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Snowfall to continue in Kashmir; Avalanche warning issued

Faizan Arif

Srinagar, Jan 05: A thick blanket of snow covered Kashmir on Tuesday as most areas received heavy snowfall. The snowfall started late last evening which was still going on in both plains and higher reaches of Kashmir valley.

South Kashmir districts were most-affected with snow accumulation between 2 to 6 feet. Snow depth at Shopian town was more than 3.5 feet till 1730 hrs, same was the case with Kulgam town.

Roof of two residential houses at Manigam Kulgam collapsed due to heavy snowfall. However, no one was injured in the incident.

In north Kashmir, snow began early in the morning which continued till late afternoon. Snow depth reported was between 1 – 4 feet.

Central Kashmir plains received more than 10inches of snow since last night even as areas at higher elevation received more than 2 – 3 feet of snowfall. Snow depth in Srinagar was around 11 inches at 1730 hrs.

A residential house belonging to Nazir Ahmad Bhat at Noor Nagar Zoonimar Srinagar was damaged due to heavy snowfall in the area. However, all the family members were reported to be safe in the incident.

Snow was cleared by Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) from all major roads across Kashmir. While Srinagar Municipal Corporation(SMC) also played a major role in clearing the snowfall from major and minor roads in Srinagar.

Power supply in some areas of Srinagar was disrupted due to heavy snowfall, however, efforts were on to resotre it at the earliest. While in most parts of Srinagar power supppy continued as per the normal schedule.

Disaster Management Authority of Jammu and Kashmir issued a fresh avalanche warning for Jammu and Kashmir.

Medium Level (Yellow Alert) avalanche warning was issued for higher reaches of Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara and Bandipora districts, besides Waltengu Nad, South & North portals of Jawahar Tunnel, Verinag, Kapran, Chowkibal-NC Pass, Gurez, Dawar and Neeru. While, Low Level (Yellow Alert) avalanche warning was issued for upper reaches of Udhmapur, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Kargil districts besides Sonamarg – Zojila, Z-Gali- Kalaroose, Kanzalwan, Tangmarg and Gulmarg.

As per Kashmir Weather, an independent weather forecaster, snowfall is likely to continue till tomorrow morning.

“Moderate to heavy snowfall will continue at most places of Kashmir till tomorrow morning. There will be significant improvement from tomorrow afternoon, however, few places may continue to receive snow till tomorrow evening. The latest forecast suggests a spell of light snowfall on 8th night,” the weather forecaster said.

“Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 2.6 degrees Celsius which is the lowest of the season so far,” the forecaster said.

Qazigund, Pahalgam and Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded maximum temperatures of 1.6°C, 2.5°C and 4.2°C respectively.

Kupwara and Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded 1.8°C and minus 1.4°C as day’s maximum temperatures respectively.

Banihal, coldest in Jammu region, recorded a high temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius. While Jammu, Katra, Batote and Bhaderwah recorded 16.9°C, 14.2°C, 4.7°C and 5.6°C as maximum temperatures respectively.

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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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