With an aim to bring sports at grass-root levels and to nurture the young talent from far flung areas of Kashmir Valley Government of India has allocated Rs 4 crore each for construction of indoor sports stadiums in all the 22 districts of the Union territory. These stadiums would offer multi-utility sports facilities for the local youth to groom their talent. One such indoor sports stadium is being constructed at Tral area of Pulwama district of South Kashmir. The construction work is going on at full pace and will be completed soon. Construction work is being executed by engineering wing of sports council. Indoor stadiums will have facilities such as gymnasium, volleyball and badminton courts, and these projects have to be completed during the financial year 2019-2020. Local sportspersons appreciated this step taken by the Centre as it will help local talent to showcase their potential in the country and world stage.
Brigadier Vijay Mahadevan, Commander of 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, informed about the Tral encounter in which three terrorists were neutralised. "Yesterday evening, we received a specific intelligence input from Jammu and Kashmir Police about the presence of unidentified terrorists in the village Chiwa near Tral," informed Brigadier Vijay Mahadevan. "Today morning when terrorists tried to escape from a house they were neutralised in the gunfight. We attempted to induce their surrender but they refused. 3 terrorists were neutralised today morning. During this entire operation no civilians were injured or harm," the Brigadier added. The encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. Encounter took place at Chewa Ullar in Tral area of Awantipora on June 26.
District president of Budgam's BJP Other Backward Class Morcha Abdul Hamid Najar was fired upon by terrorists on August 09. He has been shifted to a hospital. Attack on BJP leaders have increased recently in the valley. Earlier BJP gram panchayat leader was shot dead in JandK's Kulgam. BJP-affiliated panchayat member, Arif Ahmad Khan, was also shot in Kulgam district.
With several reforms are underway after Jammu and Kashmir received the Union Territory status, Government has taken another initiative in developing a 5.25 km road from NH-1A 46th Delina to Singhpora in Baramulla district of North Kashmir. This developmental process of road construction is being executed under Prime Minister Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) at the cost of rupees 443.65 lacs . The Union Territory administration has taken this step under Pradhan Mantri Gram SadakYojna (PMGSY) scheme, benefitting the people living in rural area in commuting. Local residents of the area thanked the government of India, and government of Jammu and Kashmir for the developmental process.
Due to modern technology the age old traditional of Calligraphy art in Kashmir is dying and in order to preserve this, a Kashmiri girl Saima is taking keen interest to preserve the ages-old traditional Kashmiri art. Saima, who originally hails from Anantnag district of Kashmir valley, is presently living in Srinagar Raj Bagh area. Since childhood, Saima wanted to do something in Urdu Calligraphy art and in order to achieve her goal, she did a three years degree course in Urdu calligraphy from Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, a government institute in Srinagar. Calligraphy, which is known as "Khattati" in Persian and "Khusnavisi" in Urdu, is popular all over the world especially in Islamic countries. The art of calligraphy was so popular in Kashmir valley but lost its popularity with time.
The Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP), announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 for Jammu and Kashmir, has proved to be a breather for the farmers in the Union Territory as the horticulture department has set up apple orchards in Anantnag district to help increase the apple production. The department has lent a helping hand to an apple grower by giving him high-density apple plants under the PMDP which provides them nets, borewells and other facilities on subsidy. Under this scheme, growers are given high density plants, nets borewells and other facilities on subsidy. These high density plants yield good results with two years of planting the trees. Horticulture department recommended these high density plants for promotion of horticulture sector of Kashmir. The department also provides technical support to these growers for scientific layout of these new plantations.
The government has established COVID sampling screening centre along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at Lower Munda Qazigund in Anantnag district of South Kashmir. Presently, the migrant labourers who are working at brick kilns in Kashmir valley are allowed to enter the screening centre. Police along with the surveillance team are inquiring the visitors about their travel history.
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