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Div Com urges for fire safety audit in households

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Srinagar, Nov 01: Stressing on the need to conduct fire safety audit in households, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Thursday said safety audit addresses the inherent fire hazardous associated with the day to day activities in households.

In this regard Div Com urged people to take assistance from concerned PDD employees and fire & Emergency departments.

The Divisional Commissioner made these remarks while inaugurating the one-day awareness workshop on Electrical Safety, Accident Prevention and Disaster Management, at the Institution of Engineers (India), J&K State Center, Srinagar.

The event was organized by J&K State Disaster Management Authority, Jhelum-Tawi Flood Recovery Project, in collaboration with Institution of Engineers India J&K State Center and J&K Power Development Department (PDD). The objective was to generate awareness about safety precautions to be taken, identifying and eliminating electrical safety hazards.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir hailed the efforts of the organizers for this very important programme and said that it is vital to take safety precautions when working with electricity. “Safety must not be compromised and some basic ground rules need to be followed always,” he said.

He said it is essential for electrical workers to ensure that they take safety measures while working and protect themselves so that the incidents of accidents can reduce.

To minimize electrocution accidents of PDD employees during working at HT lines, the Divisional Commissioner asked Director Disaster Management to conceptualize a proposal so that corpus fund, gloves, plastic uniform and other safety equipment will be procured.

More than 250 participants were present in the awareness workshop including Engineers from PDD, Electric linemen, Civil Society Members, Civil Defence Volunteers, SDRF Personnel and Disaster Management Professionals.

The workshop covered major topics related to Fundamentals of electrical safety, risk assessment, hazards identification, their controls, safety measures, etc.

The participants were also imparted training related to Fire Safety measures, First Aid, Search and Rescue, followed by a mock drill. Certificates of participation were also distributed among participants.

Secretary Technical in Power Development Department, Er. Bashir Ahmad Dar, Chairman Institution of Engineers and Director Disaster Management Er. Aamir Ali, Director Training, Testing, Inspection and Commissioning Wing (TTIC) Er. Mohammad Yousuf Baba, Honorary Secretary IEI Er Aaquib Dewa, Executive Committee Members of IEI, Assistant Commissioner Qazi Irfan and other concerned officers were present in the workshop.

 


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BJP’s divisive agenda stands rejected: NC

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Srinagar, Dec12 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday asserted that the debacle of BJP in Hindi heart land reflects triumph of truth over falsehood and the revulsion of people for divisive and communal politics.

In a statement released from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah Srinagar Provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that the recent election results in five states reveal that people are the real source of power and that they cannot be taken for granted. “People anticipate deliverance on development issues.

The results should act as an eye opener to those political parties who continue to play politics of polarization. The results are reflective of the fact how people have disapproved of BJP’s divisive agenda aimed at sowing seeds of communal discord,” he said.Imran said that unqualified, naïve and haughty attitude of the BJP leadership and government towards farmer distress and the apathetic condition of small business holders is responsible for their failure in the elections that many say were the semi-finals for the forth coming national elections.

“They however tried their level best to garner support by name changing frenzy, but the people did not heed that claptrap and gave befitting reply to them,” he said.Imran said that the poll debacle of BJP is pointer of the change that people are yearning for. “The results show that people aren’t swayed by fanfare, slogan mongering and catachreses,” he said.

He said that people are now aware of BJP’s poor performance on economic front and foreign affairs front mishandling coupled with its historic mismanagement while dealing with Jammu & Kashmir. “People’s wisdom ought to be respected who want a government that could deliver,” he said.He said that the very secular visage of India was being fiddled with every day. “The results have reinstated that India is a country for all,” he said adding, “Every election is like a fare that invigorates the democratic setup of a country.”

He said that the consequences of BJP’s drubbing in these states should act as eye opener to all parties that politics is a medium to serve people humbly. “I wish the change augments well for our state too,” he said adding, “Those who were looking upto BJP for their political sustenance in Kashmir and were acting as their Trojan horses here won’t be able to see their dreams materialize.”

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Tarigami demands one time KCC loan exemption to farmers

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Kulgam, Dec 12: While expressing serious concern over rising unemployment, power scarcity, corruption and unabated arrests and killings in Kashmir, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday demanded one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the recent heavy snowfall.

This was mentioned in a press release issued here.

Addressing workers convention at Kulgam today he said the announced scale of relief under “state-specific special natural calamity” for damaged orchards due to snowfall is quite inadequate given the quantum of destruction. Besides, the huge damage to the present crop, the snowfall caused massive damage to fruit trees. Millions of trees have been damaged due to the snowfall and the mainstay of the Kashmir economy – horticulture – is in shambles. Even the announced meagre relief has not been disbursed among the victims though almost one and half months have passed.

Tarigami said that the need is to announce one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the snowfall, besides the implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS) in the state. “Though the announcement of the crop insurance scheme was made by the government, it is unfortunate that the said scheme has not implemented in Kashmir so far. It becomes an obligation for the government to come to the support and succour of the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account weather vagaries,” said he.

The issue of unemployment, he said, has reached to an alarming proportion as successive governments have failed to suggest a framework to tackle this issue. No policy framework has been suggested to address this huge and vulnerable problem. In absence of other viable avenues, government sector is the only area which provides some opportunity of employment generation. But, the inability of the government in creating such opportunities the future seems to be bleak for our younger generation.

 

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Defunct street lights, decayed electric wires irk Karan Nagar traders

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Srinagar, Dec 12: The Traders Community Wednesday alleged that the main commercial hub of Srinagar City has been ignored by the authorities.

President Traders Federation Karan Nagar Ajaz Shahdhar said that the street lights of this commercial hub are defunct from past couple of years and no efforts are being made to rectify them or to make them functional, considering that Karan Nagar road leads to the premier hospitals of the state SMHS and SKIMS.

“After the sunset and in the absence of street lights, the shopkeepers windup their business much earlier than the desired time,” he said.

The Traders Federation added that high tension wires of PDD pass very close and at low height to the commercial buildings, thereby putting the lives of the people in danger. In past, there have been such instances where people got electrocuted due to low lying, old and damaged electric wires and electric poles that are yet to be replaced.

Though the effort of road widening were taken earlier, but those widened roads are yet to be macadamized leading them to damps in rains and thereby causing lot of inconvenience to general public.

The Traders Federation has sought the intervention of higher ups.

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