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Muhammad Rafiq Lone has been re-elected the 8th Chairman of J&K Yateem Foundation for the 2 year term. He was elected through official ballot in a meeting of Central Executive Committee (CEC) members held at Bait-ul-Hilal, Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar. The Chairman nominated Mohammad Yaqoob Reshi as General Secretary and Syed Abdul Hamid as Secretary Finance. An Electoral College comprising of 27 CEC Members participated in the electoral process.


Three persons, two women and a boy, were killed and 31 others were injured when a bus carrying 52 members of different families of Choch Muhammad Pora in Kulgam were travelling and met with an accident in Sangam area on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in South Kashmir. Police blamed rash driving for the accident. Locals, however, blamed the pathetic condition of the highway. Pertinently, the driver had not sought permission from State Transport Authority or from Regional Transport Authority, the police says.


A high-level meeting of members of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board decided to defer the upcoming Amarnath Yatra from the Pahalgam route in South Kashmir in view of heavy snow accumulation along the route. The annual pilgrimage is scheduled to commence from June 28. It was decided that another meeting, to be chaired by the Governor, would be held on 30th June afternoon to review whether the Pahalgam route could be opened from 1st July morning.


A local court has rejected the bail plea of 78-year-old Ali Muhammad Mir accused of raping a minor girl in Pandrethan on city outskirts. The court observed that though the “medical report has not confirmed the rape” but this crime under new amendment to the law covers a range of issues related to it. Police is still investigating the matter and the charge sheet is yet to be filed.  Mir is presently lodged in Pantha Chowk police station on police remand.


A group of people hit the streets after two kids died within 48 hours at the GB Pant paediatric hospital, allegedly due to negligence of doctors. They were demanding action against the “negligent” medicos. The protesters blocked Srinagar-Jammu highway outside the hospital near Sonawar for several hours in the morning. It was only after police intervention that the people lifted the highway cordon. Attendants alleged that the doctors at the hospital didn’t “attend” the patients a day before which resulted in the death of two new born babies.


Police have arrested four members, Abdul Rashid Dalal, (president) Fayaz Ahmad Chapoo, Mohammad Iqbal Zargar and Nisar Ahmad Sofi, of ‘Majlis-e-Mashawrat’ Shopian, in a case registered against them in February 2013. ‘Majlis-e-Mashawrat’ is an organisation of locals in the apple town of south Kashmir and it was formed to spearhead the agitation against the rape and murder of two women in 2009. Asiya and Neelofar were raped and murdered in 2009 which resulted in the wide spread protests throughout the valley. Majlis alleges that the men in uniform were involved in the double rape and murder case.


Minister for Tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir inaugurated a 9-day Jewellery Exhibition, a part of the ongoing Kashmir Summer Tourism Festival-2014, at Nigeen Club. The Minister was accompanied by the Union Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan. Various exhibitors from different parts of the India and Kashmir have set up stalls showcasing jewellery for attraction of the tourists visiting the Club. The festival is being organized by Tourism Department in collaboration with Handicrafts and its allied Departments.


Director General (DG) Border Security Force (BSF) Devendra Kumar Pathak visited Panjtarni, Baltal and Holy Cave to review the security arrangements along the Baltal and Pahalgam routes of Amaranth Yatra. During his visit Pathak interacted with local BSF officers and was briefed by Commandants of deployed BSF Battalions about the arrangements for Yatra, commencing from June 28.


In a significant development the Municipal Magistrate Khurshid-Ul-Islam has directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to kill deadly stray dogs which risk human life in the city. The civic body has also been directed to constitute a high level committee headed by Health Officer to identify such animals.  The directive has come in response to public complaints on threat to life because of deadly stray packs in the summer Capital, which officially houses 91,110 canines.


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