Jammu: At least 81,630 pilgrims have performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra since it began on July 1, while another batch of 4,773 pilgrims on Sunday left Jammu for Kashmir Valley, officials said.The yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys.”Of these, 2,022 yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 2,751are going to Pahalgam base camp,” a police officer said.The 45-day long Amarnath Yatra started this year on July 1 and will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe regional Met Office has forecast generally cloudy weather along the two routes to the cave shrine on Sunday with possibility of rain/thunderstorm in the afternoon.The Met department has installed special weather forecasting equipment along Baltal and Pahalgam routes for accurate forecast.The cave shrine is situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level in Kashmir’s Himalayas. It houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.The ice stalagmite structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.Local Muslims have historically lent a helping hand to ensure that their Hindu brethren are able to perform the pilgrimage with ease and convenience.Two pilgrims have so far died of natural causes while performing the yatra.
MONTREAL — An Aimia Inc. shareholder is calling for a redo of last month’s annual general meeting, which he says was “plagued with irregularities” and “outrageous conduct.”Charles Frischer, who says he speaks for a group of shareholders and holds 1.6 per cent of the company’s outstanding shares, says the chairman refused to conduct votes or take questions and allowed security guards to intimidate shareholders who attempted to speak, with one being forcibly removed.Frischer also questions whether chairman Bill McEwan held enough discretionary proxies to govern votes on all matters. He argues the board’s recent decisions have “destroyed shareholder value,” and that the future of the loyalty analytics company is “at risk.”Aimia says in an email that the June 28 meeting was conducted by the book and that directors and executives took questions from shareholders afterward.A spokeswoman says a do-over would be “redundant,” and that directors continue to act in the best interest of stakeholders.In January, shareholders voted to approve the $450-million sale of Aimia’s Aeroplan loyalty program to Air Canada, leaving the Montreal-based company with more than $1 billion in cash but also questions about its future. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)