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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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Fortis hospital sets Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar

Appoints Dr Mir Sammiullah as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram

(Asian News Hub) – Keeping in view the rising incidence of liver diseases in Kashmir, Fortis Hospital has established a Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar.

The Centre will cater all types of liver diseases and liver transplant services.

Dr Mir Sammiullah has been appointed as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram.

The OPD services will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

KNT

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COVID-19: As cases resurge, SMHS closes OPD again

Designates 12 wards including paid rooms as COVID designated wards

(Asian News Hub) – In wake of the rise in the COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities at Srinagar Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital has decided to stop the Out-Patient Department (OPD) and said that only surgeries of emergency nature, malignancies and other referral cases shall be entertained.

Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar chaired a meeting yesterday  regarding the preparedness of SMHS hospital Srinagar to deal with the COVID-19.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Masood Tanvir Professor and HOD medicine, Dr. Rouf Ahmad Professor and head ENT, Dr. Tariq Qureshi Professor and Head Ophthalmology, Dr. Ruksana Najeeb Professor and Head anesthesiology, Dr. Iffat Hassan Shah Professor and Head Dermatology, Dr. Sajjad Ahmad Dar professor and Head Radiology, Dr. Mufti Mehmood Professor and Head Surgery, Dr. Sonaullah Kuchay Professor and head Radiation Oncology, Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah Professor and Head Chest Disease and Dr. Nazir H Chowdhary Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital.

In the meeting, it was decided that Ward number 02, 03, 3A, 04, 18, 19, 20, isolation/drug De-Addiction Centre, paid rooms, MICU, SICU, w-17 and disaster management ward shall be designated as COVID-19 wards.

“Ward number 01 shall function exclusively for ENT department, besides, ENT department shall carry out surgeries on their designated Operation Theatre. Ward number 08 comprising 36 beds shall be operated by Medicine (30 beds) as non-COVID ward and Dermatology (06 beds) jointly as rush increases,” the order issued in this regard reads.

In the meeting, it has been further decided to stop the operation of OPDs, adding that only surgeries of emergency nature, malignancies and other referral cases shall be entertained. Furthermore, the patient load vis-à-vis duty roaster of doctors and paramecia staff should be regulated and rationalized, the meeting said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nazir Chowdhary said that 203 beds have been designated for COVID beds at the hospital. He said that the rush of patients has been increasing with each passing day, saying that nearly 30 patients are being admitted at the hospital on a regular basis.

He added that adequate supply of oxygen and other related things are available at the hospital at present.

KNO

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Kashmir Law College students stage protest, demand punishment to ‘erring students’

Allege rented goons of 3rd semester students vandalized college property, beat students, threaten staff

(Asian News Hub) – Students from Kashmir Law College Friday hit streets to protest alleged ragging of juniors by 3rd semester students, stating that the later brought “goons” who vandalized college property and beat students.

Protesting students alleged that erring 3rd semester students besides harassing their juniors also brought some rented goons who vandalized college furniture, beat students to pulp and threatened the staff.

The students including girls assembled at Press Enclave to lodge their protest against the bullying of junior students at Kashmir Law College Nowshera.

The slogan shouting students carrying pictures of alleged rented goons holding ‘knuckle-punches’ in their hands demanded stringent action against erring students, who they alleged broke all records of ‘rowdiness’.

Zakariya Ashraf, an 8th semester student said some 1st year law students brought the issue of alleged bullying by 3rd semester students a few days back which became the cause of disagreement between the two sides.

He said the 3rd semester students who were exposed after the recent episode of hooliganism at Kashmir Law College are now trying to put blame on 8th semester students for the mess.

“Some 1st semester students came to us and informed us that they are being bullied by their seniors, we assured them that ragging will not be allowed in this college and we took the issue up with erring students, who instead of feeling sorry, started beating us,” Zakariya told reporters.

He also said that the parents of erring students also joined them in beating students while rented goons played their part by vandalizing college property, abusing students and staff and threatening the college head.

He said the entire college administration and other students stand by their side to come to the rescue of some juniors who were being bullied by erring 3rd semester students.

“Had we done anything wrong, college administration, faculty and students would not have supported us. We want the students who uploaded fake video on social media to gain public sympathies and those who were hired by them to create ruckus in the college be brought into book,” he added.

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