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Govt hires local labourers to complete dev projects

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Sep 24: Complying with the government directive, several departments have engaged local laborers to restart work on the key developmental projects in Kashmir.

Developmental works had come to a grinding halt after non local labourers made an early exit from the valley following government advisory asking tourists and Amarnath yatris to leave the valley citing militant threats.

Stung by the exodus of migrant laborers, Jammu and Kashmir government asked officers to explore the possibilities of engaging local workforce to resume the stalled developmental works in the valley.

 

Official documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that Power Development Department authorities have told the government that some of the maintenance works are being executed at several sites.

 “Workshops are functioning round the clock.  Repairs, maintenance of transformers are being carried out normally,” the PDD authorities have told the government.

Director Rural Development Department Kashmir, as per the documents, has informed the government that the “works, which were suspended, have started although not at full scale in various Panchayats ”.

Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department Kashmir has also apprised the government that works are in progress in Mohar Nalla, Ladder Nalla, Kalri Nalla, Lolab, Shopian, Kangan, Kupwara and Handwara.

“Department intend to start the dredging work at Hokersar for which clearance is pending. In this regard the matter needs to be taken up with the Regional Wildlife Warden Kashmir,” Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Kashmir, has told the government.

As per the documents, interior works at SMHS Hospital are also going on.

The departments have also been told to chalk out calendar to indicate exact requirement of resources.

“Sufficient trucks shall be provided for transporting the material to the site of construction in each Panchayat,” the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed officers.

Sources in the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said departmental heads have been directed to engage local-labourers for those works where there is no need of skilled non-local labourers.“Some works won’t be restarted without skilled non-local labourers. Those will be taken up later,” a source said.


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Breeders asked to avoid grazing in wet grasslands: Deadly parasite kills 35 sheep, infect 500 others

Hirra Azmat

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Srinagar:  A lethal parasitical infection is fast spreading its tentacles among the livestock in North Kashmir.

More than 35 sheep have so far died while 500 others were affected by the infection in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district in December last year.  Caused by deadly parasite present in the wet grass, ‘fascioliasis’ affects the liver of the animals.

 “The deaths were caused by a high content of moisture present in the grass. For instance, there is a season when the water level in Wular Lake decreases. The breeders in Bandipora take the livestock for grazing in the lake area. In such a situation, the animals become vulnerable as the grass still retains some amount of moisture,” ”, said Dr Imran Khawaja, Technical officer, Department of Sheep Husbandry.

 

Alarmed by the situation, the government has issued an advisory asking breeders of Kupwara and adjoining areas to take precautionary measures.

“Many a time breeders lack awareness on how to prevent the livestock from developing disease.  To avoid the occurrence of the disease, proper measures should be taken by the breeders.  Grasses which remain submerged in water like that of paddy should be avoided. Even if they are used, they should be dried out first. Second, the animals should be given liver tonics and administered medicines on time,” said Dr Khawaja.

Officials said the infection and mortality rate of sheep has been brought under control. “The affected sheep are being given proper doses. Required drugs have also been prescribed for the breeders,” Dr Khawaja said.

A significant population in the hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir is associated with Agriculture, Horticulture, Sheep and Animal Husbandry for earning their livelihood.  

“The annual fodder requirement of J&K is huge, whereas availability from different sources viz alpine pastures, forest grazing lands, fallow agricultural lands, private lands etc is inadequate thereby leaving a steep gap between supply and demand,” reads an official document of the Forest Department.

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Hypertension contributes to premature cardiovascular events in Kashmir: New Study

Hirra Azmat

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Srinagar: Hypertension is the major contributing factor to the burden of non-communicable diseases in Kashmir, a new study by Government Medical College, Srinagar, has revealed.

