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Obesity, cardio-vascular diseases on rise in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jul 30: Unhealthy lifestyle and faulty eating habits are increasing the risk of diabetes, hypertension, cardio-vascular diseases and obesity, which have increased manifold in the last twenty years.
Quoting a study, a doctor at SKIMS Soura told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that in India, diabetic cases have quadrupled from the year 1980-2018 and the trend is clearly visible in Jammu and Kashmir too.
Obesity has also emerged as another major illness in Kashmir. Health experts report that obesity has increased by 400 % in the last 40 years due to sedentary lifestyle, high calorie diet, junk food consumption, lack of exercise and sleep.
A physician at SMHS Hospital warned “Overweight children and adolescents are at a higher risk of suffering from a fatty liver.”
“Due to sedentary lifestyle, people accumulate 5-10% of extra fat in the liver. With proper medications and some lifestyle changes, fatty liver can be resolved.  However, it can cause great damage to the liver if ignored,” he said.
In his recent visit to Kashmir, Dr. Neerav Goyal, Liver Transplant Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals had said that “Hepatitis C and intake of heavy fat diet were the main reasons for liver failure in Kashmir”
He had also talked about the lifestyle diseases common among local people lead to severe damage requiring liver transplant.
“Seeing the increasing number of liver disease patients in the Valley, a liver transplant center should be established here. We are already working on it,” he said
Umar Khan, a researcher scholar blames his deskbound work schedule for fatty liver and back-ache. “I have been advised lifestyle change immediately by the doctor. I plan to start gyming very soon. I have currently surveying which gym will be best suited to me.”
As the city turns into a hub of lifestyle diseases, a new wave of fitness consciousness is spurring a change. Big and established fitness chains like “Anytime fitness” and “Gold Gym” are trying to tap into the market to reach out to locals here.
“Although my lifestyle is not sedentary but I would still like to be fit and visit a gym for that. It’s good to see a fitness culture developing in our society. For me the gyms are more about burning your extra pounds rather than making a six pack body,” said Mohammad Abdullah.
The new fitness centers unlike the traditional gymnasiums offer effective fitness regimens and workout programs like yoga and martial arts classes in a group setting. A new slew of workouts aims to foster fitness, enhances strength, and help in improving balance, agility, coordination.
“Youth today want to feel and look good at any cost. We are doing our bit by providing them with the best fitness resources and service,” said Aijaz Ahmad, who joined fitness centre last year.


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NC takes out march to protest custodial killing of teacher

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Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference (NC) on Thursday marched from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to protest against ‘custodial killing’ of a youth, stating that the death of a private school teachers is unacceptable.

The protesters led by NC’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani carried out a rally today towards Tourist Reception Center (TRC) while chanting slogans in favour of their demands

Wani said the death of youth in custody is condemnable and to carry out a protest today was aimed to convey a message that such killings are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.

 

“Though such killings have taken place in the past but now, the era has changed and it is unacceptable to people of Kashmir as we have moved far much ahead from the previous scenario,” he said.

He said that matter must be probed and those involved in the act be dealt with strictly.

Wani said the policies are being adopted here through which the situation is being deteriorated and will have serious consequences in the future.

He said arresting and killing people in custody won’t be tolerated by the people of Kashmir.
Earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had also demanded a time-bound investigation into the custodial death of a school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death.

“I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” Abdullah had tweeted.

Rizwan Pandit, 28, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, an official had said.

Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school and a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago, the officer as per reports had said.

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Custodial killing of teacher: Kashmir Inc hold joint protest at Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Various trade bodies on Thursday stage a protest against what they termed as killing of a civilian Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora on Tuesday in police custody.

Carrying placards and raising slogans, the traders held a joint protest at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, demanding the killing spree in the Valley be stopped.
“Killing of innocent civilian who was a private school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy and a planned genocide of people of Kashmir,” the traders said.

Terming the incident as highly unfortunate, Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies said, “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the Central government continues there will be serious consequences.”

 

“How can they kill any innocent without any justification? Civilians continue to get killed and get maimed at the will of trigger happy forces as it is the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” Gul said.

He said because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are brutally killed, which is condemnable in all forms.

Pertinently, JRL had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society and others to protest against the ‘custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris’.
Those participated in the protest include KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trader bodies.

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For hiring photographers, JKSSB wants Science not Mass Comm graduates

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Much to the surprise of many aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has entertained Science graduates over Mass Communication degree holders for the post of junior photographer.

The JKSSB on February 01, 2019 advertised number of posts including the post of junior photographer for home department.

But to the surprise of mass communication candidates, the JKSSB has only asked, those candidates to apply who possess bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in photography from a recognized institute.

 

“There are number of mass communication candidates who have been struggling to get the job. It is quite unfortunate that JKSSB has not considered us for the post, “said a mass communication candidate, Mudasir Ahmad.

Another candidate, Irshad Ahmad said that authorities at JKSSB should bring necessary changes in the eligibility criteria.

Irshad said it is not fair to deprive them from applying for the post.“I fail to understand, why we have not been considered for the job. The post requires technical qualification, B.Sc is an academic qualification, it has nothing to do with Photography. A mass communication guy has vast know how of the things, “he said.

When contacted, Public Relations Office (PRO), JKSSB, Ashwani Hansa said that the post has advertised in accordance with the indent received from the home department.

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