1,678 Kashmiri Migrants Return To Jammu And Kashmir Post Article 370 Abrogation Government

1,678 Kashmiri Migrants Return To Jammu And Kashmir Post Article 370 Abrogation Government

New Delhi, Nov 30: As many as 1,678 Kashmiri migrants have returned to Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 for taking up jobs under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015, the government told parliament on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said that as per information provided by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, the land of 150 applicants has been restored.

“As per the information provided by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, after abrogation of Article 370, a total of 1,678 migrants have returned to Kashmir for taking up the jobs under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015,” he said in a written reply to a question.

Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was abrogated by the central government on August 5, 2019. The state was also divided into two Union Territories.

The minister said the government has taken various measures to restore ancestral properties to migrant Hindus. Under the Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection & Restraint on Distress Sales) Act, 1997, District Magistrates (DMs) of concerned Districts in Jammu and Kashmir are the legal custodians of the immovable properties of migrants, who take suo motto action on eviction proceedings in cases of encroachment.

He said the migrants can also request DMs in such cases. The DMs are further empowered to take all steps for the preservation and protection of such properties.

The government of Jammu and Kashmir has launched a portal on September 7, 2021 to address the grievances of Kashmiri migrants in this regard, he said.–(PTI)

Cold Conditions Grip Kashmir, Ladakh

Cold Conditions Grip Kashmir, Ladakh

Srinagar, Nov 30: Cold conditions continued in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh with Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, recording minus 1.5°C against previous night’s minus 0.2°C.

A meteorological department official here told that the minimum temperature was minus 0.6 below normal for this time of the year. On November 23, the mercury settled at minus 2.3°C in Srinagar which is lowest temperature recorded so far this season in the city.

Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.4°C against minus 2.0°C on the previous night, he said. It was 1.4°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir for this time of the year, the official said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 3.3°C against minus 3.3°C on previous night. The famous resort in south Kashmir was coldest place in entire Valley.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.9°C against minus 0.5°C on previous night and normal of 0.4°C, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.4°C against minus 1.6°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.7°C against minus 1.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 8.0°C against last night’s minus 9.0°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 3.4°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 11.4°C, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast widespread light to moderate snowfall and rains in plains of Jammu and Kashmir during 5-7th December.

Due to “snow and freezing temperatures” there is possibility of temporary disruption of traffic over passes like Zojila, Sinthan Top, Razdan Top and Mugal Road, the official said.

“A Western Disturbance is most likely to affect J&K during 5-7th December. Widespread light to moderate snowfall and rain in plains is expected during the period,” the official said, “Some places on higher reaches (above 2000m) may receive heavy snow( 1-2feet) whereas plains likely to receive 2-3 inches of snow.” As of today, there’s “no forecast” of heavy snow and rain in plains.

Regarding probable impacts, he said, “There is possibility of disruption of traffic over passes like Zojila, Sinthan Top, Razdan Top, Mugal Road due to snow and freezing temperatures.” 

Plastic Factory Gutted In Midnight Blaze At SIDCO Pulwama

Plastic Factory Gutted In Midnight Blaze At SIDCO Pulwama

Pulwama, Nov 30: A plastic factory was reduced to ashes in industrial area of SIDCO Lassipora in Pulwama district in a massive fire that broke out on Monday late night.

Reports said that the fire broke out at the factory namely ‘Stalwart plastics’ on Monday at around 10 PM and engulfed the whole factory.

Officials said that 44 RR headquarter, which is near the factory rushed to the spot to douse the fire, adding that the fire tenders from defence forces were also roped in to douse the flames.

They said that on priority, the civilians were evacuated and then team of Army, police and fire and emergency started operation to control the fire.

They said that the fire was doused after almost two-hour-long operation, adding that no loss of life has been reported while the industry was reduced to ashes while the cause of fire is being ascertained.

Government Sets Into Motion Process For Retrieval Of Unutilized Land In All Industrial Estates, Estate Officers Nominated For Completion Of Formalities, Retrieved Land To Be Allotted Under New Industrial Policy

Government Sets Into Motion Process For Retrieval Of Unutilized Land In All Industrial Estates, Estate Officers Nominated For Completion Of Formalities, Retrieved Land To Be Allotted Under New Industrial Policy

JAMMU, Nov 30: As huge chunk of land in the existing industrial estates has remained un-utilized for the past many years and creating impediments in giving necessary impetus to industrialization, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has set into motion an exercise for cancellation of lease deeds and eviction of allottees.

