Jammu Distt Open Jr, Sr, Billiards &
Snooker C’ship
Second round matches

in Sr Snooker begins

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Matches in the second round were commenced today in senior snooker in the ongoing 19th Jammu district open junior and senior billiards and snooker championship being played at Billiards Hall, M A....more

Shiksha Niketan
organises Foundation Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Shiksha Niketan Higher Secondary School, Jeevan Nagar and Secondary School, Gandhi Nagar today organised its Foundation Day-cum-prize distribution function in the school premises here. Minister for....more

Jora reviews progress
of Sidhra Golf course

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu Feb 20: Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora today visited Sidhra Golf Course to review the pace of work on the project. The Minister went round the Golf Course and gave on the spot instructions,....more

Debate contest at
HS Kundra

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Feb 20: In order to give an opportunity to the students of rural areas to express their hidden talent, the Information Department Reasi organised a debating contest on the topic "Rural Vs Urban Life" at Government High School, Kundra.....more

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State players win medals
in Strength Lifting C’ship

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: The J&K players won medals today on the second day of the ongoing 16th senior national strength lifting championship at Surat in Gujarat. In 55kg....more

DIC Doda organizes
debating contest,
cultural programme

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Feb 20: To educate the masses particularly among the student community and rural people the District Information.....more

"Display Your Talent 2009-10"
Skit "Nagari-2010" by GCW

Parade bags top honours

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: "Nagari-2010" a skit in Hindi staged by the team from GCW Parade secured first position in inter-collegiate/departmental skit competition organised by the Department of Students.....more

CEO releases annual
news letter of JKMS

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Chief Education Officer (CEO), Jammu, Natha Ram Dingra today released the Annual news letter of JK Montessorie School (JKMS) in the school premises here. Vice-chairman of the.....more

 

India meet S Africa to prove ODI superiority...........

State Mayor Cup Karate C’ship gets underway............

Mithali on top of ICC women’s rankings..........

Sutil 7th fastest on day three..........

Jammu Distt Open Jr, Sr, Billiards & Snooker C’ship
Second round matches in Sr Snooker begins

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Matches in the second round were commenced today in senior snooker in the ongoing 19th Jammu district open junior and senior billiards and snooker championship being played at Billiards Hall, M A Stadium here.

The remaining first round matches were also completed today. In the inaugural match of second round, Nikhil Kapahi got the better of Ansh Bali 3-0 frames.

Nikhil fetched the first frame 73-49 with consumate ease and then clinched the next two with frame margins of 77-9 and 61-32.

Kuldeep Sharma also had easy outing against Rahul 3-1. After pocketing the first frame 80-23, Kuldeep his way in the next.

Rahul drew parity with 46-35 but that was all he could do. Kuldeep got his act together and won the next two frames 60-10 and 52-13.

Rahul Gupta prevailed upon Gurdev Singh 3-0.

Earlier in the remaining first round matches, Abhinav Sharma toppled Aditya Sharma 3-1.

Abhinav edged out Aditya in the inaugural frame 64-34 but lost the plot in the second with 31-48.

Despite equalising the lead, Aditya Sharma found it difficult to contain his opponent.

Abhinav Sharma then took the next two frames 61-29 and 58-22 to seal the issue.

Vishal Abrol had cakewalk over Gagandeep Singh 3-0 (56-14, 58-26 and 62-18).

Similarly, Ajay Pal Singh had no difficulty whatsoever in dispatching Shoaib in straight 3-0 frames (49-29, 54-24 and 66-20).

Sohail Khalid subdued Nitin Sharma in a hard fought 3-2 frames. The contest witnessed a fierce tussle between both cueists to attain supremacy over each other.

Sohail took the first frame 65-40 but falter in the next with 35-49 drubbing.

Nitin Sharma failed to get the momentum going and lost the third frame 23-58.

After Nitin, it was Sohail’s turn to do the same as he lost the frame 25-54.

In the decider, Sohail kept his cool and trounced his opponent 53-18 to seal the fate of the match.

In another match, Vishal Gupta toppled Arjun Arora 3-1 (28-57, 57-45, 65-19 and 53-18).

