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Lady Hardinge orders Khadi products after government order

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New Delhi, April 21 : Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) on Friday became the first central government hospital in the country to place a Rs 33 lakh order for Khadi products, after the Centre made it mandatory for 23 of its hospitals to purchase Khadi products only.

The order, placed to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), includes floor dusters, curtains, Operation Theatre kurtas for both doctors and patients and dead body sheets, among others.

Confirming the purchase order by LHMC, KVIC Chairperson V.K. Saxena told IANS that other hospitals have also approached KVIC for the Khadi products, however, samples were being finalised by them which was taking time.

“Yes, the purchase order by LHMC is just the beginning. After the government’s directive, hospitals are approaching KVIC for the samples and we are expecting the orders soon,” Saxena told IANS.

The order for khadi products have been placed for LHMC and it’s hospital Suchita Kriplani Hospital, who have sought the delivery of the products by May 18, 2017.

Stating that before LHMC, Safdarjung Hospital also had placed a purchase order of Khadi products worth Rs 2 lakh, Saxena said: “It is the first bulk order for us from any government hospital, after the small one from Safdarjang Hospital. It will now pave way for others to follow. And, since our products were found at par, orders now have started floating.”

Saxena also said that they were expecting an order of over Rs 150 crore by the end of 2017.

The 45 Khadi products, approved by the Health Ministry, include bed sheets, abdomen sheets, dressing towels, surgeon gowns, surgical patient gowns, kurta pajamas, doctor’s coats, soaps, hand sanitisers to Khadi phenyl and herbal shampoo.

The government has made use of Khadi in various departments including Indian Railways, to revive Khadi and village industries in India.

(IANS)

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BJP Lok Sabha member from Ladakh quits party

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Srinagar, Nov 15 : Thupstan Chhewang, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Ladakh constituency, resigned from the party on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to Jammu and Kashmir BJP President Ravinder Raina, Chhewang said he was resigning from the basic membership of the party on health grounds.

Chhewang also told Raina that he was writing separately to the Lok Sabha speaker submitting his resignation from Parliament.

The BJP has three Lok Sabha members from Jammu and Kashmir including Chhewang.

The other two BJP Lok Sabha members are Jitendra Singh, MoS (PMO) and Jugal Kishore Sharma.

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Police officer, PDP activist killed by terrorists in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar, Oct 28 : Terrorists carried out two deadly attacks in the troubled Kashmir Valley on Sunday, killing a middle-rung police officer and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) activist, Muhammad Amin, in Gangbugh.

An unknown number of terrorists intercepted a private vehicle driven by police sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir in Wahibugh area of Pulwama district.

Police said the officer was forcibly taken out of his vehicle, taken some distance away from the road and then shot dead from close range, killing him instantly.

Mir worked in the state intelligence department and was posted in Srinagar.

In another attack, militants targeted a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) activist, Muhammad Amin, in Gangbugh area on the outskirts of Srinagar district.

He was fired at from close range, leading to critical injuries.

He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, a police officer said, adding that FIRs had been registered in both cases.

Sources in the intelligence department said the security forces have information about two groups of sniper shooters active in south Kashmir areas.

“Each group of sniper shooters comprises two terrorists each,” one officer said.

Security forces have been told to be vigilant about such sniper attacks that can be carried out from a long distance with pinpoint accuracy.

A special police officer (SPO) was critically injured after he was shot at by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district, authorities said on Sunday.

The incident took place in Charar-e-Sharif area on Saturday night.

“The injured SPO Muhammad Hafiz was shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment,” police sources said.

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Mirwaiz Umer defies house arrest, shifted to police station

Another senior separatist leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik who had evaded arrest, appeared in Lal Chowk where the police took him into preventive custody.

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Srinagar: Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq defies his house arrest during a protest march against the deaths of seven civilians in an explosion in Kulgam district; in Srinagar, on Oct 23, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Srinagar, Oct 23 : Senior Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq defied house arrest on Tuesday and tried to march towards the Lal Chowk area here.

According to the police, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who was placed under house arrest in his residence on the city’s outskirts, tried to defy the order.

“He was taken into preventive custody and shifted to the Nigeen police station,” police sources said.

Another senior separatist leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik who had evaded arrest, appeared in Lal Chowk where the police took him into preventive custody.

The separatists had called for a protest march to Lal Chowk against the killings of seven civilians in an explosion in Kulgam district on Sunday.

Authorities have placed curbs on the movement of traffic to and through Lal Chowk.

Educational institutions have been closed in Srinagar as a precautionary measure.

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