Union Minister of State for Sports Kiren Rijiju along with Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha inaugurated Khelo India State Centre of Excellence for rowing in Srinagar. Built at renowned Dal Lake, the centre will provide an opportunity to water sports enthusiasts in the region. Local residents and authorities believe that this centre will also play a key role in boosting adventure tourism. This is the second such centre with one in the fencing discipline already operating for a significant time now.
The first convocation of 31 students of National Institute of Fashion Technology Srinagar was held in Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre on April 09. Textiles Minister Smriti Irani was the chief guest on the occasion and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju was the Guest of Honour at institute's convocation. JandK Governor Manoj Sinha also attended the convocation via video conferencing from Jammu's Raj Bhawan. NIFT Srinagar offers two undergraduate courses in Fashion Design and Fashion Communication of four years respectively. It plays a vital role in providing exposure to students in order to enhance their creativity. Students were overjoyed with the convocation that took place amid pandemic.
With an aim to fortify the bond of love and communal harmony among the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a religious conference was organized at the Sher-e-Kashmiri Convention Centre in Srinagar city. Inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, the conference urged religious leaders to spread the message of peace and brotherhood among the citizens of the union territory. The Lieutenant Governor highlighted that Jammu and Kashmir is an ocean of spirituality and that multicultural harmony has always been one of the key features of the territory. The daylong conference witnessed the participation of around 550 religious leaders including Moulvis and Muftis with around 200 youngsters and 200 women. Representatives also discussed the role of religion in the betterment of society and how it can build strong connection among people of different faiths. Events like these not only spread a message of religious coexistence but also paves a way for building a peaceful and harmonious society.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha chaired a meeting of the Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board in Jammu on March 13. During the meeting, LG sought all necessary reports including medical facilities, weather conditions, accommodation, routes and more. The Amarnath Yatra will start from June 28.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department organised 'Shikara rally' in Dal Lake in Srinagar on the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on April 14. "Tourism organizes such rally as we are concerned about income of Shikara owners. There are approx 60 Shikaras here and we promote Shikara ride so that people come to Kashmir and enjoy the ride," said Abdul Razak, Shikara Owner. Director Tourism Kashmir, G N Itoo said, "Today 'Shikara Rally' has been organised in Dal Lake on the occasion of 130th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar in context of historical importance and also a message to the people as Dal Lake is a hub of tourism, people should come here and enjoy the ride."
In a seminar themed "Tapping the potential of Kashmir- Another Day in Paradise'' organized by the tourism department, MasterChef India winner Pankaj Bhadouria presented a live cooking demonstration. Students of Hotel Management (IHM) Srinagar and delegates from other countries including Kenya participated in the seminar. The program was organised by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Srinagar.
First female football academy, inaugurated in Srinagar, brought cheers to budding players. Lonestar Kashmir Football Club in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir football association started the academy. Football enthusiasts have enrolled themselves to learn the sport under proper guidance. The academy is all set to groom budding female footballers.
Halfway through the West Bengal Assembly polls, the Election Commission of India has got a new chief. On April 13, Sushil Chandra took charge as the 24th CEC, succeeding Sunil Arora. On the latter's last day in office, the EC barred Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours. Chandra became an Election Commissioner in 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He will now oversee voting in the remaining 4 phases in Bengal, as well as declaration of results of elections in 4 states and 1 Union Territory. Watch the full video for more.
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Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on April12 appealed to the youth of Union Territory to leave weapons and start advocating for the welfare of JandK. Underlining the Bodo peace talks in Assam, she also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not initiating similar peace deals in Kashmir. "We ask our nation to give us back what was snatched away from us. If you want people of Jammu and Kashmir, you'll have to reinstate our honour. There's no other way. I say this to my country. Why does BJP get angry when I say it? Will I ask from Pakistan? If PM Narendra Modi appeals to militants of Assam to join the mainstream and leave their weapons, if talks are held with Boro (Bodo), then what is the difficulty in doing the same in Jammu and Kashmir? Why is there no option besides jail? How long will this injustice continue?," said PDP chief. She further said, "Nobody will understand the language of weapons. If you present your views peacefully, the world will listen to you. If you speak language of guns you'll be killed and you'll gain nothing. I appeal to Jammu and Kashmir youth to leave weapons and talk. They'll have to listen one day."
Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, delivered a clear warning to other nations on April 9. Speaking at the convocation ceremony at Indian Institute of Management, Jammu, he said that the Union Territory is an integral part of India. Stating that India has the capability to solve its own problems, he asked other nations to refrain from commenting on the J&K dispute or other Indian issus, and instead focus on their own domestic problems. Watch the full video for more.
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Delhi's Health Minister Satyendar Jain on April 08 said that Union Territory Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written the Union government that vaccination should be opened for all. "Chief Minister had written to Centre that vaccination should be opened for all. We have made 2 more requests that vaccination should be allowed at least for all adults. Secondly, it should be allowed even at camp settings and not only at health care facilities," said Health Minister Jain.