Srinagar: Six persons have died in the past four days during the ongoing pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 22, officials said on Saturday. “Six pilgrims died due to various causes during their pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnathji,” the officials said here. Among the dead are 18 pilgrims, two ‘sevadars’ (volunteers) and two security force personnel deployed on duty en route the holy cave. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed In addition to these, 30 others have suffered injuries due to shooting stones and other causes since the commencement of the pilgrimage on July 1, the officials said. Deaths due to cardiac arrest triggered by lack of oxygen in the area around the cave shrine have been common over the years, prompting the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board to issue regular health advisories to the pilgrims. All pilgrims are required to get a fitness certificate issued from a doctor before undertaking the pilgrimage to the shrine located at an altitude of 3,888 metres. Nearly 2.5 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance to the naturally formed ice-lingam in the cave shrine in the 19 days of the yatra this year. The yatra will conclude on August 15, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.
OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is telling his MPs they must stay focused on helping Canadians at home in this coming election year, despite the anxiety created by global turbulence.The prime minister is referring to the China-U.S. trade war and the pending Brexit divorce of Britain and Europe, as well as the threat of climate change and the economic upheaval of lost jobs to Artificial Intelligence.Trudeau is addressing his Liberal caucus at a meeting on Parliament Hill today, following last week’s cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Que.He is taking several partisan shots at the Conservatives, saying they have no plan for tackling climate change and the economy while citing Liberal gains in lowering taxes and unemployment.Trudeau says the Liberals will offer Canadians hope, branding his opposition as a party of wedge politics rooted in the ideas of its former leader, Stephen Harper.Trudeau’s remarks opened a two-day caucus retreat for Liberal MPs on Parliament Hill.ai???The Canadian Press
THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK (EIB) has agreed to provide a low-cost loan that will cover nearly half the overall cost of linking Dublin’s two Luas lines.The EIB has agreed to provide a loan of up to €163 million at an interest rate lower than would be available on normal lending markets to fund the Luas Cross City project.The money will contribute towards the €368 million cost of the project which is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in late 2017.Though no fixed interest rate has been set, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland morning that this would typically be about one per cent lower than usual interest rates.He said that linking the green and red Luas lines will take about three million car journeys off the road every year and the construction phase will generate up to 800 jobs.Sixty permanent jobs will be created by the Luas extension which will add 13 new stops to the existing infrastructure.Read: Luas works to allow for right turn from St Stephen’s Green onto Merrion Row