COVID-19 Pandemic ED Bank Presents One Day salary Of Rs 4.73 Lacs

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COVID-19 Pandemic  ED Bank Presents One Day Salary of Rs 4.73 Lacs

SRINAGAR, APRIL 30: In view of present COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairman of Ellaquai Dehati (ED) Bank Arshad-ul-Islam today presented a cheque of Rs 4.73 lacs, one day salary contribution from the Bank staff towards ‘LG Cares Fund,’ to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole.
On the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner lauded the humanitarian gesture of the bank staff.
It was informed that Ellaquai Dehati Bank is a Regional Rural Bank sponsored by State Bank of India, which caters to the financial needs of the people in 13 districts of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir with more than 80% of its branch network in the rural areas.
The Bank has been contributing in the development of economy of the rural J&K UT through financing priority sectors like agriculture andMSME, which constitutes more than 90% of the total lending portfolio of the Bank.

To Repair Equipment In Jammu And Kashmir Hospitals Engineers From South India Working Day And Night

To Repair Equipment In Jammu And Kashmir Hospitals Engineers From South India Working Day And Night

Knowing neither rest nor fear,  37 biomedical engineers from south India are working tirelessly in Jammu and Kashmir to attend to critical-care equipment in government hospitals.
Since the Covid-19 lockdown began, these unsung heroes have been shuttling between district hospitals in J&K to repair ventilators, defibrillators and various life-saving and diagnostic machines.
They work for the J&K health department under a public-private partnership (PPP) and are just a call away.
“The biomedical engineers are playing a vital role in the Covid-19 preparedness of the health department. They are doing the job despite the infection risk and shortage of equipment in hospitals,” said Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Samir Mattoo.
“Whenever our hospitals face any issue with any machine, our staff calls the toll-free number and the engineers reach us the same day to repair the faulty machine,” he said.
Rajesh B, 28, who from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, works more than 12 hours every day to repair ventilators and other critical care machines in hospitals.
“We stay on-call for 24 hours because we handle critical care equipment. Sometimes we work late in the night, depending on the level of urgency,” he said.
“Our local colleagues help us feel better as they know the locations and people well,” Rajesh said.
Recently, Rajesh received a call at 9pm from the Pulwama district hospital where a baby warmer had broken down.
“It was an urgent call, so we reached the hospital immediately and repaired the machine till midnight,” he said.
Rajesh said he was happy that he was making a contribution during this pandemic.
“People and government here need us, so we decided to stay back despite health risks,” he added.
Ever since he has been called to J&K for this special duty by Mediciti, a Hyderabad-based company, just a week before the coronavirus lockdown, he hasn’t gone to his home in Andhra Pradesh. He is residing along with his colleagues at a private accommodation in Srinagar.
Like him, there 36 more biomedical engineers who are working in different shifts these days.
Though they are doing their jobs with full responsibility, they say they also feel scared whenever they get a call from hospitals where Covid patients are admitted.
“Sometimes I feel scared to touch the emergency equipment due to Covid-19 risk. My family calls me every day and tells me to come home soon. But I tell them the importance of my work,” said Ravi Shekhar, a biomedical engineer from Hyderabad.
Shekhar, 31, said he deals with X-ray machines which are critical in radio-diagnostics, especially during the pandemic.
“I have so far repaired ten X-ray machines in different district hospitals. The treatment of patients was otherwise getting affected, so our role is important, which is why we are working despite the health risk,” he said.
These engineers are working in J&K under Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The programme is designed by the National Health System Resource Centre for National Health Mission-J&K.
“We have repaired more than 160 equipment during the lockdown including ventilators, defibrillators, lab equipment, ECG, USG and other general equipment,” said Aman Bali, the team leader of the biomedical engineers in J&K.
“Some of the machines were defunct for many years but our engineers made them functional with their expertise,” he said.
Bali added that local engineers stationed at their respective native-districts were also of great help during the lockdown period.

Superannuation Of Haji Farooq Ahmad Lone (Lecturer Commerce/ Vice Principal GHSS Nehalpora)

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Superannuation Of Haji Farooq Ahmad Lone (Lecturer Commerce/ Vice Principal GHSS Nehalpora)

