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Govt Fails To Prepare Roadmap To End Adhoc Promotions Despite Explicit Directives Of HC, Committee of Officers Dilly-Dallying On Suggesting Way Forward

Govt Fails To Prepare Roadmap To End Adhoc Promotions Despite Explicit Directives Of HC, Committee of Officers Dilly-Dallying On Suggesting Way Forward

JAMMU, June 13: Even after explicit directions of the High Court, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has failed to prepare a roadmap in order to bring an end to the practice of making adhoc promotions in various departments, which otherwise is leading to avoidable litigations and demoralizing other employees.

This is mainly because a committee of bureaucrats, which was assigned the task of examining the issues/bottlenecks and propose way forward, has not submitted its report during the past six months.

The issue of adhoc promotions came to the notice of High Court in the shape of Writ Petition (Civil) No.946/2020 titled “Ghulam Hassan Rather Versus Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” and Division Bench comprising of Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal vide judgment dated August 4, 2020 issued slew of directions for bringing an end to the practice of adhoc promotions.

“What is seen in the then State of Jammu and Kashmir and now the Union Territory is that the judgment of Supreme Court in Suraj Prakash Gupta’s case passed in 2000 is being complied with less and violated more, as practically in all the departments, promotions are being made on incharge basis”, the Division Bench had observed.

“How an employee, who is substantively working on the lowest post, can be given the charge of a highest post in the department without there being regular promotions. These employees continue working on that post for years together and whenever any transfer is sought to be made, they approach the court and persuade to grant interim relief and as a result of that continue on the same position for years together”, the DB had wondered.

It was also mentioned in the judgment that the course adopted by the different departments is generating avoidable litigations as many of the employees approach the court raising the plea that they are senior to the person who has been given charge of some higher post.

“Not only this, such a course also demoralizes other employees in the department. The duties, which are required to be discharged by senior and experienced persons, are being handed over to the juniors. Another facet of this system is that the employees already in service don’t let the posts of direct recruitment filled up and usurp the same by adopting this system”, the DB had further observed, adding “with this practice being followed, the very object of having fresh talent at different levels in the department is defeated”.

As per the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Suraj Parkash Gupta, the Government was supposed to constitute a high-level committee to examine the entire issue. However, non-compliance to the directions of the Apex Court received sharp criticism from the Division Bench of the High Court, which finally reiterated the directions of the Supreme Court and sought the response of the Chief Secretary and the Secretary to the Government, General Administration Department.

Four months after being reprimanded by the High Court, the General Administration Department vide Order No.1172 dated December 31, 2020 constituted a committee of officers for proposing a roadmap/way forward for putting an end to the practice of making adhoc promotions in various Government departments of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The committee comprising of Administrative Secretaries of Finance, Public Works, General Administration, Jal Shakti, ARI and Trainings and Law Departments was also asked to examine the reasons behind prevalent and continuing system of making adhoc promotions in the Government departments and examine the issues/bottlenecks confronted by the departments in making regular promotions.

As per the Government order, the committee was supposed to submit its report within a period of four weeks but despite lapse of six months the same is awaited, official sources said , adding “it is claimed that committee has held certain meetings but six months was sufficient time to complete the assigned task especially in the light of the fact that adhoc promotions are continuously leading to litigations”.

“Due to dilly-dallying approach on the part of the committee of bureaucrats the Supreme Court’s directions passed in 2000 and that of Division Bench of the High Court have remained unimplemented”, sources regretted.

Leopard Spotted In Natipora Srinagar Area Of Central Kashmir

Leopard Spotted In Natipora Srinagar Area Of Central Kashmir

Locals Make Announcements On Loudspeakers, Police Urges People To Stay Alert, Teams Rushed To Area Presence Of Animal Established Efforts On To Catch Animal: Regional Wildlife Warden

Srinagar, June 13: Panic gripped Natipora area of Srinagar after a leopard was spotted there late on Saturday night forcing the wildlife department to rush a team to the area to catch the animal.

