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Friday, May 7, 2021#COVID || J&K sets new record of 4,926 cases, 52 fatalities

Tally breaches 2 Lakh mark, death toll swells to 2562

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded the biggest daily rise of 4,926 coronavirus and 52 deaths on Thursday.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,685 were from the Jammu division and 3,241 from Kashmir division, according to officials.
The number of coronavirus cases rose to 2.02 lakh, while the toll climbed to 2,562. Out of the 52 more deaths, 34 were in Jammu region and 18 in Kashmir Valley, the offic


Friday, May 7, 2021Jammu to get 1325 oxygen beds in 5 days, says LG

Jammu: The Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Thursday directed for increasing the additional 1325 bed capacity with oxygen support in Jammu Division within five days which will complement the Government’s efforts for strengthening and improving the health infrastructure, especially the Covid-19 treatment facilities in the region.
Earlier in the morning, the people in Jammu region people face h


Friday, May 7, 2021HC directs J&K to appoint nodal officers for oxygen supply to home

Seeks report on beds, Remdesivir availability, requirement

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the administration to nominate adequate number of nodal officers to ensure supply of oxygen to the patients undergoing treatment at their homes.
The court passed the directions on a suo motu petition admitted by it last year regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The division bench, comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sanjay Dhar


Friday, May 7, 2021Govt transfers 9 IPS officers, Srinivas posted as DGP Prison

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday ordered reshuffle of nine top IPS officers, including four DGP-rank officers.
Dr B Srinivas, commandant general HG-SDRF, J&K, was posted as the new director general of prisons. He shall continue to hold the additional charge of the post of director, fire and emergency service, J&K, till further orders.
The transferred officers include four


Friday, May 7, 2021J&K govt releases Rs 250 crore as interest subvention under economic package for biz

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday approved release of additional Rs 250 crore as interest subvention under economic package for revival of business and industry in the Union Territory.
He handed over a cheque of the said amount to Jammu and Kashmir Bank as third instalment of the 5 per cent interest subvention.
The UT administration has already released Rs


Friday, May 7, 2021Govt sanctions Rs 5.87 crore to preserve Historic Science College

Jammu: More than a century old historic Government Gandhi Memorial Science College is all set to be preserved in the coming days for which the Jammu and Kashmir Government has also sanctioned Rs 5.87 crores.
Sources in the Higher Education Department said that preparations have been set into motion to preserve the heritage building of the famous GGM Science College which is more than one hundred


Thursday, May 6, 2021Dr Samia Rashid officially appointed Principal GMC Srinagar

Srinagar, May 06: The Jammu and Kashmir government Thursday officially appointed Professor and Head, Department of Medicine at Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, as the full time Principal of the college.

An order issued by Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo while sanctioning Dr Samia’s appointment to the top post specified her pay


Thursday, May 6, 2021#COVID19 || Death toll top 2500 as J&K posts another daily record rise in cases

Jammu: With 52 fresh fatalities due to COVID, the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir breached 2500 mark while 4716 new cases pushed the tally to 1,96,585.
“Among fresh fatalities 28 reported from Jammu region and 24 from Kashmir region. With these fatalities, the death toll in J&K has reached to 2,510,’ an official said.
“Out of 52 deaths reported on Wednesday, 15 died in GMC Jammu, 1 in MCH


Thursday, May 6, 2021LG Sinha asks official to augment beds in Valley

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday directed senior health officials to add 1,050 oxygen-supported beds in the Kashmir division to ensure immediate treatment for people requiring hospitalisation amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Increased bed capacity with oxygen should be ready within a week. It will substantially improve the health infrastructure and help pa


Thursday, May 6, 2021Jailed separatist leader Ashraf Sehrai dies in Jammu hospital

Jammu: Prominent separatist leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who was arrested under the Public Safety Act in July last year, died of COVID-19 at a hospital here on Wednesday, officials said.
The body of Sehrai, 77, was handed over to his family this evening and taken in a police escort to Kupwara in north Kashmir, at least 350 km from Jammu, where he would be buried at his ancestral graveyard in a


Thursday, May 6, 2021Routine surgeries deferred in Jammu

Jammu: The authorities in Jammu issued an order on Wednesday deferring routine surgeries in government and private health institutions in the division, owing to the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.
Issued by Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer, the order, however, said emergency services and critical care required for co-morbid and dialysis patients, and maternal and child health services wou


Tuesday, May 4, 2021J&K BJP leader served showcause after outburst against Union minister

JAMMU: Senior Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader and former MLC Vikram Randhawa got a showcause notice by the party’s disciplinary committee, hours after he levelled corruption charges against Union minister Jitendra Singh.

