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Amarnath Yatra to begin from July 21 and will end on August 3.



Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) have said that this year’s Amarnath Yatra to the Himalayan cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir will take place over the course of 15 days.

Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) have said that this year’s Amarnath Yatra to the Himalayan cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir will take place over the course of 15 days. The SASB is in charge of managing the Yatra to the shrine which is situated some four kilometres above the sea level at J&K’s Anantnag district.

According to the SASB, the Amarnath Yatra scheduled for 2020 will begin on July 21 and will end on August 3. The annual ‘Pratham Puja’ for the Yatra was held on June 5 at the shire. The SASB has cut short the duration of the yatra because of the corona virus pandemic.

Pilgrims above the age of 55, except Sadhus, won’t be allowed to take the Yatra. According to the SASB, this year all participants in the Yatra must possess a negative COVID-19 certificate or else they won’t be allowed to join the Yatra. The pilgrims will be cross-checked for the virus before they are allowed to undertake the Yatra on entry into J&K, an official of the SASB said.

This year it is compulsory for all participants, except Sadhus, to register themselves online for the Yatra. For the first time the ‘Aarti’ which is performed twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, will be broadcasted live for all devotees across the country for all the 15 days of the Yatra.

“No pilgrim will be allowed to undertake this year’s Yatra through the Pahalgam route”, officials said. All participants would be following the north Kashmir Baltal route for Amarnath Yatra 2020.

The non-availability of local laborers and the difficulties in maintaining the track from the base camp have led the officials to decide that the last leg of the Yatra would be performed by using helicopters from the Baltal base camp all the way to the Ganderbal district to the shrine.


Legendary Comedian Jagdeep passes away at 81.



Veteran Bollywood actor Jagdeep took his last breath at the age of 81. Born on March 29, 1939, as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films and was widely known for his role as Soorma Bhopali in blockbuster ‘Sholay.’ Have a look at how Twitterati mourned the death of the legendary actor on social media.

Veteran Actor-comedian Jagdeep, best known for his role as Soorma Bhopali in ‘Sholay’, died on Wednesday at his residence. He was 81 year old.The actor, real name Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri, was not keeping well.

“He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well due to age related issues,” producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend, told PTI.

Jagdeep appeared in around 400 films but it is his role as Soorma Bhopali in 1975 film ‘Sholay’ that is etched in audiences’ minds even today.

He also played memorable roles in ‘Purana Mandir’ and in ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ as Salman Khan’s father.

Better known by his stage name Jagdeep, the actor also directed the movie ‘Soorma Bhopali’ with his character as the protagonist.
Jagdeep played hero in five films, opposite heroines like Nanda (Bhabhi), Azra, Amita and Naaz. It was with Bhabhi that he gravitated towards comic roles. It was the character of Soorma Bhopali from Sholay which would become his most memorable. The actor would go on to direct the film Soorma Bhopali in 1988, in which Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Rekha had cameos. He also acted in a number of horror films made by the Ramsay Brothers. IIFA honoured him with Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jagdeep was born in Datia a district in  Madhya Pradesh. His father’s name was  Syed Yawar Husain Jafri and his mother was Kaneez Hyder.He had three wife’s Naseem Begum, Sughra Begum and Nazima.From these three he had three sons Hussein Jaffry (From first wife), Javed Jaffrey (Actor, Dancer, Comedian; from second wife), Naved Jaffrey (Actor, TV Judge; from second wife) and three daughters Shakira Shafi (from first wife), Suraiya Jaffry (From first wife), Muskaan (From third wife).He started his career as a Child Artist (Afsana (1951), Do Bigha Zameen (1954, as a Comedian), Bhabhi (1957, Lead Actor).


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