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More pictures of crisis in institutions appear on social media

Hirra Azmat




Srinagar, Nov 6: After the picture of candle-lit exams took social media by storm, many similar but false pictures are now going viral.

On November 4, the students at an exam center at Kupwara were made to write their papers under candle light on a dark day.

The pictures from the center went viral on social media, inviting criticism from many quarters.
Since then, many such pictures have appeared on social media, trying to show shortcomings of various institutes.

In a fresh picture, which also created a buzz on social networking sites like Facebook and WhatsApp, rows of students can be seen for exams in a mosque, writing their papers by sitting on their haunches with several invigilators around. The officials at the JK Board of School Education (BOSE), however, termed the picture “unauthentic”.
An official said, “Last time, we received hundreds of calls from the aggrieved parents, who complained the lack of facilities at the exam centre.”
“This picture, though fake, can also add to the chaos. The misinformation has the power to generate a lot of anxiety among public especially the parents of these students.”
Secretary JK BOSE, Professor Veena Pandita, said, “The students are not from the board of education. It is a clearly an unauthentic picture.”
Joint Secretary JKBOSE, Syed Abdul Rouf, said, “I don’t have any information regarding the picture. This is a social media stunt and people should stop falling prey to the fake stuff. They confirm first whether it’s authentic or not.”
In another picture, a ward inside the JLNM Hospital here is seen reeling in darkness with a few patients sitting under torch light.
A social media post on Facebook mentioning the picture reads, “After exams, now patients being treated under candle light. I got a call from the attendant from JLNM Hospital, Srinagar, he says that there is no electricity supply. Even generator is not working. Some patients have been asked to go to SMHS for treatment. It is really sorry state of affairs. So sad.”
Medical Superintendent JLNM Hospital, Dr Zakir Hussain, termed the incident as “hoax”.
“The power supply was shut down for just minutes and this picture might have been taken during that time. Such pictures are only meant to create panic and nothing else.”



Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility

Bisma Bhat



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



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

Global News Service



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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