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Snow clearance: Six SMC men for 1400 lanes in Habba Kadal, ground workers facing tough time

‘Working hard to clear all lanes, but dearth of workers creating hurdles’

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Jan 08: After City Mayor exposed functioning of corporation without equipments, the dearth of workers deployed for snow clearance work has also taken a heavy toll on the men on ground as the Habba Kadal locality having at least 1400 lanes and bylanes are supposed to be cleared by six men only.

“Only six men are available to clear nearly 1400 bylanes falling under his jurisdiction,” Jamadar Muhammad Shafi said while talking to the news agency—KNO.

“It is the fifth straight day when we are on the roads to clear the snow for people in the lanes and bylanes. The only equipment we have is the shovels,” Manzoor Ahmad, one of the SMC men said, adding that they don’t even get time to eat meals as they are persistently working on the roads after the heavy snowfall.

“There should have been proper equipments to deal with the situation. Our arms and hands are paining from the last five days as the snow accumulated was cleared from almost 1000 lanes and bylanes so far,” he said.

However, he said that many of the officials got retired sometimes back, but no alternative has been made to put an end to the sufferings. “We as well as the people living in the locality are suffering due to dearth of staff. But, nobody has taken care of it,” he said.

Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh, presently living in Awantipora is among the SMC men who are clearing the roads from past five days. He told that he faced tremendous hardships in attending the duties in the last five days due to less traffic on the roads. “Despite facing hardships, I always reach the duties on time and put efforts to clear the snow across the areas he has been deputed,” he said.

Jamadar said the six men working to clear the lanes and bylanes are making it possible without any equipment. “People are complaining that their areas are not being cleared on time. But one can imagine how difficult it is for these six men only to clear almost 1400 lanes and bylanes,” he said.

Pertinently, the City Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu admitted the failure of the corporation, saying that there are no equipment available with them to clear the roads within the shortest possible time.

Notably, Kashmir received heavy snowfall for three consecutive days following which the administration miserably failed to clear the snow on the roads, lanes and bylanes on time, thus added to the miseries of people.

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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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