Police Register Case After Miscreants Ransack Science Laboratory In Shopian School

Police Register Case After Miscreants Ransack Science Laboratory In Shopian School

 

KNN /Shahid-Ul-Islam/Shopian

 

Unknown miscreants ransacked the Science Laboratory in a Government Higher Secondary School here in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, prompting police to register a formal case and investigate the matter.

 

Sources told news agency that unknown persons barged into the Science Laboratory at Government Higher Secondary School Mantribugh area of Shopian and caused damage to maximum extent to the equipments.

A police official said that Principal Government Higher Secondary school Mantribug Shopian approached police station Shopian stating that the damage to maximum items in Science Laboratory of said Higher Secondary School has been caused either by thieves or miscreants during night hours.

 

A police team rushed to spot to ascertain the facts. A case in this regard has been registered and investigation set into motion.

 

When contacted Principal Government Higher Secondary School Mr Anayatullah said that miscreants or burglars have caused great damaged to equipments at Science Laboratory. “It is still not known, why the Laboratory was ransacked and how miscreants entered into it. I have lodged a complaint at Police Station and hopefully, the culprits will be identified and booked,” he told. {KNN}

Covid-19: India Records Biggest Single-Day Spike Of 8,380 Coronavirus Cases As Government Prepares For Unlock

Covid-19: India Records Biggest Single-Day Spike Of 8,380 Coronavirus Cases As Government Prepares For Unlock

 

India registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases on Sunday with 8,380 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 1,82,143, while the death toll rose to 5,164, according to the Union Health Ministry.

 

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood to *89,995, while 86,983 people have recovered* and one patient has migrated, it said.

 

“Thus, around 47.75 per cent patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said.

 

The total confirmed cases includes foreigners.

 

The death toll has gone up by 193 since Saturday morning, of which 99 were from Maharashtra, 27 from Gujarat, 18 from Delhi, nine each from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, seven from West Bengal, six each from Tamil Nadu and Telangana, five in Bihar, three from Uttar Pradesh, two from Punjab, and one each from Haryana and Kerala. 

Weather To Remain Rainy Till June 3, Traffic Disrupted On Srinagar-Jammu National Highway

Weather To Remain Rainy Till June 3, Traffic Disrupted On Srinagar-Jammu National Highway

 

Rains lashed Kashmir Saturday even as Meteorological Department predicted that isolated rainfall in the form of thundershowers will continue till June 3.

 

The MeT on Saturday said that isolated thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds will continue for next four days in J&K.

 

Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad said that active western disturbance, which causes change in weather, was likely to continue till Monday.

 

The MeT official said intensity of rainfall will pick up during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

 

“There is an active western disturbance over the region presently, which will last till Monday afternoon. Weather is expected to witness a significant improvement from Monday, but isolated thundershowers along with gusty winds at the speed of 30-40 kilometers per hour will continue to occur till June 3,” Ahmad said.

 

Rains/temperatures

 

Summer capital Srinagar recorded 1 millimeter and winter capital Jammu 9 mm rainfall till 5:30 pm on Saturday.

 

As per MeT data, tourist resort Kokernag recorded 3 mm rainfall, Kupwara 0.6 mm, Banihal 2 mm and Batote 20 mm.

 

The rainfall brought down the temperatures in the Valley, which had witnessed a sharp increase in day temperatures during last few days.

 

Summer capital Srinagar recorded 22.2 degrees Celsius temperature on Saturday. On March 27, Srinagar had recorded seasons highest so far at 31.7 degrees.

 

National Highway:

 

Traffic on the 270 kilometer Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained disrupted on Saturday due to landslides and shooting stones leaving vehicles stranded.

 

Senior Traffic police officials said trucks carrying essential commodities to the Valley remained stranded as shooting stones at Trishul Morh were causing difficulties in the movement of the traffic.

 

“Fresh landslides that occurred today at Trishul Morh have been cleared but incidents of shooting stones since morning have been slowing down the traffic. It is raining heavily which has slowed down the traffic,” said Ajay Anand, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic (Highway).

 

Anand who is stationed at Ramban said even after traffic was resumed, the movement was quite slow due to heavy rainfall which continued till the late evening.

