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A Fast Track Court has awarded seven years of rigorous imprisonment and has imposed a fine of Rs 25000 to a rapist, Balwan Singh, son of Shamsher Singh. The complaint was lodged by the victim and her husband in 2008. Since then police have been investigating the case and was looking for the culprit. The court has also directed that in case fine amount is realized from the convict an amount of Rs 20,000 shall be paid to the victim as compensation.


Mohammed Tariq, a trader, was robbed of rupees one lakh cash and thrown out of moving Tata sumo by the driver and his associates on Surankote-Mendhar road, district Poonch. Tariq is a resident of village Marha in Surankote. He collected some cash from the shopkeeper of the area and was heading towards Mendhar when the incident happened. A case has been registered in this connection but no one has been arrested so far.


Chief Judicial Magistrate has awarded three years rigorous imprisonment to a mini-bus driver who was facing trial for crushing to death a two year old at Chinore in January 2005. A fine of Rs 1000 has been imposed on the driver as well.


Police have recovered body of Noor-ud-din, resident of Nargus, Qazigund, from road side in suspicious circumstances at Shah Mohalla, Qazigund. They have started an inquest under section 174 Cr PC in this regard to ascertain the cause of death.


High court directed police to continue probe in the Khanabal twin killings case of 2010, and submit the latest report by November 18. Besides, it also directed the Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag to monitor the investigation, after the petitioner filed that investigating officer should not be less than the rank of SSP. In 2010, Bilal Ahmad Najar and Noor-ul-Amin Dagga were allegedly killed in police firing when they were offering funeral prayers of a student, Maroof Ahmad Nath, who got drowned after paramilitary CRPF men allegedly chased some boys.


Suspected militants shot dead Pradeep Ganna and Mahesh Ram, two paramilitary CRPF personnel in Awantipora town of 130 Battalion. The injured personnel were shifted to the nearby primary health centre but they were declared dead. The other CRPF personnel opened retaliatory fire; however the militants managed to flee from the spot.


Former army chief Gen VK Singh has finally reacted to the show cause notice issued by the state assembly and has said that he will be replying to the notice soon.”I have received the letter and I am working on sending a reply to it. I am sure that after they receive my reply, things will cool down completely,” Singh said. Singh has earned the wrath of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for his payoff remarks.


Katra police have arrested Bakshi Ram of Chintamani Katra, a drug peddlar at PCP Nomain and seized 500 intoxicant capsules from his possession. Ram was smuggling Paravon Spas capsules for illegal sale in Katra town. A case under NDPS Act has been registered in this connection at Katra Police Station.


Akhnoor police have arrested Yudhveer Singh, son of Jalandhar Singh of Dub Ditta, an absconder who was evading his arrest for past seven years. A case was registered under Section 447 and 379 RPC.


Chief Minister has taken strong note of the delay in opening of generic drug store in the state for providing medicines to people at low cost. State government had tasked the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) to open the generic stores in August last year on the lines of Rajasthan. It was decided that in the first instance one store each will be opened in associated hospitals of Jammu and Srinagar Medical Colleges, before such stores are opened in the district and sub-district hospitals. So far only two stores have come up at district hospital Anantnag and Leh.


A minor fire broke out in the office of N R Jora, Urban Development Minister in the Civil Secretariat. The blaze erupted due to short-circuit. The incident happened on the first day of reopening of offices in the Civil Secretariat in the winter capital. In a separate incident, a fire broke out in the residential houses of Maharaja Bazaar damaging about a dozen structures.


High court directed IGP, Kashmir to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to ensure the speedy investigation in the disappearance of Showkat Ahmed Paul. Paul was a resident of Lawaypora and was perusing his BA in final years in Amar Singh College at the time of disappearance. The SIT is asked to further investigate and file a status report within six weeks.


100 more ‘model villages’ have been approved for ensuring sustained development of rural and far-flung areas of the State. The announcement was made by Ali Muhammad Sagar, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. Sagar said that government has completed the already-taken up model villages and is taking up some more so that more rural and far-flung areas are developed and get the requisite facilities.


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