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DIRECTED: State high court has directed Crime Branch Kashmir (CBK) to arrest the accused who have been charge-sheeted and are evading the arrest in CET 2012 paper selling scam. The court has criticized the lackadaisical approach of CBK in execution of arrest warrants. As per the reports 20 out of 43 accused are arrested and are in judicial custody at Central Jail Srinagar while as 3 new arrest warrants are issued.

EXONERATED: State dropped charges and closed a case against Ghulam Ahmed Khawaja, a former Deputy Commissioner Baramulla who had tampered with his date of birth on his service record. Farooq Ahmed Peer, IAS, Commissioner Secretary to Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, was appointed as the Inquiry Officer in the case. The GAD order issued reads, “no interpretation or tempering has taken place with the DOB certificate”.

STAYED: The state high court has stayed selection of 769 Medical Officers of Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, selected recently by the Public Service Commission (PSC). The petitioner challenged that the selection list allegedly is totally illegal, arbitrarily and contrary to the provisions of law.

COMMITTED: Sepoy Sunil, an army-man committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside a camp in Ganderbal. Preliminary investigations revealed that the sepoy used his service rifle to end his life, police said. It was, however, not immediately known what prompted him to take the extreme step.

LOST: After a splendid show in Ranji trophy this season, the poor run of J&K team continued in Vijay Hazare Trophy as they lost to Haryana by 44 runs in a rain-curtailed 5th and the last match of the Tournament at Jamia Milia cricket ground in Delhi. In reply of 152 runs, J&K scored 108 runs. Waseem Raza was the top scorer with 33 runs and skipper Parvez Rasool scalped 3 important wickets by conceding 34 runs in 5 overs.

RELEASED: Natraj Natya Kunj Cultural Society Jammu, released two Dogri books, Jammu Di Anmulli Lok Virasat and Chal Mere Harna Tichak Toon, written by Kumar A Bharti, a writer and director at studio Ranglok, Bakshi Nagar. The first book is a collection of articles related to Dogra heritage including Haran, Jater, Lok Sanskriti etc. while the second book is a Dogri folk play, which is based on Dogri folk form ‘Haran’. Dr H K Bhagat and Dr Sudhir Mahajan were chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

BUSTED: Police have busted a gang of burglars by arresting four persons involved in committing robberies in Budgam. On their sustained questioning 13 gold ring, 2 gold ear ring, 1 gold chain, 2 silver bangles, 1 necklace, 1 wrist watch and 17 mobile phones were recovered from various places. Moreover, 24 Airtel tower batteries were also recovered from Sopore after their questioning. With their arrest police solved cases of burglaries under different sections in different police stations across Kashmir.

HELD: City police have arrested Maharaj Ahmed and Bilal Ahmed of Bhaderwah, two drug peddlers, and seized intoxicants including 27 bottles of Crux and 380 Capsules of Resas Spas from their possession. Police have registered a case under different section against them.

REJECTED: The city court rejected the bail plea of the two accused people, Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo and Farooq Ahmad Bhat, who were arrested by the police with 5.7 kg of charas.  “I am of the considered opinion that petitioners are not entitled to bail at this stage and unhesitant to record here that I have not found any material for recording my satisfaction that their exist no reasonable ground for believing that the petitioner (accused) are not guilty of commission of offence registered against them,” the Additional Sessions Judge maintained.

COMMITTED: A teenage girl, name withheld, resident of Meej Pampore committed suicide by jumping into the river Jhelum from Amira Kadal in Srinagar. The body was fished out from the river and police have registered a case in this regard, the spokesman said.

DIRECTED: The Jammu high court directed the Director General of Police to conduct a survey to find out the exact population of beggars. The order is passed in response of a Public Interest litigation (PIL) filed by practicing lawyer Parimoksh Seth seeking directions to the respondents to implement the provisions of the Prevention of Beggary Act, 1960 and Prevention of Beggary Rules to stop the menace of begging especially organized begging. DGP is ordered to specify beggars in three categories—those who are sick and suffer from contagious/infectious disease, those who are below the age of 14 and those who are not suffering from any such disease.

PASSED AWAY: Mehmooda Ali Shah, an academician and former principal of Government Women’s College, MA Road, passed away at her residence in Gagribal area. She was 94. After her retirement, she remained associated with Congress and served as joint secretary of All India Congress Committee. She was a close associate of former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi. She was the sister of former principal Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr Naseer Ahmad, former Deputy Inspector General of Police, Syed Ahmad Shah, Major Zameer Ahmad and former Sessions Judge, Syed Nazir Ahmad Shah.

FOUND: An unidentified man was found dead from Niki Tawi falling under the jurisdiction of Phylian Mandial Police Post. According to the police, the deceased appears to be of age group 35-40 years. He was found dead under mysterious circumstances. The body has been sent to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for identification. Meanwhile, police has initiated proceeding under Section 174 CrPC at Phylian Mandial police post.

RECORDED: In general elections 2009 voter turnout in JK was 39.68 per cent which was lowest among all the States of India. For upcoming elections JK’s Election Department is holding different workshops, campaigns and all other activities which would maximize voter turnout across the State. As per the preliminary exercise of the Election Commission, 4059 polling stations have been identified as “critical” out of the total 9633 polling stations which would be set up across J&K at 7346 different locations. The exercise would see around 70 lakh voters exercising their voting right across J&K including 36,57,877 males and 32,75,241 females. The Election Commission has registered 3,55,301 new voters in Jammu and Kashmir.

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