Saturday, February 16, 2013


Jammu, Feb 16 (Only Kashmir):-Minister of State for Health, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Khan has said that ‘New Drug Policy’ would be enforced in the State from April this year. He said that New Drug Policy has been already approved by the State Cabinet and passed by the Assembly during last session adding that its enforcement will prove helpful to check growth of spurious drug combinations and adulteration of highly chosen brands which waste a lot of patient’s money in the State.
The Health Minister disclosed this while reviewing the functioning of Drug and Food Control Organization at a meeting of the officers held here on Saturday.
Commissioner Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Mr M K Dewidi, Controller Drug and Food Organization, Dr. Satash Gupta, Deputy controllers, assistant controllers, designated food officers, besides other senior officers of the Organization attended the meeting.
The Minister expressed that single most vital component of health care is drugs as they account for substantial household expenditure on health. He said that the market for drugs has been growing rapidly in terms of production, trade, investment, employment and consumption and highly priced branded drugs wastes lot of patient’s money in purchase of drugs.
He said under the purview of New Drug Policy the capacity of the Health & Medical Education Department to procure good quality drugs and ensure timely supply also has scope for improvement.
He instructed the concerned that after a detailed Drug policy, the law enforcement agencies should have to start the process to identify the pharma companies and illegal drug stores, which are violating the norms and are using the state as their dumping ground for its products adding that   government would also set up an Intelligence-cum-Legal Cell in Drug and Food Control Organization to facilitate contravention of fake drug rackets and their prompt prosecution.
 “Irrational use of drugs leads to serious problems through adverse drug reactions, drug resistance, increased morbidity and high cost”, he said and asked the functionaries of Drug & Food Control Organization also has constraints of capacity in ensuring the obligatory quality standards of the drugs under the provisions of law.
The Health Minister said the Monitoring and valuation is an essential component of the State Drug Policy, with provision that checking should take place at regular intervals and complete external evaluation of the drugs supplied will be conducted after every 2 years.
The Minister impressed upon the field functionaries to work boldly and without any pressure and ensure tangible results in implementation of requisite drug and food Acts for the welfare of the people. He also instructed for organizing anti-tobacco campaigns in educational institutions by involving NGOs and Health experts. He directed concerned to make surprise checks in offices, public places and fine the smokers under the Act.(OK)


Saturday, February 9, 2013


Srinagar, Feb 09, (Only Kashmir):  Exactly before the two days when Kashmir was scheduled to observe the "Martyr's day" for the hanging JKLF founder leader Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged to death in Tihar jail on February 11 in 1983. Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged to death in Tihar Jail today at 5.30am.  After people came out from various mosques and shrines after Fajr Nimaz, entire Kashmir valley was placed under strict curfew in the wake of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in the wee hours of Saturday 09 Feb 2013. 
Nine people including security men and officials of the Parliament were killed when Jaish-e-Mohammad attacked the Parliament in 2001 and Afzal Guru was held responsible for conspiracy and helping the perpetrators even several of the Kashmiris based in New Delhi were picked up for questioning but later on released after court observed that they were not involved in the crime. 
Entire Kashmir valley has been placed under strict curfew in the wake of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guruin the wee hours of Saturday. Police and paramilitary troops have been deployed across Kashmir to maintain law and order.
Following after CRPF and Local Police Army has also been alerted in the valley. Meanwhile sources told Only Kashmir that the authorities have ordered all cable operators in Kashmir to suspend their operation immediately.
Mufti Azam of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Bashir ud din has strongly condemned the hanging of Afzal Guru by the Government of India today on 9th of Feb. Grand Mufti whil expressing deep sorrow and unhappiness said that the hanging of
Grand Mufti further said that it will further aggravate the law and order situation in the valley. Reacting to the hanging Grand Mufti called for 4 day complete shut down in the valley and appeal people to pay tribute to this great martyr. Grand Mufti expressing solidarity with the family said that the whole Kashmir is mourning the hanging of Afzal guru as he was not given fear trail. Grand Mufti demanded that the body of Afzal guru be returned to his family in Kashmir so that he is buried with due respect as per Islamic rites.
People’s Political Party (PPP), Chairman, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Has Been Arrested By Police From His Strong Hold Maisooma, Srinagar, While He Was Trying To Defy The Curfew Orders. PPP Supporters Chanted Slogans In Favour Of Azaadi. Defying The Curfew Order Mr. War Led a Group Of Youths Who Were Raising Slogans Against Guru’s Execution And Demanding The Body Be Handed Over To The Relatives. War Said India’s Atrocities on the Kashmir is Won’t Dent the Sentiments for Freedom.
Following after the curfew was imposed for consecutive Seven Days in whole Kashmir, a number of stone pelting reports were received, which allegedly resulted the death of Five youth. Finally the Curfew was removed on 15 Feb late night.

To be continued…….