The second round matches would continue tomorrow. The matches were officiated by Surjit Singh Baloria and Rakesh Sharma under the supervision of Jaideep Manocha, organising secretary.

Shiksha Niketan organises Foundation Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Shiksha Niketan Higher Secondary School, Jeevan Nagar and Secondary School, Gandhi Nagar today organised its Foundation Day-cum-prize distribution function in the school premises here.

Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla was the chief guest on the occasion while Prof Desh Bandhu, Chairman, J&K State Board of School Education presided over.

Dr Jitender Udhampuri, Ex-Director of All India Radio and Khwaja Farooq Ahmed Renzu, Director Information were the guests of honour.

The function began with the traditional lighting of the lamp followed by Saraswati Vandana.

The primary students of the school presented various colourful cultural items to mark the occasion.

Principal of the school, Rameshwar Mengi read out the annual report.

The chief guest distributed cheques and prizes to the position holders of Board Examinations.

Two cheques of Rs 25,000 each were awarded to the 1st two position holders of class 12th Board Examination and nine cheques of Rs 5,000 each to the other position holders of class 12th and 10th Board exams.

Thirty six cheques of Rs 1,000 were given to meritorious students of classes 1st to 9th and one student as merit-cum-poverty scholarship, which is in the name of Late Dev Dutt Mengi.

Distinction holders of class 12th, 10th and 8th were also awarded with prizes.

Jora reviews progress of Sidhra Golf course

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu Feb 20: Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora today visited Sidhra Golf Course to review the pace of work on the project.

The Minister went round the Golf Course and gave on the spot instructions to ensure timely completion of the work on the Golf Course. He emphasized that no encroachment and construction should be allowed in the surrounding of the Golf Course to maintain aesthetic beauty and to create good ambience at the venue. He said Divisional Commissioner, Jammu as the head of the Task Force would sort out further land acquisition for the course.

Mr. Jora asked the executing agency to immediately prepare the DPRs for the final phase of the Golf Course, which will have cycling track, walking track, horse riding track on Tawi River Bed, club house with world class lodging and boarding facilities, water bodies with fish pond and boating facilities.

The Minister said school children would be invited for plantation drive in and around the Golf Course besides making them aware and developing their interest in the Golf sports. He asked the executing agency to properly maintain the sprinkler system, green and fairways of 9 Hole Golf Course, besides completion of earthwork, pitching works, water tanks and construction of pre-fabricated Club House.

Mr. Jora re-iterated the Government’s commitment to develop and upgrade World Class Tourist infrastructure in the State and to provide adequate facilities to visiting tourists, State’s professional and budding golfers.

Among others, Secretary Tourism, Tanveer Jehan, Director Tourism, Jammu, S.M. Sahni, Golf Consultant, Col. Bagga, Land scrapping expert, Mohammad Amin and other officers of the department accompanied the Minister.

Debate contest at HS Kundra

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Feb 20: In order to give an opportunity to the students of rural areas to express their hidden talent, the Information Department Reasi organised a debating contest on the topic "Rural Vs Urban Life" at Government High School, Kundra.

Head Master of the high school, Kundra, Gopal Krishan Komal presided over the function.

About 11 students of middle and secondary level participated in the debating contest and expressed their views on the rural and urban life.

Mamta Dogra, Shehnaz Bano and Maqbool Ahmed all from 10th class were declared first, second and third position holders respectively while consolation prizes were adjudged in favour of Reetu Devi of 10th class, Sheetal Devi and Asha Rani of 9th class by a panel of judges constituted for the purpose.

First, second and third position holders along with consolation prize holders were awarded on the occasion while all 11 participants were given merit certificates by the Information Department, Reasi.

The Assistant Information Officer, Reasi also spoke on the occasion.

State players win medals in Strength Lifting C’ship

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: The J&K players won medals today on the second day of the ongoing 16th senior national strength lifting championship at Surat in Gujarat.

In 55kg weight category, Mohit Chopra bagged bronze medal followed it up with a silver medal in inclined bench press.

Lovish Dev Singh also bagged gold medal in inclined bench press.

Pankaj Verma struck silver in the 60kg weight category in Strength Lifting.

In 66kg weight category, Shajad Ahmed clinched gold medal in strength lifting.

