Recap of The Week

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Visited: Home minister P Chidambaram visited J&K to review the security situation after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah met Defence Minister A K Antony to inform him about the anger among the people in Sopore over the killing on February 22, an incident that had sparked widespread protests in the valley. While Antony assured that action would be taken against the guilty, the home minister during his Kashmir visit stressed that armed forces should comply with the Stated Operations Procedure during counter insurgency operations.
On the Bomai killings in the Sopore area, he said an inquiry was being conducted by the civil administration and the Army was also probing the incident. “When both reports are available, I along with the Defence Minister and the Chief Minister will consider the reports and take appropriate action.”
Earlier, Chidambaram held a meeting of the Unified headquarters with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and other officials.

Died: Senior pro-freedom leader and General Secretary of Awami Action Committee, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, passed away on Sunday at his residence at Wanganpora, Eidgah. He was 70.
Bhat was suffering from cancer and was being treated at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura for the past eight months. Bhat was a founder member of Awami Action Committee and a close aide of Late Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq.

Nominated: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday named former State president, Dr Nirmal Singh, as its candidate from Udhampur-Doda parliamentary constituency.  BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley and State BJP president attended the central election committee meetings in New Delhi.
Singh contested the 2004 parliamentary elections from Jammu constituency on a BJP ticket and lost to Congress’s Madan Lal Sharma by a margin of 17568 votes. While Sharma secured 319994 votes, singh was able to get 302426 votes as runner up.    

Permitted: Sheeba Masoodi, wife of Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar, was permitted to stay in Kashmir by home ministry of India for one more year. Sheeba is a US citizen and her deportation was stayed in October 2008 by the JK High Court.
Sheeba had reportedly submitted an application with the home ministry in August 2008 year seeking permission to stay back in Kashmir following which the decision was taken.
But Sheeba can stay in Kashmir for only five more months as the permission comes with effect from August 2008, the date of filing of the application. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, however, told a local newspaper that the family will continue to legally fight for her longer stay in the valley.

Complained: Main opposition party in India, BJP, complained to the Election Commission that a reported move by the Jammu and Kashmir government to nominate eight persons to the Legislative Council was a violation of the model code of conduct, and asked the Election Commission to take cognizance of the matter.
In a letter written to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), BJP legislative party leader, Professor Chaman Lal Gupta asked the CEC to look into the matter personally, and ensure that the proposal is not implemented while the model code of conduct is in force in the state.
“No ruling party can fill any seat of MLC or nominate any person for the seats of the upper house, when the model code of conduct (MCC) is in force,” Gupta mentioned in his letter.
“Hence, you are requested to kindly look into this matter personally and ensure, that this proposal is not implemented till the MCC is in force in the state,” the letter read.

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