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JAMMU: Pandemonium broke out in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on Monday again over pro-Pakistan slogans raised by National Conference legislator from Sonawari and former Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone in the House on Saturday.  The Bharatiya Janta Party demanded initiation of criminal proceedings against the legislator. The member has made mockery of the House. You should initiate criminal proceedings against him,” demanded BJP legislator R S Pathania.

 

Pertinently, continuing his thunderbolt language inside the state assembly, the outspoken Lone on Saturday surprised the nation by raising “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans, in response to the “Pakistan Murdabad” slogans by ruling party BJP members. “I am a Muslim first. My sentiments were hurt when they (BJP MLAs) were shouting “Pakistan Murdabad” slogans. I couldn’t control my emotions and raised Pakistan Zindabad slogans,” Lone had told the reporters.

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JAMMU: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today informed the Legislative Assembly that every District Hospital in the State will be provided with dialysis facility within next two months. Replying to a Question by MLA Kupwara Advocate Bashir Ahmad Dar, the Minister said that one Dialysis Centre is being established in District Kupwara under Centrally Sponsored Scheme “National Dialysis Programme (NDP)” and for District Hospital Handwara, funds have been released under National Health Mission during the current fiscal, he added.

 

While replying to another part of the Question the Minister said that the MoU submitted earlier to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for setting up a Tertiary Care Cancer Centre (TCCC) at Kupwara was not accepted. He said the Union Government has sought Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)/Baba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) approved layout plan and approved letter. The same has not been obtained from AERB/BARC and the approval letter along with revised MoU has been submitted to Union Government for approval and funding. As soon as the formal sanction and grant-in-aid is received, necessary steps would be taken to establish TCCC at Kupwara, said the Minister.

Bali further informed that the efforts are being made to provide the facilities in terms of infrastructure, hospital machinery, equipment and manpower etc to the level of District Hospital in respect of Kupwara Hospital. He said that there is no medical staff member is working in other institutions outside the constituency. He said free medicines under Free Drug Policy are available in the health institutions of Kupwara Constituency. Nawang Rigzin Jora, G M Saroori and Altaf Ahmad Wani raised supplementary queries to the main Question and called for further streamlining the healthcare facilities, especially the Dialysis facilities in their constituencies.

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JAMMU: The Government today said that six persons including five soldiers and a civilian have been killed while eleven have been injured in the Sunjwan Fidayeen attack. While making a statement in the House regarding the incident, the Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, A R Veeri  said that on February 10,  militants carried out a Fidayeen attack by opening indiscriminate fire and lobbed grenades inside the camp of 36 Brigade 1st JAKLI situated in Sunjwan Jammu.

 

He said soon after the attack, J&K Police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area and later militants entered in JCO family quarters where they opened indiscriminate firing, and also exchange of firing between Army troops and militants took place. He said five Armymen namely Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary, Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Havaldar Habib-ullah Qureshi, Naik Manzoor Ahmed and Lance Naik Mohammad Iqbal of 1st JAKLI   and father of L/NK Mohammad lqbal were killed.

He said eleven persons were also injured in the incident who have been identified as Lt Col Rohit Solanki of 6th Mahar,  Maj Avijit Singh of 6th Mahar, L/NK Bahadur Singh of 1st JAKLI, Havaldar Abdul Hamid Rashid of 1st JAKLI ,  Paramjeet Kaur-relative of Hony Lt Madan Lal Choudhary, Neha D/O Hony Lt Madan Lal Choudhary, Somati Jena S/O Havaldar Haripoda Jena, PA to 36 Bde Cdr,(Head injury), W/O Hav Satyendra, 36 Bde Camp, Daughter of Hav Satyendra, 36 Bde Camp, Sub. Rajinder Singh of 6th Mahar and wife of Rifleman Nazir Ahmed. He said the injured wife of Riflemen Nazir Ahmad was pregnant and delivered a baby at MH Satwari. He said 03 militants were also killed and firing stopped during night of February 11 at 0200 hrs and area is still under cordon- and is being sanitized.