11KT01A.qxd 11/10/2013 10:48 PM Page 1 ENJOYING POPULARITY monday | november | 11 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE SEMINAR: EXPERTS STRESS ON UTILISATION OF E-RESOURCES Þ PAGE 2 PROTEST: DOCTORS SEEK RELEASE Þ PAGE 2 OF WELFARE BODY CHIEF Shraddha Arya aka Laxmi of Main Laxmi Tere Aangan Ki is looking forward to her new show Tumhari Paakhi on Life OK. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY 14.0°C 0.0°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Hospitals sans latest firefighting system ■ Despite proposal, no funds being released so far by the state government Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 10 A year after all the associated hospitals in the Valley sent a proposal to the government for upgrading the old fire extinguishing system, it is yet to release the funds. According to hospital officials, they had sent Rs 5 crore plan to the government for upgrading of old firefighting system with the latest techniques. They had also sent a list of things that will ensure the latest firefighting system in all the associated hospitals. “The proposal will ensure the installation of latest firefighting mechanism, including latest alarm system, fire safety system and other equipments,” a senior official said. The fire at Lal Ded maternity hospital in Srinagar, last week, exposed the lack of firefighting facilities at major government hospitals in Kashmir. “We have basic fire extinguishers, but they don’t work in case of major fire outbreak. We want the latest and perfect firefighting system. We have already placed a proposal through Government Medical College on ❝We have basic fire extinguishers, but they don't work in case of major fire outbreak. We want the latest and perfect firefighting system. We have already placed a proposal through the Government Medical College on behalf of all hospitals a year ago, but no funds have been released yet.❞ — DR MUSHTAQ RATHER, SUPERINTENDENT, LAL DED HOSPITAL behalf of all hospitals a year ago, but no funds have been released yet,” Superintendent, Lal Ded Hospital, Dr Mushtaq Rather said. The other major hospitals in the Valley, including those associated with the Government Medical College (GMC), lack modern firefighting capacities and are short of equipment, like firealarms and smoke detectors. Besides, there are no fire exits and water stations in many of the hospitals. “Though we have the basic fire extinguishers, but they are very old and poor to fight any major fire incident,” said a hospital official on the condition of anonymity. The government apathy has also anguished the locals. “Instead of ensuring good fire fighting system at hospitals, government wakes up only when a fire incident occurs. They are simply playing with the lives of patients,” Abdul Rashid, who was witness to the fire at Lal Ded Hospital, said. A senior official in the Medical Education Department, however, said government was working on the proposal submitted by hospitals for upgrading of fire fighting equipments. “While we are working on the proposal (to upgrade the existing system), at the same time all new hospital building will be equipped with the latest fire fighting equipments,” he said. FINAL TOUCH: Workers give finishing touches to bats at a manufacturing unit in Avantipora district on Sunday. PHOTO: YAWAR KABLI Man dies J&K Bank to open Kupwara villages reel under Now, new power curtailment schedules in scuffle 15 new branches power crisis, threaten stir Our Correspondent Kupwara, November 10 Non-metered villages of Kupwara district are reeling under darkness since last evening. The power supply was snapped in the villages, including Ticker, Batergam, Gulgam, Hirri, Trehgam, Hayan and Kralpora, around 8pm last evening and restored around 3pm today only to be snapped again till 5 pm. Consumers threatened to take to the streets in protest against erratic power if the supply was not restored to normal. They said they were made to pay power tariff in time but power was not supplied according to the curtailment schedule. “What is the point in having a curtailment schedule in place when power is not supplied in accordance with the schedule. We are made to pay power bills in time but are faced with erratic power scenario. We will be forced to hold protests if the supply is not improved at the earliest,” said Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Batergam. Residents of many villages of Handwara said the power was playing hide and seek with them. They said there were power cuts for hours even during the peak hours. Consumers in Kupwara town also complained of frequent power outages. “Even the metered areas are not spared and subjected to frequent power outages. The power department should do away with metering system or improve the power supply,” said Afaq Ahmad, a Kupwara resident. Residents of Sogam, Darpora, Kalaroose and Andurgbugh, Drugmulla and Chowkibal falling under the jurisdiction of Kupwara Tehsil said the villages were reeling under severe power crisis. Students said they were the worst suffers. “Our studies are badly affected due to grim power scenario. During night, power goes off for hours and in the absence of power, we are forced to study under candlelight,” said Altaf Ahmad, a Class XII student from Drugmulla, Kupwara. Residents of Handwara town also complained of erratic power supply. They said the power outages had become order of the day. “For one week, power is playing hide and seek in the evening and night hours. We visited the power division, Handwara, with a plea to improve the power supply but to no avail,” said Mohd Amin, a trader. Consumers of some Lolab villages complained of low voltage. “The voltage is so low that we are forced to lit candles to