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Jammu: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Monday on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh is visiting the state to take stock of the situation on the international border in the Jammu region and the line of actual control between India and China in the Ladakh region of the state.

The minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport in a BSF plane around 9 a.m.

Besides senior officers of the home ministry, Singh is accompanied by Director General BSF D.K. Pathak and DG ITBP Krishna Chaudhary.

Immediately after his arrival here, Singh left for the Samba border district where he will inaugurate an ITPB complex and also take a first hand account of the latest situation on the international border.

According to the sources, central government has decided to deploy ITBP to augment the strength of the BSF on and near the international border to check cross-border infiltration and address the issue of frequent ceasefire violations on the border by Pakistan.

Singh will fly to Leh town in the afternoon to review the situation on the line of actual control.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Supreme Court asks Center and J&K govt to sit together and resolve Muslim Minority status

Earlier, the court had issued notice to the Centre, the state government and the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on the plea filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, alleging that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were in a majority in Jammu and Kashmir

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New Delhi, March 27, 2017: Expressing its viewpoint on the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central and the State government of Jammu and Kashmir to “sit together” and decide contentious issues including the question whether Muslims can be treated as the minority in the state, PTI reported.

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A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul asked both the governments to resolve the issue and submit a report to it within four weeks.

“This is a very very important issue. You both sit together and take a stand on it,” the bench said.

A month ago, the apex court had ordained a fine of Rs 30,000 on it for not documenting its answer to a PIL charging that minority advantages are being enjoyed by the majority of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir.

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The beach had extended a last chance to the Center to document its answer, saying the matter is critical.

The court had, however, permitted the counsel for the Center to file the response after depositing the fine and had additionally noticed that a fine of Rs 15,000 was likewise forced last time also for the similar reason.

Earlier, the court had issued notice to the Centre, the state government and the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on the plea filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, alleging that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were in a majority in Jammu and Kashmir.

The plea also alleged that rights of religious and linguistic ‘minorities’ in the state were being “siphoned off illegally and arbitrarily” due to extension of benefits to “unqualified sections” of the population.

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It has been settled that the identification of minority communities has to be decided as per the population data of the state in question, Sharma had said.

The apex court, however, had refused to restrain authorities from disbursing benefits to any community in the state.

The PIL has also sought the setting up of State Minority Commission for identification of minorities.

“The population of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir according to the 2011 Census is 68.31 per cent. Communities which are eligible to be notified as minorities, were not awarded their due share of scholarship owing to their non-identification as minorities, thereby jeopardising their constitutionally guaranteed rights enshrined under Part III of the Constitution of India”.

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“This clearly reflects the unfairness and discrimination of the State towards the communities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir which are eligible to be notified as minorities,” the petition alleged.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

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On Republic Day, Indian Army and Chinese Peoples Liberation Army commit to boost functional relations

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India, Jan 27, 2017: In a bid to enhance functional relations at the border, ceremonial personnel meetings between troops of the Indian Army and Chinese Peoples Liberation Army were held on Thursday in eastern Ladakh on the occasion of India’s 68th Republic Day.

At the Chushul-Moldo meeting point, the delegations were led by Brigader R.S. Raman and Senior Colonel Wang Jun Xian, while at the DBO-TWD meeting point, the delegations were led by Col. Manish Mehrotra and Colonel Song Zhang Li.

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“The proceedings commenced by ceremonial hoisting of flags of both the countries which was followed by ceremonial address by both delegation leaders which exuded warmth and reaffirming the mutual desire of maintaining and improving relations at the functional level at the border,” said an army statement.

“Thereafter, a cultural programme showcasing vibrant Indian culture was organised,” it added.

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According to the statement, the delegation parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and sought to build on the mutual feeling of upholding the treaties and agreements signed between the governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquility along the LAC.

“Both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment,” the statement said. (IANS)

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Hemis Festival: Reasons why you should be at Ladakh’s most popular festival

The Hemis monastery opens its doors after the end of winter. The date is according to the Lunar calendar and changes every year

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Hemis monastery. Source: Wikimedia common

Sept 20, 2016: All your questions answered about the Hemis Festival of Ladakh. Here is what it is all about and why you should not miss a chance to be at Ladakh’s largest and the most popular festival. The annual two day Hemis Festival at the Hemis Monastery has become a great tourist attraction.

WHAT:

Ladakh faces harsh months of winter from November to March.  As they prepare for their bright days ahead, the world gears up to be a the Hemis with them. The Hemis Jangchub Choling monastery start preparing for celebrating the birth of Lord Padmasambhava, their local savious. The festival is a colourful extravaganza comprising of dance, music and mmasked performances. The otherwise serene , untouched landscape transforms into a vibrant and chaotic environment during this time of the year.

WHY:

According to the Tibetan legends, this festival originated in the 8th Cebtury. Lord Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rimpoche to the locals is belived to be the savior who banished the demons and spirits.He is said to have introduces Tantric Buddhism to the Ladhakis. He combined the teachings of Buddhism and Tibetan culture to establish a new way of life.

HOW:

The festival highlight includes dance performances by masked Lamas. The theme of these performances is the victory of good over evil. These performers are dressed in vibrant costumes and bright colored masks. The masks signify different Gods, animals and other characters to depict stories. The dance style includes slow graceful movements with fancy expressions. They also use musicals instruments like the drums, trumpets and cymbals to accompany the dance performance. The main performance depicts the victory over the Ruta demons.

Every 12th year is the Monkey year according to the Tibetan calendar. This festival becomes twofold and the unfurling of the largest Thangkhaof 12 meters from the second floor of the monastery Happened in 2016 after 12 years.The scripture is delicately preserved and is worth seeing.

WHEN:

The Hemis monastery opens its doors after the end of winter. The date is according to the Lunar calendarand hence changes every year. This year it was celebrated on the 15th and 16th of July.

WHERE:

Hemis monastery. Source: Wikimedia common
Hemis monastery. Source: Wikimedia common

The Hemis monastery lies in a gorge, 45 kms from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.This quaint setting amidst the greenery is a sight you would not want to miss. The Gompa in Ladakh which houses almost 500 monks is accessible. A perfect place for backpackers, travellers and adventure junkies.

– by Rasika Iyer of NewsGram. Twitter: @Rasikaiyer93