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Shutdown, protest in Dooru against PDD for inflated bills, pesky power cuts

Umaisar Gull Ganie

(Asian News Hub) – Amid complete shutdown, people in South Kashmir’s Dooru town of Anantnag district Monday staged protests and raised anti-PDD and government slogan for dispatching inflated bills, defunct electric meters and pesky power cuts in the area.

Eyewitnesses told the news agency—KNO, that over 250 protesting locals from different hamlets of the Dooru area including the traders community assembled in large numbers on the main road and closed it for several hours, while all shops and other business establishments remain closed in the town.

The protesters disrupted traffic and raised slogans against PDD alleging that despite not availing the benefits of electricity, they receive inflated bills.

“There are pesky power cuts. PDD doesn’t follow an electricity schedule and never dispatches bills in line with the electric meters,” the protesters said.

“The electric meters installed in the area are showing inaccurate consumption unit reading. The error by the department has left several consumers into inconvenience,” they said.

Locals demanded a reduction in electric bills, the rectification of an error in electric meters and power supply as per schedule. However, the protesters later dispersed peacefully.

Executive Engineer PDD Dooru, Fayaz Ahmad Shah told KNO that repair work in the Ramban transmission line has resulted in unscheduled power outages in the area.

“Despite heavy snowfall department provide scheduled electricity in the area till February 15. But due to some emergency repairing in the transmission line of Ramban we are not able to supply power as per schedule,” he said, adding that the problem will be resolved after the completion of repair work in the transmission line.

About the hike in power tariff, Shah said that they were ascertaining the consumption availed by the residents and locals can pay the power tariff in instalments.

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Body of 50-yr-old man retrieved after 3 days from Jhelum

(Asian News Hub) – Three days after drowning into Kiti Koul in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, the body of a 50-year-old man has been retrieved from river Jhelum on Monday evening.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of a 50-year-old man was retrieved today by River police from Jehlum in Takanwari area of Noorbagh in Srinagar.

They identified the deceased as Feroz Ahmad Raina, son of Late Abdul Aziz Raina of Zaindar Mohalla, Habba Kadal.

Meanwhile, they said that the body will be handed over to the family after completing the legal formalities.


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Elderly man injured in leopard attack in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – An elderly man was injured after a leopard attacked him in Chanderwan Uttersoo area of Shangus of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.

Reports Reaching GNS said that a leopard attacked Abdul  Rasheed Wani Son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani of Chanderwan Uttersoo village, resulting in injuries to him.

Soon after the incident he was rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom he was shifted to GMC Anantnag for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile the local residents appealed to the Wildlife Department to capture the wild animals present in the area at an earliest in order to prevent any further attacks.


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Samaniya Bhat: Youngest radio jockey from Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A 22-year-old girl from Baramulla is winning hearts of people through her voice and informative programmes as she works as a radio jockey at Radio Chinar at Sopore.

RJ Samaniya Bhat a resident of main town Baramulla who has recently completed her bachelors in Journalism and Mass communication from GDC Baramulla is first female radio jockey of North Kashmir and the youngest radio jockey of Kashmir Valley.

Bhat while talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that since her childhood she was interested in journalism, however, by chance she grabbed the opportunity to become a radio Jockey.

“I was always fond of microphones and when I heard that north Kashmir is going to have its first radio station I went for an interview and after 4 or 5 rounds, I was among selected ones and only female,” she said.

“I feel happy to work as Radio Jockey because it is a very creative field and it helps in building your confidence and become outspoken and spontaneous,” Bhat said, adding “she remains in the studio from 12 pm to 3 pm and produces a programme Hallabhol with RJ Samaniya.”

“Our main aim is to involve our youth and entertain people besides talented persons who are being called to the studio who keep their viewpoint before people,” she said.

“Do the things you are good at and follow your dreams with hard work, she said, in her message to students, while adding that parents must allow their children to choose their field and shouldn’t force them to go in any field in which they aren’t interested.


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