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Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi,  awarded Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, a vegetable grower of Chandak, Poonch, with “Best Farmer Award in Vegetable Production” with a cash prize of Rs 51,000 in a farmers summit. Khan was competing with more than 1 lakh farmers from across India.


High court has directed the Principal District Judge Anantnag and Superintendent of Police to issue show cause notice to 10 persons who are found raising illegal constructions in Mevar village on the banks of the Lidder in Pahalgam. The court directed, this should be done “preferably within 48 hours”. The case is lingering on in the court for sometime now but nothing substantial has been done yet.


High court has allowed the Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board to go ahead with the construction works in the Katra town in accordance with the permission granted by the competent authority and approved all building plans.The court had earlier banned all construction activities there. The decision was made while hearing the PIL filed against illegal construction going in the town.


Police says they have defused a HE 36 hand grenades near a religious place at Khakkal Mohalla, Bhaderwah and have conducted searches in the area after recovery of the grenade. However, no arrests were made from the spot  but the searches are still on.


The state has done away with the requirement to present themselves before two gazetted officers to “verify” their status for getting family pension if the pensioner is dead. The widow will only have to provide a copy of death certificate of pensioner, pension payment order, proof of his or her own age or date of birth and an undertaking for recovery of excess payment. The decision was taken after the ministry received representation from various quarters to do away with the attestation part of it.


Body of Ruksana Kouser, 23, was exhumed after her death turned to be a murder supposedly done by her husband and in-laws. Rajouri police have re-opened the case and started investigating it again, so far, the deceased’s husband and his associates including his brother have been arrested. Earlier the in-laws had told the police that Ruksana has died a natural death.


Nawang Rigzin Jora, minister for urban development and urban local bodies has pitched for total e-governance in municipalities so that people are provided online services especially online delivery of house building permissions and Birth/Death certificates. He also urged for resource mobilization in municipalities, adding that priority should be given to out sourcing of services like Adda Entry fee. He said this on his visit to Bugdam while reviewing the performance of the 6 Muncipal committees there.


Rakesh Gupta, Special Secretary, Science and Technology Department, was found dead at his official residence at TRC. Police said Rakesh was alone at home and had no injury marks on his body. As per the preliminary investigations, the officer died of cardiac arrest.


Speaking on the 16th National Integration Council (NIC) Omar Abdullah, a high prolific social media user called for toughening laws to deal with social networking sites spreading hatred. He believes facebook and Twitter are often used to spread rumours and hurt the religious sentiments of a particular community which disturbs the calm of the place.


D Nayak of Orissa, a CISF man was killed and Constable Mukesh Kumar, another was critically injured when  suspected militants fired at them from a point blank range at Hazuribagh near Naaz cinema. Hizbul-mujahedeen had claimed the responsibility of the attack. The attack created panic in the police who cordoned the whole area and began the searches but failed to catch any suspect.


After remaining suspended for years together, the work on abandoned Ganpat Bridge on river Chenab in Doda district is going to be re-started within next one month as the Consultant engaged by the Government has carried out minor changes in its design in order to proceed further without compromising on safety aspects.However, the Government has yet not taken any decision initiating action against the officers responsible for causing huge financial loss to the State Exchequer.


In two separate incidents Zamrooda, 22, a resident of KabirThooker, Anantnag, and Haji Abdul Rehman Bhat of Gungbagh, Tengapora were found dead in suspicious circumstances. Police have registered two separate cases and have started investigations to nab the guilty and ascertain the cause of death.


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