Govt directs hospitals to display rate list of tests, lab investigations

 

 

Srinagar, Apr 25 : Government has issued a circular to all hospitals and health institutions directing them to display rate list of all available diagnostic tests and lab investigations for easy access of people.

“It is impressed upon all the Heads of Hospitals/ Health care institutions to clearly display/indicate the various radiological examinations/lab. investigations/other tests conducted/available along with the rates chargeable within their respective laboratories/Hospitals, at designated areas and conspicuous places in clear fonts in English/Local language for the information of General Public,” reads the circular.

“These Instructions shall be followed in letter & Spirit,” it added.

The orders in this regard were issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department following several complaints that certain basic tests/investigations are being denied/ not carried out in health care Institutions of the State on one pretext or the other.

Two Hizib rebels killed in Bijbehara gunfight

SRINAGAR, APR 25 : Two local rebels affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Islamabad district on Thursday morning.

The slain rebel was identified as Safder Amin Bhat, 25, son of Mohammad Amin, a resident of Zirpara Bijbehara. Safder joined militancy on 12-05-2017, after clearing his 12th class exam. He was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

Another slain rebel was identified as Burhan Ahmad Ganie @ Saifullah, 25, son of Ghulam Mohammad Ganie, a resident of Malipora Hablish Kulgam, at present SK Colony Islamabad. Burhan had cleared 12th class and was undergoing Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He joined militant ranks (HM) on 24-06-2018.

The duo was killed in a gunfight, which ensued after the Army’s Rashtriya Rifles and Kashmir Police SoG launched a cordon and search operation in Baagandar Mohalla following inputs about the presence of the rebels in the area.

Reports said that soon after the searches were intensified, the rebels opened fire at the security personnel, who retaliated immediately.

The Safder was 25-years-old and had joined HM in May 2017, while Burhan alias Saifullah was an active member of HM since June 24, 2018.

Thousands of mourners this morning attended funeral prayers of slain Hizbul-Mujahideen rebel Burhan Ahmad Ganie in SK Colony area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.

Thousands of people including women and children started marching from different parts of south Kashmir and central Kashmir towards Burhan’s residence soon after news of his death in Bijbehara encounter spread and assembled in a local ground despite the restrictions imposed by authorities.

People who already were present in the area waited for almost an hour for slain Burhan’s body and chanted pro-freedom, pro-Islam, pro-Pakistan slogans when slain militant’s body reached the area.

Women welcomed slain Burhan with pro-freedom, pro-Islam songs and showered candies over his body. Mosques in the area were reverberating with pro-rebel songs. Body of slain which was wrapped in a Pakistan’s national flag was at first taken to his house where his relatives were seen wailing over his body. One of the family members later removed Pakistani flag from slain Burhan’s body.

Funeral of slain was led by his father. While addressing the mourners, he asked people to forgive his son if he has done anything wrong. “Please forgive my son if he was done anything wrong to you, for the sake of Allah.” he said. Emotional scenes were seen during the funeral as most of the people were seen dropping tears out of eyes.

Slain Burhan had joined rebel outfit Hizbul Mujahideen last year and was active since then. Last year, he was seen during offering gunsalute during the funeral of Sabzar Ahmad Sofi in Naina, Sangam.

It’s pertinent to mention here that Burhan along with his associate Safder Ahmad of Zirpara, Bijbehara were killed in a nocturnal encounter in Bijbehara town. Authorities have also suspended internet services in Islamabad district.

Indian rulers allegedly started character assignation campaign against pro-freedom leadership: Geelani

SRINAGAR, APR 25 : Terming the prevailing volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir as an utter failure and defeat of Indian military might to eradicate the freedom sentiments of the people of Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani in a press release said that the Indian rulers have allegedly started a character assignation campaign against the pro-freedom leadership of Jammu and Kashmir through its agencies like NIA and ED.

Strongly condemning the issuance of series of notices against the joint resistance leadership including Mohammad Yasin Malik, Dr. Umar Farooq, Shabir Ahmad Shah’s daughter Seema Shabir, his sons Dr. Naeem Geelani, Dr. Naseem Geelani, and grandson Anees-ul-Islam in addition to the already incarcerated leaders and businessmen in Tihar jail, Hurriyat chairman said that it is irony of the fate that the Indian political leadership especially the politico-religious extremists are hell bent to use every barbaric, inhuman and immoral tactics against the pro-freedom leadership by putting them behind bars on fabricated cases is nothing but to pressurize them to subjugation which is never going to happen

He said that Shabir Ahmad Shah and Altaf Ahmad Shah have spent most of their life in Indian jails and today also they lodged in the Tihar jail for the last 2 years. They are in their custody to answer any question and issuing notices to their children is not only undemocratic, immoral but shameful as well.

