05KT01A.qxd 11/4/2013 10:50 PM Page 1 UP, CLOSE AND PERSONAL tuesday | november | 5 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE TRIBUTES PAID: LADAKHI LEADER COURTS: LOK ADALAT AT SUMBAL Þ PAGE 2 ON NOVEMBER 23 Þ PAGE 2 RINPOCHE REMEMBERED Prachee Pathak, who essayed different roles in Afsar Bitiya, Mann ki Awaaz... Pratigya and Kairee? is excited to play a powerful character of a mother-in-law. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER RAIN 19°C MAXIMUM 4°C MINIMUM Indiscriminate felling of trees shrinks forest cover ■ As demand for charcoal, wood increases in winter, there is little or no monitoring by government agencies Bismah Malik Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 4 Despite depleting forest cover in the state, felling of trees in the state has been going on at a frightening pace with little or no close monitoring by government agencies. The demand for charcoal and wood especially increases manifold during 5 killed, 27 injured in road accidents in Valley Budgam/Srinagar, Nov 4 Five persons were killed and 27 were injured in road accidents in Kashmir valley, it was stated. One of those dead was injured in a road accident earlier this week and succumbed to his injuries today. Two persons were killed and 20 others got injured after a bus turned turtle in central Kashmir's Budgam district today. An official said a passenger bus on the way to Srinagar turned turtle at Roppora, Budgam. He said two persons were killed while 20 others got injured. He said one among the injured was reported to be in a critical condition while others were treated at SubDistrict Hospital, Chadura. Meanwhile, Minister for Finance and Ladakh affairs Abdul Rahim Rather extended condolences to the families of the bereaved. The Finance Minister also directed the medical staff to provide necessary facilities to those injured. A car met with an accident at Dadoo-Murhama in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, which resulted in the death of its driver on the spot. The driver of the car has been identified as Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Dadoo-Marhama, said a police spokesman. In another accident, an unknown tipper hit a girl identified as Dilshada Akhter at Hajibagh Road near Parimpora on Srinagar's outskirts. The girl died on the spot and her body has been handed over to her family, said the spokesman. One of those injured in a major accident on November 2 in south Kashmir’s Awantipora town, who was being treated at SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar, has succumbed to injuries, said the spokesman. The youth was identified as Faisal Rashid, who is the fourth casualty in the Awantipora accident. Two engineering students and the cab driver had died in the accident on Saturday. Five persons were injured when two cabs collided at Dailgam in Anantnag district. All the injured were admitted in a hospital, said the spokesman. An unknown motorcycle hit and injured 17-year-old Danish Ahmad Chopan, a resident of Quilmuqam village, in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The injured was admitted in SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar for treatment, said the spokesman. In another accident, in Bandipora, an unknown vehicle hit and injured 70year-old Fateh Mohammad, a resident of Watpora, near his residence. The injured was admitted in SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar. — TNS winters in Kashmir due to their usage in conventional modes of heating like kangris, hamams (wooden basement rooms) and fireplaces. At a time when the Valley is grappling with problems of shortage in power and is unable to meet the demand, a large number of people have switched back to old methods of warming consumption and usage wood ❝ Charcoal state government,the of now,ofhas notdefinitely goes up duringthe winters. The as seriously implemented regulations under the Environment Act which would limit the intervention of man in eco-sensitive areas, particularly when it comes to felling trees in the countryside❞ — IMRAN SHAFI, ENVIRONMENTALIST their homes. Alternative sources of heat applied in solar room heaters and water geysers are yet to make their inroads into the Valley while heating appliances like coal stoves and LPG room heaters still continue to dominate the sales. “Charcoal consumption and thereby usage of wood definitely goes up during winters. The state government, as of now, has not seriously implemented the regulations under Environment Acts which would limit the intervention of man in eco-sensitive areas, particularly when it comes to felling trees in the countryside,” Imran Shafi, an environmentalist, said. He added that the people take the extreme step of felling trees because they often feel there is no other viable alternative for keeping warm. “One also has to bear in mind that the forest cover has depleted to a large extent and the experts predict that will also change the climatic conditions in the state. The government has to take the responsibility and provide proper alternatives to people,” Maaroosa Shafi, a lecturer at Government College for Women, Srinagar, said. Met predicts heavy rain, snow as mercury plummets Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 4 The state's weather department today warned of heavy rains and snowfall at isolated places in the state during the coming hours as mercury continued to plunge several degrees below the normal and fell down to sub-zero levels at many places including at the holidaying resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg. The forecast bulletin issued today evening by the state's Meteorological department warned that "moderate to heavy" rain and snow would occur at "isolated places" during the next 60 hours. The bulletin said that light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at a few places in the state during the next 24 hours, which end on Tuesday evening. The weather department forecast said there will be an increase in precipitation during the two subsequent days on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, cold weather THE FORECAST The forecast bulletin issued on Monday evening by the state's meteorological department warned moderate to heavy rain and snow at isolated places during the next 60 hours conditions continued to grip the region as Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir remained the coldest place in Kashmir valley and mercury there fell to a minimum of minus 3 degrees Celsius, an official of the department said. In north Kashmir's Gulmarg resort, which is a famous skiing destination during winter, the mercury fell to a minimum of minus 1 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg resort, which received the season's first snowfall last week, had earlier recorded even more biting chill when the mercury there fell to a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius on Friday night. Leh town in the remote Unidentified body found in Budgam Ladakh region, which is located outside Kashmir valley, recorded an extremely cold night as the mercury there fell to a low of minus 8 degrees Celsius, said the official. In the neighbouring Kargil district, the mercury overnight fell to a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius. In Srinagar city, the minimum temperature overnight dipped closer to freezing point, as the mercury here fell to a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius, which was a departure of two Traders protest police high-handedness Tribune News Service Tribune News Service CALL FOR PEACE: People participate in a rally against continued tension along the LoC and international border in Srinagar on Monday . TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Anantnag runs out of parking space Suhail A Shah Anantnag, November 4 With the ever increasing number of private and public transport vehicles, the people here in Anantnag town of south Kashmir region do not have proper parking spaces. The locals including members of the business fraternity rue that lack of parking spaces in the town creates an absolute mess for them and causes inconvenience to the shoppers as well as the general public. The locals allege that the only thing the authorities are good at is putting curbs on roadside parking. “That, however, is no solution to the problem. The vehicles are multiplying at a rapid pace and the parking space is almost negligible,” said Gulzar Ahmad, a shopkeeper in the town. “Where are the shoppers supposed to park their cars if not along the roadsides, that is the only place to park?” he said. Being a business centre, Anantnag town, over the last decade or so, has seen a manifold increase in the number of vehicles that ply its roads. “Anantnag town is the business hub of the south Kashmir region. It’s a pity that the town is being neglected on the developmental front,” said Muhammad Adil, a doctor from the town. The shopkeepers rue that they lose potential customers just because the cops don’t let them park their car by the roadside. An underground parking was to be constructed beneath the new municipal shopping mall, which would have eased off the crunch to a certain limit; however, the shopping mall has remained in limbo for the last more than a decade. The district administration, meanwhile, acknowledges the inconvenience caused to the general public. “We are working on this front and hopefully, the issue will be sorted out sooner than later,” said a senior official at the district administration. Camps to be organised ahead of World Diabetes Day Srinagar, October 4 The Department of Endocrinology, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Kashmir (SKIMS) is organising a field camp on November 6 at Damhal Hanjipora, in Kulgam district of south Kashmir to benefit diabetes patients as part of the week-long awareness camps on World Diabetes Day, which is observed worldwide on November 14. Consultation will be provided by leading endocrinologists from SKIMS. Besides, free investigations and drugs will be provided to patients. Director SKIMS, Dr SA Zargar lauded Department of Endocrinology for organising activities aimed at raising awareness about the disease. He appeal to the public to avail the said facilitates and get benefited. Dr Bashir A Laway, Head of Department, Department of Endocrinology, said more camps will be held in north Kashmir after November 14. — TNS Srinagar, November 4 The police today said it had recovered an unidentified male body in central Kashmir's Budgam district and sought help from the public in identifying the body. A police spokesman said the deceased was in his forties and was wearing a brown jacket. The body was found on the roadside near Panzan Chil in Chadoora area of Budgam, said the spokesman. The police has initiated an inquest proceeding under Section 174 of CrPC to ascertain the cause and circumstances of the death. It has also requested the general public to contact the police in case of any information regarding the deceased. degrees from the normal, said the official. The maximum temperature during the day