DIC Doda organizes debating contest, cultural programme

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Feb 20: To educate the masses particularly among the student community and rural people the District Information Centre, Doda today organized a debate and cultural programme on the topic 'Air Pollution and its effects on the Environment' at Government Middle School Suhanda Doda.

About 12 students participated in the debate competition and expressed their views on the occasion. Among them Yogesh Chandail of 6th class and Miss Diya Chandail of 8th class were adjudged jointly as first whileas Priya Chandail and Sanjeet Kumar were also adjudged together as second and Ajay Kumar was adjudged as third.

Headmaster, GMS Suhanda, Mr Omkar Singh was the chief guest on the occasion and distributed prizes and certificates among the winners and participants. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the efforts of the Information Department in creating awareness among the masses about the various burning issues in the society.

Later, after the debate competition a colourful cultural programme was also presented by the Information Department Doda. The cultural troupe included Shehzad Ali and party, Beer Singh and party, Janzeeb Alam and party and Ravi Kant and party.

"Display Your Talent 2009-10"
Skit "Nagari-2010" by GCW Parade bags top honours

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: "Nagari-2010" a skit in Hindi staged by the team from GCW Parade secured first position in inter-collegiate/departmental skit competition organised by the Department of Students Welfare, JU under the ongoing "Display Your Talent 2009-10" here today.

PG Integrated team, JU’s skit titled "Three Idiot Babas" and GCW Gandhi Nagar’s "Sab Bikta Hai" bagged second and third prizes respectively.

Sarang Vaid was awarded the Best Actor while Rani Kumari from GCW Parade adjudged for Best Actress Award.

Ankita Gupta (PG Integrated team), Divjot Kour and Mukesh Kumar (GGM Science College), Sapna and Navneet (Cosmic College of Education), Lakhanpur, Sahil, Shivani Sharma (KCS College of Education and Sumit Kotwal (GDC Boys, Udhampur) were awarded the Certificates of Merit.

Prof G M Bhat, Chairman, Cultural Committee was the chief guest while Shiv Mehta, Jia Lal Sharma and Dr Arvinder were the adjudicators.

The programme was compered by Rameshwari Slathia, and Gagandeep Sharma.

CEO releases annual news letter of JKMS

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Chief Education Officer (CEO), Jammu, Natha Ram Dingra today released the Annual news letter of JK Montessorie School (JKMS) in the school premises here.

Vice-chairman of the school, Prof Satish Anand, managing director, Sanjeev Gupta, director academics, Rajni Gupta and principal, M L Vaid, were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, the CEO lauded the efforts of the school management to bring forth the achievements of the school through this news letter.

India meet S Africa to prove ODI superiority

JAIPUR, Feb 20: After the Test stalemate, a depleted India and a scarred South Africa will begin their battle of ODI supremacy tomorrow when the three-match series gets underway at a fortified Sawai Mansingh Stadium here.

The Indian team arrived here yesterday high on morale and low on resource and it would require more than a nip and a tuck to fill the void created by the absence of some of their key players.

The hosts’s bowling unit will lack the firepower of Zaheer Khan after the pace spearhead strained a leg muscle during the Kolkata Test against the Proteas. Zaheer’s absence would sorely be felt not just because he leads the attack but also because he has been virtually India’s bowling captain, mentoring fellow pacers with his elder-brotherly concern.

The spin department would also not be the same without the feisty Harbhajan Singh, who would miss the first two ODIs to attend his sister’s wedding.

Like the recent Test series, here also India has more than just a bunch of personal reputations at stake.(PTI)

State Mayor Cup Karate C’ship gets underway

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: The two-day State Mayor Cup karate championship got underway at M A Stadium here today.

Farooq Khan, DIG Jammu was the chief guest on the occasion. More than 250 karatekas are participating in the championship being organised by Shito Ryu Seiko Kai Karate Do Association.

Mayor Kavinder Gupta, organising secretary of the championship, Anil Gupta, managing director, Vision Channel and Yudhvir Sethi were also present.

Results:

Girls (below 6 years): Zindgi (1st), Srishti (2nd) and Smeksha Dogra (3rd).

Below 7 years: Khushi Sharma (1st), Harishita Dhar (2nd), Saksham Sharma (3rd) and Anaima Sharma (4th).

