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Srinagar, July 23: Stray dog menace in hospitals across the Srinagar city has caused much inconvenience to
the patients and their bystanders.
Dozens of dogs are seen at rest or in sleep outside the outpatient department’s buildings in SMHS, JVC,
Chest Disease, Lal Ded and other hospitals. “These stray dogs roaming freely almost everywhere in the city

are causing undue inconvenience to residents. They dog menace has not even spared the hospitals here,”
Mukhtar Ahmad, one of the senior citizen of Batmallo said.
60 -year-old Habibullah of Bemina visited the JVC hospital to see his ailing relative undergoing treatment
there. Dogs annoyed him as he waited outside the hospital building. “The insanitary condition is the main
cause which attracts dogs here. There is no check on it. It is dangerous for patients and the employees as
well,” Habibullah said.
Mohmmad Aslam, a patient from Jawharnagr, who visited the SMHS hospital for an ear check-up, said the
hospital administration must ‘immediately wake up, realize and act’ on the ground. “I have been coming
here for a couple of days and observed the same condition. No employee here bothers to turn away the
dogs, which is very unfortunate,” he said.
The condition is not better at Bone and Joint hospital Barzullah here.
Hundreds of patients visit the hospital, but dozens of stray dogs there annoy them.
Aliya, who attended her sister from Srinagar’s Rajbagh area, said, “There is no check on the presence of dogs
that cause fear among the female attendants when they go out to buy medicines.”
“Is this a hospital or street dog site?” Alima, who accompanied her ailing mother here in chest deases
hospital asked. “They usually feed on the biomedical waste and this is going from bad to worse with each
passing day.”
She said the hospital administration should take appropriate steps or approach the concerned government
authorities to avoid any dog bite incident inside the hospital compound.
One of the officials of the health department said that the hospital administration ‘cannot stop the dogs
from entering the hospital compounds’.
“It is a public place and dogs also gather; it is the responsibility of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation to get
the dogs out,” he said, adding that the Corporation sometimes catch the dogs but “not so often”.
“Unless the Corporation would not work on it proactively, the mess will be there,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of the officials of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that the corporation would look
into the presence of stray dogs in the hospital premises. (KNS)

 
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Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.

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90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.

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Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor

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Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.

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