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Chaitra Navratri is an important Hindu festival that is celebrated over a period of nine days. The festivities begin from the ‘ pratipada’ (1st day) till the ‘ navami’ (9th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) … More
K D Maini It is said that Samba town drived its name from Samyial Rajput Clan who were the original More
Sunny Dua Srinagar and Jammu – two capital cities of this             strategicall More
Ranjeet Singh Sambyal Rajouri or ‘Rajapuri’, ‘the land of Kings’ as previous More
Tsewang Dolma Ladakh, a pristine, serene land nestling in the Himalayas; a zero- waste region, is wi More
Prof (Dr) P K Koul Human feet are the symbols of human movement, of  life, advancement from the hoary past to        the wonderful present, achievements, progress  and learning. We try to follow the lifestyle and achievements of those greatmen who … More
Col Dr Virendra K Sahi Stray dogs are a growing menace in the State. While mass culling are resented on sentiments; there is a need to understand the issue professionally from a veterinary public health perspective as it is more … More
Mahan Gurmat Samagam is being organized by Sant Pura Danna Charitable Trust on the occasion of 350th Parkash Ustav of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. Dr Jasbir Singh Rana gives a historical background of Dera Sant Pura Dana. Guru Nanak … More
Gauri Chhabra Exams. We all have to take them at some point     in our lives. Working towards exams can make      us feel a lot of pressure, especially in Grade XII when we are at the threshold of choosing a            career, … More
Ashok Sharma Culture is the way of life of a group of people of a particular region. It includes  the collective  knowledge, beliefs, ideas, customs, etc. of the people of that region. Dogras, who inhabit the Duggar region in our … More
Dr Satinder Kaur The State of Jammu and Kashmir, endowed with natural scenic splendour is dotted with different shrines which are held in high esteem by local people belonging to all faiths and communities. The sacred places are infact the … More
Nazir Ahmed The much awaited commencement of work  on zojila tunnel has once again hit a road block, as latest tenders invited by National highways and Infrastructure Dev. Corp.(NHIDCL), on design, built, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT)  Annuity model of … More
Dr. Kavita Suri With the onset of summers each year, the Gujjars       and Bakkarwals – the twin nomadic communities          of Jammu and Kashmir – migrate along with               their livestock to upper reaches of Himalayas           through traditional migration routes. They move … More
Ayodhya Nath Kerni Confluence of holy rivers is treated sacred according to Puranic literature. It is believed that  a holy dip at sangams eradicates the sins committed during life time. Allahabad (Prayag) is not only confluence of Ganga and Yamuna … More
K D Maini Baldev Mehal was the first memorable      building constructed in 1905 by the local Dogra ruler Raja Baldev Singh of Poonch            Principality on the initiative of Captain        R.E.A Hamelton, the then settlement officer   of Poonch. Exactly after one … More
Today moms-to-be do not hesitate to flaunt this beautiful phase in their life. They are confident, aware and fashionably attired too, finds Pramita Bose Motherhood brings along its own share of varied experiences. From bouts of nervousness to excitement, pregnancy … More
Aries ( 21st March to 20th April ) You begin the year on an average note. There may be mixed feelings all around. Prevailing uncertainty may leave you somewhat unsettled. This may largely be related to your work sphere. You … More
From Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, to the      icy dwarf Pluto, scientists    this year explored far reaches of our solar system, travelling unprecedented distances        to make new discoveries          and solve many mysteries       of the vast space surrounding the … More
2016 saw a growing number of people going solo, travel getting cheaper and an increase in the number of online bookings, particularly on mobile phones, revealed studies conducted by different travel portals. Backpackers across the country decided to take to … More
Excelsior Correspondent Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain in spotlight for one reason or the other. The year that passed by too hogged national, and international limelight for some incidents that happened in all the three regions of the state, … More
Wilson Mattoo Christmas is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for coming together with family and friends,       for tinsel and brightly decorated packages… But mostly, Christmas        is for love. It was this love for                which Jesus came to … More
K D Maini Before 1947 Uri – Muzaffarabad road was known as Jhelum valley  road which linked Rawalpindi to Srinagar. This road remained cutoff due to establishment of LOC between Chakothi and Uri and was closed for about 57 years. … More
Ashok Sharma Dogras are famous for their rich cultural history. They have their own beliefs, dances, folklores, customs, ceremonies etc. and they celebrate their lives in their own way.One of the integral part of the Duggar Culture is the rich, … More
Javed Ahmad Tak As per census 2011 our state has around 361000 population of persons with disabilities but various researches depict that our state has around 6 lakhs population of persons with disabilities with 120000 orthopaedic disabled persons and around … More
Sat Parkash Suri, Dr Gurdev Singh Destiny had made General Zorawar Singh for the role of a soldier to extend India’s boundaries up to Karakoram in Central Asia. The breath taking adventurous expeditions added to his personality the varied experiences … More
Ashok Sharma The land of Dogras called Duggar is famous for its rich culture and heritage bequeathed to us by our forefathers.We have a variety of folklores, folksongs and folkdances which bear testimony to our rich culture since the days … More
Dr. Banarsi Lal Jammu and Kashmir is a mountainous state         in  which Jammu region is predominantly         sub-tropical while Kashmir and Ladakh regions are temperate. The total geographical area of Jammu & Kashmir state is 2, 22, 236 sq. km  and … More
From depicting romance to anger and then to the raging revenge of the don, the Bollywood hero has changed over time. This is also because of changing values and circumstances, analyses                 Shoma A. Chatterji. Time was when women would swoon … More