Randhawa has been asked to reply within two days along with any evidence to prove his claim.

Randhawa, who is the president of Stone Crusher Owners Association, levelled serio


Tuesday, May 4, 2021Amid pandemic, Ganderbal pvt school arbitrarily hikes tuition fee

SRINAGAR, MAY 04: Parents of students enrolled at Radiant Public Nagbal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday complained against the school management for arbitrarily hiking the tuition fee by nearly 25 percent even though educational institutions in Kashmir have largely remained closed for almost two years now.

The parents complained that the school was charging a monthly tuition


Tuesday, May 4, 2021District Hospital Shopian without CT scan facility

SRINAGAR: A few days ago, a young COVID-19 patient in south Kashmir’s Shopian district was suggested to conduct a chest CT-scan by doctors at District Hospital Shopian after his blood oxygen levels began to plummet.

The patient found himself caught in a tight corner as the facility was not available at the hospital.

His family soon rushed him to the neighbouring Pulwama district and got the


Tuesday, May 4, 202117 persons arrested, 10 vehicles seized for illegal mining, transportation in Kashmir

Srinagar: Police arrested 17 persons and seized ten vehicles involved in illegal extraction and transportation of raw materials in north Kashmir.

A police spokesperson said that police parties from Police Station Kreeri and Police Post Mirgund arrested seven persons and seized six tractors and a JCB machine involved in illegal extraction and transportation of raw materials at Odina, Yakhmanpor


Monday, May 3, 2021Rescue operation resumes to trace youth missing after bear attack in Ganderbal

Srinagar, May 3: A search and rescue operation was on Monday resumed to trace a youth, who went missing after a bear attack in a forest area in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal on Sunday.

Official sources on Monday said that with the first light, joint teams of J&K police, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Wildlife department resumed the search and rescue operation to tract out th


Monday, May 3, 2021COVID-19 patient dies due to alleged medical negligence at District Hospital Ramban

Srinagar: A COVID-19 patient from Banihal area died on Sunday due to negligence by doctors on duty at District Hospital Ramban, family and relatives alleged.

The family members of Abdul Qudoos hailing from Lambar Banihal told TNN that after his condition worsened in the morning, they went to the on-duty doctor for help.

The doctor instead of coming to the patient’s rescue and putting him on


Monday, May 3, 2021Kangan man missing after being attacked by bear

Srinagar, May 3: One person has gone missing after a wild bear attacked a group of three people who had gone to Dumail area in the upper reaches of Naranag forest area of Kangan in Ganderbal district on Sunday.

Three persons had gone to Dumail area in the upper reaches of Naranag forests on Sunday morning.

While they were trekking a wild bear attacked them in which two persons sustained inj


Monday, May 3, 2021Educational institutions in J&K to remain closed till May 31

JAMMU: All educational institutions in J&K will remain closed for imparting on-campus, in-person education to the students till May 31, 2021.

As per guidelines and instructions, issued by the State Executive Committee (SEC), on COVID containment measures in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which will take effect from today, the teaching in all the educational institutions will be in o


Monday, May 3, 202190 year old Udhampur woman inspires others to get COVID vaccination

UDHAMPUR: In view of the spike of COVID-19 in the District, District Administration Udhampur has taken several initiatives in recent past for expediting the vaccination process under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner, Indu Kanwal Chib.