Locals of Har Namal area of Natipora told news agency—a leopard was spotted in the area at around 10 pm Saturday after which they informed the police. The police acted swiftly, informed the wildlife department, asked people not to venture out unnecessarily and urged them to stay alert to avoid any damage by the animal.

“Locals are making announcements through masjid loudspeakers in the area asking people to remain alert and not to venture out of homes unnecessarily,” Imtiyaz Ahmed, a local resident said.

Regional Wildlife warden Kashmir, Rashid Naqash told that immediately after they received information about the presence of a leopard in Har Nambal area of Natipora on Saturday late evening through the Police Control Room (PCR), a team was rushed to the spot to ascertain and scan the area.

“Presence of leopard has been established on the basis of tracks, pug marks and scats,” he said, adding that efforts are on to track and catch the animal—kno

Overnight Blaze Damages 13 Houses, Renders 31 Families Homeless In Baramulla

Overnight Blaze Damages 13 Houses, Renders 31 Families Homeless In Baramulla

Baramulla, June 11: An overnight blaze in Sweeper Colony, Noorbagh area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district turned at least 13 houses into ashes and rendered 31 families homeless, officials said Friday.

They said that a massive blaze engulfed Sweeper Colony, Noorbagh at around 9:30 pm on Thursday night which spread like a bushfire and left at least 13 houses completely damaged while 31 families putting up in these houses were rendered homeless. Luckily there was no loss of life reported in the incident.

Locals told that soon after the fire broke out they informed the fire services department, police and the army. “It was the police that reached the spot first and informed other departments.

Police men started dousing the fire of their own till fire services reached along with its fleet,” a local said. “It was the SSP Baramulla, who along with other policemen doused the flames till fire services vehicles reached the spot,” a local, whose house was damaged in the fire, said.

Deputy Director Fire and Emergency services Baramulla, Abdul Khaliq said, that as the fire broke out in the areas, fire tenders from Sopore, Sangrama, Rafiabad, and Baramulla were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. “At least 31 families have been left homeless as their houses were turned into ashes due to the deadly blaze,” he said.

Officials from the administration including Tehsildar, Accountant Officer, revenue officer, fire service, police and other departments have sent teams to review the situation and estimate the damages. Tents and food are being provided among those affected by the fire. “As per the government direction, we will provide compensation to all the affected families,” said Naib Tehsildar Baramulla, Ghulam Muhammad Chopan—kno

Budgam Police Alongwith SDRF And River Police Resumed Rescue Operation Early Morning

Budgam Police Alongwith SDRF And River Police Resumed Rescue Operation Early Morning

Budgam: June 10th 2021: Yesterday afternoon Police received information that one teen aged boy namely Irfan Ahmad Bhat S/o Abdul Rashid Bhat R/o Arigam has drowned in a stream at village Arigam Khansahib. No sooner the report was received Police reached on spot and started rescue operation with the help of locals .

Meanwhile SDRF teams were called in for the operation.

The rescue operation was called off late night around 23 00 hrs due to dark and the same was resumed today early morning around 6 30 hrs .
03 teams of SDRF and River Police Srinagar fully equipped with boats and other necessary gadgetry are assisting Police and administration in rescue operation.

Hashmi Greets Pandits On Mela Kheer Bhawani

Hashmi Greets Pandits On Mela Kheer Bhawani

The Socio-Political Activist Syed Karar Hashmi from Central Kashmir Dub Ganderbal has extended his heartiest greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community, on the eve of annual Kheer Bhawani Mela at Tulmulla Ganderbal which falls on the auspicious day of “Zeshta Ashtami” attended by lakhs of hindu pilgrims from across the country largely the Kashmiri Pandit Community, who throng the famous Ragyna Devi Temple in Tulmulla Ganderbal to seek the blessings.

