Daily Archive: April 9, 2019

Registration for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra begins today

New Delhi : Registration procedures for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra commenced on Tuesday.

The Yatra, organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, is scheduled to take place from June 8 to September 8, through two routes.

The first route is through Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand, involving some trekking, with an estimated cost of about Rs.1.8 lakh per person. It will be conducted in 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each, the Ministry said in a statement.

The duration of the Yatra is 24 days for each batch including three days in New Delhi for preparatory work. This route passes through important sites, namely Narayan Ashram, Patal Bhuvaneshwar and others, the statement added.

Meanwhile, the second route that passes through Nathu La Pass in Sikkim is motorable and suitable for senior citizens, who are unable to undertake arduous trekking, the statement said.

From Gangtok, the route passes through scenic places like Hangu lake and through the vast landscape of the Tibetan plateau. It involves an estimated cost of around Rs.2.5 lakhs per person, and duration would be 21 days, including 3 days in Delhi for preparatory work. This year 10 batches of 50 pilgrims each are scheduled for this route, the statement noted.

Yatris can either select both routes indicating priority or select only one of the routes. They will be allotted a route and batch through computerized draw of lots, it said.

“Applicants for this Yatra must be at least 18 years old and not more than 70 years on 1 January 2019 to be eligible to apply. The last date for registration is 09.05.2019,” the Ministry said.

“Keeping in line with Government of India’s push for the digital mode of interaction with the public, registration for this Yatra on the website https://kmy.gov.in is a fully online process,” the Ministry added.

The statement further stated that the applicants will have to scan and upload passport pages containing personal details (photo page), address details (last page), and a photo to complete the application. The online form has necessary guidelines in Hindi and English languages to complete the form. Incomplete applications would be automatically cancelled after the cut-off date.

Selection of applicants will be through a fair computer-generated, random, gender-balanced selection process. Applicants will be notified of their selection after the computerized draw through automated email or SMS, the statement said.

After selection, applicants will have to pay the confirmation fee as detailed on the website in order to confirm their participation. Applicants can also get information and track the status of their application through the interactive helpline No: 011-24300655, the statement added.


Never said that Rs 15 lakh will come to people’s accounts: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the BJP never made promises of transferring Rs 15 lakhs into people’s bank accounts during the campaign for Lok Sabha election in 2014.

“Never said that Rs 15 lakh will come (to accounts of people). This was never said. (Bilkul nahi kaha tha ki Rs 15 lakh aenge. Ye kabhi nahi kaha tha). We had said that we will take action (karyawahi) against black money. Action is being taken against black money.

It was our government which made SIT on the topic of black money,” Rajnath said. His statement comes at a time when opposition parties have been criticing the BJP for having made “false promises” to woo the people of India ahead of 2014 general elections and now repeating it in 2019.

Bringing black money stashed abroad was one of the key issues for 2014 elections and the BJP had promised to crack down on black money parked in foreign banks.

In this year’s manifesto there is a mention of cracking down on parallel economy but it doesn’t occupy pride of place in speeches by political leaders.

The opposition, especially the Congress party, has been quick to point out that the BJP has not delivered on ‘bringing back home illegal wealth stashed abroad’ as was promised.


Famous Actress Pleads Guilty in Sex Cult Case

US actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering relating to her alleged role in a sex trafficking case.

Mack, 36, was arrested a year ago on sex trafficking charges for getting the women to join Nxivm, a purported executive coaching organization that forced them to have intercourse with 58-year-old leader Keith Raniere.

Ms. Mack became so involved, federal prosecutors said, that she began recruiting other women into a secret sect within Nxivm in which women were branded with Mr. Raniere’s initials and were forced to have sex with him.

alison mackBefore being accepted as “slaves,” women had to provide compromising photos and other personal effects, which the organization threatened to make public if they tried to leave.

“I was lost,” Ms. Mack said on Monday while pleading guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges related to her role in the group.

Last year, Mack, best known for her role as Clark Kent’s clever confidant Chloe on CW’s “Smallville,” was indicted on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labour conspiracy, according to a statement released by the Justice Department. She pleaded not guilty at the time.