Listen To Protesting Employees, End Power Crises, Concerned Citizens To Raj Bhawan, ‘PDD Employees Have Given Their Blood For JK’
Srinagar, Dec 20: Stating that Jammu and Kashmir has been pushed to unwanted power crises, a group of concerned citizens have appealed Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to come to the rescue of the people by addressing the genuine demands of the protesting Power Development Department employees.
A group of prominent citizens including Advocate, Irfan Hafiz Lone, Social Activist and Commentator, Ahmed Ayaz, Social Activist and Political Analyst, Iftikhar Misger and Journalist Majid Hyderi, all based in Kashmir said: “The exigency of calling the Indian Army to restore supply of a civic amenity suggests a breakdown of the civil administration. This had never happened in the last seventy years.”
Stating that the privatization of the power grids was not in the interest of the people of J&K than to talk of PDD alone, the citizens said that Raj Bhawan should shelve any such proposal till a democratically elected government comes to power.
“Let the elected government decide about any such proposals of privatization but not the public servants. The present decision of the JK administration actually negates the very idea of democracy seemingly to benefit some private players,” the citizens said.
Referring to the death of thousands of PDD employees in accidents on duty, the group said that the employees have given their blood for Jammu and Kashmir and this sacrifice of theirs cannot be ignored but needs to be respected.
The group also said that at the moment the damage to transformers in various localities was a major crises for the inhabitants as the same are not being repaired in the wake of indefinite strike by the PDD employees. “Life without electricity amid freezing cold has only put people to immense hardships.” kns
Border Security Force (BSF) Trooper Injured In Mine Blast In Poonch
Poonch, Dec 20: A BSF trooper was seriously injured in a mine blast along Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu on Monday, official sources said.
They said Constable Ajish K of 146 Battalion BSF, deployed at Dogra Tekri, area of Balakot Sector in Poonch district sustained multiple mine blast injuries on his face and both hands while he was on duty at the fence.
He was removed to Udhampur through helicopter, they said.
A police officer told that that condition of the trooper remains serious. Gns
River Police Retrieve Body Of Drowned Man From River Jehlum
Bijbehara, Dec 20: The body of a man who jumped into the river allegedly after being stoned yesterday while extracting sand was fished out from the river Jehlum today.
Yesterday, a man identified as Muhammad Amin Thakroo, son of Muhammad Jabbar Thakroo of Gadiseer Bijbehara had jumped into river Jhelum and drowned when some persons allegedly pelted stones upon him while he was extracting sand.
Efforts were made to retrieve his body shortly after the incident, but all in vain. Today his body was retrieved by river police from the Jehlum river.
After the completion of all formalities, the body was handed over to family for last rites.
Police have already registered a case in this regard and are investigating the matter.
Groom Thrashed At Nikah Ceremony For Demanding Rs 10 Lakh Dowry: Video Goes Viral
A shocking video has surfaced on social media where a groom is being thrashed at his own wedding.
The incident took place on Friday (December 17) at a banquet hall in Sahibabad area of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The man was allegedly beaten up as his family demanded a big amount of money as extra dowry.
Right before the Nikah ceremony, the groom’s father reportedly demanded Rs 10 lakh and threatened to call off the wedding if the demand was not met.
According to reports, the bride’s family had already given Rs 3 lakh in cash and a diamond ring worth Rs 1 lakh. But the groom’s family was not satisfied.
The bride’s family tried to persuade the groom’s family but they were not convinced. This irked the bride’s family and guests and they thrashed the groom. The bride’s side also claimed that the man was married 2-3 times before.
India Reports 6,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr
New Delhi, Dec 20: With 6,563 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,47,46,838, while the active cases declined to 82,267, the lowest in 572 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
The death toll climbed to 4,77,554 with 132 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 53 days now.
The active cases comprise 0.24 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.39 per cent, the highest since March 2020,the ministry said.
A decline of 1,646 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
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 crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
Two Arrested For ‘Sharing Secret Info About Security Establishments’ In Rajouri
Rajouri, Dec 19: The security forces in Rajouri district have arrested two persons for allegedly sharing secret information of vital security establishments.
The duo, who belong to a single family are resident of Nowshera village. One of them was working as porter with Army.
Officials told that on some specific, a joint team of Army and police headed by SHO Rajouri Sameer Jillani intercepted the duo and put them to questioning during which it was found that they were in touch with some handlers and were sharing videos and other information of some security establishments of Rajouri.
They added that both of them have been arrested formally in a case registered in Rajouri Police Station while the team headed by SHO Rajouri Sameer Jillani is further investigating the matter.
More arrests of people involved in this espionage racket cannot be ruled out, they said.kno
Tanghdar Family Accuses Doctor Of Killing New Born Baby With Head Injury
Kupwara, Dec 19: In a very shocking incident, family members of a woman Sunday alleged that their newborn baby died hours after being delivered at SDH Tangdhar due to sharp blade injuries on his head allegedly due to negligence of the health team who attended her on time of delivery.
