Hailstorm Wrecks Havoc In Handwara, Other Parts Of Kashmir Valley

Hailstorm Wrecks Havoc In Handwara, Other Parts Of Kashmir Valley

Handwara/Srinagar, June 01: A hailstorm wrecked havoc in parts of Kashmir Valley including northern Kupwara district’s Handwara, damaging orchards and standing crops on Tuesday.

Reports reaching said that the hailstorm started at around 2:43 p.m. in Mawer Qalamabad Handwara’s Lawoosa, Yahama, Mawer Bala, Sanzipora, Qalamabad, Audoora, Chontipora and Drangsoo shahnagri Villages. It lasted for about 10 minutes, causing an extensive damage to orchards including apple, almond, walnut and cherry besides standing crops, vegetables and paddy saplings.

The hailstorm also devastated orchards and other standing crops in Ramhal area hamlets including in Harduna, Lillam, Kuneal, Dharael and Tarathpora.

A senior Horticulture official told that as per preliminary assessment, the hailstorm resulted in damage to nearly substantial percent of the expected production across over a dozen hamlets in Handwara and its adjacent areas.

Meanwhile people especially orchardists were seen consoling each other on the loss to expected production. “We have lost our major source of income”, an orchardist said.

“The hailstorm has dashed our hopes amid this pandemic, what we will do now”, the grieving orchardist said. Similar scenes were witnessed at many other affected places in the area.

A group of affected orchardists urged the government to carry assessment of the damage caused and accordingly devise some relief plan to compensate them.

It is pertinent to mention here that a hailstorm of similar magnitude on May 6, as reported, dealt a severe blow to the orchards and standing crops in several areas in Handwara.

Meanwhile, hailstorm and loss caused by it was also reported from parts of Srinagar, especially on its eastern side, and other various districts. (GNS)

Protesting J&K Transporters Decide To Resume Operations Seek Meet With LG

Protesting J&K Transporters Decide To Resume Operations Seek Meet With LG

Jammu, Jun 1: Private transporters in Jammu and Kashmir have decided to resume operations from Wednesday after keeping their vehicles off the roads for the past 42 days in protest against the government”s decision to cap the seating capacity at 50 per cent amid surging COVID-19 cases.

However, they sought a meeting with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to sort out their problems to bring the transport industry “back on track”.

The transporters claim they have suffered huge losses since August 2019 following revocation of special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, besides the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The private transporters went on an indefinite strike on April 21 demanding a 50 per cent hike in fare to facilitate smooth operations with 50 per cent passengers on board.

“We have taken a decision to cooperate with the government which has given us the permission to ply with 100 per cent capacity in some areas. It is not feasible for the transporters to resume operations with 50 per cent seating capacity as the fuel prices are skyrocketing and the industry is on the receiving end since August 5, 2019,” All J&K Transport Welfare Association chairman T S Wazir told reporters here on Tuesday.

He said the industry provides a boost to economic activities but has suffered immensely due to back-to-back lockdown situations over the past two years.

“We have no Amarnath yatra, the rush to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine also dropped drastically and the tourism sector received a big blow and is almost finished after August 2019. The problems compounded with the outbreak of the pandemic which impacted even the marriage functions with the government restricting the number of guests to just 25,” he said.

Wazir appealed to the central government and the Lt Governor to consider their plight and announce a package for the industry including waiving the passenger tax and interest on the loans “to provide breather to the industry which is fighting for its survival”.

“We request the Lt Governor for a direct meeting to listen to our problems so that the train which has derailed can be brought back on its track,” he said.

He also demanded an end to “unnecessary harassment” of transporters on the pretext of checking and scrutiny of documents at various checkpoints.

The process of unlocking began in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday after over a month long ”corona curfew” with partial reopening of shops, but the transporters kept their vehicles off the roads demanding revision of the decision related to seating capacity in public transport.—(PTI)

J&K Police Files Chargesheet Against PDP”s Waheed Parra In Politician-Militant Nexus Case

J&K Police Files Chargesheet Against PDP”s Waheed Parra In Politician-Militant Nexus Case

Srinagar, Jun 1: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against PDP leader Waheed Parra in a case related to the alleged nexus between politicians and militant groups in the union territory, officials said here.

The chargesheet was filed under various sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act before a designated court, they said.

Parra was arrested by the Criminal Investigation (Kashmir) of Jammu and Kashmir”s CID department earlier this year. PTI

Dr Owais H Dar, Consultant Radiologist GMC Anantnag Receives Appreciation From LG Manoj Sinha

Dr Owais H Dar, Consultant Radiologist GMC Anantnag Receives Appreciation From LG Manoj Sinha

Anantnag, June 01: Lieutenant Governor Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha while on his maiden visit to Government Medical College Hospital Anantnag to take stock of the medicare facilities bring provided to the patients at the said hospital praised and admired the efforts of Consultant Radiologist, Dr Owais H Dar ‘for his working style’.

