Sunday, 10 January 2021 () At least 16 pilgrims from Delhi visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in J&K were injured when their vehicle overturned near Chenani in Udhampur district late Saturday. Ten others escaped unhurt in the accident. The minibus carrying the pilgrims was heading to Katra base camp from Patnitop after visiting the shrine when the driver lost control and the vehicle turned turtle near the Chenani-Nashri tunnel.
The Indian Army Chief MM Naravane attended '25 years of Army Industry - Partnership' in Delhi on January 21. "2020 was a unique year with twin challenges of the COVID pandemic and the belligerence on the northern borders. The events of the past year have brought to the fore the vulnerability of global supply chains, underscoring the need for self-reliance. Today self-reliance in Defence has become a strategic necessity. It is imperative for us to invest in building long term indigenous capabilities for application across the entire spectrum of conflict," said the Army Chief. He also said, "Considering the quick pace of Defence modernisation being undertaken by our adversaries, we are lagging behind slightly. Continuous and heavy dependence of Indian armed forces on equipment of foreign origin needs to be addressed through indigenous capability development."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government has identified more than 1,100 schools for National Cadet Corps (NCC) training in the border and coastal areas of India. Singh was speaking at the annual National Cadet Corps rally at NCC Parade Ground in Delhi on January 21. "Our Prime Minister has decided to expand the National Cadet Corps. There should be training of cadets at the border and coastal areas. We have identified more than 1,100 schools to begin NCC training. The participation of girls cadets in NCC has also increased from 28 per to 33 per cent. We are moving towards women's empowerment through NCC," he said. “The cadets played a tremendous role in the second line of defence. I have seen how cadets have helped armed forces during rescue operations,” he added. Watch the full video for more.
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In the recent times, Kashmiri youth have chosen art to express their thoughts. A 19-year-old girl Ritambra from Kathua district has astounded everyone with her artwork. Without any guidance from teacher, Ritambra has mastered in sketching. Her constant source of encouragement has been her parents and sibling. During COVID induced lockdown, she got a chance to shine her art and now she has become a sensation. From former President APJ Abdul Kalam and PM Narendra Modi to sports and film celebrities, Ritambra has made portraits of several known personality. Ritambra's father Sukh Dev Singh wanted her to join a professional filed but after seeing his daughter's skills, Singh motivated and encouraged her to sharpen the art form. Ritambra has become an inspiration for girls sitting idle in their homes to come up with their talent and skill.
Road safety month awareness camp has been organised in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch. The '32nd National Road Safety Month-2021' was organised by the Motor Vehicles Department in Jhalas area of Poonch. The transport authorities properly provided the awareness about driving rules and road safety.
A music talent show enthralled an energetic jam pack audience in Kashmir. The event was organised by Kash Events and Panaash Productions in association with Hype Kashmir. It aimed to promote Kashmiri cultural and traditional activities and to provide a platform to young artists to highlight their talent. Young artists including singers, poets and musicians participated in the event. Despite the harsh weather, the musical talent show got good response from the audience.
Devotees in large numbers visited the shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra on New Year to offer prayers. Many wished for relief from coronavirus. "My family had wished to visit here on the first day of the year. I have prayed this coronavirus crisis to end soon," said a devotee.
The cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir's Katra received snowfall. It received season's first snowfall on December 27. Pilgrims cheered as fresh snow spell landscape turned milky white.
Snowfall is quintessential for the apple-growing community of Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir. Early snowfall in Udhampur district's Karlah and other villages have brought smiles on the faces of apple growers. The early snowfall is very helpful in the production of apples. The apple growers are expecting good produce this year. People's livelihood in Karlah is directly or indirectly dependent on apple farming.
Polling underway in the second phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Panchari area of Udhampur. People were also seen standing in a queue at a polling booth in Srinagar's Balhama area, waiting for their turn to cast their votes. DDC elections will be held in eight phases and will go on till December 19.
A three-day winter carnival is underway at Patnitop. Tourists visited Patnitop hill station in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Tourists were seen enjoying the carnival in Patnitop. Speaking to ANI, Directorate of Tourism of Jammu, RK Katoch said, "We have organised the carnival to revive tourism post COVID-19." Speaking to ANI, a tourist said, "We are here for New Year celebration. It is a beautiful place and we are enjoying a lot."
Cold wave swept parts of North India as it braces for a chilly New Year eve. IMD said night temperatures are likely to fall by up to five notches over the next two days. Cold waves enveloped parts of Uttar Pradesh, leading to low visibility in some areas. Icy winds swept through Delhi bringing the minimum temperature down to 3.6°C. The city's air quality on Tuesday morning was also recorded in 'poor' category with AQI 237. Meanwhile, parts of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed moderate snowfall. Tourists visited Patnitop hill station following the fresh spell of snowfall. Tourists were enthralled while normal life was hit due to the heavy snowfall in J&K.
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Tourists visited Patnitop hill station following snowfall in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. J-K witnessed fresh spell of snowfall on December 28. People were seen enjoying the snowfall in Patnitop. Tourists were enthralled and normal life is hampered due to heavy snowfall in J-K.