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  • ‘Border tourism to be given a boost’

 

JAMMU: Minister for Health & Medical Education, ARI and Trainings, Choudhary Lal Singh today inaugurated 2-day first Border Festival at Hiranagar which attracted more than 12,000 people on first day.  Legislators, Mr. Rajeev Jasrotia and Mr. Kuldeep Raj, District Development Commissioner, Kathua, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, DIG BSF R S Gurung, SSP Kathua Neeva Jain, Ex-MLAs Mr. Durga Dass and Mr. Girdhari Lal Chalotra besides senior officers of district administration, officers of BSF and Army including a large number of men and women from the border belt were also present on the occasion.

 

The 2-day border festival has been organised to woo tourists from across the state and outside providing them opportunity to see International Border and areas along the border.  A van on awareness regarding State and Centrally Sponsored Schemes were also launched on the occasion which will visit 100 villages to spread awareness among masses.  District administration has also organised border safari and border home stay for tourists which has got tremendous response from visitors.

 

The Minister and MLAs inspected the 104 stalls installed in the Border Festival by different State Governments. He also interacted with the official and volunteers.  Ch Lal Singh expressed happiness over diverse fields brought together on one platform providing opportunities to all especially youth and women of the border areas of the Kathua district.  Addressing a large gathering, the Minister has said that border areas of the Kathua district would be developed into a mega Border tourist destination for pilgrim tourists visiting Mata Vaishno Devi and other holy shrines of Jammu division. He said that Government endeavour is to promote varied tourism activities in Jammu division like other parts of the state adding this would not only boost local economy but would also be a source of inspiration for coming generation.

 

The Minister highlighted the importance of Border Festival in showcasing border area of Kathua district as a tourist destination instead of war zone. He expressed hope that different initiatives launched by administration will harvest rich dividends for peace and development in border area apart from providing employment. He called upon the youth and women to avail the benefits of schemes and services made available by the Central and State Government through the proactive mission of district administration.

 

MLA Kathua and MLA Hirangar also spoke on the occasion regarding tourism and development in border area. Both the MLAs appreciated district administration for this innovative and unique intervention which will go a long way in development of border area. Earlier, an impressive cultural programme was presented by the artists of Information Department and Cultural Academy which was highly applauded by the audience. Later, a Dog Show staged by BSF received huge applause from audience while Band was displayed by BSF and Police Training School Kathua.  Four sports competitions were also organised by district administration on the occasion.

 

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SRINAGAR: To boost Pahari literary and cultural activities in Valley, 2-day Pahari Literary and Cultural Programmes was organized in Auditorium Hall of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Srinagar here today.  The programme was inaugurated by the Joint Director Information Kashmir, Mr. Shafqat Iqbal. On this occasion, Mr. Shafqat Iqbal said that the Department of Information and Cultural Academy are jointly promoting the literary and cultural activities and stressed to organize such programmes in future also.  The prominent Artists of Pahari Community presented cultural programmes which enthralled the audience. The function was also attended by prominent Pahari Literary personalities including Rashid Ahmad Masoodi, Maqbool Sahib, Chief Editor (Urdu) Academy of Art, Mohammad Ashraf Tak, Incharge Editor-Cum-Cultural Officer, Pahari Language, Mohammad Ayoub Mir and large number of Pahari speaking people.   In this context, the Mehfil-i-Afsana would be held on April 07, 2015.

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JAMMU: Lalded women welfare society Regd. has staged a play Nukkad play at Saturday Series dated 04.04.2015. at Shastri Nagar, Jammu. After seeing tremendous atrocities on speechless animals especially “Dogs” who are performing duties to their masters at different homes bestowed  by the God but whe they get older and sick they are treating them badly and house owners just letting them off outside the road to die down. So considering this dirty aspect of dog keepers. LWWS Regd. has staged a play to highlight the pain suffering of dog animals. The script is conceived and written by Ram paul  & directed by Naveen Pal.

 

The story starts with  “ Nattu” who is not fond of keeping Dog pup at home but his wife Kamla instead him to bring a small puppy to guard the house. Nattu agrees and brought a puppy but without permission of concerned authority. As the time goes on small puppy started barking at road walkers and became a challenge to school going children and infirm people. Some time his wife opens the dog’s rope to make threatened the mohalla people and in turn people requested him either you tie its rope at proper place. One day his neighbor friend was walking on the road and dog was kept open as a usual practice. The moment he came into range of dog ,he was badly injured.

There was a verbal fight took place between them. His friend Ramu told him that your dog should be registered with department and to be vaccinated properly from time to time so that rabies could not transmitted into human beings. Otherwise action will be there by the law enforcing agency. Again when the dog attained his upper age limit and when was unable to walk properly he got a wound on his neck by clashing with other  dogs and got a deep scratch   which went into a wider hole and attracted warms in it. The owner tried to kick out  the dog here and there but he was coming back in the night because of his known home place.

Ultimately the dog ended his life with severe pain and the house owner brought another puppy to guard the house and took no lesson  from the  previous case. In a message the writer says that we should not just keep tying dogs at home but they should be properly care and remedy. The artist who played in the performance were   Sh. Rampaul (Writer / Actor / Singer / Social Activist) & Coordinator to LWWS and Naveen Pal (Actor / Director) Sunil Sharma, Sonu etc. The people on the occasion appreciated the play and them on Dog animal. In the end audience appreciated the efforts for raising a voice for pet animals.