President Pranab Mukherjee has approved the elevation of five lawyers and judicial officers as High Court Judges. Those cleared included senior additional advocate general A M Magray, senior lawyers D S Thakur, Tashi Robastan and senior district judges B L Bhat and J R Kotwal. With the elevation of these five, the number of judges in HC has gone to 12. High Court had recommended six persons for the elevation including senior advocate Azharul Amin. But he was dropped at the last moment for reasons not made public.



Apparently tired of nursing babies abandoned by people in the lone children’s hospital, the G B Pant Children and Lal Ded Maternity Hospital administration is installing closed circuit televisions (CCTVs). While installation of CCTVs around public buildings is now routine exercise, but the twin hospitals took the decision because the problem of unclaimed babies is becoming unmanageable. Reports said in 2012 more than 20 newborn babies were found abandoned 13 of whom were found in Lal Ded and 10 in G B Pant Hospital.



Kollywood has launched the erstwhile mimicry artist Jayaram as the lead actor in a film named Kashmir. Filmmaker Joshiy’s film is expected to start rolling in April. This film set in a military backdrop is not Jayaram’s first tryst with subject Kashmir. Last year he played an army captain in Thuppakki. Kashmir, being shot in the Valley and Kerela is an action-humour film. Kollywood has made a number super duper Kashmir subject masala thrillers, since the astounding success of Roja. How a solider combats the situation skilfully in the militancy era is the main theme of the film. Mohanlal, another Kollywood big name also plays a character in the film.



Amnesia can prove dangerous sometimes. Take the case of 12-year-old Bisma Jan, a resident of Kulgam who underwent an appendicitis procedure on October 19, 2012. It took many weeks to learn that the surgeons at SMHS in Srinagar had forgotten a long strip of gauze inside her abdomen. It necessitated another operation – this time in Jammu SMGS hospital on February 20. The recoveries included three pieces of gauze measuring 20 cms. This time she received 18 stitches, many times more than she had required in October.  By the way, can action be initiated against these doctors or they can still wear the messiah title, and go scot free?



It was so grave that it could trigger law and order problem. In Kotranka village faklling in Budhal belt, a 65 year old man was booked after public outcry over his alleged marriage with a 13 year old girl, obviously, against her wishes. Accused Mohammad Sardar, basically a resident of Jammu, is a self styled Pir. It was during his visit to Gakhrote village that he somehow managed his marriage with a young girl barely 13. Locals alleged that he had threatened of divine wrath if they did not allow their daughter to marry him. Once he left with the ‘bride’, the family wept, Panchayat sat and police was approached. He was nabbed in Baroi hamlet and the girl was rescued. But the Satan is still at large!



Javed Ahmad Wani, a top class worker of ruling NC was the most threatened Sarpanch of Kreeri belt, so the government provided him two PSOs and accommodation in Srinagar. Staying at home for the night to meet DC, the next morning, he was assassinated outside his house and both his security officers were absent. It was the fifth assassination of a Sarpanch. Police have launched a probe and both the cops have been suspended. Initial leads do not suggest a direct militant link but it is not official. He was attacked earlier as well. In 2002 his vehicles was set afire.



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