Sinha congratulated Dr Dar in a personal interaction and exhorted him ‘to be like that and help needy patients.’

“The doctor is role model for other doctors for his dedication and determination towards his duties as well as providing online Consultations to hundreds of Covid positive patients even when he was himself suffering from the moderate Covid disease”, Sinha remarked on the occasion.

It is pertinent to mention here that Dr Owais H Dar is General Secretary of DAK and a notable Radiologist, posted at GMC Hospital Anantnag for last six years. Dar besides rendering his services at the said Hospital has been also providing Teleconsultion services to covid Positive Patients as well as tele-radiology services to hundreds of patients across the UT.

Dr Owais H Dar has in the meantime extended his gratitude to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for praising his efforts, saying that ‘encouragement by such dignitaries raises the morale of healthcare workers.’

“All praises go to Govt. Medical College Anantnag for providing them necessary logistics and other facilities to provide best facilities to people of South Kashmir”, the doctor further said. gns

Army Jawan Found Dead Inside Army Camp In Jammu’s Akhnoor

Army Jawan Found Dead Inside Army Camp In Jammu’s Akhnoor

Jammu, June 01: An army soldier was on Monday late evening found dead with a gun shot injury inside an army camp in Akhnoor area of Jammu district.

An official told that the army soldier identified as Sandeep Kumar, was deployed in Akhboor army camp and was found lying in a pool of blood due to the gun shot injury.

He said that senior officers immediately rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, Police said that they have started legal formalities and investigation into the matter has also been initiated—kno

Renowned Islamic Scholar Mufti Faiz-Ul-Waheed Passes Away At ASCOMS

Renowned Islamic Scholar Mufti Faiz-Ul-Waheed Passes Away At ASCOMS

Jammu, Jun 01: A renowned Jammu-based Islamic scholar Mufti Faiz-ul-Waheed, who was admitted at Acharaya Shri Chander College of Medical Science (ASCOMS) Jammu passed away on Tuesday morning.

Mufti Faiz-ul-Waheed, who was born in 1966 in Rajouri’s Dodhasan Bala, is recognised with becoming the first Islamic scholar to translate the Holy Quran into Gojri.

Additionally, the scholar has authored several other pamphlets, including ‘Siraj-um-Muneera’, ‘Ahkam-e-Mayyat’, and ‘Namaz Kae Masayil Quran-o-Hadees Ki Roshni Mei’.

The renowned scholar and authority on Fiqh – Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia Law) – in Jammu is also the patron of an Islamic seminary, Madrasa Markaz Maarif Ul Quran, located in Medina Hill, Bhatindi, Jammu.

According to officials, the religious preacher who was on ‘life-supporting system with multiple organ failure’ at Jammu hospital breathed his last today.

Many Islamic Scholars, religious organizations have expressed grief and shock over his demise.kno

Cash Recovered From Temporary Shelter Of Homeless Woman In Rajouri: Officials

Cash Recovered From Temporary Shelter Of Homeless Woman In Rajouri: Officials

Rajouri, June 01: The authorities on Tuesday morning recovered a huge amount of cash including currency notes and coins from temporary shelter of a homeless woman in Nowshera town of Rajouri district.

Officials told that on Monday a team of municipal committee and tehsil administration was sent to the temporary shelter of the homeless woman to pack his belongings in order to shift her to some government shelter.

They said that the woman was later taken to a government destitute center in Rajouri town.

Officials said that on Tuesday, a team was deputed to the temporary shelter of the woman where besides other belongings, three plastic vegetables packing boxes and one jute bag were found.

They said that boxes were kept hidden inside the shelter and during search, currency notes and coins of different denominations were recovered.

They said that the currency has been taken into possession by the tehsil administration.kno

DIG SKR Distributes Wheel Chairs Among Physically Challenged Persons Of Police Families In Anantnag

DIG SKR Distributes Wheel Chairs Among Physically Challenged Persons Of Police Families In Anantnag

Anantnag June 01/2021: Abdul Jabbar (IPS) DIG south Kashmir Range distributed wheel chairs among 18 physically challenged persons at a function organized at District Police Lines Anantnag.

The beneficiaries hail from families of police personnel posted in Anantnag district . DIG SKR interacted with the beneficiaries and assured them all support from police department to make their life easy.

While interacting with them he said that the persons with physical challenges need to be taken care of by society and police department will always play it’s role in this regard. He advised the police officers and jawans to show empathy and kindness towards such segment of society and come forward with helping hand to make them feel part and parcel of the society.

He also asked the beneficiaries not to allow their physical infirmities to come in their way to stay active in their lives in pursuits that suit them.

SSP Anantnag Imtiyaz Hussian was also present on the occasion.