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UT of J&K emerges leading performer in incremental performance in country

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Jammu & Kashmir has emerged as the leading performer in incremental performance as per data released by NITI Aayog in the fourth Health Index report. Among Union Territories, Delhi, followed by Jammu & Kashmir, has shown the best incremental performance. In incremental performance, J&K is ranked at number second position with a score of 9.55. In J&K, most of the indicators are in the improved/most improved/fully achieved category so far as the Incremental Performance from the Base Year (2018-19) to Reference Year (2019-20) is concerned.

The Health & Medical Education Department, while giving information about the development, said that a robust and acceptable mechanism is used for measuring performance by NITI Aayog. Data is collected online through a portal maintained by NITI on agreed indicators. The data is then validated through an independent validation agency selected through a transparent bidding process. The importance of this annual tool is reemphasized by MoHFW’s decision to link the index to incentives under National Health Mission. This has been instrumental in shifting the focus from budget spending and inputs to outputs and outcomes.

According to the report, the health index comprises three domains –health outcomes, governance and information, and key inputs and processes. In terms of overall health performance, the UT of J&K has moved one position up and is categorized as an aspirant and has substantial scope for improvement, the statement added.

The report was released jointly by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Amitabh Kant, Additional Secretary Dr Rakesh Sarwal, and World Bank Senior Health Specialist Sheena Chhabra. The report has been developed by NITI Aayog, with technical assistance from the World Bank, and in close consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

It is pertinent to mention here that the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir has shown a record improvement in the last three years in key Maternal and Child health indicators as per the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) conducted by the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai. “If we compare the achievements in key health indicators recorded in National Family Health Survey report (NFHS-5) 2019-20 with the NFHS-4 of 2015-16, J&K has recorded 22 points decrease in Neonatal Mortality Rate (NNMR) from 23.1 to 9.8, 16 points decrease in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) from 32.4 to 16.3 and 19 points decrease in Under Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) from 37.6 to 18.5, which is unprecedented and is the reflection of the health status of the general population,” the statement added. The report also indicated a positive change towards the girl child in Jammu & Kashmir and recorded an improvement in Sex Ratio at birth from 923 to 976 females per1000 males.

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BSF deploys more troops, surveillance equipment along border in J&K as part of ‘winter strategy’

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The Border Security Force (BSF) has deployed additional troops along with anti-fog surveillance equipment on the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its “winter strategy” to foil infiltration bids and terror plans ahead of Republic Day celebrations, officials said on Friday.
BSF troops guarding the 200-km International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on alert to ensure a high degree of security against infiltrating terrorists.
“We have mobilised troops along the border. Extra troops have been deployed along with surveillance equipment along IB in view of the foggy weather and Republic Day celebrations,” a senior officer told.
He said that operations and night domination exercises have increased along the border which witnesses dense fog during winters.
Officials pointed to terrorists using fog as a cover to infiltrate and said the winter strategy that has been put in place includes the measures to deal with security setup during the foggy season.
Troops have plugged all the gaps in riverine areas of Ujh, Bansantar and Chenab, they said.
The steps to beef up the security along the IB have been taken in view of the Republic Day celebrations.
Police have also put up several checkpoints on roads leading to the border and increased checking, they said.
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LeT, Al-Badr Militants Planning To Sneak in JK Via PoK: Intel Agencies Warns

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Amid the heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, the intelligence agencies have warned that militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Al Badr are planning to sneak into the Union Territory through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), sources in the security set-up said.

The sources, quoting intelligence inputs, said that at least seven militants of LeT and five of Al Badra are trying to cross over to Jammu and Kashmir from two different areas located in PoK.

The intelligence alert has specifically said that from one place in PoK, the LeT ultras will be trying to infiltrate with the help of a launchpad commander, while the five Al Badr militants are located near a launchpad in Balakot, who are being escorted by a local guide to infiltrating from the Bhimber Gali side in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The intel alerts have been shared with the J&K Police, Central security forces and the Army who have been asked to intensify patrolling along the international border adjoining the Bhimber Gali.

“The alert is a matter of major concern for the security forces ahead of the Republic Day, and if they (militants) are trying to cross the international border amid the heavy snowfall, it indicates that they must be equipped with winter clothing and navigational devices,” an official in the security forces deployed in J&K said.

He also said that in recent operations launched by the Central security forces and the state police, the militants who were neutralised had army grade winter clothing and other staff like dry fruits and dry meals. This also indicates that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is providing logistic support to these terrorists.

Recent intelligence inputs have also revealed that ISI has been searching for new routes to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir besides establishing new control rooms in PoK.

The security forces, after intercepting messages, revealed that eight new routes have been identified which are covered with snow and have less patrolling by Indian forces during peak winters.

The intelligence intercepts have further revealed that Pakistan has activated new terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) with increased efforts to aid infiltration bids into Jammu and Kashmir before the Republic Day on January 26.

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Beware: Lady thief roaming the streets of Roop Nagar

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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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