43 Killed In Fire At Bangladesh Chemical Container Depot: Report
Dhaka, Jun 5: At least 43 people were killed and over 450 injured in a massive fire caused by an explosion that swept through a private chemical container depot in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said on Sunday.
On Saturday night, the fire broke out at BM Container Depot in the Kadamrasul area in Sitakunda Upazila in Chittagong.
“So far 43 dead bodies have been brought to the morgue,” Sitakunda Shahadat Hossain, a senior government official, was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.
“Over 450 people have been injured in this incident of which, at least 350 are at state-run Chattagram Medical College Hospital (CMCH),” Istakul Islam, chief of the Health & Service Department at Red Crescent Youth Chittagong was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.
“The death toll could be more at other hospitals,” Islam said.
Meanwhile, Chattogram Divisional Commissioner (DC) Ashraf Uddin further said that families of the deceased are being given USD 560 (Taka 50,000) by the DC office. Meanwhile, USD 224 (Taka 20,000) is being given to the families of the injured, the Daily Star reported.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mourned the death of people and ordered the mobilisation of all facilities for the salvage campaign. Officials formed a high-powered investigation committee demanding it to submit a report in the next three days.
A Fire broke out at the container depot around 9 pm on Saturday, Sub-Inspector Nurul Alam stationed at CMCH said.
As Fire Service units worked to put it out, there was an explosion and then the fire spread.
Nurul added that initially it was being suspected that the container depot caught fire due to chemicals, the report added.
Around 11:45 pm, there was a massive explosion and the fire spread from one container to another due to the presence of chemicals in one of the containers.
“The depot was largely empty, the firefighters, policemen and other rescuers rushed to the scene after the fire initially broke out and the explosion of containers after containers filled with chemicals killed them,” a witness told PTI over the phone.
The explosion shook the neighbourhood and shattered glasses of windows of nearby houses, the report added.
Media reports, including TV footage, showed the blast shattered the windows of several buildings nearby and was felt from areas as far as 4 km away, creating panic.
Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defence Assistant Director Md Faruk Hossain Sikdar said: “Around 19 firefighting units are working to douse the blaze and six ambulances are also available on the spot.” “Several types of chemicals like hydrogen peroxide were stored in containers at the depot and the chemicals have visibly sparked the fire,” fire service chief Brigadier General Mohammad Mainuddin told newsmen at the scene in the Sitakunda area on the outskirts of the port city.
The state-run Chattagram Medical College Hospital accommodated most of the fire wounded patients while several others including scores of firefighters were being treated at a military hospital and some private facilities.
In a statement, Mujibur Rahman, director of the BM Container Depot, said it was not clear what caused the fire. “But I think the fire started from the container”.
“Arrangements are being made to ensure that the injured get the best treatment. We will bear the entire cost of the treatment. Those who were injured in the accident will be given the maximum compensation,” Rahman was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.
“In addition, we will take responsibility for all the families of all the victims,” he added.
BM Container Depot is set up as an inland container depot which has been operating since May 2011. The private container depot was built on 21 acres of land in the Sitakunda area of Chattagram adjacent to the Bay of Bengal coastlines.
Bangladesh has a history of industrial disasters. Past industrial tragedies have often been attributed to safety lapses.
Last year, a fire engulfed a food and drink factory in Bangladesh, killing at least 52 people.
In February 2019, a blaze ripped through a 400-year-old area cramped with apartments, shops and warehouses in the oldest part of Dhaka and killed at least 67 people.
In 2012, about 117 workers died when they were trapped behind locked exits in a garment factory in Dhaka. The country’s worst industrial disaster occurred the following year, when the Rana Plaza garment factory outside Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
Another fire in Old Dhaka in a house illegally storing chemicals killed at least 123 people in 2010.–(PTI)
Infant’s Body Found In Qazigund Nallah Area Of South Kashmir
Qazigund, Ju 05: In a shocking incident, an infant was found dead in a Nallah in Qazigund area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday, officials said.
An official told that the body of baby was found near a bridge in Nallah Yathvathur at Manigam area of Qazigund today afternoon.