 

Traffic advisory:

 

A traffic advisory issued by the Traffic Police department has said that subject to fair weather and road conditions only vehicles carrying essentials would be allowed to move on the highway on Sunday. The advisory said trucks carrying essentials will also be allowed to move on Srinagar-Leh highway depending on the conditions of the road. It said Mughal Road connecting Shopian to Pir Panchal remains closed due to accumulation of snow.

 

Frequent closure of highway choke supplies:

 

The routine passenger traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been off the roads for last several weeks due to lockdown owing to Covid-19.

 

However, buses carrying travellers who have completed their quarantine at Lakhanpur and those with special movement passes have been travelling on the highway. Frequent closure of the highway due to inclement weather has not just caused inconvenience to travellers but also choked supplies of essentials to the Valley. This has caused shortage of goods for people who are already suffering due to outbreak of Covid-19 leading to sky-rocketting of prices.

Covid-19: 112 New Coronavirus Positive Cases Including 10 Pregnant Women In Jammu And Kashmir Today

Covid-19: 112 New Coronavirus Positive Cases Including 10 Pregnant Women In Jammu And Kashmir Today

 

Ten pregnant women were among fresh COVID-19 infections reported in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the overall case count to 2333.

 

Sources told that 112 fresh cases were reported in J&K—67 among them from Kashmir division and 45 from Jammu division.

 

They said among the fresh cases in Valley, 48 were confirmed at CD’s diagnostic laboratory, Dr. Salim Khan, nodal officer for COVID-19 at the Government Medical College Srinagar, 19 others were confirmed at viral diagnostic lab at SKIMS Bemina, Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus Control Measures at SKIMS said.

 

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, told that among them 12 are from Srinagar, four from Kulgam and two from Kupwara and one from Baramulla.

 

Among 48 cases reported from Jammu, 30 were confirmed at Army’s Command Hospital Udhampur. Confirming that 30 samples tested positive at the Command Hospital Udhampur, Lt Col Inam Danish Khan told sixteen of them are from Rajouri, 11 from Udhampur, two from Doda and one Reasi.

 

Pertinently, as already reported 185 cases in J&K on Friday while official bulletin by had put the number at 128. Gns

32 Year Old Man Found Hanging From A Tree In Nipora Area Of Kulgam District

32 Year Old Man Found Hanging From A Tree In Nipora Area Of Kulgam District

 

Kulgam, May 30: A man has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Nipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday morning.

 

Witnesses told that a man identified as Ravinder Singh, son of Deva Singh (32) of Jiger Simbli Paryal Jammu was found hanging from a tree near Alpine Petrol Pump at Nipora.

 

Meanwhile, the body has been shifted to a nearby hospital for necessary medico legal formalities.

 

Confirming the incident, a police officer said that investigations has been initiated into the case. Kno

Wanpora Kulgam Encounter Update: Two Militants Killed In The Operation, Encounter Ended

Wanpora Kulgam Encounter Update: Two Militants Killed In The Operation, Encounter Ended

 

Two Hizb militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Wanpora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.

 

Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar (IPS) told that two militants have been killed in the operation. However, he said, the identity of the slain militants was yet to be ascertained.

 

A joint team of Police, Army’s 01 RR and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Wanpora.

 

As the joint team approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter.

 

A senior police officer confirmed exchange of fire between the joint team and the militants. As per the sources, two to three militants are believed to be trapped. Gns

Covid-19: Out Of 49,679 Samples 48,894 Tested Negative: Director SKIMS

Covid-19: Out Of 49,679 Samples 48,894 Tested Negative: Director SKIMS

 

Srinagar, May 28: Over 45,000 people have been tested negative for Covid-19 at Kashmir premier health care Institute SKIMS Soura here in Srinagar city.

Divulging information about the Covid-19 cases, Director SKIMS, Dr Abdul Gani Ahangar told that since the outbreak of Coronavirus, 49,679 samples were tested at SKIMS, out of which 48,894 were tested negative. He said a large number of Covid-19 suspected patients were found negative and the current trend shows an improvement in the recoveries of Coronavirus positive patients.

“Total number of samples tested at SKIMS till date stand at 49,679 out of which 48,894 were tested negative, while 785 were found positive,” he said.

Dr Ahangar said that 51 patients who were tested positive for Coronavirus have been discharged from quarantine wards while number of patients who were tested negative and discharged from quarantine wards till date is 417.

“Since the outbreak of this deadly disease, 482 patients infected with Covid-19 were admitted in the hospital.”

