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200 volunteer ready to serve in any eventuality: Div Com

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SRINAGAR, JULY 03: 200 volunteers are ready to serve in the event of any eventuality, said the Deputy Commissioner while briefing the Divisional Commissioner about the measures taken for making ready the Emergency Operation Centres (EOC) at a meeting held at Joint Control Room under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan at Harinivas Srinagar this evening. He said apart from this the people associated with Masjid, Gurduwara and Mandir Committees, who met him today, also assured to play their role under any emergent circumstances possibly arisen due to inclement weather condition and incessant rains.
The meeting was informed that FS&CA department has stocked 1815 quintal of rice, with 438 LPG cylinders at these centres besides keeping 500 tents, over 8000 blankets and 174 boats available at these centres, the meeting was told.
It was given out that, the Power Development Department has installed 35 generators for proper electrification at these centres while Srinagar Municipal Corporation has deployed 30 dewatering pumps and nine mobile toilets for meeting the requirements.
As a part of the decision taken yesterday, the LAWDA has set up five more relief centres around Dal Lake where essential commodities and requisite material is being dispatched for making these centres ready.
The meeting was also informed that five more medical camps have been established by the Health Department at various relief centres in the city raising the total number to 17.
The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has used 2.64 lakh bags and kept 98 thousand bags ready, filled with sand, for use, including 2200 Geo Bags while R&B department has constructed 16 dry toilets at 16 relief centres, the meeting was told.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the Chief Engineer I&FC to strengthen the embankments of Jhelum River from Verinag to Sangam including the nallahs where it has become necessary. He asked himto keep ready the sand bags within one kilometer of radius of Srinagar city.
The Divisional Commissioner directed all concerned officers to work with zeal and synergy so that disaster management mechanism is strengthened in the valley.
In view of possible flood situation, the divisional administration has set up 36 flood relief centres with other basic facilities. These relief centres are located at Gogoo land Humhama, Rawalpora, Sanantnagar, Khumaeni Chowk, Parraypora, Hazratbal, Rambagh, Rakh-e-Arth, Nishat, Safa Kadal, Goripora, Sonwar, Zewan and Zainakote.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Director MET, Sonam Lotus, VC LAWDA, Director Tourism, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Chief Engineer Public Health Engineering, Commissioner SMC, Joint Director Information, Kashmir, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Director FCS&CA, Superintending Engineers of R&B & PDD, and senior officers from Health, Revenue, Red Cross, Police and CRPF were present in the meeting.


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Jammu airport to function till 9 PM

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Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.

In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.

The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.

 

Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.

This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.

The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.

Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.

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Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home

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Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.

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PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC

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Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.

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