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Tassaduq takes stock of 64th TAAI annual convention preparations

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Srinagar, Mar 25: Describing 64th Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) annual convocation, an opportunity for stakeholders associated with the tourism sector   the Minister for Tourism Tassaduq Hussain Mufti today said the event will help to boost tourism  in a big way.

The Minister was addressing a meeting convened to review the arrangement made for the smooth conduct of the convention.

The Meeting was informed that about 600 delegates from across the country would participate in the convention being held in Kashmir after a gap of 30 years on March 27.

 

Tassaduq Mufti directed the concerned officials to put in their best foot forward and said that every effort should be to   make the event a  success.

Elaborating  details regarding preparations being made by various departments, Director Tourism Mahmood A Shah presented a comprehensive Power Point Presentation in this regard.

The Director informed the Minister that all concerned departments are working round the clock to make best possible facilities available to the delegates guests attending the convocation.

On his concerns over hassle free traffic moment to avoid any inconvenience to  the guests attending the convocation, the Minister was informed that traffic department is taking various measures for the hassle free movement of delegates, besides operating the normal public traffic in and across the city.

The Minster was informed that the Police department has identified various points creating distortions of visual in the city and measures are being taken to remove these at earnest.

Mufti also directed the Commissioner SMC to work in close coordination with the ERA for  removing any   bottlenecks, besides clearing the construction materials lying ideal on roads creating visual pollution in the city.

The Minister also directed for removing barricades near SKICC facing lake to avoid visual blockage and making the musical fountains functional, besides up-grading the hoardings, billboards and other visual displays at  Airport.

The Minster was informed that the participants are looking forward to have interaction with the local travel tourism industry stakeholders.

He was further informed that the guests from across the country include Gujarat, Bombay, Pune and Kolkata are  expected  to attend the event  besides prominent speakers including Presidents Indigo Gosh Prof. Wahid Sadiq and Kapil Kaw.

The meeting was informed that in the past 10 years, only once was TAAI convention held in India. Such conventions are mostly held outside the country. In 2016 the TAAI Conventions were held in Abu Dhabi UAE,  Bali Indonesia 2015, Istanbul Turkey in 2012, Phuket Thailand in 2010, Dubai UAE in 2009 and London UK in 2007.

Mufti directed for ensuring quality staff service  on ground so that they could host the  delegates in more professional manner, besides asking for coordination and cooperation among departments for hassle free movement and hospitality of the guests.

Secretary Tourism Sarmad Hafeez, Commissioner SMC Riyaz Ahmed, SSP Traffic Srinagar Tahir Saleem Khan, SSP Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail, SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh and other  officers of the concerned departments were also present in the meeting.

 


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Inclement Weather: Div Com tours city; inspects ground zero preparations

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Srinagar, Jan 19:In the run-up to predicted snowfall, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday conducted extensive city tour to review on ground the preparations made for snow clearance, availability of essential commodities and other important services.

He toured Jehangir Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Lal Chowk, M.A. Road, Poloview, Dalgate, Sonwar, TRC, Dalgate, Sonwar, TRC, Abdullah Bridge, Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Solina, Rambagh, Barzullah, New Secretariat Road and other areas to inspect snow clearance from main and interior roads.

SMC and Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) officers informed the Div Com that all the men and machinery have been put on high alert in the capital city and the snow clearance operations were started during the night on war footing basis and all roads were through before the morning.

 

For quick snow clearance operations, MED has deployed 155 snow clearance machines besides snow cutters across the valley so that snow will be cleared on war footing basis.

Officers of PDD, PHE, CA&FCS, Fire and Emergency and other essential services departments informed the Divisional Commissioner regarding preparations and stocking of essential commodities during the inclement weather across the valley.

Khan directed them to work with utmost dedication and synergy to meet any exigency during winters.

The Divisional Commissioner stressed upon all concerned departments to be prepared and keep their men and machinery in ready mode to tackle any situation arising due to inclement weather conditions and ensure prompt restoration.

Later, the Divisional Commissioner paid a surprise visit to G.B. Pant Hospital Sonwar, Bone & Joint Hospital and other city hospitals and took stock of the Medicare, Sanitation, Heating arrangements and other related facilities available for the patients.

He took a round of wards, laboratory and other diagnostic units and received detailed feedback about the flow of patients, availability of medicines, manpower, status of diagnostic gadgets, sanitation, ambulatory service and other important services.

He also interacted with the visitors, attendants and enquired about the facilities available there.

The Divisional Commissioner called upon all the hospital administrators, doctors and para-medical staff to put in extra efforts to provide best services to the patients.

He said people have high expectations from the doctors and paramedics especially in winter months and they must fulfil these with missionary spirit and medical ethics.

He said that due to the inclement weather conditions, government has made zone and location wise action and management plan across the valley to prevent interruption in services due to the bad weather. Zonal teams from concerned departments have been constituted to meet any exigency during the inclement weather period. Joint control rooms have been set up in every zone which is monitored by main control room at every Deputy Commissioner’s office to review daily operations. Essential Commodities and medicines were already stocked in far flung and cut off areas, he added.

Divisional Commissioner reiterated that administration is fully geared up and prepared to meet any kind of exigency.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Chief Engineers of MED, PDD, PHE, Principal GMC, Commissioner SMC, Joint Director Fire & Emergency Services and other concerned officers the Divisional Commissioner during the visit.

 

City traffic police issues advisory

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Srinagar, Jan 19:Srinagar city Traffic police on Saturday issued an advisory for motorists in view of heavy snowfall forecast from today, warning that driving on the roads covered with snow could be very challenging.

In the advisory, the police said in view of predictions of heavy snowfall from January 19-25, driving on roads covered with ice and snow could be very challenging.