He said so for five deaths occurred in the hospital due to this disease. KNT

Center Assures J&K Govt All Support In Facilitating Early Return Of Its Residents Stranded Abroad

Center Assures J&K Govt All Support In Facilitating Early Return Of Its Residents Stranded Abroad

 

Repatriation flight is tentatively scheduled from Muscat to Srinagar on June 2

 

JAMMU, MAY 28: The Union Ministry of External Affairs, in response to J&K Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam’s request for prioritising evacuation of residents of Jammu and Kashmir stranded in Dubai, Iran and Oman has tentatively scheduled a repatriation flight from Muscat to Srinagar on 2 June 2020.

 

The Union Ministry, in a communiqué received here yesterday in this regard, has conveyed that the Center government is seized of the case of 24 pilgrims from J&K who are presently in Iran and efforts are being made to facilitate their early return. “Our Mission in Muscat is in touch with our nationals in Oman and we have tentatively scheduled a repatriation flight from Muscat to Srinagar on 2 June 2020”, informed the Ministry.

 

The communique further added that the Ministry has already arranged a repatriation flight from Dubai to Srinagar evacuating 155 passengers including 4 infants stranded in Dubai. Besides, the Center government had earlier facilitated the return of students and pilgrims from Iran.

 

The External Affairs Ministry has assured the Jammu and Kashmir government all possible assistance in facilitating early return of JK residents stranded abroad.

 

Pertinently, JK Chief Secretary, had earlier approached the Centre with the request to bring back the UT residents stranded in Oman, Dubai and Iran under its ‘Vande Bharat Mission’.

K.K Sidha Assumes Charge As Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Complete Containment Of COVID-19 And Effective Delivery Of Public Services Would Be The Top Priority: DM

K.K Sidha Assumes Charge As Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Complete Containment Of COVID-19 And Effective Delivery Of Public Services Would Be The Top Priority: DM

 

Anantnag 28 May: While stressing for complete containment of COVID-19 in the district , District Magistrate Anantnag after assuming charge urged upon all the concerned officers to fortify the efforts in breaking the chain of infection.

 

Deputy Commissioner while taking the preliminary review of Officers directed the police and revenue officers to ensure complete lockdown in red zones along with a mechanism to be put in place to for hassle free availability of essential supplies besides emphasising for reasonable restrictions in green and orange zones. He directed the officers to invoke   section 269 IPC( unlawfully or negligently doing something which is likely to spread infection of any dangerous disease to life) , section 270 IPC ( malignant act likely to spread infection of dangerous disease to life), section 271 IPC (knowingly disobeying any quarantine rule) and section 188 IPC ( for disobeying the Government orders) in case of any violation.

 

He said that various SOPs issued by government time and again should be followed religiously and there is no scope of being complacent amid spike in number of COVID-19 cases.
He added that the SOP pertaining to the management of pregnant ladies , terminal illnesses and non Communicable diseases should be followed along with building a mechanism without putting them into inconvenience.

He directed all the officers including CMO Anantnag , Nodal Officers of quarantine centres and Tehsildars to submit the daily work done reports to the district headquarters without any fail.

He emphasized that the surveillance teams constituted for screening and monitoring should intensify the efforts in having door to door survey in all areas declared red zones
He also directed for expedition of enquiry regarding the death of a pregnant in the district and stressed for its logical conclusion.

While emphasising for the aggressive sampling to occur in concurrence with the SOPs , he directed the CMO to submit a proposal of paramedics who may be accordingly deputed for sampling collection training at Srinagar Hospital

 

He enjoined upon the officers to work in unison and strive for a responsive and prompt disposal of public greviances .He underscored the importance of providing better public delivery of services thereby assuaging the stress of general public amid pandemic.

 

The meeting was attended by SP Anantnag, two Additional Deputy Commissioners, OSD for COVID ,ACD Anantnag , ACR Anantnag ,SDMs , CMO and other concerned officers. {KNN}

Drug Peddler Arrested By Kreeri Police In North Kashmir

Drug Peddler Arrested By Kreeri Police In North Kashmir

 

KNN/BHAT YASIR

 

Kreeri May, 27 (KNN): To eradicate drug menace and make area drugs free, Kreeri police has arrested notorious drug peddler at Kreeri in North kashmir’s Baramulla District.

