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Gulmarg entices New Year’s Eve revellers with a Winter Carnival on skis

As Gulmarg becomes a star destination for tourists despite the ongoing unrest, it will now also host a Winter Carnival this year to end the year in style. With the aid of the Army, the carnival is all set to rock the famed ski resorts of Gulmarg on Sunday with music, skiing, photography, gaming, snow sculpture all part of the event.The festival is in addition to the functions being organised by the local hoteliers for tourists on the New Year’s Eve in the ski resort. For the first time in the last two years, Gulmarg is fully sold out with tourists from different parts flocking the ski resort for New Year celebrations.”The Carnival has a plethora of attractions for the tourists such as Snow Scooter, ATV Race, Snowboarding, Sliding and Snowman making competitions, which will be open to locals as well as tourists without any entry fee. Apart from this, there will be a Photography Competition and live performances by local artists and youth from the Chinar 9Jawan Club, Baramulla and Army Bands,” said an Army spokesman.The carnival is aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the people and bringing them closer to the Army. “The event has already created a lot of buzz among the prospective tourists and the local tradesmen who believe that this initiative will not only spread the message of peace and harmony but will also boost the dwindling tourism business at Gulmarg”, said the spokesman.The fledgeling tourism sector has suffered huge losses post-Burhan Wani’s killing that created unrest in the valley last year. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists. Post-Burhan Wani killing unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1,100 crore.Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfall of tourists, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016, because of the unrest.Figures reveal around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath yatris who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year, 11.27 lakh tourists visited Kashmir — most of them before July 8, when Wani was killed.However, come New Year, and the tourists are making a beeline again to the famed ski resort to bid goodbye to 2017.”Gulmarg is fully packed. All the hotels are 100 per cent booked for two days. Fifty per cent of the people are tourists and the rest are locals. Some of the hotels have organised musical programmes for in-house guests and dinner on New Year’s Eve,” said Mukhtar Ahmad Shah, President J&K Hoteliers Club, Gulmarg.

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Veteran Cong leader Fotedar breathes his last in Gurugram hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A quintessential Gandhi family loyalist, Makhan Lal Fotedar, a veteran Congress leader surprised many when his book ‘The Chinar Leaves: A political Memoir’ hit the stands in 2015 in which he questioned the leadership credentials of Rahul Gandhi.After Fotedar’s death, Sonia Gandhi on Friday hailed him as ‘one of the guiding lights’ for the Congress and said that his death has left behind a void, which can never be fulfilled.Expressing her deepest condolences, she recalled Fotedar in his long and active political career spanning over five decades fighting for the rights of the people.In his book, Fotedar had said, “Sonia Gandhi is not Indira Gandhi,” and “Rahul Gandhi is not Sanjay Gandhi,” but lauded Priyanka Gandhi.Fotedar, who breathed his last on Thursday in a Gurugram hospital, was a close confidante of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and a loyalist of the Congress first family. Fotedar, who owed his rise in the party to his proximity with Nehru-Gandhi, was brought into politics by Jawaharlal Nehru in early 1950s.As a former member of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, he represented Pahalgam constituency from 1967 to 1977. After serving as a Cabinet Minister in Jammu and Kashmir government, he shifted base to the national Capital.He became a key part of Indira Gandhi cabinet soon after. His clout was immense during her tenure and she appointed him as her political secretary in 1980. Fotedar was also a two-time Rajya Sabha member and a former union minister.After Indira Gandhi’s death, Rajiv Gandhi also made him his political secretary for three years before inducting him in his Cabinet as a minister. However, by then his clout had begun waning. But Fotedar was the darling of media reporting on AICC affairs.His long association with the Gandhi family and his understanding of Congress was so promising that years after he ceased to be in the corridors of power, media men thronged him.

Travel restrictions in parts of Doda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today imposed travel restrictions in the high-altitude tourist areas and meadow-lands in the Bhadarwah Valley of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, sending people into a tizzy. They also conducted searches in the Miransahib area on the outskirts of Jammu after some people were seen moving in suspicious manner. “Restrictions have been imposed as these are high- altitude areas. We just want people to take permission before going to these areas,” Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Bhaderwah Brijesh Sharma said. While officials said it was a security measure, locals said the step would affect tourism in Bhadarwah. A drumbeater read the order issued by the Bhadarwah police on restrictions and conditional visits to the famous tourist areas including Padri on the Bhadarwah-Chamba road, Seoj Dhar, Ramtund and Kailash Kund, local residents said. The police did not cite any reason for the same, leading to confusion, they said. “The government is hell bent on vitiating the peaceful atmosphere to damage the prospects of tourism here,” President Travel Trade Association Tariq Choudhary said. He said the businessmen community would take to the streets if the move was not withdrawn. “The news spread like a wildfire and several bookings got cancelled within minutes, resulting in a huge loss,” said Humayon Khan, the owner of Chinar Hotel and Restaurant Sungli Tourist Resort. Meanwhile, in Jammu, the police conducted searches in the Miran Sahib area in the R S Pura tehsil after locals informed about some people moving in suspicious manner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

