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  • Declares open Lt Thakur Dass Memorial Cricket tourney


JAMMU:  Saying that sports activities play vital role in keeping the mind and physique healthy and strong, theMinister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary urged upon the youth to vigorously participate in the sports activities. The Minister was speaking at a function organized in connection with the inauguration of Shaheed Lieutenant Thakur DassMemorial Cricket Tournament at Akhnoor today.


MLA, Khour Dr. Krishan Lal Bhagat, MLA Akhnoor Rajeev Sharma, Commissioner Secretary, Youth services & Sports Hilal Parray, Chief Engineer, PHE Jammu, Executive Director, Communication& Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) besides large numbers of sports lovers were present on the occasion. Paying rich tribute to Shaheed Lieutenant Thakur Dass, the Minister said that the Martyr Thakur Dass was the valiant son of the soil who attained martyrdom at Indo-Pak border. He asked the youth to learn from the soldiers who sacrifice their lives while safeguarding the territory of the Country.


The Minister said that the aim of organizing the tournament was to promote the sports interest among youth and sensitize people about the importance of preservation of water resources and its judicious use. Highlighting the importance of sports in life, Sham Choudhary said that sports besides help in enhancing personality and developing leadership quality, it also inculcates sense of responsibility, quick decision, team spirit and sense of competition to deal with success and failure with positive spirit.


Referring to availability of ample sports potential among youth of the state, the Minister said that there is need to channelize it to right directions for nation building. He said that the State has produces ace players in different sports, saying that the players from State in different sports have brought laurels to the State by clinching medals at National and International levels, he added.

The Minister said that the government has taken various initiatives to strengthen sports infrastructure in the state. He said that the UnionGovernment has   provided Rs. 200 crore under PMDP for developing sports infrastructure in the State. He said that the government is working on to develop MA Stadium Jammu and Bakshi Stadium Srinagar on international standard.   He said that the work on sports stadium Akhnoor is nearing completion and would be dedicated to people with necessary sports paraphernalia for the convenience of players and budding sports personnel of the area. The government is also mulling to develop sports stadium at Pallanwala to promote sports activities in the area, he maintained.  

Taking pledge to work for preservation and saving water resources, the Minister sought peoples’ cooperation in this regard.  He said that the mandate of the PHE department is to provide potable water to the people of the state and it is possible when everyone will work wholeheartedly in this direction. The 10-day cricket tournament organized by Akhnoor Sports Club and sponsored by Communication & Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) of Department of PHE, Irrigation and flood Control will be played on knock-out basis. As many as 8 teams including 3 from Jammu, 3 from Akhnoor and one each from Khour and Jourian area are participating in the tourney and the final of the tournament will be played on the same venue. Earlier, the Minister along with other dignitaries was introduced with the players. The inaugural match was played between Singh Cricket Club and Jourian Cricket Club. Singh Cricket Club won the toss and decided to field first.

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  • 11th Christmas Gold Cup Football Tournament commences

JAMMU: Minister of State for Education, Culture and Tourism Priya Sethi on Sunday called for more participation of younger generation in sporting activity and asks the youth to take up sports to lead a healthy and disciplined life.The Minister was speaking during inaugural ceremony of 11th Christmas Gold Cup Football Tournament at GGM Science College here today. The tournament was organized by All J&K Christian Welfare Association under J&K Football Association. Priya said that India is the nation of young people and there is no better medium than sports for channelizing the young energies in a right direction.

Emphasizing on the important role of private sports organizations in promoting sports talents, Priya called for synergy between the government and private organizations for growth of sports in State that will ultimately result in scouting sports talents and providing them a better platform for honing their skills. “Such tournaments encouraged and lay platform for local players to play at higher levels,” she added.

Highlighting Government’s several initiatives, the Minister said that various reformative steps are being taken up by the Government for providing necessary sports facilities and opportunities to nurture the sports talent in the State, the Minister maintained.

“Government will carry forward its resolve in the upcoming years for upgrading the sports infrastructure in the State,” the Minister said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address from Mann Ki Baat programme, the Minister said that it is important to encourage youth to play football as it is one of the world’s biggest and most watched sports. With India hosted the FIFA U-17 world cup has certainly encouraged more youngsters in the country to see a bright future in this sport. She welcomed the initiative of government for launching Mission 11 million that aimed towards taking the game to 12,000 schools in 37 cities across the country.