In a message Agha Karar Hashmi said that this festival symbolizes harmonized cultural ethos of J&K and reflects of its glorious pluralistic values, here Nobody in Kashmir ever dreamed that a bunch of people will succeed in dividing us on such a way that your return will be too difficult and so long.

Today Kashmiri Pandits are not living in Kashmir due to political misfortune but they are still ruling in our hearts and we appealing them to come back and be part of the collective struggle against all upset and downs. Hashmi added

Hashmi reminded past memories of both communities participating in Marriage and death occasions.During the marriage functions of Hindus, Muslims were invited and vice versa.

Karar Hashmi currently studying at Qom Iran hoped that the devotees that could not come due to COVID-19 will witness the holy rituals and Aarti of the Deity as per the tradition via Social media and prayed Almighty Allah to bring Peace, good days and brotherhood back on the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Socio-Political Activist Karar Hashmi also requested GOI and LG Administration to give all possible help and make every effort for returning of Kashmiri Pandits back as they are an inseparable part of the Kashmiri society, and the inclusive ethos, for which Kashmir has been known for ages, is incomplete without them.

Six More Die Of Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4107

Six More Die Of Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4107

Srinagar, June 9: A 32-year-old man was among six persons who succumbed to covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir since last evening, officials said on Wednesday.

They said that three deaths were reported from Jammu division and as many as from Kashmir Valley, taking the overall toll due to the pestilence to 4107.

The 32-year-old man was from Ramnagar Jammu and died at GMC Jammu where two more patients succumbed to the pathogen since last evening, the officials said.

A 60-year-old woman from Newa Pulwama died at SKIMS Soura here, less than two days after she was admitted to the tertiary care hospital, they said.

A 65-year-old woman from Hassanpora Anantnag died at GMC Anantnag, 11 days after she was admitted there, they said.

A 75-year-old woman from Chichipora Anantnag also died at the same facility, 18 days after she was admitted there, they added.

Lately, there has been decrease in both the number of daily cases and deaths in Jammu and Kashmir. So far 190 people have died this month while over 10000 cases have been added to the overall tally. On Tuesday J&K reported 1184 fresh cases while 11 people succumbed to the virus.

Last month was deadliest as J&K recorded 1625 Covid-19 deaths. The fatalities in these 31 days accounted for 41.59% of the total deaths reported in J&K so far since March last year. Also 114359 Infections were added to overall tally during the month of May. gns

Suicide Commited By A Teenager Boy In Sopore Area Of North Kashmir

Suicide Commited By A Teenager Boy In Sopore Area Of North Kashmir

Sopore, June 09 : A 14-year-old boy ended his life by allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substances at his home in Sopore village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.

An official said that the youth identified as Tawheed Ahmed Lone Son of Late Mohammad Anwar Lone, resident of Sangrampora Dangiwacha Village here consumed some poisonous substance at his home, he was immediately rushed to District Hospital Baramulla, however he was declared brought dead, he said.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case under various sections of law and taken up further investigations in this regard, the official added.

Amid Speculations, PAGD Comes Alive In J&K Again, To Hold Crucial Meeting Today At Mehbooba’s Gupkar Residence

Amid Speculations, PAGD Comes Alive In J&K Again, To Hold Crucial Meeting Today At Mehbooba’s Gupkar Residence

Srinagar, Jun 09: As the speculations regarding further bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir are rife, the much-hyped People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of political parties in the Union Territory, has once again come alive as it has decided to hold a crucial meeting at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence late afternoon today.

Sources privy to the development told that a meeting of PAGD has been scheduled today at conglomerate’s Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief, Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence.

They said that the meeting will be held today at 05:00 PM, saying that the agenda has not been decided yet “but certain important things with regard to the speculations about J&K would be discussed threadbare.”

All the signatories of the Gupkar declaration have been invited for the meeting today, they said.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told that PAGD leaders including its president Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Hassnain Masoodi and others will be meeting here today at her residence.

“There is no special agenda for today’s meeting,” she said. Today’s meeting comes at a time when NC was “seriously considering” to participate in the Delimitation exercise.

