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Secy JKAACL inaugurates First-ever web portal on Bhalessa

Delegation demands recognition western Pahari dialects of Chenab Valley

Jammu, Jan 29:  On the launching ceremony a web portal to highlight and disseminate the centuries-old socio-cultural heritage of Bhalessa, the resident of the erstwhile Doda region have demanded opening of the  Bhalessi, Bhaderwahi, Saraji, Padri, Pogli, Khasha, Gaddi language sections in J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages  under the existing Pahari wing  as they also speak Western Pahari-as per classification of languages done by GA Grierson in the First and for most Linguistic Survey of India.

The website was inaugurated by Manir Ul Islam Secretary, Jammu, and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL).  The website is covering Tourism, Education, Culture, social and civic issues of the area.

A delegation of prominent personalities also submitted a memo to Secretary demanded the recognition of these dialects in the existing wing of Pahari in the Academy.

While welcoming the guests present at the launch ceremony Sadaket Malik President Bhalessa Heritage Centre said that the website will not only highlight the Language the cultural and social issues of Bhalessa but it will also boost the tourism and education and other civic issues of the area.

He said this portal will also work for the promotion of Western Pahari dialects/ languages of Chenab valley especially Bhalessi, Badherwahi, Sarazi, Padri , Pogli , Khasha, Gaddi  with a focus on  Bhalessi and its diverse cultural heritage, lushgreen uplands areas of Bhalessa as well.

He added that this web-portal will act as a charitable site for promotion and emancipation of cultural values, socio economic aspects of the area.

He said that the communities which speak these Pahari dialects/ languages deserve special attention of Government of J&K with regard to the promotion of language, culture and other developmental aspects.

The Secretary JKAACL Munir ul Islam appreciated the efforts of Bhalessa Heritage Centre for highlighting the Cultural Heritage of Bhalessa. He said this web portal will help to highlight the Bhalessa area which has produced many dignitaries. Regarding the opening of Bhalessi language section under existing Pahari wing Secretary Academy said that he will take up the matter with Higher ups shortly.  

Those who spoke include Abdul Majeed Bichoo, Alhaj Ghulam Nabi Wani, Bharat Bhushan, Bilal Bhalessi , Kher Mohammed,Talseem Wani, Shiv Narayan Singh Chib, Asif Iqbal, Fozia Mughal, Yassir Wani, Arshad Jahangeer, Manzoor Ahmed Katoch, Arshad Hussain, Pervaiz Batt and others.

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Fortis hospital sets Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar

Appoints Dr Mir Sammiullah as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram

(Asian News Hub) – Keeping in view the rising incidence of liver diseases in Kashmir, Fortis Hospital has established a Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar.

The Centre will cater all types of liver diseases and liver transplant services.

Dr Mir Sammiullah has been appointed as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram.

The OPD services will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.


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COVID-19: As cases resurge, SMHS closes OPD again

Designates 12 wards including paid rooms as COVID designated wards

(Asian News Hub) – In wake of the rise in the COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities at Srinagar Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital has decided to stop the Out-Patient Department (OPD) and said that only surgeries of emergency nature, malignancies and other referral cases shall be entertained.

Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar chaired a meeting yesterday  regarding the preparedness of SMHS hospital Srinagar to deal with the COVID-19.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Masood Tanvir Professor and HOD medicine, Dr. Rouf Ahmad Professor and head ENT, Dr. Tariq Qureshi Professor and Head Ophthalmology, Dr. Ruksana Najeeb Professor and Head anesthesiology, Dr. Iffat Hassan Shah Professor and Head Dermatology, Dr. Sajjad Ahmad Dar professor and Head Radiology, Dr. Mufti Mehmood Professor and Head Surgery, Dr. Sonaullah Kuchay Professor and head Radiation Oncology, Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah Professor and Head Chest Disease and Dr. Nazir H Chowdhary Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital.

In the meeting, it was decided that Ward number 02, 03, 3A, 04, 18, 19, 20, isolation/drug De-Addiction Centre, paid rooms, MICU, SICU, w-17 and disaster management ward shall be designated as COVID-19 wards.

“Ward number 01 shall function exclusively for ENT department, besides, ENT department shall carry out surgeries on their designated Operation Theatre. Ward number 08 comprising 36 beds shall be operated by Medicine (30 beds) as non-COVID ward and Dermatology (06 beds) jointly as rush increases,” the order issued in this regard reads.

In the meeting, it has been further decided to stop the operation of OPDs, adding that only surgeries of emergency nature, malignancies and other referral cases shall be entertained. Furthermore, the patient load vis-à-vis duty roaster of doctors and paramecia staff should be regulated and rationalized, the meeting said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nazir Chowdhary said that 203 beds have been designated for COVID beds at the hospital. He said that the rush of patients has been increasing with each passing day, saying that nearly 30 patients are being admitted at the hospital on a regular basis.

He added that adequate supply of oxygen and other related things are available at the hospital at present.


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Kashmir Law College students stage protest, demand punishment to ‘erring students’

Allege rented goons of 3rd semester students vandalized college property, beat students, threaten staff

(Asian News Hub) – Students from Kashmir Law College Friday hit streets to protest alleged ragging of juniors by 3rd semester students, stating that the later brought “goons” who vandalized college property and beat students.

Protesting students alleged that erring 3rd semester students besides harassing their juniors also brought some rented goons who vandalized college furniture, beat students to pulp and threatened the staff.

The students including girls assembled at Press Enclave to lodge their protest against the bullying of junior students at Kashmir Law College Nowshera.

The slogan shouting students carrying pictures of alleged rented goons holding ‘knuckle-punches’ in their hands demanded stringent action against erring students, who they alleged broke all records of ‘rowdiness’.

Zakariya Ashraf, an 8th semester student said some 1st year law students brought the issue of alleged bullying by 3rd semester students a few days back which became the cause of disagreement between the two sides.

He said the 3rd semester students who were exposed after the recent episode of hooliganism at Kashmir Law College are now trying to put blame on 8th semester students for the mess.

“Some 1st semester students came to us and informed us that they are being bullied by their seniors, we assured them that ragging will not be allowed in this college and we took the issue up with erring students, who instead of feeling sorry, started beating us,” Zakariya told reporters.

He also said that the parents of erring students also joined them in beating students while rented goons played their part by vandalizing college property, abusing students and staff and threatening the college head.

He said the entire college administration and other students stand by their side to come to the rescue of some juniors who were being bullied by erring 3rd semester students.

“Had we done anything wrong, college administration, faculty and students would not have supported us. We want the students who uploaded fake video on social media to gain public sympathies and those who were hired by them to create ruckus in the college be brought into book,” he added.


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