Wednesday, 29 February 2012


POONCH: The finals of Poonch Premier League was played today between Amjad Cricket Club, Poonch and PP Tigers Cricket Club, Poonch, which was a nail biter and both teams put up their best efforts.  The match was won by Amjad Cricket Club by 41 runs. 
The finals were followed by a gala closing ceremony which featured the Military Band and a Rajasthani troupe. Speaking on the occasion Maj Gen GS Shergill, General Officer Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force (Romeo) told that the tournament was a huge success and has been successful in the primary aim of bringing the people of the district and army closer to each other and bring out the hidden cricketing talent of the district to the fore.  It has been instrumental in channelising the energy of the youth in the constructive field of sports.
Medals and Certificates were distributed to the winner and runners up team and also the man of the series and man of the match. Winning team received a cash reward of Rs 10,000/- alongwith trophy whereas runners up team was rewarded Rs 5,000/-. JP Singh was declared man of the match for his performance during the tense match whereas Nawaz Rathar was declared man of the series for his outstanding performance in all matches and he walked away with Rs 3,000/- . The team members expressed gratitude to the Rashtriya Rifles for conducting of the tournament. 
The GOC expressed his gratitude to the Poonch District Administration for their providing technical and other logistical support for conduct of this mega tournament. The occasion was attended by Commander, Sector Rashtriya Rifles, Mr AK Sahoo, District Commissioner, Mr Ashkur Wani, SSP Poonch, Poonch District Sports Authorities, various prominent citizens and a mammoth crowd. 


SRINAGAR: Over last one and an half year Station Headquarters Cell, Srinagar has made a multidimensional effort towards environment conservation making Badami Bagh Cantonment an ‘Environment Friendly Cantonment’.  The revamped waste disposal management ensures segregation of biodegradable and non biodegradable wastes at collection points and employment of ecological friendly methods for waste degradation.
Badami Bagh Cantonment has also been declared as ‘Plastic Free Zone’.  Awareness campaigns are conducted to educate the populace about the harmful effects of non-biodegradable plastic waste on the environment, if not disposed properly. 
In quest towards an environment friendly Cantonment, the first ever endeavour in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to gainfully manage the leaf fall during the autumn has taken shape in form of a ‘Leaf Compost Farm’ developed in the cantonment.  The leaves and other horticulture waste previously being burnt now decompose into manure naturally without using chemicals.  This prevents environment pollution and assists in enhancing soil nutrition value.  In the leaf compost farm both hot (anaerobic) and cold (aerobic) process of composting are being used to decompose leaf and horticultural waste into manure.
The natural lakes within the Cantonment have been cleaned and de-silted restoring the natural beauty of by gone years.  The effort has brought back the migratory birds visiting these lakes to enjoy the pristine green environment.
This is just the beginning of a long journey towards ‘Green Cantonment’.  More projects such as installation of plants to convert garbage and night soil into natural gas are in the pipeline.  Brigadier Kuldeep Singh, the Station Commander Badami Bagh Cantonment is monitoring the progress of these dream projects closely.


SRINAGAR: Lt Gen KT Parnaik, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, arrived on a day’s visit to the Valley.  On arrival, the Army Commander was received by Lt Gen  SA Hasnain, GOC Chinar Corps who briefed him about the ongoing restoration operations in the Gurez Sector. 

Later the Army Commander  accompanied by the  Corps Commander paid  a visit to both the avalanche sites at Dawar and Sonamarg and interacted with  troops stationed at these  locations. He complimented the troops for performing their duties with dedication, professionalism and utmost sincerity. 

“It is commendable that despite all difficulties you have maintained high morale” the Army Commander said. The  Army Commander also honoured  12 brave officers and other ranks with  “GOC-in-C, Northern Command Commendation  card” for keeping “Service before self” while conducting search and  rescue operations and   saving  precious  lives of their comrades during the unfortunate tragedy. 

He took stock of the situation at both the places and appreciated the rescue efforts put in by the local units and assistance  provided by the Civil Administration.  The Army  Commander  expressed his  deep condolences to families of the brave soldiers who laid down their life in the service of the Nation and assured them that in their hour of  grief , all assistance shall be provided to them. The Army Commander left for Udhampur in the evening.