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SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra inaugurated the Inter State Football Academy - Football League Phase-II at the Astro Turf, Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar, today. Sh. K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor, Sh. Parvez Ahmed, Chairman J&K Bank, Sh. Mohammad Javed Khan, Commissioner Youth Services and Sports were present on the occasion. Governor interacted with the teams of football players who have come from various districts of Kashmir Division to participate in this Tournament. He congratulated the SFA for taking the initiative of organising this Competition.

Highlighting the crucial importance of sports for the holistic development of youth, Governor emphasised the need to provide adequate opportunities for school and college students participating in sports activities. He observed that all sports activities engendered discipline and prizes won in sports competitions boost the self-confidence of the players and athletes.

Governor urged Sh. K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor to see that tournaments are organised throughout the year, in all the three regions of the State and to ensure that all shortcomings in  the path of sports promotion are remedied on most immediate basis. He asked Advisor to take all measures required for enabling successful organisation of the national level football competition in Srinagar, due to be held in September this year. Sh. Mehraj Ud Din Wadoo, International Footballer highlighted the programmes and achievements of the SFA

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SONAMARG: The J&K Bharat Scouts and Guides held their 9th District Camporee at Thajiwas, Sonamarg, the first batch of which got concluded today. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Director Disaster Management, Aamir Ali. 198 boy scouts, from 11 schools and 150 girl guides, from 8 schools, participated in the camp. During the camp the participants were imparted training in disaster preparedness, skill development, making of knots, hiking, cooking, flag hoisting, tent pitching etc. They also participated in cultural activities like Naats, songs, drawing,

The participating schools included, Government Higher Secondary School, Chattabal, Government Girls Higher Secondary School Khanyar, Green Valley Education Institute, Kashmir Harward Educational Institute, Legends Public School, Bonnivent English Medium School, Oak Hill Public School, International Educational School, Tiny Tots, Fable Educational School, Sheikh-ul-Alam Educational Institute, USA Open Rover, USA Units Scouts etc.

Speaking on the occasion the Director Disaster Management implored the children to follow principles of scouting, so that they become, responsible citizens. The training on disaster preparedness was imparted by the NDRF Team, under the command of Inspector SundhirBahuguna. The NDRF team is temporarily stationed at Baltal for Amarnathji Yatra. The Guest of Honour was M.A. Tramboo, State Organising Commissioner Bharat Scouts and Guides. Others who spoke were P.R. Kotwal Camp Organiser, Camp Director Imran Khan. The participating children were distributed awards and mementoes for various events and activities.

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JAMMU: The final match of JKCA Premier Championship of District Samba has been played at GGM Science College Hostel ground which was organized by Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) JKCA, Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the tournament while Sham SaroopKalsotra and Goutam Singh Jamwal were the guests of honour.

Retired Judge Jang Bahadur Singh Jamwal along with other dignitaries and members of Samba District Organizing Committee were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari said that winning and losing are part of the game, adding that it is losing which makes one perfect to win. He said that the tournament has been organized in all the districts in which young and experienced cricketers participated.

The final match was played between Brigadier Rajinder Singh Cricket Club (BRCC) and Shahid Cricket Club (SCC) in which SCC outplays BRCC to lift title. Batting first, BRCC managed to score a modest total of 101 runs in the stipulated 25 overs. In reply, Shahid Cricket Club chased the target easily in 17.4 overs, losing 5 wickets and won the match.