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JAMMU: Minister of State for Education, Information and Culture Ms Priya Sethi today inaugurated one-day Basohli Art & Painting exhibition organized by the   Indian Art Centre in collaboration with Government College for Women Gandhi Nagar Jammu. Senior BJP Leader Yudhvir Sethi and Principal GCW Gandhi Nagar Kiran Bakshi were the special guests on the occasion.

Interacting with the artists and students on the occasion, Priya Sethi hoped that artists will continue to quench the aesthetic and spiritual thirst of people by expressing realistic depiction of nature through their paintings. She said the best reward for an artist is when his or her work mesmerizes audience. The Minister hoped that the budding artists will take inspiration from the talented and versatile artists and convey their feelings through brush and the canvass.

Yudhvir Sethi showed keen interest in the paintings and said that Indian Art Centre is doing wonderful job in developing and propagating the world famous Indian miniature art. The organizer of exhibition MK Wadehra said that purpose of this exhibition was to promote Dogra art and create awareness among the children for the miniature art.

The main purpose of organizing this exhibition in the college was to popularize this art amongst the students and also to motivate them to contribute to it by using charismatic colours to portray their emotions.

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KATHUA:  Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with Government Degree College for Women, Kathua organized Multi-lingual Mushaira in the college Auditorium.   Besides prominent poets of the district, some college students also presented their poetic compositions and won great applaud from the jam pack audience.    

The poets through their poems highlighted current issues and problems confronting the people in present day era. They also threw light on the cultural and linguistic diversity of the area.  District Development Commissioner, Kathua Ramesh Kumar   was Chief Guest and Principal Women College, Kathua Dr Satinder Singh was the Guest of Honour.     

Additional Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn and Prof Yash Pal Sharma, Urdu Department, Women College, Kathua were also present. Speaking on the occasion, DDC Kathua Ramesh Kumar appreciated he poets and especially the students of the college who get the opportunity  to air their views through their poetic works.   

He said that Kathua District is popular for its lingual and cultural diversity and the poets and writers of the area, through their literary works,    play an important role in maintaining communal harmony, conservation of lingual and cultural diversity and regional identity. He asked J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to organize more such activities in this region.

Principal of the college Dr Satinder Singh, while addressing the guests, students and poets thanked the J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages for organizing multilingual mushiara in the college. He said that Degree College for Women, Kathua will welcome more such literary events in the college. He also complimented the students  who presented their poems which were highly appreciated.

While welcoming the distinguished guests and students, Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn said that Academy has decided to organize literary activities including Mushairas and short-story goshties in the interiors of all Districts of Jammu region.

The poets who recited their poems included Dr. Usha Mongha, Vijay Sharma, Prof Yash Pal Sharma,  Sanjay Sehgal,  Sham Lal Khajuria,  Shashi Pal Sharma,  Ramesh Singh Ghaloch,  Dalip Singh Sawan,  Balak Ram Mehra,  Tilak Sumbria,  Khajoor Singh,  Renu Radha, Dr. Guru Prasad Sharma,  Saroj Bala,  Kuldeep Kippi,  Jatinder Khajuria,  Harjinder Singh,  Madan Lal Toofan,  Ajay Sharma , R.S Katal, Taniya Bhatia,  Jimmi Chandel,   Divya Sharma,  Nikita Devi,  Naina Devi , Zehnvi Devi, , Dr Anita Dua and Dr Sunil Kumar.

The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Asstt. Editor Dogri Dictionary   Dr. R. L Basotra and vote of thanks was presented by Prof Yash Pal Sharma, Urdu Department of Women College Kathua.

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UDHAMPUR: Arrangements for smooth conduct of 3-day historic Sankri Devta mela starting from September 8th  in village Meer of Block Panchari in district Udhampur were discussed here in detail under the chairmanship of Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Udhampur, Mr. Rajeev Magotra at Conference hall, DC Office. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Arun Sharma, Tehsildar Panchari, Mr Narinder Kumar,  District heads of various departments,DSP Mr Jamwal, Chairman Shiv-Parvati Cave Shrine Moungri,    Social Activists,   and Local Mela Committee members attended the meeting.

During the meeting, arrangements of security, sanitation, medicare, drinking water and power supply and transportation were discussed. It was decided that District Police would deploy adequate security personnel during Mela days while ARTO would deploy sufficient number of buses from different locations whereas Health Department would ensure sufficient arrangements of medicare with stand by ambulance arrangements. Municipality department Udhampur was directed to deploy 5 employees for cleaniliness and hygiene of the mela site. Tourism department was directed to give wide publicity of mela. Excise department was also asked to keep the wine shops of the Kainthgali and Panchari area closed during the mela days.

Tehsildar Panchari has been appointed as Mela Officer, who would keep a strict vigil on the checking of rates and quality of eatables in coordination with officers of departments concerned besides supervising all arrangements of the mela. For the awareness of people about various government sponsored schemes, different government departments would setup their stalls.  

Speaking on the occasion, the ACR exhorted upon the officers to put in their coordinated efforts for smooth conduct of the Mela. He urged the local mela committee members to come forward in making the mela a grand success as public participation is of great importance in promoting tourism and economy of the area.