Pertinently, the speculations are rife in Jammu and Kashmir regarding further bifurcation of the Union Territory. However, there has been no official confirmation in this regard while the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) J&K president, Ravinder Raina had recently told that there was no big development with regard to J&K in offing. kno

Srinagar And Jammu Scorching Hot, 32.4 And 33.8 Degrees Celsius As The Maximum Temperature Respectively

Srinagar And Jammu Scorching Hot, 32.4 And 33.8 Degrees Celsius As The Maximum Temperature Respectively

Srinagar, June 8: At 32.4 and 33.8 degrees Celsius as the maximum temperature, Srinagar and Jammu cities respectively has recorded the highest temperature of the season so far.

An official of the meteorological department (MET) told IANS, “Both Srinagar and Jammu cities witnessed the highest temperature of the season so far at 32.4 and 33.8 degrees Celsius respectively yesterday (Monday).”

The official said maximum temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir are likely to rise further during the next few days as weather is expected to remain dry during this period.

Srinagar recorded 18.6, Pahalgam 9.4 and Gulmarg 13.0 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Tuesday.

Leh town of Ladakh had 7.5, Kargil 10.2 and Drass 3.6 as the minimum temperature of the day.

Jammu city had 29.2, Katra 26.2, Batote 19.2, Banihal 17.8 and Bhaderwah 18.2 as the night’s lowest temperature.—(IANS)

COVID-19: Jammu And Kashmir Hamlet First Village In India To Achieve 100% Vaccination Of Its Adult Population

COVID-19: Jammu And Kashmir Hamlet First Village In India To Achieve 100% Vaccination Of Its Adult Population

Srinagar: A remote hamlet in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir has become the first village in India to vaccinate all its adult population against COVID-19, officials said on Tuesday.

The credit goes to the healthcare workers whose strenuous efforts shot Weyan hamlet, with an adult population of 362, to national fame, they said.

“The village is located only 28 kilometres away from Bandipora district headquarters, but a distance of 18 kilometres has to be covered by foot as there is no motorable road,” an official of the health department said.

He said the task of vaccinating all the residents was even more difficult as the village consists of nomadic families who go to higher reaches for grazing their livestock.

“There is no internet access in the village. So it was not possible for the residents to get appointments for vaccination like the way people in urban areas do,” Bashir Ahmed Khan, Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora said while explaining the difficulty faced by the healthcare workers.

The vaccination in the village was covered under ”J&K model’, which is a 10-point strategy to vaccinate entire eligible population at accelerated pace.

Despite initial vaccine hesitancy, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 70 per cent vaccination in the 45+ age group, almost double the national average, the official said.

Commenting on the achievement, Yatish Yadav, media advisor to Jammu and Kashmir government, said the Union territory was raising the bar in the Covid vaccination drive.

“#JammuAndKashmirMode. And we thought up to now that Everest was the highest and toughest peak of Himalayas. But, some journey brings a new light, a new life. Team J&K raising the bar on vaccination drive,” he tweeted. (PTI)

Drug Peddler Arrested, 2 Kgs Of Heroin Recovered In Karnah

Drug Peddler Arrested, 2 Kgs Of Heroin Recovered In Karnah

Kupwara, Jun 8: Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kupwara said to have arrested a drug peddler on whose possession it claimed to have recovered two kilograms of Heroin here in Yariban Hajitra in Taad area of Karnah.

According to police they said during checking, the Naka party intercepted a person in a suspicious condition, following which he was apprehended and on his disclosure identified as Naseer Ahmad Shiekh a resident of Hajitra.

During the personal search two packets of Heroin weighing about two kilograms were recovered from the possession of apprehended person, it said.

Accordingly a legal action has been taken and a case vide FIR Number 61/21 under section 8/21 NDPS Act has been registered in Police Station Karnah against the accused person and investigations into it taken up, it said.

