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Kashmir’s oldest church comes to life with wedding bells

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Srinagar, Feb 2 : Kashmir’s oldest Protestant Church in Gulmarg ski resort came to life this Thursday with the ringing of the wedding bells as an Australian couple tied the knot there.

Tim Robertson and Kate Hamilton had come all the way from Australia to get married at St. Mary’s Church in Gulmarg.

The only attendance at this church for the last 15 years has been on Christmas when revellers come to Gulmarg around the New Year Eve.

Both snowboarding enthusiasts, Tim told reporters Kate insisted that the marriage should be held in snowbound mountains.

“No place better than Gulmarg to have a white wedding in the mountains”, the groom said.

The priest at St Mary’s Church, Reverend Vinu Kaul, had received the message six months back about the couple’s plan to get married in Gulmarg.

He told reporters that he believes the wedding would definitely send a positive message about Kashmir to the rest of the world.

On their wedding day, Kate wore a traditional embroidered Kashmiri over garment, the ‘Pheran’ as Tim dressed like a typical Kashmiri groom.

“She also tried a typical Indian saree”, Tim said.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah greeted the newly wed as he posted on his twitter page: “30 years since the last one, Gulmarg’ s historic church plays host to another wedding. Congratulations to Kate & Tim. Here’s wishing you both a life time of happiness”.

In another of his posts, Omar posted pictures of the couple taken at Hotel Highlands Park in Gulmarg where the couple stayed.

“More from Kate & Tim’s Gulmarg wedding. A destination wedding with a difference. Nice to see some of the wedding party on skis”, Omar said.

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Kerala: Massive fire breaks out at warehouse in Ernakulam

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Kerala, Feb 20: A massive fire broke out at a warehouse in Kerala’s Ernakulam on Wednesday.

Fire tenders are present at the spot to douse off the flames.

More details awaited.

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RSS-affiliated school to come up in Amar Singh’s UP property

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Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh’s parental property in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh will soon have a school run by an organisation affiliated to the Rashtrya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the former Samajwadi leader said on Wednesday.

On his way to Azamgarh to register the property in the name of Seva Bharati, the RSS affiliate, the former national general secretary of the Samajwadi Party (SP) confirmed the development to IANS.

The three-storey building on the property in Tarwan, after change of ownership would be used to run the school and other social work by the Sangh.

The school was most likely to be named after Amar Singh’s late father. The property is estimated to be worth Rs 12 crore. Some land nearby is also being donated to the RSS and the registry is to be done at the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) office in Lalganj later in the day.

National organisational Secretary of the RSS, Rishipal Singh Dadwal will be present at the time of the registry.

Amar Singh, once the second in command in the Samajwadi Party (SP), has changed his stripes after his expulsion from his political alma mater and is now inching close to the Bharatiya Janata Party, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising him from a public forum in Lucknow last year.

He is scheduled to be the chief guest at a major RSS event in Kanpur later this month in which Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and other senior state BJP leaders are likely to participate.

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Tremors in Delhi-NCR after 4.0 magnitude Earthquake hits west UP

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New Delhi, Feb 20: Tremors were felt in several parts of Delhi-NCR for a few seconds around 8 am on Wednesday after an earthquake of 4.0 magnitude struck between western Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli-Baghpat district.

Local media reports said the depth of the earthquake was 5 km, but the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck at a depth of 10 km.

Many people took to Twitter after experiencing the tremors in UP and Delhi. In minutes, #earthquake became the top trend on Twitter.

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