Entitled “Prevalence of Hypertension and its Association with Waist Circumference in Adult Population of Block Hazratbal, Srinagar,  the 2018 study was authored by Abdul Rouf, Mahbooba Rasool, Salim Khan SM, Inamul Haq, Abdul Hamid, Khalid Bashir and Sheikh Mohommad Saleem of Government Medical College, Srinagar.

The study was carried out with an objective to find out prevalence of hypertension in the valley by taking sample size of 400 subjects above the age of 18.

 

 “In Kashmir, only 57% with hypertension know their condition, 40.6% receive anti-hypertensive treatment and only 13.2% achieve the target of controlled blood pressure range.  80% of the burden is attributed to cardiovascular diseases”, says the study.

According to the study, high blood pressure is not only turning out to be cause for ischemic heart disease and stroke but also the main risk factor for morbidity and mortality as a result of premature cardiovascular events.

The study further attributes the genetic and environmental factors as the reasons for blood pressure. It includes age, gender, body mass index, physical activity, diet and stress levels.

Dr Afaaq Jalaali, senior physician, said uncontrolled hypertension results in an end organ damage including kidneys, heart and brain.

“Once the hypertension gets off limits, it slowly brings out a change in the vessels by affecting their smoothness and hindering the blood flow. As a result, the chances of blood clot increases, and can cause early deaths through cardiac, renal and brain damage”, he said.

Dr Afaaq said that there is a need for healthy lifestyle in terms of a routine exercise and healthy diet since genes cannot be changed. “Prevention and early diagnosis are undoubtedly the way forward. People with hypertension, a family history and more than two risk factors must be screened every six months to one year,” said Dr Afaaq.

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Class 12 results declared, 76% pass exam: Girls take away cake, bag all top positions

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Girls outshined boys in the Class 12th exam results by bagging top positions in all the streams.

The result of examination was declared on Wednesday with girls securing 54 out of 67 positions. Overall pass percentage was 76 percent compared to 51.77 percent last year

 Of the 46599 students, who had appeared for the examination last year, 35454 have been declared successful by Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE)

 

Overall pass percentage of government schools was 74 percent. However, private schools took away the cake with 90 per cent pass percentage.

Humera Rashid of Higher Secondary School Lasjan and Isha Bashir of Mallinson Girls Higher Secondary School secured first position in science stream with 490 marks. Sadiq Peerzada of Tyndale Biscoe School secured second position in science stream with 488 marks.

The first 10 positions in the science stream were shared by 29 students and 19 among them are girls. In the commerce stream, the first 10 positions were shared by 12 students including 10 girls.  Moreover, girl students bagged all the 10 positions in Home Science stream.  Fifteen of the 16 students shared the first 10 position in the arts stream. 

Of the 22993 girls who had written the exam, 17635 have been declared successful thus recording securing 76.70 pass percentage.  Of the 23606 boys, 17819 have qualified the test thus recording the overall pass percentage of 75.49 percent.

An official document of BOSE revealed that 213 boys have failed while 5574 have reappears. However, girls have only registered 152 failures and 5206 reappears. Of total students, 10408 got distinctions while 15684, 7756, 1606 secured first second and third divisions respectively.

People faced a lot of inconvenience in confirming the results because of the internet blockade. An official of Education Department said that gazettes were not available in any of the higher secondary schools.

“The cargo service is suspended because of the security reasons ahead of January 26. Result is available on official website of BOSE. It can also be confirmed through SMS,” he added.  

Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Sonwar, said that he could not confirm the result of his son for about two hours. “I went to Higher Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar to confirm the result, but little did I know that the schools were not provided gazettes. Later I called up my friend outside the valley to confirm the result of my son,” he said.

 Riyaz Ahmad, Secretary BOSE said they have provided results to everyone through SMS and gazette were shared through Shareit App to hundreds of people. “Gazette will be available in all higher secondary schools a day late,” he added.

Director School Education, Dr Younis Malik said this year the result is quite good. “I congratulate all the students who worked hard in unprecedented conditions and appeared in the annul examinations,” he said.

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