“The body was fished out and taken to nearby health facility for legal medical formalities”, he said.
Meanwhile, police has taken cognizance of the incident.kno
First Kidney Transplant Case Performed Under ABPMJAY Scheme At SKIMS
Srinagar, Apr 1: First transplant case in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has been done under Ayushman Bharat Scheme at SKIMS.
SKIMS is the first in the UT of J&K to conduct this procedure under Ayushman Bharat financial scheme. The patient was provided all expenses under the said scheme. Director SKIMS complimented Ayushman Bharat Cell for quick processing and disposable of cases and benefitting poor patients.
He said Ayushman Bharat Scheme is beneficial to one and all and the first transplant conducted by SKIMS under Ayushman scheme is a good beginning and expressed hope that more such patients will get benefitted under the scheme.
HOD Urology & Kidney Transplant Unit SKIMS Dr. Mohammad Saleem Wani said under the Ayushman bharat financial scheme first transplant was conducted today.
He said extending financial cover to such patients is need of the hour as many patients can’t afford the treatment being expensive but now more poor patients will undoubtedly get benefitted under Ayushman, he added.
Dr. Ghulam Hassan Yatooo HOD Hospital administration & Nodal Officer Ayushman Bharat SKIMS informed that one patient resident of Poonch was recently admitted for his kidney transplantation and all financial assistance was provided to him under Golden Card.
He further said that initially kidney transplant expenditure was not covered under the said scheme but now the financial cover has also been extended to patients who need kidney transplant and SKIMS is the first hospital to cover this procedure under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
To Encourage Tourist Charter Flights, Srinagar Airport Decides To Reduce Application Fees For Night Parking By 50%
Srinagar, Apr 01: In a bid to encourage tourist charter flights, the Srinagar Airport authority has decided to reduce the application fees for night parking of helicopters by 50 per cent.
Director Srinagar Airport, Kuldeep Singh told that the application fees for night parking of helicopters has been reduced by 50 per cent and the people will have to pay only Rs 50,000 plus taxes along the application for night parking permission.
“A very profitable news for helicopter operators. We have reduced the application fees for night parking of helicopters at our airport by 50%,” he said. “Now you have to pay only Rs 50,000 plus taxes alongwith your application for night parking permission.”
He said: “We are sure that this huge reduction will encourage the tourist charter flights in our beautiful Valley.kno
Hideout Busted In Bijbehera Area Of Anantnag District
Bijbehera, Mar 30: The government forces on Wednesday claimed to have busted a militant hideout and recovered utensils and other eatable items in Bijbehera area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag.
“We had received inputs about the hideout of militants in Loktipora area of Bijbehera, however, it was located and busted later on,” the official said.
He said that the utensils and eatables were recovered from the hideout.
Government Terminates Five Employees For Alleged Militant Links
Srinagar, Mar 30: Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday terminated five Government employees for allegedly having militant links.
An official told that five government employees from J&K have been terminated for having militant links.
He said that the terminated employees include Police constable Tawseef Ahmed Mir from Pulwama, Computer operator Ghulam Hassan Parray from Srinagar, Arshid Ahmad Das, a teacher from Awantipora, Police constable Shahid Hussain Rather from Baramulla & Nursing Orderly, Health Dept Sharafat A Khan from Kupwara.kno
Man Killed In Scuffle Over Land Dispute In Kulgam
Srinagar, Mar 30: A man was killed in scuffle, which broke out over a land dispute, in Muchawa village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district this afternoon, officials said.
Identifying the deceased as Zahoor Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Mohammad Wani, the officials said that as per initial reports a scuffle broke out at the residence of Ghulam Mohammad Wani (father of victim) this afternoon. “During the scuffle, Zahoor Ahmad Wani was killed”, they said.
A police team was at the site to ascertain more findings leading to death of the person, they added.
Confirming death of the person, a police official told that the body has been taken for post-mortem. “There has been some inter-family dispute which led to the death of the person”, the official added. Gns
Condition Of Three Handwara Family Members Suspected To Have Consumed ‘Rhubarb Leaves’ Remains Critical
Srinagar, Mar 30: Condition of three members of a Handwara family, suspected to have consumed ‘Rhubarb leaves’ on Tuesday evening, continues to remain critical at a hospital here, officials said.