in the city here was recorded at 15.4 degrees Celsius, a departure of nearly four degrees from the normal. The night temperature remained close to freezing point in south Kashmir's Qazigund town where mercury fell to 0.4 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature in north Kashmir's Kupwara town fell to minus 0.5 degrees Celsius, said the official. Srinagar, November 4 Various Srinagar-based trade bodies today staged a protest demonstration at Press Enclave, Srinagar against the alleged highhandedness of the police while dealing with workers of a private construction company on the JK National Highway. The traders, under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee of Trade Unions (JKCCTU) today protested against what they called police highhandedness. “A few days back, workers of a private construction firm were protesting against the anti-labour policies of the company at Chenani-Tunul area of National Highway. Howev- er, what was unjustified was the attitude of the police against the workers. They unnecessarily beat up the protesting workers although the protests were going on in a peaceful way," Muhammad Yunus, senior leader of JKCCTU, said. He said the workers were demanding an increase in wages which is their right. “But, seemingly, the police acted at the behest of the company officials, indulging in violence, which resulted in injuries to dozens of workers,” Yunus said, adding that the trade body members express solidarity with these workers. He demanded that the state government should intervene immediately and also sought the release of a few arrested leaders immediately. Public info campaign starts in Ganderbal Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 4 Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Ali Mohammad Sagar will inaugurate the 27th three-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign (PIC) at Qamariya Stadium in Ganderbal district tomorrow. This was stated by Additional Director General (ADG) of Press Information Bureau (PIB) Obaidur Rahman at a press meet here today. The campaign is being organised by Press Information Bureau, Srinagar. "Such programmes act as an interface between the government and the public to ensure transparency, accountability and efficiency in governance," he added. The Additional Director General thanked the district administration for its whole-hearted support and cooperation. Speaking on the occasion, District Development Commissioner Ganderbal Sarmad Hafeez said programmes like Public Information Campaigns help the government to showcase their activities and achievements before people. Around 50 stalls will be put up by various state and central government departments, Public Sector Undertakings, NonGovernmental Organisations etc at the venue to showcase their programmes, schemes, achievements and services, said a Press Information Bureau statement. "Besides, lectures will be delivered by the resource persons on various flagship and Bharat Nirman rural development package themes like the MGNREGA, National Rural Health Mission, TSC, IAY, SSA,TLC, Mid Day Meal Scheme, ICDS, PMGSY, RGGVY, the Right To Information Act and the Prime Minister's new 15point programme for welfare of minorities etc," added the statement. Prosthetic hands provided to over 75 amputees Srinagar, November 4 The American Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation and Kashmir American Human Society, in affiliation with Voluntary Medicare Society, Bemina, Srinagar, provided prosthetic hands free of cost to more than 75 needy amputees today. The foundation’s hand, known as LN-4, is a functional hand and has been provided to more than 14,000 needy people in 65 developing countries. President of Voluntary Medicare Society, Dr Mir Mohammad Maqbool, gave a description of LN-4 hand and its functioning. He said this is for the first time that prosthetic hands are being provided to needy people in Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Maqbool thanked American Ellen Meadows for delivering these hands. He said this will have a great impact on day-to-day lives of the amputees as this will help them do important tasks like brushing of teeth, writing, eating, drinking and even driving the vehicles. He said with the slogan of Prosthetic hands being provided to amputees in Srinagar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH the foundation “Give HopeGive a Hand”, VMS feels happy to deliver the same to the amputees. While giving a demonstration of the hand, an expert from the foundation, Arthur, said the mission is to provide a light, durable and functional prosthetic hand to every person who wants one and can benefit from it, and do so at no charge. He said the foundation will continue to help these amputees in future and will provide them larger hands. Arthur said this hand can work as a normal hand if used properly. He conveyed his willingness to provide more hands to the needy. He said that this hand will definitely change the lives of people who need it. He answered several queries of the amputees. Arthur said industrial designer Ernie Meadows and his wife, Marj, lost their daughter, Ellen. Ernie decided to perpetuate their daughter's memory. Arthur said, “Our experience today informs us that those who benefit from the LN-4 hand may have been injured by landmines, work accidents, electricity, acts of violence, or a congenital condition." Technicians of Prosthetic and Orthotic department of VMS fit the hands to the amputees.
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