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Line of Control becomes Line of Learning in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Winds of Change seem to be blowing on the sensitive Line of Control (LoC) with the last point on the Indo-Pak border in the Uri sector becoming the Line of Learning for the students on educational tours.As a part of education tour, the Indian army organized an excursion for 55 students of Army Goodwill School Uri and Aseem-Goodwill Computer Centre at Kamalkot to Kamaan Aman Setu– the last point on Indian side on the LoC –in Uri sector of North Kashmir a few days ago.During the visit, the students were made aware of the commercial and strategic significance of the Kaman Aman Setu. “The students also witnessed the trade services between India and Pakistan. They also visited Kaman Transit point, Cafe Kaman and the Currency Changing Point”, said an army spokesman.Officer – In – Charge of Kaman Aman Setu briefed the students about the importance of the Kaman Bridge; inter-country trade service and cross LoC bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad. He also briefed them about the procedure of immigration and various facilities available at Kaman Transit Point.“All visitors displayed a keen interest in understanding the significance of the bridge and the excitement among the students was evident. Students expressed their gratitude to the Army for providing this opportunity”, said the spokesman.The strategically important bridge on the Kaman post connects North Kashmir to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The bridge was refurbished in 2005 when India and Pakistan decided to start the cross LoC Karwan-e-Aman bus, which plies every Monday in the valley.Touted as one the biggest Confidence Building Measures, the cross LoC peace bus enabled reuniting the divided families living on both sides of the Line of Control. A year later another cross LoC route connecting Poonch in Jammu to Rawlakote road in PoK.Three years later the cross LoC trade started in October 2008 when Jammu and Kashmir was up in arms over Amarnath land row. There are two cross LoC routes — Srinagar-Muzaffarabad, Poonch-Rawalakote — that are being used to ferry goods between Jammu and Kashmir and PoK.

Raje ‘floors’ Bharatpur as a humble guest to Bapu sermon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A crowd which came to hear religious sermons of saint Morari Bapu found a humble visitor in the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje, who rejected to have special sitting with the saint and preferred to sit on the floor among the commoners. This happened in Kot Upar Stadium at Kaman, Bharatapur, where the saint had a session of spiritual teachings on Sunday morning. Raje, after completing three days hectic tour to byelection bound constituency, Alwar, reached Kaman in the morning and attended the saint whom she often meets. She kept ‘Ramkatha’ on her head and took blessing of the saint by touching his feet. It was a common practice which Raje follows whenever she meets reverend persons. Most surprising moment, for the crowd was her decision not to sit on a seat arranged, as there was a special arrangement for her sitting as per the protocol. Raje, though, preferred to attend the spiritual session as a commoner, not a VIP, and she sat among the people who made her CM. Raje listened entire Ram katha spoke by Morari Bapu. Meanwhile, prior to starting the narrative, the saint gave his greetings to the CM and applauded her saying that it can happen in Indian culture that a person occupying topmost office sit on the floor among commoners and listen to the preaching attentively. “The welfare of a person who governs is sure when listens sitting in front of a spiritual platform,” said Bapu announcing a donation of Rs 5 lakhs for the renovation of the temples of Kaman. Those present on the occasion were, State Tourism minister Krishanendra Kaur Deepa, Bharatpur MP Bahadur Singh Koli, MLA s Jagat Singh-Anita Singh- Vijay Bansal and Bachhusingh Banshiwal, Divisional Commissioner Subir Kumar, District Collector Narendra Kumar Gupta, Superintendent of Police Anil Tank along with several public representatives and administrative officials. ‘IT HAPPENS ONLY IN INDIA’The saint applauded CM saying that it can happen in India that a person with top position can be so humble.
The CM reached Kaman in Bharatpur after a three-day hectic Alwar tour to attend the sermon of Morari Bapu.
The crowd was surprised on her decision not to sit on a seat arranged, as there was a special sitting arrangement for her as per protocol.

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