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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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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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