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Crows test positive for avian infulenza in Kupwara, Alert sounded

Tasaduq Hussain

(Asian News Hub) – Cases of avian influenza popularly known as bird flu have been found among dead crows in north Kashmir’s kupwara district with the administration taking immediate measures to contain the spread of the disease.

Soon after the confirmation of the cases, District Magistrate Kupwara declared a one-kilometer radius from the epicenter as a red zone while a 10 kilometers radius from the epicenter was declared as alert zones.

According to an official communique a copy of which lies with news agency—KNO, the positive cases of Avian Influenza among dead crows have been found in Payerpora, Gulgam, and District Treasury premises of Kupwara.

In response, the administration said that “Whereas it is imperative on the part of the administration that immediate necessary action should be taken to prevent the spread of infection to the poultry bird as well as to the general masses. Therefore, given the above, in the exercise of powers vested me under section 144 CrPe., I District Magistrate Kupwara do hereby ordered that declaration of the area within 1 km radius from the epicenters i.e. Payerpora Gulgam & District treasury Premises Rupwara as “infected zones”, Declaration of 10Kms of the area from the above-referred epicenters as “Alert Zones”.

The order further reads thag the Chief Animal Husbandry officer Kupwara shall conduct random sampling within 01 KM of the areas declared as “Infected Zones” and surveillance may also be intensified in the whole “Alert Zones”, bio-Security has to be strengthened and disinfection in the entire area, where the mortality in birds has been reported, to be carried out by Chief Animal Husbandry officer Kupwara in collaboration with Forest Department, Wildlife Department Kupwara and Municipal Council Kupwara, the dead birds (if any) should be disposed of by deep burial. For sample collection and testing, the whole bird may be sent to the lab and the dead bird should not be opened without ensuring bio-safety and Zoo-Sanitary measures. Surveillance of poultry may also be intensified in the areas.”

To prevent the spread of disease to poultry and human beings, the guidelines circulated vide letter of even number dated 28 September 2012 may be adhered to. Forest and Wildlife Department may also increase the vigil and surveillance in the area. An updated report on the location of the epicenter to be sent immediately to the Animal Husbandry Department as well as to this office, informing of the action of the development taken, their updated report must-have information on the date of start of the event, susceptible population Cases, deaths, killed or deposed, slaughtered), epidemiological comments, source of infection/origin of control measures applied so that the same can be reported to OE under the immediate notification, the official communique said.

It said that whereas to prevent the spread of disease guidelines/advisories are to be adhered to: Avoid contact with wild migratory birds, avoid contact with places where migratory birds use to visit for feed/water, Observe all Bio Security measures, Report any type of sickness in birds to nearest Veterinary center, Maintain strict personnel hygiene, Poultry farmers are advised to keep the farm premises and shed surroundings vegetation I free and feed supplies/Water protected, restrict the entry of visitors in the farm, Dead birds should not be thrown in open and shall be burnt or buried deep in the ground, All poultry dealers and retailers shall cooperate with Animal Husbandry Staff for sampling, there is no need to panic. Properly cooked poultry food can be taken as the H5N8 is sensitive to heat and dies at cooking temperature, district-level Monitoring/Control room has been set up in the office of District Nodal Officer-Chief Animal husbandry Officer/Poultry Development Officer Kupwara. In case of any unusual mortality in poultry/migratory birds contact immediately. Dr.

Irshad Khoja, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon Kupwara (7006721396) Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon Langate (7889858859) Whereas The Poultry Development Officer Kupwara (01955252283) is designated as District Nodal officer for management of Avian Influenza (H5N8) in the District Kupwara, it further added.

It stated that he shall ensure that District Block Level Surveillance teams constituted shall have the proper check, vigil, and surveillance for better management of Avian Influenza in the District, Whereas Tehsildars SHOs shall keep a strict vigil in their areas of jurisdiction and shall ensure the advisories are adhered to in letter and spirit, it adds.

Meanwhile, Veterinary assistant surgeon Kupwara Dr. Irshad Khoja told that sampling of dead birds was done already and found positive for the virus.

