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Two skiers awarded for “acts of gallantry” by tourism department

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Srinagar, Oct 26: In the inaugural function of Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour 2018, organized by Tourism Department, two skiers of Gulmarg were awarded by Tourism Department yesterday at SKICC, Srinagar for their exceptional works.

“Javaid Ahmad Reshi was awarded for rescuing a foreign skiers in an avalanche that occurred on Mount Apharwat last winter, while other skier, Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh, was awarded for returning a lost bag, containing fifty thousand cash and other valuables, to a tourist that he found while skiing at Gulmarg,” reads a statement of Winter Games Association of J&K

“Their honesty and camaraderie was highly appreciated by hundreds of people present in the Meet, who had come here to attend the Inaugural function of Tourism FAM Tour.”

“The awards were presented to the skiers by Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, Adviser to the Governor in the presence of Secretary Tourism, Director Tourism, DDC Srinagar, former Director General Tourism M. Ashraf, Chief Executive Officers of Tourism Development Authorities, delegates, travel writers and tourism fraternity of the state,” it said.

“In his telephonic message the President, WGAJK/MLA Gulmarg, Mohammad Abbas Wani has expressed his joy and happiness for this gallantry work by the skiers of his constituency. General Secretary WGAJK, Muhammad Yusuf expressed his gratitude to the Tourism Dept for instituting such awards which would go a long way in encouraging a spirit of honesty among people involved in tourism industry. He wished that such awards be presented to travel writers, highest foreign exchange earners, best tourism performers and promoters as well in future,” it reads.

“Meanwhile, a condolence meeting was held among Winter Games Association of J&K, ATOAK and JKSMA in connection with passing away of a former Ski Instructor of Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg B.R. Sharma, popularly known Bhaveshi, who breathed his last yesterday after suffering a heart attack,” it added.

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