R C Kotwal Swami Vivekananda visited Kashmir Valley twice. The first time he reached Srinagar was on 10th September 1897. At Srinagar he was the guest of Justice Rishibar Mukhopadhyaya. On the third day after his arrival he paid an … More
Sunny Dua Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus says that *everything happens by God’s Grace, so Rest assured that God knows better what is right or wrong for us.  We … More
Dr.Banarsi Lal and Dr.Shahid Ahamad Reasi district is famous for various renowned places and Chenab Rail Bridge is another feather that Reasi district is going to add in near future.In Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir Chenab Rail Bridge is … More
KD Maini Bhimber is located in the southern part of J&K state on the route that was followed by the Mughals. Before partition Bhimber was known as the Gateway of Kashmir. Up to 1925 Bhimber area was a part of … More
  The festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness or good over evil and its celebration traditionally includes lighting lamps, candles and lanterns on doorsteps, housetops, temples and buildings. Bursting of firecrackers is also an inherent part of the … More
Maharaj Kaul There have been many       excellent Kashmiri singers before Raj Begum and there will come many excellent singers after her, but her unique singing style will       remain legendary and              continue to warm our               hearts forever. The following songs of … More
Prof Dr. R.D Gupta All the Hindus celebrate Diwali with great joy by way of small gathering of family members. To honour this, they adorn their house worshipping places (Home temples) with beautifully decorated diyas, lights and rangoli. Illumination is … More
Peter Griffin In the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, a quiet genius is attempting to solve a water problem: By building stupas made of ice In Raju Hirani’s mega hit 3 Idiots, Aamir Khan’s character Rancho turns out to be an … More
Nagendra Singh Jamwal For those who feel like trudging a lonely track or standing atop a mountain pass, wish to get lost in wilderness; feel a strong wanderlust as if the mountains are calling or if they wish to be … More
Rajinder Chand Anthal Mantalai has remained a renowned destination for spiritual attainment through the ages. Mainly known for the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati, this Dev Bhoomi has much more to tell in the unfolded chapters of historical … More
Parvez Dewan Every autumn, as the Navaratras approach, the thoughts of Jammu’s tourism fraternity, the people of Katra and devotional singers from all over India turn towards the annual All India Devotional Songs Contest held in Katra during those auspicious … More
Navratri is the sacred and joyous          festival of the Hindu community of India. Observed over a period of nine nights, the festival is famous almost throughout the country for its religious and social importance. It is devoted to the worship … More
Nagendra Singh Jamwal As the hot summers scorch and sizzle Jammu region, Basantgarh – the land of eternal spring as the name suggests holds out with pleasant weather. Situated about one hundred kilometers to the north-east of the Udhampur district … More
The Sheroes of Bollywood, mainstream or   off-mainstream, are ready to pull the red carpet from under the feet of  hero oriented films.  The three recent films Akira, Pink and Parched will send your pulses racing for  more, while not forgetting … More
Jammu and Kashmir is presently often in the news  for acts of  violence. But      this pristine and beautiful land is also rich in culture, music and dance which  is often overlooked.              Sonali Jha Chatterjee reports. It is not surprising that … More
Tanveer Ahmad Khwaja There is a fairly good road between Jammu and the border district of Poonch.  The buses plying on the road charge Rs. 300 for a distance of 235 km. This is reasonable, but if one needs to … More
Prof G S L Devra Banjara is such a name which one may find in local literature of all parts of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. There is not a single part of the country where local sayings and proverbs cantered … More
Kaushal Kotwal Manimahesh, the sacred abode of Lord Shiva,     is one of the holiest places of Northern India  located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.  It is believed that this mountain possesses divine  powers, which many pilgrims experience during their … More
Avanti Sopory Social Media looks to be an oxymoron; it has elements which do not look to  be in confirmation with each other. However astonishing; they together reflect a meaning. A meaning that    very easily eclipses the contradiction. “Social” broadly … More
KD Maini Guntrian Sharief is the last stop located on Doda ridge of tehsil Haveli District Poonch. This village is 10 kilometers away on the north-east side of Poonch city. The Ziarat Sharief is connected with a motorable road. Power … More
Swami Raj Sharma Bhadarwah was one of the twenty-two independent petty states of Jammu division before 1846 AD. All these independent States were amalgamated into present day State of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh in 1846 through the Treaty of Amritsar … More
G L Khajuria & C K Sharma The procession of several thousands of pilgrims in the form of holy mace to Kailash Kund (Kaplash) uphill Bhadarwah, barely around 20 Kms and is divinely eternalized at a height of 14000 ft … More
Prof. (Dr) R.D. Gupta A complex of temples situated between latitude 32o 53’N and longitude 75o 7’E with an altitude of 730 m is located at village Krimchi on Udhampur Pancheri road at a distance of 12 km from Udhampur … More
Anil Bhat The first of battle tanks were manufactured by Britain during the First World War, fought from 1914 to 1918. Begun as Small Willie, used only for designing, the final product, Big Willie were used operationally for the first … More
Ashok Sharma Jammu & Kashmir is known as the land of Gods and Goddesses. There are a number of world famous holy shrines such as Vaishno Devi ji, Amarnath ji,Bawe wali Mata, Kheer Bhawani, etc. which are the abodes of … More
Sunny Dua “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” ? Edmund Burke This adage has today become more or less relevant because of the fact that there’s nothing that we have left to be known as ‘History’. … More
Dr Kamni Pathania A sense of bewilderment always        overtake me when I see children below five years of age growing up digitally without knowing the ill-effects of such indulgence or exposure. Children playing with handsets, play stations or iPods is … More

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