As is the reality, everything has an ending. Even this huge universe will come to an end one day. With the rotation our life changes its various stages. The career of an employee in the department is an open book available to everyone to read it leaf by leaf.
Today our beloved mentor’s career has achieved its goal. Haji Farooq Ahmad Lone Lecturer commerce at HSS Nehalpora is bidding goodbye after serving his youthful years in the department of education. During his career Haji Farooq Sahab has got name & fame across the valley with his dedication, honesty, punctuality & with his leadership qualities.
Haji Farooq Sahab is one of the founding members of Jammu and Kashmir Teachers ForumHe has served at many portfolios of JKTF and was Chief spokesman of Employees Joint Action committee (EJAC) j&k. Haji Farooq sahabs career has been examplary and clean as crystal.
Haji Farooq sahb was not only a Teacher & Lecturer but a very noble human being with a golden heart. He is an active social worker with high spirit & morale. He is always on the forefront against injustice and callousness.
Haji Farooq Sahab is not only loved and respected by his departmental fellows but by the commoners for his sympathetic approach, humbleness and humility.
Haji Farooq Ahmad lone sahab started his career as Teacher in 1985 and his first place of posting was BMS Pattan. He got promoted as Lecturer in commerce in 2004 and was posted at HSS chandilora. Thereafter he was posted at various places and finally he was posted at HSS Nehalpora where he is working from past several years as vice principal. He is known for his administrative qualities. He played a prominent role in upgradation of High school Nehalpora to Higher secondary level.
Haji Farooq Sahab is very hardworking, generous & compassionate person. He achieved the states , “Best Teacher Award” in the year 2017 for his satisfactory all round performance. Teachers like Haji Farooq sahb are an example to follow.
Zonal President Nehalpora Mr Khalid Bashir Tilgami along with his core group members offer tearful farewell to Haji Farooq Sahab amid this Covid uncertainty.
You will always be remembered for your honesty, dedication, sympathy, compassion and generosity. Though you are departing from the department, still you live in our hearts and your memories live with us. I would like to quote Alfred Tennyson’s lines here, ” Men may come and men may go but I go on forever”. Yes we know that being an active social worker you will not stop your mission but will keep going for good.
We wish you a very glittering future and a blissful retirement life.

Jammu Kashmir Teachers Forum District Baramulla Bids Adieu To Farooq Ahmad Lone (Lecturer Commerce) On His Retirement From Government Services

 

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Jammu Kashmir Teachers Forum District Baramulla Bids Adieu To Farooq Ahmad Lone (Lecturer Commerce) On His Retirement From Government Services

KNN/29 April 2020/Baramulla

To commemorate the retirement of Mr Farooq Ahmad Lone Senior Lecturer Govt Higher Secondary School Nehalpora Pattan, District President Jammu Kashmir Teachers forum Baramulla conveys gratitude.
While issuing a statement to it’s media wing Mr Gh Ahmad Mir District President Jammu Kashmir Teachers Forum Baramulla said, The retiree have rendered his whole service with honesty, integrity and sincerity. Besides, he is a God fearing & scholarly personality and has played a vital role in formation & carrying the mission of Teachers Forum since 1992. Mr Farooq Ahmad Lone remained on key positions both in District & state level as well & no one could deny his contribution towards the organisation. Retirement of such persons from the department is overall a heavy loss, he has also fetched best teacher award by an international forum.
Mr Farooq Ahmad Lone is an impressive personality who left indelible imprints in the department. JKTF Baramulla wishes him all the best & happy post retirement life with the hope that he will continuously render his services to the society as and when needed, Mir added.{KNN}

J&K 4G Internet Update: Citing SC Plea Jammu And Kashmir High Court Closes Petition On 4G Mobile Internet Service

 

J&K 4G Internet Update: Citing SC Plea Jammu And Kashmir High Court Closes Petition On 4G Mobile Internet Service

The J&K High Court closed its considerations on restoration of 4G mobile internet in Jammu and Kashmir after a submission was made that the case is already pending before the Supreme Court.
The J&K government on April 27 extended the ban on high-speed mobile internet till May 11 citing security concerns and militant activities.
The court of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal was also informed through a report filed by Assistant Solicitor General (ASGI), Tahir Majid Shamsi that internet facilities both in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are fully functional.
In an another report, additional secretary to the government, Home department placed a copy of the order of Supreme court  passed in the Writ Petition (Civil), titled Foundation for Media Professionals versus Union Territory of J&K and others.
 “We are informed that apart from this writ petition, two other writ petitions, Private Schools Association, J&K versus Union Territory of J&K and Soayib Qureshi vs Union Territory of J&K are pending consideration before the Supreme Court.
“In view of the matter pending before the Supreme Court of India, we close our consideration of this issue in this writ petition,” the court said.