Official sources told that under the previous Industrial Policy of the Government plots were allotted in all the industrial estates for establishment of units so that allottees could play vital role in industrial development with focus on employment generation.

However, large number of industrial plots have remained un-utilized in almost all the industrial estates of Jammu and Kashmir for one or the other reason. In several cases, the allottees have failed to establish the industrial units within the stipulated time-frame of three years but are still in the possession of allotted land.

In many other cases the industrial units were established and made operational for some years but thereafter the same were closed on different grounds, sources said, adding the possibility of some allottees having taken land with the sole objective of investment and not for establishment of industrial units cannot be ruled out.

In Kashmir valley, there are several plots in the industrial estates which were allotted several years back and some big units too were established by the allottees but after few years of operation the same were closed and the land continues to be under their possession for the last over two decades.

Similarly, there are number of units in different industrial estates of Jammu region which have turned defunct and the allottees are not in position to revive them. But they continue to be in possession of land thereby creating impediments in promotion of industrialization, sources said.

Notwithstanding the fact that law provides for retrieval of unutilized land from the allottees but no serious step was initiated in this regard by the successive Governments, sources said, adding a number of times decision was taken to get back the land from such allottees but vested interests in political as well as administrative set-up played spoilsport and the plan remained confined to the official files.

However, the Lieutenant Governor’s administration has decided to retrieve such land in all the industrial estates in a time bound manner and an exercise in this regard has also been set into motion by the Industries and Commerce Department.

As per the provisions of the law, the Principal Secretary to the Government, Industries and Commerce Department Ranjan Prakash Thakur has nominated Estates Officers-one each for Jammu and Kashmir divisions for carrying out process with regard to cancellation of lease deed and eviction of allottees in the industrial estates managed by Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Development Corporation across the Union Territory.

These officers—General Managers (Regional Office SIDCO Jammu/Kashmir) will function under the overall supervision of Managing Director SIDCO and progress in this regard will be closely monitored by the Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department personally.

“Nomination of Nodal Officers was imperative as per the provisions of law on the subject and they have been directed to start work without any delay so that process of cancellation of lease deeds and retrieval of land is completed in the shortest possible time frame”, sources said, adding “after retrieval such land will be allotted to those who are seriously interested in establishment of industries and supplement the Government’s efforts towards industrialization”.

The land will be allotted under Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Land Allotment Policy 2021-30 approved by the Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on January 20 this year. Even in the new policy it has clearly been mentioned that allotted land will be cancelled in case of the failure of the allottee to come into production within stipulated time-frame and non-operation of an enterprise for a continuous period of five years.

When contacted, Managing Director SIDCO Smita Sethi confirmed that exercise has been set into motion for cancellation of lease deeds and eviction of allottees in the industrial estates managed by SIDCO, adding “there is clear provision in this regard in the law on the subject”.

A Milestone Pulwama Gets Unprecedented Power Transmission Boost

A Milestone Pulwama Gets Unprecedented Power Transmission Boost

Srinagar: Pulwama has become the first district in Kashmir that can supply power at transmission level almost 40 percent more than the existing capacity.

This means that if there are any power cuts in the area, the constraints are at the distribution level, not the transmission level.

Power supply in Kashmir is received first by the transmission lines, administered by a separate department, from a power creation source, and then later fed to the distribution lines, administered by another department. Power reaches households through the distribution lines. Until now, the distribution wings had always blamed the lack of transmission capacity as the main reason for unscheduled power cuts.

What the situation of power cuts in the district will now be remains to be seen.
Hashmet Qazi, the head of the transmission wing of the Power Development Department who played a key role in Pulwama district having surplus capacity at the transmission level, told Kashmir Reader that about 255 MVAs is now the total transmission strength of the district. The new project has added 160 MVA to the existing 95 MVA, making the total 255 MVA.

Pulwama district, which has a population of about six lakh, is spread over 1100 sq km and has peak demand of power at about 150 MVA. The lowest demand remains around 70 MVA, as per latest figures. Now the distribution can supply up to 255 MVAs, a major development in the power sector in Kashmir Valley.
The project has also become the first Gas Insulated System to be installed by the power department itself. Earlier, it was done by Starlite, a private company, which had first installed the GIS project in Jammu and Kashmir. This also means a shift in technology from the Air Insulated System.

In GIS, land required for the installation of the system is almost four times lesser. It also takes less time for installation, and rarely develops short circuits, another reason for power cuts, as against the existing AIS.

“It is a milestone,” said Qazi. “I believe it will ease the lives of people to a considerable extent.”

