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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.

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  • Over 100 players participate in swimming, cycling, hiking, running

SRINAGAR: The department of Tourism Kashmir Sunday organized first of its kind Srinagar Adventure Race as part of its Valley Weekend programme. Director Tourism Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah flagged off the race at 6 am at Water Sports Center at Nigeen, which saw participation of around 100 youth affiliated with many adventure sports associations. The adventure race started with 500 meters of swimming at Nigeen Lake followed by 15 km of cycling from Nigeen Club to Zabarwan Park via foreshore road, 1 km of hiking from Zabarwan Park to Shankaracharya hill top and 5 km road running downhill from Shakracharya to the finishing line at Zabarwan Park.

Muzamil Hussain of JK Adventure Sports Club finished first while as Suhaib ul Mehraj of Jammu and Kashmir Mountain Biking Club, Suhail Nisar of JK Adventure Sports Club, Nawab Moazum Khan of Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Hiking Club and Dr. Amin Rishi of Jammu and Kashmir Mountain Biking Association bagged other four positions respectively. Director Tourism Kashmir distributed prizes and certificates to the winners and the participants at Zabarwan Park.

While hailing the youth for their active involvement in the sports activities, Mahmood A Shah said the department is committed to providing facilities and right platform to the youth in all games. He said triathlon events were rarely held in Kashmir and by organizing this event the department want to revive such adventure games. He said local youth have lot of talent but they need the right platform to hone their skills and showcase their talent.

“This event was just the beginning and we will organize more such events and at large scale in which the athletes will have to cover more distance. This will give them right platform to prepare for national and international events,” said Director Tourism Kashmir. Notably, the department of tourism provided every facility including mountain bikes to most of the participants and also trained them in swimming at Nigeen club ahead of the event.

The department trained over 500 youth in swimming in all age groups at Nigeen Club over the past few years. The department provided free coaching with all the lifesaving equipment like life wests so that participants learn swimming without taking any risks. Director tourism also urged the participants to take care of the water bodies and desist from littering disposables. The sports activities are part of the tourism department’s Valley Weekend programme in which it organizes musical and cultural events on every Saturday evening and next day on Sunday organizes sports and other tourism related activities. The aim of the programme is to provide entertainment to the tourists and engage locals in sports activities.