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ALLEGED: The non-gazetted employees welfare association (NGEWA) of SKIMS held protests against the institution’s anti employee policies and the alleged illegal activities of its director Showkat Zargar. The director SKIMS said that the employees have no right to protest or to make such allegations.

ARRESTED: Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman Hurriyat (G), was arrested at the airport in Srinagar and brought home under police custody. Geelani returned to valley after a three months stay in Delhi where he was kept under house arrest for about 17 days after Afzal Guru’s secret execution in Tihar jail. On Friday, he was once again arrested and shifted to Humhama police station.

ANNOUNCED: The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) announced that the session of Legislative Assembly would be extended up to April 4 and would not end on April 2. However, the BAC has also reversed its decision of holidays on all Saturdays by keeping only March 9, the eve of Maha Shivratri, as the day off.

BURNT: A vehicle of a private cement factory bearing registration number 6276/JK01F was set on fire by some “miscreants” when its driver had parked it near Wayun as per routine. The vehicle was partially damaged. The police have registered a case and investigations are on.

AWARDED: A resident of Krimchi Sat Pal, son of Tej Ram, has been awarded ten years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 for attempting to kill a girl for not accepting his marriage proposal. The punishment has been awarded keeping in view the rise in crime against women. The court asserted: “A healthy public opinion needs to be created against the undesirable criminal activities.”

BURNT: A total of 7362 distribution and power transformers were burnt in Jammu area during the past three years while as only 40 were augmented during the period. The data was revealed by minister in-charge power in reply to Prof Chaman Lal’s question in lower house.

CONVICTED: About 31 employees of the state government have been convicted by courts for their involvement in the corrupt practices during the past three years. Besides, ten serving officers including three IAS and one IFS officer are facing corruption charges while seven are facing trial in the courts of Special Judge Anti-corruption. It was revealed by the Chief Minister in the recent on-going assembly sessions.

DAMAGED: Five houses were completely damaged and 15 others developed cracks while a stretch of 400 meters of road subsided due to sliding of Chubbu nullah, Udhampur following the heavy rains. There was no loss of life as the people living there were already evacuated from the area.

DIES: Ghulam Muhammed Wagay, 60, died when a truck crushed him at Noorbagh, Srinagar. Wagay was shifted to the hospital but he succumbed.

DETAINED: Released by Pakistani authorities, Nazir Hussain, a resident of Mendhar, who had crossed over to Pak is now been detained by the local police in Poonch. Hussain was arrested in Pakistan and jailed for three years.

DECIDED: The Army has decided to record the statements of witnesses of Pathribal fake encounter case at Awantipora, Kashmir instead of Nagrota because the family has expressed inability to travel outside Kashmir. The step was taken to ensure free, fair and transparent trial in the case. But the family has not received the summons yet. Besides, they have also stressed that state should provide them security during their deposition.

DISENGAGED: The state government disengaged Advocate Shahnaz, son of National Conference parliamentarian GN Ratanpuri from the position of standing counsel to the Services Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB). He was appointed for the job nine months ago. He alleged that he was disengaged without given a satisfactory reason.

ELECTED: Abdul Hamid Banday, President JK Bank and former footballer has been appointed as the Chairman of JK Bank Sports Board. Banday has replaced Tazaful Hussain who attained age of superannuation on February 28. Banday has represented state sports teams at many national sports events.

ELECTROCUTED: Darmaz Singh, a lineman was electrocuted while working on a transformer at Bani, Kathua. While doing a maintenance work, he fell down after receiving electric current. Singh is in a critical condition and he was shifted to GMC, Jammu, in a specially arranged helicopter where doctors say he is recovering.

POSTED: As per the order issued by the union home ministry, PS Sidhu has been posted as new Inspector General (IG) of Border Security Force (BSF), Kashmir. Sidhu, an IPS officer of 1989 batch of Karnataka cadre, has replaced KK Sharma.

PERFORMED: It was for the first time a laparoscopy surgery was performed at a sub-district hospital in Sopore. The authorities in the hospital said the surgery was performed in wake of the public demand in the area.

RECEIVED: LAWDA has received over Rs 100 crore as funds from central government under National Lakes Conservation Programme (NLCP) and Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) under JNNRUM in last three years. It was revealed by the concerned ministry in the on-going assembly session.


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