 

SDPO Kreeri said that on a specific information a naka was laid under the supervision of SHO kreeri near Gousia colony kreeri and arrested one notorious drug Peddler along with 200 gram Charas Like Substance.

 

The accused has been identified as Ab Majeed Chopan R/o Kichu Muqaam Kreeri.

General Public has hailed the action of SDPO Kreeri and SHO Kreeri and said these type of actions should be continued in future so that drug menace can be eradicated in the area.

 

According to KNN, Police has registered a case FIR No 48/2020 U/S 8/20 NDPS Act in Police Station Kreeri. (KNN)

SSP Anantnag Visits Government Medical College, Interacted With Medicos, Paramedics

SSP Anantnag Visits Government Medical College, Interacted With Medicos, Paramedics

 

In a first such move in Kashmir Valley, a senior police officer on Wednesday reached out directly to medicos and paramedics to sort out the issues confronted by them in movement during lockdown period.

 

Senior superintendent of police Anantnag, Sandeep Choudhary this morning visited Government Medical College Anantnag to get first-hand appraisal of the problems faced by medicos and paramedics in movement during lockdown period.

 

“He discussed the issues regarding facilitating their movement during lockdown period ,” Sources said, adding that he also appreciated the role played by medicos and paramedics during this period.

 

Sources said that SSP Anantnag has also directed police officers in the district to reach out to doctors and paramedics in their respective areas  to sort out all the problems faced by them. kno

Shopian/Pulwama Journalists Guild Strongly Condemned Assault And Thrashing Of Two Journalists By JK Police

Shopian/Pulwama Journalists Guild Strongly Condemned Assault And Thrashing Of Two Journalists By JK Police

 

KNN/Shahid Ul Islam/Shopian

 

The Shopian/Pulwama journalists guild has strongly condemned the  assault and thrashing of two journalist by Police  in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

 

Umer Rashid, a Senior journalist  with The Global News Service (GNS) and Junaid Gulzar with Kashmir Essence said that they were assaulted by police at Newa ( Pulwama) while coming from Srinagar.

 

“We were having valid movement passes and humbly showed our I Cads also but the cops start abusing and thrashing both of us without letting us know the reason behind beating us”Umer said.

 

Spokesman SPWJG has  strongly condemned the thrashing incident and said it is an assault on freedom of press. Journalists report truth. But in conflict truth is the first casualty” . Earlier, police and security forces have beaten up journalists as per their will. And without any action against those police men who thrash and detain journalists.

 

The young journalists demanded a fair probe into the thrashing of their colleagues and action from the police against its men who Assaulted them. {KNN}

Covid-19: Coronavirus Cases Cross 1.5 Lakh-Mark In India, Death Toll Reaches 4,337

Covid-19: Coronavirus Cases Cross 1.5 Lakh-Mark In India, Death Toll Reaches 4,337

 

With 6,387 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 1,51,767 on Wednesday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

 

170 people have also died in the last 24 hours due to the infection, taking the death toll to 4,337.

 

Currently, there are 83,004 active cases while 64,425 COVID-19 patients have been cured/discharged and one has migrated. So far, a total of 4,337 deaths have taken place across the country.

 

Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 54,758. Tamil Nadu has 17,728 cases with Gujarat at 14,821 cases. The national capital has 14,465 reported cases of coronavirus.

No Decision Yet On Reopening Schools, Colleges, Ministry Of Home Affairs {MHA} Clarifies

No Decision Yet On Reopening Schools, Colleges, Ministry Of Home Affairs {MHA} Clarifies

 

No decision has been taken on opening of schools and colleges and all education institutions across the country are still prohibited to open, the Union Home Ministry said Tuesday night.

 

The statement by the home ministry spokesperson came after a section of media reported that the ministry has given permission to all states to open schools.

 

“No such decision taken by MHA. All Educational institutions are still prohibited to open, throughout the country(sic),” the spokesperson tweeted All educational institutions have been shut since mid-March — some of them from March 25 when the nationwide lockdown started — to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

 

The nationwide lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days in a bid to combat the pandemic. It was first extended till May 3 and again till May 17. The lockdown has now been extended till May 31.

