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Year 2020: Amid coronavirus pandemic, J&K’s Calligraphy witnesses resurgence

Umaisar Gull Ganie

Srinagar, Dec 30: The coronavirus pandemic may have caused widespread disruptions, affected health systems and living conditions and pushed many parts of the world into recession. However, it has also come as a boon for the revival of traditional art and crafts.

The unwanted lockdown facilitated youth in Kashmir to stay indoors and showcase their talent in Calligraphy and other artworks.

As lockdown forced people to stay indoors, dozens of Calligraphers were busy in making their beautiful artwork and exhibiting them on different social media platforms.

Naveed Abdullah a B Tech pass out from Redwani Kulgam told news agency—KNO that he was interested in art work since childhood but during lockdown he spent most of his time on it thereby helping in improving his art work.

“My father who is a health official was associated with this art wasn’t supporting me because according to him there is no scope of artwork in Kashmir, however, during lockdown, I got time to enhance my skill,” he said.

Asif Manzoor a B.SC pass out from Sopore said that during Covid lockdown he also got time to improve his artwork.

“Spending time with artwork is the best way to stay away from bad things especially from drug addiction,” Asif said.

Mir Afreen a young self-taught calligrapher from Srinagar who is also an MBBS student said that during the lockdown period, she made a lot of customised calligraphy and sold them.

“I make at least one calligraphy artwork daily to ensure that my skills remain sharp,” she said.

Azra Khan a PhD scholar from Srinagar also said that despite her busy schedule, she spent some time to do some calligraphy.

“During lockdown I got an opportunity to spend more time on my artwork, after which I get offers from people to make artwork,” she said, adding that youth must spend their spare time in constructive things.

Mudasir Rehman Dar (26) another artist from Kulgam who even paints the world’s smallest painting of Holy Kabbah on ring stone and leaf also said that he got time during lockdown to display his talent.

However, Mudasir said that he is carving for a platform to keeping the momentum going on to display his real talent and to teach others as well—(KNO)

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Spike in COVID-19 Cases: JK govt defers Annual Darbar move for ‘safety’ of employees

Secretariat to function both in Srinagar and Jammu, office function not to affect due to e-office’

(Asian News Hub) – The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that the Darbar move has been deferred while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu to ensure the safety of the employees in view of rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Union Territory.

Office of the Jammu and Kashmir Lt, Governor on it official Twitter handle said that the in view of sharply rising cases of COVID in J&K, the government has taken few important decisions to ensure the safety of the employees.

It said that the Darbar move has been deferred because of COVID while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu and office functioning will not to be affected because of e-office.

“As J&K is witnessing surge in number of Covid cases, the threat it poses to people/ staff on the move and the implementation of eOffice in both the Secretariat, in move offices, it has been decided to defer the #DarbarMove this time,” the Tweet reads.

In another Tweet it said “However, Secretariat will function in both Srinagar & Jammu with staff equitably split between two Secretaries will function from both locations in an equitable manner Office functioning will not be affected as files to move electronically between both Secretariats in eOffice.”


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Rope in private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients: DAK to authorities

(Asian News Hub) – As Covid-19 cases continue to rise unabated in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday urged authorities to rope in private hospitals to treat corona patients. ​

“That would reduce the burden on government run hospitals,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“We are back in the eye of the storm, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and hospitalizations too,” he said.

“Virus has once again become dangerous and is behaving aggressively.”

“Today we have more patients in hospitals than what we saw during the first wave and we are finding it hard to cope with the rush of patients,” DAK President said.

“Hospitals are running full and are at the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Patients are struggling to get a bed in ICU. Even oxygen support beds are occupied and patients have to use cylinders to maintain their oxygen levels.”

“We should include private hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for private hospitals to take part in the management of Covid-19 patients.”

“That would ease the pressure on public hospitals, and would relieve the strained staff,” Dr Nisar said.

“For the past few weeks, cases have started rising and is now starting to reflect in the rising number of hospitalization.”

“The number is expected to rise further in coming days as there are still massive number of people in the population who are susceptible to the virus,” he said.

Hospitals should prepare for dealing with any eventuality,” Dr Nisar said.

“Public safety will depend on hospital preparedness.”

“Hospitals should have separate negative pressure isolation wards for corona patients,” he said.

“The negative pressure would prevent contaminated air from escaping the ward. These wards should have dedicated ventilators and HEPA filters that would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. They should have separate entrance so that infected patients don’t risk other patients and staff in the hospital.”

“In order to ensure safe environment for patients, hospitals should adopt strict infection prevention and control measures and vaccination to staff,” said Dr Nisar.

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Beating of student in Pvt Coaching centre: CCAK constitutes committee to inquire matter

(Asian News Hub) – Following the incident of beating a student in Hope Classes, Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) on Wednesday constitutes a Committe to inquire the matter.

CCAK has termed the incident unfortunate and has expressed disappointment over the incident.

“It is unfortunate that such an incident has happened. The Association constituted a committee to look into the matter and recommend measures so that such incidents do not happen in future,” CCAK said in an statement.

It also states that the Association however is cautioning people especially social media users not to get swayed with the video without full knowledge.

“We condemn the incident but people should not read into it too much. Unfortunately a witch hunt has been launched by people against the teacher and the coaching institute, both of whom are known for their reputation,” CCAK spokesperson said.

The Association said that it will soon come out with guidelines to prevent such incidents.


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