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Now book your visit to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine online

New Delhi/May 6
From now on, you can book your trip to Mata Vaishno Devi online as the Shrine Board on Monday started an online registration facility to book visiting permits instead of waiting in queues at pilgrimage registration counter at Jammu or Katra.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board looks after the famous Vaishno Devi pilgrimage and in an effort to simplify the registration process for the pilgrimage, the board today launched an online registration facility for issuing visit permits to the shrine.
The online registration facility will be provided free of cost and from now on, one can book their pilgrimage permit online.
The shrine board has decided to give freedom to the pilgrims who want to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine to book their travel 30 days in advance or on the same day as well.
The pilgrims will be given a printed registration slip with a specific number and bar-code with which a traveler can start his journey from Banganga, 12 kms from Katra base camp.
This initiative of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board will provide relief and comfort to millions of pilgrims from India and aboard who come to visit the shrine every year.
Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is located near the town of Katra in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state and the shrine is one of the most revered places of worship in India. The shrine is situated at an altitude of 5300 feet and a distance of approximately 12 kms from Katra and more than 80 lakh pilgrims visit the shrine every year.

Cobrapost sting exposes nexus of banks with businessmen, leaders in money laundering

New Delhi/May 6
Cobrapost, an online investigative portal, today accused major Indian national banks including State Bank of India, Punjab national Bank, Canara Bank, Life Insurance Corporation of India, major insurance companies and some other banks and private insurers for allegedly indulging in money laundering activities.
In an expose through sting operation, Cobrapost claimed that SBI, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Yes Bank, Federal Bank and Dhanlaxmi Bank, leading insurance companies as as LIC, Reliance Capital, Birla Sunlife and TATA AIG were helping business and political leaders convert their black money into white.
These bank and insurance companies are openly offering services to even walk-in customers to launder their illicit money with the officials of these institutions putting on table a well crafted list of options to flout law and banking norms, laid down by Reserve Bank of India.
Cobrapost had further alleged that money laundering is not limited to a few dozen employees but it is a nationwide racket.
Earlier on March 14, it has allegedly exposed the money laundering activities of HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank.
Read full text of sting operation here:

1500 Bahra varsity students sing national anthem to support Sahara group initiative

Shimla/May 6
As a part of Sahara Group’s initiative Bharat Bhavna Diwas to beat Pakistan record where 42,183 citizens sang national anthem ay same time, around 1500 students of Bahra University sang national anthem at the campus at the scheduled time of 10.00 am today.
The event was was organised as a part of the initiative by Sahara Group whereby lakhs of people gathered in groups throughout India at 10.00 am to sing the national anthem.
A Bahra University spokesperson said that the varsity students joined the initiative of Sahara Group to break the world record of Pakistan where 42183 citizens sang one national anthem together at same time and same place. “The students and teachers of Bahra University took part in another initiative of Sahara Group whereby a new world record has been created where maximum number of people of any country ever sang one national anthem together at same time,” the spokesperson said.
All Deans and teachers of Bahra University were also present at this historical occasion and the registrar of Bahra University C R B Lalit, Bahra University’s Director, Administration R S Parmar also took part in slogan shouting with students in the event that ended at around 10.15 pm.

Congress to standby Bansal, Ashwini Kumar, rules out their resignations

New Delhi/May 5
With opposition parties baying for the blood of Union Railways and Law minister, Congress Party today decided to standby Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwini Kumar and ruled their resignations.
The opposition parties are demanding Pawan Kumar Bansal’s resignation after his nephew Ajay Singla was arrested by CBI for taking bribe for senior railway officer’s promotion to the post Railway Board member. While Union Law minister is in dock for allegedly making changes in CBI’s status report on Coal scam which was to be submitted in the Supreme Court of India by the India’s premier investigating agency.
After a meeting of Congress Core Group, Indian Information and Broadcasting minister Manish Tiwary told media persons that the opposition parties demand doesn’t augur well for democracy and ruled the possibility of resignation by Indian Railways minister PK Bansal or Indian Law minister, Ashwini Kumar.
Tewari ruled out the resignation of Railway Minister by saying that investigations in the matter are on and Bansal himself had welcomed the probe in bribery case that was reportedly fixed around Rs 10-12 crores.
Meanwhile, the matter concerning Ashwani Kumar is sub-judice and is scheduled to come up in Court on May 8.
Tiwary even advised main opposition party BJP to first look within before demanding resignations and criticized the party for playing the politics of disruption and obstruction in Parliament.
BJP’s General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy attacked Congress led UPA government for defending corruption and said that it is shocking to see that Indian government is shielding its corrupt ministers instead of taking against them.

