The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has lodged an FIR against the Hyderabad- based Ramky Infrastructures for using “fake steel under the SAIL tag” for the construction of flyover on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. It is said that a team of SAIL arrived in Kashmir from New Delhi to examine the complaints of sale of fake products of the SAIL in the Valley markets. Ramky is allegedly using sub-standard steel and is presently handling multi-crore project of expansion of Srinagar- Jammu highway.


Army, Territorial Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) have busted a hideout of the militants at Puneja forests under the jurisdiction of Bhaderwah, Doda. The police recovered one AK-47 rifle, one 303 rifle, one twelve bore rifle, two Chinese pistols, one country made pistol, two AK magazines, 7 UBGL rounds,8 Kg RDX, 45 Pika rounds,1 sniper side, 2 electric detonator, 15 three not three rounds, 6 radio wireless sets and 7 Chinese grenades. However, no arrests were made. The search operation was still on.


Five structures, including a candle factory, have been damaged in three separate fire incidents across the Valley. The factory belongs to Wasim Ahmed Bhat son of Mohammad Bhat of Meyin Shah Sahab, Srinagar. Besides, two adjacent shops have also been gutted.


A police man was injured in a militant attack in Pulwama while Army averted an attack when they recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Srinagar. In Pulwama the attack took place ahead of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti’s visit to areas in and around Pulwama town.


Kanchan Sharma, a covering candidate of Bharatiya Bahujan Party today withdrew her nomination papers from Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Jatinder Singh, who happened to be the Returning Officer for Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat. She had to compete with the 13 other candidates of the constituency. Udhampur-Doda parliamentary constituency will go to polls on April 17 in second phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.


Chief Minister Omar Abdullah virtually taking the BSF to task for the lapse tweeted: “the BSF needs to take a look at vulnerable areas and plug these gaps because these militants haven’t given up and we can’t let them succeed. The ease with which militants exploited gaps in the fence to cross the International Border is a matter of grave concern’’. The tweet was about the recent militant attack who struck at Tarnah bridge and then attacked an Army camp at Janglote, Kathua.


The Jammu and Kashmir Bank inaugurated three Business Units in far flung areas of district Kupwara at Devar, Tarathpora and Halmatpora and six ATMs across Valley. The inauguration raised the number of business unit to 97 and that of ATMs to 93 in North Kashmir. It is to provide better banking facilities to the people at their door-steps.


Abdul Qayoom Saradna, 18, working as domestic help was found hanging in Bijbehara, Anantnag. Saradna was a resident of Mahore, Reasi. Police have registered a case under relevant sections and investigations are on to ascertain the cause of death.


Police arrested two drug peddlers, Harpinder Singh, son of Harnam Singh, a resident of Gole Gujral Camp and Kushwinder Singh, son of Gurbachan Singh, a resident of Amritsar, presently residing at Chatha Satwari. The duo is arrested along with 1900 intoxicant capsules from vegetable market at Shastri Nagar, Jammu.


A woman attempted suicide at her residence in Tantraypora, Kulgam district by consuming poison.  She has been referred to SMHS Srinagar for treatment. The reasons for committing suicide are not known yet.


Ali Mohd, son of Kala; Showket Ali, son of Mohd Kala and Shamesh Din, son of Ghulam Din, all the residents of Mendhar, who were facing trial in a murder case of one Salam Din over an old enmity have been acquitted by Jammu court. The court maintained, “it is very difficult to agree with the prosecution that the accused were present at the scene of offence and participated in the act attributed to them.”


The joint demolition squad of Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) launched operation and removed encroachment on 55 kanal of land valuing over Rs 70 crore in Roop Nagar and Ploura area. Saif Ali and seven others had encroached upon the Govt land, at Ploura, Jammu.


The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) informed the High Court that Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s disposal of solid waste over the decades is unscientific leading to degradation of ground water quality. The court directed it while taking strong note of the unscientific waste disposal by the SMC.


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