Coronavirus: Eight Death Due To Covid-19 In Kashmir Valley, A Woman  Passed Away At Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar

Coronavirus: Eight Death Due To Covid-19 In Kashmir Valley, A Woman  Passed Away At Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar

Kashmir witnessed one more Covid-19 death after an elderly woman from Srinagar passed away at Chest Diseases Hospital after being recorded positive for the new virus a day ago.
Head of the Department Chest Medicine, Dr Naveed Shah told that 80-year-old woman, a resident of Rainawari in Srinagar died at the isolation ward of Chest Diseases Hospital on Tuesday evening after her condition deteriorated following the Covid-19 infection.
“The woman was admitted to CD Hospital on Monday after shifted from SMHS Hospital following her positive Covid-19 test reports,” he said.
“She was admitted to the Hospital with Co-morbidities including hypertension and diabetes. Doctors at SMHS suspected her of having the Covid-19 infection so they sent her swab sample to us. We found it positive on Monday so she was shifted immediately,” said Dr Shah.
“Her two sons who accompanied her to the hospital have been sent to the isolation ward as they were in close contact with the deceased,” he said.
J&K has reported eight deaths so far, seven from Kashmir and one from Jammu while 164 persons have recovered from the disease till Monday.
On Tuesday, twenty more persons tested positive for novel Coronavirus in Kashmir on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 566 in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to officials, 14 among the new Coronavirus, patients are from south Kashmir while the remaining six belong to north Kashmir
They said eight Covid-19 cases have been reported from Anantnag, five from Baramulla, four from Shopian, two from Pulwama and one from Kupwara.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq A Jan told Kashmir Reader that only 10 new patients tested positive for novel Coronavirus in the virology lab of the premier institute out of 630 swab samples analysed on Tuesday.
“The samples had come from peripheral health institutions including GMC Baramulla, district hospitals of Kupwara and Shopian,” he said.
“Five of the new cases are from Zandfaran, Botengo, Kanlibagh and Kakkar Hamam villages of north Kashmir Baramulla district. Four were found positive from Hirpora Shopian while one from Gonipora Kupwara,” Dr Jan said.
He said among the new Covid-19 patients, three are minors. According to him, all the ten Coronavirus cases have a contact history with already positive patients.
Nodal Officer for Covid-19 at GMC Srinagar, Dr Saleem Khan said that nearly 377 samples have been analysed at CD Hospital today.
“Ten of the samples were found positive for novel Coronavirus. Eight of them are Anantnag and two belong to Pulwama district,” he said.
In Pulwama, among the positive cases is a truck driver and ISM chemist.
Block Medical Officer Rajpora Dr Javid Ahmad Butt said that the truck driver had travel history to Delhi and returned to Valley on April 16
Similarly, a 50-year-old ISM chemist from Reshipora was conformed positive, according to Medical Officer PHC Kakapora, Dr Mohammad Yusuf.

Melhora Shopian Encounter Update: Two Militants Killed In An Ongoing Encounter In Melhora Area Of Shopian District

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Melhora Shopian Encounter Update: Two Militants Killed In An Ongoing Encounter In Melhora Area Of Shopian District

Two militants have been killed in ongoing encounter which broke between goverment forces and militants in Melhora Area of Zainapora in South Kashmir’s Shopian District on Tuesday
Official sources told that two militants were killed in a gunfight. However identity of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained as operation is still underway
A joint team of Police and army’s 55 RR launched cordon and search operation in Melhora.
As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.

For Posting Fake News A Retired Army Major Booked By Police

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For Posting Fake News A Retired Army Major Booked By Police

A retired Major of the Army was booked by the Cyberabad Police here for allegedly posting fake news on a social media platform, police said.
The Cyber Crime Police noticed that Twitter account holder “theskindoctor13” created a fake news article by editing an old news report in an English daily as ‘Cyberabad Police Bans sale of Oranges in the City’, an official release said.
The Twitter account holder also attached a morphed photo of senior police officers of the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate with the fake news, it said.
“In the fake news/article it was mentioned that to boost secularism to the hilt, Cyberabad police banned the display, sale and consumption of Oranges in the City as saffron colour of oranges is hurting the sentiments of the Muslims,” the release said.
As the post is likely to promote enmity between different religions and prejudicial to the maintenance of communal harmony, a criminal case was registered against the retired army Major for posting the fake news, the Cyberabad Police said.
Cyberabad is one of the three Police Commissionerates covering Hyderabad and its adjoining areas.{PTI}

1200 Peoples From Punjab And Himachal Facilitated In Jammu And Kashmir, Sent To Quarantine: Aji Sahu

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1200 Peoples From Punjab And Himachal Facilitated In Jammu And Kashmir, Sent To Quarantine: Aji Sahu

Aji Sahu, Commissioner/Secretary, Jal Shakti Department said throgh a tweet that more than 1200 peoples from Punjab & Himachal faclitated by respective governments & were sent to required quarntine, copy of tweet reads as:-
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Coronavirus: Kashmir Records 22 Fresh Covid-19 Cases, Jammu And Kashmir Tally Reaches 547

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Coronavirus: Kashmir Records 22 Fresh Covid-19 Cases, Jammu And Kashmir Tally Reaches 547

