SHOPIAN, NOV 8: Snow clearance work was completed today on the historical Mughal road from both sides Shopian and Poonch, officials of the Mughal road division said.
The officials said that road has been almost cleared from snow and the decision for throwing the road open for vehicular movement would be jointly taken by Deputy Commissioner Shopian and his counterpart in Poonch.
Officials from Mughal road division Shopian told that after the heavy snowfall at Peer Ki Gali on 03 November 2018 the Mughal Road was closed for traffic from both Poonch and Shopian side. On the same day, several stranded vehicles were evacuated by the teams sent by DC Shopian and DC Poonch.
The officials further mentioned that it was more challenging to perform the rescue operation from Shopian side due to heavy snowfall and three major landslides on way to Peer Ki Gali from Shopian district.
Assistant Executive Engineer Mughal Road Division Shopian Manzoor Ahmad said that snow is almost clear on road “Men and machinery worked very hard to clear the road on time,” he said adding that all stranded trucks and load carriers have been evacuated. He further said “we are waiting for the signal from both Deputy commissioners to restore traffic on the road,”
Meanwhile the stranded passengers who were given all facilities of food and shelter thanked the efforts of DC Shopian Dr Owais Ahmed for timely rescue and relief provided to them at Town Hall Shopian.
It is pertinent to mention here that due to the early snowfall this year, the historical Mughal Road remained closed for almost eight days due to the heavy snow at Pir Ki Gali. The joint team of officials from Mughal Road and District administration cleared the snow from the said road within five days.
Geelani, Malik, Sehrai attend Seerat conference at Hyderpora
Srinagar, Nov 18: Prophet (PBUH) is the torch bearer for not only Muslim Ummah, but the whole humanity as well. His message is not specific to any race, region, creed, tribe or any group, but any ailing, fractured, torn or disturbed society, can be benefited by his teachings to overcome every hurdle for peace and prosperity, oneness and brotherhood.
This was stated in a Seerat Conference at Hyderpora by political, religious leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Yaseen Malik, Ashraf Sehraie, Advocate Zahid Ali, Gh. Nabi Sumji, Altaf Hussain Nadvi, Syed Shams-u-Rehman and Molvi Bashir Irfani.
In his presidential address chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani said that a land of anarchy and bloodshed, brutality and injustice was at the brink of extinct, but his arrival created such a morally sound society that in a short span of just 2 decades it ruled whole Arab and with a certain and loud message of this system spreading beyond the their borders.
His devoted and dedicated companions under the auspicious guidance of world’s most visionary personality, worked hard to implement His teaching in practicality, giving birth to an Islamic state where from the rays of prosperity, moral highness and justice peeped through the darkness of whole world.
Mentioning the sacrifices of thousands of our prisoners he said that Sang Parivaar is only prolonging their custody using judicial tools and Mr. Shabir Ahamad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Asia Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheedah Nasreencontinue to bear the brunt of this victimization for more than a year now. Similarly for the last 9 years Mr. Dr. G. M. Bhat is languishing in Tihar jail and the list of fake witness (240), out of which only 33 have surfaced in these 9 years and if the judicial pace is same it may need another 50 years for judicial pears to testify his charges.
He said that shifting of aged and ailing Hurriyat leader Gh Mohammad Khan Sopori to a Haryana jail is nothing but victimization and revenge. He further said that it is disgraceful and shameful for the so-called Indian democracy to slap a pro-freedom leader Masrat Aalam public safety act 36th time. Their own courts have quashed his detention several times, but authorities can not dare to let him free.
Speaking on the occasion, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie said that Prophet (PBUH) was designated a pious mission of establishing the rule of Quran and Sunnah. As Islam can never thrive and flourish under the shadow of any other religion or faith.
He said that we too have to strive for establishing such system of governance as we believe it is the only way to lead the ailing humanity to peace and prosperity.
Addressing this auspicious gathering JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said that the life of Prophet (PBUH) is a deep ocean and it can quench the thirst of every needy who has the will and wish to do so. He said that unity on basis of Quran and Sunah is the only remedy for all ours ills.
CS visits SKIMS, asks hospital admn to improve standards
Srinagar, Nov 18: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam Sunday said the functioning of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura involves larger social issue linked to the public healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The immediate concern of the Governor’s Administration is to restore the stature of this premier institution so that it comes up as a research-oriented healthcare facility,” Chief Secretary said at a meeting with the staff, faculty and administration of the institute during his visit to SKIMS, on the last leg of his 3-Day tour to Kashmir, on Sunday.
He asked the SKIMS administration to focus on improving professional and academic stature of this premiere teaching, training, research and healthcare institution for which he assured liberal financial assistance from the Government.
“While we have finest and talented medical professionals available in SKIMS, the need is to just think out of box to bring it up as a world class tertiary care facility,” he said and assured that funds are not an issue for the government. “SKIMS shall not suffer for want of funds. But don’t be incremental. Think big and think grand, we in the government are there to support you,” he maintained.
Chief Secretary observed that while infrastructure upgradation is critical to providing improved healthcare facilities, there should be matching thrust on advancement of academic and research activities at the Institute. “There has to be renewed focus on streamlining SKIMS functioning to secure the trust and esteem of the public at large and all stakeholders,” he said and added that to achieve these objectives it has to be ensured that the services and the quality of healthcare are significantly improved and there is regular flow of information about the outcomes in academics and research at SKIMS.
