Srinagar, July 20: People of Halmatpora belt comprising of many villages are in up in arms against PHE
department for failure to restore the potable water supply to them from last two months. The people are
made to drink contaminated water from a nearby nallah from which the carcass of a dog was found on
The locals said that they are suffering from many waterborne diseases.
"The carcass of the dog was lying in the nallah adjacent to Kumar Mohalla for so many days and was spotted
by locals yesterday. Besides, the water is completely contaminated and we are forced to drink the water as
PHE has failed to restore potable supply from last more than two months," the locals said and urged
authorities to treat them as humans.
The residents had also staged a protest on Tuesday against the department of public health engineering
(PHE) against the non-availability of drinking water in the area.
The protesters including women and children blocked the Haihama-Kupwara road due to which traffic
movement was disrupted for some time. The protesters were demanding the restoration of the water supply
in the area which is blocked for the last two months.
The areas which are severely affected by the shortage of drinking water include Bungam, Gonipora,
Khanpora, Hajam Mohalla, Mir Mohalla, Chalgund and Kumar Mohalla.
“We have no drinking water for past two months. We are forced to drink dirty water from nearby streams.
The department is sleeping” the protesters had said.
Scores of persons most of them elderly and children are suffering from Gastroenteritis diseases including
A senior doctor and an expert had termed the consumption of stream water as unsafe.
"It is unsafe for human consummation as the water in streams is loaded with bacteria," he had said.
The patients may also have the fever and its continue consumption can lead to jaundice and Hepatitis, the
doctor had said.
He had urged the people to boil the water or 10-15 minutes so that the bacteria in it will die. (GNS)
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.