02KT01A.qxd 11/1/2013 11:16 PM Page 1 ALL IS WELL saturday | november | 2 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE CRISIS: POWER CUTS HAMPER SPORTS: J&K FOREST LIFT JKPDC Þ PAGE 2 FUNCTIONING OF INDUSTRIAL UNITS Þ PAGE 2 FOOTBALL LEAGUE TITLE Denying the rumours about him quitting Zee TV's top-rated fiction show, Qubool Hai, Karan Singh Grover is happy that the show is being loved and appreciated by his fans and critics alike. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY 16°C -1°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Poor hygiene: 4 sweet shops put on notice 3 killed, 7 hurt as car collides with truck ■ Srinagar Municipal Corporation tells them to improve conditions or face fine, jail, and sealing of units CRACKDOWN TO BE CONTINUED Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 1 The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has issued notices to four food joints functioning under unhygienic conditions as part of the drive against adulterated food. The joints have been told to improve hygienic standards within seven days failing which strict action would be taken. SMC Health Officer Shafqat Khan said in case the business units did not improve their conditions, fine to the tune of Rs 1 lakh SKISM director honoured Srinagar, November 1 Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) director Showkat Zargar Showkat Zargar has been bestowed with the ninth S Radha Krishnan Teachers Award 2013. The All India Independent Journalists & Writers Union today handed over the award to him as he failed to attend the award ceremony on National Teachers Day. The award comes as recognition to his best work and contribution in the field of medicine. The SKIMS management has congratulated him for the honour. He thanked the Union for the acknowledgment. Zargar renowned gastroenterologist of the state did his Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery in 1976 from Government Medical College, Srinagar, and did super specialisation in Medicine (gastroenterology) from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. — TNS ■Continuing its drive against unhygienic and adulterated food, the civic body will inspect other bakeries, sweetmeat shops and eateries ■ The corporation had so far collected 120 samples of food products. Out of the collected food samples, seven were of sub-standard quality would be imposed or imprisonment, including sealing of their premises, would be initiated under the Food Safety and Authority Act (FSSA), 2006. He said the notices were issued to Shakti Sweets, Modern Sweets and Hollywood Bakery, all situated at the Residency Road, ❝ In case the business units — Shakti Sweets, Modern Sweets and Hollywood Bakery, and Mughal Darbar— did not improve their conditions, fine to the tune of Rs 1 lakh would be imposed or imprisonment, including sealing of their premises, would be initiated under the Food Safety and Authority Act (FSSA), 2006.❞ — SHAFQAT KHAN, HEALTH OFFICER, SRINAGAR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION and Mughal Darbar at Karanagar area. Products of these units were in demand among the locals ahead of festivals and during the marriage season. He said officials of the department found that these units were being run in unhygienic conditions, including exposure to dust and flies. Khan said the notice was issued as part of the SMC drive against unhygienic and adulterated food. He said the drive would continue and inspections would be held at other bakeries, sweetmeat shops and eateries as well. The Health Officer said the SMC had declared a 'war' against adulterated and sub-standard food products available within the municipal limits. The corporation had so far col- lected 120 samples of food products. Out of the collected food samples, seven were of sub-standard quality. For the first time, the SMC will be sending collected food samples to referral laboratories in Kolkatta and Chandigarh for the quality check. Khan said the locals should contact the Srinagar Municipal Corporation in case of reports of adulterated or substandard food items available in the markets so that the required action can be taken. Early chill forces people to stock firewood, coal The car that was crushed in a collision with a tipper lorry on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in the Barsoo area on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Suhail A Shah Anantnag, November 1 Three persons, including two students of the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), were killed and seven others were injured on Friday afternoon when the vehicle they were traveling in collided head-on with a tipper lorry near the Barsoo area on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Reports said the students were on their way to Srinagar in a Tavera (JK03D1321) when it collided headon with a tipper lorry (JK03B-6948). The deceased students have been identified as Kausar Mohiuddin Ahangar, a resident of Hanjiveera Pattan in north Kashmir and Sajad Ahmad, a resident of Beerwah, Budgam. The driver of the vehicle, Umar Farooq Reshi, a resident of Sail Charsoo in Pulwama district, was also killed in the mishap. The police reports said the seven injured have been admitted to different hospitals in Srinagar. The condition of another student was stated to be critical while three others have been reported to be stable. The police has registered a case and arrested the driver of the tipper. Protests over use of pellet guns, pepper gas A man carries wood near the bank of the Dal Lake; (right) a worker makes kangris (firepots) at his shop in Srinagar on Friday. PHOTOS: YAWAR KABLI Amin Masoodi Kupwara, November 1 Early chill, this year, has forced people in north Kashmir to stock firewood to fight the harsh winter. Groups of women are venturing into forests to collect remains of deodar and kiel trees and stock it for the winter season. Most of the people in north Kashmir use hearth for cooking and warmth during the winter. The coal obtained from firewood is used in firepots, locally called Kangris, for warmth. The women are also busy in burning leaves of wall nut and chinar trees to make coal for firepots. “Winter in villages is usually harsh and long. Early chill, this year, is an indication of a harsh winter ahead. Every year, we stock the firewood in abundance and use the same for cooking and warmth during win- Fire damages five houses at Rambagh ters,” said Sarwa Begum of Muqam Lolab. Locals said the shortage of LPG and kerosene was likely to worsen in winters and they need to stock enough firewood to fight the biting chill, especially in December and January. “In the absence of LPG and kerosene in villages, firewood is the only option left with the people. To sustain the harsh winter ahead, the locals should stock enough firewood,” said Nazir Ahmad from Kupwara. Reports from Handwara and Baramulla said