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Lt Governor inaugurates Rs 5.13 crore hi-tech multi-purpose video wall facility en route SMVD Shrine



Manoj Sinha

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, the Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, today inaugurated hi-tech Multipurpose Video Walls installed at prominent locations en route Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, at the cost of Rs. 5.13 crore, with assistance from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

The Lt Governor also visited the holy shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji on the auspicious occasion of Durga Ashtami and paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum. He prayed for peace, harmony, and prosperity in the UT.

The Lt Governor observed that installing hi-tech multipurpose video walls at various locations on the track would enable the dissemination of real-time information to the visiting pilgrims about the yatra and add to the aesthetics of multiple locations on the way.

The live telecast would be the main attraction to the pilgrims. It will also showcase the awareness about various initiatives commenced by the Shrine Board to facilitate the pilgrims. The project, to be accomplished in two phases, includes installing six sizeable outdoor video walls at prominent locations on the track in the first phase, which was inaugurated today, and 20 Indoor LED screens at significant establishments of the Shrine Board during the second phase.

The locations where the video walls would be displayed include Darshani Deodi Banganga, New Darshani Deodi Tarakote Marg, Langer Point at Tarakote Marg, Adhkuwari Complex, Bhairon Ji platform, and Sanjichhat platform. This project would primarily facilitate the pilgrims through Live Atka Arti, Mata Ki Kahani (Stage Play), and Live Darshans on their way to Bhawan. Moreover, it will also provide advisory/display features (24X7) regarding Disaster Prone Locations on the track during the rainy season and otherwise, besides giving information of missing persons or items and early warnings of the weather forecast.

The project also provides general information to the visiting pilgrims such as medical & ambulance facilities, accommodation & catering arrangements, water & toilet locations, public announcements, assistance information, dos and don’ts, etc. The Lt Governor directed the concerned officers to devise a Standard Operating Procedure for hi-tech Multipurpose Video Walls so that the facility could be utilized efficiently.

The SMVDSB, in its continuous endeavours, has recently taken various initiatives for the facilitation of the pilgrims, such as Mobile Application, Home Delivery of Pooja Prasad, round-the-clock Call Centre, e-library, and construction of Durga Bhawan, besides others. Besides Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board; Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu; Dr Raghav Langer, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; S. Charandeep Singh Deputy Commissioner Reasi; Shalindra Singh, SSP Reasi and other officers of the shrine board, district administration, and police were present on occasion.


Beware: Lady thief roaming the streets of Roop Nagar




Another theft case of ₹7,200 has been reported from a boutique named ” The Hanger’ located on the main road in Roop Nagar, Jammu.

A lady who visited the boutique duped the owner and took away garments amounting to a total of ₹7,200.

The owner at first didn’t recognise the lady, but she pretended as if she was their regular customer.

“After selecting the garments, she asked for an assistant boy to come along and will make the payment to him as she reaches her residence”, the owner said.

She instead fooled the owner and the boy as well and wasn’t seen anywhere after that.

The boutique owner has filed a complaint in the nearest police station on January 18.

Police are investigating the matter, and soon the lady thief would be caught; till then, the locals are advised to beware of such miscreants.

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2 vehicles loaded with 432 KG banned Polythene Seized




J&K Pollution Control Committee today seized two vehicles and 432 KG of banned polythene carry bags of below 75 microns.
A team of J&K Pollution Control Committee headed by Divisional Officer, JKPCC Jammu South seized a Scooty (Honda Activa-125) carrying banned polythene carry bags weighing (Approx.) 12 KG, In another major crackdown a Mahindra Pick up van bearing registration no. PB06AZ7742 was intercepted by the JKPCC team at Anti Polythene Check Post Lakhanpur and recovered 21 bags weighing 420 Kgs of banned polythene carry bags from the said vehicle being carried to UT of J&K. Manufacturing, stocking, distribution, sale and use of Polythene Carry bags below 75 microns has been banned as per GoI Notification G.S.R. 57(E) dated 12.08.2021.
J&K Pollution Control Committee has appealed to the general public to stop the purchase and use of polythene carry bags below 75 microns thickness.
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Jammu’s Super Specialty Hospital wears deserted look




Super Speciality Hospital Jammu

The premises of the Government Super Specialty Hospital Jammu wore a deserted look after many management officials, doctors, and paramedic staff tested positive for COVID-19.

With a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Out Patient Department (OPD) also saw a minimum presence of patients.

On their entry to the hospital, Rapid Antigen Tests are performed on the patients.

“The people who return COVID-19 positive results are not permitted entry into the hospital while people with negative reports are allowed to move into the OPD,” an official said.

“The authorities are allowing only 50 patients in each department of OPD for a checkup every day while around 150 patients used to visit the departments usually,” the official said.

He said that the people had also become conscious and they too were avoiding coming to the hospital unless it was an emergency.

“Routine surgeries have been stopped and only emergency surgeries are being conducted in the operation theatres,” the official said. “Around one-third of people come for an OPD checkup at the hospital now. As the people are tested on their entry to the hospital, many avoid coming to the hospital.”

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