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NOIDA

The Kashmiri students getting beaten in different colleges in India has become a routine now. Last week the tiff between Indian and Afghani students sent two Kashmiri students to hospital injured. The police have now arrested around 350 students of Sharda University in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The students were identified as Ahtisham Bilal of Khanyar, a first-year student of bachelors in Medical Imaging Technology (BMIT) and Ubaid Yaseen, of Chadoora, Budgam.

POONCH

As soon as the talks between India and Pakistan were cancelled in UN, reportedly a Pakistani military helicopter entered nearly five minutes within 250 meters of the LoC and flew over Gulpur sector, in Poonch. Soon after the incident, the security was heightened across the sector amid apprehensions about the possibility of infiltration along the LoC. But on the other side of the border, the media reported that the chopper carrying Pakistan administered Kashmir’s Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and some members of his cabinet were attacked by the Indian army from across the Line of Control (LoC).

SRINAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir Bank, state’s oldest and the premier financial organisation has turned 80. It celebrated the landmark Foundation day by taking a pledge to strengthen the bank. The main function was reported at the JK Bank headquarters where the chairman and the CEO Parvez Ahmad presided over the main function. The event was webcast live on the bank’s social media. On this occasion, the bank launched a series of new products which will be available across the branches. Parvez Ahmad e-inaugurated 40 delivery points including 12 Business Units and 6 Ultra Small Branches, 21 ATMs and 7 Cash Deposit Machines. He also announced the regularization of around 600 personnel engaged for casual services for more than 10 years.

PANTHA CHOWK

It shocked many when a police constable Ajaz Ahmad Khan was booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) by Panth Chowk police, for his involvement in at least eleven ATM thefts under different police jurisdictions. The constable was arrested after in-depth investigation and analysis of various CCTV footages. Till now the looting of ATM and banks was blamed on suspected militants. But with the arrest of Khan, questions are now raised about the unknown gunmen who looted rest of the banks.

DAL LAKE

Dying a silent death, the historic Oont Kadal, a stone masonry bridge built in Dal Lake in 1670s during Mughal era, will now bring the focus on the significance of the Dal Lake as part of the global cultural and natural heritage. The German Embassy has signed a MoU with INTACH to work for the restoration of this bridge. Deputy Ambassador, Dr Jasper Wieck, and Cultural officer, Federal Republic of Germany Thomas Schmidt signed the agreement.

JAWAHAR NAGAR

Last week a SPO, Adil Bashir Sheikh, working at the official residence of PDP legislator Aijaz Mir in Jawahar Nagar decamped with seven AK-47 rifles and one pistol from the guard room at J-11, Government Quarters Jawahar Nagar. Soon after the incident occurred, a high alert was sounded across the Srinagar district and the routes leading to South Kashmir. Next day police also announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakhs for any information leading to the arrest of Adil. Two days after the incident, the SPO’s picture brandishing a rifle with four other militants went viral on social networking sites.

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