As per the current arrangements, the Pulwama district has mostly un-metered areas, where 2-hour power cuts take place after every six hours. During the night, the power usually remains uncut. It remains to be seen what change in the power schedule the new transmission capacity will have. Qazi said that not only Pulwama, but Srinagar areas will also benefit from it because of the cascading effect of the project.

Class 11th Annual Examinations From 18 Dec 2021

Class 11th Annual Examinations From 18 Dec 2021

Srinagar 30 Nov 2021: The J&K Board of School Education (BOSE) on Monday notified the date sheet of the annual examination for the class 11th students in Kashmir and Kargil division.

As per the date sheet, the class 11th examination will commence from December 18 and will culminate on January 5 of 2022.

The issuance of the date-sheet has put an end to the speculations about mass promotion to be granted to the class 11th students by the government.

The Joint secretary examination JKBOSE, Lal Hussain said around 84000 students -82000 in Kashmir and 2000 students in Kargil have been registered for the class 11th annual examination.

“We have established around 903 exam centers in Kashmir and 23 centers have been designated in Kargil division as well,” he said.

The joint secretary examination said all the arrangements will be put in place as per the directions and guidelines issued by the government.

As already reported, this year the JK Board has announced 30 percent relaxation in syllabus for classes 11th students in their examination in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

The relaxation is applicable for the students in Kashmir and Jammu division besides the students in Ladakh UT as well.

The students shall have to attempt 70 percent marks from the question paper which shall be treated as 100 percent for result computation.

The Board has also informed the students that the question papers will be set from the entire syllabus prescribed for the session and the students will have to attempt questions having a weightage of 70 percent marks instead of attempting all the questions.

However, the JK Board has reduced the time allotted for attempting the question papers during examination. The papers having three hours duration shall be having only two and a half hours time period for attempting the questions.

As per the government directions, the students appearing in the upcoming class 11th annual regular (2021) examination should carry parents’ consent along on each day of their examinations.

The candidates have been advised to wear facemasks and adhere to social distancing norms.

The heads of the schools where exam centers have been set up, have been asked to ensure all the Covid19 guidelines issued by the government for holding exams, are followed in letter in spirit.

The heads of the institutions have been asked to ensure adequate heating and lighting arrangements in the examination halls.

The BOSE notification states that the external practical examination will be conducted by the respective affiliated academic institutions at their own level immediately after the commencement of the theory examination.

“The schools should submit the award rolls of internal and external practical exams after issuance of the Admit Cards by the Board,” the notification reads.

A Tipper Driver Dies In Ganderbal Road Accident

A Tipper Driver Dies In Ganderbal Road Accident

Ganderbal, Nov 28: A tipper driver died after a vehicle he was travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge at Sumbal Balla area of Gund in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Sunday.

Official sources told that a tipper (JK02AF-5585) fell into a deep gorge at Sumbal Balla, resulting in on spot death of the driver.

They identified the deceased driver as Javaid Ahmad Baba (38), son of Mohammad Maqbool Baba of Fraw Gund in Ganderbal.

A police officer said that a case has been registered in this regard and further investigation has been taken up.kno

Illicit Timber Seized In Kuthar Range In Anantnag

Illicit Timber Seized In Kuthar Range In Anantnag

Anantnag, Nov 28: Forest Protection Force Kuthar control Room Saturday evening seized illicit timber in Utterso block falling under Anantnag forest division.

A senior Forest Protection Force officer told that after receiving specific inputs of illicit timber smuggling, a party of Forest Protection Force Control Room raided the spot leading to seizure of 10 logs of Kail measuring 49 Cubic Feet in Utterso Block in Compartment Number 70/K. The officer termed the seizure “a big achievement in prevailing cold conditions.”

DFO Anantnag has confirmed the seizure of the illicit timber from the specified site. “The team deserves due appreciation for the haul”, the officer said.

The locals have hailed the action by the department concerned even as demanded intervention from Lieutenant Governor led dispensation to reshuffle the ‘overstaying staff’ in Kuthar, Achabal, Chittergul, Utterso blocks.

The locals have alleged that many of those overstaying employees have miserably failed to stop the ongoing rampant timber smuggling in their respective jurisdictions.

Elderly Woman Dies Of Suffocation In Kawdara Blaze

Elderly Woman Dies Of Suffocation In Kawdara Blaze

Srinagar, Nov 28: An elderly woman died of suffocation while a house got damaged in a fire incident that broke out in Kawdara area of Srinagar on Sunday.

Official sources told the news agency that fire broke out in the house of Fayaz Ahmad Najar, son of Abdul Rehman at Kawdara.