Abid Qayoom,elder brother of the woman while talking to news agency—Kashmir News observer (KNO) said that his sister was admitted to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Tangdhar on Friday evening and Saturday morning at around 06:00 she gave birth to a baby boy.
He said that immediately after birth his health conditions started to deteriorate and was under the supervision of a health team there but at around 11:00 am Saturday they (Doctors/ Health team) referred him to Handwara District Hospital for further medical examination.
“After reaching Handwara Hospital, the doctors attended the infant and found a injury on his head due to which maximum points of blood was lost with the result the health conditions further started to deteriorate,” Abid said. “For the safety and health improvement of the baby doctors there advised us to go to Srinagar for more advanced medical attention to save the precious life.”
Abid also said that but it was a half-lived joy by our family and all were thunderstruck and shell shocked as he passed away halfway to Srinagar at Pattan and all of these sufferings and pain were only because of the carelessness of the medical team at SDH Tangdhar.
“They didn’t cater to my sister and baby well and it is because of their callous approach and negligence that we are made to witness this moment,” Abid said adding that this was the first child of my sister who passed away just hours after being born.
He stated that I won’t blame anyone rather it’s complete medical negligence of the SDH Tangdhar medical team since doctors at Handwara hospital found that the newborn baby has some sharp cut on his head which led to this death.
The family members have demanded stern action against the SDH Tangdhar medical team saying that it’s their negligence and they must accept it without any further explanation as is evident from the head injury.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mehraj Chief Medical Officer (CMO), told that he is now aware of the aforementioned incident but said that he’ll verify.
“I’ll look into it but as of now I don’t know anything about the same”, Dr. Mehraj said.kno
Active LeT Militant Arrested In Anantnag, Pistol Along With Magazine Recovered: Police
Srinagar, December 19: An active militant of The Resistance Front outfit (Offshoot of LeT) was arrested by police at KP road in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
A senior Police officer told that on a specific information Police along with army and CRPF arrested an active militant of TRF near AL Noor Masjid at KP Road.
He has been identified as Feroz Ahmad Zargar(34) alias Kamraan son of Ghulam Mohudin resident of Gratabal Qaimoh of Kulgam district, the officer added.
Pertinently, his elder brother Majid Zargar was a top LeT Commander who was killed in 2017 at Arwani.
Further investigation into the case has been initiated in this regard.gns
CRPF Trooper Injured Critically After Hit By Alto Car In Pulwama
Srinagar, Dec 19: A CRPF trooper, part of a road opening party, sustained critical injuries after allegedly hit by an Alto car in Kadalbal Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
An official told that one CRPF constable Shrawan Kumar of 130 Batallion was performing duty at highway as road opening party, when hit by an Alto car bearing registration number JK22 5839.
The constable, they said, was shifted to to Primary Health Centre Awantipora for treatment from where the doctors referred him to Srinagar for preferential treatment.
Meanwhile a police official confirming the incident told that a cognizance into the incident has been taken.
Danish Bhat Visits Family Of Woman, Who Was Murdered At His Home In Lal Bazar
Srinagar, Dec 19: Advisor to SMC Mayor and corporator, Danish Bhat on Sunday visited the residence of Mohammad Rafeeq Shiekh at Bahrar locality of Lalbazar to offer condolences on the sad and tragic murder of his mother.
According to a statement, issued he was was accompanied by corporator Nasir Naik.
The statement reads that the family was all praises about DySP Shafatk and SHO Sameer Lone for their swift action.
It also reads that Bhat visited Devi Angan Hawal to pay his condolences with Imtiyaz on the sad demise of his relative.
The statement reads that later he also interacted with the locals who raised some genuine grievances and he assured them of timely redressal. Kns
Foreign Militant Saifullah Killed In Encounter At Srinagar’s Harwan: Police
Srinagar, Dec 19: A foreign militant was killed in an encounter at Harwan area of Srinagar in the wee hours on Sunday, police said.
A police officer told that acting on a specific lead about the presence of a militant in Harwan area, police teams zeroed in on the suspected spot. “In a brief encounter, one unidentified militant was killed,” the official said.
#SrinagarEncounterUpdate: 01 unidentified #militant killed. Search going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” tweeted Kashmir zone police.
Kashmir zone police also tweeted quouting IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar that #SrinagarEncounterUpdate: Killed #militant identified as Saifulla alias Abu Khalid alias Shawaz, resident of Karachi (#Pakistan), affiliated with LeT. He infiltrated in 2016 & was active in general area of Harwan and involved in several crimes.”
In another tweet, IGP Kashmir said that “03 #Pakistani militants killed in #SrinagarCity within 33days. They were involved in several crimes including attacks on Police/SFs & civilian killings. It shows that Pakistan is hell-bent to disturb peace in Valley especially in Srinagar City.”
