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J&K sets target of vaccinating 8.3 lakh children in 15-17 age group within 10 days

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The Health authorities of Jammu and Kashmir have set a target of vaccinating around 8.3 lakh children aged 15-17 years for COVID-19 within ten days.

According to the official sources, the COVID vaccination for the age group 15-17 years is going to start from January 3, Health authorities of J&K have made a foolproof strategy for the vaccination programme. They said charges had calculated the number of children in the target group, which is around 8,33,000 in the whole UT, of which 4,67,763 are in the Kashmir Division, and 3,65,237 are in the Jammu Division.

Sources said that the authorities aim to complete COVID vaccination of all children within the age group 15-17 years within ten days, and to achieve this target within a specified time, all necessary instructions have been issued to all concerned by the Additional Chief Secretary Vivek Bhardwaj who yesterday held a meeting in this connection with DG Family Welfare, all Deputy Commissioners, MD NHM J&K, Director Health Services Jammu/Kashmir, CMOs, Deputy CMOs in the presence of Principal Secretary Education, Bishwajit Kumar Singh.

“Education Department has been taken on board to help the Health & Family Welfare Department mobilize students for the COVID vaccination as the authorities are also contemplating to open vaccination centres in the schools to make it comfortable for the children to get them vaccinated in their preferred place,” sources said, adding, the children will be given only Covaxin shot as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India and the eligible children can either register online on Co-Win app or can go for walk-in vaccination.

Sources further informed that in the light of yesterday’s meeting taken by Additional Chief Secretary Health & Medical Education, most of the Deputy Commissioners today called a meeting of the Health and Education officials to formulate the strategy to get all the children in the specified age group to the vaccination sites so that the target can be achieved within time.

“The available stock of vaccination has already been dispatched to hilly districts viz Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Bandipora and Kupwara so that jabs can timely reach to the vaccination sites in these areas which are hard to reach,” sources claimed. They added that concerned Health authorities in J&K had also conveyed the Centre in advance about the requirement of COVID jabs so that the vaccination programme is not affected due to shortage of jabs.

Regarding COVID booster dose for elderly people (60 plus) with co-morbidities, Front Line Workers (FLWs) and Health Care Workers (HCWs), sources said the process to administer booster dose to these people would begin from January 10. He said booster dose refers to the third dose of COVID vaccine for fully vaccinated people. The gap between the second and third dose of the COVID vaccine must be at least nine months, sources added.

Sources further disclosed that the eligible population for the booster dose would be administered the third dose of the same vaccine they had been given before as the Centre has not yet given the nod to mix and match vaccines in the third dose.

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Jammu: Exodus Day Observed as Black Day

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Due to the increasing influence of terrorism, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits started on this day in 1990. Kashmiri Pandits celebrated this day of expulsion as Black Day.

On Wednesday, Kashmiri displaced Pandits protested by taking out a rally in Jagti. These Kashmiri Pandits said that this dark day is remembered by every Kashmiri Pandit who was forced to leave the Valley. It is the job of the Government of India to conduct an inquiry by setting up a commission, and those who had spoiled the situation in Kashmir should be fed the air of jails. Kashmiri Pandits demonstrated fiercely and on the other hand, demanded that the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley be ensured.

For the last 32 years, Kashmiri Pandits have been cut off from their own land. Addressing the occasion, Jagti Tenement Committee President Shadi Lal Pandita said that these Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes due to terrorism in the Valley, but today this Kashmiri Pandit wants to connect with their soil and establish three big satellite colonies in Kashmir. If the government does this, then 70 thousand Kashmiri Pandit families will go back to the Valley and join their soil. But now, the central government is not taking any step in this direction. Therefore, Kashmiri Pandits should be told the plan with the central government to return to the Valley.

On the other hand, Raj Kumar Tikku said that January 19 would not be forgotten by Kashmiri Pandits. When the situation in Kashmir turned completely against the Kashmiri Pandits and announcements were made on loudspeakers to leave the Valley. Kashmiri Pandits were forced to migrate for their safety and their families. Many Kashmiri Pandits also lost their lives. The Central Government should now constitute an inquiry committee to bring the real culprits to the jails.

Amish Mahajan

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J&K: Terrorist Hideout built in middle of park busted

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The remaining terrorists in Kashmir are adopting many unique ways to save themselves from the security forces and the police, but now it is not possible to escape the terrorists from the eyes of the security forces and the police.

The Pulwama and Awantipora police, conducting a joint search operation with the Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF, have busted a hiding place built in the middle of a garden in Bandarpora, Awantipora. Terrorists often used to hide in this hideout after committing any incident in the area. At present, with the help of security forces, the police have started a search operation in the surrounding areas, demolishing the hideouts of the terrorists. Other details are awaited.

Now the number of active terrorists in Kashmir has remained negligible. This is why the anger of Pakistan across the border has increased. It is well known that Pakistan encourages terrorists in India. Training camps have also been opened for terrorists across the border in Pakistan. Now that the number of terrorists has been reduced considerably, terrorists are engaged in making targets killed with their weapons to register their presence. However, the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are fully active in thwarting this nefarious design of the terrorists.

Amish Mahajan

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Mystery of Lucknow family allegedly missing in J&K solved

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The startling revelation came to light on Wednesday about the Lucknow family allegedly missing during their travel to Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier reports had said that three members of a family from Lucknow — Mehmood Ali Khan, his wife Darakshan and their son, Shavez — had gone missing in Ramban district while they were on their way from Jammu to Srinagar.

Police sources said according to Salim Khan, brother-in-law of Mehmood Ali Khan, all 3 members were murdered by elder son, Sarfaraz Khan on January 5, the day they were leaving towards Jammu by train.

“After disposing of their dead bodies, he meticulously planned to mislead the relatives and police. He clandestinely visited Jammu and Kashmir and messaged via WhatsApp from his father’s mobile phone on 14th January morning in which he posed as his younger brother, Shavez and said that they are stuck on the highway due to landslides.

“He even posted some pictures of the highway,” said the sources.

The details of the case came to light when the J&K police traced the phone in Lucknow that was used to send WhatsApp messages.

Police said Sarfraz had murdered his father, mother and brother in Lucknow itself. On January 6 the body of a youth with a slit throat was found on Lucknow’s Mall Road in the Itaunja area.

Police were unable to identify the body. After this, two more bodies with slit throats were found in the Malihabad area in Lucknow.

After the photographs of the three persons allegedly missing in J&K’s Ramban area were published, police in Lucknow were able to identify all three.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the eldest son of the family, Sarfraz had murdered them. Sarfraz has been taken into custody.

Police said other contacts of Sarfraz are also being questioned. The motive of the gruesome crime is still not known.

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19 Jan 2022, 6:58 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

37,901,241 Total Cases
487,226 Death Cases
35,583,039 Recovered Cases

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