illuminate a room. In spite of paying the power tariff in time, the power department continues to test our patience,” said Zahoor Ahmad of Darpora Lolab. Chief Engineer, Power department, Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Dar said, “The department is sparing no efforts to provide uninterrupted power supply to the consumers. I will look into the matter and the supply would be improved at the earliest.” Shia Muslims take out Muharram procession in old city areas Shia Muslims gather during a religious procession in Srinagar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 10 A procession was taken out at Chinkar Mohalla in the old city today as part of the various religious functions that are being held during the mourning period of Muharram. Members of the Shia community observe Muharram by holding a whole host of religious functions especially during the first 10 days of the month. While several processions are taken out during these days, the main processions are taken out on Muharram 8 and 10 to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his companions. Traditionally on Muharram 8, Shia Muslims in a large number used to march from Guru Bazar and proceed through Lal Chowk area of the city before the procession culminated at Dalgate. However, a ban on the procession has remained in place after the eruption of militancy. While mourners also can be seen flagellating themselves during the processions, an official said the Directorate, Health Services, had set up first-aid camps in all Shia populated areas. “Forty two mobile first-aid facilities have been kept available in Budgam district which are being manned by 60 doctors and 1,100 paramedics. Similarly in Baramulla, 16 mobile first aid vans have been kept ready for the Muharram mourners which are being operated by 40 doctors and 351 paramedics,” he added. The official said adequate round-the-clock medical facilities would be provided to the mourners. He said the department had also set up a control room at Zadibal area of the city. available at mosques Bismah Malik Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 10 In a surprising move, the Power Development Department (PDD) has made available the new power curtailment schedules for a majority of the localities of Srinagar in local mosques. Earlier, the PDD had resorted to frequent power cuts without notifying the masses through a public notice which irked the people particularly when the demand for power during winter was high. Power officials had earlier said the power cuts were likely to become more frequent in winter due to overload from use of heating gadgets especially during evening hours. The PDD had stated that as compared to load agreement of 570 MW during evenings with the domestic consumers of the Valley, the usage becomes 1,070 MW which compels the department to go for frequent power cuts. The PDD ‘s new curtail- JCC calls for pen-down stir ment schedules pasted as posters on local mosques involves daily power cuts of 3-4 hours in the metered as well non-metered areas. People have decried the move of the department and urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also in charge of the department, to address their grievances. “The state government has done nothing for providing adequate power supply to the people. It is a general concern among the people here that power woes are never addressed. But Omar Abdullah-led state government has done nothing to address this issue from the last four years,” said Abdul Shakir, a Srinagar-based shopkeeper. “The blame lies on the state government for not being able to recover its T& D losses and not being able to get the payments from various public departments which consume a large amount of power. Only the domestic consumers are punished for no crime of theirs,” said Mumtaza Bhat, a doctor. Srinagar, November 10 One person was killed in a scuffle over a dispute in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, a police spokesman said here today. The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Maqbool Dar, who was critically injured in the scuffle and died at a hospital in the city. The police spokesman said the scuffle broke out between two groups over a dispute at Hassanpora Tabila near Bijbehara town of Anantnag district of south Kashmir. The spokesman said the reason behind the dispute was yet to be ascertained. “During the scuffle, Dar was injured. He was subsequently shifted to SKIMS Hispital here for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries,” the spokesman said. The police has registered a case in this regard. The spokeman said further investigations were on. ■ Records profit of 12.29 % for 2nd quarter Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 10 The J&K Bank has recorded net profit increase of 12.29 per cent for the second quarter of the current financial year. A bank spokesman said Rs 302.66 crore net profit was registered against Rs 269.53 crore for the corresponding quarter last year. He said the quarterly results were announced yesterday and the bank had posted net profit of Rs 610.58 crore for half-year (H1) ended September 2013, up by 18.42 per cent from Rs 515.62 crore earned during the corresponding H1 of the previous financial year. Commenting on the performance for the quarter, J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Mushtaq Ahmad said: "Despite stressed economy, we feel confident by our H1 results. Going by the current industry scenario, we have performed really well." The bank, he said, would continue to increase its pri- ority sector lending in the state to give boost to the agriculture and allied activities, craft economy, trade and industry within the state. “Meanwhile, we shall pace-up our efforts to tap every grower across the state under the Apple Project, which also forms a part of our broader plan on financial inclusion. Going forward, the bank envisions tapping of almost all the apple growers across the Valley which in financial terms would mean credit off-take of at least Rs 5,0006,000 crore,” he added. About the bank’s expansion plan outside the state, he said: “This year, we have already opened five business units in Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad. We are prospectively looking at opening 15 more such units this fiscal in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Delhi. And our corporate loanbook outside the state shall grow though on a very selective basis.” 