District Hospital Bandipora Converted Into Covid Care Centre, Hospital Has 100 Beds, Facilitated With Oxygen Supply, Says Official

District Hospital Bandipora Converted Into Covid Care Centre, Hospital Has 100 Beds, Facilitated With Oxygen Supply, Says Official

Bandipora, Apr 29: As the Covid-19 cases surge in the district, authorities in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Thursday converted 100-bedded District Hospital into a COVID Care Centre.

An official told that in a meeting of health officials with district administration, it was decided that the district hospital will be converted into a COVID hospital and be designated as level 3rd hospital.

He said that the hospital is facilitated with oxygen supply and 100 Covid-19 patients can be treated at a time as the 1000 LMP high-flow oxygen plant would be made functional within next few days at the hospital.

“People who want to consult doctors for non-Covid or in case of other normal aliment can visit the old hospital building where about eight doctors have been deployed for the convenience of the people,” the official said.

Pertinently, the 50-bed Gynae and Maternity Hospital in Pazalpora is already designated as Level-II hospital for COVID patients.kno

L&T Operator Killed Under Gypsum Slide In Uri Baramulla

L&T Operator Killed Under Gypsum Slide In Uri Baramulla

Uri, April 29: An operator of L&T machine was killed under gypsum slide in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday, officials said.

Official sources told that the operator was working at a mine at Naloosa Boniyar within the jurisdiction of Bijhama when the Gypsum slide occurred and buried him along with the machine. Later the operator identified as Shabir Ahmad Beigh son of Mohammad Haneif Beigh of Jabadar Bijhama Boniyar.

He was evacuated to PHC Bijhama where doctors declared him brought dead, they said.

SHO Bijhama Nasir Ahmad confirmed the incident and said that a case has been registered under relevant sections of law. Gns

Kulgam Police Rescues Kidnapped Girl From Kupwara, Arrests Accused

Kulgam Police Rescues Kidnapped Girl From Kupwara, Arrests Accused

Kulgam, Apr 29: Kulgam police have rescued a kidnapped girl besides arresting the accused, it said to have belonging from north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

In a statement issued the police said that it had received a complaint at police station Manzgam from a complainant, seeking assistance in tracing his daughter (name withheld) allegedly kidnapped by one Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Shat Muqam Drugmulla Kupwara.

Acting promptly a case with FIR No 23/2021 under sections 366, 109 IPC was registered in Police Station Manzgam and investigation was initiated, it says.

Accordingly, a team headed by SHO Manzgam Inspector Shalinder Singh under the supervision of SDPO DH Pora Shabir Ahmad was constituted to trace out the kidnapped girl and to nab the culprit, it says.

Utilizing all available means, with strenuous efforts specific information was generated by the investigating team which led to rescue the girl and the kidnapper was arrested from Kupwara, it says.

After fulfilling all medico-legal formalities, the girl will be handed over to her legal heirs, it added.gns

Top ULFA(I) Militant Shot Dead By Security Forces In Assam

Top ULFA(I) Militant Shot Dead By Security Forces In Assam

Guwahati, Apr 29: A top ULFA (I) militant was killed during an encounter with security forces in Bongaigaon district of Assam on Thursday and one of his aides arrested, state DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said.

In a series of tweets, Mahanty also said that the banned outfit was planning to carry out “some high profile” kidnapping, but the plan has now been foiled.

Dwipen Saud, the newly appointed leader of ULFA (I) western command, was shot dead during an exchange of fire with security forces in Mankipur police station area.

“Police-Ulfa encounter at Besimari (Manikpur PS) in Bongaigaon District took place just some time back. ULFA (I) Commander Western Command, recently appointed to replace Drishti Rajkhowa, SS Col Dwipen Saud appears dead with bullet injury,” Mahanta tweeted.

Saud was taken to a hospital following the encounter, the DGP stated.

He further said that the self-styled ULFA (I) commander”s gun man, identified as Padum Rai, has been arrested and weapons seized from his possession.

According to the DGP, “high quality” police intelligence inputs led to the successful operation.

