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UDHAMPUR: To celebrate the spirit of Independence Day a joint Army - Awam Cycling Expedition was organised to blend the flavours of patriotism and adventure together with the local populace. The cycling expedition team consisted of twenty Army persons and twenty enthusiastic youths of Reasi district, was flagged off from Reasi based Counter Insurgency Force Headquarters on 13 Aug 18, by General Officer Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force Uniform.

The three days long expedition was flagged in after covering a total distance of approx 110 kms at Sports Stadium, Reasi on 15 Aug 2018 as part of the Independence Day Parade & Celebrations.

The 100 kilometer route taken by the team during the expedition covered Baradari Br, Talwara, Salal Dam, Thanpal Br, Narlu Br, Dharmari, Arnas, Kanthan Br, Village Salal, Jyotipuram, Gran and Reasi. Despites the odds of rugged terrain, high altitude and rainy conditions, the team enthusiastically completed the formidable challenge, which showcased grit, determination and indomitable spirit of the Indian Army and the youth alike. Apart from promoting a spirit of adventure, the expedition team reached out to the local populace in far flung areas, to include school going children, ex-servicemen and next of kins of the valiant martyrs, spreading the message of national integration and solidarity.

The Independence Day celebration at Reasi celebration included parade and cultural program by the locals. The Flagging in of the Cycle Expedition brought in a different colour to the entire program as it flouted the harmony among the Awam and Army.

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  • Felicitates participants of upcoming 18thAsian Games

SRINAGAR: Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar today said the renovation work of the Bakshi stadium is going on in full swing and that it will be developed as per the international standards. He said this while felicitating the participants of 18th Asian Games-2018 to be held at Jakarta Indonesia from August 18th. The advisor accompanied by Secretary Youth Services and Sports Sarmad Hafeez and other senior sports persons and officials of Youth Services and Sports.

Advisor said the central government has already sanctioned Rs 44 crore for renovation of the stadium that was damaged in 2014 floods. He said the government is committed to develop the sports infrastructure of the state and that work is going on many projects simultaneously including the renovation of Bakshi Stadium and MA stadium Jammu.

He said the Bakshi Stadium will be developed as per the FIFA norms. He said under the programme, the football turf will be developed on modern lines while capacity of the stadium for spectators will also be increased besides developing VIP galleries, pavilions proper drainage and electricity. He said there will be all the required facilities in the stadium for the sports persons and that it will be one of the finest football stadiums of the country.

He said government is making committed efforts to develop adequate sports infrastructure in the State particularly in rural areas to provide basic sports facilities to encourage and nurture the local talent. He urged the officials of various concerned departments to make coordinate efforts to provide a platform to the youngsters to showcase their talent. He said there is no dearth of talent in the J&K state youths and they have proved themselves on international level when facilitated properly.

Earlier the advisor felicitated the participants of 18th Asian Games-2018 to be held at Jakarta Indonesia from August 18th. He interacted with the sportspersons and wished them good luck for the upcoming championship. The advisor presented mementos to Simran and Sonia from Haryana representing India in Artistic event (doubles), Silver Medal winner NaoremBaynao Singh from Manipur, Coach Mohammad Iqbal and Irfan Aziz Butta, Water Sports champion Bilkees Mir, Atul Pangatora (Taekwondo).

The players showcased their talent during the function while the audience lauded their performance.   The 18th Asian Games 2018 is organized by Indonesian Olympic Committee under the aegis of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), which is the regional Sporting organization of International Olympic Committee (IOC). An official said the status of the Asian Games is next step to the Olympics, and it is counted in the 2 world’s major events, i.e. Asian Games and Olympic Games.

While interacting with the players, advisor said the sportspersons are the ambassadors of the country and role models for the youths. He wished the players good luck for the upcoming event and urged them to give their best in the games.

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SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Valley’s lone Cricket stadium Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium is all set to host the 72nd Independence Day celebrations on 15th August following the venue of such celebrations was changed from Bakshi Stadium in January this year on the occasion of Republic Day in context of security purpose. Despite a direction from the Supreme Court that none of the autonomous BCCI-sponsored playing fields in the country should be disturbed for any reason by the government. Sources told Kashmir News Bureau (KNB) that the stadium known for the cricketing activities has faced several damages due to the recent celebrations on the occasion of Republic Day as such 15th Augustcelebrations can damage further stadium especially the turf caretaking by Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.


Interim President of BCCI, Vinod Rai, denied having any information about the SKICS having been taken over by police and security forces. “I have no such information. You should speak to JKCA and the government there,” Mr Rai told a reputed news portal ‘The Quint’ over telephone. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) schedule this year the domestic cricket season will begin from September, the announcement of schedule has sent worrying waves to the caretakers as it won’t be possible for them to prepare the turf in short span of time. The stadium has been already taken over by police and security forces for the upcoming Independence Day parade on 15 August.


"Srinagar's Sher-e-Kashmir International Cricket Stadium should be renamed as Kashmir's Political Theatre for no cricket tournaments or sporting events are held here. There are only political rallies held under fortified security arrangements. Each time the stadium is vandalized!" writes Gowhar Geelani a netizen on Twitter.