He said that “All the precautionary measures are underway in all the areas and sensitization and sampling will be done.”

Pertinently in the last 48 hours, cases of bird flu have been reported among dead crows in Anantnag and Shopian district while cases were confirmed among domestic geese in Bandipora.

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Grenade lobbed on police party in Rafiabad

(Asian News Hub) – Suspected militants on Wednesday hurled a grenade towards police party at Drusoo area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, no loss of life or injury was reported, officials said.

Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that suspected militants lobbed grenade towards police party, which exploded some metres away from them.

However, no damage was reported in the incident while search has been launched to nab the attackers.


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Kishtwar Cloud Burst: Heavy rain halts rescue operation, 21 houses among 42 Structures damaged

(Asian News Hub) – Heavy rains have halted rescue operation following cloud burst in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district, officials said on Wednesday afternoon.

So far bodies of seven people have been recovered, while 17 persons were rescued in injured condition and five of them have been shifted to Kishtwar hospital, police said.

Sixteen persons are still said to be missing and operation to trace them has been halted due to heavy rain in the area, the officials told GNS.

“Bodies of seven persons have been recovered while 17 persons have been rescued in injured condition so far in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district,” police said.

As scale of devastation due to cloud burst unravels, Police said that 21 residential houses were damaged, two of the partially, along with 21 cowsheds.

Earlier police had said that six houses and one Ration depot was damaged in the cloudburst which took place during the last night.

“Rescue operation halted right now due to heavy rain,” the police said in a tweet.


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Violence was never part of Kashmiriyat: President Kovind

‘Democracy has a capacity to reconcile all differences to bring out best for citizens’

(Asian News Hub) – The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said that violence was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a da1sily reality now.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Kovind in his address at Sher-I-Kashmir-International Convention Centre (SKICC) during the 19th convocation of University of Kashmir (KU) said, “Violence which was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a daily reality now.”

He said, “It was most unfortunate that the outstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence was broken but now, there is a new beginning to regain this lands lost glory.”

In the meantime, Kovind congratulated the young students of the KU who are being conferred with the respected degrees in this convocation.

“I have been told that nearly three lakh students are receiving degrees today and I am impressed by the number with more 2.5 lakh bachelors and more than one thousand doctorates, the university has made remarkable progress,” he said.

Kovind also said that the quest for learning and faith in knowledge among the students of Kashmir is really inspiring.

“Equally inspiring is the success of female students, just about half of the students who are receiving their degrees are Women and when it comes it gold medals, I was told that 70 percent of the winners are women,” he said.

Kovind said, “It is not only a matter of satisfaction but also pride for all of us that our daughters are ready to perform at same level as our sons and sometimes even better.”

He said that building human resources and infrastructure was the stepping stones to the higher idea.

Kovind also said that he was told that the KU has the distinction of being one of few in India with a dedicated centre for inter disciplinary research and innovations that will encourage young scientists for various fellowships across varied disciplines.

“Above all, I am glad to know that KU has responded to the Pandemic in a most praised worthy manner,” he said.

Speaking about the aftermath of COVID-19, Kovind said, “The entire world has been facing a difficult times. The virus has affected all works of life and education is no exception.”

He added that “Fortunately, technology provided a solution. All school, Colleges and Universities across India has continued to provide education in the online mode. After the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, the KU immediately shifted the academic to online modules and made each resource available to its students.”

“Moreover, KU also supported the administration by providing quarantine facilities at its main, north and south campuses. It shows how the contribution of the university towards the society can go beyond imparting education,” he said.

Kovind said, “Democracy, I firmly believe, has within it a capacity to reconcile all differences and also a capacity to bring out the best of citizens’ potential. Kashmir, happily, is already realizing this vision.”

He further said, “The youth and the women especially have high stakes in it and I and sure that they will not let go of this opportunity to rebuild Kashmir.”

Kovind said that in September last year during the consultation of NEP, he had spoken about his dream.

“I wish to see Kashmir as paradise on earth. Kashmir is bound to acquire its rightful place as the crowning glory of India,” Kovind said.


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