“We had intel that Ulfa Western Command was planning some high profile kidnapping in collaboration with other anti- India forces which now appears to be foiled,” he wrote on the microblogging site.

The development comes eight days after some militants of the outlawed outfit kidnapped three employees of ONGC from its Lakwa oil rig in Sivasagar district along the Assam- Nagaland border.

Two of them were rescued on April 24 after an exchange of fire near the India-Myanmar border in Mon district of Nagaland, while a search was underway for the third employee.

Earlier this month, two employees of the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure, kidnapped by ULFA (I) in December, were released. The duo was abducted from Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.—(PTI)

It’s Time To Grow US Economy From Bottom And Middle; We’re In Competition With China: Biden

It’s Time To Grow US Economy From Bottom And Middle; We’re In Competition With China: Biden

Washington, Apr 29: President Joe Biden has said that it is time to grow the US economy from the bottom and the middle, asserting that America is in a competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century.

In his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Biden quoted the International Monetary Fund as saying that the US economy will grow at the rate of more than 6 per cent this year.

That will be the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in four decades, he said.

My fellow Americans, trickle-down economics has never worked and it is time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out, Biden said.

He said that in the hundred days since he took the oath of office, inheriting the worst pandemic in a century and the worst economic crisis in a decade since the Great Depression, America is on the move again.

The economy created more than 1,300,000 new jobs in 100 days, the US President claimed.

America is moving forward, but we can’t stop now. We are in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century. We are at a great inflection point in history.

We have to do more than just build back better We have to compete more strenuously than we have. Public investment in infrastructure has transformed America. The transcontinental railroad, the interstate highways, united two oceans and brought a new age of progress to the United States of America, he said.

Biden also advocated buying American products to support the economy.

As my dad would say all the investments in the American Jobs Plan will be guided by one principal. Buy American.

That does not violate any trade agreements. It has been the law since the 30’s, buy American. American tax dollars are going to be used to buy American products, made in America and create American jobs. That is what it is supposed to be and would be in this administration, he said.

Biden further said that the US economy is so rapidly changing that it is frightening.

people are most worried about. Can I fit in? Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to economic growth in the years to come. It is an eight-year programme. These are good paying jobs that can’t be outsourced, he said.

He said that life can knock people down, but in America, they never, ever stay down. Americans always get up. Today, that is what people are doing.

America is rising, choosing hope over fear, truth over lies, and light over darkness. After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for a take-off.

We are working again. Discovering again and leading the world again. We have shown each other and the world that there is no quit in America, none, Biden said.

The relations between the US and China, the world’s two largest economies, are at an all-time low. The two countries are currently engaged in a bitter confrontation over various issues, including trade.

Earlier this month, the Biden administration added seven Chinese supercomputer research labs and manufacturers to a US export blacklist in a spreading conflict with Beijing over technology and security.

The measure was the latest sign President Biden was sticking to the tough line taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, towards the Chinese tech industries seen by Washington as potential threats.PTI

IED Material Found In Sadoora Anantnag: Police

IED Material Found In Sadoora Anantnag: Police

Srinagar, April 29: Police on Thursday recovered “IED-material” near railway station in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, a police officer said.

He said that the “IED-material” was found inside a bag near Sadoora Anantnag and a bomb disposal squad has been rushed to the area.

“A case has been registered and investigation taken up,” the police officer told gns

Police Units Asked To Facilitate ‘Hassle Free’ Movement Of Doctors, Health Workers: IGP Kashmir

Police Units Asked To Facilitate ‘Hassle Free’ Movement Of Doctors, Health Workers: IGP Kashmir

Srinagar, April 29: Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar on Thursday said that the police units have been directed to facilitate “hassle free” movement of doctors, health workers and essential services.

An 84-hour lockdown, announced by the government in a bid to contain spread of the covid-19, begins in 11 districts of Jammu and Kashmir from 7 p.m. this evening.

“During the lockdown period, all the police units have been directed to facilitate hassle free movement of doctors, health workers and essential services,” the top police officer said in a tweet as per GNS. “For any assistance Dial-112,” he said and urged people to “stay home and stay safe.” 