Though a lot need to be done to achieve vaccination targets set for different age groups, yet a large number of people are coming forward for inoculation


Monday, May 3, 2021#COVID J&K issues fresh SoPs, edu institutions, paid parks to remain close till May 31

Night curfew in all districts, religious places of worship to remain open

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee on Sunday put Srinagar district in the red category as it issued revised guidelines for effective containment of COVID-19 in the union territory.
According to the new guidelines, all educational institutions, public parks and coaching centres would continue to remain closed till May 31, while public transport is allowed to ply with 50 per ce


Monday, May 3, 2021#COVID || 41 new fatalities, 2,370 fresh cases

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir recorded 3,571 fresh COVID cases, taking the tally to 1,83,486 on Sunday, while 41 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 2,370, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,150 were from the Jammu division and 2,421 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they said.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 1,126 cases, followed by 486 i


Saturday, May 1, 2021Bring back Kashmiri detenues lodged in different jails outside, HCBA to GoI, UT

Srinagar, May 1: Expressing concern over the health conditions of Kashmiri prisoners detained in jails outside the valley, High Court Bar Association (HCBA) on Saturday urged Union Territory (UT) administration and Government of India (GoI) to bring them back to valley in view of massive spike in COVID positive cases in the country.
In an extra ordinary meeting which was chaired by HCBA presiden


Saturday, May 1, 2021Former VC BGSBU Prof. Irshad Hamal passes away

Former Vice-Chancellor Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) Rajouri, Prof. Irshad Ahmad Hamal passed away after a brief illness on Saturday morning, reports said.

The incumbent Vice-Chancellor of the varsity Prof. Akbar Masood, senior functionaries and faculty members have condoled the demise.

Recalling the contribution of Prof. Hamal as the Vice Chancellor of BGSBU (2010-2015) Prof.


Saturday, May 1, 2021Vaccine safe for diabetes, heart patients: Dr U Kaul

Srinagar: Covid-19 vaccination is extremely safe for diabetes and heart patients including those who regularly take blood thinners or anticoagulants, a top medico said.

In an interview, leading cardiologist Dr U. Kaul dispelled misgivings about Covid-19 vaccine and said “only those patients who have experienced excessive breathlessness after the first dose of vaccine need to get checked from a


Saturday, May 1, 2021Around dozen shops gutted in fire en route Vaishno Devi track

Jammu: Nearly one dozen shops were gutted in a mysterious fire that broke out en route Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan in Katra town of Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Police here said that fire broke out in shops near Charanpaduka along track en route Bhawan.

Joint teams of police, Shrine Board, fire and emergency services, on receiving information, immediately rushed to the spot and st


Saturday, May 1, 2021J&K takes to twitter to help pandemic hit population

Jammu: Amid Jammu and Kashmir’s increasingly deepening coronavirus crisis, its people are taking to twitter to seek as well as offer help for the pandemic hit population.
“Learning from the heartbreaking upheaval in Delhi, where people have had to desperately bypass conventional communication channels to crowdsource help through Twitter and other social media platforms for oxygen, plasma, hospit


Saturday, May 1, 2021139 FIRs lodged, 153 arrested for violating lockdown norms

Jammu: At least one hundred and thirty nine FIRs have been lodged, one hundred and fifty three persons were arrested and several business establishments were seized in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for violation of the COVID 19 guidelines, within 24 hours by Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Jammu Police has taken stringent measures for the implementation of COVID 19 guidelines. In a drive ag


Saturday, May 1, 2021Bed capacity increased by 30% in one month

Srinagar: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases the Jammu and Kashmir government in last one month has increased the bed capacity by 30 per cent in Union Territory.
As per the details available at the beginning of the month of April, the number of beds that were designated for Covid-19 was 2661 out of which 1091 were for the Jammu division and 1571 were for the Kashmir division.
Whereas out of 2661 be


Saturday, May 1, 2021Govt amends J&K Civil Services Decentralisation, Recruitment Act

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha led administration has on Friday amended to exclude Health and Medical Education Department identified Gazzetted level teaching and faculty posts on academic arrangement basis, from the operation of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services Decentralisation and Recruitment Act 2010.
A notification in this regard, states that “In exercise of the powers conferred unde