Terming these brazen tactics as a clear sign of political bankruptcy of Indian rulers who are mistaken to muzzle the freedom slogans raised in the nook and corner of the state, pro-freedom leader said that people of Kashmir are proud of their moral victory over the Indian military might, who are using Kashmir as an election stunt to woo their voters.

Castigating the barbaric attitude of Indian rulers to change the jails into interrogation centers for the Kashmiri prisoners who have been deprived of the basic amenities, poor medical facilities, unhygienic food and increasing lock up period have rendered the prisoners as the victims of hypertension, and psychiatric problems and deteriorating health conditions.

Hurriyat leader also condemned the callous approach meted out to the prisoners of conscience who have been served the life-imprisonment. These lifers have been lodged in the jails, for away from their homes, which in their own legal system is absolutely illegal and illogical.

Hurriyat chairman while condemning the human rights violations meted out to the prisoners in various jails in and outside the state, appealed the UN Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Red Cross to pay early visit to the jails and take stock of the situation regarding the detenues of Jammu and Kashmir.

Syed Ali Geelani paying glorious tribute to slain youth in Bijbihara gunfight, Geelani blamed Indian leaders and said that their insensitivity, unconcern, denial and unrealistic approach is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed in disputed land of Jammu and Kashmir.

These youths spilled their hot blood for the great and sacred cause of Kashmir and the entire nation is indebted to these martyrs for their ultimate sacrifice. It is the collective responsibility of the oppressed nation to take the ongoing movement to its ultimate destination.

Blaming stubborn attitude of Indian leadership for continuous bloodshed, Hurriyat chairman said that their denial and unconcern is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir and reiterating his stand that loss of human lives is a serious concern for every noble soul and there is no other option other than to honor and safeguard every precious live.

Hurriyat (M) condemns extension in judicial remand of Yasin Malik

 

Srinagar, Apr 25 : Hurriyat Conference (M) strongly denounced the extension in judicial remand till May 24 for resistance leader and JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, issuing NIA summon to grandson of Syed Ali Geelani after his two sons and the ED notice to the daughter of senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmed Shah terming these moves as vengeful and unfortunate.

Hurriyat (M) spokesman said that the policies of repression and intimidations can’t change the basic reality about the Kashmir issue and the need to resolve it neither can the display of intimidation and muscular approach push people of Kashmir into submission.

Spokesman said Kashmir issue was purely a humanitarian and a political issue and until this dispute is addressed politically, peace will remain a casualty in Kashmir and the subcontinent its hostage.

Meanwhile, chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Hurriyat leader Bilal Gani Lone visited the Maisuma residence of incarcerated JKLF chairman and expressed solidarity and sympathy with his family members especially mother and sister. Hurriyat leadership demanded that Malik’s wife and daughter who are based in Pakistan be granted visa to travel to Kashmir on humanitarian basis.

Model Code of Conduct has become an excuse to avoid redressal of burning issues: Er Rasheed

SRINAGAR, APR 25 : Asking state administration not to forget its duties towards common masses, AIP president Er Rasheed has sought immediate redressal of burning issues pertaining to common masses.

While interacting with people during his day long visit in Kupwara Constituency Er Rasheed alleged that so called model code of conduct has become an excuse and silly argument to those officers who don’t want to deliver and treat themselves beyond accountability.

Er Rasheed said. “Be it power crises or restoration of drinking water supply and other basic immunities, most of the officers have just one line answer that there is model code of conduct in place. It is disgusting and shameful that the damaged transformers are lying in PDD workshops since months and concerned authorities don’t pay any heed towards genuine grievances of masses. Functioning of education, health and other prestigious sectors has been kept hostage to the model code of conduct.

While there is no model or moral code of conduct for the corrupt Bhabus, even routine files of common man are being thrown to dustbin with the excuse that there is model code of conduct in place.”

Er Rasheed urged governor to take serious note of sufferings of masses and ensure that all essential services run without any interruptions and excuses.

APHC strongly denounces extension in judicial remand till May 24

SRINAGAR, APR 25 : All Parties Hurriyat Conference strongly denounced the extension in judicial remand till May 24 for resistance leader and JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, issuing NIA summon to grandson of Syed Ali Geelani after his two sons and the ED notice to the daughter of senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmed Shah terming these moves as vengeful and unfortunate.

The spokesman said that the policies of repression and intimidations can’t change the basic reality about the Kashmir issue and the need to resolve it neither can the display of intimidation and muscular approach push people of Kashmir into submission. The spokesman said Kashmir issue was purely a humanitarian and a political issue and until this dispute is addressed politically, peace will remain a casualty in Kashmir and the subcontinent its hostage.

Meanwhile, chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior Hurriyat leader Bilal Gani Lone visited the Maisuma residence of incarcerated JKLF chairman and expressed solidarity and sympathy with his family members especially mother and sister. Hurriyat leadership demanded that Malik’s wife and daughter who are based in Pakistan be granted Visa to travel to Kashmir on humanitarian basis.

