Srinagar, April 25: Bringing laurels to her hometown Shopian, Kashmiri female cricketer, Jasia Akhter has been selected for the Women’s IPL.
The native of Braripora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, the 28-year-old Jasia hails from a middle-class family.
Jasia’s father, Gul Mohammed Wani, a farmer by profession earns only a handful of money to support his seven-member family.
According to the Jasia, she developed passion for cricket from her childhood days. “I was crazy for this sport since my childhood. Like every other kid, I also started playing the game from my home,” Jasia said.
On April 24, she got a call from a Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) official and was informed that she has been selected for women’s IPL tournament and has to report to Rajasthan on May 2, while matches will start on May 6.
“I was sitting in front of my parents when I received the selection call. I could not control my emotions and broke down into tears. I could not believe my luck. After hanging up the call, I shared the news with my parents who were overwhelmed with emotions,” Jasia said.
Jasia will be the first women cricketer from the Kashmir to be selected for IPL.
“Three teams with total of 42 players will be playing in the tournament. Among them 12 are foreigners and 30 come from different states of India. I am one among those 30 players,” Jasia informed.
For two years 2011 and 2012, Jasia played state level cricket for J&K.
Lack of opportunities, and financial crunch forced her to leave Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) and in year 2013 the female cricketer moved to Punjab for play for their team.
“In Kashmir, there are not many opportunities cricketers, especially for girls. Besides, we lack sports infrastructure in the sports, so I left Kashmir to make my dreams come true,” said Jasia.
While, representing J&K, due to lack of facilities this female cricketer had to travel all the way from Shopian to the cricket academy in Srinagar for practice purposes only. It was costing her a lot, and with limited financial resources, she could not carry the practice for long.
Recalling of how she got an offer to play for Punjab team, Jasia said, “I was playing inter-university games. The team from Punjab was also participating in the tournament. Seeing my performance, Punjab coach was so impressed that he offered me to play for Punjab.”
In 2016 Jasia joined National Senior Women Camp and after that, she also played India Red in 2018. “I experienced many things outside. I saw people spending handsome money on the sport. Soon I got lucky as I got scholarship to pursue my passion regarding the game,” Jasia added.
‘JK produces 20000 tons of fish annually’
Srinagar, July 18: Advisor to Governor, K Skandan on Thursday said that J&K has around 93,000 people dependent on the fisheries sector, while the requirement of fish is 1.5 lakh tons, however, the state produces only 20,000 tons of fish.
“J&K has tremendous potential in the fisheries sector and it can become modern world-class industry as we have 50,000 hectares of water area in the state,” he said.
He said that a massive fisheries and aquaculture programme has been undertaken by the government to boost the fishing industry in the State.
The Advisor stated this while speaking at a two-day National Conference on Fisheries and Climate Change at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K) here.
Advisor Skandan delved into detail as to how climate change has affected food systems. He said that the fisheries and aquaculture sector is a crucial resource in terms of ensuring food and nutrition security. He called for collective efforts to create a balance between developmental needs and environmental sustainability. He said universities, scientists and people together can make strategies to tackle the important issue of climate change which is affecting ecosystem, adding if things go unchecked oceans will also undergo multiple woes.
Terming Trout as the pride of Jammu and Kashmir, he said there is a need to protect the fish variety and their ecosystem, adding various measures are being taken for welfare of people associated with the fishing industry.
The Advisor announced that an Aquaculture Park shall be set up in Srinagar for which various locations are being explored. He said that there is a need to have a big aquaculture park where students and the general population can get acquainted with aquaculture practices.
The two-day conference titled ‘Fisheries and Climate: Strategies, Challenges and Sustainable Management’ is being organized by Division of Fishery Engineering, Faculty of Fisheries SKUAST-K in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.
Prof Nazeer Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Dr Debajit Sarma, Director ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal, Prof MH Balki, Dean faculty of Fisheries, Dr Gohar Bilal Wani, Organizing Secretary and Dr A S Ninawe, former Vice-Chancellor MAFSU also spoke on the occasion.
The conference was told that J&K produces 20,000 tons of fish annually with huge gap between demand and supply while only 50 percent population of the State consumes fish.
Addressing the conference, VC SKUAST-K said the fishing industry is an important not only in nutrition but also in providing employment in southern states of India, adding it contributes one per cent of National GDP and five per cent in Agriculture GDP and employing around 14 million people in India.
Later, the Advisor also released a compendium of Abstracts compiled by the University students.
The Advisor also facilitated SKUAST-K for attaining 13th rank specified by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.
He also facilitated Ambreen Hamdani, an M Sc student of SKUAST-K for winning DST-Lockheed Martin-Tata Trusts IIGP 2.0-University Challenge 20-19 for her innovation.
Amplify efforts to raise issues distressing people: Omar to party functionaries
Srinagar, July 18: National Conference, vice president Omar Abdullah today presided over a Provincial committee meet of Kashmir province at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar.
In the hours-long meet, party vice president applauded the party functionaries for conducting segment wise conventions across the province. The party vice president said the need of the hour was to step up the efforts towards greater interaction with the public across the state.
A range of issues concerning the party and the state were deliberated upon in the meet. Vice president, while exuding confidence into the functionaries said that the need of the hour was to maintain the momentum of parliamentary elections up to assembly elections. He said that there was no scope for smugness and gratification as the challenge ahead of the party was bigger.
Party vice president while exuding confidence into the party functionaries said that acquiring power has never been the party’s goal and the party will continue to highlight the woes of people determinedly. “Serving the people of the state, protecting the interests of the state and upholding the pluralistic visage of our state has been the core of party ideology. It is our duty to highlight the woes of people. We owe a sense of duty to towards the people of the state irrespective of their caste, creed and religious affiliations. The party functionaries should amplify their efforts to raise issues which are distressing people,” he said adding, “The party has gone through worst of times and was subjected to the worst machinations but with the support of people it trounced all those efforts that aim at fiddling with states special character.”
Vice president urged the incumbent governor administration to utilize its resources to reduce the mounting woes of people. Omar said the main agenda of the party is to salvage the people of the state towards safe shores. The need of the hour calls for taking the Naya Kashmir agenda of the party to each doorstep.
Among others party’s general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Abdul Rahim Rather, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Sakina Itoo, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Mubarak Gul, Sharief ud din Shariq, Ali Mohammad Dar, Dr Bashir Veeri were also present on the occasion. Besides, district presidents, district-level functionaries, constituency in-charges, YNC functionaries, women’s wing, media cell functionaries also attended the meet.
Forces launch CASO around bund area at Abiguzar
Srinagar, July 18: Security forces on Thursday cordoned off Aabiguzar Bund area and conducted search operation in the locality.
Reports said that joint team of government forces including CRPF, SOG and local police, on Thursday afternoon, suddenly appeared in Abiguzar Bund area of Srinagar district and launched a massive cordon and search operation here.
Sources said that the operation was launched following the receipt of inputs about the movement of suspected militants in the area.
The sudden seizure of the area created panic among the people, who apprehended a possible encounter like situation, when the forces closed the area and did not allow anyone to move.
All entry and exit points of the area were sealed and door to door searches of house boats, residential dongas, offices and business establishments were conducted by the forces.
The siege was later lifted without any untoward incident.