Twenty-three more persons tested positive for novel Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday taking the total number of cases to 547.
According to officials, among the new Coronavirus patients tested positive for Covid-19, 22 were reported from Kashmir while one Covid-19 patient was detected positive in Jammu.
The region has reported seven deaths so far, six from Kashmir and one from Jammu. The deceased include an expecting mother from Anantnag who tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday a day after her death.
As per officials, 15 among the new Covid-19 cases were reported at the virology lab of SKIMS Soura, seven cases were detected at the Chest Diseases Hospital while only one patient was found positive in GMC Jammu hospital.
They said six of the fresh cases are from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district followed by Shopian and Baramulla with five cases and Bandipora (3). Four districts including Srinagar, Budgam, Kupwara and Reasi have reported one Covid-19 case each.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq A Jan told Kashmir Reader that 15 new patients have tested positive for novel Coronavirus in the virology lab of the premier institute out of 394 samples analysed today.
“All new cases found in Baramulla are from Malpora Sheeri,” he said.
In Bandipora, the new cases belong to Gund Jahangeer village, the he said.
“Three of the new Covid-19 patients detected positive today in Shopian belong to Beminapora village while two others from the district are from Hirpora village,” Dr Jan said.
He said six of Covid-19 patients were minors including an infant who is below 2 years and lives in Shopian’s Hirpora.
Dr Jan said all the new Covid-19 patients detected have contact history of already Covid-19 positive patients.
Nodal Officer for GMC Srinagar, Dr M Saleem Khan said seven samples were detected positive for the virus today out of 376 tested since Sunday including a woman from Anantnag who was tested positive after her death.
“The patients belong to Anantnag and Srinagar districts,” he said.

Qazigund Explosion Update: One Critical Among Six Childrens Injured In An Explosion Near Encounter Site In Lower Munda Qazigund Kulgam

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Qazigund Explosion Update: One Critical Among Six Childrens Injured In An Explosion Near Encounter Site In Lower Munda Qazigund Kulgam

At least seven people including six children sustained grave injuries after an unexploded device went off at the Lower-Munda Qazigund, Kulgam where three militants were killed in the morning today
The incident took place as a group of people were clearing debris from the house razed to the ground by the forces during the morning gunfight where three militants were killed.
“Soon after the incident, the injured were rushed to (PHC) Qazigund hospital for advanced treatment. From there, two of them were shifted to GMH Dooru for advanced treatment where their condition is stated to be stable,”  he said. Of the seven total injured, six are children including five minors. Sources said one of the injured boy has been referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar for advanced treatment.
Police sources said that the explosion was caused by the leftover unexploded device, more likely that of a grenade. Sources said that figure of injured may likely go up given the intensity of the blast. The report will be updated shortly as further details are awaited.(kno)

Lower Munda Gunfight Update: Three Militants Killed In An Encounter In Lower Munda Qazigund Kulgam Area Of South Kashmir

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Lower Munda Gunfight Update: Three Militants Killed In An Encounter In Lower Munda Qazigund Kulgam Area Of South Kashmir

Three militants were killed in an encounter which broke between goverment forces and militants in Lower Munda Area of Qazigund in South Kashmir’s Kulgam District on Monday morning.
Official sources told that three militants were killed in a gunfight. However identity of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained
Till this report was being filed searches in the area was still on.
A joint team of Police and army’s 19 RR launched cordon and search operation in Lower Munda.
As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.

Encounter Started Between Militants And Security Forces In Guddar Kulgam

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Encounter Started Between Militants And Security Forces In Guddar Kulgam

A gunfight broke out between militants and government forces in Guddar area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday evening.
A joint team Army’s 09RR , SOG and CRPF launched cordon and search operation in Guddar area.
A senior Police officer told that contact has been established with hiding militants   after forces zeroed in towards the suspected spot.
As per the sources, two to three militants are believed to be trapped in the area. While this report was being filed, exchange of firing was going on.

Residents Decry Drinking Water Shortage In Many Areas Of Srinagar City

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Residents Decry Drinking Water Shortage In Many Areas Of Srinagar City

KNN/Mir Showkat

Residents of Lalbazar, Alamdar colony, Hazratbal, Ahmadnagar, Umerhare, Buchpora, Soura in Central Kashmir’s Srinagar district Complained that they are facing acute shortage of drinking water amid COVID-19 Pandemic.
The residents said that they are without proper water supply for the last five months,leading residents to complain about scarcity.
We have informed the higher authorities several times but nothing has been done to restore the proper water supply, said Mushtaq Ahmad a local resident.
The residents further said that they can’t wash clothes, take bath and cook properly.
The residents said that water scarcity which makes their life troublesome during this holy month of Ramadan.
The residents urge the Lt. Governor administration and concerned authorities to make contingency measures for redressing the alarming crises of drinking water.{KNN}

“MY PERCEPTION TOWARDS THE PROFESSION OF NURSING”

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“MY PERCEPTION TOWARDS THE PROFESSION OF NURSING”

