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Showkat Shafi, Assistant Dean Students Welfare (DSW) and in-charge Public Relations University of Kashmir has been appointed as Deputy Director, Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA) University of Kashmir (KU). Shafi will now envisage monitoring and accelerating the quality education delivery both at academic and research levels in KU. He has served at various positions there besides has won several awards and honours including KU gold medal in media education.


Fayyaz Sheheryar, a broadcaster, has been appointed as Director General, All India Radio (AIR). The orders for his elevation to the coveted post have been issued by Prasar Bharti Secretariat after his name was cleared by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Sheheryar is the youngest and the only officer from Jammu and Kashmir to have reached the level of DG AIR. He has so far served Akashvani and Doordarshan in various capacities.


S S Sandhu, CRPF Inspector General, has been demoted as Deputy Inspector General after the state High Court upheld a decision of Union Home Ministry which found discrepancies in his physical fitness record. The order for his demotion was issued by the CRPF Directorate and Sandhu, who is a direct recruit officer of the paramilitary force, was sent to Silchar, Assam with immediate effect. It is for the first time in the history of 74-year-old three-lakh strong CRPF that a top rung officer has been demoted.


A joint team of 26 Rashtriya Rifles and police team of Operation Camp Gandoh busted a hideout of the militants at village Suranga Kunthal Drabdi and recovered a large quantity of arms ammunition and explosives. The seizure included one Light Machine Gun (7.62mm), one magazine of LMG, two Chinese pistols with two magazines, five shells of Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) and one UBGL thrower.


Sharief-ud-din- Qureshi, 85, former Chief Education Officer, passed away after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his aged widow and four daughters, Mr Qureshi served education department of J&K for a long time teaching stalwarts across the state. Besides, he had been a regular columnist with local newspapers of Kashmir.


Chief Minister Omar Abdullah approved the ambitious State Higher Education Plan (SHEP) envisaging establishment of new Universities, Technical Colleges, Model Degree Colleges, Polytechnics and upgrading the existing higher educational system in the State during the 12th and 13th Five Year Plan periods. The CM who is also Chairman of the State Higher Education Council stressed the need of fast tracking the finalization of the scheme at the MHRD’s level so that its implementation is initiated as early as possible in the State


Omar Abdullah approved Rs 1039 crore Higher Education Plan under which new universities and colleges will be set up in the state while the existing higher education system will be upgraded. Two cluster universities at Jammu and Srinagar, 17 colleges, 11 Model Colleges have been sanctioned and six more are being approved under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).


Ghulam Ahmad Bhat of Trikanjan, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh and Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh of Ladi, three timber smugglers, have been arrested while cutting the green gold in a forest area in Boniyar, Baramulla. An FIR under relevant sections has been registered and investigations have been started.


A class 10th girl student, who was allegedly kidnapped by Shubam Jamwal, her teacher, few days back from Chinore, was recovered by police from New Delhi. The student used to take tuitions from Jamwal. The accused teacher is absconding and manhunt has been launched to arrest him.


Jamsheed Ahmad Shah, 16, son of Muhammad Maqbool of Muqam-e-Shahwali Kupwara has gone missing from Maisuma since February 2, his family complains. He had gone to take class at Maisuma but did not return to his rented accommodation at Allocha Bagh where he lived with his brother Firdous Ahmad Shah. A missing report has been filed at Police Station Maisuma. No traces have been found yet.


The ‘Karwan-e-Aman’ bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad resumed this week after being suspended for two weeks due to seizure of brown sugar howl from a Truck of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) in Salamabad, Uri. 24 people boarded the bus from Srinagar for their journey to Muzaffarabad in PaK.


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