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A full dress rehearsal was held in JandK's Doda ahead of Independence Day on August 13. Tricolour was unfurled by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Doda Kishori Lal. March past also took place by cadets at the Sports Stadium. Jammu and Kashmir Police, Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) took part in the dress rehearsal. Students of educational institutions also presented cultural program on the eve of rehearsal for Independence Day. This year, India will celebrate 73rd year of Independence.
In the view of COVID-19 outbreak, Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra would be resumed on August 16. Sanitization drive is being conducted at the temple premise to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The administration has set guidelines for the pilgrims visiting the shrine. Maximum of 500 pilgrims per day will be permitted in a guarded manner from outside Jammu and Kashmir.
Grape farmers of Kashmir's Ganderbal are getting benefits of Centre's various schemes. Because of these schemes production of grapes has increased and profits are likely to go up. Ganderbal district is famous for its grape but in recent time farmers suffered due to incorrect methods. Department of Floriculture took cognizance is providing assistance. After getting Union Territory status Jammu and Kashmir's agricultural development gained momentum.
Youth in Kashmir will have more opportunities to hone their skills in sports with the enhancement of required infrastructure. After Jammu and Kashmir became the Union Territory, construction of playground in Ganderbal is ongoing in full swing. This initiative will play a vital role to boost sports activities help the local youth to show their sports talent. The government is spending huge amount of money to improve sports infrastructure in the valley. Despite showing excellent performance in sports, Kashmiri youth were facing difficulties due to lack of basic facilities. With Jammu and Kashmir government's efforts, new playground will meet all the requirements of the sports enthusiasts. One of the local players said, "They have taken a very big initiative to construct this ground. Last one year has been better. They have started this construction work a year back and ground is improving day by day. Sports play a pivotal role." A local said, "The government has taken a very good initiative after locals demanded for it. Youth will take more interest in games."