17KT01A.qxd 11/16/2013 10:37 PM Page 1 NARGIS ALL PRAISE FOR KATRINA sunday | november | 17 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE DEMAND: RENAMING OF KUNJWANI Þ PAGE 2 CHOWK SOUGHT TRANSPORT: COMMUTERS SEEK INCREASED TRAIN SEATING CAPACITY Þ PAGE 2 11°C 0°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM ■ Asks VCs of these varsities for details of research into toxic effluents being discharged into Dal Lake Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 16 The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Vice-Chancellors of the Kashmir as well as Sher-eKashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (SKUAST, Kashmir) to submit their suggestions based on research carried out on the damage done by toxic effluents discharged into the Dal Lake. The suggestions are supposed to be reaching the High Court by or before next date of hearing fixed for November 28. The court issued these directions following submissions by amicus curiae Zaffar A Shah that these universities may have done research work regarding the damage caused to the Dal Lake by discharge of effluents. "Notice shall go to the Vice-Chancellors of both the universities, who shall advice the HoD (Head of Department) of the discipline concerned doing aforesaid research work, if any, to submit their suggestions based on research work so undertaken by or before next date of hearing," WHAT THE PIL SAYS ❙ The High Court is hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Sheikh Tahir Iqbal, then a law student, in July 2002 in which he had prayed that the court should take steps to preserve and save the Dal Lake ❙ The High Court is said to have been monitoring the efforts aimed at conservation of Dal Lake and other water bodies in Kashmir since then ❙ The High Court has now asked for suggestions from the Kashmir University and SUKAST-K to forward their suggestions with regard to research on effects of effluents on the Dal Lake a Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Muzaffar Hussain Attar said in its orders made available today. These directions have been issued in a Public Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY HC seeks suggestions from KU, SKUAST-K Ishfaq Tantry The Dhoom Machale song is finally out and actress Nargis Fakhri is all praise for Katrina Kaif's dance moves in the song. Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking preservation and conservation of the Dal Lake. Shah, in his submissions, had also suggested exploring possibility of constituting a technical board or committee for "permanent and regular monitoring" of the functioning of the Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs), which have already been set up to clean the Dal water of the toxic effluents discharged into it from different sources. In this regard, the court directed the government to consider the "valuable" suggestion. "The suggestion is valuable. In our opinion, it would be appropriate for the respondents (government) to consider the suggestion in its right perspective?. In this regard, enactment of the law and the rules may be a requirement; therefore, the respondents shall give a thought to it," the High Court observed in its orders while asking the government to file an affidavit in this regard by next week, which will indicate how it intends to consider the suggestion. Youth commits suicide Tribune News Service DEALING WITH THE CHILL: A woman burns wood to obtain charcoal for heating purpose as the winter gets more intimidating. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Srinagar, November 16 One person committed suicide by hanging himself in the city here, the police said today. Aaqib Ahmad Hajam was found hanging at his home in Budshah Nagar locality of the city, a police spokesman said. The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code to ascertain the cause and circumstances surrounding the death. Staff, equipment shortage bane of rural healthcare units Our Correspondent Anantnag, November 16 The people in rural areas of Anantnag district, here in South Kashmir, rue the shortage of staff and health care facilities. According to reports there are no doctors in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Allopathic dispensaries in many areas. Doctors hardly visit their work place. The people living in villages continue to remain dependent on the district and sub-district hospitals for the smallest of their health care needs, thus putting an extra pressure on the already overburdened referral hospitals. Residents allege that doctors prefer to be posted in major towns and are often hesitant to work in rural areas. “If we look inside major hospitals of the district, there are many junior doctors working on voluntary basis. However, people even posted in rural areas seldom attend to their duties,” said Abdul Salam, a teacher from Khiram in Anantnag district. Only a single doctor has been posted at the PHC in Khiram area. Locals agree that a doctor cannot stay at the PHC for 24-hours. “We are forced to carry our sick to the Sub-District Hospital in Bijbehara or the District Hospital in Anantnag,” said Salam. The PHC caters to a population of more than 20,000. Moreover, the PHC’s and dispensaries are not well equipped to handle even the simplest of the medical procedures like a delivery. Most of these health care facilities remain devoid of the basic equipment. Some of them do not have the space to accommodate the machinery. “Our local dispensary has got some equipment if not all. However, the problem is no space where the equipment could be utilised,” said Ishfaq Ahmad, an engineer from Dialgam in Anantnag. Dialgam residents say even if the dispensary is not upgraded to a Primary Health Centre, at least there should be enough space to