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Naeem Akhtar after missing the actual oath ceremony because of his ailing mother finally took an oath this week in presence of the Amrit Malhotra, Chairman J&K Legislative Assembly. Akhtar, a PDP member, was elected as an MLC on March 7th.


Mutayab Naqash, 4, and Maroofa Akhthar, 3, children of Muhammad Akbar Naqash of Mohalla Naid Boni, Rainawari were traced by the police with the help of an auto-richaw driver, Bashir Ahmed. Bashir had informed the police after he found a ‘suspicious’ mentally challenged women along with two children near L D Hospital. Bashir for helping the police in tracing the duo has been rewarded, a police statement says.


State government, on compassionate grounds, has appointed the 30 year old Parraypora acid-victim in the education department. Before the attack the victim was working as a private school teacher. She on January 2, 2013 had suffered burn injuries on her face and arm and was admitted to a hospital. Later she was shifted to New Delhi for specialized treatment where her medical bills were cleared by the state government.


Farooq Ahmed Shah, District Development Commissioner, inaugurated a 4 day state level training program aimed at creating “pool of human resource for imparting graining on Tuberculosis care and control.” The event organized by J&K Voluntary Health Association was presided over by its Chairman, Dr G Q Allaqaband.


Some employees of Wakf Board are facing accusations of selling out copper plates of central dome of the Hazratbal shrine after it was damaged last year. A committee has been set up to investigate into the matter and is asked to submit its report within two weeks.


The Central government extended the pre-paid mobile service in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast India by another two years as the current permission was coming to an end on March 31, 2013. The extension of services by DoT was done after seeking an approval of the Committee of Secretaries.


More than 1700 building, including those owned by state, are under the occupation of army and para-military forces across J&K. As per the figures furnished by the state, initially there were 766 government buildings under the occupation of para-military forces and Army out of which 480 building stand vacated.


State government has deferred the much awaited Bill aimed at strengthening the existing criminal laws governing crimes against women. “The cabinet could not evolve consensus on some of the recommendations made in the draft bill and it was finally decided that the Bill should be deferred,” said a cabinet minister adding that the law department has been asked to further study all the proposals a fresh.


Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 73, one of the pioneers of publishing industry in Kashmir passed away in New Delhi after undergoing a surgery. Founder of Sheikh Muhammad Usman and sons and Gulshan Books, Sheikh has for past 50 years contributed immensely to the literary world by publishing books on diverse topics related to Kashmir.


State government in past three years incurred an expenditure of around Rs 12 crore on the state plane and chopper sorties to facilitate movement of dignitaries including Chief Minister, Governor and other VVIPs. Rs 8.05 crores were spent on the maintenance of state Aircraft and helicopters and Rs 3.01 crore were spent on its fuel for last three years. The State’s Civil Aviation Department owns one aircraft, King Air-350 and two Helicopters, Bell-407 and Augusta-109E.


Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Abdul Majid Wani and Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, four sitting ministers and more than 409 police and civil officers in Jammu and Kashmir are facing corruption charges including demand and acceptance of illegal gratification. As per the official figures shared by the Legislative Assembly, the accused officers include IAS and KAS cadre as well.


J&K has over 2.73 lakh cases pending in various court of the state, including state wings of the High Court. The pendency of the cases in the two wings of the state High Court has reached to 82,306. Besides, around 191144 cases were pending in subordinate courts up to December 2012. The details were shared in the on-going session of the legislative assembly.


Maqsood Ahmed Mir, son of Muhhamed Afzal Mir, Danisayyidan was injured in a littered explosive blast in Uri, Baramulla while he was clearing the field, police said. Local said that the blast was powerful and shook residential houses in the area. Masood was hospitalized but doctors said he was stable. During last two years, police records maintain that littered explosives led to the death of around 30 persons. As per the records same number of people suffered grievous injuries in similar accidents.


State subject inquiry commission has so far detected 50 cases of non-state subjects possessing Permanent Residences Certificates (PRC). Besides, the commission said 1300 allegations vis-à-vis fake PRCs are being inquired upon. The Chairman added that they have recommended cancellation of PRCs in these cases and confiscation of property, if any, acquired by non-state subjects on the basis of such certificates.


Masarat Alam, a separatist leader, after being in judicial custody for some days has been sent to District jail Baramulla till April 15, 2013. He was produced before 4th Additional session court for leading a procession and setting on fire some structures at Badamwari in 2008. However, no witness could be produced in the court against him.


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