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High Court wants the government to respond to the illegal structures issue within a week or the division bench will go by the law even if it impacts the entire city. Now promoters of the sealed buildings are formally contesting against the sealing decision. There are 3000 illegal structures in the city and only a handful of them stand sealed under court orders.


An investigation to probe the murder of Pakistani prisoner in Kot Balwal jail has revealed the prisoners are taken on forced labour by the jail authorities. It has mentioned of corruption, malpractices and mal-administration in one of state’s major prisons that started as an interrogation centre at the peak of militancy.


After remaining suspended for two days, the work force has resumed working on a building and a playing field in Keran belt. Pakistani troops had forced a halt on the job apparently mistaking the constructions as army activity which it was not. It was only after the local villagers led by their Sarpanch conveyed to the Pakistani army that it was a civilian facility.


As the ‘king of comedy’ actor Manna Dey passed away, one of his best kept secrets was revealed – his cap. The brown fur cap was actually gifted to him by a Kashmiri during his Srinagar sojourn after seeing him shivering during intensely cold December snowing. It became part of his life and personality.


Constructions within 100 meters from either side of the banks of the river Sindh in Ganderbal stand banned by a division bench comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice M H Attar. Authorities can demolish any structure that is raised within this limit. But what about the prized constructions that are already a roaring business!


CRPF has finally evicted its personnel from the Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (SICOP) complex in Bejbehara after more than 20 years. Personnel from 90 Bn that was last occupying the premises shifted to Uranhall where alternative accommodation was ready. It accommodates more than 40 cricket bat manufacturing units.


 Magisterial probe that was tasked to investigate the March 5, 2013 murder of Tahir Rasool Sofi of Baramulla has indicted the 46 Rashtriya Rifles personnel for the same. Additional District Magistrate Baramulla Manzoor Ahmad Qadri who investigated the murder had submitted his report in August.


Horticulture Minister Raman Bhalla inaugurated Kashmir’s first ever Walnut Export Processing Center (WEPC) at Qazigund. With an installed capacity of 4000 MTs, it cost the state Rs. 1.50 crore. The foundation of this project was laid way back in 1983, but it could not be developed during the period due to uncongenial environment in the Valley.


Police arrested Qari Shabir Ahmad in the Gool killings case. Ahmad raised the alarm over desecration but now has been accused of creating the crisis. Four civilians were killed and 41 were injured when BSF personnel opened indiscriminate firing on villagers protesting against the sacrilegious act.


 Kashmir-born British surgeon Dr Gulzar Mufti released his book Kashmir in Sickness and in Health, at an impressive function in the Government Medical College. Published by Partridge India, it proceeds will go to Noorani Trust for charity.


Implementing the directions from the court, the Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) sealed 28 hotels lacking Sewage Treatment Plants. Initially 83 hotels were sealed and a re-check suggests some of them were operating illegally.


Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) caught red handed Kewal Krishan Sharma, an Assistant Director in union Handicrafts department while accepting bribe of Rs 75,000 from a NGO chairman. In lieu he was supposed to make a payment of Rs 10 lakhs. The NGO in the picture was Mahila Grameen Hastkala Welfare Sadan of Bishnah.


Police Crime Branch is investigating leasing of a huge chunk of prime land to somebody by the Muslim Waqf Board (MWB), 15 years ago. A Buchpora resident Ghulam Nabi Zargar had donated more than six kanals of land at Rangpora, Buchpora for the shrines of Hazratbal (four kanals) and Khanqah-Moula (2.3 kanals) more than 18 years ago. It was scrumptiously transferred to a land broker and when it was leaked the case was sent to Police Crime Branch in 2011. Nobody knows the status of the case.


The highway village of Palhalan in north Kashmir remained under undeclared curfew for more than four days after local residents attacked a police truck that led to the killing of a cop who failed to control the vehicle.

REGISTERED: State Vigilance Organization (SVO) has registered a corruption case against Brij Bhushan Sharma, the then MD J&K Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd Jammu and Chander Shekhar, son of G D Sharma of Channi Himmat for misappropriation of Rs 57.65 lakh.


 Dr Manmohan Singh’s cabinet has approved construction of a 15-km tunnel at the 11,578-ft high Zojila pass on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway. It will be the biggest engineering challenges that engineers in India can ever confront.


CBI has acknowledged that it has registered a case and started investigations in the Salian massacre of Surankote in which surrendered militants killed 19 members of three families in August 1998. The case hanging in fire for last many years was handed over to CBI by the high court on November 21, 2012. CBI was initially reluctant to handle the case but later it relented and registered an FIR.

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