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Principal Secretary to LG reviews preparation for Tulip Festival at Tulip garden Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, Nitishwar Kumar today held a meeting to review preparations for the upcoming Tulip Festival to be held at Srinagar’s Tulip Garden.

The Principal Secretary said that the festival would mark as formal opening of Tulip Garden for tourists from all over the world, and called for its large scale promotion using various online and offline means of publicity. He said that the festival would present a unique opportunity to display the diverse culture of Jammu & Kashmir.

He directed Director Information, Rahul Pandey to promote the festival on day-to-day basis and stream all the proceedings of the mega festival on the department’s social media platforms.

On the occasion, he was informed that popular local artists as well as those from Bollywood including leading music maestros are expected to perform at the festival.

Secretary Tourism, Sarmad Hafeez was asked to make a calendar of events and design promotional campaign accordingly.

It was also decided that large displays would be installed in Srinagar city for public viewing.

The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Tourism to identify the most suitable agencies for successful conduct of the festival. The festival would showcase the rich cultural heritage and traditions of J&K so that people all over the world are attracted and can enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of J&K, he maintained.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Floriculture; Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad; Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Krittika Jyotsna and Director Tourism Jammu, Naseem Javid Chowdhary, besides other senior officers.

While Director Floriculture Kashmir and other senior officers from Kashmir participated in the meeting via video conferencing.

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In absence of family, Muslim neighbours perform last rites of elderly Pandit in Pulwama

(Asian News Hub) – The Muslim neighbours in Tahab locality of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district performed the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit on Saturday.

According to the news agency—KNO, Pandit Makhan Lal (70) breathed his last at his home in Tahab on Friday late night, plunging the whole locality in mourning.

Soon after the news of his death spread, the local Muslims made special arrangements to perform his last rites. They also ferried firewood to cremate the deceased.

“It is in our Islam to take care of our neighbours irrespective of their religion,” Zubair, a local resident said.

He said that his family members were in Jammu and it is their duty to perform his last rites.

Makhan Lal was a retired employee in BSNL and died after brief illness. He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

Notably, Makhan Lal was the maternal uncle of chief medical officer Pulwama, Dr Ramesh Mall.

Pandit families who are residing in Tahab locality did not migrate from Kashmir valley during the early 1990’s and instead decided to stay put. Since then the two communities have lived in the locality in harmony and have always shown compassion to each other.

KNO

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CRPF man among six die of Covid-19 in Kashmir, toll 2,678 in J&K

(Asian News Hub) – At least six persons including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who were tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday evening in Kashmir, taking the toll of deaths to 2,678 in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official told that six patients who died include 50-year-old CRPF man of 96 BN posted in Anantnag, 45-year-old man from Rajbagh, 58-year-old woman from Harwan, 55-year-old man from Chadoora, 50-year-old man from Iddgha and 85-year-old woman from Chadoora.

He said that three deaths were reported at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura while one death was reported at SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

He further added that one each death was reported at JVC Bemina and CD Hospital Dalgate.

With six fresh fatalities, the death toll related to Covid-19 in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir mounted to 2,678.

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CRPF man dies of Covid-19 at SKIMS Soura

(Asian News Hub) – A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) man, who was tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar.

An official told that a CRPF man identified as Abhimaniya Sahu of 96 BN CRPF posted at Mattan area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district died at SKIMS Soura days after testing positive for COVID-19.

He said that the CRPF man was admitted in the hospital on Saturday morning where as, breathed his last this evening.

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