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Eid-e-Milad: Waqf Chairman reviews arrangements at various shrines

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Srinagar, Nov 10: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Saturday, visited various shrines in Srinagar and reviewed arrangements being put in place for the celebrations of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).
Advisor Ganai, who is also the Chairman of J&K Waqf Board, visited Hazratbal Shrine, Khwaja Naqshband Sahib’s shrine and Khanqah-e-Moulla and took first-hand appraisal of the arrangements made by the Waqf Board.
During the visit, he was accompanied by Chief Executive Engineer, Waqf Board, Bashir Ahmad Dar; Executive Engineer, Waqf Board, Tariq Mohammad and other concerned officials.
On his visit to Hazratbal Shrine, Advisor Ganai paid obeisance at the shrine and also visited various areas of the shrine besides interacting with the shrine management. He went round the areas earmarked for prayers, places of ablution and took stock of the facilities put in place there. He directed the concerned officials to provide un-interrupted supply of electricity, drinking water and proper sanitation facilities at the shrine complex.
While asking the officials to make proper arrangements, Advisor Ganai directed them to ensure that ‘no complaint comes from devotees’. “The arrangements for this year should be better than the arrangements that were made last year,” he asked officials.
After being informed about the area earmarked for the construction of additional toilet, Advisor Ganai asked the concerned officials to go ahead with the construction of the toilet block.
On the occasion, the delegation of the residents living around the shrine met Advisor Ganai and appraised him about various issues and asked for his intervention to address these issues. After listening to their issues, he passed certain on spot directions to overcome certain issues.
On the request of residents, he gave on spot directions to the concerned officials to clean the dump near the shrine on regular basis. He also gave authority to the shrine’s Administrator, Pir Maqsood-ul-Haq to carry on the necessary works of the shrine in consultation with the Chief Executive Engineer, Waqf Board.
Later, Advisor Ganai, visited Shrine of Naqashband Sahib and Khanqah-e-Moulla, and took on spot review of arrangements being put in place for the celebrations of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).
He visited various areas of the shrines and paid his obeisance there. He interacted with the shrine management and passed on certain directions for the smooth celebrations during the days of festive occasion. He directed the officials to employ more men and machinery if needed to ensure proper cleanliness in and around all the shrines.


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Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility

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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

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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

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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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