The war against these drug peddlers will continue and those found involved in these acts will be strictly dealt under law, it further said. gns

Seven More Died Due To Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4097

Seven More Died Due To Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4097

Srinagar, June 8: Jammu and Kashmir reported seven more covid-19 death since last evening, taking the total fatality count to 4097, officials said on Tuesday.

They said a 65-year-old woman from Panzoo Tral died at District Hospital Pulwama, ten days after she was admitted there.

A woman from Brah died a day after she was admitted to GMC Anantnag, the officials said.

A 50-year-old woman from Nowshera Rajouri died at GMC Rajouri, four days after she was admitted there, they said.

Three deaths were reported at GMC Jammu and one at SMHS hospital here, they said.

Lately, there has been decrease in both the number of daily cases and deaths. So far 180 people have died this month while over 8000 cases have been added to the overall tally. On Monday J&K reported 977 fresh cases, lowest in two months.

Last month was deadliest as J&K recorded 1625 Covid-19 deaths. The fatalities in these 31 days accounted for 41.59% of the total deaths reported in J&K so far since March last year. Also 114359 Infections were added to overall tally during the month of May. gns

25 Year Old Youth Among 5 More Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll 4095

25 Year Old Youth Among 5 More Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll 4095

Srinagar, June 7: A 25-year-old man was among five more people who succumbed to covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the fatality count to 4095, officials said on Monday.

Official sources told that the 25-year-old youth was from Bahufort and died at GMC Jammu.

A 35-year-old woman from Muthi Camp, and a 35-year-old man from Bihar, at present Kishtwar, also died at the same facility, they said.

A 58-year-old man from Shopian died at SKIMS Bemina, 12 days after he was admitted to the one among the covid-19 management facilities here.

A 60-year-old man from Aalikadal Srinabar, died fortnight after he was admitted to the facility, they said.

Lately, there has been decrease in both the number of daily cases and deaths. So far 172 people have died this month while over 8000 cases have been added to the overall tally. Last month was deadliest as J&K recorded 1625 Covid-19 deaths. The fatalities in these 31 days accounted for 41.59% of the total deaths reported in J&K so far since March last year. Also 114359 Infections were added to overall tally. gns

Missing Minor Boy From Bandipora Traced In New Delhi After 9 Months

Missing Minor Boy From Bandipora Traced In New Delhi After 9 Months

Bandipora, June 07: A missing minor boy from north Kashmiri’s Bandipora district was finally traced in New Delhi after all but nine months, police said on Monday.

A Police official told that a missing minor boy identified as Rashid Sheikh son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh, a resident of Kondbal at present Rakh-Asham area of Sonawari was missing since September 20, 2020 from his maternal fathers house, was traced in New Delhi by the Delhi police along with a team of Bandipora Police.

He said that after completing the legal formalities, the minor boy was handed over to his family members at police station in Sumbal.

Family members have appreciated the role of Bandipora police for tracing their minor son after nine months. kdc

Cricketers, Spectators Immune To COVID-19 In South Kashmir’s Pulwama? Thousands Seen Enjoying Cricket Match Without Following SOPs

Cricketers, Spectators Immune To COVID-19 In South Kashmir’s Pulwama? Thousands Seen Enjoying Cricket Match Without Following SOPs

Pulwama, Jun 7: Thousands of people, potentially a super-spreader gathering, were seen violating the COVID-19 related guidelines openly during a Twenty-20 Cricket match in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday.

The huge crowd of people flocked to Musarmarg area in C.B. Nath Argicheck, 14 km from district headquarters, to witness a cricket match and flouted all guidelines concerning the pandemic. People were without face masks and social distancing also went for a toss.

The videos of the cricket tournament have been going viral on social media while the brazen violations have been ignored by the district administration.

With authorities imposing strict restrictions in main town Pulwama while ignoring all other huge crowds, potentially super-spreaders, the lockdown seems only a cosmetic step.

