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JAMMU: The Beating Retreat Ceremony, held at the Maulana Azad Stadium this evening, marked the finale of this year’s Republic Day celebrations. It was witnessed by Governor N. N. Vohra, Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Mr. Naeem Akhtar, Minister for Public Works, Mr. B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary, Dr. S.P. Vaid, DGP, senior Civil, Police, Army and Central Armed Police Forces Officers and other dignitaries, and the citizenry of Jammu.


Scintillating pipe drum and brass bands of the Army, BSF and J&K Police, on the Slow and Quick March, played enchanting tunes and received appreciative applause from the audience. The tunes played by the Brass Bands included Mahroon Silver and Gold, SCIPIO,  Veer-Sepoy, Vijay Bharat,  Kadam Kadam Badaye Jaa and Sare Jahan Se Achha; and in the Pipe Band show, the smartly turned out contingents presented India Gate, Deshon Ka Sartaj Bharat, Naurange, The Hundred Pipers, Loudon’s Bonnie Woods and Braes, The Pipers of Drummond and Lahure Ko Ralimai.


The Governor gave away prizes to various Brass Band Pipes and Drum contingents for their outstanding display on the occasion. He also presented awards to Lord Shiva Day Boarding School Ghou-Manhasan (Girls), Govt. SRML Higher Secondary School Jammu, (Boys) for the best march-past;  Carmel Convent Kunjwani (Girls) and  Sainik School Manasbal (Boys) for the best band contingent, Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Canal Road, Jammu for the best cultural item and the “Save Water  Safe  Water, Judicious Use of Water and Rain Water Harvesting” by Executive Director, CCDU, Department of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Jammu for best tableaux at the State level Republic Day celebrations held at M. A. Stadium on 26th January 2018. The spectacular fireworks added colour at the closure of the Beating Retreat ceremony. The function concluded with Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara and National Anthem.

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  • Terms Poetry as an effective stress buster

JAMMU:  Poetry is an effective stress buster which transcends one  into the world of imagination liberating us   from routine worries and chaos, stated Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Abdul Haq. The Minister was speaking during an All India Urdu Mushaira organised by JK Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) as part of Republic Day celebration.


The Minister, while terming Urdu as beautiful and appealing language, said that Urdu is not just the official language of the state but it is also a vast repository of cultural heritage of Indian sub-continent. He said the government is committed to promote the language, for which, it shall take all requisite steps.


He appreciated the role of JKAACL for organizing such events and stressed upon on holding of more such events. He assured that his department will provide every help in organizing such events in Kashmir. He lauded the role of Academy for providing a platform to the younger generation to exhibit their talent. Secretary JKAACL Dr Aziz Hajni, assured that the Academy would further organise such events to provide opportunity to poets of the state to earn name in the literary world.


Apart from local poets of all hues, eminent poets from various other parts of the country participated in the event and enthralled the audience with their verses. The All India Urdu Mushaira was presided over by poet-broadcaster, Farooq Nazki. The participating poets included  Pritpal Singh Betab, Vidya Ratan, Ather Bashir, Khurshid Bismil, Khalid Karar, Sajad Panchi, Parvez Manoos, Sultanul haque, Nighat Sahiba, Zulfikar Naqvi, Nasir-ud-din Khafi and Umer Farhat, Zahid Mukhtar,


The  main attraction of the Mushaira were poetry recitations by  poets like Chander Bhan, Sardar Panchi, Zubair Ali, Dr Nuzhat Anjum, Shariq Khaifi, Madan Mohan Mishra, Razia Khan and Rashmi Saba who had come from  Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

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  • Lal Singh lauds deptt for promoting, preserving state's heritage

JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh has appreciated the efforts of Department of Information and Public Relations in showcasing and promoting state’s rich cultural heritage and legacy through a variety of cultural events. The Minister was speaking at a programme organized by the department to mark the 69th Republic Day Celebrations at Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar.


The Minister, while speaking on the occasion, asked DIPR to organise more such programmes to acquaint the youth with the cultural treasure trove of the state and also exhorted upon the   youth to help in preservation and promotion of our local art and culture. Choudhary Lal Singh also threw light on the importance of the Republic Day and highlighted the sacrifices of great freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Chander Shekhar Azad, Subash Chander Bose, Rajguru, Sukhdev in attainting freedom for the country. He said Constitution of India has provisioned equal opportunities for every section of the society with special focus on emancipation of downtrodden and deprived classes.


The Minister hailed the students and artists of DIPR for showing such a great spirit of participation. He asked the students to showcase the local folk, art and culture at every platform to keep it alive for coming generation. He said students can play a vital role in reviving the glorious heritage and culture of their respective areas. Choudhary Lal Singh lauded Cultural Officer Raman Joshi of DIPR for his diligent efforts in organizing such an impressive show.


Musical and dance performances based on folk and patriotic themes by the students of GCW Gandhi Nagar, artists of DIPR, GCW Parade, Model Institute of Education and Research Jammu, Doom Public School, Udhampur and Guru Hari Krishan Public School, Nanak Nagar were highly appreciated by audience. The dance and musical performances were composed and choreographed by Anjna, Narender Bhardwaj and Yash Pal Yash. Later, the Minister presented mementos and commendation certificates to the participating students and artists.


Commissioner/Secretary Forest Department, Sourabh Bhagat, Director Information Muneer-ul-Islam, Chairman State Pollution Control Board B Sidhartha, Chief Wildlife Warden Manoj Panth, Joint Director Information Manisha Sarin, Principal GCW Kausam Samotra, Deputy Directors Information Atul Gupta, Rakesh Dubey, Field Publicity Officer Priya Lakshmi, Cultural Officer Raman Joshi besides other senior officers and staff of the DIPR, Forests, Cultural Academy, faculty members of GCW Gandhi Nagar, prominent citizens, members of civil society and students of different educational institutions were present on the occasion.