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J&K Governor, NN Vohra, visited cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devji at Trikuta hills, Katra and reviewed the various development schemes going on there. Vohra, the chairman of the Mata Vaishnav Devi Board also inaugurated the newly constructed five storied Shailputri Bhawan at Adhuwari worth Rs 3.46 crore on the occasion. It is spread over 22,000 square feet. The project will be completed within a period of two years at an estimated cost of Rs 54.67 crore and shall have the capacity to carry 800 pilgrims per hour.


Sajjad Ahmed and Mohd Aslam of Chanderog, Ramban have been arrested for allegedly raping a 14 year old girl. A written complaint was lodged at the Ramban Police Station on March 22 following which a case was registered under Section 376 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and the accused were arrested.


The committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) is planning to release a book on Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo in New Delhi on April 23. The book will be titled “Dr Mohammad Qasim: the victim of political Vendetta” which is a compilation of the case documents and articles written by various intellectuals and prominent citizens demanding an end to the 20 years long incarceration of Dr. Qasim.


‘Go Air’ started operation of direct flights between Srinagar and Mumbai. 128 passengers boarded the ‘Go Air’ direct flight on the first day. The operation of direct flights between Srinagar and Mumbai comes at a time when Kashmir is gearing up for the tourist season.


The three day district level multilingual literacy meet concluded at Academy hall Baroo, Kargil. Noted poets, scholars and writers attended the meet. It was unanimously stressed that more and more writer’s workshops would be organized in the near future to make young people acquainted with the region, language and its literature.


It was reveled in a 25 page report released by a committee constituted by the state that irregularities are found in the execution of a drinking water project of Communication and Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) during the tenure of Taj Mohi din. The committee was constituted on February 11, to probe alleged miss-utilization of funds worth Rs 12 crores to save Drinking Water project of CCDU in Jammu and Srinagar cities.


The state government has decided not to hand over any new power project to the National Hydro-electric Power Corporation (NHPC) in future until it returns the three power projects- Dul Hasti, Salal and Uri to Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was announced by the Chief Minister in view of the heavy losses suffered by J&K on the account of its power purchase bill. The losses were reported to have touched around Rs 2500 crores in view of widening gap between power purchase and revenue generated from the customers.


Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) was arrested when he came out of his residence to offer Friday afternoon prayers. He was shifted to Humhama Police station. The members of Hurriyat (G) have condemned Geelani’s arrest saying a day before the police chief had released a statement where he had stated that Geelani will now be allowed to offer prayers at his local masjid and can continue a normal social life.


Police challenged the verdict of a lower court which had disposed off a case against Nayeem Khan, senior separatist leader and National Front Chairman. The police have moved the Principal District Court, Baramulla against his acquittal. Khan was arrested on February 8, 2013 under FIR no. 5 of 2000.


State high court has directed the government not to grant permission for raising construction in Gulmarg. The decision was taken after a PIL was filed against granting fresh lease(s) in Gulmarg till the master plan is formulated for the ecological fragile environs. The court, however, clarified that the ban shall not include renewal or extension of already granted lease(s).


State high court has sought a detailed status report from the government about the land that is in possession of Army at Gulmarg. The court sought details about the constructions taking place in those places. It was after hearing a PIL seeking court’s intervention to preserve the glory of the world famous tourist resort.


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