Nursing is a noble profession which requires advanced knowledge, skills and values. Nursing is a professional discipline complementary to other health care professions. Its purpose is to help the  people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, to enable people to cope with their health problems and to care for people during illness in ways which promote health and healing and minimise disability.Nursing is primarily concerned with the services to meet the physiological,psychological,emotional and the spiritual needs of a patient.But unfortunately the profession is stigmatized with a lot of feckless things like nursing is only meant for women, nurses are less qualified, they have limited level of knowledge and autonomy, they are inferior than doctors etc.
Currently I am myself  a student of Bsc (Hons)Nursing 4th year. Before choosing this profession I had been seeing nursing a profession with low dignity, less honoured and less decorum.When i got Admission in one of the reputed college “GMC”Srinagar for the course of Bsc(Hons)Nursing and believe me it was not by choice rather by a chance.My mind was full of confusions and inconveniences.When someone ask me what is your profession and when I tell them I m a Nursing student, I m met with lot of pity or unmasked surprises.I was confused what to do whether I should relinquish here or to retain this profession. Time passed away when I took this profession seriously, my negative cognitions regarding this profession automatically changed. I decided to become a knowledgeable and well-skilled nursing student because this is the only profession where you care for others without any greed.
Being a male nurse is not always easy, but it it is wonderfully rewarding, both financially and emotionally. People need to change their mentality regarding the profession of nursing. Nursing is not so easy as u think,it is a quite laborious and burdensome profession as they need to read lot of books such a Fundamentals of nursing, sociology, biochemistry,pharmacology, pathology, psychiatry, Medical surgical, community health etc etc. They have to know each and everything about the disease including signs and symptoms, etiology,pathophysiology,complications,diagnosis, Medical and surgical management and the most important nursing management which is the cornerstone of nursing care. Although, they also need to submit assignments on every week and to perform clinical practice in every corner of the hospital facility. Nurses are Multi talented and the backbone of every hospital, they are the frontline worriers who prevent, care, treat and rehabilitate the patient even under prevailing pandemic crisis.
Nursing provides us with an opportunity to make a huge impact on someone’s life every single day, and with that comes great responsibility, so we take pride in going the extra mile. Making that cup of tea for a relative that you notice is holding back tears, holding the hand of the elderly patient who is disoriented and scared, giving a person the chance to express their darkest moments without judgement.
The perception of people towards the profession of nursing is in changing mode nowadays because people all around the world now realized that Nurses are the real heart of country efforts to improve health for all.Nurses and midwives are unsung heroes in responding to the health needs of communities during such pandemic crisis like Covid- 19.
Nurses and the nursing students, it’s time to lead the charge and make a difference on a global scale. Together we can tackle the healthcare challenges that exist today. This is a big step for our profession. Forget about the stigma. The pay is great, the opportunities are endless and you end up going home every day knowing that you did something very positive for someone else.”It is a great honour and gratitude for us to be a part of this noble profession.
“To do what nobody else will do,
A way nobody else can do,
Inspire of all we go through;
That is to be a Nurse”.

Zahid Fayaz Lone
Bsc(Hons)Nursing 4th yr
Govt Medical College
Srinagar

Complaint Lodged Against Arnab Goswami Editor-In-Chief Of Republic TV News Channel In Handwara And Baramulla

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Complaint Lodged Against Arnab Goswami Editor-In-Chief Of Republic TV News Channel In Handwara And Baramulla

Two complaints were lodged against the chief editor and managing director or Republic TV, Arnab Goswami in northern region of Kashmir on Saturday.
In Handwara, Jammu Kashmir Zamindar Forum lodged a complaint against TV Anchor Arnab Goswami at Police Station Handwara for relating Palghar mob lynching incident to Muslim community. The Forum has requested police to register an FIR against ‘communal’ anchor Goswami for trying to create a wedge between Muslims and Hindus in India.
“Please lodge a case against Arnab Goswami, co-founder of ‘Republic TV’ under section 117, 120B, 153, 153A, 295A, 298, 500, 504, 505 and 506 of Indian penal Code,” reads the complaint filed by JK Zamindar Forum President Abdul Hamid Malik.
In another complaint which was lodged in Baramulla police station by Congress leader and Sarpanch seeking FIR against TV Journalist Arnab Goswami.
They said the anchor is always provoking people and is threat to peace and amity in country, so we seeking a FIR against him.
Meanwhile a police officer said we recieved complaints against the TV anchor and will look into the facts.