Below 8 years: Palak Dhiman (1st), Kriti Chauhan (2nd), Piyunika Gupta (3rd) and Ishmeet (4th).

Below 9 years: Shivangi Jamwal (1st), Radhika Verma (2nd), Akshita Mengi (3rd) and Avantika Khajuria (4th).

Below 10 years: Khushi Sharma (1st), Manvi Puri (2nd), Jhanvi Khajuria (3rd) and Aditi Sharma (4th).

Below 6 years (boys): Manraj Singh (1st), Advay Gupta (2nd), Sujal Raina (3rd) and Kartik (4th).

Below 6 years (B): Jeet Singh (1st), Veer Singh (2nd), Danish (3rd) and Suvansh Gupta (4th).

Below 7 years: Mohd Noor-ul-Islam (1st), Maulik Jain (2nd), Maradhya Gupta (3rd) and Sawan Mantoo (4th).

Below 8 years: Vansh Abrol (1st), Mohd Haseeb (2nd), Nishant Sharma (3rd) and Piyush Sharma (4th).

Below 9 years (A): Harsh Dev Singh (1st), Krishnanshu Bhagat (2nd), Mohd Abuzar (3rd) and Rishab Bhatt (4th).

Below 9 years (B): Aryan Verma (1st), Rakshit (2nd), Abhey Chopra (3rd) and Raksham (4th).

Below 9 years (C): Sidhant Bali (1st), Faizan Khan (2nd), Revant Vir Singh (3rd) and Madhur Gupta (4th).

Below 9 years (D): Ashutosh Singh (1st), Arjun Gandotra (2nd), Nakul Verma (3rd) and Neerupam Zutshi (4th).

Below 10 years (A): Rhythm Sharma (1st), Danish Khatak (2nd), Amin Saxena (3rd) and Sachit Sharma (4th).

Below 10 years (B): Aryan Mahajan (1st), Ankit Singh (2nd), Shivam Sharma (3rd) and Chetan Singh (4th).

Below 10 years (C): Shahrukh Jamwal (1st), Marutvan Gupta (2nd), Avinash Gupta (3rd) and Ansh Mahajan (4th).

Below 11 years (A): Gourish Pratap Singh (1st), Aditya Gupta (2nd), Wajid Hussain Shah (3rd) and Ayush Bhatt (4th).

Below 11 years (B): Aryan Jamwal (1st), Saksham Sharma (2nd), Ansar Jain (3rd) and Bhavya Sharma (4th).

Mithali on top of ICC women’s rankings

DUBAI, Feb 20: Former India captain Mithali Raj held on to the top spot in the batting chart but current skipper and pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami dropped a couple of rungs to fourth in the bowling list of the International Cricket Council’s women’s rankings issued today.

Australia’s Shelly Nitschke became the top-ranked bowler and all-rounder after a series of good performances in the just concluded Rose Bowl series which Australia won 5-0.

Nitschke took 11 wickets with her left-arm spinners which has helped her leapfrog team-mate Lisa Sthalekar, Holly Colvin of England and Jhulan into the number one position.

In the ranking for batters, Australia’s Alex Blackwell has jumped five places to sixth position after finishing as the leading run-getter of the series with 178 runs.

Mithali is followed by English duo of Claire and Sarah Taylor in the second and third positions respectively. (PTI)

Sutil 7th fastest on day three

JEREZ (Spain), Feb 20: Force India driver Adrian Sutil was seventh fastest as weather finally relented to allow the side more than 300kms of testing at the Circuit de Jerez here.

Sutil took over the VJM03 for the penultimate day of testing and in hugely improved weather conditions, the German completed 69 laps of the Spanish track as he worked through a programme of long and short runs, weight distribution and race preparation.

Sutil’s best of 1:21.93 put him seventh on the timesheet led by Mark Webber (1:19.299).

"It was our first proper shot at dry running this test and it went pretty well," a satisfied Sutil later said.

"In the morning we did a few short runs and some set-up work and then in the afternoon moved on to longer runs and getting more information on the new tyres.

"At the end of the day we wanted to do a further run but unfortunately a red flag came out so we didn’t do as many laps as we would have liked over the whole day," he said. (PTI)

 

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