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OPENED: American fast food gaint, Mc Donald’s, opened its first outlet in Jammu. It was inaugurated by Devender Singh Rana, Political Advisor to Chief Minister. Rana described the event as a sign of restoration of peace and normalcy in the state.

ARRESTED: Police arrested Arif Ahmed Parray, 25, on the charges of raping a five year old girl in Kulgam. Parray was arrested after the victim’s mother reported it to the police and claimed to have caught the accused “red handed”. A FIR is lodged and a case is registered in this regard at Devsar Police station.

COMMITTED: Ajay Kumar, 19, and Sonia, 17, a young unmarried couple, committed suicide by consuming poisonous pills in Nagri parole, Kathua. Both the bodies were found lying in the field at some distance on the village outskirts and a bottle of drugs was found lying nearby. After post mortem the bodies were handed over to the respective families.

DIRECTED: The city court directed newly constituted police SIT to expedite investigations into the causes and circumstances which led to Wamiq Farooq’s death in January 2010. SIT head has also been directed to report the court about the progress of investigations fortnightly. Wamiq, a teenager was allegedly hit by a tear smoke shell at Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar in 2010.

STARTED: A SIT of J&K police started a probe into the rape and murder of Aarti, 24, a deaf and dumb girl which took place at Kajiyal, Ramgarh, Samba in June 2009. Her body was recovered from a dry village well. It is said that police investigation did not make any headway in the case for nearly three years due to the alleged political pressure as the accused were said to be rich and politically well connected.

CAUGHT: A group of 24 people, five couples and 14 children, was caught soon after they entered India from Nepal at Sonauli immigration check post in Maharajganj district. Police says they had no valid papers and claimed they were Kashmiri and that they had come from Pak.

REGISTERED: The police finally lodged a case against Shivalka Bharti, 14, the daughter of SSP, PCR, Vijay Kumar at Gandhi Nagar police station who was allegedly involved in a hit and run case. Bharti has been booked under section 279, 304 A RPC against FIR no 224 at Police station Gandhinagar. She even didn’t have a driving license, police says.

RESCUED: A German national, member of a mountaineering expedition, who was hit by an avalanche, was rescued from the slopes of Nun Peak in Ladakh region by Leh-based Siachen Pioneers unit Indian Air Force. Last month, many similar cases were reported in the higher reaches of Ladakh, officials say.

THROWN OPEN: The 340 meters span track second of Hyderpora flyover constructed at a cost of Rs 33.84 crore was thrown open for the public by Javed Ahmed Dar, Minister of State for R&B, in presence of Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home and Tourism. The first track of the flyover stands already dedicated to public in August last year. The flyover is part of Rs 212 crore 17.80 km Athwajan-Parimpora section of 4 lane Srinagar bypass project which is scheduled to be completed by October this year.

LOOTED: Mohammed Shaban Bhat, 60, an Anantnag resident, was looted in Punjab while returning home after meeting his son in jail. Bhat was knocked unconscious after he was offered biscuits by fellow passengers while travelling through Punjab. The unknown companion decamped with his variables on getting off the vehicle at Jalandhar.

SEIZED: The BSF seized about 7 kgs heroin worth Rs 35 crore in the international market and fake Indian currency with a face value of Rs 5.73 lakh along the Indo-Pakistan border in Ferozpur sector. The culprit managed to escape under the cover of thick weeds in the area, the BSF officials said.

AWARDED: J&K Yateem Foundation has bagged the Resource Alliance India-The Rockfeller Foundation India NGO Award under Rising Star category for the year 2011. J&K Yateem Foundation became the first from the state to win the award which was presented by Ambika Soni, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, GoI and it was received by Er Syed Abdul Hamid, J&K Yateem Foundation’s Patron.

ASKED: The J&K High court has asked Union Defence Secretary to deposit Rs 10 lakh as compensation to Azizi whose son was subjected to custodial disappearance in 1997 or else be present at the next hearing of the case in five weeks. Azizi’s son, Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, was allegedly taken into custody by the forces on April 13, 1997 and his body was not handed over to his family.

AWARDED: Gurmeet Singh alias Kaka, Pradeep Singh and Som Nath, who were nabbed with fake currency notes, were awarded rigorous imprisonment of seven years and fine of Rs 50,000. The police had raided Gurmeet’s place and all the four accused were found there. Three of them were nabbed but the forth escaped.

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