Denmark Tightens Restrictions On Travel From India

Denmark Tightens Restrictions On Travel From India

Copenhagen, April 29: Denmark will tighten travel restrictions for those from India from Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The ministry updated its travel guide on India and raised the risk assessment from “orange” to “red,” the highest level, and advised against all travels to India, including business trip, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The decision was made to “limit the risk of importing the virus variant B.1.617 to Denmark,” said the ministry in a press release.

Foreigners from India will only be allowed entry into Denmark for a recognisable purpose, according to the new travel restrictions.

Danish citizens and people who already reside in Denmark can continue to enter Denmark from India.

Denmark now joins several European countries including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain that have already applied travel restrictions on India.

Trial Run Of New Oxygen Plant With 1K LPM Capacity At SMHS Hospital Conducted Successfully

Trial Run Of New Oxygen Plant With 1K LPM Capacity At SMHS Hospital Conducted Successfully

Srinagar, Apr 28: Authorities have successfully conducted trail run of a newly established Oxygen Plant at Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital here in Srinagar.

Announcing it, Deputy Commissioner Dr Aijaz Assad in a tweet wrote: “Trial run of new Oxygen Plant at SMHS hospital conducted successfully. From today we are adding 1000 lpm Oxygen production to the existing system at SMHS.”

“Appreciate Team Mech Engg Deptt who worked in double shifts & have made the plant operational in 96 hours”, it concluded.

Sopore Man Injured In Bear Attack, Hospitalised

Sopore Man Injured In Bear Attack, Hospitalised

Sopore, April 28 : A 40-year-old man sustained grievous injuries after being attacked by a bear at Hibb Dangerpora village of Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday morning.

Reports reaching said a man identified as Abdul Salam Dar son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar a resident of Hibb Dangerpora was walking near riverside when the incident took place.

When he raised an alarm, people nearby rushed to his rescue, and drove away the bears.

However, he was immediately taken to nearby hospital where from he was referred to Srinagar medical institute for advanced treatment reports added.

Meanwhile, police took congnizence of this incident.

Maulana Rahmatullah Urges People, Masjid Committees To Follow SOPs Religiously

Maulana Rahmatullah Urges People, Masjid Committees To Follow SOPs Religiously

Bandipora, April 28: Noted religious scholar and rector of Dara-ul-Uloom Rahemiya in north Kashmiri’s Bandipora district, Maulana Muhammad Rehamtullah Qasmi in a video message, has appealed people to take preventive measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.

“People must adhere to the usage of masks, sanitizers and maintain social distancing at the highest level whenever required and must follow all the guidelines laid by the medical health experts to contain the COVID-19 and that’s the way to get rid from this deadly virus”.

He said “Those who go to pray at masjids should maintain the SOPs religiously as wearing masks, sanitizers and especially the social distancing.

He stressed the masjid committee’s that as you manage power facilities, water and furnishing, the same should be done with the arrangement of masks, sanitizers and social distancing at first priority level to combat further spread of this deadly virus.

Qasmi said People like sick, weak or old who could not go to the masjids, should offer congregational prayers with family members at home, added they will get the same reward as people get in masjids as ulmas already have given fatwas in this regard”, Qasmi added.

He further said as vaccination is going on people should go for it.

Qasmi prayed may Allah prevail to cure those who have directly or indirectly been affected by the deadly virus.

Notably, Mufti Nazir Ahmed Qasmi had said that taking vaccines doesn’t break fast and people should take a jab of vaccines at an earliest.

COVID-19: Eighteen Patients Die In J&K, Toll Reaches 2,215

COVID-19: Eighteen Patients Die In J&K, Toll Reaches 2,215

Srinagar, Apr 28: Eighteen more patients who had tested positive for Coronavirus died since last night, taking fatalities count in Jammu and Kashmir to 2,215.

