Jammu, Jan 1: Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai Tuesday directed concerned departments to take effective measures to prevent road accidents in the state.
Expressing anguish over huge number of fatalities due to road mishaps taking place in the state every year, the Advisor asked the regulatory agencies to take advanced preventive measures to minimize the incidence of accidents.
The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss measures regarding traffic management, road safety and response mechanism in the State.
Threadbare discussion was held on the implementation of road safety measures, road safety audit of all major Roads, Procurement of more Critical Care Ambulances, Trauma Care Centres established so far, providing of Online Services, Installation of GPS on all commercial vehicles, Reorganization of Motor Vehicles Department and amendments in Motor Vehicles Taxation Act.
The meeting was attended by Transport Commissioner Dr S. P Vaid, Principal Secretary, Transport, Dr Asgar Samoon, Principal Secretary Heath, Atal Dulloo, IG traffic Alok Kumar and other senior officers.
During the meeting the advisor was briefed by Motor vehicle department, traffic and Transport department about the various measures being taken by them for the minimizing the road accidents in the state.
The Advisor directed that fitness Certificates must be issued after strict inspection of the vehicles. He also stressed that movement of vehicles plying on inter district roads and National highways, particularly buses shall be closely monitored so that the accidents are minimized.
He also sought strict action against the drivers found involved in rash driving and indulging in overloading.
The Advisor pressed for more funds for purchase of critical care ambulances to cater to the shifting of persons injured in road mishaps. He also stressed on close co-ordination among the regulating departments to prepare measures for prevention of road accidents.
Reasons by GoI to suspend cross-LoC trade highly indefensible: Soz
Srinagar, April 23: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to promote propaganda for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by trying to bring Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said reasons being given for stopping Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade were highly untenable and indefensible.
“PM Modi wants to promote propaganda for Election 2019 and tries to bring in Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination”, Soz said in a statement here.
He alleged that since everything is happening at the behest of Prime Ministers Office (PMO), stopping the LOC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad all of a sudden, is seen by the trading communities on both sides, as part of a “trickery” aimed at the Election-2019.
Two electrocuted to death in Poonch
Srinagar, April 23: A police constable and a civilian died due to short circuit of 33KV transformer at Chungan Chroon area of Mendhar in Poonch district on Tuesday early morning.
Reports said that a constable (Follower) in JK police identified as Faiz son of Mohd Sharif age 40 year and a civilian Mohd Shabir son of Ab Rahim age 38 year died on the spot after they came in touch with a live wire.
SDPO Mendhar Neeraj Padyar also confirmed to a news agency that two people including a cop and civilian was dead when they came in touch with live wire after there was a short circuit in a Transfer. Meanwhile, SHO Mendhar also rushed to the spot to assess the situation.
World Book day celebrated at Sgr, Kup
Srinagar, April 23: To commemorate the World Book Day, Department of Libraries and Research organized a day-long book exhibition at S.P.S. Library Srinagar.
The day is observed annually across the world to promote book reading culture.
Deputy Director Libraries and Research Shaheena Khan inaugurated the exhibition where collection of books including Quranic manuscripts, paintings, references and some rare books were put on display.
Meanwhile, similar function to showcase rare books was held at District Library Kupwara. People from all walks of life turned up at the book exhibition.