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UDHAMPUR: With an aim to bring in communal harmony and to inculcate sportsman spirit amongst the students, the Indian Army conducted a ‘Carrom Competition’ at Gulabgarh, Reasi on 20 Dec 18 . The competition saw whole hearted participation from the school students.

The event proved to be another step in augmenting the Army’s efforts to promote positive youth development through sports and thereby provide a platform to showcase the hidden talent of local populace, especially the youth. A total of 90 students participated in the competition. Prizes were distributed to the students who scored top three positions.

The locals expressed their gratitude towards Indian Army for organising such events to motivate the youth of the region.

Meanwhile: With an aim to bring in communal harmony and to inculcate sportsman spirit amongst the students of Rajouri District, the Indian Army organised a ‘Inter School Sports Competition’ at Khawas on 20 Dec 18. The event provided impetus to the Army’s efforts to promote positive development amongst the students through sports and also provide a competitive platform to showcase their talent.

A total of 600 students from five schools namely Kotranka, Khawas, Samote, Draj, Luni Darman of Rajouri District participated in the competition. Various events like 100 Mtr race, Kabaddi, Spoon Race, Debate and Painting were conducted during the competition. The event brought to fore the raw talent available among the students in the region, especially from the remote areas and gave them the opportunity to compete. Winners in all categories were felicitated which included award for the Best Competitor.

The Principals of all five Schools and Sarpanhes of villages expressed gratitude towards the Army in its endeavours to motivate the youth of the region and usher-in bonhomie.

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JAMMU: The 64th National School Games Cricket championship under-19 for Boys commenced today at K.C. Cricket Ground, Jammu. The championship was inaugurated by Secretary Youth Services & Sports and Information, Sarmad Hafeez. The tournament is being organized by Youth Services & Sports Department under the aegis of School Games Federation of India.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary YS&S expressed his happiness for overwhelming participation of 29 teams from all over the country in the games. He said sports play a critical role in personality development and in health and career as well. He enjoined upon the players to play in the true spirit of the game. He assured that every effort shall be made to ensure that the players, as well as managers and coaches, are comfortable during their stay in Jammu.

He said such events provide best opportunity to the youth from across the country to interact with each other and know about varied cultures. Overall 462 players are participating in the tournament for which five cricket grounds have been arranged. On the inaugural day today, 10 matches were played. Bashir Ahmad, Joint Director, YS&S Kashmir, Madan Lal, Joint Director, YS&S Jammu, Principal, K.C. Public School, Observer SGFI, District Youth Services & Sports Officers of the Department and Managers/ Coaches of all the teams were present at the inaugural ceremony.

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  • Advisor Kumar interacts with sportspersons representing Forest Dept in games
  • Also visits Manda Deer Park; Briefed about wildlife species kept in Zoo area

JAMMU: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar interacted with the sports persons of the Forest Department and its allied wings during his visit to the office of Chief Wildlife Warden, here today. These sportspersons are the part of the contingent representing the State Forest department in 24th All India Forests Sports Meet – 2019 from January 09-13th at Raipur in Chhattisgarh.

Commissioner Secretary Forests Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Chairman JKSPCB Ravi Kesar, Director Soil & Water Conservation P K Singh, Director SFRI O P Sharma, CCF Eco-Tourism J Frankoi, Director Social Forestry Suresh Gupta, Special Secretary Technical Ramesh Kumar, Director Forest Protection Force Asif Mahmood, Secretary JKSPCB B M Sharma, Regional Wildlife Warden Tahir Shawl and other concerned officers were present on the occasion.

The Advisor was briefed regarding the contingent and the games in which these sportspersons are participating. It was told that the players are taking part in group as well individual games including cricket, football, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, swimming, billiards, snooker, shooting etc during 5 day long national level sports meet. While interacting with the sportspersons, the Advisor enquired about the selection/training process, facilities they have been provided, their past performances and other issues need to be resolved for ensuring better performance in the future.

The sportspersons during interaction session raised the issue of monetary benefits to the sportspersons performed exceptionally well and have won medals in national and international sports events. They also requested for out of turn promotion to such player for boosting their morale. It was told that many of the players participating in the games are working in the department on contractual basis and they need to be regularized keeping in mind their contribution in bringing laurels to the state as well as department.

The Advisor while addressing the sportspersons assured them that every possible step would be taken to felicitate such sportspersons. He asked Commissioner Secretary Forests to look into the issue and come up with a workable plan. Further it was decided that the players who have done exceptionally well in national and international sports events should be provided all support through JK Sports Council.

The Advisor asked the department to provide sports kits including uniform and other accessories to the members of the contingent. He gives best wishes to the sports persons and expressed hope that they will do well in the games and bring more medals for the state this year. Earlier, the Advisor visited Manda Deer Park and took round of the Zoo area to review the wildlife related activities. Regional Wildlife Warden during the visit, briefed him about the wildlife animals, other species which are kept in the Zoo in semi-wild condition.

While taking round to the animal enclosures, snake chambers and bird aviaries, the Advisor sought details of diet that is being provided to the animals, their behavior in the enclosures and medical facilities that are available in the Zoo. He asked for providing diet to the animals as per the chart and regularly keeping eye on their health.

The Advisor also visited the Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) established outside the Zoo area where information regarding wildlife species that are found in the state is displayed for the information of the visitors. Here, the Advisor was informed about the all kind of species including wild animals, reptiles, birds etc. Several wildlife articles which are in possession with the department and are kept in NIC including antler of Chital, skull of monkey, eggs of Emu & Pea Hen, fetus of leopard cat & Hog deer etc. were also shown to the Advisor.