It said the key to safe driving is to adopt the following tips:

Avoid unnecessary travel. Drive at an appropriate speed. Minimize the use of two wheelers. Follow lane driving. Use brake judiciously not abruptly. Avoid overtaking. Keep distance while driving. Use low beam headlights to be visible to others.  Be cautious while on roads. Deflate tyres to keep low pressure for maintaining a good grip on slippery roads.

The traffic advisory also said that due to security reasons the road stretch from Radio Kashmir Chowk up to Ram Munshi Bagh / Gupkar Crossing has been restricted for general vehicular movement till January 25 and there shall be a separate traffic regulation system for January 26 which will be issued in due course of time.

It asked motorists coming from Pantha Chowk and adjacent areas to City Centre to adopt Sonwar- Ram Munshi Bagh-Dalgate-M.A. Road and vice versa.

Motorists coming from Rajbagh and adjacent areas intending to travel towards Pantha Chowk side shall adopt Radio Kashmir Chowk-J&K Bank Corporate Office Crossing-Dalgate-R.M. Bagh-Sonwar up to their destinations, the advisory said.

Motorists coming from South Kashmir/ Pantha Chowk area intending to travel Barzulla/Hyderpora/Rambagh areas are requested to prefer NHW and enter via Natipora/Sanat Nagar.

The police issued following phone numbers for assistance: Traffic Police Office City Srinagar (Tel/Fax) 0194-2455179, Traffic Police Control Room Sgr. (Tel) 0194-2450022, 2485396, WhatsApp No. 8491852218, Toll Free No. 18001807091 and Facebook page:@trafficpolicecitysrinagar.

 

 

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JK imports genetically modified Trout fish seed from Denmark

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Budgam, Jan 19: In a first in India, J&K state imported genetically modified Rainbow Trout Seed from Denmark after 119 years to boost annual production from 500 to 5000 tonnes over next five years.

Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon shared the information after inaugurating the hatchery meant for rearing of genetically improved Rainbow Trout Fish today here at Beerwah Budgam.

On the occasion, Dr Samoon said that the  seed will be reared up to brood in the facility and then it will be distributed among fish farmers and other hatcheries of the department.

 

“We can now produce table size fishes of this variety within 12 to 14 months in comparison to 24 months earlier. It will boost the production and revenue of farmers. J&K state is blessed with abundant fresh water resources which is favorable for rainbow trout fish. It is our endeavor to tap the local potential for lessening the import bill of state on food products,” he said.

He added that genetically modified rainbow trout will have more muscle mass and will increase efficiency of aquaculture in the state.

A consignment of 2.25 lakh Eyed Ova Rainbow Trout imported from Billud in Denmark Rever Roheamger were successfully put in for production of brood stock in the state, he said.

He also said that he is hopeful that with the introduction of Rainbow Trout fish, more and more entrepreneurs will get attracted towards the fish farming due to its high returns.

Dr Samoon also directed the officials to create awareness regarding the high returns of fish farming among the youth.

“We will provide the marketing support to the aspiring entrepreneurs, besides providing them subsidy on seed and feed so that they can successfully run fish rearing ventures,” he said.

He also called for proper maintenance of the hatchery which gets constructed at an approximate cost of Rs 42 lakh.

Meanwhile on the occasion, Dr Samoon also distributed three auto rickshaws for fishermen of District Srinagar and Ganderbal for efficient marketing of their fish produce.  He also gave Rs one lakh cheque each to two beneficiaries as accidental insurance.

Dr Samoon also laid foundation stone of District Laboratory, Operation Theater cum indoor facility complex at Budgam which would be constructed at a cost of Rs 95 lakh. The facility will cater to existing cattle population of 1, 42000 of the district.

Later in the day, the Principal Secretary also distributed Broiler Day Old Chicks (DOCs) and feed among the beneficiaries of district Bandipora, under Innovative Poultry Productivity Project (IPPP-Broilers), National Livestock Mission 2018-19 here at Directorate of Animal Husbandry Kashmir, Gaw Kadal Srinagar.

Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir Dr. M. Y. Chaproo was also present on the occasion.

Under IPPP-Broilers, 600 Broiler DOCs per beneficiary along with requisite feed was distributed among the beneficiaries.

On the occasion, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon  also released a manual, written in Urdu language, for prevention of scheduled diseases in livestock.

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DAK calls LD incident unfortunate, demands impartial probe

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Srinagar, Jan 19:Doctors Association Kashmir on Saturday called LD incident unfortunate and appealed the authorities to conduct an impartial probe on fast track basis to ascertain the facts and punish the guilty.

The spokesman said that it is disgusting, unfortunate and pathetic that a pregnant woman who had been referred from Kalaroos Kupwara (150 KM from LD hospital) was denied admission in LD hospital and was asked to leave the hospital at around 8:00 PM and subsequently she delivered on the roadside at Bemina Byepass.

President DAK Dr Suhail Naik said that any referral from the rural health system to medical colleges must be always respected irrespective of medical condition and complication. Sometimes patients are referred to higher setups due to social, emotional and their choice of choosing the place of treatment. It is our professional responsibility that we must consider patient rights, as a basic component of human rights, and support and strengthen them in social terms also.

 

General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar said that It is Painful and unfortunate that a patient from Kalaroos Kupwara was asked to leave the hospital at 8:00 pm in harsh winters in the month of Chilikalan.  Traditionally our Mosques, Shrines and hospitals are also shelter places for displaced persons.

We request principals of all medical colleges to issue an order wherein any patient who is referred from rural health care system to central hospitals by any specialist should be admitted for at least twenty four hours irrespective of his medical condition.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) requests the Governor led administration for the impartial probe to ascertain the facts and circumstances so that that guilty if any may be punished as per the law of the land.

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