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J&K Govt’s tall claims on snow clearance prove ‘hoax’

Men and machinery is actively on field: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole, 85 percent load restored across Valley, facing problems in South Kashmir districts: Chief Engineer PDD

Mubashir Alam Wani

Srinagar, Jan 05: Despite timely prediction of heavy snowfall by the Kashmir’s Meteorological Department, authorities are yet to clear all the roads from snow and restore 100 percent electricity in the Valley.

People across the valley faced inconvenience at greater levels as the authorities failed to clear snow from lanes, by lanes even on main roads at certain places. The snowfall also prevented many patients from reaching the hospital.

Amid heavy snowfall and un-cleared roads, a woman from South Kashmir’s Shopian district gave birth to a baby on a make-shift stretcher when she was being taken to a hospital in Keller belt of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Roads across Kashmir Valley particularly in Srinagar are accumulated with snow. Due to slippery conditions, vehicles were unable to ply on the roads. But by far, the people have complained that the roads are yet to be cleared from snow and electricity hasn’t been restored fully.  People from various parts of Kashmir while speaking to news agency—KNO, alleged that snow wasn’t cleared from the lanes and by-lanes in their respective areas as claimed by the government. “Where is the government? Where are the snow clearance machines,” a group of locals from Pampore area questioned.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole however, told KNO, that,  “Men and machinery are  actively on ground clearing the roads, but due to the continuous snowfall, the snow is getting accumulated on roads which is the reason there seems less shows less clearance.”

“By tomorrow, weather is likely to improve, the roads will be fully cleared and there will be vehicular movement as well on the roads, he further said. Meanwhile, in view of heavy snowfall electricity woes have added to the miseries of people. People from different areas of Kashmir including parts of Srinagar complained about the breakdown of electricity.

“Power Development Department also has failed to restore electricity in many parts of the Kashmir including Srinagar,” said a Srinagar resident.

Chief Engineer PDD Ejaz Ahmad while speaking to KNO said: “Our men are at job for restoration of electricity in Kashmir, overall 85 percent of load is restored in the valley.”

“We are facing difficulties in South Kashmir’s four districts because of heavy snowfall. We will start the restoration process again,” he further said.

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Spike in COVID-19 Cases: JK govt defers Annual Darbar move for ‘safety’ of employees

Secretariat to function both in Srinagar and Jammu, office function not to affect due to e-office’

(Asian News Hub) – The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that the Darbar move has been deferred while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu to ensure the safety of the employees in view of rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Union Territory.

Office of the Jammu and Kashmir Lt, Governor on it official Twitter handle said that the in view of sharply rising cases of COVID in J&K, the government has taken few important decisions to ensure the safety of the employees.

It said that the Darbar move has been deferred because of COVID while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu and office functioning will not to be affected because of e-office.

“As J&K is witnessing surge in number of Covid cases, the threat it poses to people/ staff on the move and the implementation of eOffice in both the Secretariat, in move offices, it has been decided to defer the #DarbarMove this time,” the Tweet reads.

In another Tweet it said “However, Secretariat will function in both Srinagar & Jammu with staff equitably split between two Secretaries will function from both locations in an equitable manner Office functioning will not be affected as files to move electronically between both Secretariats in eOffice.”


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Rope in private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients: DAK to authorities

(Asian News Hub) – As Covid-19 cases continue to rise unabated in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday urged authorities to rope in private hospitals to treat corona patients. ​

“That would reduce the burden on government run hospitals,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“We are back in the eye of the storm, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and hospitalizations too,” he said.

“Virus has once again become dangerous and is behaving aggressively.”

“Today we have more patients in hospitals than what we saw during the first wave and we are finding it hard to cope with the rush of patients,” DAK President said.

“Hospitals are running full and are at the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Patients are struggling to get a bed in ICU. Even oxygen support beds are occupied and patients have to use cylinders to maintain their oxygen levels.”

“We should include private hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for private hospitals to take part in the management of Covid-19 patients.”

“That would ease the pressure on public hospitals, and would relieve the strained staff,” Dr Nisar said.

“For the past few weeks, cases have started rising and is now starting to reflect in the rising number of hospitalization.”

“The number is expected to rise further in coming days as there are still massive number of people in the population who are susceptible to the virus,” he said.

Hospitals should prepare for dealing with any eventuality,” Dr Nisar said.

“Public safety will depend on hospital preparedness.”

“Hospitals should have separate negative pressure isolation wards for corona patients,” he said.

“The negative pressure would prevent contaminated air from escaping the ward. These wards should have dedicated ventilators and HEPA filters that would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. They should have separate entrance so that infected patients don’t risk other patients and staff in the hospital.”

“In order to ensure safe environment for patients, hospitals should adopt strict infection prevention and control measures and vaccination to staff,” said Dr Nisar.

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Beating of student in Pvt Coaching centre: CCAK constitutes committee to inquire matter

(Asian News Hub) – Following the incident of beating a student in Hope Classes, Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) on Wednesday constitutes a Committe to inquire the matter.

CCAK has termed the incident unfortunate and has expressed disappointment over the incident.

“It is unfortunate that such an incident has happened. The Association constituted a committee to look into the matter and recommend measures so that such incidents do not happen in future,” CCAK said in an statement.

It also states that the Association however is cautioning people especially social media users not to get swayed with the video without full knowledge.

“We condemn the incident but people should not read into it too much. Unfortunately a witch hunt has been launched by people against the teacher and the coaching institute, both of whom are known for their reputation,” CCAK spokesperson said.

The Association said that it will soon come out with guidelines to prevent such incidents.


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