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Patients, attendants suffer as toilet facilities continue to remain closed at SKIMS Soura

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Srinagar, Aug 01: The patients and attendants at OPD of Kashmir premier healthcare institute of state, Sher-e-Kashmir Institution of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), are suffering as toilet facilities have been closed since last two weeks.

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Patients and attendants while talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that washrooms inside OPD have been closed from last two weeks and not a single washroom is open there to use due to which patients and attendants are suffering.

“We don’t have any other option other than to urinate in the open as we have to be with patients and even patients suffer as washrooms are closed,” said an attendant at the SKIMS.

“Male attendants are somehow managing it but where would a female attendant or female patient go in such circumstances,” he said.

A female attendant said: “There is a huge rush of patients and attendants in OPD but washrooms are closed which causes inconvenience.”She said that authorities should have made alternative arrangements for it before closing down the washrooms there.

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“Patients and attendants requested authorities to look into the matter at an earliest and make washrooms functional there so that patients won’t suffer anymore,” she said.

Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan told KNO that one facility is functional there while two more are being repaired.He added that one more such facility is coming there and presently it is at tendering stage.

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Nitishwar Kumar posted as additional secretary in Union Women and Child Development Ministry

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Srinagar, Sept 25: In a significant development, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has posted Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to LG Manoj Sinha, as additional secretary and financial advisor, Ministry of Women and Children Development.

According to an order, a copy of which is in possession of news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Nitishwar Kumar, IAS (UP:96), presently on inter-cadre deputation, as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Women and Child Development, by temporarily upgrading a vacant post of Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Ministry.

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Two militants killed near LoC in north Kashmir: Police

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‘Identification of slain being ascertained’

Srinagar, Sept 25: Two militants were killed in an encounter near the Line of Control in Tekri Nar locality of Machil in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday, police said here.

Kashmir zone police in a Tweet, informed that the identification of the militants was being ascertained.

Police also said that two AK-47 rifles as many pistols and 04 hand grenades were recovered from them.

“Army and Kupwara Police neutralised two #terrorists near #LoC Tekri Nar in Machil area of #Kupwara. Identification of the killed terrorists being ascertained. 02 AK 47 rifles, 02 pistols & 04 hand grenades recovered. Further details shall follow,” police tweeted. (KNO)

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Police attach residential house in Bandipora for wilfully sheltering, harbouring militants

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Bandipora, Sept 25: Police in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have attached a residential house for wilfully sheltering and harbouring militants after obtaining sanction from competent authority.

In a statement, cited by the news agency-KNO, a spokesperson said that police attached the residential house of one person namely Bashir Ahmad Mir of Wanpora Gurez at present Watrina after obtaining legal sanction from the competent authorities.

The statement reads that the house was linked to case FIR No.166/2021of PS Bandipora U/S 16,18,19 ,20,23,39UAPA ,307IPC ,7/27 IA Act, dated 26_09_2021 in which two hardcore militants were neutralised, who were involved in different crimes in Bandipora.

“The investigation proved beyond doubt that the said house was used for the purpose of militancy, sheltering, harbouring militants & such act was voluntarily and knowingly given by the member of the family. Many attacks on civilians and protected persons were carried, conspired and planned by militants while using this house as hideout,” it reads.

The statement reads that Bandipora police requests citizens once again not to harbour or give shelter to militants, failing which they will be liable to action under law including property attachment (movable/immovable) proceedings.

“In case of any forced and coercive entry by militants into any house or vehicle, the matter should be brought to the notice of police immediately, otherwise proceedings under law will follow against such houses or other properties,” it added.

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