India, China withdraw troops from standoff point in Eastern Ladakh sector

New Delhi/May 5
In a significant decision to ease off tension on the international border, India and China on Sunday evening withdraw their forces from their standoff point in Daulat Beg Oldi sector of eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
On April 15, a Chinese army’s unit had entered into the Indian Territory in Burthe in Daulat Beg Oldi sector of eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and established a tented post. After this, Indo-Tibetan Border Police unit have also setup a post few hundred metres away opposite the Chinese post.
“The Chinese and Indian commanders have reached an agreement and have decided to withdraw their troops from standoff point that was completed by forces from the both sides in the evening today,” government sources said.
Indian and Chinese troops have held four flag meetings to resolve the impasse but without any success as the Chinese troops had refused to pull back and had instead demanded that Indian forces should withdraw their troops. However on Sunday, both sides agreed to withdraw their troops.
The decision came at a time when Indian government was under pressure to cancel External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid’s visit to China over the border stand off.
Salman Khurshid is scheduled to China on May 9 before the new Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit to India that will start from May 20.

Israeli planes carryout air strike on military facility in Syria

Syria terms the attack as ‘declaration of war’
New Delhi/May 5
Israeli fighter planes on Sunday morning carried out an air strike on Syrian military research center near Damascus, leading to tensions in Arab world with Iran giving a call to the region’s countries to unite against Israel.
Syrian Deputy Foreign minister Faisal Al Mekdad termed the Israeli air strike as declaration of war and said that the attack shows collusion between Islamic rebels that are at war with Syrian government and Israel.
Meanwhile, western intelligence agencies says that Israel had carried the air strike to target Iranian missiles at Jamraya suburb near Damascus that were being supplied to Lebanon and these missiles could be used Hezbollah in its operations against Israel.
Israeli official, reportedly, refused to comment on the attack, though, an Israeli embassy official said that Israel will continue to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, specially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
However, Iranian official in Tehran had denied that the attack was aimed missiles meant for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Earlier in January, Israeli fighter planes, reportedly, fired on a Syrian weapons envoy that was believed to carrying SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, however, on that occasion Israeli planes remained outside Syrian airspace.
On the other hand, Syrian rebels after months of fighting with Assad led regime’s forces today occupied Mannagh air base in Northern Syria near the Turkey border. The rebels have reportedly captured the tank unit inside the airbase and have killed its Brigadier General Ali Salim Mahmoud.

Minor girl raped by neighbour in north Delhi

New Delhi/May 5
Despite huge outcry against rapes by the citizens of national capital, the spate in crimes against women isn’t abating in Delhi as an 8-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour on Saturday evening.
“The minor girl was playing outside Sarai Rohilla residence in north Delhi last evening when the accused Rajinder lured her to his house and raped her,” said the police.
The minor girl later narrated the incident to her parents who filed a complaint in this regard with Sarai Rohilla police station. The girl rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment where doctors confirmed that the victim was raped.
Police have registered a case against Rajinder who is absconding after the incident and a hunt is on to nab him.

All contractual nurses to be regularized in Punjab

Chandigarh/May 5
All the contractual Health Female workers (ANMs) who have completed three years of service, will be regularized by Punjab government in coming days.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took the decision to regularize ANMs on Saturday evening after a meeting with a 10-member deputation of Contract Multi Purpose Health Workers (Female) Union.
“All the Auxiliary Nurses Midwives (ANMs) will be adjusted positively besides, their all other genuine demands would also be considered on priority,” Badal said.
Badal directed the Principal Secretary Health Vini Mahajan to immediately chalk out the modalities to regularize these health workers against all the 1154 vacant posts in the Health Department and for the adjustment of the remaining take up the matter with Government of India (GoI) for early creation of about 400 additional posts.

British MP arrested for sexually assaulting two men

New Delhi/May 5
Britain’s Conservative MP Nigel Evans was arrested by Lancashire police on charges of raping one youth while sexually assaulted another man in Pendleton between July 2009 and March 2013.
Evans also the Deputy Speaker of House of Commons was later released on bail after he was arrested by police for sexually assaulting two youths in their twenties.
Evans has been MP for the Lancashire constituency since 1992 and he was elected as Deputy Speaker of House of Commons in 2010. He was also the vice chairman of Conservative Party from 1999 to 2001. Evans, reportedly, had confessed that he was gay as he is tired of living a life of lie.

City Sanitation plan approved for Shimla

Shimla/May 5
Shimla today became first city in Himachal Pradesh to develop City Sanitation Plan that was approved by the State Government along with adoption of Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Technology in some areas of Shimla town.
Himachal’s Social Justice and Empowerment minister Dhani Ram Shandil said this while speaking at the review meeting of various departments regarding development and implementation of cleanliness and sanitation program in urban and rural areas of the state.
“1011 panchayats of the State had been declared as Nirmal Panchayats besides Ghumarwin Block in district Bilaspur was adjudged as Nirmal Block,” Shandil said.
Shandil further said that a project at a cost of Rs 165.68 crore has been submitted to Government of India (GoI) for construction of toilets and solid and liquid waste management in rural areas. “For constructing toilets in rural areas, Rs 5100 for households, Rs 38500 for schools, Rs 10,000 for Anganwaris centres and Rs 2 lakh for constructing community toilets were being provided under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan Programme,” he said.
He directed the officers to accomplish schemes on priority basis before initiating work on new projects and schemes and also to ensure proper utilization of funds for timely completion of the developmental projects.