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Snow fury in Kashmir: Two Mosque’s, several Houseboats among 70 structures damaged

Div Com says quick relief provided among affected families, further assessment going on

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Jan 06: A Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) Sub Inspector and a woman from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district were killed while a lady was injured in Srinagar and over 70 residential houses and other structures including two Masjids were damaged across the Valley on Wednesday due to heavy snowfall that continued for last two days.

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Sub Inspector was killed after a shed collapsed at a former legislator’s house in Hazratbal area of Srinagar.

Officials told the news agency-KNO that a CRPF Sub Inspector identified as H C Murmu of 115 battalion was injured after a shed collapsed due to snowfall at former Hazratbal legislator Syed M Akhoon’s residence.

They said the CRPF officer deployed at Akhoon’s residence was immediately taken to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Hazratbal where doctors referred him to SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).

However, Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr. Farooq Jan told that the CRPF officer was brought dead to the hospital.

CRPF spokesman, Pankaj Singh also confirmed the officer’s death and said he was injured when a rooftop fell on him at former legislator’s residence following which he succumbed to his injuries.

Similarly, an elderly woman died after she came under a snow slide in Trehgam village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

An official said that the woman died on the spot in Shah Mohallah locality of Trehgam after she came under a snow slide from the rooftop of her house. The official identified the deceased as Rahami Begum (81) wife of Late Mohammad Subhan Malik.

The official further said that after medico-legal formalities the woman was handed over to the legal heirs for last rites.

Moreover, a lady identified as Shagufta was also injured when a residential house got damaged in Anchar area of Soura Srinagar.

Besides, the heavy snowfall also damaged over 70 structures, mostly residential houses across the Valley.

As per the reports available, two Masjids were also damaged in Srinagar including one in Qalamdanpora Nawa Bazar and the other at Mehboob-ul-Aalam Baba Pora Zoonimar.

Besides, two houseboats belonging to Ghulam Rassol Handoo and Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Sopori were also damaged in Dal Lake near Nehru Park.

According to the details available many residential houses, shops, commercial structures and the vehicles were damaged due to the snowfall across Kashmir.

In Srinagar district nearly 30 residential houses, shops and other structures were damaged which belong to Muhammad Yousf Khan of Bagh-e-Mehtab Srinagar, Mehjabeen Bano of Jawahar Nagar, Muhammad Maqbool Sofi of Kani Mohalla Saida Kadal, Muhammad Ismail of Mehjoor Nagar, Ghulam Muhammad Guroo of boatmen colony Bemina, Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Mulfaq Hazratbal, Farooq Ahmad Beigh and Nazir Ahmad Khan of Zoonimar, Ashiq Hussain Bhat Hawal, Ghulam Nabi Wani of Narwara Eidgah, Jan Mohammad Dar of Babapora Zoonimar, Abdul Karim Gujree of Habba Kadal Srinagar, Muhammad Lateef Ganaie of Ishber Nishat, Asif Rashid Wani of Maharajpora Batamaloo, Rouf Ahmad Purrat of Lal Bazar, Peer Muhammad Shafi of Mulfaq Hazratbal, Nazir Ahamd thoker of Sikh bagh Lal bazaar, Shafat Ahmad Sofi Babapora Zoonimar, Bilal Ahmad Malla of Bilal Colony Qamarwari, Tajwar Ahmad in Chattabal, Sheikh Abdul Gaffar of Rather Mohalla Nowshehra, Tariq Ahmad Kundoo of Anchar Soura, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat of Magreypora Khandah, Farooq Ahamd Chandoo of Bagh-e-Sundar Bala Chattabal, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh of Gagribal Siada Kadal.

Besides, Imamia Public School at Rainawari, tin shed at Munawarabad were also damaged in Srinagar while several vehicles were also damaged. A work shop namely Usman Auto Work shop at Tengpora Bypass was also damaged where some vehicles have also suffered damage.

Similarly in southern districts, nearly two dozen structures including residential houses were damaged due to heavy snowfall in Shopian and Kakpora area Pulwama and Pahalgam area of Anantnag districts.

In Baramulla, at least seven structures and sheds were partially or fully damaged in Boniyar and Uri Teshils which belong to Nazir Mughal of Lagama, Salamabad (B) Dachna, Bashir Ahmad Malik of Bijhama, Mohammad Sidiq Abbasi of Dazna Lachhipora (B), Raza Fatima, Gulzar Hussain of Dhanisyden, Muna of Gati Choolan and Latief Barwal of Nambla (C).

In Budgam district, three residential houses belonging to Reyaz Ahmad Sheikh of Khag, Ghulam Mohidin Bhat of Khag and Abdul Majeed Bhat of Gudsthoo Budgam were damaged due to heavy snowfall.

Roof tops of two shops located at main market Chadoora were also damaged, they said.

In Ganderbal district, two residential houses belonging to Ali Muhammad of Kharnihama and Mushtaq Ahmad Wani of Nunner Ganderbal were damaged.

In Kupwara district, two residential houses belonging to Shabir Ahmad Shah of Shirama of Qalamabad and Muhammad Akbar Lone of Kralpora.

When contacted, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir P K Pole told KNO that a quick relief has been distributed among the affected families by the concerned authorities today while the assessment is going on about the losses.

He said that assessment process to be completed within one week.

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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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