An official told that 18 patients who died include 75-year-old man from Badamwari, 76-year-old man from Zakura, 58-year-old woman from Balgarden, 60-year-old woman from Chanapora, 75-year-old woman from Nowshera, 62-year-old lady from Nawakadal, 45-year-old man from Palpora, 56-year-old man from Baghat area of Srinagar district, 65-year-old from Kunzar, 70-year-old man from Baramulla, 82-year-old woman from Kishtwar, 65-year-old from Pampore area of Pulwama district, 65-year-old man from Hiller, 67-year-old man from K.P road Anantnag and four patients died in Jammu division.

An official said that 75-year-old man from Badamwari, 76-year-old man from Zakura Srinagar, 65-year-old from Kunzar, 70-year-old man from Baramulla died at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute Of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura and 60-year-old woman from Chanapora died at JVC Hospital Bemina.

He added that 58-year-old female from Balgarden, 56-year-old man from Baghat area of Srinagar district and 82-year-old woman from Kishtwar died at SMHS Hospital Srinagar and 75-year-old woman died at CD Hospital Dalgate.

He further added that a woman from Nawakadal, 45-year-old man from Palpora and 65-year-old male from Pampore died at JLNM Rainawari Srinagar and 65-year-old man from Hiller, 67-year-old man from K.P road died at GMC Anantnag.

Four patients who had tested positive, died in Jammu division since last night, he added.

With 18 more deaths, the death toll due to novel Coronavirus in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir climbs to 2,215 including 848 in Jammu division and 1,367 in Kashmir division.kno

Isolated Late Afternoon Light Showers Forecast In Kashmir

Isolated Late Afternoon Light Showers Forecast In Kashmir

Srinagar, April 28: Weatherman has forecast very light rain and thundershowers in Kashmir and Pirpanjal range towards afternoon in next few days, officials said on Wednesday.“While main dry weather is expected, there is possibility of isolated very light rain/thundershowers in Kashmir and Pirpanjal range towards late afternoon,” a meteorological department official told GNS.He said Srinagar recorded a low of 10.2°C against 9.0°C on the previous night.

The temperature was 0.9°C above normal for this time of the season in the summer capital of J&K, he said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 7.7°C against previous night’s 6.6 which was below normal by 0.1°C, the official said.

Mercury settled at 4.9°C against 4.0°C on the previous night in Pahalgam. The temperature was above normal by 0.5°C during this time of the season in the famous tourist resort in South Kashmir, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 7.6°C against normal of 7.2°C and last night’s 7.2°C, the official said.

Kupwara recorded a low of 5.5°C against 5.1°C on the previous night which is below normal by 2.3°C for this time of the season in north Kashmir district, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, recorded a low of 5.0°C against 4.0°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.8°C below normal in the resort, the official added. 

Surge In COVID Cases May Put Economic Recovery In India At Risk: ADB

Surge In COVID Cases May Put Economic Recovery In India At Risk: ADB

New Delhi, Apr 28: The Indian economy is projected to grow at 11 per cent in the current financial year amid the “strong” vaccine drive, said ADB on Wednesday, while cautioning that the recent surge in COVID cases may put the country’s economic recovery at “risk”.

“India’s economy is expected to grow 11 per cent in fiscal year (FY) 2021, which ends on March 31, 2022, amid a strong vaccine drive,” ADB said in its flagship Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021 released on Wednesday.
However, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) cautioned that the surge in COVID-19 cases may put the country’s economic recovery at risk.

For FY2022, India’s GDP is expected to expand at 7 per cent, it added.
Further, it said the gross domestic product (GDP) of South Asia is expected to rebound to 9.5 per cent this year, following a contraction of 6 per cent in 2020, before moderating to 6.6 per cent next year (2022), it said.

ADB said the economic growth in developing Asia is set to rebound to 7.3 per cent this year, supported by a healthy global recovery and an early progress on COVID-19 vaccines. The projected resurgence follows a 0.2 per cent contraction last year.

“The region’s growth is forecast to moderate to 5.3 per cent in 2022. Excluding the newly industrialized economies of Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Korea; Singapore; and Taipei, China, developing Asia’s economic activity is expected to grow 7.7 per cent this year and 5.6 per cent in 2022,” said the report.

The report projects that most economies in developing Asia will see healthy growth this year and in 2022.