Chief Secretary asked SKIMS administration to focus on tertiary care and set up a process for screening of patients at district level before they are referred to SKIMS. “You can set up Outreach Clinics in districts to reduce the load of patients while focussing on promoting more research with external funding and capacity building in medical care,” he said adding; “Like Saifi Hospital in Mumbai, the aim of SKIMS administration should be to chisel a world class institution which caters to patients across the Middle East and other countries,” he said.
“This institution serves a noble cause. It has a glorious history, the credit for which goes to all of you. There is a sense of pride among people working here who are comparable to the best in the country. And we in the government are committed to develop SKIMS as a world class institution,” he said and suggested various initiatives to be taken to upgrade healthcare facilities at the Institute including filling up all vacant faculty positions in a time-bound manner, setting research targets for the Faculty, setting up Department of Clinical Research, involving SKIMS in the training of staff from Health Services institutions in the peripheries, deputing clinicians/staff from SKIMS periodically to various medical institutions of eminence like AIIMS New Delhi/PGI Chandigarh for capacity building and setting up new and much-needed super-specialties so that patients do not have to travel long distances for treatment.
Chief Secretary remarked that the matter of referring files regarding the infrastructure development and other issues at SKIMS to the civil secretariat frequently must stop. “The interface of the SKIMS with the government should be limited to Governing Body meetings. We will explore ways for delegation of financial powers and restructuring of various committees for making SKIMS a truly autonomous institution,” he said.
Chief Secretary also visited wards, some facilities and interacted with the faculty of different departments whom he complimented for their dedication and untiring efforts to provide best possible healthcare facilities to common people.
Director SKIMS Umar Javed Shah, administrative officers of the tertiary care facility and senior faculty members of the institution also accompanied the Chief Secretary during his visit.
During the interaction with the administration and the faculty, the Chief Secretary was informed about the limitations of the institution at different levels including shortages of equipment, medicines and surgical disposable, and space.
He asked the Director SKIMS to prepare a comprehensive list of departments, existing position of doctors and equipment, space requirement and other requirements, and project it to the government. The Director SKIMS was also directed to prepare a separate note for requirements to start work at State Cancer Institute (SCI) and Maternity Hospital.
“In the next fifteen days, the state share for SCI will be released. The government is looking forward to start the SIC by 1 April 2019,” he said, while promising to examine the implementation of the SRO 283 which governs the recruitment rules at the institution.
Earlier, Director SKIMS gave a brief presentation about the functioning of SKIMS, a deemed university which is involved in patient care and research. He said the SKIMS cater to population of 12 million with bed strength of 806. During their interaction, the faculty spoke about the shortage of staff and sought the CS’s intervention in relaxation of recruitment rules.
The Chief Secretary promised them that the government will examine their demands considerately.
Panchayat Polls: In phase-VI, 1716 candidates in fray for 590 Sarpanch Halqas
Srinagar, Nov 18: For the Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls, 1716 candidates are in the fray for 590 Sarpanch Halqas and 6689 candidates for 4546 Panch wards across the State after scrutiny of nominations. Voting and counting for Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 1 December 2018.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, for Phase-VI, 19 candidates are in the fray for 15 Sarpanch Halqas and 81 candidates for 107 Panch wards in district Bandipora; 19 candidates for 24 Sarpanch Halqas and 21 for 188 Panch Halqas in district Baramulla; 52 candidates for 24 Sarpanch Halqas and 144 for 18 Panch wards in district Ganderbal; 10 candidates for 9 Sarpanch Halqas and 22 for 79 Panch wards in district Srinagar; 25 candidates for 25 Sarpanch Halqas and 110 for 181 Panch wards in district Budgam; 6 candidates for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 8 for 229 Panch wards in district Pulwama; 5 candidates for 11 Sarpanch Halqas and 17 for 91 Panch wards in district Shopian; 32 candidates for 38 Sarpanch Halqas and 72 for 302 Panch wards in district Kulgam; 65 candidates for 52 Sarpanch Halqas and 180 for 382 Panch wards in district Anantnag; 195 candidates for 47 Sarpanch Halqas and 683 for 329 Panch wards in district Doda; 70 candidates for 18 Sarpanch Halqas and 263 for 136 Panch wards in district Ramban; 228 candidates for 47 Sarpanch Halqas and 809 for 367 Panch wards in district Udhampur; 76 candidates for 21 Sarpanch Halqas and 383 for 181 Panch wards in district Reasi; 263 candidates for 54 Sarpanch Halqas and 954 for 420 Panch wards in district Kathua; 149 candidates for 36 Sarpanch Halqas and 672 for 284 Panch wards in district Samba; 208 candidates for 50 Sarpanch Halqas and 990 for 406 Panch wards in district Jammu; 195 candidates for 58 Sarpanch Halqas and 797 for 416 Panch wards in district Rajouri and 99 candidates for 32 Sarpanch Halqas and 483 for 268 Panch wards in district Poonch.
According to the CEO, for Phase-II, 1038 candidates are in the fray for 468 Sarpanch Halqas and 4165 candidates for 3610 Panch wards for which voting and counting is scheduled be held on 20 November 2018.
For Phase-III, 1371 candidates are in the fray for 553 Sarpanch Halqas and 5426 candidates for 4279 Panch wards across the State for which voting and counting is scheduled be held on 24 November 2018.
For Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls, 1382 candidates are in the fray for 531 Sarpanch Halqas and 5201 candidates for 4140 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 27 November 2018.
For the Phase-V of Panchayat Polls, 1209 candidates are in the fray for 541 Sarpanch Halqas and 4723 candidates for 4297 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-V of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 29 November 2018.
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