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A two-day workshop on development of strategic approach to Reproductive Maternal New Born Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH), a Sub-Plan for High Priority Districts of Jammu and Kashmir, was organized by Department of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was inaugurated by Shabir Ahmed Khan, minister of state for health. Shabir Khan said such informative workshops would play immense role in upgrading of the state’s health centre and should be organised in future as well.


State Executive Committee has released an amount of 8.40 crores for the rehabilitation of affected families and clearing of liabilities of work done on account of damages caused to private property and public infrastructure due to flash floods, snow storms, wind storms, hail storm and other natural calamities during last few years. Meanwhile, an amount of 18 crore has also been sanctioned for the purchase of vital equipment and capacity building measures so the damages would be reduced if the calamity stuck the next time.


A 40 year old unidentified pilgrim visiting Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has committed suicide by jumping in a deep gorge adjoining new track near Devi Dwara. It took more than two hours for the Police team to locate his body in the 300 meters deep gorge. On being shifted to hospital, doctors declared him as brought dead. Identity of the deceased could not be ascertained as nothing useful in this regard was recovered from him.


Mishri Kalas, 54, son of Ghulam Hassan of Sangerwani, Pulwama, a mentally challenged man, committed suicide by hanging himself at his home.


 BJP demanded a CBI probe into the August 9 communal violence at Kishtwar saying that the judicial inquiry as ordered by the Government can’t be effective. The duo, Ashok Khajuria and Nirmal Singh, who had gone to Kishtwar as a part of Party delegation say that minorities in Kishtwar continue to reel under a sense of deep insecurity. Besides, they are asking the state government to pay the due compensation to the loss of public property due to the riots in the area.


Cloudbursts struck Zoistan, Tral causing heavy flashfloods and led to large scale destruction in the area, rendering scores of families homeless. The floods washed away two-kilometre long road connecting scores of villages of the area, Government High School building, CAPD building, electricity poles, water supplying pipes, vehicles and standing crops in the fields. Numerous families had to shift to other safer places as their houses were filled with mud and boulders.


In Jammu, police have arrested two thieves, Parveen Kumar of Bakshinagar and Parshotam Kumar of Vikas nagar, involved in a robbery case registered with Kalyanpuri Police Station, New Delhi. The duo is accused of robbing a “Duster” car from a person by showing him gun in the area. As the accused were heading the vehicle towards Jammu, it met with an accident at Chandigarh and was seized by the police there.


Mangal Singh, a BSF Jawan was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his house at Jonu Barta, Udhampur. He had come home on leave a few days back. Head injury was apparent cause of death, however, cause of injury could not be ascertained, police added. Singh’s post-mortem was carried in Udhampur district hospital and was later handed over to the family for last rites.


Police have arrested an absconder, Surjeet Kumar, son of Mohan Lal of Chakrohi, who was evading his arrest for the past over nine years. The accused was involved in FIR number 241/2004 and FIR number 61/2005 registered with Police Station Gandhi Nagar and Janipur respectively. Four general warrants of arrest under Section 512 CrPC were pending against him.


In a follow up action, the Assistant Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), A Q Mir today cancelled the license of a private dealer of CAPD at Bari Darhal from whose residence 50 bags of sugar were recovered recently. Meanwhile, a delegation of the people also met the Assistant Director during his visit to the area and demanded that they be given ration from Government sale depot instead of private dealer and also demanded the abolition of private dealer system.


In an effort to reach out to the Veer Naries of Kashmir valley, a Veer Naris interaction was held by Gurmeet Kaur, Regional president AWWA, Chinar Corps at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre. The aim of the interaction was to honour the Veer Naris and address the issues concerning them. They were also educated on various welfare schemes in vogue for the benefit and welfare of Veer Naris.


Dilip Azad, 70, resident of Kathua, a senior trade unionist and founder President of Provincial Electric Employees Union (PEEU) died after prolonged illness. He was associated member of All J&K Low Paid Government Employees Federation (LPEF) to which his organization was affiliated. He was also a member of Indian National Electricity Workers Federation, head quartered at Jaipur.


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