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  • J&K: Train services to Vaishno Devi base camp resume 1 week ago

    Jammu: Train services have been resumed to the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi cave shrine, where the old holy cave has been reopened for 'darhsan'. "Train services to Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, have been resumed. All the trains are now running smoothly," Divisional Traffic Manager...
  • An insight into Varanasi through walks July 15, 2014

    For gods and humans alike, Banaras or Varanasi has always been an object of desire and now a book suggests a series of walks through the city's tangled and twisted lanes to unravel its secrets. In "Banaras: Walks through India's Sacred City", author Nandini Majumdar says that one of the unique...
  • Over 1.5 lakh pilgrims make Amarnath Yatra July 10, 2014

    Srinagar: More than 1.5 lakh pilgrims have finished the Amarnath Yatra that started here June 28. An official statement on Wednesday said: "As many as 12,345 devotees paid their obeisance before the ice lingam on Wednesday amid chanting of prayers. With this, a total of 155,855 pilgrims have paid obeisance at...
  • Development of J&K depends on railways, says CM Omar Abdullah July 4, 2014

    Katra: Underlining that economic development of Jammu and Kashmir is largely dependent on railways; Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday stressed the need for early completion of unconnected stretches of Jammu-Baramulla Railway track. Omar said that economic linkage of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country is dependent on...
  • Snapshot: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Station seen from space July 4, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Udhampur-Katra rail link by flagging of the Vaishno Devi Express. The train to Katra near Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, is part of the 292 kilometre Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway line that would eventually connect Kashmir with the rest of the country. The 25 km stretch...
  • J&K: PM Modi to flag off train to Katra, an engineering marvel July 1, 2014

    Srinagar: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the first train from the holy town of Katra on Friday. The train to Katra near Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, is part of 292 kilometer Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla railway line that would eventually connect Kashmir with the rest of the country. The 25...
  • Amarnath Yatra begins, snow likely to make trek difficult June 27, 2014

    Baltal: The Amarnath Yatra has begun in Jammu and Kashmir with 1160 pilgrims leaving for the holy site in the first batch. However, snow accumulation in the Himalayas is making the trek difficult. The good news is that the pilgrims going on this year's Amarnath pilgrimage will get darshan...
  • Bomb blast at Islamabad shrine injures 40 June 21, 2014

    Islamabad: More than 40 people were injured, some critically, when a bomb ripped through a Sufi shrine on the outskirts of Islamabad, officials have said. A police spokesman said the explosion happened yesterday when food was being distributed to 200 devotees during annual celebrations at the shrine, which is situated around...
  • Looking forward to work with Modi government on Kashmiri Pandits return: Omar June 14, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said that he was looking forward to work with the new government at the Centre on return of displaced Kashmiri Pandit community to the Valley. "I look forward to working with the new government as they unveil their plans for...
  • Kedarnath yatra suspended till May 16 as snowfall, rain continue in the area May 13, 2014

    Snowfall in the higher reaches of Garhwal Himalayas and intermittent rains in lower areas affected the Char Dham yatra on Tuesday with pilgrimage to the famous Kedarnath shrine suspended till May 16 and yatra to Badrinath halted temporarily. "Yatra to Kedarnath has been suspended till May 16. Snowfall continues in the...
  • Kedarnath Yatra remains suspended for 2nd day due to snowfall, rain in the area May 12, 2014

    Pilgrimage to Kedarnath remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Monday due to snowfall at the Himalayan shrine and rain in the lower areas of Kedar valley. Chief Minister Harish Rawat said the yatra has been temporarily halted till improvement in weather due to safety reasons. The moment the weather...
  • DTC to run special buses for people going on Ajmer 'Urs' April 24, 2014

    DTC will be running special buses from Friday to ferry people of neighbouring states and NCR, going on annual 'Urs' at the Sufi shrine in Ajmer, from a transit camp to railway stations in the national capital. The transit camp has been set up at Burari Ground (Outer Ring Road) as...
  • Kedarnath pilgrimage to open on May 4; footfall of nearly 1,000 pilgrims expected daily April 8, 2014

    One thousand devotees will be allowed to visit Kedarnath shrine daily when its portals are opened on May 04, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said and sought to allay safety concerns of pilgrims. The number of visitors to the Himalayan shrine is being regulated to avoid any confusion in case of an...
  • Portals of Badrinath shrine to reopen for devotees on May 5 February 4, 2014

    The sacred portals of Badrinath shrine will be thrown open for devotees in the wee hours on May 5, after a five-month winter break. The doors of the Himalayan shrine will be opened at 4.5 AM on May 5, Badri-Kedar Temple Committee CEO Ganesh Godiyal on Tuesday said. The auspicious day...
  • Former SP leader Jaya Prada slams Akhilesh government over Saifai festival January 10, 2014

    Actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada on Friday hit out at the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over the controversial Saifai Mahotsav. Speaking to reporters in Shirdi after visiting the Saibaba shrine, Jaya Prada, a former Samajwadi Party leader, said that while common people were suffering under the intense cold spell in the...
  • China-Japan propaganda war continues, compares to Lord Voldemort January 8, 2014

