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Shandur Polo Festival 2018 to be held from 7th to 9th July

The game of kings and king of games is back at world’s highest polo ground. The annual Shandur Polo Festival 2018 is set to be held on 7th, 8th and 9th July, 2018, at the Shandur Polo Ground.

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Shandur Polo Festival 2018

The annual rivalry between the polo teams of Gilgit and Chitral is back at the 3,734 meters altitude polo ground of Shandur. Pakistan Army, police, Federal Constabulary, Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts and other security agencies will help arrange the festival peacefully. Shandur Polo Festival 2018 will take place from 7th to 9th July at the Shandur Polo Ground located between the borders of Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Major decisions were made earlier this month at a meeting that was attended by the representatives of stakeholder organizations. Additional Secretary Babar Khan, Col. Saqib of Frontier Corps, Tourism Corporation Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, General Manager Sajjad Hameed, Deputy Commissioner Chitral Irhsad Sudhar, District Police Officer Mansoor Aman, Deputy Secretary Sports Jamshed Khan, President Chitral Polo Association Sikandarul Mulk, Director Culture Ajmal Khan and PIA official Fayyaz Ahmad were among the representatives who attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, the government of Gilgit-Baltistan has also made preparations to facilitate the teams and a huge amount of expected spectators. A tent village has been set up in Shandur where basic lodging facilities will be available.

Fida Khan, Gilgit-Baltistan’s Minister for Tourism Sports and Culture, has said that the festival will help in the promotion of tourism in the region.

Apart from freestyle polo matches, paragliding, traditional dances, and campfires have been arranged. Military-operated SCOM will also provide telecom services during the festival. Pakistan International Airline (PIA) will operate special flights to facilitate domestic and foreign tourists.

Total six teams will participate in the Shandurl Polo Festival 2018, 3 each from Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. The final match will be played between two best teams from either side. Historically, Chitral has remained dominant in the tournament.

Shandur can be accessed via Gilgit as well as Chitral. After the opening of Lowari Tunnel, the route from Peshawar to Chitral has exceptionally improved, however, the road is in a poor condition between Buni and Laspur.

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Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

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Introducing #GBCProspers - Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Every day when we wake up, we struggle hard to make a name for ourselves, our families and our country. We see a handful of names in the limelight while hundreds and thousands of names remain in an obscurity no matter how big or small that person’s contribution to the society is.

At GBee, we believe that a society cannot prosper without the small yet meaningful contributions of its members.

This is why, we are announcing the launch of an on-going campaign which we are now officially calling #GBCProspers. This campaign aims to celebrate the contributions, small and big, by the common citizens that collectively reflect in the social, cultural, religious, musical and economic prosperity of the mountain communities.

How to access the stories?

The stories published under #GBCProspers campaign can be found on a dedicated topic section. Each story will also be published in its relevant district page on Facebook and GBee’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Alternatively, you can search for the hashtag #GBCProspers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest as well as the stories published in the past.

How to submit a story?

Stories can be submitted at our email editor[at]gbee.pk with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

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Four including two brothers killed in an avalanche in Drosh, Chitral

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Chitral avalanche
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At least four people have been killed in an avalanche in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest district of Chitral.  According to Khursheed Alam, the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, four dead bodies have been recovered. The avalanche occurred at around 3:00 AM on Sunday in Gorin Gol, an area in Shishikoh union council of Drosh, Chitral.

Abdul Wali Khan, the Assistant Commissioner Drosh, personally participated in the efforts for recoveries of bodies. Chitral Levies, local police, 1122 personnel, and community volunteers were engaged to recover the dead bodies. The rescue officials faced difficulties in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals due to blockage of roads. Pakistan Army had provided a helicopter for the rescue of the injured.

Earlier, Rescue 1122 personnel and volunteers rushed to the Shishikoh after over a dozen people went missing following a snow avalanche. Drosh region of Chitral received heavy snowfall since last Tuesday.

DC Chitral said in a press release that people were trapped beneath a thick mass of snow after the avalanche hit a village in Shishikoh’s Gorin Gol area.

The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 AM said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA).

She added that three people have been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped.

At least 10 people have been safely evacuated who were trapped under the avalanche.

The dead have been recognized as Momin s/o Khaista Khan, Amirzada s/o Khaista Khan, Saad Malook s/o Bahadur and Usman s/o Gul Mohammad.

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