Engineers And Workers Of Power Development Department (PDD) To Observe Black Day On Ist June 2020

Engineers And Workers Of Power Development Department (PDD) To Observe Black Day On Ist June 2020

 

KNN/SHAHID WANI

 

In response to the call given by National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees & Engineers, which is joint amalgam of the power employees all across the country including AIPEF, AIFOPDE, AIPF, AIFEE, EEFI, INEWF and LPF, the Jammu & Kashmir Power Engineers and Employees Coordination Committee has decided to extends its full support in protesting against the move of Central Government’s Decision of privatization of the DISCOMS of UTs in first move, and have decided to observe June 1 as Black day or “National Protest Day” and all the employees will wear black badges on their arms while working at their workplaces so as to observe symbolic protest in this horrible situation amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The wider struggle of Power employees commences with observance of “National Protest Day” or “Black Day” on 1st June, 2020 all over the country wearing black badges, showing black banners to negate the Bill and to seek support of people of India.

The Power Employees and Engineers also urges upon the Lieutenant Governor of UT of J&K, to take up the matter further with the Central government on urgent basis so that UT of J&K and its electrical consumers are not made the subjects for the practical works for implementation of any of such new policies which had failed miserably in other parts of the country. {KNN}

Two UBGL Grenades Recovered In Kupwara Village Of North Kashmir

Two UBGL Grenades Recovered In Kupwara Village Of North Kashmir

 

Kupwara, May 26: Police and army on Tuesday recovered two UBGL grenades during a cordon and search operation at Zunreshi area of Lolab.

 

They said that, upon receiving specific inputs, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Army’s 14 SIKHLI and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police at Chaupan Mohalla, Zunreshi.

 

During the operation, they said, two UBGL grenades were recovered in the area.

China To Evacuate Citizens From India Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Rising Border Tension

China To Evacuate Citizens From India Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Rising Border Tension

 

Beijing: China is planning to evacuate its citizens from India amid the spreading Covid-19 pandemic in the country, a notice issued by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi said.

 

The notice, published on the embassy website said that students, tourists and businessmen who have been stranded in India will be allowed to fly back to China on special flights.

 

The number of Chinese citizens currently studying or staying and working in India wasn’t immediately available.

 

Beijing has asked its citizens willing to return to China to register by the morning of May 27.

 

It includes Chinese citizens who are in India to practice yoga or had come to India for the Buddhist religious circuit pilgrimage.

 

It did not specify when or from where the special flights would take off.

 

The evacuation notice also comes in the backdrop of rising tension between India and China along the disputed boundary between the two countries.

 

The notice put out in Mandarin on Monday morning said those taking the flights will have to pay for the tickets and for their 14-day quarantine once they land in China.

 

“Under the unified arrangement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant departments, the Chinese embassy and Consulates in India will assist students, tourists, and temporary businessmen in India who have difficulties and are in urgent need of returning home to take temporary flights back to China,” the notice said.

 

The notice expressly forbade those who have been diagnosed with or suspected to have Covid-19 or those who had fever and cough symptoms for 14 days not to take the flights.

 

Close contacts of Covid-19 patients or whose body temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees centigrade will also not be allowed to board.

 

The applicants have been warned to not hide their medical history.

 

“Once a passenger who conceals his illness and contact history or finds that he has taken antipyretics and other inhibitory drugs during quarantine inspection is found, he will be held liable for the crime of endangering public safety,” the notice said.

 

India was among the countries to evacuate more than 700 citizens and foreign nationals from the central Chinese province of Hubei, worst-hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, and its capital, Wuhan, where the coronavirus emerged late last year in February.

 

The second batch of evacuation in late February had been delayed after the Chinese authorities are said to have delayed the required clearances. (HT)

Zewan Srinagar Update: Two Among Five Girls Downed At Zewan Srinagar Breathed Their Last At Sub District Hospital Pampore

Zewan Srinagar Update: Two Among Five Girls Downed At Zewan Srinagar Breathed Their Last At Sub District Hospital Pampore

 

Two minor girls who were shifted to hospital after they drowned in stagnant waters at Zewan area of Srinagar, breathed their last at the hospital, police said.

 

The deceased had drowned in stagnant waters near stone quarries at Zewan area of Srinagar along with three other girls. Though police rescued all five, there were alright and two developed breathing issues who were shifted to Sub District Hospital Pampore, where they breathed their last.

 

“Yes two girls who were shifted to SDH Pampore passed away,” Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pantha Chowk Sajad Bukhari said.