Shopkeepers, drivers and other such people whose business has been badly affected by the restrictions induced by COVID-19 are already complaining about the ‘unlock’ roster made public by DM Pulwama on May 30.

One of the shopkeepers, Adil Ahmad, running a photostat shop told that he was clueless whether to open his shop or not. “I don’t know which category I am falling and when I am allowed to open my shop. Even I got the roster but I can’t figure it out,” he said.

“This is not a roster for opening of shops but closing of businesses altogether,” another irked shopkeeper, Nisar Ahmad said while reacting to the news of imposition of strict restrictions on Friday.

Given the fact that the tournament has been going on from the last month or so, it is really ironical to see no action from the authorities.

Earlier, such a violation was brought into the notice of Naib Tehsildar Pulwama, Muhammad Ramzan Magray on May 8 when the matches were played in Lajoora area of Pulwama and he had assured action. “They will be penalised as per the government’s COVID-19 guidelines,” he had said.

“Are cricketers and spectator’s immune to COVID-19 in Pulwama? Authorities are answerable to the people who are incurring losses on a daily basis due to the lockdown while those hankering after ‘entertainment’ in this ongoing pandemic are given uncontrolled freedom to participate in potential super-spreader events,” questioned a trader.

Efforts to contact District Magistrate Pulwama, Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary for response didn’t materialize. (KNT)

JCB Seized For illegal Excavation Of Clay In Budgam Village, FIR Lodged

JCB Seized For illegal Excavation Of Clay In Budgam Village, FIR Lodged

Budgam, June 06: The authorities in Khansahib area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam seized a JCB during night raid for illegal excavation of clay at Chananowpora locality of Khansahib.

An official told that during the night Patrolling, Tehsildar seized the JCB used for illegally extraction of clay and FIR has also been registered against those involved in it.

Tehsildar Khansahib said that the drive shall continue in the area as many complaints were being received.

He said that a case under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Khansahib and further investigation was going on—kno

Police Complaint Lodged After Some Locals Disrupt Implementation Of Divisional Administration Order

Police Complaint Lodged After Some Locals Disrupt Implementation Of Divisional Administration Order

Srinagar, Jun 06: Authorities in the Revenue department in Srinagar have lodged a police complaint after some locals tried to disrupt the implementation of orders issued by the divisional administration Kashmir.

According to the news agency Tehsildar South, Moin Kakroo informed that the officials of the department today went to Court Road here to implement the orders of divisional administration.

“However, some locals tried to disrupt the work and also attacked the on-duty officers,” he said, adding that a police complaint has been registered in this regard and action will be taken against the persons involved in the act—kno

CID Clearance Of SKUAST-K Employees Now Mandatory

CID Clearance Of SKUAST-K Employees Now Mandatory

Srinagar, June 4: The administration today made the CID verification of the employees working including that of new entrants at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir (SKUAST-K) mandatory.

The varsity said that the employees whose CID verification has not been submitted so far shall resolve the matter immediately with concerned authorities under intimation of the administration.

It said that the salary of the incumbent employee will be stopped forthwith till verification by the CID.

It said that the appointees shall give an undertaking in the shape of an affidavit to the effect that in case adverse report about “their character and antecedents is received from the Additional Director General of Police, CID, and Jammu and Kashmir to whom a reference shall be made by the concerned office.”

The Varsity said that their appointment shall by “itself stand cancelled Ab-initio and they shall have no claim of their appointment.”

“Although there has been no adverse reporting against any new appointee, entrant on this account so far from any Constituent Unit of the University where such employees have been posted. However, it is felt to have the follow-up action report in this regard from all the concerned Directorates, Faculties, Stations, Colleges, KVKs to make a database for ready reference,” a SKUAST-K Circular stated.

The Registrar of the University said that in this connection it is, therefore requested to all the concerned to intimate SKUAST-K within a weeks’ time whether the requisite CID verification of the new entrants or appointees posted in their respective offices during the last five years have been sought by them or not.

