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Santolia tournament promotes sports, drug-free living among Kathua district students
9/28/2023 10:41:58 PM
Early Times Report

Kathua, Sept 28: The Range Police Headquarters in Jammu organized a "Santolia (Seven Tiles) tournament" under the Civic Action Programme at Nayodhya Vidhalya Basholi in various locations in Kathua District. The event was held under the guidance of DIG JSK Range, Shakti Kumar Pathak, IPS. The tournament featured quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals for qualified players.
The program commenced with a pledge to "say no to drugs" and the National Anthem, followed by a warm welcome for the Chief Guest, Shakti Kumar Pathak, IPS, DIG J-S-K Range, Jammu, Guest of Honour, Shivdeep Singh SSP Kathua, and Special Guests including Rajinder Singh Katoch SSP SO to DIG Jammu, Ajit Singh Badwal, ADC Basohli, BDC Basohli, Smt. Sushma Jamwal, BDC Mahanpur, Sh. Raj Singh, BDC Bhoond Sheetal Nagar, Sh. Shankar Singh, and BDC Dhar Mahanpur, Smt. Sushma Karyal. Chairman of Municipal Committee Basohli, Somesh Sapolia, and 28 Sarpanches from different Panchayats also graced the venue.
Speaking to the media, DIG Jammu, Shakti Kumar Pathak, IPS, mentioned that a total of 54 boys' teams and 31 girls' teams, comprising approximately 750 students from remote areas of Kathua District, participated in the Santolia (Seven Tiles) tournament. Fifteen teams made it to the final rounds today, with 8 boys' teams and 7 girls' teams. He emphasized the significance of sports and education in students' lives and stressed the importance of youth staying away from drugs and negative influences.
The principal, teachers, dignitaries, and the general public present at the venue appreciated the J&K Police for organizing such a tournament and expressed their expectations for similar events in the future.
In the boys' category, Middle School Baddu defeated Veer Savarkar Hr. Secondary School Basohli by 08 points, winning the final Santolia (Seven Tiles) match. In the girls' category, Girls High School Bahnore defeated Girls High School Doula by 6 points, securing victory in the final Santolia (Seven Tiles) match.
The winning teams of the final matches received mementos, medals, certificates, Santolia kits, books, tee-shirts, and a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-. The runner-up teams in the final matches were awarded mementos, medals, certificates, books, tee-shirts, and a cash prize of Rs. 3000/-. Semifinal winners were awarded books, certificates, and a cash prize of Rs. 2000/-, while semifinal runners-up received books, certificates, and a cash prize of Rs. 1000/-. All participating teams received certificates.
The event was conducted under the overall supervision of the Staff Officer to DIG Jammu, Rajinder Singh Katoch, SSP. The dedicated efforts of all team members from RPHQ Jammu were instrumental in the successful organization of the event. Officers praised the staff of RPHQ and Kathua Police for their outstanding work in ensuring the event's success.
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