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REASI: The 4th National White Water River Rafting Championship organised by the Directorate of Tourism, Jammu culminated on Sunday. At the concluding ceremony, winners were felicitated. About 106 athletes participated in the three-day events in which all top positions were bagged by teams of Indian Army.

General Officer Commanding, Uniform Force, Major General Dheeraj Seth lauded the efforts of the Directorate of Tourism, Jammu for organising adventure activities in the region and exhorted for conducting more such activities for enthusiasts and tourists as well. He also extended cooperation by the Army in organising such events in future.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Indu Kanwal Chib complimented Directorate of Tourism, Jammu for organising the event and stressed upon conducting more such events in Reasi, to explore the potential of the region. Later on, she presented trophies to the winning teams. Cultural programme showcasing Dogra heritage were also presented on the occasion. Rendition of Bhaakh, by Asha Kesar, was the highlight of the show and was appreciated by giving a standing ovation.

Director Tourism, Jammu OP Bhagat  in his address  highlighted the different initiatives  taken by Directorate of Tourism, Jammu and thanked  all the participants for their enthusiasm in addition to complementing the efforts of all stake holders in making this prestigious  national event a grand success. Joint Director Tourism, Shokat Malik; CEO SMDA, Nagendra Jamwal; CEO BDA, Rajinder  Khajuria, Deputy Tourism Tourism, Ansuya Jamwal were among others were also present on the occasion.

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JAMMU: Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring Department, Rohit Kansal, inaugurated the 4th National White Water River Rafting Championship in Reasi today. The championship is being organised by Directorate of Tourism, Jammu on Chenab River at Baradari, Reasi from March 15 to 17. Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Indu Kanwal Chib and Director Tourism, Jammu, OP Bhagat was also present at the event.

In order to promote Adventure Tourism in the region, the event was organized wherein 13 teams registered and put their boats into river for getting themselves acclimatized with cold Chenab water and prepare well for the challenge. The day's race was conducted on a stretch of 12 kilometres- from Baradari, Reasi to Dera Baba Banda Bahadur.  The event culminated with bonfire and musical evening at TRC, Baradari, Reasi.

The purpose of organising this event was to promote Adventure Tourism in District Reasi which has a number of scenic places and landscapes providing lot of opportunities for such activities. This, in addition to providing employment opportunities for unemployed youth associated directly or indirectly with these activities.   

Kansal said that such activities at frequent intervals would give due publicity to the other tourist resorts in the vicinity like Bhimgarh Fort; Reasi, Dera Baba Banda Bahadur; Siarh Baba and Shiv Khori in district Reasi. Director Tourism said that the Directorate is receiving number of applications from youths interested in starting similar adventure activities like Paragliding, Zorbing, Zip-lining, Trekking, Hiking and other activities in the region. Among others present were Deputy Director Tourism, Ansuya Jamwal, Assistant Director Tourism Katra, Umesh Shan and officials from the Directorate of Tourism, Jammu.

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SRINAGAR: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) called Kashmir's 16-year-old pacer, Mujtaba Yousuf for trials as the franchise looks to find the replacement for Shivam Mavi who was ruled out of the tournament owing to an injury. According to reports in Sportskeeda, the franchise has called Yousuf for trials on Sunday, a week before they play their first game in the upcoming IPL against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata.

The Dinesh Karthik-led side had lost to the same opponents in the qualifier last year to miss out from playing their third final of the tournament. Yousuf, who is from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, made his debut for Jammu and Kashmir recently in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament after doing well in U-19 cricket. The left-arm medium pacer has picked three wickets in six matches in the tournament with the best figure of one for 17 against Nagaland. He has also attended a couple of sessions at the National Cricket Academy in the past to sharpen his cricketing skills.