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HELD: JK Bank organized Kissan credit card (KCC’s) camps at Kanoor, Tambis and Trespone, Kargil. The camp witnessed good participation of the farmers and other local residents, officials said. About 200 KCCs were distributed among farmers in presence of the officials from agriculture department including AEO and the Sarpanches of the concerned villages.

RESCHEDULED:The working hours in all the government offices and institution in Kashmir are rescheduled. It shall be from 10 am to 4 pm from April 1, 2013, a press release from Divisional Commissioner’s office reads. The timing shall remain operative till ending October, it added. Accordingly all heads of departments have been asked to ensure strict adherence to the office timings.

APPOINTED: Prof Mohammed Aslam has been appointed as new Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for the period of five years. The appointment is made by the President of India in his capacity as the visitor of IGNOU. The other major contender for the post was Prof Sanjay G Dhande, former Director IIT Kanpur.

DIED:Ashok Kumar, 14, died of electric shock after he came in to contact with an electric pole while grazing goats and sheep at Kulter, Udhampur. Soon after the incident, Kumar was shifted to the hospital but he succumbed. His body was later handed over to the family after legal formalities.

FACED: Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu and Srinagar have been reeling under the shortage of 231 faculty members. It was shared in Legislative Assembly in reply to the question of MLA from Domana, the Minister Incharge Medical Education. The minister also said that an amount of Rs 32.54 lakh has been placed at the disposal of the GMC, Jammu under Control of Blindness for procurement of machines as central share.

ARRIVED: Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu arrived at Bhagwati Nagar ashram, Jammu for his two day visit. Bapu is scheduled to deliver a spiritual discourse in Jammu on March 23 and 24, 2013 on the eve of the Holi festival. The Samiti has sought the cooperation of police, PHE, PDD and district administration for the smooth conduct of this religious festival in Jammu.

BLOCKED: Residents of Ghati Kandi blocked the Jammu-Pathankote national highway at Barnoti for half an hour while protesting against the power failure in their village. The protesting residents said they are facing power crisis for past many days and had been continuously pleading to the authorities. Meanwhile, the vehicular traffic remained disrupted on the National Highway at Chanarorian after an agency authorized by Highway Authority started collecting the tax from the vehicles plying there.

ORGANIZED: 25 boys of age group 14-18 years, students of district Pulawama, along with two teachers and staff member from 162 Infantry battalion (Territorial Army) J&K were on an educational tour. They visited Armed Forces Medical Corps and Singhgarh Fort at Pune and in Mumbai they visited Gateway of India, Marine Drive, INS Vikrant, Haji Ali Dargh, Elephanta Caves and Prince Wales Museum. The tour provides avenues for the children to acquire knowledge, the officials stated.

ACQUITTED: Ahsan-ul-Haq, son of Nazir Ahmed of Khanetar was acquitted by the principal session court. Haq was facing trail in NDPS case. As per the police, the accused was apprehended along with 2.5 kg of poppy straw at Hiranager Morh but the court had maintained “that no attempt has been made to produce him as a witness in the instant case despite ample opportunities.”

DEMANDED: After Devinder Singh Rana raised the issue of murder of a young girl, research scholar in Agra and moved a Calling Attention Notice in the house Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, Minister of State for Home, assured that the JK police team will soon be rushed to Agra. The state police will help to seek facts and will help the UP police to solve the case.

ORGANIZED: On the occasion of 123rd birth anniversary of Justice Mehar Chand Mahajan, the first Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mahajan Sabha Gandhi Nagar celebrated the day by organizing `Mahajan Parivar Milan’. Cultural items and felicitation of the Biradri luminaries marked the occasion wherein the Minister for Planning Ajay Sadhotra and Minister for Housing Raman Bhalla was the chief guest while MLC Davender Singh Rana was the guest of honour.

COMMITED: Naik Yam Bahadur, an army jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle at a camp in Gulmarg in North Kashmir near the LoC. The reasons of his suicide are unknown. It is the second Indian solider who committed suicide this month.

MODIFIED: The regional passport officials have done some modification in the processing system of Passport service. They now offer ‘Tatkal’ facility to the applicants. The applicants while filling the online application can check for their forms on internet as well,


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