The fire was brought under control, they said, adding that a 83-year-old woman identified az Raja Begum, wife of Abdul Rehman, however, died due to the suffocation.

The fire broke out after a fire pot fell in the room, they said.kno

Teacher Dies Of Cardiac Arrest In Pulwama, Teachers Forum Pulwama Expresses Shock And Deep Sorrow

Teacher Dies Of Cardiac Arrest In Pulwama, Teachers Forum Pulwama Expresses Shock And Deep Sorrow

Pulwama Nov 28: Teachers Forum Pulwama expresses its shock and deep sorrow over the sad demise of Mr Imtiyaz Ahmad Laway, a young teacher from Zone Tahab and the founder member of Teachers Forum Tahab Pulwama.

The deceased passed away due heart attack at his ancestral home Ghat Tokuna around 3am today on 28th of Nov,2021.

May the departed soul rest in peace and give patience to the bereaved family for this irreparable loss. (CNS)

JKPM Expresses Deep Concern Over Prolonged Power Outages In Kashmir

JKPM Expresses Deep Concern Over Prolonged Power Outages In Kashmir

Anantnag, November 28: J&K Peoples Movement has expressed deep concern over the power crisis in the Valley.

In a press statement issued here, JKPM Vice President Solicitor Syed Iqbal Tahir said that despite a load-shedding schedule announced by the government, unscheduled and frequent power cuts have aggravated woes of people in the valley, especially in Anantnag. He said that the PDD has failed to implement its own schedule.

He further said that with a massive dip in temperature, people are hardly getting any relief from PDD. He alleged that PDD sends inflated electricity bills to consumers despite the failure to provide adequate electricity.

Solicitor Iqbal urged the government to implement its own schedule and ensure that least inconvenience is caused to the public during the winter months.

DFO, RO Attached, Govt Orders Probe Into Massive Green Felling In Bani Forests

DFO, RO Attached, Govt Orders Probe Into Massive Green Felling In Bani Forests

JAMMU, Nov 25: The Government today attached DFO Basohli and Range Officer Bani and ordered constitution of a multi-departmental Enquiry Committee led by Conservator of Forests West Circle, Jammu, Vivek Verma, to go into the details and hold probe into the damages reported in Bani forests, fixing responsibility on the officials concerned and assess the quantum of losses caused to the Government property.

Official sources told the ‘Excelsior’ that on the directions of the Commissioner/ Secretary Forests, Ecology and Environment, Sanjeev Verma, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & HOFF, Mohit Gera today constituted a four-member committee vide Govt Order No. 365 of 2021, dated 24-11-2021.

While, Vivek Verma, CF West Circle will head the Committee, the other three members are-Dy Director Forest Protection Force Jammu-I, Dharminder Sharma; In-charge Dy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Warden Kathua, Vijay Kumar Verma and Surinder Nath, Range Officer Grade-I, presently officer on duty in the office of Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu.

The committee has been directed to enquire into the damages caused in Compartment Nos. 29, 30 and 31 in Dhoulka and Koti Chandyar Blocks of Bani Range of Basohli Forest Division and submit the report to the Government within one week.

The 4-member committee has also been tasked to enquire into the role of the frontline/ field staff and lapses on their part and fix the responsibility of the field staff with quantum of damage caused to the Forests. The committee has also been directed to contact locals of the area, Panchayat members, concerned revenue and police officials to get complete feedback during the detailed inquiry, the sources added.

Meanwhile, the Government attached DFO Basohli Forest Division, Ravinder Singh and Range Officer, Bani, Narinder Verma to the office of Chief Conservator of Forests Jammu pending enquiry into the green felling in Bani Forest Range recently.

DFO Eco Task Force Basohli, Ashwani Kumar has been given the additional charge of Basohli Forest Division. Deepak Bogia, Range Officer Mahanpur Range in Basohli Division will hold the additional charge of Bani Range in addition to his own duties till further orders, official sources said.

It is pertinent to mention here that ‘Excelsior’ exposed the scam with regard to massive green felling in Bani forests and smuggling of timber worth over Rs one crore in its November 24 issue. Taking cognizance of the matter, the Government today ordered fresh enquiry by involving officers from different Departments and attached two Forest officers.

‘Legitimate Doubts Looming Over Rambagh Gunfight’: Mehbooba

‘Legitimate Doubts Looming Over Rambagh Gunfight’: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Nov 25: Peoples Democratic Party president and former Chief Minister of erstwhile J&K state Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said “legitimate doubts are looming’ over alleged encounter” at Rambagh here in which police claimed three militants of TRF were killed.