“If the CID verification, in any case, has not been taken up till date; the same may kindly be taken up with the concerned office immediately under intimation to this office and the salary of the incumbent employee will be stopped forthwith till verification by the CID,” it said.

Covid-19 Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Can’t Transmit Virus To Others: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK)

Covid-19 Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Can’t Transmit Virus To Others: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK)

Srinagar, June 04: The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday said some Covid-19 patients test positive weeks after recovering from the infection.

“RT-PCR test can detect the virus weeks after Covid patients have recovered from the illness,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued to GNS.

“That does not mean that a person is infectious and able to transmit the virus to another person,” he said.

Dr Hassan said in most Covid-19 positive cases, the virus dies after the 7th or the 8th day of the illness. At that time virus cannot be transmitted to another person.

“But the dead virus can still be picked up by RT PCR test and the report may still come positive, even when a person has become free from Covid,” he said.

“RT-PCR test which is used to detect Covid-19 cannot distinguish whether the virus in the patient is dead or alive,” Dr Hassan said.

He said virus culture can tell us whether the positive test has picked up active virus which can reproduce and spread or just dead virus which won’t transmit to others.

Quoting a Korean study, DAK President said people who had recovered from Covid and tested positive again were not found to be contagious. That means they didn’t transmit the virus to others, based on virus culture that failed to find live viruses in recovered patients.

“Testing positive after recovery has caused a lot of unnecessary stress and panic among recovered Covid-19 persons,” he said.

Dr Nisar said in order to avoid unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources, retesting is not recommended now. There is a shift from test-based strategy to time-based and symptom-based strategy to end the isolation of Covid patients.

“Under the new guidelines, Covid patients have to remain in isolation for 10 days after the symptom onset plus at least 3 additional days without symptoms,” he said.

“The initial recommendation to confirm clearance of the virus and thus allow discharge from isolation, required a patient to be clinically recovered and to have two negative RT-PCR test results on sequential samples taken at least 24 hours apart,” he added.(KNN)

11 More Die As Covid-19 Toll Crosses 4000 Mark In Jammu And Kashmir

11 More Die As Covid-19 Toll Crosses 4000 Mark In Jammu And Kashmir

Srinagar, June 04: The death toll due to covid-19 crossed grim milestone of four thousand as eleven more people succumbed to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir since last evening, officials said on Friday.

They said nine of the deaths were reported at various hospitals in Kashmir Valley while two were recorded at GMC Jammu, taking the total count of those succumbing to the pathogen to 4003.

Among others, they said, a 70-year-old man from Chadoora died at SMHS hospital, ten days after he was admitted there.

A 45-year-old man from Eidgah died, a month after he was admitted to the facility, they said.

A 70-year-old woman from Cheirmarg Shopian died at GMC Anantnag along with three other patients—a 60-year-old man from Bengidar Anantnag who died four days after admitted to hospital, a 72-year-old man from Banihal who remained admitted there for four days, and an elderly woman who passed away after remaining admitted for three weeks.

A 65-year-old man from Khansahab Budgam died at SKIMS Bemina, ten days after being admitted there, the officials said.

A 60-year-old man from Chadoora Budgam died at the same covid-19 management facility, five days after his admission.

A 45-year-old man from Khayam Srinagar died at JLNM hospital while two deaths were reported from GMC Jammu, they said. gns

1.32 Lakh New COVID Cases, 2713 Deaths In India, Tally At 2.85 Cr

1.32 Lakh New COVID Cases, 2713 Deaths In India, Tally At 2.85 Cr

New Delhi, June 4: India reported 1,32,364 new coronavirus infections taking the country”s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,85,74,350, while the recovery rate crossed 93 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,40,702 with 2,713 fresh deaths, while the active cases were recorded below 20 lakh for the fourth consecutive day, the data updated at 8 am showed.

