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Doctors need to go communicate sympathetically with patients: Bali Bhagat




During the final leg of his 3 day tour of Kathua District, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today visited SDH Billawar and listened to the demands raised before him to augment the services provided by the medical department at remote and hilly areas.

While inspecting 100 bedded under construction building of the hospital, the Minister directed the executing agency to expedite the construction work on the remaining work of the project at the earliest so that the new building can be dedicated to the people for better health care facilities.

During his visit to SDH Billawar, several deputations met Bali Bhagat and apprised him of various requirements which mainly comprises of Digital X-Ray machine, Generator, Child Specialist, one additional surgeon, Blood Bank and Doctor having specialization in ENT and orthopaedics. 3 PHCs were also demanded for augmenting medical infra in rural areas to provide cost effective and better medi-care facilities.


The Minister gave them patient hearing and said that efforts will be made to provide district level facilities at SDH Billawar. To stop the referral of patients, the minister informed that a Blood bank will be established at SDH to cater any exigency besides he sanctioned Digital X-Ray machine for the hospital. He further informed that Dental section of the hospital will also get revamped as per latest requirements.

Responding to the demand of Trauma Hospital at Billawar, Bhagat said that it is high time to establish one Trauma Hospital at Billawar as it will provide round the clock emergency services to the people of remote and hilly areas in case of any emergency or accident and it will also bring down the number of referral cases. He further assured that the demand of Trauma Hospital will be mooted in the next proposal.

The Minister announced upgradation of Dispensary at village Dhannu Parole to Primary Health Centre (PHC) and also disclosed that Hospital Building at Macchedi will be completed soon including residence for Doctors. To meet up the demand of Doctors, Bali Bhagat said that 15 posts of Homeopathy Doctors besides 437 Allopathic Doctors are already referred to the concerned recruitment agencies and after proper recruitment process these Doctors will get a chance to provide specialized medical services to the patients.

Later, the Minister visited SDH Hiranagar and interacted with the patients, medical staff and inquired about various facilities being provided to the patients besides listened to their demands also.

Interacting with the Management of the staff and prominent persons present on the occasion, Bhagat said that Hiranagar hospital is located near National Highway which is prone to accidents that`s why the Department is pursuing earnestly the proposal of constructing 100 bedded hospital at Hiranagar. He asked Director Health, Jammu to arrange one Orthopedic Doctor for SDH Hiranagar along with latest Dental chair.

“Doctor’s job is worship, noble adding that they should go beyond making diagnosis and should communicate sympathetically with the patients”, Minister advised the Doctors.

MLA Hiranagar, Kuldeep Raj, Director Health Services Jammu, CMO, ADC Billawar, Senior Officers of district administration and prominent citizens were present on the occasion.



Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP



Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.


He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth



Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.


He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.


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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik



Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.


On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.


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