NEET exams to be conducted on May, 5 , 9,250 aspirants taking part from Kashmir

SRINAGAR, APR 25 :National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams 2019 will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5, 2019 to admit students in MBBS and BDS courses in Indian Medical or Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India or Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament.

From Kashmir Valley, as many as 9,250 aspirants are going to take part in the NEET exam, for the NTA has allotted four additional centres in the region, official said on Thursday.

As of now, the centres can accommodate 5,750 aspirants in the valley, however, 3, 500 aspirants are still remaining and demanding additional centres in the valley or else they would have to travel outside the valley.

“Four additional centres allotted now will accommodate the remaining 3,500 aspirants so that none of this year’s NEET aspirants from the Valley have to travel outside to take the test”, an official said here.

The four additional centres that are set up in the Kashmir valley are Kashmir University, Gandhi Memorial College, Green Valley School, Kashmir Harvard School.

The NTA officials have informed the aspirants on Thursday via SMS about centre allotments. Following the demand for setting up of additional NEET centres in the Valley, two advisors of the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik — Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and K.K. Sharma — had taken up the matter with the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry.

KCCI expresses concern over mismanagement on Jmu-Sgr highway
Srinagar, Apr 25 : The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry has expressed serious concern at the lack of proper infrastructural planning and mismanagement of traffic which is causing crippling losses to the economy and suffering to the general public. The frequent closure of the Jammu-Srinagar road link due to landslides and shooting stones, unscheduled declaration of one way movement, the two days closure for movement of Security Forces and the harassment of travelers due to multiple check points has resulted in the development of an abnormal situation of people being dissuaded from using the Highway.

A spokesperson of KCC&I today said that although the Jammu- Srinagar highway suffered from minor problems earlier also but the condition since last year has been unprecedented. The journey from Udhampur to Srinagar a mere distance of around 200Km- has turned into a nightmare. Vehicles laden with goods have been stuck at various places for weeks together. Documents submitted by members of the KCC&I show that some trucks have been stuck at Udhampur since 10th of April.

Transportation of livestock including poultry and sheep towards Srinagar and movement of fruits from Srinagar to outside the valley has also been severely hit. There are reports the fruit sent from Kashmir has reached various Mandi’s in a bad condition. Tourist vehicles are also stopped and we have reports that tourist groups have often taken more than 20 hours to reach Srinagar which has disrupted their booking schedules and programs. Tourists are therefore avoiding travelling by road. In view of the huge monetary risk involved, movement of perishable goods including frozen products has reduced to almost nil. Transporters are now flatly refusing to ply their vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar Sector. Losses caused to various sectors are mounting as the sector has been rendered unviable due to the reasons enumerated above.

The situation in the capital city of Srinagar and other major townships of the valley is no better. Traffic bottlenecks, jams and inadequate management manpower at all major and peripheral junctions has choked the roads. Srinagar seems to be the biggest casualty of ill-conceived planning over the years.

The conversion of a motorable bridge at Rajbagh into a footbridge is a case in point. The wastage of crores of rupees of public money into the creation of a foot bridge when the choked public is gasping for more road links is a bizarre decision. Same can be said of the erstwhile Zero Bridge which could have – with appropriate reinforcements – provided necessary traffic disbursal linkage for light one-way traffic. The Government has, in its wisdom, converted two motorable bridges into foot bridges and built another footbridge near the Museum in a stretch of around 1.5 km whereas the requirement is for providing of multiple motorable bridges across the Jhelum. The Government seems to be oblivious to and unconscious about the miserable plight of the public who have to waste hours every day while commuting to work on these routes. After the Durbar Move, the situation is likely to go from bad to worse.

The Government needs to take immediate corrective measures to rectify the abnormal situation which is clearly moving towards an economic collapse. But at the same time, it also needs to re-assess long term infrastructural requirements as it cannot be digging wells every time there is a fire.

The Kashmir Chamber has also been pressing for the early opening of the Mughal Road and in this regard appreciated the efforts put in by the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir for issuing necessary directions for diverting road opening machinery for this purpose. The efforts put in by the district administration of Shopian especially R&B Department, Mechanical Engineering Wing has resulted in the clearance of the road upto Peer Ki Gali despite inclement weather conditions and heavy snow. The blockade is now on a stretch of about two kms falling in Jammu Division which we have been assured will be cleared up within a week. The KCC&I strongly recommended that the Mughal Road should be developed as an exclusive corridor for uninterrupted movement of civilian traffic during the summer months in addition to correcting the problems on the National Highway.

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry also urges for conversion of the Foot Bridge to Motorable bridges, as originally planned adequate augmentation of personnel for management of traffic throughout the valley is also recommended.