“At least eleven members of the family were hospitalized after being found lying in an unconscious condition by their neighbours in Shirhama Mawar Handwara last evening”, the officials said.
“The villagers took the victims to PHC Qalamabad from where eight with higher complications were taken to District Hospital Handwara and on initial assessment at the hospital, the doctors referred all (eight) of them to SMHS Hospital Srinagar”, they said.
“Condition of three (family) members remains critical as of now”, they said.
When contacted, a medical officer at District Hospital Handwara told that prima facie it seems that the herbs (forest vegetables) they consumed were poisonous in nature.
A doctor who initially examined the victims at NTPHC Qalamabad told that they (family) more probably seem to have taken ill because of consuming a wild herb called Rhubarb (known in Kashmiri as Braand). “Rhubarb leaves contain high amounts of oxalic acid, which can cause health problems when eaten in higher amounts”, he said adding “symptoms of toxicity include mild gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as more serious problems, such as kidney stones and kidney failure.”
“We hope all of them are alright very soon”, the doctor opined. Gns
Bemina Man Held After Video Of Shooting Dog With 12 Bore Rifle Goes Viral
Srinagar, March 30: Police on Wednesday arrested a man from Bemina area of Srinagar following a “viral video” in which he is purportedly seen shooting a street dog dead with his 12 bore rifle.
A police officer told that one person identified as Iqbal Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar of Khumani Chowk Bemina killed the dog with a 12 bore rifle on Tuesday. “He made a video of it that went viral on social media,” the officer said, adding, “A case (FIR no 21/2022) under section 429 IPC has been registered in this connection at police station Bemina.” The person has been arrested, the officer said. The offence of 429 IPC envisages imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine or with both. Gns
13 Sheep Killed In Suspected Leopard Attack In Qalamabad, Handwara
Kupwara, Mar 28: At least thirteen sheep were killed in a suspected leopard attack in Qalamabad area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on intervening Sunday and Monday night.
“Once I went to feed the sheep this morning, I saw many of them dead with blood lying around inside the shed” Owner of the livestock Zeeshan Gani Mir – son of Abdul Gani Mir in Mirpora village in Qalamabad of Mawer Langate said.
“There has been movement of wild animals going in and around the human habitation for quite a while now, however as evident by the nature of their injuries I guess the livestock has been attacked by a leopard only”, he said adding thirteen sheep have been killed in the incident.
When contacted, BO Langate Farooq Ahmad Pir confirming the killing of sheep told that they have ‘dearth of manpower and equipment(s) to deal with such situations’.
When asked about the spike in the incidents, the official said that “Wildlife animals are making entry to human habitation apparently due to scarcity of food and growing deforestation.”
The villagers have in the meantime appealed to Wildlife Department officials to make efforts to contain the movement of wild animals in and around the human habitation.
They also appealed to the government to provide compensation to the owner who has lost the livestock in the particular incident. Gns
Omar Abdullah Requests MEA To Facilitate The Return Of Kashmiri Engineer’s Dead Body From Saudi Arabia
Srinagar, Mar 28: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday requested the Ministry of External Affairs India to coordinate with Saudi authorities and help expedite the return of a Kashmiri engineer who passed away in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
Mustakeen Ahmad Pandit (26), son of Nazir Ahmad Pandit from Yaripora Kulgam died in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
The young man was working at ‘Al-Yamama’ Company, in Riyadh Saudi Arabia as an Engineer and reportedly died of a heart attack.
After the family of the deceased requested LG Manoj Sinha and MEA to facilitate the transportation of the body, the former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah requested the same to authorities.
Omar Abdullah tagged his tweet to MEA India and wrote: “Request the Ministry of External Affairs to coordinate with Saudi authorities and help expedite the return of the body of Mustakeen Ahmad Pandit, 26-year-old Kashmiri engineer from Kulgam who passed away in Saudi Arabia yesterday.”
