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In times of pandemic, Sgr boys come up with unique invention: low cost ventilator

‘We developed it with using different approach, embedded it with internet, its portable too’

Owais Gul

(Asian News Hub) – In a bid to help the downtrodden section of the society, the two friends from Srinagar have come up with a low cost ventilator amid the ongoing second wave of Covid, which led to shortage of oxygen for a longer period as well.

Jahangir Hameed Lone of Buchpora and Sajid Noor Qamarwari, both aged 21, who have affiliations with Department of Electronics and Instrumentation, Kashmir University and Affiliation with Institute of Technology Kashmir University, Zakura Campus, have made a model of ventilator out of scrap material.

“Soon after the Covid second wave led to the shortage of oxygen in Jammu and Kashmir, we tried to share our bit in the situation and thus made a ventilator within two months. The process of manufacturing got delayed as we didn’t get the material on time,” Jahangir told the news agency- KNO.

He added that the cost of the ventilator will be just Rs 10,000 in the market, which is too low as compared to the existing ventilators, adding that the innovation is different because they have developed it using a different approach and embedded it with the internet of things.

“The system is capable of ventilating patient at a time with the air flow and pressure flow as well the body temperature, heart rate (PPM), humidity. As far as the overall cost of the system is concerned, its cost will be around 10-15 thousand rupees maximum. Our technology is local, cost effective, easy to fabricate and more importantly power efficient. A ventilator device for a single patient currently available in the market costs around Rs 10 to 12 lakh. We have made our innovation cost effective so that even an individual can purchase it at his/her disposal,” he said.

“We know that in Jammu and Kashmir, there are only 100 to 140 ventilators currently in use. This number is very low as far as the intensity of the disease is concerned. This was the motivation behind our effort to come up with such an innovation,” the duo said.

They added the system is designed in such a way that 10-12 inspirations can be made in one minute with the inhalation to exhalation ratio (I/E) as 1:2. “The I/E ratio is programmable and can be programmed using an open-source hardware prototyping platform called as Arduino. We designed this prototype with the intention that it can be used to mitigate the current crisis of covid-19 disease. The device consists of an Ambu Bag which is continuously pushed back and forth with the help of a powerful DC Motor to generate enough air pressure for the patient.”

“The significant part of this innovation is the continuous patient surveillance over cloud. All the important health parameters of the COVID-19 patients are captured using various sensors like ECG, Temperature and humidity. The sensor data is duly processed in accordance with the medical standards and transmitted over a secure internet of things cloud. This sensor data is remotely available to the doctors in both numerical and graphical forms. Thus, without being in actual contact with the COVID-19 infected patients, the doctors can continuously monitor the patients while sitting in his/her room or at home. This system also has an interactive user interface which makes it quite easy to understand the patient’s medical data,” they said.



Active Al-Badr militant found dead in Soura, Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – Body of an active militant from Al-Badr outfit was found in Soura area of Srinagar on Saturday late evening, officials said.

They said police came to know about the body of an active militant of Al-Badr lying on a roadside near Soura area of Srinagar. A police official told that the body of the militant identified as Amir Ahmed Malik, 23, a C category A-Badr militant.  “Malik was active since November 2020. He hails from Hyder Gund, Zainapora area of Shopian,” the official said.

A police official said it seems that the militant was killed in a “group clash” even as further investigations are on.


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Lady dies, minor boy injured in Doda road accident

Anzer Ayoob

(Asian News Hub) – A lady died while a minor boy was injured after a vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident near Police Station Assar in Doda district on Sunday.

An official said that a swift vehicle bearing registration number JK02CC-8873 was on its way from Jammu to Bhaderwah when it skidded off the road and rolled down from National Highway.l, leaving a lady dead on the spot and also left a minor boy wounded.

He said that the deceased lady identified as Babita Manhas, wife of late Krishan Manhas and injured minor identified as 11-yr-old Rehan Manhas are residents of Gandoh area of Doda district and presently residing at Jammu.


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4 including 2 civilians, 2 cops killed in Sopore militant attack

Police officer among 4 others injured; Injured civilian critical; Militants targeted police party enforcing Covid lockdown; Lashkar behind strike, have identified attackers, says DGP Dilbagh Singh

Peerzada Waseem

(Asian News Hub) – MilitantsSaturday attacked a police party at main chowk of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in which two policemen and two civilians were killed while a police officer among four others sustained bullet injuries.

Among two injured civilians, the condition of one is stated as critical. A police official told that militants targeted a police party at main chowk Sopore when they were enforcing carona curfew in the area. “The militants fired indiscriminately at the police party killing two policemen and two civilians. Two more cops and two civilians sustained injuries who are being treated in the hospital,” the officials said.

The injured, police official said, were first shifted to Sub-District Hospital Sopore wherefrom one policeman was shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar for treatment. Hospitals sources at SDH Sopore told that two policeman and two civilians were brought to hospital in multiple bullet injuries after which they succumbed.

The slain policemen were identified as Constable Waseem Ahmed son of Muhamamd Saqiq Bhat of Narbal, Srinagar and constable Showkat Ahmed son of Abdul Gani, resident of Goripora, Beerwah Budgam. The dead civilians were identified as Bashir Ahmed Khan son of Ghulam Hassan of Mohalla Taliyan, Sopore and Showkat Ahmed Shalla son of Ghulam Qadir of Shalimar Colony Sopore.

Sources identified the injured Sub-Inspector as Mukesh Kumar and SPO Danish Ahmed. The injured civilian has been identified as Nayeem Ahmed Khan son of Muhammad Maqbool, a resident of Maharajpora, Sopore, who has been referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar where his condition is stated as critical. “He has received bullet injury in his thigh and abdomen,” hospital sources said. Police, however, said that four civilians sustained injuries of which two succumbed. The identity of second injured civilian couldn’t be ascertained.

A pall of gloom descended on Sopore, Srinagar and Beerwah localities when bodies of four—two cops and two civilians reached their respective homes. The bodies of two slain cops were first taken to District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar where police paid rich tributes to them.

Director General of Police (J&K) Dilbagh Singh, who paid floral tributes to the slain cops at DPL Srinagar, said that Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit was behind the Sopore attack, in which two cops and two civilians were killed and three others were injured. Talking to the reporters on the sidelines of wrath laying ceremony of two cops here, Dilbag Singh, said that LeT outfit was involved in this attack and they have identified the attackers, however, further details will not be shared at the moment.

Singh said that to enforce Covid appropriate behaviour in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, a party from Sopore police station under the charge of sub-inspector Mukesh Kumar was deployed in the chowk when the attack took place.

He said that the firing was retaliated by the police party during which some personnel were injured and civilians who had set up their fruit and vegetables stalls nearby also got injured.

“Subsequently, two injured cops succumbed to their injuries, identified as constable Waseem and constable Showkat and sub-inspector Mukesh and SPO Danish got injured. Three civilians were also injured of whom two later succumbed while another one was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” he said

He said they were looking into all the angles of the attack and forces have also launched a follow-up operation in the area and the perpetrators of the crime will be soon brought to justice.

Replying to a query, Singh said that militancy was declining and control of the forces in all the areas was very good while operations were also being carried out. “However, due to Covid-19 there has been a decline in anti-militancy operations but the forces still have an upper hand and we are launching operation in all the areas as well,” he said.

He said that under these circumstances these incidents happen and all those who are involved in these attacks will be not be spared at any cost.


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