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Crows test positive for avian infulenza in Kupwara, Alert sounded

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(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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Encounter starts in Chanapora, Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between Security forces and militants in Chanapora area of Srinagar on Thursday evening, police said.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), police in a tweet informed that the gunfight has started in Chanapora area this evening, saying that the police and security forces are on the job.

“#Encounter has started at #Chanapora area of #Srinagar. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

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Centre to send more forces to J&K

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(Asian News Hub) – The central government has decided to move extra forces to Jammu and Kashmir amid targetted killings and encounters between security forces and militants.

Quoting sources News18 reported, the official announcement of sending soldiers will be made soon to send about 25 companies of troops to Jammu and Kashmir to give security to civilians and help other forces to eliminate militants.

They said that the additional companies CRPF will be arranged mannerly. They will be sent in phases. 10 companies will be sent to J&K, while in the next two phases, the remaining 15 will be dispatched.

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In a high-level meeting, the decision was taken in view of the current situation. ‘Almost two dozen CRPF companies will be moving to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in view of the current situation. Soon, an official communication will be released to move these troops,’ News18 reported quoting sources in the government.

Arrangements for the accommodation, transportation etc have already begun. The process of informing companies who will be going to J&K has also started.

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‘The step was decided in a high-level meeting. Arrangements will be made soon and after that, an official communication will be released in a few days,’ the official claimed as per News18.


DG CRPF Kuldiep Singh is already in Jammu and Kashmir monitoring operations and the situation along with other top officials of the biggest paramilitary force.

It is expected that the DG would remain there till Home Minister Amit Shah reaches J&K for his visit from October 23-25.

On Wednesday, four unidentified militants were killed in separate encounters with security forces in the Shopian and Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army’s longest operation in the last 10 years is going on in Mandher sector.

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Won’t allow disruption of peace; damage to communal fabric of J&K at any cost: DGP Dilbagh Singh

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Says selected killings were aimed to trigger communal fissures, those involve to be dealt with sternly; pays homage to 375 police, security forces killed in last one year

(Asian News Hub) – Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Thursday said that killing of civilians and minority community members in J&K was a move to disrupt peace and to trigger a communal fissure in UT ‘but police and security forces will foil all such plans and won’t allow militants to succeed.”

Addressing the police commemoration day function at armed police complex Zewan in Srinagar, the DGP said that some militants while acting on the advice of their mentors across the LoC resorted to disruption of peace by killing civilians and members of minority community. “These selected killings were aimed at triggering communal fissures in Kashmir. Police and other forces acted swiftly to foil the designs of militants and their mentors,” he said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “We will not allow disruption of peace and damage to the communal fabric of J&K at any cost.”

Also Read: Won’t rest till we root-out militancy from J&K soil: LG Manoj Sinha

He said killing of civilians was not just to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere but also hit the livelihood of common masses of Kashmir and the tourism as well. “We have given a befitting reply to the enemies of peace and will continue to do that,” the DGP said.

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He said that this year so far 370 policemen and other security forces personnel were killed in line of duty across India. The DGP paid rich tributes to all the policemen killed in line of action stating that police are committed to protect the integrity of country and to keep the peace intact in J&K.

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