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Amarnath Yatra on hold due to heavy rainfall

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Amarnath Yatra on hold due to heavy rainfall

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard at Amarnath base camp in Sonmarg.

The annual Amarnath Yatra which began on Wednesday, has been put on hold due to bad weather. The heavy rainfall made the tracks slippery and increased the chances of a landslide at certain places.

According to reports, the Yatris, the devotees, left in two groups. The first group left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas at 3.55 am in an escorted convoy for Baltal base camp and the other group left at 4.20 am for Pahalgam base camp. The second batch comprises of 3,425 pilgrims includes 2,679 males, 592 females, three children and 151 Sadhus.

Due to low visibility Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra could not reach the venue for flagging off the Yatra. On Wednesday, the weatherman had predicted occasional rain and thundershowers along both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes to the cave shrine. The Meteorological Department has also informed that the weather will remain cloudy for next two days.

The journey for the second batch of pilgrims has been briefly halted and they have been asked to stay inside their base camps.

With a heightened terror threat perception to Amarnath yatra, the home ministry has decided to take unprecedented security measures. All vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims are advised to be equipped with Radio-frequency identification (RFID), which can help to protect pilgrims during the 60-day pilgrimage to the holy cave in Jammu & Kashmir. The 60-day long Amarnath Yatra will end on August 26, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival.

Read More: Amarnath Yatra threat high, vehicles to carry Radio-frequency tags says Home Ministry

Unprecedented security measures are taken by the agencies. Approximately 40,000 security personnel from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, paramilitary, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army have been deployed.

“Yatra control rooms have been established in Nunwan and Baltal base camp and the pilgrims will only be allowed to proceed towards the cave shrine after obtaining the latest weather update from the meteorological stations set up at the base camps,” an official at the Baltal base camp told Greater Kashmir.

“We are in constant touch with India Meteorological Department (IMD) and closely monitoring the situation,” Dr. Piyush Singla, Ganderbal Deputy Commissioner told journalists.

Read More: 16 pilgrims killed in Amarnath Yatra bus accident

The Amarnath cave shrine is situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder valley in south Kashmir.  So far, 1.5 lakh people have registered for undertaking the arduous pilgrimage. A total of 2.60 lakh pilgrims offered prayers at the shrine last year.

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Video: PM Modi, CM Yogi attend cultural event at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended a cultural event at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday evening attended a cultural event at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre in Varanasi.

After laying the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi’s Ganjari, PM Modi and CM Yogi attended the cultural event where the artists were performing to celebrate the evening.

At the occasion of the International Cricket Stadium, the cricket fraternities were also witnessed including big names like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Gundappa Viswanath, and Gopal Sharma.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath also interacted with school students after inaugurating the 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya in Varanasi.

To provide the best quality education, 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya, which is basically built for the children of labourers, construction workers and those orphaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was also inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The project has been developed at the cost of Rs 1,100 crore with an aim to make quality education accessible for these children and support their holistic development.

Every school under this scheme has been constructed in an area of 10-15 acres with a classroom, recreational area, sports grounds, mess, a mini auditorium, hotel complex, and residential flats for the staff members. Such facilities will help children get quality education.  

Addressing the event in Varanasi, PM Modi said that the portal of ‘Kashi Sansad Khel Pratiyogita’ was also launched. This is the beginning of new legacies in Kashi, he added.

PM Modi further added by saying even today, people from across the world come to Kashi to learn Sanskrit. Keeping that in mind, we inaugurated ‘Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas’ today, built at a cost of about Rs 1,100 crore, the Prime Minister said.

He also interacted with the people who helped in making the G20 Summit successful. PM Modi was listening to the concerns of people who served to achieve the successful completion of the G20 Summit.  

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ABVP wins 3 seats in Delhi University elections, NSUI bags Vice President post

ABVP won three out of four seats in Delhi University elections.

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Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won three out of four seats in Delhi University elections.

The University of Delhi on Saturday announced the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election results. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won three out of four central panel posts in the elections while the National Students Union (NSUI) bagged the Vice-President Post.

Tushar Dedha from the ABVP has secured the President post whereas the Vice President post has been won by Abhi Dahiya of NSUI. Aparajita, an ABVP candidate won the Secretary post in the DUSU elections. Sachin Baisla from ABVP has won the panel post of Joint Secretary.

ABVP supporters celebrated the win as their organisation won three central panel posts in Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections.

The DUSU election was held on September 22. There were 24 candidates in the race for the four central panel posts.  

The elections were conducted through EVMs at 52 colleges and departments for the four posts. The paper ballot was used for the college union elections. The total turnout of voters was 42 percent.

The vote sharing in the Delhi University Student Union elections was quite surprising. The ABVP candidate for the President post Tushar Dedha got 23,460 votes while Hitesh Gulia, an opponent candidate from NSUI received a total of 20,345 votes for the President post.

For the post of Vice President, NSUI’s candidate Abhi Dahiya surpassed ABVP’s Sushant Dhankhar with 22,331 votes meanwhile ABVP candidate got 20,502 votes for the post.

Arpita from ABVP got a total of 24,534 votes while NSUI’s candidate Yakshna Sharma received 11,597 votes for the post of Secretary in the DUSU elections.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad candidate won the seat with a total of 24,955 votes meanwhile candidate from the National Students Union Shubham Kumar got 14,960 votes in the elections.

After a big win of the ABVP candidates on three seats of the central panel, the Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Darshana Jadosh extended her congratulations to the right-wing allies for their victory in the DUSU elections.  

The Bharatiya Janata Party President, JP Nadda extended his congratulations to the ABVP for their victory in the DUSU elections.

Inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, ABVP has always kindled a flame of nationalism and selfless service in the hearts of our youth, the BJP President said. He congratulated all the Karyakartas of ABVP for their emphatic victory in Delhi University Elections 2023. This triumph shows the ubiquitous acceptance of the ideology of ‘nation first’ among our young generation, who will shape our nation’s tomorrow, Nadda added.

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PM Modi lays foundation stone of International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, others present on occasion

Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri among others were present on the occasion.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23 laid the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi’s Ganjari, Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present for the occasion in Varanasi.  

Varanasi, PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency also witnessed big names from the cricket fraternity on the occasion. The names include Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Gundappa Viswanath, and Gopal Sharma.

Roger Binny, BCCI President and Vice President Rajiv Shukla and Secretary Jay Shah were also present for the event in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Sachin Tendulkar also visited religious places in Varanasi. Take a look.

PM Modi also reached Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre where he participated in the closing ceremony of Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav 2023.

PM Modi also inaugurated 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya built across Uttar Pradesh, during the programme.  

The Varanasi International Cricket Stadium is a step towards realising PM Modi’s vision to develop a modern and world-class sports infrastructure.

As per the reports, the International Cricket Stadium will be built in Ganjari, Rajatalab. This will be developed at the cost of Rs 450 crore and will be in more than 30 acres of area.

It has been revealed that the world-class stadium will take inspiration from Lord Shiva for its thematic architecture. The designs will be developed for crescent-shaped roof covers, trident-shaped floodlights and ghat steps-based seating arrangements for the attendees.

According to the government statement, the total capacity of the stadium to accommodate people will be 30,000 spectators.

To provide the best quality education, 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya, which is basically built for the children of labourers, construction workers and those orphaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was also inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The project has been developed at the cost of Rs 1,100 crore with an aim to make quality education accessible for these children and support their holistic development.

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