“After yesterday’s alleged encounter at Rambagh legitimate doubts are looming over its authenticity. As per reports & witnesses it seems that the firing was one sided,” she said in a tweet adding, “Again the official version far from truth is not in line with ground realities as seen in Shopian, HMT & Hyderpora.”

A police spokesperson on Wednesday said that three militants of TRF were killed in an “encounter” at busy Rambagh Srinagar road.

“Acting on a specific information regarding the movement of (militants) Srinagar Police immediately swung into action and established a special Naka to track them down,” he said, adding, “The (militants) were traveling in a car which Was signalled to stop by the Naka party. They did not stop and instead opened fire on the Naka party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.”

In the ensuing encounter, he said, three militants of TRF outfit were killed.

The killed militants were later on identified as Mehraan Yaseen Shalla son of Mohammad Yaseen Shalla of Jamalata, Arafat Ahmad Sheikh son of Mohammed Maqbool Sheikh resident of Nikloora Litter Pulwama and Manzoor Ahmad Mir son of Late Sonaullah Mir resident of Babhar Pulwama. As per IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar Mehraan was commander of TRF. (GNS)

NIA Raids Houses Of Political Activists In Southern Shopian

NIA Raids Houses Of Political Activists In Southern Shopian

Srinagar, Nov 25: National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out searches at the houses of political activists and some government employees in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday morning.

Sources told that sleuths of NIA assisted by Para-military troopers and Jammu and Kashmir Police raided multiple houses in Wachi area of Zainpora Shopian.

Sources added that houses of Peoples Democratic Party, National Conference and Jamat-e-Islami activists were raided and searches conducted.

People whose houses were searched include Muhammad Shafi Shah, a private teacher and JeI activist, Shahid Ahmed Shah, a private employee, Riyaz Ahmed Mir, a government employee at Sheep Husbandry Department, Muhammad Shaban Kumar, a PDP activist and President local Auqaf Committee and Muhammad Latif Shah-an NC activist and a carpenter by profession.

The searches were in progress till the filing of this report. Reports added that some arrests have also been made by National Investigation Agency.

Pertinently, a few days ago, NIA raided the office of renowned human rights defender Khuram Parvaiz and booked him under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act-a move that has widely been criticized at international level.

JKPM Reiterates Demand For Judicial Enquiry Into Hyderpora Encounter

JKPM Reiterates Demand For Judicial Enquiry Into Hyderpora Encounter

Srinagar, November 24: J&K Peoples Movement has reiterated the demand for a judicial enquiry into the Hyderpora encounter. In a press statement issued here, JKPM Vice President Solicitor Syed Iqbal Tahir said that they were not satisfied with the magisterial probe ordered into the incident.

He further said that LG Manoj Sinha had claimed that the probe into the shootout will be completed in 3-4 days but so far Magistrate has not even recorded the statements of the witness.

“The gruesome shootout has shaken the people of Jammu & Kashmir and in these circumstances, the least government can do is to ensure a prompt impartial investigation and punishment of the culprits”, Iqbal Tahir said in his statement.

He also demanded the immediate return of the body of Amir Magray — the third person killed in the Hyderpora encounter last week.

Three Persons Arrested On Recovery Of Contraband In Bijbehara: Police

Three Persons Arrested On Recovery Of Contraband In Bijbehara: Police

Srinagar, Nov 23: Three persons were arrested on recovery of contraband substance during a naka checking in Bijbehara, officials said on Tuesday morning.

Identifying the arrestees as Mehraj Ahmad Shiekh son of Mohammad Ismail Shiekh, resident of Dalgate Srinagar, Mohammad Altaf Baluki son of Abdul Rashid Baluki, resident of Rainawari Srinagar and Rayees Ahmad Lone son of Abdul Salam Lone, resident of Prochal Pulwama, the officials told that twelve kilograms of Charas powder was recovered from the possession of accused trio.

A case under relevant sections has been registered in this regard and investigations taken up, they added.

Dr Jitendra Singh Inaugurates 2nd Tribunal Bench In Srinagar

Dr Jitendra Singh Inaugurates 2nd Tribunal Bench In Srinagar

Srinagar, Nov 23: A second bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) was inaugurated in Kashmir capital Srinagar on Tuesday.

The CAT was inaugurated by Union Minister of state in the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) Dr. Jitendera Singh.

While speaking to the reporters, Dr Jitendera Singh Rana said that Jammu and Kashmir is lucky in having two Central Administrative Tribunal Benches. “After becoming Union Territory, a second bench was created. In some parts of India, there is only one bench while others, not a single one exists,” he said.

