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JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik today inaugurated 64th  National School Games - Football U 17  (Boys), in a function organized here at BSF Sports Stadium, Paloura. In all, 37 teams from across India are participating in this 5 day Football tournament. Welcoming the participants to this Tournament, Governor noted that Football is a very popular game with followers around the world and it is also loved by people here in J&K.

He expressed his happiness in hosting teams from all over the country in this Tournament. Emphasizing the crucial importance of sports for ensuring physical well being and overall personality development of youngsters, the Governor observed that such Tournaments provide platform to the youngsters to showcase their talent and excel in their chosen sports besides giving chance to interact and know people from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds and inculcate in them the values of sharing, discipline and team spirit.

The Governor complimented the Department of Youth Services and Sports, J&K, for hosting this Football tournament and wished all the participating teams very best of their playing. He urged them to enjoy the playing as much as they can and take home good memories of the Tournament and their stay here. Earlier, the Governor Satya Pal Malik unfurled the School Games Federation of India’s Flag and took salute from  the marching contingents of the players. A colorful cultural programme was presented on the occasion.

Sh. K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor welcomed the participating teams and gave his best wishes to the players. Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director General YS&S and Organising Secretary of the Tournament presented a Welcome Address and Sh. Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary YS& S presented Vote of Thanks on the occasion.  Sh. Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu and Sh. Ram Awtar, IG BSF were present on the occasion.

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JAMMU: In a major achievement, the Jammu & Kashmir State created history under Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) by securing first position for the first time in Role Play Competition at National Level at NCERT, New Delhi. This magic was created by the students of GMS, Lehnu, Zone Tikri, District Udhampur under the guidance of Mr. Rohit Magotra.

The team had recently qualified for the National Level by winning State Level competition held recently at Jammu. The teams from all the States, Union Territories and RIEs of the Country participated in this category. The themes covered under this competition were Charms and Challenges of Adolescence, Healthy Relationship amongst Adolescence, Substance/ Drug Abuse, HIV/ AIDS- Stigmatization, Gender Equality, Beti Bachao - Beti Padhawo, Protection of Environment, Removal of Female Foeticide and Care & Respect for Elders.

The other team from J & K namely GGHSS, Nowabad, Jammu also participated in National Level Folk Song/ Dance Competition under the guidance of   Poonam Gupta. Virtually, Adolescence Education Program is being run by J&K State BOSE, implemented and sponsored by NCERT, New Delhi under the guidance, supervision and leadership of Prof. Veena Pandita, Chairperson/ Patron, JKBOSE,  Riyaz Ahmad   Secretary/ Honarary Director, JK BOSE, Dr. Farooq Ahmed Peer, Director/ State Project Director, Dr. Yasir Hamid Sirwal, Assistant Director/ State Project Coordinator.

On this occasion Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director NCERT, New Delhi was the Chief Guest who vehemently highlighted the importance of Adolescence Education in the present contemporary era and said that the adolescents see the challenges before them in fresh ways and are responding with enthusiasm and imagination. Besides, Major Harsh Kumar, Joint Director/Secretary, NCERT, who was the Guest of Honour, in his thought provoking speech, said that the world clearly needs the energy, participation and skills of adolescents. Prof. Saroj Yadav, Dean Academics and National Project Coordinator NAEP, thoroughly inspired the participants with her matured perceptions and thought provoking speech on adolescence education and appreciated the remarkable efforts of J&K State BOSE for taking this program to the new heights.

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Sqay Association conducted selection trials at Indoor Stadium Srinagar to pick the State team for participation in 19th National Junior / Senior Athletics Championship to be held at Panchkula Haryana from 25th to 27th January  2019. The trials were held under the supervision of J&K State Sports Council. Over 300 athletes drawn from various districts of the State took part in the trials. Thr selected players have to go through screening on 22 nd December 2018 conducted by J&K Sports Council. Mr M A Hakak Joint Director Information  Kashmir, Grandmaster Mir Nazir Ahmad were present on the function. Mr M A Hakak highlighted the importance of the sports and hailed the efforts of Grand Master Mir Nazir Ahmad for the upliftment of sports activities in the State.