 

Police identified the deceased girls as Rounak 16, and Rutba 14. Bodies of the two deceased girls are being handed over to their families in Zewan after performing medico-legal formalities.

 

Earlier, eye-witnesses told many children including girls were playing on the eve of Eid and at least five of them slipped into the stagnant rainwater near stone quarries at Zewan. Locals informed police and later carried out joint rescue operation. Three were rescued immediately and were alright but two developed breathing issues and were shifted to SDH Pampore. (KNO)

Five Minor Girls Downed Three Rescued On Time At Zewan Srinagar, Two Shifted To Hospital

Five Minor Girls Downed Three Rescued On Time At Zewan Srinagar, Two Shifted To Hospital

 

Five minor girls drowned in a stagnant rainwater near stone quarries in Zewan area of Srinagar this afternoon of who were rescued jointly by the police and people of which three are alright while two others were shifted to a hospital.

 

Eye-witnesses told that many children including minor girls were playing on the eve of Eid and at least five of them slipped into the stagnant rainwater near stone quarries at Zewan. Locals informed police and later carried out joint rescue operation.

 

Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pantha Chowk Sajad Bukhari told KNO that three girls were rescued and are perfectly alright but two more who were also rescued were having breathing issues. “They were shifted to Sub District Hospital Pampore where doctors are attending to them,” he said. (KNO)

Covid-19: Areas Of Gorkha Nagar And Trikuta Nagar Jammu To Be Declared As Containment Zones By Jammu And Kashmir Administration

Covid-19: Areas Of Gorkha Nagar And Trikuta Nagar Jammu To Be Declared As Containment Zones By Jammu And Kashmir Administration

 

J&K Administration has initiated process to declare Trikuta Nagar and Gorkha Nagar area of Jammu city as Containment zone along with few other areas.

 

Village Simbal & Kharian in Police station Miran Sahib, Kalyanpur & Channi Mabalian in police Station Kanachak also to be declared containment zone.

Hanjipora Kulgam Gunfight Update: Two Militants Killed, Encounter Continues: J&K Police IG

Hanjipora Kulgam Gunfight Update: Two Militants Killed, Encounter Continues: J&K Police IG

Two militants have been killed in ongoing gunfight which broke out between militants and goverment forces in Khur Hanjipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar (IPS) told that two militants have been killed in ongoing operation. However the identity of the slain militants is yet to be ascertained, the IGP said

A joint team of Police, army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched cordon search operation in Hanjipora.

As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.

A senior police officer also confirmed about the exchange of firing between forces and militants. As per the sources two to three militants believed to be trapped.

Covid-19: A 55 Year Old Woman From Anantnag Dies Due To Coronavirus, Death Toll Reaches 21 In J&K

Covid-19: A 55 Year Old Woman From Anantnag Dies Due To Coronavirus, Death Toll Reaches 21 In J&K

 

Kashmir witnessed one more Covid-19 related death as a 55-year-old woman from Anantnag district died at SKIMS Soura, officials said.

 

With the fresh death, the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Jammu and Kashmir has 21. Of them, 19 are from Kashmir and two from Jammu division.

 

Medical Superintendent of SKIMS, Dr Farooq A Jan told that a coronavirus positive patient from Botingo area of Anantnag died at SKIMS.

 

“The patient was admitted to SKIMS Soura on April 6 with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). She was critical since then and later tested positive for Covid-19 also,” he said.

 

“Today her condition deteriorated beyond recovery as she suffered multi-organ failure due to ARDS which lead to her death,” he said.

 

Dr Jan said her body had been handed over to the family as per the MHA protocol.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 80 new coronavirus cases on Saturday taking the total number of Covid-19 patients in Jammu and Kashmir to 1,569.

 

Nodal Officer for Covid-19 at GMC Srinagar, Dr M Saleem Khan said 14 samples were detected positive for the virus since Friday evening out of 620 samples tested.

“Six patients belong to Anantnag, four from Kulgam district, three from Pulwama and one from Srinagar,” he said.

 

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq A Jan told that 39 new patients have tested positive for novel Coronavirus in the virology lab of the premier institute out of 3,500 samples analysed today.

 

“Of 39 new cases detected today at SKIMS Soura 35 alone are from Kupwara district, two from Srinagar, and one each from Pulwama and Baramulla,” he said.
At SKIMS Bemina, no sample was detected positive out of 433 tests done.

