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Adv Ganai visits Pulwama, takes stock of horti, agri damage




Pulwama, Nov 9: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganie Friday visited Pulwama to have a first-hand appraisal of the assessment of damage to horticulture and agriculture sectors in the district.

He was accompanied by Vice-Chancellor SKUAST, Nazir Ahmad Malik, Director Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, Director Agriculture, Syed Aijaz Indrabi, Director Sericulture, GulzarShabnam, Director Horticulture Marketing and Planning Syed Shahnaz Bukhari, DC Pulwama G.M Dar, SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli and other senior officers from various departments were present during the visit.

The Advisor interacted with various delegations from all across the district to put forth their grievances regarding the damage caused by unprecedented snowfall.

On the occasion, deputations from Pulwama Town, Tral, Sangarwani, BamnooReshipora, Barsoo, Tengpona and other villages put forth their demands including compensation for orchardists, adequate staff for District Hospital, uninterrupted electricity, drinking water facility, construction of community hall, availability of K-oil, demolition of encroachments in the town.

A deputation of Shahabad, Khankhah, KandiSangerwani, Bamnoo, Tengpona, Bonura village demanded immediate assessment of losses suffered by the farmers due to recent snowfall.

Another deputation from Awantipora demanded redressal of pending demands of the area including up-gradation of PHC, digging of borewells and adequate irrigation facility to the agricultural land in the area.

The Advisor directed Horticulture Director and officials of Horticulture Department to deploy scientists, experts and field officials and have spot inspection of all the places where from the damages have been reported and assess the losses including future fruit-bearing capacity and age factors of partially damaged trees.

Besides, he also stressed on technical support by the experts for binding of damaged trees for their recovery. He also directed SE PDD to ensure restoration of electricity in the district immediately.

He also stressed upon all departments to be prepared and keep men and machinery ready to tackle any situation arising due to inclement weather conditions. He directed Director Horticulture Marketing and planning make arrangements for hassle-free plying of fruit trucks along the national highway and ensure other necessary measures for their speedy transit outside the state.

Earlier, Advisor visited Lethpora and took stock of the damage occurred to saffron crop. On the occasion, Saffron growers demanded the assessment of loss and compensation for the losses due to untimely snowfall.

The Advisor called for management of saffron cultivation and modernization of agriculture department so that the heritageof saffron town could be preserved.



Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility

Bisma Bhat



Srinagar, Nov 20: The patients at the Primary Health Center Zadibal have been facing a tough time due to unavailability of electricity, with most of them forced to return without undergoing certain pathological tests.

The hospital has been without an alternative power option, as a result of which the staff is unable to do many machine-dependent tests, even at the time of emergencies.

A technician at the health center (name withheld) said, “We do not have round-the-clock electricity. We get electricity till 12 in the afternoon, after which no test can be done.”

Additionally, the technician said, the electricity goes off after every two hours, paralysing the system. “Patients have to wait even in case of emergencies or visit any other hospital. We are helpless, we have asked many times for 24-hour power supply, but nothing has been done about it, so far.”

On an average, 25-30 patients visit the hospital daily.

A patient, Masrat, suffering severe pain in back and abdomen, was asked to visit the next day, as there was no electricity for her urine examination.

“Doctor told me to get the test done, but here they have no electricity. So, I am being asked to return,” she said.

There is also no heating arrangement at the hospital, forcing the in-patients to survive in a cold environment.

Dr Manzoor, a General Physician at the hospital, said there was no heating arrangement even for the staff.“We perform in this cold and the patients suffer as well,” he said.

Dr Nighat, Zonal Medical Officer Zadibal, said, “Electricity problem is seen everywhere, but we will try to arranging an alternative very soon.”

“Our job is to write to the higher authorities. The rest is up to them,” she said.

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Shopian shuts to mourn killing of four militants



Shopian: People in South Kashmir’s Shopian Wednesday observed a complete shutdown against the killing of four militants.

Reports said that all the shops and other business establishments including schools remained closed in the district and traffic also remained off the roads.

An eyewitness said that people from different walks of life visited the families of slain militants, all from Shopian, to offer condolences to the bereaved families. The four slain militants were identified as Inam-ul-Haq, a resident of Motjan Shopian, Mehraj-u-din, a resident of Drawnee village of Shopian, Abid Nazi, A resident of Padapora village of Shopian, and Basharat Nengroo, a resident of Chotigam village of Shopian district.

Apart from the four slain militants, a para-commando was also killed and two others sustained injuries during an encounter between the militants and a joint team of Police army, police, in Nadigam village of district Shopian, in south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was also observed in Achabal Anantnag against the killing of senior separatist leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District President Anantnag Hafeezullah Mir. Mir was killed by unknown gunmen at his native Bhadro Achabal village.

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Non-punctual docs make patients in Panzalla Rafiabad suffer daily

Global News Service



Baramulla, Nov 21: Amid prevailing wintry chill, many patients were kept waiting outside a health centre at Panzalla area in Rafiabad in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district by doctors who reportedly turned up in the afternoon on Wednesday.

Locals of the area said that the doctors seldom come on time, forcing patients either to wait or visit Srinagar or Baramulla hospital.

The locals appealed the administration to look into their grievances and address them by making doctors and other staff including paramedics punctual.

They also urged the administration to provide all facilities otherwise available in the medical facility equivalent to the one at Panzalla.

Chief Medical Officer Baramulla Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo when contacted said that he will look into the matter. “I will ask concerned BMO Rohama to look into the matter,” he added.

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