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The recent cabinet committee on political affairs in New Delhi bowing to the demands by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Vice President, approved raising the quota of subsidized LPG from nine to 12 cylinders per year. At the same time, it also decided to keep on hold linking the Aadhaar card to the subsidy scheme. The move of raising the cap to 12 cylinders will cover 97 per cent consumers and it is expected to inflate the government’s subsidy bill by Rs 5000 crore.


Ahead of the annual Urs, the state threw open the reconstructed and renovated shrine of Dastegeer sahib (RA) at Khanyar Srinagar. The reconstruction project is worth Rs 10 crores of which Rs 6 crores have been spent. The shrine was heavily damaged in a fire incident in June 2012.


Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir, released ‘The Escaped Moments’ a novel by Jaasindah R Mir, young Kashmiri writer. Jassindah working on her second novel titled ’Kohl Girl’ is presently pursuing her degree in English Literature and Psychology. The function was attended by various dignitaries from University of Kashmir.


Unidentified gunmen barged into the house of Mushtaq Ahmad Changa in Sopore and abducted him. Police have registered a case under FIR no. 16/2014 under Section 365 RP and investigations are on.


Government has failed to fill over 1600 vacant posts of Assistant Professors in Higher Education Department in J&K. It is said that the department is presently run on the support system, hundreds of candidates have been appointed on the basis of academic arrangements in the Department for over one and a half decade who are paid a paltry sum of Rs 8000 to Rs 12000.


The Indian Air force (IAF) and Indian Army rescued 211 civilians from remote areas of Kishtwar and Nachlana in Pir Panjal range. Army rescued 11 civilians in Nachlana and IAF helicopter unit rescued 200 people who were trapped in one of the inaccessible villages of Kistawar in minus 10 degree Celsius for two days.


A cotton factory was damaged in a fire incident in Awantipora in Pulwama. Police says the cause of fire is believed to be due to electric short circuit. Police have started investigating the matter.


At least 20,000 people participated in a function at Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, where a book authored by Muhammed Afzal Guru was launched. The function was attended by Syed Salahuddin, United Jihad Council (UJC) chairman, Masood Azhar, his younger brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar. Guru was executed on February 9 last year in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.


The girls’ Taekwando team representing J&K has bagged gold medal during an event held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi.  The team was led by Captain Maliha Feroz from Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, Srinagar. The team has been practicing hard to prove their mettle in the international arena in future, Feroz said.


Anti-corruption court, Kashmir issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against five accused, two brokers and three beneficiaries, who stand charge-sheeted in the CET-2012 paper selling scam, for failing to appear before the court hitherto. Pertinently, with the arrest of two more accused in the case, the number of accused who are in judicial custody at Central Jail Srinagar has risen to 17.


The Vigilance Organization (VO) constituted four Special Investigation Teams (SITs) to probe the multi-billion Roshini land scam which might turn out to be the biggest scandal in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. 4 SITs headed by officers of Superintendent of Police-level to probe the scam whose beneficiaries allegedly include kin of politicians, bureaucrats and officers. It is said that the role of many Revenue officials including former Divisional Commissioners, former and incumbent deputy commissioners, is being probed to ascertain their guilt in these shady deals.


Sepoy Balbir Singh, posted at 15-Field Ammunition Depot (FAD) at Jandraha belt of Jammu district, died following chest pain during his duty hours. He was rushed to a health centre at Dansal, where doctors declared him dead, police says, adding that the reason behind the death is being investigated and post-mortem has been done. The body of Balbir, who belongs to Garwal area of Uttarakhand, has been handed over by police to FAD officials.


The Jammu & Kashmir Bank having 17 branches across the district has opened its ninth ATM in Reasi. Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Reasi, inaugurated the facility in the presence of the Vice President J&K Bank, Zonal Head Jammu Gurcharn Singh.


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