 

Among districts, Kupwara recorded 36 cases, the highest number number followed by 14 in Ramban, six in Anantnag, five in Kulgam, four each in Pulwama and Jammu, three in Srinagar and one each in Poonch, Bandipora, Kathua and Kishtwar.

Nawa Kadal Encounter: 65 Year Old Man Succumbs At SMHS Hospital, Srinagar Second Death Since May 20

Nawa Kadal Encounter: 65 Year Old Man Succumbs At SMHS Hospital, Srinagar Second Death Since May 20

 

Three days after a 12-year-old who was injured in a house collapse at Nawa Kadal, Srinagar encounter site, an elderly man who was also injured at the same spot, succumbed at SMHS hospital today, health officials said today.

 

They identified the deceased as Manzoor Ahmed Khan, 65, of Masheli Mohalla, Nawa Kadal, Srinagar. “Yes, he succumbed today morning,” Medical Superintendent SMHS, Dr Nazir Choudhary said.

 

Manzoor was injured in a house collapse at the Nawa Kadal encounter site where two militants including Hizbul Mujahideen’s divisional commander Junaid Sehrai were killed.

 

Manzoor is the security victim of house collapse as on May 12, a 12-year-old boy who was injured at the same spot on May 19, succumbed at SMHS on May 20.

 

As per locals several houses were damaged during the gunfight between militants at security forces at Nawa Kadal. The boy was identified as Basim Aijaz, of Chotta Bazar area of Kara Nagar—(KNO)

Trump Threatens Funds For States Easing Voting In Pandemic

Trump Threatens Funds For States Easing Voting In Pandemic

 

President Donald Trump threatened to hold up federal funds for two election battleground states that are trying to make it easier and safer to vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

He backed away from that threat but stuck with his unsupported claim that widespread voting by mail promotes a lot of illegality.

 

The president targeted Michigan with an inaccurate tweet on its voting plans and also went after Nevada in the latest and the most confused episode in his campaign against mail-in voting.

 

As states have shifted to remote voting, following health officials recommendations on safety, Trump has denigrated the practice and sought to limit access. He has said repeatedly, without evidence, that mailed ballots allow widespread fraud and has worried publicly that wide availability could lead so many people to vote that Republicans would lose in November.

 

His GOP allies, meanwhile, have fought changes to voting in court and opposed funding to expand mail-in voting in Congress.

 

Wednesday marked the first time Trump has tried to use federal aid money to beat it back.

 

Trump began by going after Michigan, misstating Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s announcement that she would send applications for absentee ballots to every voter in the state. Though Republican secretaries of state have taken this step elsewhere, Trump pounced on the move in a state key to his reelection hopes.

 

Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election, Trump tweeted.

 

That brought strong criticism from Democrats in Michigan and elsewhere, pointing out that the state was sending applications, not actual ballots, an error the president corrected in a subsequent tweet six hours later. He stuck with the rest of his tweet: This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!

 

Trump later tweeted a similar threat to pull back funds from Nevada, which has sent ballots to voters for its June 9 state primary. A federal judge recently cleared Nevada’s decision to mail ballots, which were sent by the Republican secretary of state.

 

It was not clear exactly what funds Trump was referencing, but the states are paying for the voting changes with federal aid intended to support elections during the pandemic. By Wednesday evening, Trump told reporters he had spoken with Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and did not think funding would have to be cut.

 

I don’t think it’s going to be necessary, he said, adding that he stood by his opposition to mail voting. Voting is an honor. It shouldn’t be something where they send you a pile of stuff and you send it back.”

 

Trump himself has requested an absentee ballot to vote in Florida.

 

Trump’s tweets and statements came the day before he is slated to visit Michigan to tour Ford’s ventilator assembly plant in Ypsilanti. The state is one of three Rust Belt states that helped deliver his 2016 victory.

BR Sharma Reappointed As Chairman Of Jammu And Kashmir Public Service Commission

BR Sharma Reappointed As Chairman Of Jammu And Kashmir Public Service Commission

 

After getting green signal from the Government of India , the Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday re- appointed former Chief Secretary BR Sharma as chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission   

                                           

The government had earlier rescinded the notification appointing Sharma as chairman of PSC after certain objections from the Central Government                  

“A fresh notification was issued today  after Centre relived him from the assignment he was holding at New Delhi ,”.