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JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh inaugurated two-day J&K State Athletic Championship at Jammu University, here this afternoon. The Championship, organized by School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) a Non-Government Organisation in collaboration with Ministry for Sports and Youth Affairs and Ministry of Human Resource Development GOI, saw participation  of  320 students from  27 schools of the state.

 

Interacting with the players, the Minister highlighted the need of extra-curricular activities for overall personality development of the students. He said sports should be made an integral part of course curriculum so that the students not only excel academically but also remain physically and mentally fit. Choudhary Lal Singh said that Government has taken several steps for strengthening and upgrading sports infrastructure in the State. He said sports complexes would be constructed at block level and every Panchayat would have a sports field.

Earlier, the Minister formally declared the 2-day Athletic championship open by unfurling the SSPF  flag. Assistant Director SSPF Ravi Shankar Pandit gave a resume of the Athletic Championship and said that the winning teams of the championship would be sent to Maharashtra for competitions. Later, the Minister chaired a meeting with State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) officials to review the status of implementation of ban on polythene in the state. He directed the officers to take strict action against polythene smuggling adding that Government has formulated an action plan to take polythene smugglers to task.

 

Chairman SPCB B Sidhartha, Regional Director SPCB Ch Showkat Ali besides other senior officers of SPCB attended the meeting. The Minister said that strict guidelines have been issued to the officers at Lakhanpora, Lower Munda toll posts for keeping an eye on the smuggling of polythene across the State. He said that similar instructions have been issued to the industrial units for restricting manufacturing of polythene bags. He said that units not complying with the State Pollution Control Board guidelines would be dealt sternly as per the law. Choudhary Lal Singh further said that instructions have already been passed to the concerned officers to launch a massive anti-polythene smuggling campaign across the State.

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SRINAGAR: Innayutullah Khan has been selected ‘Power man of the year’ 2018 by Jammu Kashmir Power Lifting Association. An event in this regard was organized at Indoor Stadium here in Kashmir capital Srinagar that was participated by 183 power lifters.  Bilal Ahmed Rah who organized the event told CNS that 60 power lifters bagged positions while it was Innayutullah Khan who bagged the power man of the year-2018 title. “Those who bagged top position were selected for Nationals,” Rah who bagged Strongest Man title in 2012 added.

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JAMMU: Taekwondo Association of Jammu and Kashmir under the banner of Taekwondo Federation of India, Lucknow led by its State President & BJP State Additional Treasurer, Arvind Gupta in the presence of BJP State Vice-President Parmod Kapahi held a Press Conference at Press Club elaborating about the recent achievement of State Taekwondo Team, who has brought laurels to the State at the National Championship held at Lucknow.

While addressing, Arvind Gupta said that the 37th official National Taekwondo championship 2017/18 held at Kolkata from 8th January 2018 to 10th January 2018, venue (Eden Gardan Kshudi Ram Anushilan Kendra Stadium) under the banner of Taekwondo Federation of India (Lucknow). In this championship 37 players from J&K participated in this championship and got 19 Medals under different weight categories.

While giving details of the feast, Gupta said that in the National Competition of Khyorigi/Poomse (pee Wee/Sub-Junior/Junior/Senior) out of these gold medallist girls are Antriksha Rekhi, Komal Dhiman, Vidushi Verma, Laxmi Salaria. Silver medallist girls are Palak Dhiman, Arunakshi Sharma, Bronze medallist girls are Khushi Sharma, Aaditi Arora, Rishika Bhat. Gold Medallist boys are Devank Sharma, Karan Chopra, Rajat. Silver medallist boys are Samaksh Sharma, Kartik Sharma. Bronze Medallist boys are Karanjeet Singh, Atul Manhas, Surya Krish, Rahul Magotra, Aman Sharma.

 

Arvind Gupta, while putting light on the history of the game said that this is the National game of South Korea and was first demonstrated in the Olympics in 1988 followed by its introduction in Olympics in 2000. He said that it has around 70 million participants around the globe and presently proudly hoards the strength of 4 million Black Belts. He said that it has 4 categories of men and women i.e. 67-above 80 and 47-67 respectively. He also said that J&K team has got great achievement and he also said that 2018 open National Championship will held in Jammu (J&K), while requesting the State Government to consider for its introduction in whole of Jammu & Kashmir at a greater level and particularly for girls as it happens to be a great weapon for self protection as well.