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PATNITOP: Director Tourism Jammu, R. K Varma  inaugurated the carnival  here  today to  promote adventure tourism in the picturesque winter resort of Patnitop. The two day Winter Carnival is being organised by the Department of Tourism Jammu.  Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism said  such programme would go a long way to attract more tourists and winter sports lovers to the picturesque destination of  Patnitop.


It was informed that a variety of events would be include in such festivals for the benefit of sportsmen and charm of tourists and spectators. He said that along with Tourism fraternity there is also a special contributions from Patnitop Development Authority and Hotel Association Patnitop who actively participated in the programme.  During the carnival various winter sports activities like fun skiing, sledging & tug of war   were organized at Nathatop.


Later, Department of Tourism also gave mementoes to the participants of different sports activities. Joint Director Tourism, Dr. Nirupa Rai ,Chief Executive Officer, PDA, Dr. Raman Kesar, Deputy Director Tourism, Mrs. Veenakshi Koul, Officers of Tourism and Patnitop Development Authority, were present on the occasion.





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JAMMU: The Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. K. Rajendra Kumar today felicitated 19 sports person of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who have shown outstanding performance in different disciplines during the year 2014. Speaking on the felicitation function held at Armed Police Complex here today, Mr. Rajendra highlighted the importance of sports in the physical and mental development of youth.


Mr Rajendra said that JKP is contributing overwhelmingly towards promotion of sports in the state. Various sports events are organised in all districts of the state, providing a competitive platform for the budding players to showcase their talent, he added. Mr. Rajendra said that JKP, besides its professional policing, has been organising many sports tournaments to nurture younger talent within and outside the organisation. “Our efforts have been yielding good results and the sports persons of JKP have proven their mettle at national and international levels, bringing laurels for the nation”, the DGP said.


The sports persons felicitated include wushu coach,  Kuldeep Handoo, volleyball coach, Sajjad Hussain, boxing coach, Satyakam Sharma, international fencer, Rashid Ahmad, Mountaineers, Ram Singh and Stanzin Youthok, wrestling coach, Om Prakash, international kayaks, Zahoor Ahmad, Adil Mohi-u-Din and Pervez Ahmad, water sports coach, Farooq Ahmad, wrestlers Binia Amin and Roshan Sharma, lady pugilists,  Khalida Bano, Anju Bala, Asha Jamwal, Rajni Devi, Wushuist Kamal Kishore and power lifting player Manoj Singh.


Earlier, the ADGP (Armed), Mr. S. M. Sahai thanked the DGP for felicitating the sports person and said that it would encourage them for future events.  Among others, the function was attended by ADsGP, Mr. SP Vaid and VK Singh, IsGP, Dr. B Srinivas, Mr. AK Choudhary, HK Lohia, Deepak Kumar, SJM Gillani, Yoginder Koul, Mr. Muneer Ahmad Khan and SL Sharma, AIsGP, Sheikh Junaid Mehmood, Rajeshwar Singh, Tahir Sajjad and Kulbir Singh, SO to ADGP Armed, Javaid Ajmed Mattoo and other police officers.


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JAMMU: Detailed deliberation with regard to the much awaited New Sports Policy for JKP was held at a meeting of Police Sports Promotion Board at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here today. The meeting was chaired by Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. K. Rajendra Kumar. Addressing the meeting, Mr. Rajendra disclosed that the new policy aims to promote sports in the Organization and bring changes in the sports arena of the Organization, when adopted. He said that JKP has been focusing on promoting sports culture within and outside the organization and has cultivated talent in various disciplines.

“Our sports personnel have excelled at National and International levels. Their performance in sports arena has made the organization proud”, Mr. Rajendra said.   During the meeting various issues related to the promotion of sports in the Organization including budget, infrastructure requirements, play grounds, incentives for outstanding sportsmen and recruitment of sports person under SRO-349 were discussed.

Mr. Rajendra emphasized for a comprehensive policy to encourage the sports person, who excel at national and international level. He also asked for introducing incentives to motivate sportsmen and coaches for their recruitment in the Organization under the new policy. The salient features of new policy including enhancing sports infrastructure, introduction of special training courses, recruitment of outstanding sports persons and coaches in different ranks came under discussion.

The new policy focuses on establishing hi-tech gyms with latest machinery and physiotherapy centers, multipurpose halls with modern dimensions to promote indoor games like boxing, basketball, kabbady, wushu and judo, indoor and outdoor firing ranges at Srinagar and Jammu. It also stresses for latest equipments approved by Federations of Sports, kits to sports personnel after every two years, raising sports infrastructure in police public schools at twin capital cities and deployment of central sports coaches for imparting training to the students for their further induction in police central teams. The students participating in the training courses would be provided sports kits and stipend on the same analogy as sports authority of India, the policy adds.

Likewise reservation for direct appointment of outstanding sports persons up to the rank of Inspector, based on merit and qualification, direct recruitment for outstanding sports personnel as constables, who excelled at national and international events and open recruitment of SPOs under sports category as and when observed during any state and national level competitions. It provides for recruitment of outstanding coaches in different sports events, fitness trainers and support staff for all teams. Allowances for the outstanding players, who secure medals or participate in the official international championship on the same analogy as central police organizations, would be an important feature of the policy.

ADGP (Armed), Mr. S. M. Sahai, apprised the meeting about various features included in the new sports policy for promoting sports cultural in the Organization. He also briefed about present status of infrastructure in the Organization. Mr. Rajendra appreciated the efforts and interest of ADGP armed and other Board members for drafting the new sports policy. He said that the policy was a requirement to strengthen sports infrastructure and promote sports within the organization. He asked to undertake the sports activities throughout the year in different disciplines. He said that a central cricket and snow ski teams would be formed under the new policy.

The meeting was attended by ADsGP, SP Vaid and VK Singh, IsGP, Dr. B Srinivas, AK Choudhary, HK Lohia, Deepak Kumar, SJM Geelani, MS Salaria, MA Khan, Rajesh Kumar, Mukesh Singh, Danish Rana and SL Sharma, AIsGP, Sheikh Junaid Mahmood, Rajeshwar Singh, Tahir Sajjad and Kulbir Singh and other members of the Board.