Developing Asia comprises 46 members of ADB list on the basis of geographic group. These include new industrialized economies, countries in Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

The report said in China, strong exports and a gradual recovery in household consumption will boost economic activity this year.

China’s gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to expand 8.1 per cent in 2021 and 5.5 per cent in 2022. East Asia’s GDP is expected to grow 7.4 per cent in 2021 and 5.1 per cent in 2022, it said.

The report said rising exports are boosting some economies in Developing Asia amid strengthening global economic activity, including a rebound in manufacturing.

Progress on the production and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines has contributed to this momentum, but the pandemic remains the biggest risk for the region as potential delays in vaccine rollouts or significant new outbreaks could undermine growth.

Increasing geopolitical tensions, production bottlenecks, financial turmoil from tightening financial conditions, and long-term scarring like learning losses due to school closures are among other risk factors, said the report.

Growth is gaining momentum across developing Asia, but renewed COVID-19 outbreaks pose a threat to recovery, said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada.

“Economies in the region are on diverging paths. Their trajectories are shaped by the extent of domestic outbreaks, the pace of their vaccine rollouts, and how much they are benefiting from the global recovery,” Sawada said.

Weather To Remain Dry In Jammu And Kashmir Ladakh Till May 3

Weather To Remain Dry In Jammu And Kashmir Ladakh Till May 3

Srinagar 27 April 2021: Dry and pleasant weather will continue on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as the meteorological (MET) department forecast same weather conditions up to May 3.

“Weather is likely to remain dry in J&K and Ladakh union territories till May 3 with possibility of isolated rain/snow at some places,” an official of the MET department said.

Srinagar had 9.0, Pahalgam 4.0 and Gulmarg also 4.0 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature today.

Leh town of Ladakh had 1.8, Kargil 2.8 and Drass minus 3.2 as the minimum temperature.

Jammu city had 20.5, Katra 20.2, Batote 14.1, Banihal 9.4 and Bhaderwah 9.3 as the minimum temperature.

Apple To Donate For Relief Efforts In India Amid COVID-19 Surge

Apple To Donate For Relief Efforts In India Amid COVID-19 Surge

Washington, April 27: Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday announced that the tech giant will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground in India amid a worsening COVID-19 situation there.

“Amid a devastating rise of COVID cases in India, our thoughts are with the medical workers, our Apple family and everyone there who is fighting through this awful stage of the pandemic. Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground,” tweeted Cook.

Amidst the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, India reported 3.52 lakh fresh coronavirus cases on Monday. This is the highest single-day spike registered since the onset of the pandemic.

Earlier, Indian-American CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and his Google counterpart Sundar Pichai on Monday extended their support to India amid a record surge in coronavirus cases.

Taking to Twitter, Nadella said, “I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful the US government is mobilising to help. Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices.”

Meanwhile, keeping the current situation in mind, Pichai tweeted, “Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing Rs 135 crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.”

As India fights against the unprecedented health crisis, global support in the form of oxygen supplies, ventilators, raw material for vaccines, PPT kits, and oxygen concentrators have started pouring in, from many countries including the US, EU, France, and Germany.

DC Kupwara Took Stock For Implementation Of COVID SOPs, Inspects Various Markets Of Kupwara Town

DC Kupwara Took Stock For Implementation Of COVID SOPs, Inspects Various Markets Of Kupwara Town

KNN/Aadil Akbar/Kupwara

Deputy Commissioner (DC), Kupwara Imam Din along with team of officers today inspected various markets of Kupwara Town including Iqbal Market, By-pass market, Bus Stand , Regipora Market, Jamia Market, Old Chowk etc and took stock of the implementation of COVID appropriate behaviour including usage of masks and maintainance of social distance at ground level.
During the inspection, the Deputy Commissioner on the spot imposed fine on the violators of COVID SOPs for not wearing masks.

Taking serious note of the encroachments caused by shopkeepers on footpaths,the team headed by Deputy Commissioner destroyed various goods on spot to remove the encroachment.
Deputy Commissioner warned the shopkeeper for repeating such encroachment on footpaths.

