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Massive traffic snarls in Srinagar, elsewhere as Kashmir receives fresh spell of snowfall

Winter Preparedness proves hoax yet again, Commuters feel irked, say admin in slumber

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Despite timely prediction of snowfall by Meteorological Department in Kashmir, authorities yet again failed to clear all the roads in most parts of Kashmir following fresh spell of snowfall.

People across the valley had to face huge inconvenience at greater levels as the authorities failed to clear the snow which made the roads slippery.

Massive traffic jams across the city were witnessed today and it took hours for people to reach their destinations.

“Due to slippery conditions, vehicles are unable to ply on the roads, where is administration, where is SMC”, a commuter questioned, while speaking to news agency—KNO.

The residents in Srinagar said that the administration has not been able to clear the snow covered roads yet again, which made the roads slippery causing difficulties for commuters.

Many ambulances were also seen slipping on roads because of snow accumulation which prevented many patients from reaching the hospitals on time.

“Due to slippery conditions, vehicles were unable to ply on the roads, had snow been cleared on time things would have been different, we are not witnessing snow for the first time”, said an irked commuter.

Provincial Administration Kashmir had directed all the officers to stay alert and keep the men and machinery ready to tackle any post snowfall situation in the valley.

Similar reports were received from North Kashmir’s Bandipora district which witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall on Saturday and gave a tough time to commuters and patients as majority of the roads were not cleared of the accumulated snow which continued throughout the day.

According to the locals, the main roads Bandipora-Srinagar road and Sopore-Bandipora road witnessed massive traffic congestion owing to the un-cleared roads of snow.

The inner links of the majority of the villages around town outskirts and even the town itself also remained buried under the snow.

“I got stuck for hours on Bandipora- Sopore road due to accumulated snow as the road was also slippery”, Mohammad Shafi a commuter said.

Angry over missing an important appointment, Shafi said, “The administration showed no concern this time and left us to lurch in cold”.

The same situation was witnessed on Bandipora-Srinagar road with massive traffic congestion stretched to kilometres owing to the slippery condition of the road.

At least two critically ill patients required advanced treatment and had to be shifted to Srinagar in 4X4 vehicles which were kept on standby by the district authorities owing to snowfall predictions.

Apart from the situation on the main roads, the Bandipora district which recorded around 6-7 inches deep snow in pains with higher reaches witnessing more snowfall, gave a tough time to commuters and critically ill patients.

“It took me hours to travel some of the kilometres to the district hospital Bandipora as the inner links to our village were not cleared of snow”, Shahid a local villager said.

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Labourer hit by stone while loading tipper at Zewan, dies

Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – A labourer died on Friday evening after he was hit by a stone while loading a tipper in Zewan area of Pampore.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a labourer identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani of Aripora Zewan was hit by a stone when he was loading a tipper at Stone Quarry Shal Guph Aripora area in Zewan, leaving him seriously wounded.

The injured labourer was immediately taken to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Pampore wherefrom he was shifted to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment, they said.

However, they added that the injured laboured succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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As schools partially re-open, students demand March session examination

Huzaiful Reyaz

(Asian News Hub) – As the educational institutions, including schools have partially re-opened for vaccinated students of higher classes, the students are urging authorities to conduct exams in March so that they can comfortably complete their syllabus.

Taking to Asian News Hub, students said that they are not prepared for exams which are likely to be held in last week of October, giving the reason that their studies had got affected by lockdown and that they haven’t completed the syllabus.

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A group of class 12 students told Asian News Hub that their syllabus is incomplete and it will take them at least 3-4 months to complete remaining part of their syllabus and to prepare for their board examination.

“While exams are knocking the door, we haven’t even completed half of the syllabus yet. Online classes didn’t clear the concept, they were of no use. Now as schools have reopened, goverment should allow us to attend physical classes for these months, and should held exams in March, so that our study goes unaffected,” said Falak, a student from Srinagar.

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Another student saying same said that it will take them atleast three months to complete the syllabus and goverment notification where they said they are holding exams in October has put them in depression.

“We haven’t been to school this year. The online classes are of no use compared to physical classes. Most part of our syllabus is incomplete, we aren’t prepared, we need time for preparation,” another student said.

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While we tried to contact the officials in Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, however we failed.

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Kulgam girl’s innovate lid opener for chemical bottles bags national award

(Asian News Hub) – A 19-year-old girl from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district has earned a rare honour by winning national ‘Inspire-Manak’ award for inventing the lid opener for chemical bottles.

Mehvish Riyaz (19) a resident of Akhran village of Kulgam in South Kashmir, has received an award for innovation at the National Science Exhibition held recently.

A student of the local government school, Mehvish’s success has brought cheers to her school teachers while making her parents proud.

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Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh conferred award to Mehvish in the award function of 8th NLEPC-2021 for INSPIRE-MANAK.

Mehvish and her father Riyaz Ahmad while speaking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) gave all credit to the school teachers for her success.

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“My daughter and two other children were studying in a private school. I shifted them to the government school because of its reputation,” Riyaz said.

“When you get ideas you do not know whether it is a hobby or an interest. I call it an interest because I like what I do. Since childhood, I was much aligned to all this stuff,” said Mehvish, adding that it was all possible because of her teachers and parents.

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Mahvish’s model on bottle opener for chemicals won her the ‘Inspire-Manak’ National award.

Mahvish’s invented lid opener for chemical bottles is useful and can solve problems of dealing with chemicals in a laboratory or in industry.

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Her model was presented to and judged by various scientific innovation organizations at the exhibition.

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