Pertinently, last year in June Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the CAT bench in Jammu which had jurisdiction over J&K and Ladakh.

Srinagar Family Accuses Private Diagnostic Centre Of Playing With Lives By Showing ‘Wrong’ Results

Srinagar Family Accuses Private Diagnostic Centre Of Playing With Lives By Showing ‘Wrong’ Results

Srinagar, Nov 23: A family in Srinagar has written to Divisional commissioner Kashmir, SSP crime and other authorities for action against a private diagnostic centre after a 4D scan report conducted by them showed totally different results when compared with dozens of tests done at SKIMS Soura..

Yaseen Bhat, husband of a patient namely Saba, while talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), alleged that his wife is ill since long as stones are being found in her kidneys and this year same problem existed following which they went to SKIMS Soura where doctors said stones in kidneys and urine track will be taken out but they need to see how stones are formed every year in her kidneys.

“A surgery was conducted and a stone in the urine tract was taken out and parathyroid harmone tests were conducted which showed PTH was very high. After that doctors told me that she has a problem in her throat and there is a need for surgery,” Bhat said.

He said that after proper investigation Dr Ashraf Ganie an endocrinologist said that the patient has issues in parathyroid glands in one side as per CT Scan and later parathyroid scan conducted showed issues in both sides and later several harmone tests were conducted the results of which were normal. Later a neck surgeon Dr Aijaz Malik gave them a date for surgery on November 4.

Parathyroid glands are small endocrine glands in the neck of humans and other tetrapods. Humans usually have four parathyroid glands, located on the back of the thyroid gland in variable locations. The parathyroid gland produces and secretes parathyroid hormone in response to a low blood calcium, which plays a key role in regulating the amount of calcium in the blood and within the bones.

He said that on “our own in order to check the reason behind the variation between CT scan and parathyroid scan” they decided to conduct a 4D parathyroid scan at private diagnostic centre in Karanagar, Srinagar

He said that usually they give film after half an hour and report after two days, however, “we were asked to come after two days to get both film and report.” “The report came as a shocker as that showed there was no problem in the patient’s parathyroid glands at all,” Bhat said..

“We again contacted them and requested them to please check the film and report again besides sending them all reports of SKIMS Soura but two days later they wrote on their own report that their report is correct,” Bhat said.

Later, Bhat said that they contacted many senior doctors about issue who told them to rely on reports of SKIMS Soura rather than reports of private diagnostic centre.”We we decided to go for surgery and surgery was conducted and two enlarged parathyroid glands were removed which was shown by the scan conducted at SKIMS Soura,” said Bhat.

He said that as per doctors, in patients with hyperparathyroidism, one or more parathyroid glands become enlarged and over secrete parathyroid hormone, causing levels of calcium to rise in the blood.

“The doctors told us that surgery was to remove the enlarged gland (or glands) is the only definitive treatment for the disorder and cures it in 95 percent of cases,” he said..

Bhat further said that private diagnostic Centres are playing with the lives of people and most of them only know to mint money as “we have given them Rs 5000 for the 4D scan but result was wrong and the same is happening with the people who come here for tests from far off places.”

Mehbooba Mufti Detained Ahead Of Her Visit To Altaf’s Family

Mehbooba Mufti Detained Ahead Of Her Visit To Altaf’s Family

Srinagar, Nov 23: People Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was detained by police at her Gupkar residence ahead of her visit to Slain Altaft’s family who was killed at Hyderpora in Srinagar.

Reliable sources told that Mehbooba Mufti was scheduled to visit the relatives of slain Altaf’s family at Barzulla. However police have detained her inside her Fairview Gupkar residence.

Altaf was among three civilians killed at Hyderpora ‘encounter’. Various politicians have been visiting family of Altaf.

Recommendations Of NCPCR Carry No Importance For Home, Health Deptts, No Child Welfare Police Officer, Spl Juvenile Unit in Majority Of Police Stations, Children Easily Getting Banned Intoxicants, Chemicals

Recommendations Of NCPCR Carry No Importance For Home, Health Deptts, No Child Welfare Police Officer, Spl Juvenile Unit in Majority Of Police Stations, Children Easily Getting Banned Intoxicants, Chemicals

JAMMU, Nov 23: Astonishing it may sound but it is a fact that recommendations of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) don’t carry any importance for the Home and Health Departments of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which otherwise have a crucial role to play as far as care and protection of children is concerned.

