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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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Labourer hit by stone while loading tipper at Zewan, dies

Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – A labourer died on Friday evening after he was hit by a stone while loading a tipper in Zewan area of Pampore.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a labourer identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani of Aripora Zewan was hit by a stone when he was loading a tipper at Stone Quarry Shal Guph Aripora area in Zewan, leaving him seriously wounded.

The injured labourer was immediately taken to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Pampore wherefrom he was shifted to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment, they said.

However, they added that the injured laboured succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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As schools partially re-open, students demand March session examination

Huzaiful Reyaz

(Asian News Hub) – As the educational institutions, including schools have partially re-opened for vaccinated students of higher classes, the students are urging authorities to conduct exams in March so that they can comfortably complete their syllabus.

Taking to Asian News Hub, students said that they are not prepared for exams which are likely to be held in last week of October, giving the reason that their studies had got affected by lockdown and that they haven’t completed the syllabus.

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A group of class 12 students told Asian News Hub that their syllabus is incomplete and it will take them at least 3-4 months to complete remaining part of their syllabus and to prepare for their board examination.

“While exams are knocking the door, we haven’t even completed half of the syllabus yet. Online classes didn’t clear the concept, they were of no use. Now as schools have reopened, goverment should allow us to attend physical classes for these months, and should held exams in March, so that our study goes unaffected,” said Falak, a student from Srinagar.

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Another student saying same said that it will take them atleast three months to complete the syllabus and goverment notification where they said they are holding exams in October has put them in depression.

“We haven’t been to school this year. The online classes are of no use compared to physical classes. Most part of our syllabus is incomplete, we aren’t prepared, we need time for preparation,” another student said.

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While we tried to contact the officials in Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, however we failed.

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Kulgam girl’s innovate lid opener for chemical bottles bags national award

(Asian News Hub) – A 19-year-old girl from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district has earned a rare honour by winning national ‘Inspire-Manak’ award for inventing the lid opener for chemical bottles.

Mehvish Riyaz (19) a resident of Akhran village of Kulgam in South Kashmir, has received an award for innovation at the National Science Exhibition held recently.

A student of the local government school, Mehvish’s success has brought cheers to her school teachers while making her parents proud.

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Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh conferred award to Mehvish in the award function of 8th NLEPC-2021 for INSPIRE-MANAK.

Mehvish and her father Riyaz Ahmad while speaking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) gave all credit to the school teachers for her success.

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“My daughter and two other children were studying in a private school. I shifted them to the government school because of its reputation,” Riyaz said.

“When you get ideas you do not know whether it is a hobby or an interest. I call it an interest because I like what I do. Since childhood, I was much aligned to all this stuff,” said Mehvish, adding that it was all possible because of her teachers and parents.

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Mahvish’s model on bottle opener for chemicals won her the ‘Inspire-Manak’ National award.

Mahvish’s invented lid opener for chemical bottles is useful and can solve problems of dealing with chemicals in a laboratory or in industry.

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Her model was presented to and judged by various scientific innovation organizations at the exhibition.

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