keep and use the rotting equipment. The Health Department officials blame the government for its callous attitude towards healthcare. “We do not have enough doctors to keep these smaller healthcare units up and running,” said a senior official of the Health Department on a condition of anonymity. He said they had been requesting the authorities to take concrete steps, but to no avail. As mercury dips, Plummeting temperature warms up demand for firepots cold tightens grip Amin Masoodi Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 16 Kashmir continues to remain in the grasp of shivering cold as mercury fell below the freezing point across the region. In Srinagar, the maximum temperature had remained steady at 16°C for last several days. The night temperature fell by two degrees below the freezing point, an official of the state Meteorological Department said. The Weather Department’s forecast bulletin said the minimum temperature in the city would likely continue to drop to -3°C during the SaturdaySunday intervening night. Kashmir, the state’s summer capital, had recorded the coldest night of the season on Thursday when mercury fell to -2.6°C. Leh town in remote Ladakh region continues to remain the coldest place in Kashmir division as mercury fell to -12°C, said the official. In Kargil, the second major populated centre in Ladakh region, minimum tempera- Kashmir, summer capital of the state, had recorded coldest night of the season on Thursday when mercury fell to -2.6°C. Leh town in remote Ladakh region continues to remain the coldest place in Kashmir division as mercury fell to -12°C, said a Weather Department official ture was recorded at -7°C. The region remains cut-off from rest of the state for most of the winter as a wall of snow at the Zojilla Pass blocks its road connectivity with the Kashmir valley. Pahalgam resort of the south Kashmir was the coldest place in Kashmir Valley with mercury falling to -4°C, the official said. In north Kashmir’s Gulmarg resort, a famous skiing destination during winters, mercury fell to -1.8°C. In Qazigund, located in south Kashmir and in Kupwara, a frontier town in north Kashmir, the mercury overnight fell to -2.8°C, the official said. Kupwara, November 16 Dip in temperature has raised the demand for firepots, called kangris in local parlance in north Kashmir. Erratic power supply has rendered heating devices like heaters and blowers almost useless and people have been choosing kangris for warmth, especially during morning and evening hours. Kangri sellers have been doing brisk business as people are thronging markets to buy the heating device.“Early chill this year has raised the demand for kangris. I have sold about 300 kangris during the past one week. The cost of kangri varies from Rs 80 to Rs 250, depending on the wicker used in the preparation and its size,” said Shabir Ahmad Ganie, who has been selling kangris at a makeshift shop in Kupwara town. For a large number of people involved in making and sourcing the material for the kangri, it is a round-theyear job, but for sellers, it is largely four months of the Two elderly push a cart loaded with kangris in Srinagar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR winter season when they do most of the business. He said he had engaged about a dozen youth to make kangris of different shapes and sizes at his home in Dar- pora Lolab. “For the past many years, I am in the business of making and selling kangris. The kangri is by and large affordable to even the poorest and unlike elec- trical heating devices, it can be taken along when one goes on a stroll,” he added. Reports said the kangri has been selling like hot cakes in other major towns of north Kashmir. Most people in villages use hearth for cooking and making charcoal for kangris. “Use of hearth for cooking also generates enough coal for kangris. Power is playing hide-and-seek in villages these days and the power scenario may worsen in the coming weeks. Therefore, most people in villages use hearth for cooking and kangris for warmth in the harsh winter season,” said Bhakti begum, a housewife from Tikker. Fire incidents due to a kangri falling in the bed is a regular feature in winters and the broad base of kangri normally minimises such incidents. The kangri sellers also visit villages to sell the kangris at people's doorsteps. Many people cut and stock old trees like poplar and walnut for firewood in winters. Others use bukharis run on firewood to fight the chill. Kashmir’s taekwondo girl selected for national award IN THE WORKS: A nomad constructs a temporary structure for his family near the river Tawi in Jammu. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH Srinagar, November 16 Kashmir valley’s taekwondo champion Kariha Javaid, who has participated in various national and international taekwondo championships has been selected by the Government of India, Ministry of Women & Child Development, for national award for exceptional achievements. She won a gold medal at the world championship held at Malaysia and won a silver medal too. The taekwondo association of J&K, in its meeting convened here, appreciated the talent and the laurels brought by Kariha Javaid to Jammu and Kashmir. The Taekwondo Association of J&K president RGN Wani said there is no dearth of sports talent in the state. He said the association would continue to provide necessary facilities to the players of the state for showcasing their talent both at national and international events. The J&K team, while participating in the national taekwondo championships held at Mumbai recently, broke national records and achieved the top-most position in the championship by securing more than seventeen gold medals. — TNS
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