Bandipore SDH faces scarcity of water, electricity

Bandipore, Jan 29: The doctors in sub-district hospital here are facing severe hardship due to lack of infrastructure, electricity and water.The medicos and paramedics told Greater Kashmir that fu...

Bandipore, Jan 29: The doctors in sub-district hospital here are facing severe hardship due to lack of infrastructure, electricity and water.The medicos and paramedics told Greater Kashmir that functioning of the hospital had been hit by non-availability of accommodation for night."The hospital is without electricity and water. We couldn't do justice with our duties due to absence of these necessities for smooth functioning," they said.When contacted the BMO, Dr. Bashir Ahmed admitted that they were facing problems. "We have taken up the matter with higher ups," he said.

Forest fire in Kishtwar
Kishtwar: Forest fire has destroyed nearly one hundred trees in Kishtwar district of Jammu last night, officials said on Friday.Soon after the flames emanated from compartment number 65 in the hilly district last evening, about 15 forest officials and 30 people from adjoining Hullar and Hunjala village rushed to areas to extinguish the fire, they said.However, while they were taking measures to ensure that the fires does not spread further, heavy showers in the afternoon helped in dousing the fire in the forest.
The cause of the fire could not be ascertained so far, the sources said and added the loss was also being ascertained. PTI

Vohra, Omar greet people
Jammu: The Governor, N N Vohra and chief minister Omar Abdullah has greeted the people on the occasion of Guru Ravi Dass Jayanti.In their messages, they described Guru Ji as a social reformer whose teachings of peace, harmony, love and compassion had influenced millions of people and continue to inspire successive generations to work for a harmonious society based on equality and social justice.They said Guru Ji taught and preached the high values of humanism and urged the people to always think and work keeping this philosophy in mind.

DGP sanctions rewards for wards of policemen
Jammu: In recognition to the high academic merit of the children of police personnel, the Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda today sanctioned a reward of Rs 5000 each in favour of 32 students.The reward, amounting Rs 1.60 lakhs is being disbursed to the students accordingly. The beneficiaries include students who have secured highest percentage of marks in Matric, 12th Class and graduation level during the academic year 2008.

KURSA hails varsity officials
Srinagar: The Kashmir University Research Scholars Association has hailed the University authorities for adoption of efficient and hassle free admission procedure from the current session.In a statement, the Association said the availability of forms on internet, easy fee and form submission with single-form-multiple course possibility would be helpful for the students.

Bar concludes 3-day Tihar visit
Srinagar, Jan 29: The High Court Bar Association team today concluded its three day visit to the Tihar jail in New Delhi.The team comprising its president, Mian Abdul Qayoom, vice- president Ejaz Bedar; General Secretary G N Shaheen, advocates Arshad Andrabi, Manzoor Ahmad, Rafiq Ahmad Joo, Muhammad Ashraf Bhat and Tanveer Ahmad Bhat met Kashmiri detainees lodged in the jail. The Bar is likely to present detailed report about the condition of detainees.

'K-issue cause of Indo-Pak tension'
Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) senior leader and Democratic Freedom Party president, Shabir Ahmad Shah on Friday said the Kashmir issue was the main cause of Indo-Pak tension. Shah was addressing a public meeting at Kalampora, Pulwama, where a civilian Mushtaq Ahmad Mir was recently slain allegedly by the forces. He said, "The tension between the two nuclear neighbouring countries will continue to prevail until Kashmir issue is resolved."  Shah asked India to take steps for resolving Kashmir in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of its people in the larger interest of peace and security in the subcontinent. Meanwhile, Shah paid glowing tributes to Shaheed Manzoor Ahmad Bhat of Parihaspora, Pattan who was recently killed allegedly by IRP personnel. 

BSNL holds telephone Adalat
Srinagar, Jan 29: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited conducted a telephone Adalat on Friday for providing hassle free services to its subscriber here. In a statement, it said 13 customers had sent their applications for settlement. "The BSNL will conduct Adalats every quarter of the year," it said adding that out of 207 cases 112 were settled on persuasion of the telecom local administration."As per guidelines issued by government of India, Ministry of Communications and IT Department of Telecom, BSNL will allow facility to existing prepaid subscribers upon completion of re-verification," it said.

Freedom struggle to continue: TeH
Srinagar, Jan 29: The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat acting general secretary, Pir Saifullah Friday said the freedom struggle, for which thousands have sacrificed their lives, would continue till to its logical end.Addressing a gathering at Kralpora, he said the people had given everything to the struggle including their honour and lives. "The sacrifices won't be let go waste. We will continue our mission," he said.He said that as part of an 'organised conspiracy,' India was changing the demography of the state and attempts were being made to turn the majority community into the minority.He said the anti-people approach of police was also part of the same policy as 'groups like RSS have a liaison with police.' "Such attempts have been made earlier also and they have failed and will fail in future as well."

Missing teenager traced
Srinagar, Jan 29: Police has traced a teenager of Soura who went missing from January 20.According to a police official, Asim Bhat, class 8th student son of Nazir Bhat left home after arguments with parents and didn't return. He was traced in his native area and handed over to the parents, the police official said.

Tarigami condemns attack on worker
Srinagar, Jan 29: The state secretary CPI (M), Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has condemned the attack on party worker and his relative at Mahand-Gophan in Kulgam on Thursday."Such criminal acts will not deter those who are committed to pursue the path of dignified peace and reconciliation," he said and expressed solidarity with the families.

Shawl concerned over 'land sale' to non Kashmiris
Srinagar, Jan 29: The Justice Foundation Kashmir Centre London, executive director, Nazir Ahmad Shawl has voiced concern over the alleged sale of land to non Kashmiris.In a statement from London, Shawl said: "It amounts to bring about a silent demographic change and alter the population profile in the disputed territory."He also welcomed the effort of High Court Bar Association in unearthing the sale of land non state subjects.

Brightest full moon of 2010 today
New Delhi, Jan 29: The brightest and biggest full moon of 2010 will be seen tomorrow.The full moon tomorrow will be around 15 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter as compared to other full moons during the year."The moon will not only shine brighter but will also appear bigger as compared to other full moons during the year," Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) Director C B Devgun said.
The full moon will be at its best at around 8 PM, he said.The phenomenon occurs as the Moon's orbit is elliptical with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other.At closest, our natural satellite lies roughly 3,56,630 kms  from Earth compared to the Moon's average distance of 3,84,800 km from Earth. PTI

Inter-religions dialogue in Feb
New Delhi, Jan 29: An international conference will be held next month in Delhi to initiate a dialogue between Islam and other religions.This was stated by the chief organiser of the conference, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, at a press conference here."This first of its kind dialogue will be inaugurated by the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari," he said. The conference will be held on February 20-21 at Jamia Millia's Ansari Auditorium and would be attended by top leaders and scholars of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism from India and neighbouring countries.Buddhist and Hindu scholars and religious leaders from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other countries will take part in addition to participants from almost all parts of India, he added.

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