Next 15-20 days very critical, people must restrict their movement: Experts

Experts on Wednesday said that the peak of the second wave of Covid-19 is yet to come in Jammu and Kashmir and it is expected to hit the region in coming two to three weeks. Former director SKIMS, Chairman Covid Advisory Committee and renowned Gastroenterologist Dr Mohammed Sultan Khuroo while talking exclusively with news agency, said that peak of second wave of Covid-19 is expected in next three weeks, till then cases of Covid-19 will surge further. He said that the fight against COVID needs to be intensified and it…

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J&K records highest death toll due to COVID19, witnessed 52 fatalities as well 4716 new cases

Jammu and Kashmir reported highest single day spike in covid-19 deaths as 52 persons succumbed to the virus in last 24 hours even as 4716 fresh cases were reported, the second highest one-day count ever since the pandemic started, officials said on Tuesday. They said among the fatalities, 28 were reported from Jammu Division and 24 from Kashmir Valley, taking the overall toll in J&K to 2510. Regarding the 4716 new positive cases, the officials told that 1518 were reported from Jammu Division and 3198 from Kashmir valley, taking the…

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Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai passed away at a Jammu hospital

Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai passed away at a Jammu hospital

Chairman Tehreek e Hurriyat, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai Wednesday passed away at a Jammu hospital a day after he was admitted there, news agency PTI reported. Sehrai, who was booked under PSA in July last year and was lodged in Udhampur jail, was on Tuesday admitted to GMC Jammu after his health deteriorated. As per reports, he was suffering from multiple ailments. News agency PTI while quoting officials, reported this afternoon that Sehrai breathed his last at the hospital. Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiaz Umar Farooq Wednesday…

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The last ten nights of Ramadan and Laylatul-Qadr

The last ten nights of Ramadan and Laylatul-Qadr

Haroon Rashid Islam declared certain occasions and places the most sacred and significant. Laylatul-Qadr is one such occasion that is considered as the Holiest Night in the Islamic Calendar. This particular night is also known as the night of power or the night of decree. This night occurs during the final ten days of Ramadan, and although the exact date is unclear, it is generally assumed to be the 27th day of the Holy month. This is a night of great remembrance and worship to Allah (SWT) and ranks higher…

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Srinagar the City of Bridges

Srinagar the City of Bridges

In Srinagar, river Jhelum passes through the different seven bridges thus making it ‘City of Bridges’ and the first one overpasses through the wooden Zero or Zo’er Bridge in the Rajbagh area. The Zero or Zo’er Bridge is the first bridge wherein Jhelum makes an entry into Srinagar. The bridge is believed to be constructed somewhere in 1956 by a deaf constructor and was named as Zo’er bridge that later was changed to Zero bridge. The bridge was built on an ancient cantilever principle, and a few years back it…

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Kashmir’s Travel Industry badly shattered by COVID19 Second Wave

Kashmir's Travel Industry badly shattered by COVID19 Second Wave

The tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir had picked up in November-December of last year with tourists coming to the valley in large numbers to enjoy the snowfall and serene views. However, the second wave of Covid-19 changed everything. The second wave of Covid-19 has badly hit tourism in Kashmir valley. According to the local tourist operators, tourism season gradually picked up from October last year. Heavy snowfall in the last winter attracted thousands of tourists in Kashmir especially in Gulmarg where the grand sports event ‘Khelo India’ was organized…

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Volkan Bozkir, UN General Assembly president says Kashmir Status should not be changed, acknowledges Shimla Agreement of 1972

Volkan Bozkir, UN General Assembly president says Kashmir Status should not be changed, acknowledges Simla Agreement of 1972

General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir has said that the status of Jammu and Kashmir should not be changed while acknowledging the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan making it a bilateral issue. “I call on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said at a news conference here on Tuesday. “I support dialogue and diplomacy, and I encourage both Pakistan and India, neighbours, to resolve this dispute through peaceful means,” he said. While answering a reporter’s question about Kashmir,…

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South India’s N440K COVID variant 15 times more lethal, getting replaced by double mutant, UK variants: Data

South India's N440K COVID variant 15 times more lethal, getting replaced by double mutant, UK variants - Data

Several variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been emerging across the globe, continuing to threaten efforts to stem the world’s worst virus outbreak. The variants with N440K spike substitution have been detected in several parts of India, which has been hit by the second wave of the pandemic. Scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have found that lineages with N440K are not the dominant ones in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India. It was CCMB that had discovered the new coronavirus variant N440K. Experts have…

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As on-campus facilities remain closed, Schools must reduce fees: Supreme Court

As on-campus facilities remain closed, Schools must reduce fees - Supreme Court

While listening to a bunch of pleas by private unaided schools of Rajasthan against the state government’s order to forego 30 per cent of the tuition fee during the pandemic, the bench agreed that schools had to reduce the fees. Amid calls to slash school fees, Supreme Court has asked educational institutions to reduce fees as their running costs have come down with offline class and on-campus facilities remaining closed. Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said that schools must be sensitive to the problems faced by people…

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J&K Employees union protests dismissal of three employees

J&K Employees union protests dismissal of three employees

One of the three dismissed employees, Nazir Ahmad Wani was accused of giving shelter to terrorists after an underground hideout was busted at his shop in Pulwama last year. Following the dismissal of three employees from the service of Jammu and Kashmir government for activities tantamount to posing a threat to the country’s security or anti-national activities has led to protests from the employees union in the union territory. Separate orders issued by the general administration department of the UT had dismissed Idrees Jan, a teacher of Government Middle School…

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