Youth’s Body Found In Orchard In Shopian Area Of South Kashmir
Body of youth was found inside an orchard in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Monday, officials said.
Hitherto unidentified, the youth seemed to be in early 20s and his body was recovered from the orchard at Kadgam Shopian, they said.
A police officer told that the body will be taken into custody and would be handed over to the family for last rites after identification. Asked about reason for the death, the officer said that it was subject matter of investigation.
“We have found a syringe nearby and whether or not it was used by him or thrown in the field by somebody else would be revealed after investigations,” he added.
Pillion Rider Killed, Motorcyclist Injured In Qazigund Accident
Qazigund, Mar 26: A pillion rider was killed while a motorcyclist was injured in a road accident at Qazigund area of Kulgam along Jammu-Srinagar highway, officials said on Saturday.
An official told that information was received about an accident between an unknown vehicle and a motorcycle (PB028E-5601) at Malpora area of Qazigund along Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
In the accident, a motorcyclist Mushatq Ahmad Wagay from Panzath was injured while his relative, a pillion rider identified as Gulzar Ahmad Wagay, son of Abdul Aziz Wagay from Drinan died on the spot in a hit and run case.
The injured has been shifted to Emergency hospital Qazigund for treatment and his condition is stable, the official said, adding that the unknown vehicle fled from the spot and further investigation has been started in this regard.
IUST’s Civil Engg Students Shine In GATE 2022
Awantipora, Mar 26: Despite the challenges posed by Covid -19 Pandemic, atleast fourteen students from the Department of Civil Engineering at the Islamic University of Science & Technology, IUST Awantipora have qualified the GATE 2022 (Graduate Aptitude Test For Engineering) securing good ranks.
Arif Ahmad, a GATE qualifier, has an All India Rank of under 3000 in the Subject while other outstanding achievers including Saliq Bashir, Syed Roman Naqash, Uhozaifa Gani, Irfan Fayaz, Nadeem Ahmad Mir and Basit Farooq Malik. The achievements of these Civil Engineering students are reflective of their hard work and the exemplary standards of academic teaching displayed by the departmental faculty. Significantly, the qualification percentage of IUST’s Civil Engineering is comparable with the top most performing institutes in the region.
In his congratulatory message, the Vice Chancellor and an Eminent Scientist himself, Prof. Shakil Ahmad Romshoo complimented the students and their mentors at the department for their efforts and consistency and wished the best for their future endeavours so that they would contribute towards the well-being of JKUT and society at large. He also encouraged all the students to work hard and be part of a resourceful national workforce.
Dean Academic Affairs Prof. Manzoor Ahmad Malik and Dean School of Engineering and Technology, Prof. A. H. Moon also congratulated the students and faculty of the Civil Engineering. The Head of the Civil Engineering Department, Dr. Shujaat Hussain felicitated all the students for their exemplary performances and hoped that these students will be the role models for future generations and serve the society with utmost dedication and honesty in every field that they work in.
It is noteworthy that every year number of students from the department qualify the prestigious GATE examination. Presently number of its alumni are pursuing their post‐graduation and PhDs in leading IIT’s, IISC Bangalore and other nationally important institutes, besides, some pursuing their degrees in top ranking foreign Universities.
Patwar Khanas Given Buildings/ Dedicated Places At Anantnag
ANANTNAG, MARCH 26: In a major step towards transparency and accountability and at operationalizing public infrastructure in various parts of the district, 81 Patwar Khanas were given buildings in the district.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Dr Piyush Singla said that various quarters had made genuine demands that patwar khanas be given dedicated places so that applicants can approach the patwaris for various revenue related services. He said that strict instructions have been passed to concerned employees to remain present at the designated Patwar Khanas from 11 AM to 1 PM everyday.
The 81 patwar khanas are spread across the district with 14 in Anantnag, 13 in Kokernag, 10 in Dooru, 10 in Bijbehara, 9 in Shangus and 25 in other tehsils.
Properties To Be Attached For ‘Willful’ Harbouring Of Militants Only, Police ‘Clarifies’
Srinagar, March 26: Police on Saturday said “clarified” properties of those harbouring militants “willfully” will be attached and not done under duress.