Six Minors Among 20 New Covid-19 Patients In Kashmir Valley

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Six Minors Among 20 New Covid-19 Patients In Kashmir Valley

Twenty more persons tested positive for novel Coronavirus in Kashmir on Friday taking the total number of cases to 454 in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to officials, all the fresh Coronavirus patients were found positive for the new Virus at the virology lab of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
They said, nine persons from Bandipora, five from Shopian, four from Kupwara and two from Baramulla district tested positive for Coronavirus on Friday.
J&K has reported five deaths so far, four from Kashmir and one from Jammu while 92 persons have recovered from the disease.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq A Jan told Kashmir Reader that 20 new patients tested positive for novel Coronavirus in the virology lab of SKIMS out of 395 swab samples analysed on Friday.
“Most of the samples had come from peripheral health institution including GMC Baramulla,” he said.
According to him, the highest number of positive cases belong to Gund Qaiser village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
He said six of the new Covid-19 patients are minors including four girls from Shopian, Kupwara and Tangmarg.
Nodal Officer for Covid-19 at GMC Srinagar, Dr M Saleem Khan said all the samples tested at Chest Diseases Hospital were found negative for the novel Coronavirus.
“We have tested at least 145 samples of Covid-19 suspects at CD Hospital today and all of them were found clear from the virus,” he said.
The samples had been received from four districts including Srinagar, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag.

COVID-19: DC Kulgam Visits Red Zone Village Batpora, Inpects Quarantine Centers

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COVID-19: DC Kulgam Visits Red Zone Village Batpora, Inpects Quarantine Centers

KNN/ISHFAQ PADDER

Deputy commissioner kulgam Showkat Aijaz Bhat today visited several areas of district kulgam to take first hand appraisal of enforcement of restrictions and lockdown in the district.

He visited several areas including D. H. Pora,K.B.Pora,Khull,Ahmadabad,Kounsabal,Nihama,Mirhama,Liroo,Yaroo,and other villages and monitoterd personally enforcement of restrictions and lockdown in the district.

Earlier he visited Red zone village Batpora of Tehsil D. H. Pora where officers breifed him about the measures which are in place to break the chain of Coronavirus infection.

He directed the concerned to ensure complete lock-down in the village and ensure that no inward or outward movement in the area.

During his visit Deputy commissioner also inpected quarantine centers at Khull, K.B.Pora and other places and took stock of arrangements which have been put in place at these centers.

He was accompanied by ADC,Shabir Hussain, BMO, Shugufta Salam, Tehsildar,Niyaz Ahmad and other officers.

He appealed the people to stay at home to break the chain of coronavirus infection and urged the people to adhere to socail distancing and pray nimaz e taraveh at home during the month of Ramadhan in veiw of COVID-19 infection.{KNN}

50 Militants Killed In Jammu And Kashmir Sofar In Current Year 2020, 18 Killed During Lockdown

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50 Militants Killed In Jammu And Kashmir Sofar In Current Year 2020, 18 Killed During Lockdown

Fifty militants, including several top commanders of Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) and Lashker-e-Tioba (LeT), were killed in counter militancy operations by government forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, officials said on Friday.
Seventeen government forces personnel lost their lives while fighting the militants in the union territory, they said.
The militants also killed nine civilians in the last four months, the officials said.
Giving details, a senior official told PTI that the slain militants included top commanders of JeM, LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen.
He said of the 50 militants killed so far this year, 18 were eliminated during the ongoing lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Four militants, including district commander of LeT Muzaffar Ahmed Bhat, were killed in a gunbattle with govt forces in the Dialgam area of Anantnag district in south Kashmir on March 15, the official said, adding they belonged to LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits
On January 25, three militants, including JeM self-styled Kashmir chief Qari Yasir, were killed while three soldiers were injured in a gunfight between govt forces and militants in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, he said.
On January 23, another top militant commander Abu Saifullah alias Abu Qasim, an associate of Yasir, was killed in the Khrew area of Pulwama district, the official said.
On April 9, top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander Sajad Nawab Dar was killed by govt forces in Sopore in Baramulla district in north Kashmir, he said.
A top Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Haroon Wani was killed in a fierce gunfight with the govt forces in the Gundana area of Doda in Jammu and Kashmir on January 15, he said.
Giving further details, the officer said 18 militants were killed during the lockdown in the union territory since March 14.
As many as nine civilians were killed by the militants during this year, he said.
Besides, seventeen govt force personnel were killed during the same period, which includes 13 forces personnel, three Special Police officers (SPOs) and one policeman, he added.
As many as 160 militants were killed and 102 arrested in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh had said earlier.

District Administration Srinagar Today Sealed 10 Shops, 12 Vehicles And Two-Wheelers Seized For Violating Lockdown Orders

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District Administration Srinagar Today Sealed 10 Shops, 12 Vehicles And Two-Wheelers Seized For Violating Lockdown Orders

DM warns against violations, instructs authorities for strict action against violators

SRINAGAR, APRIL 22:  Ten shops were sealed and over a dozen vehicles and two-wheelers seized Thursday in different areas of Srinagar for violating lockdown orders.
Concerned authorities including Tehsildars and police swung into action against violators found in their respective jurisdictions.
It followed instructions of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary for strict action against violators of lockdown as ordered for containment of COVID-19 in the district.
These shops were sealed in jurisdictions of 4 Tehsils — including 4 shops in Eidgah, 3 shops in North, 2 shops in Shalteng and 1 shop in Chanpora. In Koker Bazar area of South tehsil two shopkeepers were arrested for violations and others given strict warnings against future violations.
Strict action was also taken against private vehicles found moving around without permission.
Seven cars and five two-wheelers as well as a tipper truck with construction material were seized during the inspection drive held in different areas of the district.
It should be noted that complete restrictions on public movement and activities have been ordered till May 3 in the district. Concerned authorities have been instructed for strict enforcement of restrictions and strict action against violators.

