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Panic triggers as ‘Thai Airways’ plane enters RS Pura belt

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Panic gripped the bordering RS Pura belt here when a passenger plane of Thai Airways entered the Indian territory. The officials from the Ministry of Defence, however, said it was not an ‘airspace violation’ by the neighbouring Pakistan. “Farmers working in the fields at around 0955 hrs noticed a plane entering the Indian skies from Pakistan side, which triggered a panic button,” sources here told UNI. They said on getting the information about the plane entering the Indian Territory from across the border, Border Security Force officials and Intelligence Agencies sounded alert and started investigating the matter. “The plane entered from Suchetgarh Sub-Sector and remained in Indian skies for around 2 minutes,” sources said and added, “It had entered 500 …

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India hands over 2 shepherds to Pakistan at Chakan da Bagh

India hands over 2 shepherds to Pakistan

2 shepherds, who, inadvertently entered into the Indian side have been repatriated to the Pakistan today. The two were sent back by Army troops today via Chakkan-da-Bagh on Line of Control in Poonch district. “The Army troops yesterday apprehended the duo when they inadvertently crossed over to this side of the border in Keri Sector of Poonch,” defence spokesman here said. He said Indian Army on humanitarian ground and goodwill gesture returned these two individuals after ascertaining their identities to Pakistan Army this afternoon at Chakkan-da-Bagh. “The persons repatriated have been identified as Mohammad Shabir and Maulavi Said,” said the spokesman. (Agencies)

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Origin and Significance of Diwali


Deepawali or Diwali (diyaali दियाली/देयाली in dogri)is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It’s the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that’s marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness. The Origin of Diwali Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest festival. However, there are various legends pointing to the origin …

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If July 13 can be celebrated as martyr’s day in Kashmir, why can’t accession day be declared as State holiday ?


If July 13 is celebrated each year as Martyrs Day only across parts of Kashmir the people belonging to Jammu division have now started raising the demand, in one voice, for announcing the October 26, Accession day, as state holiday. At present the coalition government headed by National Conference  Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is not paying any attention to the campaign but in the days to come the demand may gather momentum in the run up to the Assembly polls where more and more Jammu based political parties, social organisations and activists are expected to join hands and intensify their campaign. All ready this year several stake holders have openly demanded that the Accession day be declared as State Holiday, …

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Can Pak rangers be really trusted when Pak army is still violating Ceasefire agreement ?


On Tuesday when BSF and Pak rangers ended their three hour long marathon meeting at the Octroi post in Suchetgarh area of RS Pura sector they claimed to have brokered a peace deal by agreeing to restore calm on the International border. The meeting, as claimed by the BSF spokesman, was held in a cordial atmosphere where border guards of both the neighboring countries had also decided to allow farmers harvest their crop up to the zero line besides agreeing to more confidence building measures. Shortly before the handshakes at the Octroi post the Pak army had once again trained its guns towards the Indian posts spread along the line of control in Bhimber Gali area of Poonch. The Pak …

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Cross border firing along IB triggers decline in Border Tourism


Ever since cross border firing has engulfed border villages along the International border in Jammu the average foot fall of tourists who visited Octroi post and surrounding areas have fallen drastically. According to official sources, “the tourist traffic to Octroi post is almost zero or negligent” these days owing to prevailing security situation. A senior officer of the tourism department said, the tour operators who ferry tourists to different places have for the time being excluded border areas keeping in view the safety of the tourists. “We are not booking tourists for border areas visit for last two weeks”, a tour operator said. The ambitious border tourism project was kick started in April 2010 with the start of Baisakhi festival. …

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Pak rangers pounded over one dozen BOPs along IB in Jammu frontier

Heavy exchange of firing  between BSF and Pak rangers was reported from across one dozen border outposts along the International border in Jammu frontier late sunday evening forcing the border residents in the direct line of fire to shift to safer places. According to official sources, Pak rangers violated the ceasefire agreement at least five times in different sectors along the IB triggering fresh wave of panic in the border areas. Unconfirmed reports claimed large number of local villagers in Samba sector shifted to safer places in the wake of heavy exchange of fire in different sectors of Samba, Arnia, RS Pura, Pargwal and Hiranagar. According to BSF sources, the ceasefire violations were reported in Pargwal, Hiranagar, Abdullain area of …

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200 villagers shifted to safer places in Samba fearing fresh escalation

Fearing fresh escalation of tension between the two neighboring countries at least 200 members of Suchetgarh village in Samba district saturday evening decided to shift to safer places. The shifting of border villages was necessitated following reports of fresh flare up of tension in the area. The families were advised by the BSF jawans to shift to safer locations in time before it is too late.  The majority of families, however, decided to leave behind one male member of their family to look after the live stock and their valuables and houses.  According to official sources the villagers were camping in the community hall in Samba while about 100 people were staying with their relatives in and around Samba.

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Pak provokes India by targetting 25 border posts across IB

Despite facing uncertain future Pakistan is bent upon provoking Indian reaction by escalating the border tension even along the International border in Jammu and kashmir. On Friday night Pak rangers, for the first time in last 10 years, targeted at least 25 border posts in Kathua, Samba, Hiranagar, RS Pura, Pargwal sectors in the biggest ever ceasefire violation.  The firing which started around 7.00 p.m continued till 4.00 a.m in the wee hours and Pak rangers used automatic weapons and mortars to target the Indian posts. The Pak rangers also targeted the forward Indian villages during the night while exchanging intense fire with BSF in RS Pura, Pargwal, Hiranagar and Samba sectors   The BSF claimed the Pak rangers were …

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A Sense of Ownership and Pride

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I feel blessed being born a human and a woman on that. I am grateful for many other things I have been born into…parents, extended family, community, country and my faith. I honestly believe in the quote “Durlabham Bharat Janama“. This in no way makes me think lesser of the other gender, race, faith and nationality. There is no sense of superiority, just a healthy sense of pride. Because of my land of birth I was also born into a philosophy and a way of life- The Vedic Philosophy. I do not like to use the word ‘Hindu’ since it is grossly misunderstood and misinterpreted. It is not a Sanskrit word and is not found in any of our scriptures. …

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