“There has been misinformation, rumours floated by certain quarters regarding information provided by Srinagar Police with respect to initiation of attachment of properties used for purpose of (militantcy),” a police spokesperson said.
“It is clarified that Srinagar Police is well aware of the difference between willful harbouring of (militants) and one done under duress,” the spokesperson said, adding, “The attachments being done are for properties where it has been proved beyond doubt that the house owner/member had wilfully provided shelter/ harboured (militants), in most cases for days together and that it was not done under any duress whatsoever.”
The attachment proceedings always come after investigation procedures in any case are at advanced stage, the spokesperson said.
“Out of ignorance, some persons are trying to portray it as some kind of forced enforcement but it is a fact that Sections 2(g) and 25 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 have been in vogue since decades and these are not some recent additions as claimed by some rumour mongers,” he said, adding, “The decision regarding enforcement of these sections of law is due to the fact that many supporters of (militancy) are wilfully providing harbour and safe havens to (militants) who conduct attacks on civilians and security forces in Srinagar City.”
Further, he said, in regards the issue of “so called forceful entry’ of (militants) into any house or other structure, the house owner or any other member claiming duress should timely inform the authorities about the same, as many provisions for hiding identity of such informant are available under law.”
“The onus always lies on the house owner/member to prove duress by informing the authorities well in time that there is/was forceful entry of terrorists into his/her house,” he said, adding, “Srinagar Police once again requests all its citizens not to pay heed to misinformation floated by some vested interests, we also request citizens not to provide shelter or harbour (militants) in their homes or immovable properties, failing which lawful procedures will take their own course in full letter and spirit.”
Police said there is and will always be zero tolerance towards militancy and supporters of militancy “in a civilised society like ours.” (GNS)
Anantnag Working Journalists Association (AWJA) Condoles Demise Of Mudasir Qadri’s Father
Anantnag, 24th March: The Anantnag Working Journalists Association (AWJA) on Tuesday condoled the sad demise of father of Senior Journalist Mudasir Qadri ,
The Association expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved family and Sr. Journalist Mudasir Qadri besides prayed for the departed soul.
The deceased was a noble soul.
Public Works Department Officer Found Dead In Banihal
Srinagar, Mar 21: An officer of the Public Works Department was found dead in his residential house in Ramban district of Jammu division on Monday morning, official sources said.
They said that an AE of PWD identified as Jamsheed Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a resident of Hardbare Kaskoot was found dead in his residential house on Monday.
The body was later shifted to SDH Banihal for post-mortem purpose.
A police officer confirmed the incident and said Police has taken its cognizance and started investigation in this regard.
”The body has been handed over to his family members after completing medico-legal formalities,” he added. Kdc
Hemant Kumat Lohia (IPS) Posted Commandant General HG/CD And SDRF
Srinagar, Mar 21: The government on Monday posted Hemant Kumat Lohia (IPS) as Commandant General HG/CD and SDRF, J&K.
Lohia—IPS officer (AGMUT-92) –who was awaiting orders of posting for quite some time, relieves Danesh Rana (ADGP) of the additional charge of the post, according to an order by Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary), Home, R K Goyal.
We Buy Power Worth Rs 6000 Cr Annually, Get Rs 2600 Cr Revenue, Rs 3400 Cr Is Loss: J&K LG Manoj Sinha
Jammu, Mar 21: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that in the past many decades no serious effort was made to prevent power losses with the result the UT continues to face huge Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses to the tune of Rs 3400 Crore a year.
He also announced that Jammu areas getting electricity from four feeders comprising 6603 houses having smart meters installed will get uninterrupted power supply. Addressing a function in Jammu, LG Sinha said that J&K’s power losses are huge. “Power theft and losses due to the T&K are very high. We buy power worth Rs 6000 Cr annually; get only Rs 2600 Cr revenue while our loss figure is Rs 3400 Crore,” LG Sinha. He said that all previous regimes failed to explore power potential of J&K and to prevent power losses.