groups of women were moving into the forests for collecting the firewood. “Firepots (kangris) are the affordable heating devices for a common man. The biggest advantage of them is that they can be carried along while strolling,” said Reyaz Ahmad. The cost of a kangri varies from Rs 70 to Rs 150 depending upon its size, quality of wicker and earthen pot used in it. “Electrical heating gadgets like room heaters are not preferred by the people in north Kashmir due to erratic power supply in winters. This makes kangri a widely-used heating device in north Kashmir,” said Shabir Ahmad, a Handwara resident. Winter timing ‘wrongly’ extended Srinagar, November 1 Confusion prevailed over the school and office timings in the Valley, as the government has extended the winter timetable till October next year. In an official statement yesterday, the government marked the winter timings for the schools and government offices of the Valley beginning today to October 31 next year. The statement said winter timings in government, private educational institutions as well as public department offices will remain in practice till October 31. The winter timings in the Valley are generally in vogue between November and March, when the temperatures dip considerably and the duration of the days is much shorter. Interestingly, the government is yet to come out with an official statement declaring the earlier schedule to be erroneous. “The winter timings schedule made public yesterday, is simply illogical. In the Valley, summer and winter office timings vary greatly. Many schools and other institutions have refrained from issuing final notifications on these timings, as the clearance from the state government is yet to come,” Imdad Khan, an educationist, said. — TNS Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 1 Several moderate Hurriyat leaders today held a protest in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district against the use of pellet guns and pepper gas. Leaders of moderate Hurriyat faction Javaid Ahmad Mir, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Syed Bashir Andrabi led the protest at Khimber in Ganderbal district. The protesting separatists termed the use of pellet guns and pepper gas as the violations of the human rights. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court, earlier this week, had dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the moderate separatists seeking a ban on use of pepper gas and pellet guns against protesters. Meanwhile, Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today termed the state High Court’s dismissal of a public interest litigation (PIL) against the use of pellet guns and pepper gas as “surprising”. Mirwaiz, who was addressing a Friday congregational DIFFERENT OPINION ■ The Jammu and Kashmir High Court, earlier this week, had dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the moderate separatists seeking a ban on use of pepper gas and pellet guns against protesters. ■ The state government had argued that use of tear smoke and oleoresin grenades are “internationally accepted non-lethal means of controlling unruly mobs to restore law and order”. gathering at the Jamia Masjid in the old city here, said, “Many realities have not been taken into consideration while dismissing the PIL.” “The Hurriyat Conference will minutely examine the decision and if needed it will file a petition in the Supreme Court,” Mirwaiz said. The state government had argued that use of tear smoke and oleoresin grenades are “internationally accepted non-lethal means of controlling unruly mobs to restore law and order”. Develop infrastructure to make Chandigam tourist hub Amin Masoodi Firefighters douse flames at Rambagh in Srinagar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 1 A major fire broke out in the Rambagh area of the city, damaging five houses, an official of the Fire Services and Emergencies Department said. The fire severely damaged upper portion of three houses, partially damaged one house and slightly damaged another house at Rambagh, the official said. The fire was caused by an electric short circuit. The official said the fire had engulfed a residential block of 10 houses, which were closely annexed to each other. However, before the tenders could douse the flames, it already spread to five AMIN WAR houses. Eight fire tenders from the headquarters, Gaw Kadal, Nowgam and Rawalpora stations were pressed into service. We have received a call about the incident at 2:13 pm, the official said. However, he said, traffic jams along the route delayed the tenders from reaching the spot. Kupwara, November 1 Residents of Chandigam village in the Lolab valley of Kupwara district have urged the Tourism Department to build infrastructure like tourist huts and good roads in the village to woo tourists. Bestowed with picturesque pastureland and lush green forests, Chandigam village, 25 km from Kupwara town, was formally opened for tourists by the state authorities on September 30, 2012. Villagers said the tourist THE VILLAGE ■ Chandigam, 25 km from Kupwara town, was formally opened for tourists by the state authorities on September 30, last year ■ Bestowed with picturesque pastureland and lush green forests, Chandigam has the potential to become a tourist hot spot influx to the village would create job opportunities for unemployed youth in Lolab. “Normalcy is increasingly gaining ground in the Lolab valley and people especially, the jobless youth, are looking forward to making income from tourism-related activities," said Anees Ahmad, an unemployed graduate. “The tourism authorities should build the necessary infrastructure and develop the village as a tourist resort. I am planning to build a hotel in my native village for tourists,” he added. Another jobless youth, Abrar Ahmad, said, “Lolab is no less beautiful than other popular tourist destinations in Kashmir, and we are expecting a good rush of tourists to the Valley. The Tourism Department should built more huts here and promote the place among tourists," Residents of Kalaroose and Dardpora villages, blessed with verdant forests and gushing streams, caves and old religious shrines in Lolab, also demanded that the tourism infrastructure should be streamlined in these villages. Kalaroose is famous for its copper mines and carved rocks called Sat Burn (sev- en doors). “The shrines and caves are expected to attract hordes of tourists. We are ready to host the visitors after a long period of time," said Nazir Ahmad, a trader from Kalaroose. “Fresh water springs, especially Kumarji Nag and Chandinag, are worth seeing.” he added. Popular destinations, including Mir Sadradin Sahab Shrine in Kanthpora and Mir Baba Nazuk Shrine in Devar Lolab, witnessed a rush of devotees and tourists before the outbreak of insurgency in 1989, locals said.
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