Friday, February 8, 2013


Jammu, Feb 08 (Only Kashmir):  The Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages has announced the Best Book Award -2011 in seven languages carrying award money of Rs. 51,000 each.
The awards, instituted to encourage quality literature, will be given away at a specially held function later.
Announcing this, Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Khalid Bashir Ahmad Friday said that books in seven languages including Dogri, English, Hindi, Kashmiri, Ladakhi, Punjabi and Urdu have been awarded. He said no book in Pahari, Dardi and Gojri could be awarded as the minimum number of three books each in these languages was not received for the competition.
Khalid said the Best Book Award -2011 in Dogri has gone to Trifla by Narsingh Dev Jamwal, in English to The Reflection of Ladakh, Tibet & Central Asia by Abdul Gani Sheikh, in Hindi to Kishtwar - Sanskriti aur Parampara by Shiv Nirmohi, in Kashmiri to Yath Angnas Manz by Makhan Lal Kanwal, in Ladakhi to Nubray Nas Shad by Urgain Rigzin, in Punjabi to Jammu Kashmir De Punjabi Geetan Vich Samkaleen Samaj Di Jhalak by Dr. Sushil Sharma and in Urdu to Kitabul Mosiqui by Mohammad Amin Lala.
Besides the award money, the winners will also be presented memento, citation and a shawl, the Secretary said.
Giving details, Khalid said that the maximum number of 28 books was received for competition in Kashmiri language, followed by 20 in Urdu, 19 in Dogri, 13 in English, 10 in Hindi, 9 in Punjabi and 3 in Ladakhi. He said only 2 books were received in Gojri language and 1 each in Pahari and Dardi.
As per Rules of the Academy, the books in each language were sent for adjudication to a set of three experts, from the Central Committee approved panel of adjudicators. The books for the award were selected on the basis of their evaluation. In case of difference of opinion of the three experts, the cumulative marks assigned to a book by them were counted to decide the winner.
The Secretary congratulated the winners of the Best Book Award-2011 and said that they would be awarded at a special function soon. (OK)


Monday, February 4, 2013


Srinagar (Only Kashmir): After J&K Chief Minister’s two line twitter post over Pragaash Band where he shows some support and concern with the girls related to band, Syed Ali Geelani led Hurriyat in a statement to Only Kashmir rejects this micro blogging twitter post of Omar Abdullah. Kashmir is a place of sufis and saints and there is no room to nourish western type of culture and immoral values," Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said in a statement.
In the meantime once in a blue sky Grand Mufti of J&K Kashmir in a dashing mood showing his power and support to Hurriyat G said said music is not good for the society. Mufti also said that all the “bad things happening in the Indian society are because of music.”
BJP described the fatwa against the band as an attempt by certain fundamentalist groups to Talibanise society.
Finally, the first all-girl band of Kashmir, Pragash, called it quits on Monday in the wake of a fatwa issued by Grand Mufti terming singing as un-Islamic. 
The tenth class students, vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid, performed in December last year with a scintillating performance at the annual Battle of the Bands competition in Srinagar. 
On Tuesday 05 Feb  J&K Police at Raj Bagh Police station registered a case under Section 66 A of the IT Act and Section 506 RPC (Criminal Intimidation) against the online users whom they allegedly posted abusive and threatening messages towards “Pragaash Band.
On Feb 07 2013 Srinagar police arrested three persons for posting abusive and intimidating comments on a social networking site for the all girl Band Pragaash. Srinagar police registered a case FIR no; 5/2013 under section 66A IT Act and 506/RPC in police station Raj Bagh, with regard to the posting of abusive and intimidating comments over a social networking site for the all girl music Band Pragaash.
According to Only Kashmir police sources received here three persons have been arrested so far. They are Tariq Majid Khan son of Abdul Majid Khan resident of SK Colony, Anantnag, Rameez Ahmad Shah son of Mohammad Shafi Shah resident of Baba wayil, Gutli Bagh, Ganderbal and Irshad Ahmad Chara son of Abdul Ahad Chara resident of SD Colony, Batamaloo, Srinagar. The investigation is going on, more arrests are expected. (OK)


Saturday, February 2, 2013


Srinagar, Feb 02 Only Kashmir:  According to Only Kashmir monitoring the 2nd youngest Chief Minister of India Mr. Omar Abdullah surprisingly helped the upcoming movie director Ayan Mukerji for  “Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani” whose is currently shooting a song with its actors Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone here in Pahalgaam and Gulmarg. 
"Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani'' being filmed in Kashmir at the moment. Gulmarg and Pahalgam were the locations finalised”. wrote Omar on to his lakhs of followers via Twitter. The CM also took upon himself to update his followers on the movie’s release. “Now waiting for the movie due on 31/5 (this year).” 
Omar, whose father and former CM Farooq Abdullah is known for his warm relations with Bollywood stars, is also a movie buff. “It was very nice to meet Ranbir and Deepika over the weekend as they filmed in Kashmir,” wrote Omar to his 2.2 lakh followers on micro-blogging site Twitter. (OK)


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