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Govt constitutes teams to engage youth in sports

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, July 21: Government has constituted ‘district level task forces’ for engagement of youth in sports to stop them from ‘diverting’ towards other activities.

The task forces have been constituted for promoting youth engagement and sports activities to chalk out modalities and prepare a roadmap for finalising the programme pertaining to sports and youth engagement policy.

An official document of the office of Divisional Commissioner office reveals that task forces would identify the gaps with regard to sports, culture, and infrastructure.

 

They have to “prepare calendar of the activities for purpose of youth engagement/sports that could bring out a change on the ground to make them useful instruments of change and also to ensure furtherance of sports/cultural activities”.

The task force shall comprise of officials from youth services and sports, education, sports council, rural development, police, BSF, and Army.

They have been asked that they shall also keep scope for inclusion of cultural activities, career counseling, personality development, drug de-addiction programmes, advocacy campaigns against social evils.

The documents say that district development commissioner Srinagar has recommended that “special focus needs to be placed on the down town where majority of the population lives, which has been adversely affected in the present turmoil”.

“Special allocation of funds be made for development of different facilities like gymnasiums, entertainment halls, career counseling centres to have a salutary effect on the downtown youth,” the DC Srinagar as per documents has recommended.

Similarly, district development commissioner Ganderbal has recommended that a “comprehensive plan” needs to be formulated for the tribal areas of the district and stone pelters need to be engaged in sports activities, to bring in them a “positive behavioral change”.

Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre’s special representative to Jammu and Kashmir has also stressed on the “need to engage in dialogue, especially with Kashmiri youths who continue to feel alienated”.

The documents pointed out non-availability of funds for building of sports infrastructure. In Shopian district, there exists one stadium and there is “meager infrastructure” available, it adds.

Jammu and Kashmir has only 137 playfields against the requirement of 2500 for a population of over Rs 1.2 crore.

An official of JK Youth Services and Sports said that lack of play fields have been affecting the performance of players. “The existing play fields are in bad shape. Only few grounds have drainage system in place,” the official said.

Secretary, JK Youth Services and Sports, Javed Khan, said that government was taking measures to develop sports infrastructure. “Around Rs 20 crore are being spent on sports activities in the current year. Besides Rs 10 lakh will be provided to each block for sports activities,” Khan said.


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Local Jaish fidayeen rams explosive-laden vehicle into forces’ bus at Lethpora

Nisar Dharma

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Srinagar, Feb 14: FORTY FOUR personnel of the paramilitary CRPF were killed and many others injured when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a CRPF convoy on the Highway crossing through Lethpora area of Awantipora town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.

It was the deadliest attack since the 2001 Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly car bombing in which 38 people were killed.

The attack took place at around 3pm on the highway near Barsoo, a residential area of Lethpora, close to the saffron fields of Pampore.

 

The death toll kept on increasing with every passing hour after the incident as reports said that all those aboard the fateful 55-seater CRPF vehicle, which became the prime target of the suicide bomber, were killed in the attack.

Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad in a statement to local media said their militant,Adil Ahmad Dar alias Waqas Commando, a resident of Pulwama, was the attacker who drove the car and carried out the suicide attack.

The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 troopers of the paramilitary force.

“A total of 44 CRPF men belonging to different battalions were travelling in the vehicle when the blast occurred,” a CRPF official said. The deceased, he added, belonged to several battalions.

Soon after the attack, gory scenes of dismembered bodies lying on the highway created chaos among both the civilians and the forces personnel in the area.

Following it, the traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway came to standstill. The government forces launched intensive searches in the entire area.

A police officer said forensic experts have taken samples even as investigations have been set into motion.

The officer also confirmed that Thursday’s attack was the deadliest.  “Even though there were major attacks in the past also like Badamibagh and Assembly but this is the first attack in which there has been such high number of causalities,” the officer said.

Regarding the vehicle used by the militant, the officer said that it seems it was either a ‘Scorpio’ or a ‘Jeep’.

“Investigations are underway in this regard,” he said.

IGP Kashmir SP Pani said that it was a “gruesome militant attack”.

“The investigations have been taken up. We have started gathering the sequences how this happened and the people behind it will be brought before the law,” the IGP said, adding, “We are ascertaining the chain of circumstances in this incident.”  (With inputs from GNS)

 

 

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By the time you see this, I’ll be in heaven: Jaish bomber’s video

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Srinagar, Feb 14: Minutes after the deadly suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area of Pulwama, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant outfit which claimed responsibility for the attack, released a video of the militant believed to have carried out the fidayeen strike.

At least, 30 CRPF personnel were killed and over two dozens injured when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area of Pulwama district on Thursday.

Adil alias Waqas of Kakapora in south Kashmir can be seen in the video, sitting in the backdrop of the Jaish flag, brandishing several sophisticated automatic rifles, starting the video by saying: “By the time this video reaches you, I will be in heaven, I have spent one year as a militant with JeM and this is my last message for the people of Kashmir.”

 

Waqas goes on to boast about the attacks carried out by Jaish in the past–ICA18 hijacking, 2001 Parliament attack, Nagrota attack, Uri attack, and Pathankot IAF base attack.

He also sends “a message for North Kashmir”, saying that people in south Kashmir have been fighting against India and that it was now time for people from north and central Kashmir as well as Jammu to join them.

“By killing few of our militant commanders, you can’t weaken us,” the suicide bomber says in the video. He also mentions the recent sniper and IED attacks against government forces in Kashmir.

Reports quoting police sources say Adil Hussain Dar, from Gundibagh, Pulwama, went missing on March 19, 2016 along with two other friends, Tauseef and Waseem.

Tauseef’s elder brother Manzoor Ahmad Dar was a militant who was killed in 2016. Adil was a dropout from school and was working as a mason. He also led prayers in local mosque. He has two brothers.

Earlier, militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), in a statement claimed the responsibility of the fidayeen attack.

A JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan in a statement to news agency GNS said: “dozens of forces’ vehicles were destroyed in the attack”.

The spokesperson identified the driver (of JeM), who carried out the fidayeen attack, as Aadil Ahmad alias ‘Waqas Commando’ of Gundi Bagh, Pulwama.

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Sacrifices shall not go in vain: PM Modi

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New Delhi, Feb 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday has strongly condemned the blast in Lethpora area of Awantipora in which at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force were killed and several others injured, saying “the sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain”.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, PM Modi wrote: “Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly.”

“Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama,” PM Modi tweeted.

 

Earlier at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and dozens of others injured in a suicide attack carried by militant outfit Jaish on a convoy at Lethpora area of Awantipora in Pulwama.

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