A total of 20,75,428 tests were conducted on Thursday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 35,74,33,846. The daily positivity was recorded at 6.38 per cent. It has been less than 10 per cent for 11 consecutive days, the ministry said. The weekly positivity rate has declined to 7.27 per cent.

The active cases have reduced to 16,35,993 comprising 5.73 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 93.08 per cent. A net decline of 77,420 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 22 consecutive days. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,65,97,655, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.19 per cent, the data stated.

India”s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 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 2 crore on May 4.

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 172 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.69 Mn

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 172 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.69 Mn

Washington, June 4: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 172 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.69 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 172,005,004 and 3,698,128, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,325,514 and 596,395, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 28,441,986 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (16,803,472), France (5,755,554), Turkey (5,270,299), Russia (5,040,390), the UK (4,515,778), Italy (4,225,163), Argentina (3,884,447), Germany (3,701,692), Spain (3,687,762) and Colombia (3,488,046), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 469,388 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (337,989), Mexico (228,146), the UK (128,075), Italy (126,342), Russia (120,604) and France (109,990).—(IANS)

Two Burglars Arrested By Jammu And Kashmir Police

Two Burglars Arrested By Jammu And Kashmir Police

Sopore, June 03: On 02 June 2021, a team of Police Station Tarzoo headed by SHO Insp. Bilal Khanday arrested two burglars during patrolling and recovered stolen property from their possession. A three wheeler auto was also seized which was used in the commission of crime.

The burglars were identified as: 1. Aqib Ahmad Najar S/O Abdul Qayoom Najar 2. Qazi Tawkeer (SPO No. 597 posted at DPL Baramulla) S/O Qazi Irshad, residents of Chankhan Sopore.

In this connection case FIR No. 58/2021 U/S 379 IPC registered at Police Station Tarzoo and further investigation has been taken up.

11 More Died Due To Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 3963

11 More Died Due To Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 3963

Srinagar, June 3: Jammu and Kashmir reported 11 more covid-19 deaths since last evening, taking the overall toll to 3963, officials said on Thursday.

Seven of the deaths were reported from Jammu division and four from Kashmir Valley, the officials said.

Among others, they said, a 70-year-old man from AlochiBagh Srinagar died at CD hospital, a week after he was admitted there.

A 69-year-old man from Kakpora Pulwama and a 50-year-old woman from Rainawari Srinagar died at JLNM hospital here, they said. One death was reported at SMHS hospital, they said.

A 62-year-old man from Gangyal Jammu, a 67-year-old man from Miran Sahib Jammu , a 47-year-old man from Jeevan Nagar Jammu, a 50-year-old woman from Kunjwani Jammu, an 87-year-old man from Nanak Nagar Jammu and a 59-year-old man from Rajouri besides a 70-year-old woman from Roop Nagar died at different hospitals of the winter capital. gns

BJP Leader Killing: Ashok Koul Says It Is Security Lapse, “It Is Political Killing Don’t Link It With Return Of Kashmiri Pandits

BJP Leader Killing: Ashok Koul Says It Is Security Lapse, “It Is Political Killing Don’t Link It With Return Of Kashmiri Pandits

Srinagar, Jun 03: Jammu & Kashmir unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said Tral incident is a security lapse and questioned how militants were roaming freely in the area.

“It is a security lapse. We’re not security agencies aware that three unidentified militants were roaming in the area? Is not this a security lapse? We agree with the fact that our leader had not taken PSOs along with him,” BJP general secretary, Ashok Koul, told reporters at Srinagar party office.

BJP leader and chairman Municipal Committee Tral Rakesh Pandita was killed by suspected militants in Tral area of southern Kashmir last night

Koul said the government should admit lapses on its part.

He termed the killing as a political killing and said that this should not be associated with return of Kashmiri Pandits.

“It is a political killing and should not be connected with the return of Kashmir Pandits or other things,” he said.

He said BJP leaders are being targeted by militants from past one year in Kashmir.

He said such incidents should not take place. “Pandita was trying to strengthen the Municipal Committee and was working for development,” he said—kno