‘Chhari Sthapana’ performed at Amareshwar Temple
Srinagar, Jul 26: ‘Chhari Sthapana,’ an important ritual in connection with the ongoing Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas, was today performed by a group of sadhus at Shri Amareshwar Temple here.
In connection with annual pilgrimage of ‘Chhari-Mubarak’, the ceremony was performed amid chanting of vedic hymns at Shri Amareshwar Temple Akhara, Chowk Srinagar, this morning by a group of sadhus led by Mahant Deependra Giri, said a spokesman of the True Trust, founded by Giri, the custodian of the holy mace.
“The holy mace, one depicting Lord Shiva and another Goddess Parvati, will be kept in the Temple for ‘darshan’ till it leaves for main course of pilgrimage on August 2,” the spokesman said.
He said the traditional ‘Chhari-Pujan’ would be performed tomorrow on the occasion of Nag-Panchami (Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami) at Dashnami Akhara here.
Adbi Kunj members during a meeting in Jammu.
Adbi Kunj pays tributes to Urdu poet
JAMMU, JUL 26: Adbi Kunj conducted a literary meet here today and paid tributes to eminent Urdu poet Parvin Kumar Ashak.
The meet was presided over by a Urdu poet Malik Singh Wafa while Dogri poet K R Salgotra was the special guest. The speakers paid their highlighted the contribution of Parvin Singh and paid their tributes. Those who spoke included Chairman Aarash Om Dalmotra, president Sham Talib, General Secretary Malik Singh Wafa and Raj Kumar.
Bishan Dass Khak, literary Secretary conducted the proceedings.
Six arrested with poppy straw, charas across Jammu region
Jammu, Jul 26: At least six drug peddlers were arrested with contraband of poppy straw and charas from across Jammu region.
“Police Party this afternoon laid a surprise nakka near Jakheni on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district and intercepted a truck,” police spokesman here said.
He said that during search, 40-Kg Poppy straw was recovered from the possession of the driver namely Satnam Singh, resident of Dasua, Hoshiarpur, Punjab.
He was transporting the contraband from Kashmir Valley towards Punjab, said the spokesman.
Meanwhile in a separate incident, two drug peddlers were arrested at a check point raised in Behramgalla area on Mughal Road in Surankote belt of Poonch district.
“A truck on way from Kashmir via Mughal Road was intercepted at Behramgalla and during search 4-kg of Poppy Straw (Bhukki) was recovered from the vehicle,” said the spokesman.
He said that two persons identified as Amandeep Singh and Balbir Singh, residents of Machibara, Tehsil Sangrala, District Ludhiana, Punjab were arrested on the spot.
However, Jammu Police also arrested three drug peddlers with 171 grams of charas near Hari Market.
“Cases under NDPS Act are registered and investigations started,” police added.
Justice Khehar recommends Dipak Misra as next CJI
NEW DELHI, Jul 26: Justice Dipak Misra, the second senior most judge of the Supreme Court, will be the next Chief Justice of India, succeeding Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar.
The process of appointment of the next CJI has been set in motion with Justice Khehar sending his recommendation of Justice Misra’s name for the top judicial post of the country to the Union Law Ministry, sources in the Ministry said.
Justice Khehar is due to retire on August 27. Justice Misra will take over from him, becoming the 45th CJI. (Agencies)
Pak officials posing as Indian officers to gather intel: Govt
NEW DELHI, Jul 26: Posing as senior defence and district administration officers, people in Pakistani intelligence agencies are contacting Indian officials to gather information on troop deployment along the Indo-Pak border, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said spillover frequency of Pakistani mobile network into India has been observed in few locations along the Indo-Pak border areas in Barmer, Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar districts of Rajasthan. “Pakistani Intelligence agencies used to call up officials of post offices, railways, state revenue (patwaris), schools, security personnel and public representatives (Sarpanch), etc., by impersonating themselves as senior defence and other district administration officers to collect information of their interest,” he said in a written reply. He said the agencies of the neighbouring country, including the ISI, continue their efforts to gather intelligence regarding deployment and movement of armed forces along the Indo-Pak border in the states of Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat. The minister said officials having access to sensitive information are regularly sensitised not to inadvertently pass them on to anyone without verifying their identity. “Moreover, the matter of spillover signals across the border has been taken up by the government at bilateral and multilateral forums,” he said.
‘Chhari Sthapana’ performed at Amareshwar Temple