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Apart from approving the reckoning of the five years of service, rendered by ‘Rehbar-e-Taleem’ teachers before regularization, the cabinet also approved enhancement in the prescribed age of retirement on superannuation in the case of members of the teaching faculties of the Universities of Kashmir/Jammu, SKUAST, Kashmir/Jammu and Government Medical College, Srinagar/Jammu from the present 60 years to 62 years. The cabinet had met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah this week.


The Chief Minister in the cabinet this week accepted the recommendations of the state backward commission and sanctioned backward status to 39 villages of the state including 8 villages of Jammu, 1 of Doda, 9 of Samba, 3 of Poonch, 9 of Rajouri, 3 of Islamabad, 1 of Bandipora and 4 of Ganderbal districts. The cabinet also created three positions of Additional Principal Conservator.


Kulgam police recovered the body of Gulshan Ara daughter of Abdul Ahad Naik resident of Malwan in Devsar area near village Lankerpamboy, Kulgam.  Gulshan was reportedly mentally unwell. Police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of the death. After completion of all legal formalities the body of the deceased lady was handed over to her relatives for last rites.


Indian Army recovered arms and ammunition from Handwara forests of North Kashmir during searches of the forest area. One AK 47, 2 magazines, two UBGL grenades, two Chinese grenades, seven Pica rounds, one pistol, one radio set and three RPG rounds were recovered during searches of the forest area


Congress Legislature Party leader Choudhary Muhammad Aslam, 70, passed away in Surankote. He was an MLA from Surankote and a former Pradesh Congress Committee chief. He was brother-in-law of prominent religious scholar and Gujjar leader Mian Bashir Ahmed Laaravi and maternal uncle of Forest Minister Mian Altaf Ahmad. He remained a member of Legislative Assembly from 1967 to 1996 and again from 2008 till date and remained Rajya Sabha member from 2005 to 2008. He had served as MoS from 1975 to 1977, Finance Minister from 1986 to 1987, Education and Social Welfare Minister from 1987 to 1989 and Speaker of JK Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 1996.


Arun Jaitely, Union Defence Minister, arrived on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Jaitely was received by Governor, N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan. Jaitley and the Governor discussed various issues relating to the rapid growth and development of the State. The Governor and the Defence Minister held discussions with Gen. Bikram Singh, Chief of Army Staff; Lt. Gen. D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander and Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh, GoC XV Corps regarding matters concerning external and internal security management.


The President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. Born in April 1955 in Rajpora village of Pulwama district, Justice Mir completed his LL B in 1978 from Kashmir University. He secured first position in J&K Judicial Services Examination in 1992 and was appointed as Principal District and Sessions Judge, Kupwara in May 1993. He also served Principal District and Sessions Judge, Anantnag for three years.


Dr Imran Hafeez, Assistant Professor in the department of Cardiology SKIMS has been awarded gold medal by Asia Pacific Vascular Society (APVS). Dr Hafeez did his MBBS from Govt Medical College Srinagar in 2002, MD from SKIMS Medical College and completed his DM in Cardiology from SKIMS Medical College in year 2011 and has many publications to his credit.


Making it five in a row, cyclist Akber Khan of Kashmir University’s Physical Education department won the Inter-College Cycling title. The race was held between city’s General Post Office (GPO) to Kashmir University gate via Boulevard road. Brushing aside close competition from Umer Nabi, Akber cruised to his fifth straight victory with the margin of less than one second. Earlier race was flagged off by Director Physical Education and Sports department, Kashmir University who also distributed prizes among the winners.


J&K Thang-Ta team has bagged the runners-up trophy in the recently held Thang-Ta Martial Art Federation Cup at Kopargaon in Maharashtra. The event was held from June 8 to 10 in which 24 state teams participated. JK players brought laurels to the state by bagging 52 medals including 14 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze medals.  Kashmiri players are dominating the Thang-Ta martial art from last many years. New players are also high in talent and have proved their talent in various National level events.


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