September 29, 2019

Day-56: Life remains crippled in Kashmir

Srinagar: There was no change in the situation as life remained crippled for the 56th day on Sunday in the Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories.

Meanwhile, security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse demonstrators who were raising slogans and pelting stones at several places in the down town, Shehar-e-Kashmir and uptown area of the city on Saturday evening. Dozens of vehicles were damaged in the stone pelting.

There were no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley, officials said. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assemble of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley to maintain law and order, they said.

Meanwhile, gag on communication network continued in the valley, where internet and mobile service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 to prevent rumours. However, landline telephones were functioning in the valley.

All gates of historic Jamia Masjid remained closed for devotees since August 5. Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and order.  No prayers, including on Fridays, were offered in the Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, since August 5 due to restrictions.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 56 days while public transport was off the roads on Sunday. The State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses also remained off the roads. However, private vehicles were plying though less in numbers as compared to previous days. The civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital today witnessed deserted look with only security forces deployed in strength.

Reports received said restrictions were being strictly imposed in some sensitive areas in south Kashmir district of Anantnag , where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads.

Similar reports were also received from other main town and tehsil headquarters, including Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Pampore, Tral and Awantipora. There was also no change in the situation in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Ajas in north Kashmir. Reports of shutdown were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam.

Meanwhile, train service between Baramulla in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended for security reasons since August 5.

Landline telephone service were resumed in the valley. However, mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies remained suspended since August 5, badly hitting professional, media persons, students besides traders and government departments in the valley.

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Coronavirus: ‘105 people with China travel history kept under home quarantine’ Srinagar: One hundred five people with China travel history are being kept under surveillance in Jammu and Kashmir. However, no one has tested positive for Coronavirus so far. The Nodal Officer for Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory to deal with the Coronavirus, Dr Shafqat Khan told KNS over phone that one hundred five people in Jammu and Kashmir with travel history from China have been asked to remain in home quarantine as a precautionary measure. “So far there is no case of coronavirus in JK. The suspected cases have tested negative and have been advised home quarantine,” The official maintained that all suspected people in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation and are being monitored. ‘They have been asked to remain in isolation and take necessary precautions. However, no one has been hospitalized”, he maintained. He said that preemptive measures are in place to deal with the threat posed by coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir. Khan said that Government is not taking any chance on the issue of Coronavirus and all those arriving from China, Nepal and other countries are being regularly monitored. He appealed people not to panic.” As on date there is nobody in JK UT to have detected for the coronavirus. Though two people earlier had some flue like symptoms, but both were detected negative for coronavirus,” said Shafqat. The Nodal Officer said that some samples of people who had flue like symptoms were also taken and sent for analyses, but no one has been detected positive for coronavirus. Government has established 33 bedded isolation ward at Government Medical College Jammu for Coronavirus cases and 22 bedded such facility at GMC, Srinagar, SKIMS Soura and Maternity Hospital Sanatnagar in Kashmir valley. The sample taking facility has been kept at GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu. Meanwhile sources told KNS that the government has asked all the Chief Medical Officers across the UT to maintain the SOPs strictly. They have been asked to transport such people from airport and home to test lifting facilities in designated ambulances. Sources said that Health Department of the UT is in continuous touch with National Center for Disease Control in New Delhi and National Institute of Virology Pune. Sources said that Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo also advised the officers to be extra vigilant and follow the established protocol in handling all suspected cases. The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus has gone up to 2,236 with 118 more deaths reported, mostly from the hard-hit Hubei province, while the overall confirmed infection cases have climbed to 75,465, Chinese health officials said on Friday. The number of deaths is higher than the previous day when 114 people died of the disease, but the country reported the lowest number of new infection cases in nearly a month, fuelling hopes that Beijing’s epidemic control efforts were working. By the end of Thursday, a total of 2,236 people had died of the disease and 75,465 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported from 31 provincial-level regions and in China, the National Health Commission (NHC) said in its daily report on Friday.

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