3 man-eater leopards killed in Kupwara Amin Masoodi Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 10 The Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of various government employees’ bodies, today called for a pen-down strike against the embargo on trade union activities, tomorrow. The employees’ body, in a statement here, said the strike was called against “state terror and embargo on trade union activities”. It added that the amalgam would stage protests on Tuesday in case the JCC leaders, who were detained on Saturday, were not released. The JCC has been calling for frequent protests against the government in support of their demands. The body has been asking for release of the 6th Pay Commission arrears, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, removal of pay anomalies and regularisation of daily wagers and casual workers working in various government departments. Their other demands are inclusion of five years of contractual service of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers in the service book and regularisation of education volunteers after seven years of service. Tribune News Service Kupwara, November 10 Residents of several villages in Kupwara district heaved a sigh of relief following the killing of three leopards turned man-eaters during the past two weeks. A team of professional hunters assisted by wildlife employees killed a man-eater yesterday in Bomidaggar forests at Magam village of Handwara tehsil. A senior wildlife official said the animal had killed three children in Karihama, Pazipora Chek Kupwara and adjacent Sheikhpora village of Handwara tehsil. “The wildlife team was fully equipped with tranquilising guns, cages, nets and sharpshooters. The animal was spotted and killed around 4.15pm on Friday,” he said. Local residents said they were feeling relieved follow- ❝People living close to forests should avoid movement during dawn and dusk as wild animals intensify their movement during these hours. We are working hard to trap or kill the animals responsible for killing children.❞ — A FOREST DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ing the killing of the maneater, which was posing serious dangers to their lives. “Children were scared to venture out of homes as the man-eater was on the prowl in the village. We are thankful to the wildlife staff, which worked hard for about past two weeks and finally killed the animal. The animal was increasingly posing dangers to human lives and livestock,” said Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Magam, Handwara. Recently, a team of wildlife officials of north division killed two man-eaters at Sudal village in Handwara. The leopards had killed 10year-old Basit Ali Mir from Hayan and Omar Manzoor Dar from Pazipora, said locals. The wildlife official said hunters and field staff of the Forest Department and the Forest Protection Force, Langate, were searching for another man-eater responsible for killing the children in other areas of Kupwara. “People living close to forests should avoid movement dawn and dusk hours as wild animals intensify their movement during these times. We are working hard to trap or kill the animal responsible for killing of a few children,” said the official. Residents of many other villages, including Kalaroose, Sudal, Maidanpora, Khurhama, Gund Villgam, Dardpora, Bakiakar, Wadipora and Moori, said they were living under intense scare of wild animals. The residents said the leopards and bears had devoured dozens of livestock. They said especially children were prone to attacks by wild animals coming down to human habitations. “The wild animals are on prowl in villages since past few weeks. They have devoured many cattle and are posing increasing threat to human lives. We fear to venture out of our homes even during the broad daylight. Apart from setting up cages, the wildlife authorities should take other necessary measures to scare away the animals to their habitations,” said a delegation led by Abdul Jabar Khan from Kalaroose. Farooq, Omar condole demise of Dudha Srinagar, November 10 Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today expressed shock and offered condolences over the demise of party leader Shiban Dudha, who passed away last night in a hospital in New Delhi. Dudha, a well-known Kashmiri Pandit leader, had recently joined the National Conference. "I express my deepest anguish at the very sad demise of Shiban Dudha,” said Farooq, president, NC, in a statement. The Union Minister also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed deep shock and described Dudha’s death as a big loss to the party and to the Kashmiri Pandit community. Omar expressed his solidar- ity with them and conveyed his sympathy. Party’s provincial president for Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani, provincial president of Jammu Devender Singh Rana and Political Secretary to Chief Minister Tanvir Sadiq have also condoled the demise.
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