On the occasion Deputy Commissioner advised people to strictly follow the COVID SOPs and ensure use of masks, sanitizers and maintain social distance.

20 Year Old Girl Among Two COVID Patients Die At SKIMS

20 Year Old Girl Among Two COVID Patients Die At SKIMS

Srinagar, Apr 27: A twenty-year-old girl from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was among the two patients who died due to COVID-19 at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS)

Officials told that a 55-year-old lady from Qazigund Anantnag and 20-year-old girl from Tral Pulwama have died due to virus since last night.

They said the lady from Qazigund died last night while the girl from Tral has died today.kno

Army Man Shoots Self Dead In Banihal Area Of Ramban District

Army Man Shoots Self Dead In Banihal Area Of Ramban District

Banihal, Apr 27: An Army man allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Banihal area of Ramban district on Tuesday.

A police officer told that an Army man identified as Asangeppa Madar aged around 28, son of Parasappa of Layadagundi Bagalkot of Karnataka shot himself with his service rifle at R-Center Camp Banihal.

Following the gunshot, the colleagues rushed towards him and found him in a pool of blood, the official said, adding that he was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

He said a case has been registered in this regard and further investigation has been started.

Two Soliders Killed At Siachen Sector After Avalanche Hits Army Post

Two Soliders Killed At Siachen Sector After Avalanche Hits Army Post

Jammu, Apr 27: Two Army soldiers were killed after stucked in a devastating avalanche in Siachen, Ladakh military sources said.

Sources told that an avalanche hit the patroling party in sub—sector Haneef around 1 pm on Sunday where a group of soilders and porters stucked.

“The soldiers were rescued but two of them later succumbed,” said a source. Other soldiers and porters who were also in the area when the avalanche struck are stable and out of danger, the sources said.

This was the third incident at Siachen this month. Earlier, on April 14 a JCO was killed at Siachen sector. The Siachen glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.

Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier and temperatures can drop to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.kno

Another Hideout Busted In Tulkhan Bijbehara By Police, Huge Consignment Of Drugs Recovered

Another Hideout Busted In Tulkhan Bijbehara By Police, Huge Consignment Of Drugs Recovered

After busting an under ground hideout about a fortnight before in village Tulkhan Bijbehara, Anantnag police again recovered huge consignment of drugs from an underground hideout in the village.

Based on specific information Police established a Naka at Tulkhan crossing and apprehended one Farooq Ahmad Bhat resident of Marhama and recovered 10 bottles of codeine from his possession. Upon this FIR No 92/2021 under sections 8/20,21 NDPS Act was lodged in Police Station Bijbehara. On further questioning the accused revealed the name of one dealer Mohd Ashraf Khan of Tulkhan village, from whom he has been procuring the drugs. Subsequently a police party from Bijbehara along-with executive magistrate rushed to the spot. While searching the house of accused and the courtyard following recoveries were made,

1. Charas Powder. 34.7 kgs
2. Codeine. 80 bottles
3. Spasmo-Proxyvon .4500 capsules
These drugs were concealed in an underground hideout and also beneath the earth in courtyard of the accused. The courtyard was dug out with JCB to recover the drugs. All accused have been arrested.

It is pertinent to mention that one such hideout was busted in the village on April 7th and huge consignment of drugs was recovered.

Police in Anantnag has launched a decisive war against drug peddling and it is firmly reiterated that one and all involved in drug trafficking will face the wrath of law.

Water Crisis Sparks Protest In Sopore Town, Residents Allege Department Is Forcing Them To Consume Filthy Water

Water Crisis Sparks Protest In Sopore Town, Residents Allege Department Is Forcing Them To Consume Filthy Water

Sopore, April 26 : Residents of Hathishah and Ningli in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday staged a protest against Jal Shakti department for ‘failing’ to provide them regular water supply.

An eyewitness told, that scores of inhabitants had assembled at Jamia Qadeem in Sopore and raised slogans against the department and blocked the Sopore – Tarzoo road.

We are facing acute drinking water shortage from past several days and department is forcing them to consume filthy water from other sources, said protestors.