United States Was “Attacked”, Says Trump As Coronavirus Total Deaths Tally Reaches 47,000

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United States Was “Attacked”, Says Trump As Coronavirus Total Deaths Tally Reaches 47,000

Washington: Struggling to restore normalcy in the US where the coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people and infected over 8,52,000, President Donald Trump has said that the country was “attacked”.
“We were attacked. This was an attack. This wasn”t just the flu by the way. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, 1917 was the last time,” Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference on Wednesday.
He was responding to a question about the growing US national debt as a result of the multi-trillion dollars stimulus packages that his administration has come up with to help people and businesses in distress as a direct fallout of the pandemic.
“We have no choice. Do we have a choice? I”m always concerned about everything. We had to fix this problem,” he said.
“We had the greatest economy in the history of the world… Better than China, better than any place,” he said.
“We built it in the last three years and then one day, they came and they said you have to close it. Now, we”re going to open it again and we”re going to be just as strong or stronger but you have to spend some money to get it back open,” he said.
“We saved our airlines. We saved numerous companies that are great companies that two months ago were having the best year they’ve ever had. Now all of a sudden, they’re totally shut out of markets,” he added.
Trump said the number of new positive cases continue to decline nationwide.
“Recent hotspots appear to be stabilising. They are going in the right direction. Cases in the Boston area are now declining. The Chicago curve appears to have flattened, which is terrific… Detroit has passed its peak,” he said.
“These trends demonstrate that our aggressive strategy to battle the virus is working and that more states will soon be in a position to gradually and safely reopen. That’s very exciting,” he asserted.
Trump said his administration is working closely with governors to ensure that they have the testing infrastructure in place to reduce further spread of the virus if they”re so inclined to use the testing apparatus, including strategies for older individuals, low income Americans, minorities, and Native Americans.
“I”ll not rest until that prosperity has been fully restored. I really believe that we”re going to lift those numbers higher than ever before, and it will be as long as people might think,” he said.
“A lot of very smart people are looking at that and they”re betting. You just have to look at what”s going on with the stock market,” he added.
The administration so far has directed more than USD 7 billion in federal funding to support the development of treatments, diagnostics, and therapies.
The FDA, the NIH, and industry leaders are establishing master clinical trial protocols to test multiple promising new drugs at the same time.
More than 1600 locations across the country have signed up to administer convalescent plasma to patients, infusing them with antibodies of those who have recovered, he added.

District Administration Reaches Out To Various Labourers/Residents Of Doda Dstrict Stranded At Different Locations In Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Jammu, Jharkhand, Uttrakhand,MP & Haryana

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District Administration Reaches Out To Various Labourers/Residents Of Doda Dstrict Stranded At Different Locations In Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Jammu, Jharkhand, Uttrakhand,MP & Haryana

Bilal Bhallesi Doda

KNN NEWS DODA

Doda/April/23: Today 102 number of persons/labourers stranded at various locations outside the UT of JK beside out of District Doda approached to the control room established by District Administration Doda,out of which 28 persons were insisting to return back to their respective areas/homes,for which they were intimated that the decision regarding movement needs to be taken by apex level Authorities.
However, for those who requested for ration and other basic, matter was taken up with the concerned authorities to resolve their issues. Detail of which is as under :-

1.Total twenty five labourers stranded at District Ambala cantt,the matter was taken with LNT Company head for provision of ration to them.The head also informed that wages are already disbursed upto March,ration being provided free of cost.

2.Four labourers stranded at Tehsil Rohru, the matter was taken with Tehsildar Rohru for provision of ration to them.

3.Ten labourers stranded at District Shimla Tehsil Rohru,the matter was resolved through Tehsildar Rohru.

4.One person stranded at Maharashtra District Nanded Tehsil Vishnupuri,the matter was taken with control room Tehsildar Nanded to ensure provision of ration.

5.As conveyed twenty person’s stranded at District Doda Tehsil Gandoh,the matter resolved through Tehsildar concerned to ensure provision of ration.

6.As Informed Five person’s stranded at District Jammu area Bari Brahmana,the matter taken up with control room Jammu.

7.Four persons stranded at District Doda resident of Assam, the matter resolved with Tehsildar concerned to ensure provision of ration.

8.Five person’s stranded at Jamshedpur beligama near Gurudwara Dimna road, the matter taken with company head to ensure provision of ration.