Official sources told that following detailed review of the status of child rights in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights made numerous recommendations to the Government in the month of March 2020 for strict action in a time bound manner and most important among them pertain to the Home and Health Departments.

As far as Home Department is concerned, it was suggested that Child Welfare Police Officer should be deputed in each Police Station of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Special Juvenile Police Unit created in each Police Station. Moreover, their contact details should be provided to those implementing the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) for better coordination.

However, majority of the Police Stations in the Union Territory don’t have Child Welfare Police Officer and Special Juvenile Police Unit, sources disclosed, adding “wherever such officers have been deputed they don’t have undergone proper training on different provisions of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, which otherwise is imperative for effective implementation of the law”.

Section 107 of the Juvenile Justice Act read: “In every Police Station, at least one officer, not below the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector with aptitude, appropriate training and orientation may be designated as the Child Welfare Police Officer to exclusively deal with children either as victims perpetrators in co-ordination with the police, voluntary and non-governmental organizations”.

Disclosing that Child Welfare Police Officers and Special Juvenile Police Units are required to be trained especially on Sections 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 83(1) and (2) of the Act, sources informed that these sections are aimed at ensuring punishment for cruelty to child; checking employment of child for begging;

imposing penalty for giving intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug or psychotropic substance to a child; checking use of a child for vending, peddling, carrying, supplying or smuggling any intoxicant; checking exploitation of child by employee and punitive measures for adoption without following prescribed procedure.
“Most shocking aspect is that majority of the SHOs don’t have full knowledge about the Juvenile Justice Act for want of sensitization programme although National Commission had laid sufficient thrust on this aspect”, sources disclosed, adding “majority of the Investigating Officers face embarrassment in the courts whenever the cases pertaining to violation of child rights come up hearing as studying Juvenile Justice Act remains least priority for them”.

As far as Health Department is concerned, the National Commission had recommended that provisions of medical facilities available for children suffering from drug/substance use should be reviewed after regular intervals and beds should be arranged in the Government and private hospitals for treatment of such children.

“A detailed mechanism has yet not been worked out by the Government of J&K UT in this regard and such children are treated as normal patients in the Government hospitals”, sources informed, adding “notwithstanding the claims of the Government about holding interactive meetings with the Chemist Associations over the issue of selling any Schedule H drug without prescription, banned intoxicants are easily reaching the hands of the children which clearly points towards the situation to be emerged in near future”.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare vide Letter No.X11029/2010-DDAP dated July 17, 2012 had imposed prohibition on selling of whitener and bottled thinners of any chemical composition and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had asked the J&K Government to issue circular instructions in this regard.

We have not seen any such circular having been issued by the department”, sources disclosed, adding “the whitener and bottled thinners have become latest addition in the list of items being circulated among the children for making them drug addicts as such their easily availability has to be checked”.

No Forecast Of Major Snowfall For Next 2 Weeks: MeT, Srinagar Records Season’s Coldest Night Sofar

No Forecast Of Major Snowfall For Next 2 Weeks: MeT, Srinagar Records Season’s Coldest Night Sofar

Srinagar: The Meteorological Department (MeT) said that “there will be mainly dry weather till end of this month even as there were meager chances of light snowfall over extreme north Kashmir on January 25”.

“Weather is most likely to remain cold and dry till the end of November in the whole J&K. However, there’s a 40-50% chance of very light snowfall over extreme North Kashmir on November 25,” Director MeT, Sonam Lotus said in a forecast issued here. “Overall, there’s no forecast of any major weather for the next two weeks,” Lotus said.

The temperatures below-freezing point continued unabated in Kashmir as the summer capital Srinagar, experienced the coldest night of the season with temperature dropping as low as minus 1.6 degrees Celsius during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, said MeT data.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar was minus 1.7 degrees Celsius below normal for this time of the year and surpassed the previous low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius recorded a couple of days ago. Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2 degrees Celsius against minus 2.2 degrees Celsius recorded on Sunday night, MeT official said.

It was minus 2 degrees Celsius below normal for the place, the official said. Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius compared to minus 4.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday night and it remained the coldest place across J&K. Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius against minus 1.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday night and normal of 0.6 degree Celsius, the MeT official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday night, against minus 3 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, the MeT official said.

TASK Holds Meetings With Hoteliers To Resolve Host Of Issues Concerning Hotel Industry

TASK Holds Meetings With Hoteliers To Resolve Host Of Issues Concerning Hotel Industry

Srinagar, Nov 21: In order to persuade hoteliers to support local agents and follow uniform rates, Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK) held meetings with J&K Hoteliers Club and the authorities from Vivanta Taj Srinagar.

