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Snowfury: Shopian man dies on a makeshift stretcher, on way to hospital

Jahangir Ganie/ Umaiser Gull

Srinagar, Jan 06: After heavy snowfall across the Kashmir valley, patients and their attendants had to face extreme hardships to reach to the hospitals as the roads leading to different hospitals were not fully cleared of snow.

Talking to the news agency—KNO several patients and their attendants from across the valley said that they had to face lot of hardships as snow from the roads was not cleared in several areas, making them difficult to reach hospitals.

“It took me two hours to reach SMHS hospital from Shaletang such is the condition of the main road even I could not walk on foot as road was so slippery,” said a resident of Srinagar outskirts.

People, especially in South Kashmir had to face extreme difficulties to reach the healthcare facilities as some people and family members of patients had to take their patients on cot to make it to hospitals.

Reports said that a patient Halima (45) from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district had complained of stomach pain and was taken on a cot from Dadoora to district hospital Pulwama as the road leading to the hospital was not cleared.

Another family from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district had to lift their female patient on a cot as Mechanical Engineer Department failed to clear snow from the road connecting this village with Aishmuqam in Anantnag.

Reports also poured from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district where a nine months pregnant lady had to cover the distance of 5 kilometers on foot to reach a health centre in Sumbal.

Meanwhile, two families from south Kashmir’s Mandhole area of Devsar in Kulgam district told KNO due to non-clearance of roads in the area their relatives could not visit them for condolences after untimely demises in their respective families on Wednesday.

They appealed to the district authorities to clear the snow from roads so that their relatives can visit them.

Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Showkat Ejaz Bhat told KNO that the area is covered with a lot of snow and the men and machinery are on job in other areas.

He said they will divert some machine toward this area to clear the snow from the roads.

Meanwhile, an elderly man from Keller belt of South Kashmir’s Shopian district died while he was being taken to hospital on a make shift stretcher.

Locals said that an elderly man Bashir Ahmad Famda son of Abdul Rehman Famda, a resident of Batafojan Chown locality of Keller complained of some chest related issues.

They said that due to un-cleared road and heavy accumulation of snow, his family members and relatives failed to shift him to hospital.

Later with the help of some locals, they tried to take him to hospital on a makeshift stretcher, however, he breathed his last before reaching the hospital, they said.

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Grenade lobbed on police party in Rafiabad

(Asian News Hub) – Suspected militants on Wednesday hurled a grenade towards police party at Drusoo area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, no loss of life or injury was reported, officials said.

Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that suspected militants lobbed grenade towards police party, which exploded some metres away from them.

However, no damage was reported in the incident while search has been launched to nab the attackers.


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Kishtwar Cloud Burst: Heavy rain halts rescue operation, 21 houses among 42 Structures damaged

(Asian News Hub) – Heavy rains have halted rescue operation following cloud burst in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district, officials said on Wednesday afternoon.

So far bodies of seven people have been recovered, while 17 persons were rescued in injured condition and five of them have been shifted to Kishtwar hospital, police said.

Sixteen persons are still said to be missing and operation to trace them has been halted due to heavy rain in the area, the officials told GNS.

“Bodies of seven persons have been recovered while 17 persons have been rescued in injured condition so far in Hanzor area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district,” police said.

As scale of devastation due to cloud burst unravels, Police said that 21 residential houses were damaged, two of the partially, along with 21 cowsheds.

Earlier police had said that six houses and one Ration depot was damaged in the cloudburst which took place during the last night.

“Rescue operation halted right now due to heavy rain,” the police said in a tweet.


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Violence was never part of Kashmiriyat: President Kovind

‘Democracy has a capacity to reconcile all differences to bring out best for citizens’

(Asian News Hub) – The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said that violence was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a da1sily reality now.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Kovind in his address at Sher-I-Kashmir-International Convention Centre (SKICC) during the 19th convocation of University of Kashmir (KU) said, “Violence which was never part of Kashmiriyat but has become a daily reality now.”

He said, “It was most unfortunate that the outstanding tradition of peaceful coexistence was broken but now, there is a new beginning to regain this lands lost glory.”

In the meantime, Kovind congratulated the young students of the KU who are being conferred with the respected degrees in this convocation.

“I have been told that nearly three lakh students are receiving degrees today and I am impressed by the number with more 2.5 lakh bachelors and more than one thousand doctorates, the university has made remarkable progress,” he said.

Kovind also said that the quest for learning and faith in knowledge among the students of Kashmir is really inspiring.

“Equally inspiring is the success of female students, just about half of the students who are receiving their degrees are Women and when it comes it gold medals, I was told that 70 percent of the winners are women,” he said.

Kovind said, “It is not only a matter of satisfaction but also pride for all of us that our daughters are ready to perform at same level as our sons and sometimes even better.”

He said that building human resources and infrastructure was the stepping stones to the higher idea.

Kovind also said that he was told that the KU has the distinction of being one of few in India with a dedicated centre for inter disciplinary research and innovations that will encourage young scientists for various fellowships across varied disciplines.

“Above all, I am glad to know that KU has responded to the Pandemic in a most praised worthy manner,” he said.

Speaking about the aftermath of COVID-19, Kovind said, “The entire world has been facing a difficult times. The virus has affected all works of life and education is no exception.”

He added that “Fortunately, technology provided a solution. All school, Colleges and Universities across India has continued to provide education in the online mode. After the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, the KU immediately shifted the academic to online modules and made each resource available to its students.”

“Moreover, KU also supported the administration by providing quarantine facilities at its main, north and south campuses. It shows how the contribution of the university towards the society can go beyond imparting education,” he said.

Kovind said, “Democracy, I firmly believe, has within it a capacity to reconcile all differences and also a capacity to bring out the best of citizens’ potential. Kashmir, happily, is already realizing this vision.”

He further said, “The youth and the women especially have high stakes in it and I and sure that they will not let go of this opportunity to rebuild Kashmir.”

Kovind said that in September last year during the consultation of NEP, he had spoken about his dream.

“I wish to see Kashmir as paradise on earth. Kashmir is bound to acquire its rightful place as the crowning glory of India,” Kovind said.


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