07KT01A.qxd 11/6/2013 10:17 PM Page 1 thursday | november | 7 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE CAMPUS: BARAMULLA GDC STUDENTS POLITICS: WANI, BASHIR JOIN Þ PAGE 2 PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY Þ PAGE 2 WIN ACCOLADES AS THE DRAMA UNFOLDS Expect the perfect entertainment package and breathtaking action as Sherlock, Chosen and So You Think You Can Dance season 10 does all that it can to blow your mind! WEATHER RAIN 15.3°C MAXIMUM Þ PAGE 4 7°C MINIMUM Textbooks to have chapter on polythene hazards ■ Ill-effects of polythene will be highlighted in school textbooks from the next academic session Ishfaq Tantry Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 6 The state government has decided to introduce a chapter on the ill-effects of polythene on the environment in the school textbooks from the next academic session. A chapter will be incorporated into the social sciences and language textbooks of Classes VIII, IX and X for the academic session beginning November 2014 in the winter zone and from April 2015 in the summer zone of the state. This has been stated by the state government in its compliance report to the J&K High Court, which had earlier directed the state Chief Secretary to consider the inclusion of the chapter. The report states that awareness on the ill-effects of polythene should be percolated to the young minds and future generations. The use of polythene and polythene carry bags has already been banned by the J&K government vide an ordinance and the high court Fire damages confectionery manufacturing unit A firefighter extinguishes fire at a confectionery manufacturing unit in Anantnag on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Our Correspondent Fire tenders were immediately pressed into service and the fire was brought under control. A senior fire services official the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. The police has registered a case in this regard and an investigation has been initiated. Polythene peril ■ The chapter will be incorporated from the next academic session as textbooks have already been already printed and its distribution has begun ■ The high court has directed the J&K State Board of School Education authorities to go through the pamphlets issued by the Pollution Control Board on the use of polythene while incorporating the chapter has also issued several directions in this regard. “In compliance with the directions issued on September 26, 2013, it has been stated that the secretary, J&K State Board of School Education (BOSE), had already carried out the project ‘Environmental education in school system’ in 2002 from Class I to X, wherein the topic of environ- ment education has been incorporated in social sciences and language textbooks,” a Division Bench of the high court observed in the orders issued on Monday. “It also stated that the results of the ban on polythene will be highlighted in the textbooks of Casses VIII, IX and X,” the high court said while referring to the compliance report by the state government. In its report to the high court, the state government said the chapter would be incorporated from the next academic session as textbooks were already printed and its distribution had begun. The court has, however, directed the BOSE authorities to see the pamphlets issued by the Pollution Control Board on the use of polythene while incorporating the chapter. The PCB has highlighted various life threatening effects of the use of polythene in these pamphlets. It has also directed the board authorities to file a fresh status report by the next hearing on how it intends to incorporate or change the course of study for introducing a chapter on the ill effects of polythene use. Labourer murdered by co-worker Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 6 A labourer was allegedly murdered by his co-worker at a construction site in Bandipora district here today, a police spokesperson said. Pawan Kumar (29), a resident of Jharkhand, was allegedly killed by Naseem Ansari, also a resident of Jharkhand, the spokesperson said. The police has arrested the accused and a case has been registered. State government orders probe into hospital fire incident ■ Supply store and a room for security personnel was damaged in the fire outbreak Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 6 The J&K government has ordered a probe into the fire incident that took place at Lal Ded Hospital, the Valley’s lone maternity hospital, yesterday. The fire that broke out in the main maternity hospital of Srinagar last night resulted in panic among patients and attendants. At 9:15 pm on Tuesday, fire engulfed a building of Lal Ded Hospital. A supply storeroom and a room for the security personnel was damaged in the fire. “The fire was controlled within half an hour,” said Dr Mushtaq Ahmad, Medical Superintendent, Lal Ded Hospital. Officials said the patients were safe and all the records had been shifted to a safer place. “The storeroom had an asbestos roof that prevented further damage,” he said. This is the third time in the year that an important government building has A firefighter extinguishes fire at Lal Ded Hospital, and (right) damage caused to the hospital in Srinagar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: YAWAR KABLI caught fire. Patients at the hospital said the fire incident created panic among them. “Though the fire was controlled in half an hour, it created panic among all,” said an indoor patient. Minister for Medial Education, Youth Services and Sports Taj Mohi-ud-Din flew from Jammu to Srinagar early this morning to take stock of the situation at Lal Ded Hospital. Talking to mediapersons, the minister said an internal probe had been ordered into the incident. “Samples have