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Fresh batch of 3,451 pilgrims leave for Amarnath Yatra

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Jammu, July 13: A fresh batch of 3,451 pilgrims on Friday left Jammu to perform the Amarnath Yatra.

They left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 110 vehicles and headed to the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps, police said.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N.Vohra, who heads the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the pilgrimage, has sanctioned a cash relief of Rs 3 lakh each for the next of kin of all pilgrims who might die in accidents during this year’s Yatra.

Five pilgrims have died in a shooting stone accident in Brarimarg-Railpathri area of Baltal trek while three have died in road accidents so far since the annual pilgrimage began on June 28.

It will end of August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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UGC order on ‘surgical strike day’ destroys independence of university system, says Kapil Sibal

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New Delhi, Sep 21: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that UGC issuing order to  all universities to celebrate “Surgical Strike Day” on September 29, is destroying the very independence of the university system and asserted that they should celebrate note ban day on 8th November

“It is absolutely shocking. In fact, I don’t think since independence, we have seen UGC giving any kind of directive of this nature to universities. For UGC, to give a directive is destroying the very independence of the university system,” Kapil Sibal said.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circular to the Vice-Chancellors of all universities to celebrate “Surgical Strike Day” on September 29 and encourage students to pledge their support for the armed forces. It also directed NCC units of all varsities to hold a special parade to mark the day.

” If they have to celebrate something then they should celebrate note ban day on 8th November, ” he said.

Kapil Sibal tweeted, “UGC directs VC’s of all universities to celebrate 29th September as Surgical Strike Day .Is this meant to educate or to serve BJP’s political ends ?Will UGC dare celebrate 8th November as Surgical Strike Day depriving the poor of their livelihoods ?”

 

 

“The NCC units of all universities should organise a special parade on September 29 after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders. The varsities may organise a talk-session calling ex-serviceman to sensitise students about sacrifices made by the armed forces,” the UGC said in a communication to all Vice Chancellors on Thursday.

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Celebrate September 29 as ‘Surgical Strike Day’: UGC order to varsities

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New Delhi, Sep 21: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circular to the Vice-Chancellors of all universities to celebrate “Surgical Strike Day” on September 29 and encourage students to pledge their support for the armed forces. It also directed NCC units of all varsities to hold a special parade to mark the day.

“The NCC units of all universities should organise a special parade on September 29 after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders. The varsities may organise a talk-session calling ex-serviceman to sensitise students about sacrifices made by the armed forces,” the UGC said in a communication to all Vice Chancellors on Thursday.

“All higher education institutions with NCC units shall organise a special parade on 29th September, after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders,” says the UGC letter. “The university/colleges may organise a meeting, calling ex-servicemen who will sensitise the students about the sacrifices made by the armed forces in protecting the borders.”

“A multimedia exhibition will be organised around India Gate on September 29. Similar exhibitions may be organised in states, union territories, important towns and cantonments across the country. The institutions should encourage students and faculty members to visit these exhibitions,” the letter added.

The letter also issues an instruction to students: “The students shall pledge their support for the armed forces by writing letters and cards, which may be produced in both physical and digital format.” These letters of support, it says, will be publicised in the conventional and social media.

The UGC letter says that physical letters of support so received may be sent to nearby cantonments and shared with army officers visiting various colleges to meet students.

It also asks institutions to encourage their students and faculty to visit the multimedia exhibition to be organised at India Gate in the national capital or in State capitals, important towns and cantonments across India.

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Odisha: Dam gates opened after Cyclone ‘Daye’ triggers heavy rainfall

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Cyclone 'Daye' has triggered heavy rainfall in several parts.

New Delhi, Sep 21: Two shutters of Upper Kolab dam in Odisha’s Koraput were opened on Friday following a rise in the water level after the cyclonic storm ‘DAYE’ crossed south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast near Gopalpur today morning, resulting in heavy rains and strong winds in various districts in the regions.

Officials said that upon its landfall, it brought heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of Odisha.

Waterlogging was witnessed in parts of Malkangiri district following heavy rainfall caused due to ‘Daye’

The Commissioner also said that the situation is normal in other districts of Odisha except Malkangiri, which has received very heavy rainfall in last 24 hrs.

India Meteorological Department department has predicted light to moderate thunderstorm with moderate rainfall in parts of Komaram Bheem, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Jagtial, Warangal, Medak, Medchal, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad in the next three hours.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hours.The state government has also instructed officials in coastal districts and various departments to be alert to tackle any emergency situation.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the officials to keep a close watch on the situation and take steps to ensure no loss of life. He also asked them to arrange adequate relief materials.

Earlier, IMD on Thursday had issued a cyclone alert for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

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