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3 years later and Rs 47 cr in kitty, State Cancer Institute yet to get going

Cancer incidence rose by 7% at SKIMS in 2018

Bisma Bhat





Srinagar, Jan 6: Around 4800 cancer patients, 300 more than the preceding year, were reported at SK Institute of Medical Sciences, at Soura, in 2018, even as the hospital is yet to fully upgrade its infrastructure as a State Cancer Institute.

Official data shows that around 4800 patients were diagnosed with several types of the deadly disease in 2018 as compared to 4500 in 2017.

Data shows a higher incidence of the disease in males.


Dr Maqbool lone, Head Radiation Oncology and In-charge Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) SKIMS, told The Kashmir Monitor, that among the male patients there was a higher rate of lung, blood, oesophagus and stomach cancers.

In case of females, the doctor said, breast cancer was at the top, followed by lung, blood, and oesophagus.

In 2015, the RCC was given the status of a State Cancer Institute (SCI).

It became entitled to receive funds to the tune of Rs 120 crore from the union health ministry and the state government at 90:10 basis.

Same year, the hospital received Rs 47.25 crore as the first tranche of Rs 120 cr – 30 per cent of which was meant for the construction of the building and 70 per cent for the equipment.

Three years later, the SCI is yet to be fully functional with the Director SKIMS, Dr Omar Javaid, saying they still need until April.

“The Institute will have 120 beds for the departments like Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Clinical Hematology and Pain and Palliative Care services,” Dr Javaid told The Kashmir Monitor.

At present, the RCC has 80 beds but it lacks a separate operation theatre and other facilities as a result of which, the patients are operated only twice a week.

The Centre, being the only such establishment in Kashmir, witnesses a rush of patients irrespective of age and gender.

Dr Lone attributes this surge in the disease to lifestyle changes, increased smoking, environmental factors and late diagnosis.

“We have adopted a sedentary lifestyle, food and work habits have undergone a lot of change, there is higher intake of fats and lesser physical activity,” said Dr Lone.

Moreover, he said, people are not diagnosed at an early stage.

“They come to the institute when the cancer has rooted in their body prominently.”



Northern Army Commander reviews security in Valley




Srinagar, May 22: The Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh arrived in south Kashmir today to review the prevailing security situation in the region.

The Army Commander visited hinterland units/ formations in South Kashmir and was briefed about the current situation as also the recent counter terrorist operations.

The Army Commander complimented the troops for their successes in eliminating terrorist leadership from South Kashmir and also commended them for their dedication to duty.


The Army Commander was accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, during his visits. The Army Commander reinforced the need to be fully prepared for the emerging security challenges and lauded the exemplary synergy amongst all security forces.Later in the day, the Army Commander called on the Hon’ble Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar and apprised him about the overall security situation in the Valley including stringent enforcement of the Counter-Infiltration Grid along the Line of Control. 

They also discussed the vital importance of a fully integrated inter-service approach being used for planning and operations. The Governor appreciated the Army’s strong support to security forces in carrying out counter-terrorism operations in the Valley. Governor and the Army Commander also discussed the security arrangements for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2019.

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Nahida creates history, becomes first Kashmiri woman to scale Mt Everest

Firdous Hassan



Srinagar, May 22: History has been created after twenty three year -old Nahida Manzoor from Srinagar became the first Kashmiri woman to scale Mount Everest.

Transcend Adventures, an Hyderebad based adventure company, which took Nahida to Everest expedition confirmed this development on their official Facebook page.

The adventure company posted, “The Fourth summit of the day is Ms.Nahida Manzoor along with her Sherpa Guide Mr.Nima Kancha.”


 “Nahida hails from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The 26 year old lady has been passionate about the snow peaks and took to the mountains at a very young age. We wish her good luck for her future endeavors and may the Mountains bless her with abundant summits”, the company said in a post

Rakesh, a trainer from Transcend Adventures told The Kashmir Monitor that Nahida along with a group of five climbers had headed to Mount Everest from southern side.

“She has scaled the Everest on Tuesday. We had two teams one headed from north and another from South. They are yet to reach to the base camp,” he said.

Two selection grade constables Nazir Ahmed and Falial Singh of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who were a part of 11 member climbers’ squad also conquered Everest on Tuesday.

Nahida, who started her expedition in April along with his group had scaled four camps including Base Camp (5363meters), Camp1 (6100 meters) Camp2 (6600 meters) and Camp3 (7300 meters).

Known as passionate mountaineer, she earlier launched crowd funding to achieve her dream but was later sponsored by TCI Max, which financially supported her to join the camp.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary  and J&K State Sports Council also joined in to support her.

