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Ambiguity over the recent notification on weekend lockdown



On 14th January , 2021 the Department of disaster management, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction J&K , came up with an order that talked about the weekend lockdown in the UT .

Next morning a chaos spread among the people unaware of the notification and soon the national highway saw heavy traffic as people were stopped by the police and were asked to shut their shops . People couldn’t comprehend the order well that is passed in haste on the midnight of Friday.

The order didn’t made any mention about the Transportation in the UT and hence perceived that no restrictions on the movement of vehicles will be there.

It read that only non essential movement is prohibited and all the other essential activities will be carried out as usual.

The shops are allowed to open till 4 pm afterwards the owners need to shut their outlets.

Arun Gupta, President of Chamber of Commerce in conversation with JK Media said that four days back a meeting was called by the Deputy commissioner Jammu,several trade associations , Bare house federation and Chamber of commerce were part of the meeting.
In the meeting Deepak Gupta , President of the Bare house federation and others put forth their approval on declaration of weekend lockdown , if at all necessary.

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But he expressed concern over the order that was passed in haste in the middle of the night.
He said that we can’t achieve our goal of containing the spread by incurring losses to our businessmen.
He further added that in the past two years, business community has suffered major losses , whether it is tourism or other small businesses.
He opined that there is nothing wrong in imposing the weekend lockdowns in order to restrict the spread but equally stressed that the public representatives should be taken in confidence and be informed well in advance about any fresh orders.
He said that those running the non essential commodities outlets should be informed in advance about the weekend lockdown so that they get proper time to wrap up .
He further went on to opine that the administration must look for solutions where the losses incurred to local businessmen is minimum.
When asked about the banquet hall restrictions , he said that the orders must be relaxed so that such functions should be completed with all the necessary traditions and rituals.
Mentioning that a meeting will further be held with the administration in this regard where he will try to suggest the best possible solutions that would be in tandem with the local people’s interests.

Aditi Tikku.


Beware: Lady thief roaming the streets of Roop Nagar




Another theft case of ₹7,200 has been reported from a boutique named ” The Hanger’ located on the main road in Roop Nagar, Jammu.

A lady who visited the boutique duped the owner and took away garments amounting to a total of ₹7,200.

The owner at first didn’t recognise the lady, but she pretended as if she was their regular customer.

“After selecting the garments, she asked for an assistant boy to come along and will make the payment to him as she reaches her residence”, the owner said.

She instead fooled the owner and the boy as well and wasn’t seen anywhere after that.

The boutique owner has filed a complaint in the nearest police station on January 18.

Police are investigating the matter, and soon the lady thief would be caught; till then, the locals are advised to beware of such miscreants.

Aditi Tikku


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2 vehicles loaded with 432 KG banned Polythene Seized




J&K Pollution Control Committee today seized two vehicles and 432 KG of banned polythene carry bags of below 75 microns.
A team of J&K Pollution Control Committee headed by Divisional Officer, JKPCC Jammu South seized a Scooty (Honda Activa-125) carrying banned polythene carry bags weighing (Approx.) 12 KG, In another major crackdown a Mahindra Pick up van bearing registration no. PB06AZ7742 was intercepted by the JKPCC team at Anti Polythene Check Post Lakhanpur and recovered 21 bags weighing 420 Kgs of banned polythene carry bags from the said vehicle being carried to UT of J&K. Manufacturing, stocking, distribution, sale and use of Polythene Carry bags below 75 microns has been banned as per GoI Notification G.S.R. 57(E) dated 12.08.2021.
J&K Pollution Control Committee has appealed to the general public to stop the purchase and use of polythene carry bags below 75 microns thickness.
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Jammu’s Super Specialty Hospital wears deserted look




Super Speciality Hospital Jammu

The premises of the Government Super Specialty Hospital Jammu wore a deserted look after many management officials, doctors, and paramedic staff tested positive for COVID-19.

With a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Out Patient Department (OPD) also saw a minimum presence of patients.

On their entry to the hospital, Rapid Antigen Tests are performed on the patients.

“The people who return COVID-19 positive results are not permitted entry into the hospital while people with negative reports are allowed to move into the OPD,” an official said.

“The authorities are allowing only 50 patients in each department of OPD for a checkup every day while around 150 patients used to visit the departments usually,” the official said.

He said that the people had also become conscious and they too were avoiding coming to the hospital unless it was an emergency.

“Routine surgeries have been stopped and only emergency surgeries are being conducted in the operation theatres,” the official said. “Around one-third of people come for an OPD checkup at the hospital now. As the people are tested on their entry to the hospital, many avoid coming to the hospital.”

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21 Jan 2022, 8:05 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

38,566,027 Total Cases
488,422 Death Cases
36,058,806 Recovered Cases


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