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AQUATIC SPORTS: Omar calls for tapping, grooming raw talent in J&K

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Asks associations to formulate plans for kayaking, canoeing tourneys
Outlining the vast potential of J&K in aquatic sports, Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah has called for tapping raw talent of our youth and properly grooming it so that we produce sportspersons of national and international standard. He said nature has bestowed us with great water-bodies, which are ideal for hosting water sports on a bigger scale. The Chief Minister said this while chairing a meeting held at Srinagar today to discuss various issues pertaining to development of water-sports in the State. Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar, President, Kayaking and Canoeing Association, Dr. Mustafa Kamal, Legislators, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan, Mr. Abdul Gani Vakil, Mr. Mubarak Gul, Mr. Saifullah Mir, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi and Mr. Nasir Sogami, representing various water-sports associations of J&K and President, Hockey India, Treasurer, IOA and Organizing Committee, Commonwealth Games…

Developing border belts vital for State’s balanced growth

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Govt approves Rs.100 cr action plan under BADP The State Level Screening Committee today approved Rs.100-crore Action Plan under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) for the year 2009-10. The plan was approved in a meeting of the Committee, chaired by Chief Secretary, Mr. S. S. Kapur, at Srinagar today. Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Sadakant, Financial Commissioner, Planning, Mr. S. L. Bhat, Director, Centre-Sponsored Sector, Planning Department, GoI, Mr. Ravi Kumar, Financial Commissioner, Home, Mr. Samuel Verghese, Principal Secretary, PHE, Mr. Ashok Angurana, Commissioner/Secretary, Health, Mr. Atal Dulloo, Commissioner/Secretary, R&B, Mr. Mehboob Iqbal, Commissioner/Secretary, Forest, Mr. Shant Manu, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Secretary, Rural Development, Mr. M. S. Khan, Secretary, Education, Mr. G. A. Peer, Chief Engineers of BEACON and SAMPAK, besides Deputy Commissioners of border districts were present in the meeting. Askin…

Rs 500 cr IFMP on anvil for rehabilitation of degraded forests

The State Government has submitted a proposal of Rs 500 crore under Integrated Forest Management Project (IFMP) to the Union Government for rehabilitation of degraded forests in the State. This was stated in a meeting of officers convened to review the progress of ongoing developmental schemes in the forest department. Minister for Forest and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad presided over the meeting. The meeting was told that projects like Management of Wullar, Tsumorari and ManserLakes and Man-Animal conflict management are also under correspondence with the Centre. Mian Altaf impressed upon the officers to follow up pending schemes taken under National Afforestation Programme and Integrated Forest Protection scheme besides Social Forestry Department was asked to prepare a scheme for establishing nurseries for raising good quality plants. Regarding management of forest fires in the state, the Minister asked the officers to explore possible measures including traditional one of fire-fightin…