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Rajnath Singh denies deployment of ITBP on Indo-Pak border

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Jammu: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh implicitly denied reports about deployment of ITBP on the international border between India and Pakistan in Jammu region in addition to the BSF on Monday

Picture credit: indianexpress.com
Picture credit: indianexpress.com

“Indo-TIbetan Border Police (ITBP) is deployed on the LAC (line of actual control) between India and China in the Ladakh region. ITBP Himalaya ki goad ki raksha karti hai (ITBP guards the lap of the Himalayas for the country),” the minister said while inaugurating the headquarters of 47th Battalion of ITBP in Kagwal area of Samba district.

“Since Kathua is the entry point to reach the lap of the Himalayas (Ladakh region) in the state, where the ITBP guards the LAC, it is necessary to station a battalion of this force at the entry point to reach the Himalayas,” he added.

Rajnath Singh’s statement thus indirectly dismissed reports about plans to augment Border Security Force (BSF) strength by deploying the ITBP on the international border in Jammu region.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and directors general of the ITBP and BSF were present at the inaugural function.

Rajnath Singh is scheduled to fly to Leh town on Monday afternoon to take stock of the situation on the LAC between India and China in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

He arrived in Jammu earlier on Monday on a three-day visit to the state.

(IANS)

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These 10 Islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar chosen for Holistic Development by Government

The newly constituted Island Development Agency (IDA) has started the first phase of work regarding the holistic devolopment in 10 chosen islands of Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Wikimedia
  • The government has chosen ten islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar for their holistic development
  • Smith, Ross, Aves, Long and Little Andaman in Andaman and Nicobar while Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium and Tinnakara in Lakshadweep are among those selected in the first IDA meeting
  • The IDA was set-up on June 1 following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting

New Delhi, July 24, 2017: The government has chosen ten islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar for their holistic development in the first phase of work being done by newly constituted Island Development Agency (IDA), it was announced on Monday.

Smith, Ross, Aves, Long and Little Andaman in Andaman and Nicobar while Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium and Tinnakara in Lakshadweep are among those selected in the first IDA meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday after detailed consultations with key stakeholders, a Home Ministry statement said.

The IDA was set-up on June 1 following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting.

In the meeting, Rajnath Singh presented the vision for developing India’s maritime economy while preserving the natural eco-system and addressing the security concerns. He also emphasised upon the need for sustainable development of islands with people’s participation.

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NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant made a detailed presentation on the current status and the way forward for holistic development of identified islands.

He said that concept development plans and detailed master plans are being prepared for identified islands with principles of sustainability, people’s participation, eco-system preservation and determination of carrying capacity as the guiding principles.

“Such an exercise is being taken up for the first time in the country,” Amitabh Kant said.

IDA Chairman and former Navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi (retd.), suggested taking up suitable interventions for sustainable implementation of planned projects.

During the meeting, the progress being made for the formulation of integrated master plans and other matters concerning the islands development were reviewed, the statement said.

“It was also decided that Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Administrator of Lakshadweep Islands will be included as members of IDA,” the statement further said, adding with this meeting, the efforts for holistic development of islands of India received a major boost.

Other members of the IDA including the Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Environment Secretary, Tourism Secretary and Tribal Welfare Secretary also participated in the meeting. (IANS)

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Seventh Batch of Pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

The seventh batch of pilgrims which consists of 1748 men, 401 women, and 97 sadhus and sadhvis has left for Amarnath

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Pilgrimage to the Amarnath Yatra. Wikimedia
  • The seventh batch of pilgrims have departed for their journey to Amarnath Cave Shrine
  • This batch consists of 2,246 pilgrims including 1748 men, 401 women and 97 sadhus and sadhvis 
  • With the departure of the seventh batch, total 25,294 pilgrims have left for Amarnath from Jammu

July 08, 2017: The seventh batch of pilgrims left Jammu on June 7, for their journey to reach Amarnath’s Cave shrine for a darshan of ice lingam. With this batch, the total number of pilgrims has reached 25,294.

This batch is made up of 1748 men, 401 women, and 97 sadhus and sadhvis. The Amarnath yatra began on June 28 from Jammu. The journey is to be done amid multi-tier security with CRPF escorting the pilgrims. The final destination is the twin base camp of Amarnath cave shrine.

10,461 pilgrims paid obeisance at the Holy Cave yesterday, however, lives of 3 pilgrims was claimed. The total death toll number for the ongoing pilgrimage has reached 9.

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A staggering number of 1,15,841 pilgrims have made the journey to visit the ice lingam since the beginning of the pilgrimage. The annual yatra, this year too, has continued despite the terror threats. But it has prompted the authorities to be alert and prepared. The highest level of security measures have been adopted, including the latest satellite tracking system, mentioned PTI report.

Earlier an intelligence source has revealed that the militants have planned to target policemen and the many yatris. The CRPF, BSF, police, and army have all been instructed to secure the pilgrimage. Combined, over 40,000 troops have been mobilized to provide for the security.

Additionally, the center has provided the state with 25,000 personnel. This year’s Amarnath yatra is 8 days shorter than last year’s 48 days.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Rajnath speaks on Bhagwad Gita as the International Gita Mahotsav ends in Haryana

Rajnath Singh said that perhaps this programme is first-of-its kind in the country which was never seen or heard of.

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Mr. Singh mentioned the Indian brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims in India and mentioned strict action against Pakistan terror aids to India in his Kashmir speech
Rajnath Singh went harsh on Pakistan in his Kashmir speech

Delhi, December 12, 2016: On the concluding day of the International Gita Mahotsav, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a speech where he talked about Bhagwad Gita. He described it as the essence of life and said its message could rid the world of the problems, including terrorism, the humanity faced.

He further added to the significance of the holy book by saying, ” Our great saints had given the message of vasudev kutumbakam and treated the entire mankind as their family. Every religion in the world has its own Granth that paves the way to God. But Gita is the only Granth by following which spirituality could be achieved while living in this world.”

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According to the PTI reports, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the festival Gita Jayanti is celebrated every year in Kurukshetra. He added to the importance of the event saying, “Last year, the state government had announced celebrating it at the state level under which a three-day programme was held at the district level….Lord Krishna had delivered the celestial message of Bhagwad Gita on this holy land of Kuruksehtra and to spread this message at the global level, we decided to organise Gita Mahotsav at international level under the guidance of Gita Manishi Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj…”

To which, Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj added that, ” Gita provided the art of living which is the need of the hour. The world has recognised the significance of Gita and accepted it.”

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On the district level celebration last year, one person each from 574 districts of the country had reached Kurukshetra with one Shloka scripted on their traditional dresses.

“They have also brought along soil from their respective districts which would be utilised to make a magnificent idol of Lord Krishna at Jyotisar in Kurukshetra to symbolise unity and integrity of the country. Apart from this, 18,473 school students together recited the 18 shlokas from 18 chapters of Gita and created a world record,” he said.

prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks