas due to fake, unauthenticated reports being circulated by lumpen elements”, stated Mr Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP and former Minister.

Mr Singh said that it was amusing to note that after several months since its constitution, the Delimitation Commission had nothing to share with the Associate members except a verbal statement that nine seats were to be reserved for STs, 7 for SCs. Out of 7 additional seats, six seats were proposed for the Jammu region and 1 for Kashmir. Neither the names of reserved seats were shared, nor were the members apprised of the names of 7 new Assembly seats.

The members were asked to give their objections/comments concerning the above proposal without elucidating them. However, the Delimitation Commission remained silent over the names of the proposed 90 constituencies or the territorial jurisdiction of the said seats, thereby making a mockery of the members so invited to the meeting.

Referring to the Delimitation Commission’s statements over the number of reserved seats for STs and SCs, Mr Singh said nothing new in it. The J&K Reorganization Act passed in August 2019 had envisaged 90 Assembly seats for J&K UT, and because of the existing 10% reservation of STs and 8% for SCs, it was a matter of common sense that nine seats would go to SCs and 7 to SCs. So what has the Delimitation Commission practically done to delimit the 90 seats assigned to it, was the pertinent question which, unfortunately, none of the Associate members raised in the meeting.

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He said that the meeting was merely an eyewash and proved that the commission had transacted no business since its constitution. The delimitation process was delayed at the behest of a nonchalant BJP.

Accusing the BJP of willfully delaying Delimitation and eventually the elections in J&K, Mr Singh observed that liberal Democracy was fast being supplanted by pseudo-democracy after downgrading the state into UT.

With the BJP govt hell-bent on continuing its proxy rule in J&K, the Delimitation Commission seemed to be giving it tacit and overt official support. And this fact had been corroborated during a recent episode wherein the PM’s Secretary had called a meeting of Election Officers including the CEC, two days before the meeting of the Delimitation Commission with Associate members.

Holding the BJP govt guilty of undermining the democratic legitimacy, Mr Singh said that its undue interference and control of autonomous bodies had given the deadliest blow to the values enshrined in our great constitution. Such episodes sadly bear the stink of the demise of independent institutions, and lying forlornly on the wayside was the tenet that law is equal for all in Democracy. Calling upon the Delimitation Commission to finalize its report without any political pressures, Mr Singh appealed to ensure that Democracy moved unhindered.

If the Delimitation of 4121 Assembly constituencies and 538 Parliamentary constituencies of the entire country could be completed in less than four years by justice Kuldip Singh commission of 2002, it defied logic that Delimitation of 90 Assembly seats of J&K had hardly registered any progress during the last 21 months, said Harsh.

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