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Doctors need to go communicate sympathetically with patients: Bali Bhagat

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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.


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Neither single shot has been fired nor has anyone died in Kashmir: Amit Shah




Allaying concerns over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that neither a single shot has been fired nor has anyone died there till now and asserted that there is peace in the valley.

“From August 5 till now, we did not have to fire a single shot and not even a single person has died. There is peace in Kashmir,” said he said at an event here. .

Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.


The BJP chief said that many people had called the surgical strikes in 2016, a “fluke”,but they now “certify” the country’s defence policies after it revoked the provisions of Article 370.

“Even though surgical and airstrikes give immense joy to the people, taking such decisions needs immense courage. The airstrikes changed the way the world looks at us now,’ Shah added.

Shah also took a dig at the erstwhile Congress government and said that during their tenure, there used to be news of corruption every day, borders were insecure, soldiers were beheaded, women felt unsafe and people protested on the roads every day.

“A government was running where every minister considered himself as Prime Minister but did not look at the actual Prime Minister as one,” he scoffed.

Shah said that unlike the erstwhile government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government never took any decision for “vote bank” but rather for the benefit of the people.

“Some governments work for 30 years and take one big decision, but our government worked for five years and took over 50 major decisions, including GST, demonetisation, airstrikes, etc. No one else dared take it during their tenure,” said the Union Minister.

Shah said that India is growing economically, adding that the agriculture sector and the per capita income are also increasing. “We are progressing towards becoming a $5 trillion economy and I am confident that it will happen before 2024,” he added.(ANI)

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Governor Satya Pal Malik calls on PM

Press Trust of India



New Delhi, September 16: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.

“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.


Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.

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Advisor Sharma for fast pacing clearances required for PDD schemes

Monitor News Bureau



SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor KK Sharma today directed for early clearances including Right of Works (RoW) so that the pace of implementation of various schemes meant for augmentation of electric infra in the state are paced up.

The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the issues/bottlenecks related to non completion of some part works of various flagship schemes in the PDD sector.

Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Finance Arun Kumar Mehta, Commissioner Secretary PDD, PCCF Forest, Chief Engineer PDD and other senior officers were present.


Divisional Commissioner Mr Baseer Khan, DCs of Ganderbal, Bandipora and other senior officers of District Baramulla and Budgam also participated through video conferencing.

The Advisor directed the Divisional Commissioner to ensure that the bottlenecks in the execution of these works should be removed as early as possible so that the balance work on these can be completed and the schemes are closed. He said that a mechanism should also be worked out to ensure that the issues related to RoWs and land acquisitions are addressed.

The Advisor said that the completion of left over works of some schemes is essential for realizing the commitment of providing adequate and round the clock supply of uninterrupted power. He said that the officers of the PDD should also remain in close coordination with those of district and divisional administration so that the issues are sorted out in regular review meetings. 

The meeting discussed the bottlenecks to be cleared for execution of balance works of Zainakot-Alesteng Transmission Line and Grid Station Alesteng and that of Badampora-Bandipora Transmission Line and Grid Station Bandipora so that they can be completed within the targeted dates in the month of October. Necessary directions were passed to the concerned Deputy Commissioners and PCCF to ensure that the bottlenecks related to payment for compensation and land issues are settled at an earliest.

Earlier, Chairman State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Lokesh Jha called on the Advisor and discussed several issues related to the functioning of the Commission.

The Advisor also discussed various power related issues with the Chairman SERC.

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