Nahida is a trained mountaineer having completed all mountaineering courses. She had completed her Basic Mountaineering Course and Advance Mountaineering Course (ABVIMAS) from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM). She has also done Special Mountaineering Course and Method of Instructions both from NIM.

Hailing from Zewan area in Srinagar, Nahida prior to the expedition has scaled Mount Deo Tibba-Manali with a height of 6001 meters and also Friendship Peak of Himachal Pradesh with a height of 5289 meters. In Kashmir she has scaled Mount Mahadev and Mount Tatakooti.

Meanwhile netizen took to the social media to greet Nahida for conquering the everest.

“O waoo..proud of you Nahida…well done gal… congratulations,” posted Swati Basedia on Facebook.

Mountaineer Danish Mukhtar wrote , “I knew that Alhamdulillah you make me proud…”

Former Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah took to his twitter handle to greet Nahida and two J&K Police Everest summiteers.

“It is a proud moment and for our state and its people. I congratulate the trio who successfully scaled the world’s highest peak. Moreover, the team comprised of a girl. I congratulate her and believe that her achievement has the ability to transform a generation, as will do her male counterparts. They truly are an inspiration to others,” he tweeted.

 Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted, “Kashmiris too have dreams & aspirations like everyone else. Somewhere between stereotyping & demonising them, human stories are lost. All of twenty three,Nahida Manzoor is the first Kashmiri woman to scale Mt Everest. More power to her & the youth of J&K.”

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Admin wants an elected Govt to take over soon: Guv Malik

Inaugurates phase-II of JCRB flyover, apologizes over highway ban




Srinagar, May 22: Governor Satya pal Malik on Wednesday said that his administration wants an elected government to take over in Jammu and Kashmir soon.

However, he also apologized to the people for the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway twice a week.

Talking to the reporters after inaugurating the second phase of Jahangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover here, Governor said that they (administration) want an elected government to take over the State soon.


He was reacting to a query about some officials within his administration were not keen on transfer of power to an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, he said that the call for the elections has to be taken by Election Commission. “We want this (President’s Rule) to end at an earliest and an elected government to take over the State,” he said.

Moreover, Governor refused to talk over the Budgam Chopper incident.

Nonetheless, Governor apologized for the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway, saying that ban was imposed in ‘national interest’.

“I apologise to the people for inconvenience they faced due to restrictions imposed on highway,” Governor said, adding that all the restrictions will be lifted from May 27, 2019.Recently, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said a decision on holding assembly elections in the state was the prerogative of the Election Commission but indicated a decision could be announced after the completion of the Lok Sabha polls.

Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s Rule on June 19, 2018 after the PDP-BJP coalition government fell as the BJP decided to pull out of the alliance.

The state assembly was kept in suspended animation to allow for the possibility of any new combination of parties to form a government in the state.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti supported by the National Conference and the Congress staked claim for government formation on 21 November, 2018.

Within minutes, People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone, who had just two MLAs, also staked claim for government formation.

The governor decided to dissolve the assembly on the grounds that he wanted to prevent horse-trading.

The state was brought under President’s Rule on December 19, 2018 for a period of six months as elections could not be held within six months of imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state.

The President’s Rule will have to be extended again on June 19, 2019 as assembly elections have not been held so far. The order for extending President’s rule will have to be ratified by Parliament.

Earlier he dedicated the second phase of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover today to commuters.

Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Sh. K.K. Sharma, K. Skandan- Advisors to Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring; Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Sh. Raghav Langer, CEO ERA; and various senior officers were present on the occasion.

Governor congratulated the executing agencies and observed that this stretch of 1.04 km would provide much awaited relief to commuters from Rambagh to Alochi Bagh and regulate traffic at Rambagh, Solina, Alochi Bagh  and on the Rambagh Bridge.

Pertinent to mention that the third and last phase of the flyover is expected to be completed by June end. Once completed, the 2.4 kilometer flyover with six access ramps at Jehangir Chowk, Gogji Bagh, Alochi Bagh, Rambagh, Natipora and Barzulla, will substantially decongest city traffic and reduce travel time between Jehangir Chowk and Rambagh from about 45 minutes to about 2.5 minutes.

Directs release of last month’s pending wages during Ramadan

Srinagar, May 22: The issue of pending wages of casual/daily rated workers and other categories of employees in certain departments was brought to the notice of the Governor during the meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) held today in Civil Secretariat, Srinagar.  The Governor was informed that these workers have been put to hardship during the holy month of Ramadhan.

The Governor has directed the release of last month’s wages in respect of the casual/daily wagers and salaries of other categories of employees working in different departments who could not receive the same so far. 

The Governor has asked the Advisors to oversee that wages are released to these workers by their departments by 31.05.2019. The Finance Department will issue necessary sanctions, wherever, required.

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