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JAMMU: A film festival for visually impaired kids was organized here today by Directorate of Samagra Shiksha with the help of Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM Jammu. The ‘Kano Dekhi’ festival is a special initiative by the MirchiCares group, conducted throughout India for kids who have restricted vision that stops them from enjoying movies. The Film Festival was organised at Platinum Movie Time SPA, Palm Island Mall, where the students of the Blind school, Roop Nagar Jammu and the Indian Red Cross society members were present.

On the occasion, Secretary School Education Department Ajeet Kumar Sahu, stressed upon organizing similar activities for children with special needs and to create awareness about inclusive education among the society in general. Director Samagra Shiksha, Dr. Arun Manhas, State Coordinator  Samagra Shiksha Dr. Ravinder Jangral were also present on the occasion.

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  • Festivals help people relate to roots: Feroz Khan

KARGIL: Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan today said that festivals are a significant way to celebrate the glorious heritage, culture and traditions of an area. The CEC stated this while addressing people during the Annual Jashn-e-Mamani (traditional food) festival organized by the Himalayan Heritage and Cultural Foundation (HHCF) in collaboration with Youth Educational and Sports Welfare Society Wakha at Wado Wakha which was supported by Global Himalayan Expedition as the main sponsors, along with Zee Enterprises, Muntazir Enterprises, Stawa Magazine, Heritage Himalaya and Shotopa Traders.

He said that they play an important role to connect people with their heritage and ancestral legacy and need to be observed with enthusiasm and fervor. Councilor Shargole Muhammad Ali Chandan was the Guest of Honour, Dy Sp Dar Rigzin Sundup and several officers from the Civil and Police Administration, Sarpanchs, Panchs, prominent citizens and people in large numbers were also present on the occasion.

During the festival people of Wakha and adjoining villages had put up stalls of traditional dishes. The CEC while appreciating the organizing Secretary of the festival Anayat Ali Shotopa, Copy Editor AIR Kargil, for holding the food festival at Wakha after its successful conduct at Tha Tha Khani Chnagrah from the last three years, said that the event will play an instrumental role in helping people relate to their roots, adding festivals like these were started by our ancestors to pass the legends, knowledge and traditions onto the next generation.

Khan said that festivals serve the purpose of bringing happiness to peoples’ lives, besides strengthening the sense of community and people should participate in them with all zeal and passion. The CEC said that Hill Council is fully committed to give boost to activities related to the preservation and promotion of culture and traditions in the district and all-out efforts are being made to ensure the development of culture as a priority sector and assured the organizers for any help in future for promotion and preservation of Culture and Tradition.

Khan said that the construction of the first-ever museum in the district at a cost of Rs 6 crore is a part of such efforts for which Hill Council has already allotted 3 canals land at Kurbathang area. Meanwhile, the CEC distributed cash prize of Rs, 5000, 3,000, and 2,000 among the 1st, 2nd, 3rd postions and Rs 500 cash to all other participants as consolation prizes. He also announced ten thousand rupees in favor of Youth Educational and Sports Welfare Society Wakha and another ten thousand rupees in favor of the stall owners who participated in the food festival.

Guest of Honour, Councilor Shargole Mohammad Ali Chandan presented Cash reward of Rs 10,000 in favor of Youth Educational and Sports Welfare Society Wakha for organizing the event in collaboration with HHCF. Khan also felicitated famous folk singer Master Muhammad Hussain Silmoo, Registering Officer Antiquities Ladakh Khadim Hussain Poyen, writer and poet Akhone Asgar Ali Basharat, Social and Cultural Activist Muhammad Amin Polo, Coordinator KVK Dr Mehdi Akhone, Purgi Version of Mann Ki Baat Programme of All India Radio Kargil and others for their noteworthy services towards the Preservation and up-liftment of Ladakh’s Ethnic Heritage.

On the occasion, the locals also projected a number of demands which included the construction of an ice hockey rink in the area, up gradation of the existing Health Centre at Wadoo Wakha to Primary Health Centre level, up gradation of Government High school Wakha to Higher Secondary Level, grant of financial assistance and other related demands. The CEC gave a patient hearing to all the demands put forth by the people and assured them that all genuine concerns will be addressed in a phased manner.

Earlier Dr Sonam Wangchuk Secretary Himalayan Heritage and Cultural Foundation briefed the people about the motive of organizing and joining hand with Anayat Ali Shotopa to organize the event and told that they will be looking for more such programmes in future so that the Cultural Heritage can be preserved and revived for a better future. Later in the evening SSP Kargil Dr Vinod Kumar along with his Better half visited Wadoo and Participated in the Mamani Festival and appreciated the efforts of the organizers. He congratulated both the Buddhist and Muslim Community for participating the festival jointly and celeberating such events in a very harmonious way.

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KATRA: The arrangements for organising 6-day long North Zone Santosh Trophy Football Championship-2019 being held at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex at Katra were reviewed at a meeting held at the Spiritual Growth Centre at Katra today. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The championship, being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Football Association under the aegis of All India Football Federation in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and J&K State Sports Council, is scheduled to be held during 11-16 February 2019.     

In all 8 teams viz., Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and host Jammu and Kashmir will participate in the championship. Around 200 footballers and the officials are expected to participate in the North Zone Santosh Trophy Football Championship being organised for the first time at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex at Katra.

The arrangements which were reviewed for organising the championship, interalia, included ground and equipment facilities, boarding, lodging, transport, besides the opening and closing functions of the event. Speaking on the occasion, the CEO urged upon all participants to delineate the responsibilities of Shrine Board and other organisers and all concerned should then focus on their roles. CEO assured Sports Council that the Board will extend full cooperation to make the event a success.

Among those who participated in the meeting included Dr. Nasim Choudhary, Secretary J&K State Sports Council; Mr. Deepak Dubey, Dy. CEO of the Shrine Board; Mr. Ashok Kumar, Director Sports, SMVDSB; Mr. Zameer Thakur, President Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) and Treasurer All India Football Federation; Sheikh Mehmood, President, Jammu Wing of JKFA; Mr. Surinder Singh Bunty, Treasurer JKFA, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Bhat, Chairman, Referees Board JKFA, Mr. Fayaz Sofi, President, District Football Association, Srinagar and Mr. Abdul Majid Kakroo, former Captain of the Indian Football team.