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Kashmir opens for tourists after two month travel ban

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New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir will be open to tourists from Thursday, more than two months after a security advisory asked them to leave the state immediately due to a “terror threat”.

The decision to lift the curb was announced by the governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday following a “situation-cum-security review” meeting with the advisers and the chief secretary.

Thousands of tourists, pilgrims, workers and students from other states had to leave Jammu and Kashmir early August after authorities issued a security alert over possible terrorist attacks.

According to officials in the tourist department, about 20,000 to 25,000 visitors were present in the valley, which was in its peak tourist season at that time.

Telephone and internet services were suspended and public movements restricted in many areas hours before the centre announced its Article 370 move.

The centre also imposed massive security restrictions and took measures that included arresting politicians and posting extra troops to prevent any backlash.

Some of those curbs have been slowly relaxed, but mobile and internet communications in the Kashmir Valley are largely still blocked.

1.74 lakh tourists visited Kashmir in June, followed by 1.52 lakh, including 3,403 foreigners, in July, according to official figures.

The government has also re-opened higher secondary schools, colleges and universities on Wednesday. Security forces were stationed outside the prestigious Sri Pratap College in Srinagar. They were allowing students on the campus after checking their identity cards.

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Spectacular KungFu skills displayed by participants on World KungFu Day

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The birth anniversary of father of  Art of Self-Defense Bodhidharma, was celebrated in various states of the country as International Bodhi Day. On this occasion, the players of Kung Fu performed a surprise English performance of different genres of Kung Fu and amazed the audience with their outstsnding performance. On this occasion, the Indian Kung Fu Federation presented a cheque of one lakh rupees to the oldest kung fu master of the country and the state of Manipur, Jaswanta Singh for his Life Time Achievement.

It is notable that on December 19, 2020, the 31st anniversary celebrations of the Dragon Academy of Martial Arts and the birth anniversary celebrations of Bodhidharma, the founder of the art of self-defense, Kung Fu, was celebrated with great pomp and show. In which various birthday girls of Dragon Academy of Martial Arts, Kung Fu players celebrated the birthday celebrations of Bodhidharma, the founder of Kung Fu Khel, as “World Kungfu Day” in the Bodhi auditorium of the institute and the 31st anniversary celebration of the institute with joy and hapiness.

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Bobde, IAS, President of the Kungfu Federation of India, presided as the Chief Guest of this program. Addressing the program, he said that during this period of Corona period, Kung Fu is making all the big and small citizens healthy. Kung fu is a panacea for fitness. Along with this, Kung Fu is also preparing a healthy nation and disciplined citizens. This is a true service to the nation.

Gyan Prakash Tripathi, founder and international Kung Fu coach of Dragon Academy of Martial Arts, said that it is a matter of great pride that the birthday of Bodhi Dharma, the father of Kung Fu, was celebrated on the 31st Foundation Day of the Dragon Academy of Martial Arts. In the last 31 years, this academy has prepared thousands of national and international players and has brought laurels to the country. Kung fu is a lifestyle. This is where a kung fu player stays healthy, he faces his combative attitude under any circumstances.On this occasion, distinguished players from various Kungfu were honored.

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