It is pertinent to mention that till date 4349 people/ stranded labourers approached for provision of the ration and other basic facilities, besides other queries like permission to return back home etc. and grievances were resolved in toto by the district administration through control room established in the office of CEO BDA at TRC Sarna Bhadarwah in coordination with authorities of different states /tehsils and/ panchayats.

Further District Administration appeals all the stranded person’s of district Doda to remain indoor during the lock down period, and may contact the office of Nodal Officer for any help with regard to requirement of basic amenities like food/ration. Please note,no request for travel to or from Doda shall be entertained.All persons stranded at various places are requested to remain at same place.

Also It is for the information of general public that District Administration has appointed CEO BDA Dr Rajinder Khajuria (KAS) as Nodal Officer for residents / labourers of District Doda stranded outside district and in other parts of the country. In case of any problem People/ labourers Stranded at various locations can contact directly on the following numbers 9419181361 (CEO BDA) & on 9419665538,9858552538 (PA to CEO BDA) or at 9906361616.{KNN}

COVID-19: Free Ration Distribution Continues In Ganderbal Among Beneficiaries Under PMGKAY

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COVID-19: Free Ration Distribution Continues In Ganderbal Among Beneficiaries Under PMGKAY

KNN/Mir Showkat/Ganderbal

Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal on Wednesday visited various ration stores in the district to monitor the free ration distribution for the month of April to poor and needy souls under Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalayan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)

Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalayan Anna Yojana is a central government scheme launched during the lockdown period amid COVID19. It aimed at distributing 5 kg food grains per soul in the PHH and AAY categories for three months.

This is over and above the monthly quota of subsidized food grain of 5 kg per person under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

The Deputy Commissioner was accompanied by ADC, Farooq Ahmad Baba, Assistant Director Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and other officials.

On the occasion, the Assistant Director Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs informed the DC that there are 42828 families comprising 192389 souls of PHH and AAY to be covered under PMGKAY and 9619.8 quintals of rice will be distributed for the month of April.

He also informed that 70% of ration under PMGKAY is already distributed among the beneficiaries.

The DC said that the district administration has already taken slew of measures to ensure that food grains reach every corner of the district during this period.

He also said that the process of the distribution of free ration for the month of April under PMGKAY shall be completed in this week.{KNN}

Various Sections Of A Private Hospitals Sealed By Authorities In Kupwara

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Various Sections Of A Private Hospitals Sealed By Authorities In Kupwara

KNN/AADIL AKBAR

Handwara April 21:- In order to streamline the functioning of Private Hospitals for better patient care across Kashmir Division, Tehsil administration handwara today sealed various sections of one private hospital namely North Kashmir Nursing Home Handwara.

An official told Kashmir News Network-KNN thats departmental task force has been routinely inspecting the private health institutes and wherever violations are found strict action as per the rule of law is being implemented against the violators for better health care services. {KNN}

Covid-19: DM Doda Urges People To Download/Install ‘Aarogya Setu’ Application

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Covid-19: DM Doda Urges People To Download/Install ‘Aarogya Setu’ Application

KNN/Bilal Bhallesi Doda

KNN/Doda/21 April:

District Magistrate Doda, Dr Sagar  Doifode today urged the people of the district to download and install “Aarogya Setu” mobile application in their mobile phones for important information to keep them safe from coronavirus infection.

The DM informed Kashmir News  Network-KNN that Aarogya setu application is an important step to fight against deadly disease COVID-19 and by leveraging technology this mobile application provides important information. After downloading the COVID-19 tracking app it will let users know about the zone they are in and will guide accordingly.

“Whenever you come in contact or even when you are in surrounding of any COVID-19 positive person ,this app will notify you or alert you” the DM said. The tracking is done through a Bluetooth and location generated social graph which can show user interaction with anyone who has tested positive, he added.

Moreover, it has a tool for self testing through questionnaire and in case someone’s answer suggest COVID-19 symptoms, the information will be sent to the government through Artificial Intelligence and the data will then help the government to take timely steps and initiate the isolation procedure, if necessary besides the users will be alerted about it.

After installing the application, people have to switch on the Bluetooth and have to keep mobile GPS on every time. It will also give users daily authentic information and updates about the COVID-19.

The DM further urged people to download and share this app using this link Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nic.goi.aarogyasetu iOS: https://apps.apple.com/in/app/aarogyasetu/id1505825357.

Moreover the DM Informed that District Administration has also issued a circular in this regard,which reads that “All Tehsildars are directed to outreach the public in their respective jurisdictions through the Patwari Halqas for awareness/promoting the installation of the Aarogya Setu App on priority basis”.

Besides the DM has directed all the patwaris shall visit personally house to house in their respective jurisdictions/halqas and shall help the installation of the Aarogya Setu App on the smart phones of their users-{KNN}.