The Minister praised the organizers for conducting such type of events which will help the sports persons to further improve their talent. She also interacted with the players and wished them a great success. Organizers hailed the Minister for encouraging the sport.

Prominent among others who were present on the occasion were Director Radio Kashmir Jammu, Anjali Sharma, Rev. Udai Singh, Presbyter-in-charge St. Paul's Church, Jammu, Commandant, CRPF, Surinder Mehra, President ,JKFA, Zameer A Thakur, Vice-President JKFA, Surinder Singh Bunty, Ex-MLC S.M Gill, Fayaz Ahmed, David Don besides senior functionaries of Football association  along with various sports personalities.

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  • State-level football tourney concludes
  • Bali distributes prizes among players; Says Govt committed to promote sports culture in JK

JAMMU: The SPMR College of Commerce, Jammu today lifted the final trophy of the prestigious State level Football Tournament “Khelo Sehat Ke Liye", Play for Health, which was played between Government Degree College Sopore and SPMR College of Commerce here at the GGM Science College’s Ground. With this, the prestigious 4-month long football tournament organized by the State Health & Medical Education Department in collaboration with the J&K Sports Council & J&K Football Association has come to an end. The SPMR College defeated the rival Government Degree College Sopore team with 1-0 margin.


Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, who was Chief Guest of the tournament also participated in the game as player, gave away the trophies to the teams and cash prizes of Rs. 50,000/- to the winners and Rs. 25,000/- to the runners up. MLA, Rajesh Gupta was also present on the occasion as Guest of honor. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the sports play a vital role in the harmonious development of the youth and the Government has given priority to this sector and has taken various steps for the promotion of Sports activities in the State. The Union Government has been providing liberal funding for upgrading the existing and development of new infrastructure under the sector to facilitate the players so that they compete at different levels. The Department of Health & Medical Education, which is mandated with taking care of health of the people has initiated to give impetus to the sports activities, involving large number of youth, especially the college students across the State. He said that the sports not only keep the youth physically and mentally fit, but also inculcate the sense of team spirit, responsibility, discipline and patriotism that help to make one responsible citizens. The sports activities also help in keeping the youth away from the drugs addiction and various other social evils in the society, said the Minister.


Bali said that the initiative was also aimed at to provide opportunity to the budding players to showcase their talent which will help them to make their way at the national and inter-national level. He said the football is the popular sports in the State, especially in the Kashmir Valley and hoped that more and more youth will participate in the sports activities in the coming times. He said that Government was making all out efforts to develop sports stadia in every nook and corner of the State to facilitate the sports persons.

He expressed gratitude to the organizers for managing the tournament nicely and wished the players great success in future. He said the Health Department will continue to organize such tournaments in future as well and involve large number of youth in the sports. He conveyed his special thanks to the J&K Sports Council and J&K Football Association and State Level Nodal Officer of the tournament, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Rather for their relentless efforts to make this tournament a great success.

Earlier, the Minister met the players and handshake with them. On the occasion, the Minister also announced the prestigious Pt. Prem Nath Dogra Football Gold Cup Tournament which will be played at the same venue from 20 to 31 January, 2018 to give further impetus to the sports activities in Jammu division. Several departmental teams from J&K and other States will participate in this important event.

Rajesh Gupta highlighted the importance of the sports in the day-to-day life of people and said that everyone must take part in some sports to keep mentally as well as physically fit in life. He congratulated the Minister and other organizers for such a wonderful state-wide tournament. He also congratulated the players for showing best sports spirit and wished them great success ahead.

Project Director, J&K AIDS Control Society, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Rather, who was Nodal Officer of the tournament while briefing about the activities of the event said that the Department of Health & Medical Education took initiative to organize such a mega tournament to give an impetus to the sports activities in the state. He said it was the brainchild of the Health Minister, Bali Bhagat, who himself is a good football player and participated in many tournaments as players in past.

 During this lengthy tournament, as many as 44 matches were played in almost all districts of the State, wherein degree colleges of these districts have participated and showed great enthusiasm. In Valley the sports lover turned in a large number to witness the matches, as football is the most popular game in Kashmir. Prominent among those present on the occasion included, Principal, GMC, Jammu, Secretary Technical (H&ME),  Director Family Welfare, J&K, Mission Director, NHM, MD, JKMSCL, State President, Football Association, Z.A. Thakur, large number of doctors, para-medics, college/school students and other sports lovers.