Srinagar: Division of Fish Genetics & Biotechnology, Faculty of Fisheries, SKUAST-K, Rangil, conducted two- day workshop on “Foldscope assembly and usage”
During the workshop at least 95 participants trained on the “assembly and its usage.”
15 participants from State Fisheries Department along with scientists and post graduate students of faculty of fisheries also participated in the workshop.
As per the statement the participants were amazed by power and portability of this paper microscope.
On the occasion, Dean Faculty of Fisheries, Prof. M.H. Blakhi who was the chief guest at the valedictory function highlighted various issues related to gap in demand and supply of fish vis-a-vis protein need of an individual as per international standards.
Programme Coordinator, Dr.Irfan Ahmad conducted the technical sessions and gave a presentation about foldscope.
He highlighted various aspects of foldscope, history and evolution of this origami device and “how Prof. Manu Prakash (Founder of Foldscope) partnered with DBT,GoI to popularize this device worldwide.”
Vote of thanks was given by Dr.Tasaduq Hussain and due acknowledgement was given to DBT as sponsors of programme.
Foldscope is an ultra-affordable, paper microscope that can be assembled by a person.
Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution), Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places.
A statement said that the mission was to produce low-cost scientific tools that globally expand access to science.
“The aim is to break down the price barrier between people and the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration. The workshop will focus on microscopy popularization and its advantage in field diagnosis. The advantage of this microscope is its comparability with smart phones and pictures can be saved in phones.”
“The microcosmos community is a dynamic community providing a platform to all the foldscope users to upload photos and share information to the world. In this community different opportunities for educators and researchers are provided to contribute and volunteer. The workshop created an awareness among the masses in general, fish scientific community and development department in the utilization of this tool for field research,” it added.
Kuka Parray part of script drafted by late Mufti Syed: NC
Srinagar, Jan 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday rejected the canards of Naeem Akhtar as “uncouth and reflective of his political bankruptcy” and said that Kuka Parray worked as per the script drafted by late Mufti Syed as home minister of India.
In a statement issued to media, North Zone President and former Minister Mohammad Akbar lone said that accusations against NC are coming from a person to which PDP owes its disintegration.
Mohammad Akbar Lone while rejecting the jibes of a self styled leader as travesty of facts said, “Nayeem Akhtar belongs to a gang which has been drawing its sustenance from RSS and other forces as are hostile to the special position of the state,” he said, adding that as an assistant of Mufti Muhammad Syed during his tenure as central minister, Akhtar remained equally involved in destabilizing the state.
“He continued to work for Mufti Syed by resorting to writing ghost articles under a pen name ‘Satar Wagay’. As a sequacious writer he continued to target only National conference on a daily basis in spite of being a working bureaucrat then. Politicians like Nayeem Akhtar typify opportunism and political bankruptcy as it was him and his party which joined hands with RSS just to satiate their lust for power,” he said adding that it was difficult to understand as to which side of political divide he belongs to.
North Zone President said, “Nayeem Akhtar’s recent assertions on Kuka Parray are unsubstantiated due to the fact that NC workers were the one who suffered most during the hay days of the renegade era in Kashmir.”
“People are not that gullible, they know that it was late Mufti Syed who presided over 18 massacres as home minister, was the brain behind Ikhwan and was instrumental in extending the dreaded AFSPA to the state. Renegades like Kuka Parray owe their being to the policies of Mufti Syed that he pursued during his stint as home minister of India,” he said.
The north zone president said that Nayeem Akhtar has been a point man of BJP-RSS right from early seventies and owing to his services he was given ministerial berths in two consecutive Muftis led governments.
“Otherwise how can a political low weight with no political base get higher ministerial berths?” he said adding “National conference had to suffer immensely at the hands of Kukka Parray, and that the local party functionaries of Sumbal Sonawari belt had to migrate to escape from the wrath of the renegades,” he said.
“National conference has a base in people in Sumbal–Sonawari, and I have been representing the seat for many consecutive terms. We as a party don’t support violence rather we have always been the victims,” he added.
Bail plea of separatist detainees shouldn’t be opposed: Mir
Srinagar, Jan 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir on Thursday said that the government has failed to produce challan in the court against the separatist leaders who have been arrested almost a year ago over the charges of alleged terror funding.
Mir in a statement to media said that even after one year has elapsed since the separatist leaders were arrested, the government has failed to produce challan against the leaders and at the same time are creating obstacles to them in getting bail.
“The bail plea of the detainees is being opposed by the government. This is not fair and against the natural justice as one hand they are not producing challan and on the other they are creating obstacle to them in getting the bail. Giving bail to any person doesn’t mean a clean chit to any accused,” he added.
He added wife of one among the detainees, Shahid-ul-Islam is on death bed and govt should not become obstacle to him in getting the bail.
DAK welcomes Govt order of uniform rate for diagnostic tests
Srinagar, Jan 17: Doctors Association Kashmir on Thursday welcomed the order issued by state administration where in fresh directions are given to hospital authorities to ensure that patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on uniform rates across the state. The authorities were directed to implement the directions in letter and spirit to ensure all patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on nominal prescribed charges.
In a statement issued to the media, Dr Suahil Naik, president Doctor’s Association Kashmir said that we were pushing for uniform rate of diagnostic tests across the state and we want people to question the hospital authorities if they try to overcharge them.
“People should approach grievance cell of the health and medical education department to file their complaints if hospital authorities are accused of not providing diagnostics services to the patients at prescribed rates,” said Suhail.
“Why should people pay hefty amount for diagnostic tests in government hospitals? Our government hospitals are not meant for fund generations,” questioned Dr Naik.
While lambasting health administrators, Dr Naik alleged that “Actual problem lies with system where in juniors, inefficient, incompetent persons are parachuted and promoted as hospital administrators.
“People who are illegally promoted don’t have an iota of idea to project the annual finances required for providing diagnostic facilities at nominal charges to finance department or state government. With the result state government fails in keeping budgetary allocations for same and a financial gap is generated at gross root level. Therefore health administrators then charge extra and exorbitant rates from poor patients to run the system uniformly,” he said.
Dr Owais H Dar General Secretary DAK said that reformative changes at gross root level are required to get vibrant and patient friendly system. The need of minute is that health department is in dire need of intellectually effective health administration, who shall serve purpose in framing state health budget. Dr Dar further added that adequate funds must be provided to the hospitals to meet out day to day demands as per requirements.
Dr Mir Mushtaq senior executive member of DAK said that until there is deadwood running hospital affairs, the health care system is bound to deteriorate and degenerate with passage of time.
It is moral and ethical responsibility of states financial department to keep a full-fledged budget for diagnostic facilities.
Hospital development fund should be paid to dedicated contractual employees of hospital and on day to day repair and maintenance of hospitals he further added.
DAK thanked social activists, media fraternity and civil societies for raising parallel voice with DAK, whenever it is desired in the interest of patient care.