As per a statement issued by General Secretary TASK, Waseem Goosani, the meeting between TASK and J&K Hoteliers Club was held at Hotel Radisson Srinagar. Chairman Hoteliers Club Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya and other members including Riyaz Ahmad Shahdad Senior Vice Chairman, Nasser Ahmad Khan Joint Secretary General, Farooq Hafiz President Sonmarg Chapter and Tariq Ghani Secretary General were present during the meeting.

TASK urged upon Hoteliers Club not to change the rates on weekly basis and maintain a uniform rate for at least 2 months. “We are highly thankful that Hoteliers Club Chairman Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya agreed to our pleas and assured that rates will remain uniform for at least 2 months. He further assured that hoteliers will not only upgrade basic facilities and amenities for visitors but will also support the local agents associated with the hotel and tourism industry,” the statement reads.

TASK said that they are highly thankful to J&K Hoteliers Club for their support and appreciate their concern for this industry.

TASK also held a meeting with the General Manager Vivanta Taj Jatendhar Chand and Sales Head Basharat Ahmed in this regard. Vivanta Taj also assured that it will support the local agents on priority basis and will do everything to promote hotel industry.

“Vivanta Taj assured that rates won’t change on weekly or fortnightly basis and further not only local agents will be given preference but also facilities will be upgraded for tourists and other visitors,” TASK General Secretary Waseem Goosani said.

During these meetings, besides General Secretary Waseem Goosani, President TASK Muhammad Akram Siah, Joint Secretary Maqsood Badyari, ex-president Mir Anwar and general member of the TASK Shamim Shah were present.

Due To Technical Snag At Zainakote Grid Station, Power Supply To Remain Affected In Five Grid Stations In Srinagar: KPDCL

Due To Technical Snag At Zainakote Grid Station, Power Supply To Remain Affected In Five Grid Stations In Srinagar: KPDCL

Srinagar, Nov 21: Power supply will remain affected to areas fed from 5 grid stations due to technical snag at transmission level in one of the 150MVA transformer bank of 450MVA Zainakote Grid Station, Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited said here on Sunday.

Chief engineer distribution KPDCL told that the power supply to areas fed from following Grid Stations shall remain partially affected during today evening and Intervening night hours of 20th and 21st November.

“However, men and machinery of JKPTCL Kashmir is putting all efforts for speedy restoration and rectification works. In this connection,” he said.

Meanwhile, as per the notice power supply will remain affected to five grid stations including Grid Station Rawalpora, Grid Station Wanganpora, Grid Station Bemina, Grid Station Zainakote, Grid Station Pattan and Grid Station Magam.

“Areas to remain affected include Rawalpora, Sanat Nagar, Barzulla, Humhma, Parraypora and adjoining areas, Soura, Hawal, Zadibal, Nawakadal, Safakadal and adjoining areas, Karan Nagar, Qamarwari, Bemina, Batmaloo, Barthana, Parimpora and adjoining areas, HMT, Omerabad, Zainakote, Narbal, Sharifabad and adjoining areas Pattan and adjoining areas Magam, Beerwah and adjoining areas,” reads the notice. 

India Reports 10,488 New COVID-19 Cases, 313 Deaths, Tally Over 3.45 Cr

India Reports 10,488 New COVID-19 Cases, 313 Deaths, Tally Over 3.45 Cr

New Delhi, Nov 21: India logged 10,488 new coronavirus infections taking the country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,45,10,413, while the active cases declined to 1,22,714, the lowest in 532 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The death toll climbed to 4,65,662 with 313 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 44 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 147 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.36 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.30 percent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 2,154 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.98 percent. It has been less than two percent for the last 48 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.94 percent. It has been below two percent for the last 58 days, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,39,22,037, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.35 percent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive have exceeded 116.50 crores. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crores on May 4 and three crores on June 23.

The 313 new fatalities include 248 from Kerala and 15 from Maharashtra.

A total of 4,65,662 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,40,722 from Maharashtra, 38,174 from Karnataka, 37,299 from Kerala, 36,361 from Tamil Nadu, 25,095 from Delhi, 22,909 from Uttar Pradesh, and 19,376 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

”Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Cordon And Search Operation (CASO) Launched In Poonch Villages

Cordon And Search Operation (CASO) Launched In Poonch Villages

Poonch, Nov 18: The security forces Thursday launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in some villages located near Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati area of Poonch district.

The operation has been launched after security forces reports regarding suspicious movement in the area. 

Officials told that the teams of Army and Police have launched an operation in the area and searches are going on.kno