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Amid Sgr-Jmu highway closure, Govt claims availability of adequate stock

Black marketing, skyrocketing prices haunt consumers; Dir FCS&CA says 45 FIRs lodged, 7 shops sealed in ongoing month

Sheikh Danish

Srinagar, Jan 14: Amid closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country remains closed from past ten days,  the government here on Thursday stated that there was no dearth of essentials  and said that “adequate stock is available to ensure the people don’t suffer.”

However, the black marketing as well as skyrocketing prices of essentials especially the food-stuff here has left the consumers suffer.

According to the news agency—KNO, local consumers said that black marketing and profiteering amid the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway is at peak.

They said the shopkeepers; street vendors are currently out to loot the people as per the will. “The highway closure has always been used as a tactic to loot the people. It’s proving goldmine for the black marketers as well the shopkeepers who are selling the essentials being used in day-to-day life,” the consumers said.

As already reported two days back, the consumers are being pushed to the wall as the prices of every essential especially the food stuff including the vegetables have gone up all of a sudden, thus leaving them to suffer.

Altaf Ahmad, a local consumer from Rawalpora had said that the vegetable dealers in Mandi should be dealt with strictly as they use to keep the food stuff hide always especially when the only road remains closed for the traffic.

“The street vendors have nothing to do with the soaring prices of essentials as they are receiving the stuff at exorbitant rates from the respective Mandis,” Ahmad had said, adding that it is unfortunate that the prices of essentials including vegetables vary from place to place.

“We are getting mutton at the cost of Rs 480 per kg in Lal Chowk areas while in Rawalpora, it is being sold at Rs 600 per kg,” he said, adding that Kale (Haakh) is being sold at Rs 100 while Onion, Tomatoes and Peas also are being sold at exorbitant rates everywhere.

Meanwhile, Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Bashir Ahmed Khan told KNO that there is no dearth of essentials as of now, saying that every essential was stocked well on time.

He said that 8 lakh quintal ration is currently available at FCI for two months while Gas is also stocked for almost 15 days. Khan further stated that adequate petroleum products are also stocked at present, thus there is no need to panic.

About black marketing and skyrocketing prices, Dire FCS&CA said that the market checking is going on daily basis and in this month only, the department has lodged 45 FIRs against the norm violators while seven shops too have been seized so far.

The drive against the norm violators will continue in the future as well, he said.

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Labourer hit by stone while loading tipper at Zewan, dies

Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – A labourer died on Friday evening after he was hit by a stone while loading a tipper in Zewan area of Pampore.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a labourer identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani of Aripora Zewan was hit by a stone when he was loading a tipper at Stone Quarry Shal Guph Aripora area in Zewan, leaving him seriously wounded.

The injured labourer was immediately taken to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Pampore wherefrom he was shifted to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment, they said.

However, they added that the injured laboured succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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As schools partially re-open, students demand March session examination

Huzaiful Reyaz

(Asian News Hub) – As the educational institutions, including schools have partially re-opened for vaccinated students of higher classes, the students are urging authorities to conduct exams in March so that they can comfortably complete their syllabus.

Taking to Asian News Hub, students said that they are not prepared for exams which are likely to be held in last week of October, giving the reason that their studies had got affected by lockdown and that they haven’t completed the syllabus.

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A group of class 12 students told Asian News Hub that their syllabus is incomplete and it will take them at least 3-4 months to complete remaining part of their syllabus and to prepare for their board examination.

“While exams are knocking the door, we haven’t even completed half of the syllabus yet. Online classes didn’t clear the concept, they were of no use. Now as schools have reopened, goverment should allow us to attend physical classes for these months, and should held exams in March, so that our study goes unaffected,” said Falak, a student from Srinagar.

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Another student saying same said that it will take them atleast three months to complete the syllabus and goverment notification where they said they are holding exams in October has put them in depression.

“We haven’t been to school this year. The online classes are of no use compared to physical classes. Most part of our syllabus is incomplete, we aren’t prepared, we need time for preparation,” another student said.

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While we tried to contact the officials in Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, however we failed.

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Kulgam girl’s innovate lid opener for chemical bottles bags national award

(Asian News Hub) – A 19-year-old girl from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district has earned a rare honour by winning national ‘Inspire-Manak’ award for inventing the lid opener for chemical bottles.

Mehvish Riyaz (19) a resident of Akhran village of Kulgam in South Kashmir, has received an award for innovation at the National Science Exhibition held recently.

A student of the local government school, Mehvish’s success has brought cheers to her school teachers while making her parents proud.

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Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh conferred award to Mehvish in the award function of 8th NLEPC-2021 for INSPIRE-MANAK.

Mehvish and her father Riyaz Ahmad while speaking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) gave all credit to the school teachers for her success.

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“My daughter and two other children were studying in a private school. I shifted them to the government school because of its reputation,” Riyaz said.

“When you get ideas you do not know whether it is a hobby or an interest. I call it an interest because I like what I do. Since childhood, I was much aligned to all this stuff,” said Mehvish, adding that it was all possible because of her teachers and parents.

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Mahvish’s model on bottle opener for chemicals won her the ‘Inspire-Manak’ National award.

Mahvish’s invented lid opener for chemical bottles is useful and can solve problems of dealing with chemicals in a laboratory or in industry.

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Her model was presented to and judged by various scientific innovation organizations at the exhibition.

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