He said the administration led by him is committed to provide quality and uninterrupted power supply to the people who have metered installed in their homes. He said government has taken a slew of measures in the past one-and-a half years to prevent huge power losses caused by power theft and T&D losses.
“In Kashmir, we are going to install smart metered to prevent power losses and power theft. We are aware and people are ready to install metered and to pay power bills,” LG Sinha said.kno
Fake ST Certificate Racket Busted In Anantnag, Accused Apprehended, Incriminating Material Recovered From His Possession
District Administration Anantnag busted a fake ST certificate racket in Anantnag today. As per official sources, several individuals / organisations had raised complaints regarding fake ST certificates being issued in Anantnag. Several Tribal Welfare groups had expressed their anguish on non tribal people being appointed to jobs on the basis of fake certificates.The complaints pertained mainly to Tehsil Shangus where certificates had been issued to non tribal people.
Acting on specific inputs, a decoy operation was launched by the administration. An individual approached the accused for issuance of an ST certificate. On confirmation of the information, the Administration in collaboration with Anantnag police acted swiftly and a special team comprising of senior revenue officials and DSP HQ, Anantnag raided the premises of the accused.
While the accused was nabbed during the operation, several incriminating articles and documents were also recovered from his possession. Some fake social caste certificates have also been recovered. The entire operation was closely monitored by DC Anantnag himself.
It is in place to mention that ST certificates are mandatory to receive benefits under various welfare schemes like PMAY houses, Scholarships, jobs, etc.
The police has registered a case in the matter under relevant sections. As per preliminary investigation, the accused was privy to information that the records related to tribal population had been lost during the 2014 floods and had used this lacunae to further his own interest.
Further investigation is ongoing.
Delegation Of All LPG Distributors Association Meets Director Food
Srinagar, Mar 19: A delegation of All LPG Distributors Association on Saturday met Director Food Supplies and Public Distribution Kashmir
The delegation as per a statement issued comprising of Union President Jagmohan Singh Raina, Vice President Abdul Hamid Sofi, and other stakeholders viz, Tariq Mohi Ud din, Amjad Aziz, Manzoor Ahmad Wani, Aadil, Ishfaq Ahmad Kenoo, Nazir Ahmad Bereah, had a comprehensive meeting with Director Food Supplies and Public Distribution Kashmir.
The delegation apprised the director about the crisis aroused during these days in the free and fair distribution of the LPG among the masses.
The tireless activities dealt by the distributors in accomplishing the schemes of GOI and reach out to the unreached, the undue crisis arouse during these days in the process of the free and fair distribution of the LPG among the beneficiaries was also discussed.
Besides, the statement said that the director was also apprised with the duties and also was given full strength submission that if the unwarranted hurdles that have been put forth by certain miscreants in the free and fair distribution of the LPG are not addressed at the appropriate levels, the association shall have no option to undergo a token strike for the free and fair distribution of LPG.
The Director Food Supplies and Public distribution gave assurance to the delegation that the demands shall be taken up and no chance of Token strike will occur and the process of free and fair distribution will get boosted all along, the statement said.kno
Government Degree College For Women In Sopore Faces Staff Shortage, Students Suffer
Sopore, Mar 19: Students at Government degree college for women in Sopore town have complained about lack of teaching staff, thereby making them suffer a lot.
Students alleged that most of the posts of teachers at the college are vacant for the past several years and precious time of students is being wasted owing to shortage of teachers.
“There is lack of teaching staff for core subjects like Political Science, History, Tourism, Computer Application, Home Science, Disaster Management, Urdu, Islamic Studies and Sociology for the last nearly two year’s,” they said.
They said that lack of faculty is only adding to the miseries of students and they ably to attend merely one-two classes in a day.
“We have been approaching the college administration since long, but nothing has been done in this regard,” said a student of semester 3rd.
She said that they have already suffered huge academic losses during the past two years and there is a need to ensure every possible support to students at this juncture so that the losses can be compensated.
Meanwhile, when contacted Principal of the College, F R Beigh admitted that there is shortage of teaching staff and said that they have already forwarded the same to the higher ups but all in vain.kns