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ATTACHED:

State High Court attached two under-construction bungalows to the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority till further orders. The bungalows near Dachigam National Park violated the norms of Srinagar Master Plan. The petition was filed by Tahir Iqbal, a lawyer alleging violation of Srinagar Master Plan around Dal Lake which threatened the existence of the water body.

AWARDED:

One Raman Kumar was awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 2000 for killing his father, Om Prakash. Police reports say that Raman killed his father as he suspected Om of having illicit relations with his (Raman’s) wife.

LAUNCHED:

Police in Pattan area have launched a manhunt to nab the people behind pasting the hit list posters. Police sources say that two youth were detained and questioned but nothing substantial has come up. Meanwhile, no militant group has confirmed their association with the act.

CONSTITUTED:

State government in an attempt to segregate the State Power Development Corporation (SPDC) and streamline the ailing power sector constituted a high level committee to ensure vacation of building belonging to SDPC. It is presently under the occupation of police and other security agencies. Authorities say this step would help to improve the infrastructure of SDPC.

BAGGED:

Waheed ur Rehman Para, a journalist from Pulwama bagged a scholarship by SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont USA for pursuing a course in Conflict Transformation. He has completed his Masters in Conflict management from Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora.

STARTED:

Railways have started transporting 32 more coaches to Kashmir in view of the increased public demand and expected opening of Qazigund-Banihal railway line by the end of this year. Four have reached Udhampur railway station and eight are stationed at Jallandhar.

STOPPED:

For the second time in last one week, no J&K resident, crossed over to PaK while at least 47 persons crossed sides at Chakkan da Bagh LoC point. The Indian authorities give out a reason that due to non clearance of 5500 pending application by Pak authorities, no J&K resident was able to visit that side.

PLACED:

The interlocutor’s report on J&K after being submitted to Home Minister will be made public albeit ‘symbolically’. The five copies of the report will be kept in Parliament library. It is also said that the Ministry corridors were discussing the possibility of uploading the report on its official website.

APPOINTED:

J&K Waqf Board has appointed 82 people including a retired official at various positions reportedly without following any set criteria. It was revealed under an RTI application filed by Bilal Ahmed Bhat that the Waqf Board besides these has appointed79 other employees.

PLANNING:

Actor Rishi Kapoor is planning a quiet birthday in Kashmir this year. Rishi is visiting Kashmir in September after Shammi Kapoor’s first death anniversary.

STARTED:

A group of Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims began renovating a 400 years old Vitaal Bhairav temple in Rainawari. They are planning to repair the temple.

LAUNCHED:

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) is planning to organize a Sammelan (conference) in Kashmir on May 19. This step is a sequel to the direction of Sonia Gandhi, which said unity and discipline within the party should be strengthen in the party rank.

SCHEDULED:

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to hold elections for four seats of Legislative Council from quota of Panchayats by June 15. The election would be held under the Representation of People’s Act (RPA). Total voters for four seats included 33,849; 15,726 from Jammu and 18,123 from Kashmir including Ladakh region.

PLANNED:

Concealed Anti-Terrorists, police spotters, are planned to be deployed along the Indo-Nepal border to check misuse of the Nepal route used by Kashmiri militants to re-enter the Valley. The decision was taken by union home ministry after the state government informed it could not spare a heavy contingent of police personnel for deployment along the Indo-Nepal border with Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), a paramilitary force guarding the Indo-Nepal border.

SET UP:

Kashmir Adventure Tourism Center developed at tourist resort Sonamarg will train locals as well as tourists for adventure sports besides providing them all sorts of facilities for recreation and accommodation. It is run jointly run by M/S Highland Journeys, Adventure Call Tours and Travels and Arbat Tours under the supervision of J&K Ski and Mountaineering Association.

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