been sent to the forensic laboratory and the cause of the fire can be ascertained only after receiving the report,” said the minister. “The short circuit seems to be the evident cause of the fire,” he said. The minister said despite the fire, 10 deliveries and 20 cesareans were conducted at the hospital. “The minister was told by the hospital officials that 86 new admissions were done during the last 24 hours and 25 of them during the night soon after the incident. He was told that the hospital administration constituted different teams to tackle the Drug peddler, extortionist arrested in Baramulla Anantnag, November 6 A fire broke out at a confectionery manufacturing unit in the industrial area of Sadiq Abad here today. Reports said the fire broke out at around 11 am. It partially damaged a shed at the unit. Night temperature goes up as Valley awaits snow, rain Tribune News Service Tribune News Service LONG WAY AHEAD: A shikara carries tourists in the Nigeen lake in Srinagar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR NYC writes open letter to Rahul, CM Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 6 The National Youth Corps (NYC), in an open letter to vice-president of All India Congress Committee Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister for Health Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has urged the leaders to look into the concerns of the 8,000 NYC youth who were appointed in various state government departments in 2010 under the centrally sponsored schemes. State president of the National Youth Corps Muddasir Hassan said the Congress vicepresident, during his last visit to the Valley, was apprised of the concerns of thousands of these youths. “We were even told by Saiffuddin Soz that our demands were genuine and steps would be taken to prevent us from being jobless. But no concrete steps have been taken so far,” said Hassan. He urged Rahul to take up the issue of these youth with the Centre, especially when he had said on a number of occasions that the issue of unemployment would be solved. “We had great expectations from the Chief Minister, who had clearly stated in his election manifesto that providing jobs would be his top priority. As his tenure is nearing completion, these claims are falling flat. This will cause another unrest,” he added. Body found Srinagar, November 6 The police recovered a body of a man on the roadside Kulgam district here today, police said a police spokesperson. The deceased has been identified as Noor-u-Din, a resident of Nagrus village near Qazigund in Kulgam. The police had started an investigation into the matter. The body has been handed over to his relatives. —TNS Srinagar, November 6 The police today arrested a drug peddler and an extortionist in Baramulla district. The police had been receiving a number of complaints regarding circulation of drugs in Baramulla town, said a police spokesperson. The drug peddler has been identified as Fayaz Ahmad Dar, a resident of Ganie Hamam village. The spokesperson said 120 gm charas was recovered from his possession. A case under Section 8/20 of the NDPS Act had been registered against him and further investigations were on, said the spokesperson. In another case in Baramulla district, the police apprehended an extortionist, Ishfaq Ahmad Beigh, a resident of Fatehpora, with a plastic toy pistol, which he used to threaten people for extorting money, the spokesperson said. The accused is also a habitual burglar and drug addict, the spokesperson added. Srinagar, November 6 The Kashmir valley received a slight respite from the cold weather conditions as the night temperature increased considerably while the region awaits snow and rain. The minimum temperature in Srinagar city was recorded at 7 degrees Celsius, an increase of four degrees from the normal and nearly five notches up from the low of the previous night, an official of the state Meteorological Department said. The maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 15.3 degrees Celsius. The state weather department forecast said light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at many places in the state in the next 24 hours. There has been no major downpour in the state so far despite several forecast warning about rain and snowfall. In Pahalgam, the mercury dropped to a low of 4.6 degrees Celsius, an increase of 4.6 degrees from the low of the last night when mercury had fallen to zero degree, the official said. In Gulmarg, the situation and concluded the rescue operations without any loss,” an official spokesperson said. Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Ali Mohammad Sagar also visited the hospital and took stock of the situation caused due to the fire incident. Forecast ❙ The state Met Department said light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at many places in the state in the next 24 hours. There has been no major downpour in the state so far despite several forecasts. mercury fell to a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius. The night temperature in south Kashmir’s Qazigund town dropped to a low of 3.4 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature in Kupwara town settled at a low of 2.4 degrees Celsius, the official said. Leh town in the remote Ladakh region, which is located outside the Kashmir valley, recorded a low of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, an increase of three degrees from the minimum temperature of the last night when the mercury had dropped to -3.3 degrees Celsius. Leh was the only place in the Kashmir division where the mercury had slid below the freezing point. In Kargil, the mercury fell to a low of -0.4 degrees Celsius overnight, the official added.
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