Have No Faith On Delimitation Commission: Mehbooba Mufti
Srinagar, Dec 18: Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said they don’t have any faith on delimitation commission as “it has been formed to pitch majority and minority community against each other and to help BJP politically “.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a party function in Rajouri, Mehbooba, said the delimitation commission is BJP’s commission. “It is BJP’s commission. It has been formed to carry delimitation in a way that will pitch majority and minority community against each other and further disempower people. It will increase seats in a way which will benefit BJP.”
To a question about participation of National Conference MPs, Mehbooba said it is their own decision. “It is their own decision. What can I say about it ,” she said.kno
Sajad Lone Hits Out At NC Over Its “U-turn” On Delimitation Commission, Reminds Party Of Its Statement That Participation Would Tantamount To Accepting August 5 Decisions
Srinagar, Dec 18: Reminding National Conference of its own statement that participation in the delimitation commission would tantamount to accepting BJP-led central government’s August 5 decisions on Kashmir, Peoples Conference chief Sajad Gani Lone on Saturday asked the party to explain how it was endorsement to abrogation of the Article 370 then and not now.
In a tweet, Peoples Conference put out a statement made earlier by the NC that participation in proceedings of delimitation commission would tantamount to accepting August 5 decisions and it is unwilling to do so.
“Please at least have the courtesy to show even some pretense and explain how it was tantamount to endorsement then and not now. Digital world. Digital proof. Chit bhi meri patt be meri won’t work. Era of Multiple speeches Srinagar and Delhi— in multiple places is over,” Lone tweeted. In another tweet, the party asked NC what compelled it to participate in proceedings of delimitation commission. “
These are the utterances of Dr. Farooq Abdullah. What changed between then and now for the NC to now participate. Is it not tantamount to endorsing August 5 decisions now?
There is a limit on monopoly on morality. Please at least have the courtesy to show even some pretense and explain how it was tantamount to endorsement then and how it is not tantamount to endorsement now, ” the party tweeted. It is pertinent to mention that NC had earlier boycotted proceedings of the panel, saying it is the product of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act- 2019 which it had challenged in the Supreme Court—kno
Six Injured As Tempo Plunges Into Gorge In Rajouri
Rajouri, Dec 18: Six devotees on way to a shrine were injured after a vehicle they were traveling in met with an accident near Khandli bridge in Rajouri district.
A vehicle (Tempo) plunged into a gorge at around 11 am, leaving six persons wounded.
All the injured have been shifted to Government Medical College and its Associated Hospital Rajouri, officials said.
Local said that the overspeed tempo was coming from Budhal towards Rajouri when it fell into the gorge.
At Minus 6.0, Srinagar Records Coldest Night Of Season, MeT Predicts Further Dip In Minimum Temp In Coming Days
Srinagar, Dec 18: Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded coldest night of the season while the local Meteorological department is expecting further dip in coming days.
MeT officials informed that the minimum temperature in Srinagar plummeted further, saying that at minus 6.0 degree celsius, the J&K’s summer capital recorded coldest night of season.
There is possibility of further dip in coming days, officials said.
Intense cold conditions prevail across Jammu and Kashmir from last couple of days. The weatherman has predicted fresh snowfall on December 24, saying that a Western Disturbance is affecting J&K from December 24-26.
SMC Launches Drive To Remove ‘Chocking Points’‘Face Consequences If You Won’t Follow Law: Commissioner SMC To Shopkeepers
Srinagar, Dec 15: Warning shopkeepers of strict action for creating ‘chocking points’, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Aamir Athar Khan on Wednesday said that those shopkeepers who won’t comply law will face consequences.
Additional encroachments in Kashmir capital Srinagar is rampant. In almost every area of the city, shopkeepers can be seen putting their merchandize on display, thus blocking traffic and pedestrian movement.
Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation Aamir Athar Khan visited parts of Srinagar city including Jahangir Chowk and Hari Singh High Street and asked shopkeepers not to block side-walks.
The merchandize put by shopkeepers on display was removed while shopkeepers were directed to refrain from encroaching the foot-paths and roads.
While talking to Commissioner SMC, Aamir Athar Khan said that this phase wise drive will continue. “Our Ward Officers in their wards will ensure that no shopkeeper or vendor will create a choking point. Every road will be cleared from additional encroachment,” he said.
In response to a question, Khan said that encroachments in Mehjoor Nagar, Natipora and others areas of Srinagar city will be removed and heavy fine will be imposed upon the violators.
“We will use JCBs to remove the merchandize on display and encroachments where ever we find it,” he said.
A recent study showed that 90% shopkeepers in Srinagar city are doing business outside their shops acting as the biggest bottleneck in the smooth movement of pedestrians and traffic.
Due to additional encroachments by shopkeepers, broad roads have shrunk considerably across Srinagar city. In recent past as well, SMC had launched such ‘cosmetic’ drives which yielded no results due to absence of proper regulation.