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SRINAGAR: The Department of Culture and Department of Tourism jointly organized road shows in St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden) to promote the cultural treasure-trove and tourism potential of Jammu and Kashmir in these cities. The J&K delegation was led by Commissioner Secretary, Culture, Mohammed Saleem Shishgar. Director Tourism Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani and other concerned officers from the State are also part of the delegation.

In St Petersburg, Consular General of India, Deepak Miglani, was the Guest of Honor. In Helsinki roadshow Finland's travel trade representatives and media professionals participated. Ambassador of India to Finland, MsVani Rao was the Guest of Honor. In Stockholm Roadshow started with a colorful cultural programmes about Indian dances. Ms Monica Kapil Mohta, Ambassador of India to Sweden was the Guest of Honor on the occasion. Several films regarding Jammu & Kashmir were shown during these road shows.

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  • Feroz calls for long term proposals for promotion, preservation of culture

KARGIL: Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan today called for the need to expand the process of promotion and preservation of folk traditions by formulating long-term proposals. The CEC stated this while addressing a literary gathering during the first day of the 2-days district level multilingual Hussaini Mushaira organized by the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Kargil at Language Center here today.

While hailing the efforts of Cultural Academy in organizing such poetic gatherings at regular intervals, the CEC appreciated the poets for excellent rendering of their poetic compositions. He stressed on the officers of Cultural Academy Kargil to involve the youth particularly school children in cultural and literary programmes so as to apprise them about the importance of traditions and heritage besides generating their interest in the field of culture and literature.

The CEC said that culture determines the true identity of a community or race and it is the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders to ensure that the ethnic identities in terms of language, dress, food and predominantly the ancestral value of humility, sincerity and brotherhood do not get fade away due to the overpowering influence of modernization.

The CEC reiterated the commitment of the Hill Council Kargil towards the promotion and preservation of the cultural heritage of the district and assured all-out support to Cultural Academy Kargil in the fulfilment of its mandate satisfactorily. He urged upon the concerned to come up with concrete long-term proposals so as to pave way for a systematic process for cultural preservation and promotion.

Earlier during the poetic symposium held today poets Abdul Hamid Tanveer, Ghulam Ahmad Khan Jawan, Aga Syed Hadi Shah Aga, Haji Muhammad Ibrahim Rahee, Bashir Ahmad Wafa, Akber Ali Khan Shaheen, Muhammad Asghar Asvi, Nissar Hussain Trespone, Muhammad Jawad Jalib, Fida Hussain Wazir Fida, Muhammad Ali Babaa and Fida Ali Fida Karkiti presented their Hussaini poetic renderings which were highly applauded by the audience.

Earlier in the welcome speech Special Officer for Culture G-1 Kargil Nazir Hussain while speaking about the aims and objectives of the two days literary event highlighted the various activities being organized by Cultural Academy during the current year. Special Officer for Culture Kargil Muhammad Ali Tak presented the vote of thanks.

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JAMMU: To discuss the rehabilitation to people involved in brewing of illicit liquor, a meeting of concerned  departments  was held today here under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma. The meeting was attended by Excise Commissioner Talat Parvez Rohella, Director Industries and Commerce, Dr. R S Sharma, Deputy Director FCS&CA Joginder singh, SP Kathua, Shridhar Patil, Addl. SP  Crime Jammu, Suram Singh, Dy SP Jammu CID, Devinder Singh, AD ADM Social Welfare Ajay Salaan and EX- Manager J&K Bank Parshotam Kumar ETO Samba, Kathua and other senior functionaries of concerned department.  

The meeting was informed  that around  75 families have been identified involved in brewing of illicit liquor in district Kathua, 5   in Samba and 25 in Jammu.  A threadbare discussion was held to discuss measures for their rehabilitation by way councelling and imparting skill training in employable trades.  Director Industries and Commerce Dr. R S Sharma informed about various schemes for rehabilitation of such families. It was informed that their department provides loan facilities for establishment of self-employment  units.

Officials of EDI also apprised the Div Com about various schemes for providing assistance to jobless to establish own business. The Div Com stressed on developing inter department co-ordination for the purpose. The Div Com asked for conducting survey to identify families involved in brewing of illicit liquor and identify such small groups and seek their interest for particular trade. Further, he asked to study socio economic conditions of these families.

The Div Com asked the concerned departments to impart skill development trainings through ITI, Polytechnic and others so as to provide alternative employment to these families. The Director I&C was appointed as Nodal officer for utilizing all related officials for the purpose.