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Matadors to run from 2nd June with 100% capacity in Jammu



All J&K Welfare Transport Association Pradhan, T.S Wazir had an exclusive interview with JK Media executive Ashish Kohli where he talked about the pandemic lockdown and its consequences for the Matador drivers and conductors.

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Q. Sir, the whole matter is in-front of the public and they have shown a great support. What would you like to say about that?

First of all I want to thank LG Sir for allowing us to run our local buses on the roads with 100% seating capacity. The Administration had ensured to fulfil our demands and it has done that. We will successfully restart the Matador service in Jammu from 2nd June.

I don’t think passengers will travel a lot as the situations due to covid have worsen. Today also 37 deaths happened due to the virus.

Last 2 years for the Transporters have been difficult. The diesel prices have touched the sky. Last time when our prices hiked, diesel was Rs. 82 per litre and now it is 87 per litre. 5 rupees difference in one litre accounts to 500 rupees for 100 litres. So we run into a loss of Rs. 500 per day.

Government doesn’t approve of increasing the Matador fares due to public situations. Highly reputed Industrialists have been forgiven for their frauds but when it comes to us, Administration is reminded about public. Petrol, diesel, literally everything’s price has hiked. Doesn’t it affect the public?

If taxes increase, the customer pays for it. Similarly, if the diesel prices increase, we need to hike prices. I request Honourable LG Sir to put a full stop on the diesel prices. There’s no shortage in crude oil still diesel rates have risen. Whole World has lesser diesel price than us.

Our vehicles will run on the road with a hope of something good. I request LG Sir to arrange a package for the Transporters because we still pay insurance, passenger taxes and vehicle loans for our buses parked outside our houses while our neighbouring States have cancelled all of them.

I welcome new Chief Secretary Sir and hope that Lieutenant Governor Sir will soon have a face to face meeting with the transporters and listen to our demands. We always co-operate with the Government and it’s their turn now.

After 5th August, 2019 when J&K became UT, no Amarnath yatra has happened since then, the devotees of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine have reduced and tourism has become a total failure due to covid-19 pandemic.

Government should focus on the costliness and how to reduce the prices. The rates of everything have increased. How will a common man give medical facilities to his family? Provide education to his children? GDP of our Country has already reached in negative.

Transport is the backbone of any Country, any State. If any problems occurred at India’s border, transporters faced them with the BSF and Indian Army. So we hope the Administration plans something good for us.

Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media


DC de-notified 12 Micro Containment Zones




Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, Ashok Sharma said that 12 micro containment zones have been de-notified after extensive testing and zero COVID positive reports. He said 16 other micro-containment zones would be de-notified as and when the administration is fully satisfied about the safety in these areas.

Briefing the media about the Covid situation, he complemented the PRIs, Health education department, Education Department, Police Department, Rural Development Department and Social welfare Department for their extensive efforts in combating the pandemic.

Giving details, the DC informed that during the 2nd wave 1475 cases were reported in the District, out of which 1260 have recovered and 201 are still active, which is the lowest number since March, 2021. Among them 13 are admitted in District Hospital, 33 are in CCCs and rest are in home isolation and are being provided medical treatment.

He briefed that the recovery rate has continuously picked up, while the positivity rate dropped to 2.70% this week.

He further said that the district has inoculated 72.85% persons of 45 yr old and above till date, while door to door Vaccination drive is being conducted in the district to cover the rest.

Concerned tehsildars and BDOs under the supervision of SDMs are closely monitoring the progress on vaccination and the Covid Mitigation measures in the district, he informed.

While giving details about the Covid care, he informed that sufficient oxygen cylinders and concentrators are available in the District, while 882 Covid Kits containing essential medicines and oximeter have been distributed among the COVID positive patients till date.

He appealed the masses to stick to the COVID19 appropriate behaviour and follow the SOPs in letter and spirit to break the chain completely.

Further, the DC Kishtwar informed that the people can approach the district administration on the Twitter account of DC Kishtwar: @dckishtwar and the official Twitter account of DIC Kishtwar: @Dkishtwar.

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Jammu: Woman dies in road accident




A woman was killed on Sunday morning in a road accident near Assar area of Doda.

Soon after the mishap, police along with locals reached the spot and started a rescue operation.

The lady has been identified as Babita Manhas.

Further details awaited

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OPD services commence at SMGS Hospital Jammu




The OPD Services, on prior appointment basis, will resume in SMGS Hospital from June 14, 2021 on all working days. The appointment for Monday shall be given on Saturday.

The patients can take appointment for Paediatrics on mobile phone number 9541925359; for ENT on 9541925360; For Obst & Gynae 9541925361 and for Dermatology (Skin) 9541925362.

As per an order issued in this regard, the OPDs will be operational from the respective OPD Sections from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm.

The appointment will be given by the respective department staff nominated by the concerned HoD through phone call on the dedicated mobile phone number provided to each department.

The dedicated Mobile Phone Number will be operational from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm on all working days for fixing the appointments.
The total number of appointments per speciality shall not be more than 25 patients per day, which is subject to revision considering the future trend of COVID-19 pandemic.

At all cost Covid Appropriate Behaviour shall be observed by everyone in all departments/sections of the hospital including registration and OPD area. Each patient will be accompanied by not more than one attendant who must be wearing proper face masks.

The patients are advised to attend the OPD by prior appointment only, failing which they may be liable not to be examined by the doctors in OPD.

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Covid-19 Stats

13 Jun 2021, 8:27 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

29,439,989 Total Cases
370,407 Death Cases
28,043,446 Recovered Cases


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