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Several measures taken to deal with drug menace in JK: Bali Bhagat




JAMMU, JAN 18: Minister for Health & Medical Education Bali Bhagat today informed that a high-end Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan machine worth Rs 23 crore has been made operational in SKIMS, Soura on January 7 this year for the convenience of cancer patients, adding that PET-Scan is a machine that is used to detect cancerous tissues and cells in body.
The Minister while replying to a question of legislator Saif-ud-Din Bhat and supplementary question by legislators Qaiser Jamsheed Lone and Vibod Gupta informed that the Union Government has sanctioned Rs 120 crore for establishment of two State Level Cancer Institute’s one each in Jammu and Srinagar. He further informed that it has also sanctioned Rs 45 crore for establishment of 3 District Level Cancer Centres at Kishtwar, Udhampur and Kupwara Districts.
The Minister informed that the Union Government has launched several schemes to extend financial assistance for treatment of cancer patients, adding that there is need to sensitize the masses about these schemes.
Replying to main question, Bali Bhagat informed the House that around 5731 patients suffering from cancer have been registered during 2017 in the state. He further informed that tobacco, poor personal hygiene, unsanitary living conditions, low immunity, consumption of adulterated food, fruits and vegetables laden with pesticides, environmental pollutions are the major risk factor for cancers besides breast and colon cancer are increasing due to change in lifestyle, late age at first child birth; obesity, fatty diet low in fiber, increased consumption of red meat and sedentary life style are the main causes contributing in this life consuming disease.
“Change in dietary habits and life style are the main reasons of increasing in diabetes mellitus type-2”, he informed.
While replying to club question of legislators Ramesh Arora, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone and Ajatshatru Singh, the Minister informed that 888 cases were registered while 1213 persons were arrested under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Ordinance/Excise Act in the State during 2017. Several measures have been taken to tackle with the menace of drug in the state which includes conduct of frequent raids around the educational institutions and surprise nakas to nab the persons involved in smuggling of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
120 bedded Government Psychiatric Hospital at Jammu with separate male, female and emergency patients ward has been made functional during 2015, the Minister further informed.
The Minister, while replying to a question of legislator Ashok Khajuria, informed that the total number of vacant posts in Gazetted and Non-Gazetted cadres including doctors and paramedics are 579 and 1817 respectively. These vacancies have been referred to concerned recruiting agencies for selection of candidates, he added.
Bali Bhagat said that the department is making every effort to augment the staff strength by appointing doctors and paramedical staff on contractual and academic arrangement basis in Medical Colleges and various health institutions in the state.



Farooq, Omar, Sajad condole deaths in Khardung La Pass avalanche



Srinagar, Jan 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Friday expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in an avalanche that took place at Khardungla pass in Ladakh.

The party spokesman in a statement said that the duo has urged the administration to expedite the rescue operation and ensure all support to the families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, both Party President and Vice President urged the governor administration to gear up its men and machinery to meet any eventuality in wake of heavy snowfall as predicted by the local MET officials.


Impressing upon the administration to ensure that people don’t have to suffer due to the vagaries of weather, the duo urged the administration to ensure all arterial and other routes are kept open to avoid any suffering to people.

Meanwhile, Party General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar urged the administration to clear snow from roads on a priority basis. He urged the divisional commissioner to activate their field staff to meet any eventualities and exigencies arising after a snowfall.

Sagar impressed upon the administration to ensure all basic and effective amenities to people living in remote areas including Keran, Tangdhar, Tulail, Kargil, Machil and Gurez.

He urged upon the administration to provide a quick and efficient operational response to the vagaries of weather, said party spokesman in a statement.

Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman and former minister, Sajad Gani Lone has also expressed grief over the deaths occurred due to an avalanche in Khardung La Pass area of Ladakh.

Lone expressing sorrow over the incident, prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He also prayed for the courage to bereaved families.

He also urged the administration to expedite the rescue operation and ensure all support to the families of the deceased.

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Political uncertainty in valley outcome of broken promises: Hakeem



Jammu, Jan 18: Saying that the prevailing socio-political uncertainty in the state was the result of broken promises, Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Yaseen has said that all political parties are equally responsible for the ongoing bloodshed and mayhem in the state especially in Kashmir valley.

In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen has said that political parties should take responsibility of the political mess created by their wrong Kashmir policies during last 7 decades adding that they should openly apologize before the people for their betrayals and follies instead of indulging in mudslinging against each other. He said all the parties equally responsible for the prevailing horrible situation in the valley.

“Instead of leg plugging, political parties at the helm of affairs should go for self-introspection as to how people of the state were repeatedly betrayed by them for satiating their power lust and how peoples interests were brazenly bartered to appease their mentors at the Center,” Hakeem Yaseen said, adding that people were promised right to self determination, internal autonomy and safeguard to Article 370 and whatnot but were always betrayed after getting their votes.


He said same parties are nowadays seeking massive mandate from the people on the plank of safeguarding Article 35-A but they forget that the memory of people was not so short-lived that they could be deceived and exploited once again this time. He said all the mainstream political parties in the state should rise above their political affiliations and join hands to jointly seek ways and means for taking people of the state out of the swamp of ongoing death and destruction.

“By changing colors like chameleons, they cannot befool the people of the state this time,” Hakeem Yaseen maintained.

“Omar Abdullah did not even protest when BJP-led government threw the autonomy resolution into dustbin. The NC can go to any extent to grab power,” he said.

Vakil in his statement lambasted National Conference leadership for exploiting people in the name of protection of Article 370.“ NC is one of the eroders of the Article 370,” he said.

He said Farooq Abdullah can stoop to any extent for grabbing power.

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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.

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