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  • JK lifts trophy; Bihar, Rajasthan walk away as runners up

SRINAGAR: 3rd National Snow Rugby 7's Championship 2017 which commenced on February 18 concluded yesterday at Golf Course, Gulmarg. JK Rugby Teams, both men and women walked away with the Championship. MLA Tangmarg, Abbas Wani, Secretary Sports Council, Waheed-ur- Rehman Parra, Members of the Sports Council, Raouf Tramboo and Nazir Ahmed were present on the occasion.

Teams from 10 states including Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and host Jammu and Kashmir took part in both men and women categories. Speaking on the occasion MLA Tangmarg, Abbas Wani appreciated J&K Rugby Association for holding this mega event in Kashmir and said the Snow Rugby is a unique event which needs to be promoted on larger scale.

J&K Rugby Association extended gratitude to the Sports Council for sponsoring this event and Tourism Department for their support and assistance for making the event successful. J&K men team registered the final victory by defeating Bihar by 17- 0 and J&K women team won by 10-0 defeating the team of Rajasthan.

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  • ‘His impressive performance in inter-zonal tournament to spark interest among franchises’

JAMMU: Twenty-three year old pacer from Jammu and Kashmir, Umar Nazir, has been listed among the ‘Players to Watch’ during the auction for 10th edition of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) 2017 season. The auction of the players for the highly lucrative and popular India Twenty-20 domestic cricket competition is going to take place in Bangalore at 9 am tomorrow.

Umar Nazir and Parvez Rasool from J&K are among the 730 players listed by BCCI for IPL auction. According to CricBuzz, an influential cricket news website, Umar Nazir’s performance in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter Zonal Cricket Trophy, with an impressive economy rate of 4.57 would certainly spark interest among IPL franchises.

“With 2017 IPL auction set to take place on Monday (February 20) in Bangalore, we decided to zero in on the players who could be in high demand,” CricBuzz said while listing Umar Nazir among the eight players from across the world to be watched during the auction.

The eight Players to be Watched who have been shortlisted by CricBuzz include big-hitting English batsman Ben Stokes, another English cricket Jason Roy, South African leg spinner Imran Tahir, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, Tamil Nadu fast bowler T Natarajan, New Zealand all rounder Colin de Grandhomme, Karnataka all rounder Krishnappa Gowtham and J&K pacer Umar Nazir.

Hailing from Malikpora area of Pulwama town, Umar Nazir, at 6.4 feet, is two inches shorter than India's bowling mainstay Ishant Sharma but a yard or two quicker. Belonging to a middle class family that is into timber business, Umar, the only son of his parents, says cricket is his “lifetime partner”. Inspired by Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, Umar aspires to play for the Indian cricket team.

His coach Mushtaq says Umar has great potential and hopefully can rise as a new star. “He was different than others when I picked him from Srinagar,” Mushtaq said, recalling the day when he admitted him in a cricket academy in Mumbai. “He was molded outside and got the exposure.” Abdul Qayoom Bagav, Jammu and Kashmir Ranji team coach says Umar's classical side arm action helps him to generate 140 km per hour for long spells and his pace does not fall much even when the ball is old. Besides Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association and BCCI, Umar also plays for Tata Sports Club Mumbai.

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JAMMU: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Chaudhary today said games and sports play an important role in the overall development of students and urged the parents to encourage their children for taking part in different sports events. The Minister said this while addressing the gathering during annual sports day celebration, ‘Jashn-e-Bachpan’ of pre-primary wing of Stephens Public International School, Miran Sahib. He said, “The games and sports not only help in physical and mental fitness, but also encourages the students towards channelizing their energies in right direction for a better tomorrow.”

More than 200 tiny tots of the school competed in the sports gala which included games like frog race, sack race, crawling, tug of war, chocolate race, back walking race and balancing the balloon and lemon spoon race. Principal Shibu Mathew K, Chairman IGP (Retd.) Dr. Kamal Saini, students and staff of the school were present on the occasion.

Later, the Minister felicitated the winners of the competition. In the day, the Minister also convened public meetings at various villages in Suchetgarh including Nikowal, Mulachak, Suchetgarh and Jassore to listening to the grievances of the common masses and review the progress on decisions taken in previous public grievance redressal camps. The villagers hailing from all sections of the society apprised the Minister of the problems being faced by them related to road connectivity, power supply, water supply, telecom, education and healthcare.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the government is taking various path-breaking steps for ensuring welfare of the common masses and special stress is being laid to uplift poor, women, youth, farmers, border people and downtrodden sections of the society. He appealed the people to take benefit of various welfare schemes including Ladli Beti, AASRA, State Marriage Assistance Scheme and other financial assistance schemes being implemented by both state and central governments. He assured them that their genuine grievances would be redressed in a time bound manner.