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Snowfall wreaked havoc to standing crops, fruits in Beerwah: Omar

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Srinagar, Nov 6: National Conference vice president and MLA Beerwah Omar Abdullah has expressed concern over the lackluster approach of the incumbent administration to mitigate the problems of the people of Beerwah in wake of the recent snowfall.

He said that the ill-timed snowfall has increased the woes of people especially the farmers and orchardists. “The incessant snowfall has played havoc with the standing crops of maize adding to the miseries of marginalized farmers. The orchardists too have suffered immensely due to the untimely snowfall. What is aggravating the already miserable farmers is the laid-back attitude of the administration,” he said.

Vice president said that the few inches of snowfall revealed the unpreparedness of the incumbent administration. “The exigencies following the snowfall should have been addressed to on war footing. Many interior roads of Beerwah haven’t been cleared of snow as of now. Many villages in my constituency are still reeling under darkness. Electricity hasn’t been restored in many hamlets. The primary and the tertiary health care systems are also at the receiving end. The attendance of the staff is dismal in the hospitals,” he said.

Omar said that many hamlets in the Beerwah constituency are suffering from scarcity of drinking water. “It seems that the incumbent administration is deliberately discriminating against Beerwah. The administration is yet to accesses the losses to the farmers and orchardists,” he said.

Vice president implored upon the governor administration to ensure the speedy restoration of road connectivity in Beeerwah at an earliest. He impressed upon the incumbent administration to depute revenue teams to accesses the losses of the farmers of the Beerwah constituency. “The farmers should be compensated adequately before the onset of harsh winters. The administration should see to it that the material losses are compensated before the onset of harsh winters,” he said.

He impressed upon the district administration to ensure that all basic amenities are accessible to the general public in Beerwah and the erring officers are reprimanded for any slothfulness in executing their jobs.


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Zadibal hospital without electricity, heating facility

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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

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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

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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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