One son has fallen down, another is still standing: Father of martyr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> ?My son sacrificed his life for the country with Vande Matram as his last words? said Vamanrao Gawai, father of Sepoy Sumedh Waman who joined the Army in 2011. The sobbing father further added “My younger son is in the army too, If one has fallen down, my another is still standing, who will make two fall and will make the enemy pay back for his brother?s death.” Sep. Sumedh Waman hailed from Lonagra village in Akola, Maharashtra and was among the two Army soldiers killed in a fierce gunfight with the militants in Shopian encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. The mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to his native place, Akola in Maharashtra, where he was laid to rest with full military honours. Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. J.S. Sandhu, along with officials from all ranks, paid rich tributes to Sepoy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Indian Army on Sunday paid a fitting tribute to two of its comrades, who lost their lives in an attack by terrorists in Qazigund district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday
A wreath laying ceremony was held at Badami Bagh Cantt, Srinagar, and was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP), S. P Lt. Gen. J. S. Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and many other senior officials from security forces and civil administration. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indian Army on Sunday paid a fitting tribute to two of its comrades, who lost their lives in an attack by terrorists in Qazigund district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday A wreath laying ceremony was held at Badami Bagh Cantt, Srinagar, and was attended by Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP), S.P. Vaid, Lt. Gen. J.S. Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander and many other senior officials from security forces and civil administration. Late Naik Dipak Kumar Maity and late Gunner (Operator) Manivannan G. were killed in an attack by heavily armed terrorists on an Army convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Qazigund district on Saturday. Late Naik Dipak Kumar Maity was from Midnapur, West Bengal and joined Army in 1997. He has left behind his wife, Rikta and a 13-year-old daughter. Late Gunner (Operator) Manivannan G. belonged to Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu and was only 25 years. He joined the Army in 2013 and has left behind his parents, mother G. Chinnaponnu and father Gopal G. The mortal remains of the soldiers will be flown for last rites to their native places today. The Army convoy, which was on its way to Jammu from Srinagar, was indiscriminately fired upon by militants near the Lower Munda toll post yesterday. According to reports, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army Chief General Rawat takes stock of security measures in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today reached Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit and took stock of the enhanced security measures in the Valley. Accompanied by the Northern Army Commander and Chinar Corps Commander, General Rawat visited Panzgam garrison and was briefed on the encounter with terrorists which took place on April 27. Later, the Army Chief was briefed by the Chinar Corps Commander on the prevailing situation in Kashmir at the Badami Bagh. During the vist, General Rawat appreciated the synergy being shown amongst all security agencies and complimented the troops for undertaking operations with firmness and resolve. General Rawat also visited the Army Base Hospital in the BB Cantt, where he enquired about the health of soldiers recuperating and wished them all a speedy recovery. The Army Chief impressed upon everyone to continue their positive engagement with the ‘Awaam’ and provide them assistance when required.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Massive fire breaks out in Srinagar’s Chinar Bagh; 2 firemen injured

Mon, 27 Mar 2017-12:58pm , Srinagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive fire broke out on Monday in Chinar Bagh area of the city.Six fire tenders are at the spot to bring the blaze under control.”A fire broke out in the hutments in Chinar Bagh area along the Choonte Kul here. Fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the fire,” an official of the Fire and Emergency Services Department said. “The cause of fire is not known yet,” he added.Several houses have been gutted in fire. However, “Fire is under control now. We are ascertaining the cause of fire. Two firemen have been injured,” Mohd Akbar Dar, Deputy Director Fire & Emergency Services said.(With inputs from ANI)

Northern Army Commander reviews security in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Commending alertness and high morale of all troops deployed in Srinagar Valley, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General D. Anbu on Saturday stressed upon the need to sustain vigil and thwart any attempts of infiltration from across. Army Commander Lieutenant General J S Sandhu visited the LC formations and units where he was briefed by Chinar Corps commanders on ground regarding the operational and logistics preparedness. The Army Commander also took stock of the situation in hinterland and impressed upon everyone to continue targeting the terrorist groups while safeguarding the interests of the common people in close coordination with all security agencies and civil administration.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army bids farewell to the avalanche victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Army on Tuesday gave a befitting farewell to its 19 brave hearts, who had died in separate avalanches in the Gurez and Machhal sectors. Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. J.S. Sandhu and all ranks paid rich tribute to the gallant soldiers who lost their lives while serving in the formidable heights along the Line of Control in two separate snow related incidents in North Kashmir. Fourteen soldiers were swept away in a devastating avalanche in Gurez on January 26 while five soldiers in Machhal, who had been rescued after they got trapped under snow when the track caved in on January 28, succumbed to their injuries yesterday. The Indian Army had earlier said that bad weather was preventing the pilot from bringing back the remains of the soldiers killed in the avalanche. The valley had been experiencing bad weather over a week due to some western disturbances, resulting in rescue operations being hampered. In a show of solidarity, officials from other security agencies, including the JKP, CRPF, BSF and SSB also joined in paying their last respects to the martyrs. The mortal remains of the soldiers are being taken to their native places where their last rites will be performed by family members.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army bids farewell to men killed in avalanches in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army today bid farewell to its brave hearts who died in avalanches in Gurez and Machhil sectors of Kashmir Valley while guarding the Line of Control. “As the entire nation salutes the 19 martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice fighting nature’s fury in Kashmir’s frontier sectors of Gurez and Machhil, the Army gave a befitting farewell to its brave hearts today in a solemn ceremony here,” an army official said. He said the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu and all ranks of the Corps paid rich tributes to the gallant soldiers who lost their lives while serving in the formidable heights along the Line of Control in two separate snow-related incidents in North Kashmir. “Fourteen soldiers were swept away in a devastating avalanche in Gurez on January 25 while five soldiers in Machhil, who had been rescued after they got trapped under snow when the track caved in on January 28, succumbed to injuries yesterday,” the official said. In a show of solidarity, officials from other security agencies including police, CRPF, BSF and SSB also joined in paying their last respects to the martyrs, he said. “The mortal remains of the martyrs are being taken to their native places where their last rites will be performed by the family members.The Army stands beside the bereaved families in their loss and shares their grief and pain,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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