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KILLED: Praveen Kumar, 21, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, was killed in an attack by suspected militants in Bemina. In a separate incident at Arwani crossing, Islamabad, eye witnesses said a grenade was hurled targeting 90 battalion of CRPF in which a civilian and two CRPF personnel were injured.

INTERACTED: A group of 38 schools from the remote and far flung areas of Kashmir region chosen by BSF were taken to Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi, to learn the historical, cultural and technological importance in these cities. So far, 1250 children from J&K have participated in the BSF sponsored Bharat Darshan Tours. The main purpose of such visits is to expose the children of remote areas to the historical, cultural and technological profile of the country, the authorities said.

ACCUSED: Family members of Danish Farooq accused the police of re-arresting Danish, a minor, despite court granting him bail. He is a Class 9 student of Tiny Tots School, Fateh Kadal, having the date of birth as 6/6/1996, as per State Board of Education. The boy has been booked for ‘attempt to murder’ besides other penal sections. He was arrested under FIR number 77/2012 under sections 152 RPC, 138 RPC, 148 RPC, 147 RPC.

KILLED: Danish Bhat, 12, died after falling from the rooftop of the residential quarters of doctors in Kupwara. Bhat was taken away by a sweeper of sub district hospital who insisted him to climb the rooftop and clean it. While cleaning the place, Bhat lost the balance and fell down. Police have registered an FIR under sections 404/338 in police station Kupwara and investigations are on.

ACQUITTED: Rakesh Kumar and Mohinder Singh who were facing trail in a murder case have been acquitted as no reliable evidence could be produced against them. The court has issued a general arrest warrant against Sudershan Singh. They were charged with the murder of Jeewan Lal of Poulka. Though the cause of the death could not be ascertained immediately, proceedings under Section 174 CrPC were initiated to find out the reason that led to death.

STAYED: Supreme Court stayed the appointment of newly selected district and session judge till December 14, 2012. Around 215 candidates had appeared in Higher Judiciary (Direct Recruitment) Examination conducted by the State High Court. Only 13 posts were desired to be filled up and 15 candidates were short listed for interview. But only nine candidates were declared successful. The name of one of the selected candidates has already been withdrawn from the list as he had been ‘inadvertently’ awarded excess marks in the examination while as the name of another has been taken out on the ground that he had close links with Pakistan-trained militant.

WELCOMED: Sajad Lone, chairman, People’s Conference, has welcomed the upcoming Hurriyat visit to Pakistan and has termed it as a positive development. He has said that mainstream parties like NC and PDP should realize that Hurriyat Conference has a principle role to work towards the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and mainstream parties should not meddle into the resolution narrative and affairs.

INTRODUCED: After experimenting with multi-cropping in Kathua last season, the agriculture department has selected the district for the cultivation with free saffron seed blubs being provided to the farmers. The department has found the area well-suited for cultivation of this priced spice crop. The department has an objective of promoting cultivation of saffron, the authorities said.

DIRECTED: NHRC has asked the director general (investigation) to collect facts and submit a report within eight weeks on the alleged killing of two Army men in Jammu and Kashmir due to mistaken identity. The commission’s direction came on a complaint filed by India Media Centre, Puri in Odisha that two Army personnel were killed and another was injured as an Army team fired at another, mistaking it to be militants in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on October 23.

REARRESTED: Sohan Singh alais Akri, 26, an under trail in a murder case who had escaped from District jail Kathua on August 22, has been re-arrested by police from village Hatmaska in Basohli tehsil of Kathua district when he was trying to cross over to Himachal Pradesh. A high-level inquiry into escape of the prisoner has been ordered by the additional DG (prisons).

RELEASED: The police released Syed Shabir Bukhari, Shakil Ahmad Sofi, both natives of Kreeri, Pattan and Mushtaq Ahmad Akhoon of Saida Kadal, who were accused in a fidayeen attack in which the former minister of state for education, Ghulam Nabi Lone, was killed in 2005. A local court acquitted them in October this year. They were arrested and chargesheeted by police for allegedly facilitating militants to carry an attack on former minister at his official residence in Tulsi Bagh.

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