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Modi govt wants babus to participate in adventure sports to improve their performance

The Centre’s move for promoting adventure sports among the employees is also aimed at tackling “the alarming situation of stress and impact of sedentary life” on them.

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To foster spirit of risk-taking and team work, the Centre has asked all its employees to participate in adventure sports like rock climbing and paragliding expenses for which will be borne by it. The Centre’s move for promoting adventure sports among the employees is also aimed at tackling “the alarming situation of stress and impact of sedentary life” on them.”It would create and foster spirit of risk taking, cooperative team work, capacity of readiness and vital response to challenging situations and endurance,” an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. As per the scheme, the DoPT will sponsor programmes for five to seven days by six institutes–including Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, National Institute of Water Sports, Vasco da Gama, Goa and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi–for this purpose.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The activities under the programme will include trekking, mountaineering, rock-climbing, cycling in a difficult terrain, skiing, surfing, boat sailing, snorkeling, rafting, parasailing, ballooning, paragliding, jungle safari, desert safari, beach trekking and environmental awareness camps. An expense of upto Rs 20,000 will be reimbursed by the government, besides grant of special casual leave to the employees to help them participate in these activities.Financial assistance of 100% of programme fee would be provided in a calendar year to two officials of each ministry or department who have been awarded for excellence in service and nominated for the programme, the DoPT order issued on Friday said.There are about 50 lakh central government employees.

SAI athlete attempts suicide, runs away from hospital after treatment

Thiruvananthapuram: A teenaged SAI athlete tried to commit suicide early Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram by slashing his wrist. He was taken to hospital from where he slipped away, police said.

Sports Authority of India. Screengrab from SAI website.

Sports Authority of India. Screengrab from SAI website.

According to the police, the 18-year old athlete was brought to the casualty of the state-run Medical College hospital around 6.15 a.m.

The doctors, after putting three stitches, referred the athlete to the psychiatry wing. But the police is looking for the athlete, who according to them, has ran away from the hospital.

The athlete is reported to be out of danger.

The athlete went away without waiting for further medical advice from the psychiatry department.

Sources said the immediate provocation for the young athlete, who is training to be a short distance runner, could be a theft that was reported in their hostel and a few inmates were questioned by authorities.

Lately, Sports Authority of India (SAI) was in the news in the state after four women athletes consumed a poisonous fruit last month at the SAI Water Sports centre in Alappuzha. While one athlete died the next day, the lives of the three others were saved.


India athlete dies in ‘suicide pact’

A 15-year-old Indian athlete has died and three others are in hospital after allegedly consuming poisonous fruit in what is suspected to be a suicide pact.

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