    China lambasted Japan on Tuesday for comparing it to Lord Voldemort, the villain in the Harry Potter stories, after both countries used the character to describe each other in a tit-for-tat diplomatic spat. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's December 26 visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war...
  • China says Japan PM shuts door on talks with war shrine visit December 30, 2013

    China said on Monday that its leaders will not meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his visit to a shrine seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime aggression, underscoring the deteriorating ties between Asia's two biggest economies. Abe had repeated his hopes for talks with Beijing last week,...
  • Srinagar: Fire in Hazratbal area damages 14 houses December 30, 2013

    At least 14 residential houses and two boats were damaged in a devastating fire in Hazratbal area in the outskirts of the city on Monday, officials said. Fire broke out in a house at Dhobi Ghat locality in the vicinity of holy Hazratbal shrine on the banks of Dal Lake around...
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe visits shrine for war dead, China, South Korea angered December 26, 2013

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday, a temple seen as a symbol of Japan's World War II militarism, prompting a swift and sharp rebuke from China. The first serving Prime Minister to visit the shrine in seven years, Abe however said he had...
  • Portals of Badrinath shrine to be closed on November 18 October 13, 2013

    Dehradun: Portals of the famous Badrinath shrine will be closed for devotees on November 18, bringing to an end this year's 'Char Dham' yatra which was marred by the June rain fury and remained suspended for nearly three months. A decision in this regard was taken in a meeting of the...
  • Bank locker found at Kedarnath, Rs 1.90 crore recovered September 15, 2013

    Dehradun: Rs 1.90 crore in cash were recovered from a bank locker pulled out of the debris at Kedarnath during cleaning operations prior to resumption of prayers at the Himalayan shrine on September 11, a senior police official said on Sunday. The locker of State Bank of India was pulled out...
  • Three months after devastation, Kedarnath temple to open on Wednesday September 10, 2013

    Kedarnath: The stage is all set for resumption of prayers on Wednesday at the calamity-hit Kedarnath shrine, 86 days after flashfloods in Uttarakhand left hundreds of pilgrims and locals dead. The sanctum-sanctorum of the Himalayan shrine has been spruced up under the supervision of a team of Kedarnath-Badrinath Committee and administrative officials....
  • Delhi: Self-help group helps women gain financial independence September 6, 2013

    New Delhi: A self-help group in the heart of Nizamuddin Basti is helping women gain financial independence. INSHA Crafts Centre, an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust, provides a livelihood to women residents of the area by providing vocational training in embroidery, tailoring and paper cutting. For women like Tamanna,...
  • 40-member team reaches Kedarnath to expedite clean up operations August 19, 2013

    With the proposed date for resumption of prayers at Kedarnath drawing near, a 40-member team reached the Himalayan shrine to expedite the clean up operations there even as most places across Uttarakhand were lashed by light to moderate rains, officials said at Dehradun on Monday. As prayers at the shrine are...
  • Last batch of Amarnath pilgrims to depart for holy shrine on Monday August 18, 2013

    The last batch of Amarnath pilgrims to the holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas will start from the Nunwan base camp on Monday, subject to favourable weather conditions. "Subject to fair weather conditions, the last batch of yatris from the Pahalgam Route shall be allowed to cross the Chandanwari access...
  • Amarnath yatra resumes, 255 pilgrims head for cave shrine August 17, 2013

    The Amarnath yatra resumed on Saturday with a batch of 255 pilgrims leaving from Jammu to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas after remaining suspended for the last two days. The yatra was suspended due to bad weather conditions from Jammu on August 15. As many as 255 pilgrims on...
  • Relief operations speed up as weather remains clear for second day July 30, 2013

    Relief operations in disaster-hit Uttarakhand picked up on Tuesday as the weather remained clear for the second consecutive day with choppers, loaded with foodgrains and other essentials flying to affected villages in the worst hit Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts. However, low visibility conditions induced by overcast skies at places posed...
  • Watch: Serious security lapses across famous religious sites in India July 10, 2013

    CNN-IBN conducted checks across famous religious sites in India and found serious security lapses. In Panchkula, Punjab's Nada Sahib and Guwahati's Kamakhya temple there were security loopholes and CNN-IBN reporters could get inside the premises carrying mini cylinders and other hazardous materials. But security was much better in Bangalore's Iskcon...
  • Alleged IM tweet claiming responsibility for Mahabodhi blasts traced to Pakistan July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The IP address of the alleged Indian Mujahideen tweet that claimed responsibility for the serial blasts at Bodh Gaya's famous Mahabodhi temple has been traced to Pakistan. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had said in a press conference that the National Investigation Agency will verify the claims allegedly...
  • Will consider Nitish's request for CISF security at Bodh Gaya: Shinde July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the Mahabodhi temple blasts probe at the request of the Bihar government. Shinde, who visited Bodh Gaya on Wednesday along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, added that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's...