“We approached the concerned officials many times but nothing has been done in this regard”, they added.

However the police party of Police Station Tarzoo reached on spot and pacified the protesters and restored the traffic.

Meanwhile, when official at Jal Shakhti Department Sopore contacted, he said, issue will be redressed soon as we are working on it.

Google To Contribute Rs 135 Crore For COVID-19 Fight In India: Sundar Pichai

Google To Contribute Rs 135 Crore For COVID-19 Fight In India: Sundar Pichai

New Delhi, April 26: Amid an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in India, Google will be providing funding of Rs 135 crore for medical supplies and to help communities in general, informed CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday.

CEO of Google and Alphabet, Pichai tweeted, “Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing Rs 135 Crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.”

India reported 3.52 lakh fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike registered since the onset of the pandemic.

Pichai’s tweet also had a link to a blog where Google detailed ways to help in with their efforts to fight the worsening situation.

On the blog, Sanjay Gupta, country head and VP, Google India wrote, “Today we’re announcing Rs 135 crore (USD 18 million) in new funding for India. This includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totalling Rs 20 crore (USD 2.6 million). The first is to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses. The second will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in India. It also includes donations from our ongoing employee giving campaign — so far more than 900 Googlers have contributed Rs 3.7 Crore (USD 500,000) for organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities.”

Moreover, Gupta also informed about Ad Grant support for public health information campaigns.

“This funding also includes increased Ad Grant support for public health information campaigns. Since last year, we’ve helped MyGov and the World Health Organization reach audiences with messages focused on how to stay safe and facts about vaccines. We’re increasing our support today with an additional Rs 112 Crore (USD 15 million) in Ad Grants to local health authorities and non-profits for more language coverage options,” said Gupta.

“Google is already helping India with its core information products like Search and Maps, YouTube and Ads. COVID features on Search are available in India, in English and eight Indian languages, that continue to improve localization and highlight authoritative information.

“This includes information on where to get testing and vaccines. Maps and Search surface thousands of vaccine sites. Google is also collaborating closely with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and with organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to support vaccine awareness initiatives,” he added.

On YouTube, Google is supporting the Indian government in their vaccine communication strategy. It ran a workshop for 200+ health officials to learn how they can use YouTube to reach audiences across Indian languages with vaccine information.

Militant Hideout Busted In Manzgam Kulgam Area Of South Kashmir

Militant Hideout Busted In Manzgam Kulgam Area Of South Kashmir

Kulgam, Apr 26: The security forces on Monday busted a militant hideout in Manzgam forest area in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Official sources told that a militant hideout was busted in Rehmakan Manzgam forest area of D H Pora in Kulgam district.

“So far, some arms have been recovered and further searches of the hideout and area around is going on,” sources said.

They said that the operation was launched by Army’s 34 Rashtriya Rifles during which a militant hideout was busted.kno

Seven Persons Die Due To COVID In Srinagar, Toll Reaches 2,133

Seven Persons Die Due To COVID In Srinagar, Toll Reaches 2,133

Srinagar, Apr 25: Seven more COVID-19 patients died on Sunday morning in Srinagar, taking the total number of Coronavirus deaths in Jammu and Kashmir to 2,133.

An official told that seven persons who died today include 86-year-old female from Alamgari Bazar, 80-year-old male from Mehjoor Nagar, 70-year-old man from Harwan, 85-year-old female from Awanti bawan, 70-year-old male from Lal Bazar, 67-year-old female from Rainawari, Srinagar and 45-year-old male from Udhampur.

The official said that the 70-year-old male from Harwan, 45-year-old male from Udhampur, 85-year-old female from Awanti Bawan died at SKIMS soura.

He added that 80-year-old male from Mehjoor Nagar and 67-year-old female from Rainawari died at SMHS Hospital while 70-year-old male from Lal Bazar and 86-year-old female from Alamgari Bazar died at Chest and Disease Hospital Dalgate.

With seven more deaths, the fatalities due to Covid-19 in UT of J&K mounted to 2,133 including 1,329 in Kashmir division and 804 in Jammu division.kno