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  • Governor witnesses the final event

SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra witnessed the final match in the 16th J&K Police Martyr’s Memorial Football Tournament 2018, organized by the Armed Police Headquarters at Tourist Reception Ground, Srinagar this evening. 34 teams from all over the State participated in this10 day Tournament. Governor witnessed the final match which was played between the J&K State Power Development Corporation and the J&K Bank. In this action-packed final event, the winner was decided through sudden – death penalties.

Dr. S.P. Vaid, DGP and Chairman of the Tournament; Sh. Parvez Ahmed, Chairman of J&K Bank; senior officers of the Police, officers of the J&K Sports Council and members of the J&K Football Association, besides a huge gathering of spectators, were present on the occasion. On arrival at the Stadium the Governor visited the J&K Police Martyr’s Gallery and offered floral tributes to the martyrs.

Complimenting the Winning and the Runner Up Teams, Governor observed that J&K has a very talented pool of players and stressed the crucial importance of the best arrangements and opportunities being provided to the players. He expected the State Sports Department and the Sports Council to join hands in ensuring the establishment of  high class infrastructure, through-out the year tournaments, and making available world class coaching facilities to all the upcoming players. He noted that if given appropriate facilities, along with a peaceful environment, we would see many national and international sport stars emerging from the State.

Governor complimented J&K Police for organising this successful Tournament and giving opportunity to the youth to showcase their talent. The Man of the Match was awarded to Nirdosh Koul from the winning team.

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BANDIPORA: A week long Provincial Level Inter-District (PLID) Volleyball Competitions (Boys/Girls) Under-14, 17 and 19 concluded at S K Sports Stadium, here today. SSP Bandipora Sheikh Zulfikar Azad was the chief guest on the occasion while as, Deputy Director Youth Services and Sports, Kashmir, Haji Mirza and Chief Education Officer, Munshi Javid were also present on the occasion.

The competition was organized by the Department of Youth Services & Sports and was inaugurated by District Development Commissioner (DDC) Bandipora, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on 25th of July, 2018. About 326 boys and 300 girls from different Teams of 11 districts including Kargil were participated in these Competitions. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest congratulated the students for participating in the competitions. He said sports are a best activity which can groom the hidden talent of the youth and said that the government puts all-out efforts to channelize the sports talent of the youth of the district.  He asked all stakeholders to work with in tandem to get the best results on ground.

Wishing best to the guest students of all districts, chief guest distributed track suits worth Rs 1.50 lakh among winners, runner ups and third position holders. The distribution of awards was announced by the DDC on the inaugural function. Earlier, the SSP also interacted with the players. Among others, DSPDR, A R Khan, Chairman M A College of Education, M R Bhat, officers and officials of YSS, ZEPOs, Coaches, Referees and IC activities Khursheed Ahmad Shah were attended the function.

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SRINAGAR: Tendering for outsourcing of the Golf maintenance and its club building at picturesque Pahalgam hill station of Kashmir has been unnecessarily delayed from last one year by the Department of Tourism. Authoritative sources told news agency CNS that the delay is being caused to favour an influential hotelier of Pahalgam who is known to be closer to every party and politician in power.

This hotelier who is an established encroacher at almost all the tourism spots of Kashmir according to sources had developed very close friendship with the top official of Tourism Department in the previous Government and used to throw tactful entertaining parties at Pahalgam specifically in return of the huge favours and perks which included the out of way allotment of the Golf course of Pahalgam along with its club building the tenders of which were mysteriously delayed because of the influence of this influential hotelier.

Some of the officials from the department on the condition of anonymity said that they had kept all the documentation and other necessary procedures ready but to their utter surprise this process was delayed multiple times without any reason and they finally found that delay is being caused to help this influential hotelier.

“We appeal to the Tourism Department and Governor Administration to initiate an enquiry and find out the truth behind this delay,” said a couple of traders and civil society members of Pahalgam. Chief Executive Officer Pahalgam Development Authority Mr Simnani admitted that there are some influential people who are causing delay but added that he will somehow get the job done in coming days.

“I have again submitted the data with the new Director who is the head of the outsourcing committee. I hope this time there will be no delay,” he said. Director Tourism, Tasaduq Jeelani couldn’t be contacted for his comments.