RAWALPINDI: Holding of Punjab Talent Hunt Competitions for the promotion of arts and culture is a great initiative to encourage art and artists and the participants of these competitions have got ample opportunity to express their art and get a new identity. These views were expressed by ADCG, Chakwal Asher Iqbal while addressing a prize distribution of Punjab Talent Hunt competitions held in Chakwal District. Asher Iqbal further said that the enthusiasm of the participants of the Talent Hunt competitions is commendable which proves that there is no shortage of talented artists in the district. He said that the organizing of talent hunt competitions for the promotion of arts and culture at the district and divisional level is a commendable initiative of the Department of Information and Culture, which is providing significant opportunities to the artists to hone their talent. Director Arts Council Waqar Ahmed said that the steps taken by the Punjab government for the promotion of arts and culture have been well received. Even remote areas have the opportunity to bring their art to the world. The Chief Minister Punjab Talent Hunt Competition was organized at the University of Chakwal under the auspices of Punjab Arts Council, Rawalpindi in connection with the promotion of arts and culture. In the music competition, Sagar Abbas came first, while Nisha Maryam came second and Tahir Ali came third. In the painting competition, Maria, Raja Muhammad Zohaib and Abdul Hadi came first, second and third respectively. In the short story writing competitions, Rimsha Arshad came first, Noorul Nisa second and Mohammad Hamad Banaras third. Thousands of cash prizes and certificates of appreciation were distributed among the candidates who secured positions in the competitions. Hundreds of candidates from all over the district participated in the competitions.