Ali Abid

SHEIKHUPURA - Acting DCO Kiran Khurshid directed the Sports Department officers to facilitate the players of Punjab Youth Festival which aimed at exploring talented and brilliant players for national representation.She was chairing a meeting held here to review arrangements for the Punjab Youth Festival. District Sports Officer Malik Waqar Hussain and Tehsil Sports Officers briefed the DCO on preparations for the festival.On the other hand, the venue for the Punjab Youth Festival, the High School Sheikhupura ground, is still unprepared for hosting the event which is schedule to be started from September 30 and continue till October 6. The cause for the problem is said to be shortage of funds.In this connection, the school Headmaster has written an application to the District Sports Officer, requesting him for the provision of requisite funds to maintain the ground but "reportedly" he has refused flatly despite clear orders of the Punjab CM to the TMA to provide all possible assistance in this regard.On the other hand, different sports organizations alleged the Punjab government of allocating huge funds for the promotion of the Punjab Youth Festival. They dubbed the event as politically-motivated to derive political gains. They said that the Punjab government had allocated huge funds of Rs2.5 billion for the ongoing festival but the scale of arrangements made for the mega event did not reflect the utilisation of such huge funds.It is pertinent to mention here that sports events at Union Council level have already started from September 8, which will be completed on September 18. Similarly, competitions at Tehsil level will start from September 20 which will continue till September 28, while District level competitions will begin September 30, and continue till October 6. The competitions of hockey, football, cricket, kabbadi, volleyball, boxing, karate, taek-wondo, snooker, billiard and table tennis will be held during the festival.RELIEF GOODS: The Assistant Commissioners of Sharaqpur, Ferozewala, Muridke, Safdarabad and Sheikhupura have arranged one truck of relief goods comprising eatables worth Rs1 million and sent it for flood victims of Rajanpur and DG Khan district following the directions of DCO here the other day.Distillery unearthed: The Jalalpur Jattan Police unearthed a running distillery at Mohallah Qadir Colony and recovered hundreds wine bottles. The police during search recovered different gadgets and raw material. Owner of the distillery Zafar Iqbal alias Zafri r/o Faisalabad and his workers managed to escape the scene prior to raid. The police registered a case against Zafari and his partner.