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Train stakeholders to deal with any kind of disaster: Vyas

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Srinagar, Nov 13: A four-day State Level Consultation on Child Centered Emergency Preparedness for Response got underway Tuesday in Srinagar.

Organized by Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Management Authority (JKSDMA) in collaboration with Divisional Disaster Management Authority Kashmir and UNICEF, the conference witnessed the participation of dozens of officials from the administration of various districts and the resource persons from UNICEF.

The consultation was formally inaugurated by the Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The inaugural session was also attended by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah.

 

Besides, the conference was also attended by Director JKSDMA, Aamir Ali, Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr G.N Itoo, Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmad, Dr Muzaffar Ahmad from UNICEF, Xavier Thomas from UNICEF and other senior officials from administration and representatives from UNICEF.

Congratulating the UNICEF and the State organizers for organizing such type of conference, Advisor Vyas said that the Kashmir has witnessed many disasters in the past and there is a need to educate people about the disaster management.

“It should be our collective resolve that whatever we learn from this conference, we should implement it on ground level and should not be limited to the documentation,” Vyas said.

He said that during any disaster, it is women and children who bear the major brunt and it is our responsibility to create a platform where all the stake holders can work together for the betterment of society as a whole in the times of disaster.

Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir said that this conference is a great opportunity to learn how to manage disaster and directed the departments to implement in their respective departments what they learn from this conference.

While giving the detail about the conference, Director JKSDMA, Aamir Ali informed that the state Disaster management professionals with the help from MR Xavier Thomas of UNICEF have prepared a draft on rapid child-Centered risk analysis and it will be further refined during the group activities and we hope to come out with a detailed risk analysis which will be shared with the government.

He said, the plans that will be prepared as an outcome of the workshop will be followed up by the Disaster Management professionals with the line departments to institutionalize child centered disaster risk reduction in their regular programmes.

On the occasion Director School Education Kashmir, Dr G N Itoo informed the gathering the Education department has formulated the State Action Plan for the school safety and disaster management, in collaboration with JKSDMA. The aim of this plan, Itoo said, is to strengthen the institutional commitment to safe learning environment and to ensure skill development in students with regards to the disaster.

He further said, as part of disaster management, the Education Department has constituted School Safety Clubs in every High school and Higher Secondary Schools in Kashmir Division. We have also constituted Road Safety Clubs in all Higher Secondary Schools, he said adding many other programs with regards to disaster management are in pipeline. The program for the capacity building of the teachers in collaboration with JKSDMA will also be started in near future.

The first day of conference was divided in five sessions in which various officials and resource persons from UNICEF shared their knowledge and experiences with regards to what they have learnt about disaster management. The Panel Discussion and question answer session was also held in which the need for the child centered preparedness in Kashmir perspective was discussed threadbare.

The presentation on the risk profile of the State and how children are particularly vulnerable to shocks and stress was also given. The session on the process of development of appropriate risk-specific contingency plan was also held.


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Jammu airport to function till 9 PM

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Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.

In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.

The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.

 

Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.

This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.

The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.

Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.

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Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home

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Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.

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PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC

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Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.

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