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State government has come across fresh cases of 76 new substandard drugs facing the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCP) to cancel licenses of some manufacturers. The drugs include the largely-consumed drugs Paracetmol and Diazepam. The report has been prepared after the involvement of officials in the spurious drug scam came to forth. A PIL was filed by President of the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Dr Nisar-ul-Hasan, through advocate Bhat Fayaz.


City police have started a drive against smoking in and around health institutions with 39 offenders being booked in SMHS hospital. A fine of Rs13,980 has been imposed on them. Acting on the complaints, police have launched an intensive drive against smoking in such sensitive public places. Police said the drive would be intensified in all hospitals and educational institutions in the coming days.


Wular, in North Kashmir, Asia’s largest freshwater lake, is fast losing its grandeur to extensive pollution, siltation and encroachments. State in 2011 had launched an ambitious project and found no traces of conservation measures on the ground. It has been silted up, encroached upon from all sides by massive plantation of trees and extension of agriculture fields. In 1990 under the Ramsar Convention, Wular was designated as wetland of international importance but absence of any conservation has deteriorated it drastically.


Dr (Professor) Iffat Hassan, HOD Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Leprosy GMC Srinagar has been awarded the Howard Maibach award for 2014 for her research work. She was the single recipient of the award at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Contact Dermatitis Society held at Denver, Colorado USA.


Hina Shafi Bhat, 34, a medico by profession and daughter of former Member Parliament, Muhammad Shafi Bhat, joined politics and has decided to contest upcoming Assembly elections from Amira Kadal. However, the nature of candidacy is yet to be made public.


Sepoy Manoj Kumar Arjun, aged 23, an army sepoy allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside a military camp in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Arjun, a resident of Washim, Maharashtra, was rushed to a nearby army hospital where doctors declared him dead. A case has been registered under relevant section. However, the reasons for committing suicide are not known yet in the preliminary investigations.


Police have arrested Showkat Ahmad Malik alias “Shaktiman” of 160 Territorial Army battalion of Hirri camp for allegedly raping a woman in Madhama Zirhama, Kupwara while manhunt has been launched to nab another person accompanying the accused when the crime took place.  Locals said that the husband of the woman was not present at the house when the accused and his accomplice barged in. Police have registered a case under relevant sections and investigations are on.


An unidentified gunman shot at and injured former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Pulwama, Dr Ghulam Qadir, at his private clinic and fled. Dr Qadir received bullet injuring his hand and shoulder. He was shifted to District Hospital and later referred to Srinagar for treatment, where his condition was said to be stable. Pertinently, the ex-CMO was supervising the medical examination of bodies of Asiya and Neelofar, the two ladies were raped and murdered allegedly by men in uniform.


As many as 1860 cases of Dengue have been registered in Jammu and Kashmir in a span of four years while as four people have died of this disease. According to a report by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, 1837 cases of Dengue were registered in J&K while three persons died of the disease in 2013. In 2012, a total of 17 cases and one death were registered while two and three cases were registered in 2009 and 2011 respectively. However, no case was reported in 2008, 2010 and 2014.


Broadcaster Rukhsana Jabeen has been appointed as director Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, replacing Bashir Arif while Shamshad Kralwari has been appointed as director commercial broadcasting services. Prasar Bharti has appointed new directors for 53 radio stations and 66 assistant directors have also been promoted to new positions across Indian dominion. Similarly, V K Samyal has been appointed as director Radio Jammu.


An Army officer, two policemen and two militants were killed and six security personnel injured in an encounter in frontier district of Kupwara. The operation was led jointly by army and police. During the gunfight the house of Muhammad Sadiq was damaged.


State High Court has issued notice to Union Home Ministry and state government for their response on a petition seeking implementation of an order whereby the State Government was directed to bear electricity and water charges of the hotels occupied by the troops. The respondents have been directed to file response to the petition within six weeks. Meanwhile, the court stayed a communication of State Home Department making it mandatory for the petitioners to produce no objection certificates (NOCs) from the concerned departments on electricity and water charges for releasing their rentals.


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