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As the Revenue department gives final touch to the proposal to make 659 new administrative units operational, most of the offices shall have to operate from rented accommodations although the government would be spending a whopping Rs 1200 crore on infrastructure for the new units. The state will have to dish out Rs 130 crore annually for the salaries and travel allowance of officers to be deployed in the new administrative units. The Revenue department has submitted the proposal for making the new administrative units operational to the General Administration Department (GAD), for tabling before the Cabinet.


State government fully owned Jammu and Kashmir Cements Limited reported a turnover of Rs 93.29 crore last fiscal as its sales crossed Rs 23.76 crores in the first quarter of 2014-15. They sold 30,000 MTs of cement in the first three months of the current fiscal. It was revealed in the 98th Board of Directors meeting. Besides, the board reviewed status of various on-going projects, including Clinker Grinding cum Packing Unit coming up at a cost of Rs 26.96 crore at Industrial Growth Centre, Samba in Jammu.


Police have claimed to solve a case involving murder of a newly married woman by arresting her husband in Rajouri within 24 hour. The bride was killed by her husband, Wazarat Iqbal (45), for allegedly not allowing physical relations and threatening him to break the marriage. The man has four children from his first wife who died few years back. It was his second marriage with the girl hailing from Kallar village.


Police have arrested Mohsin Fareedi of Bijnor Uttar Pradesh presently residing in Chattabal and recovered 18 strips of controlled drug Alprozame 0.5 mg with total 270 tablets from his possession. Police said that the arrested drug peddler who is working at a tea stall near Kak Sarai is reportedly selling controlled drugs to drug addicts.


The central government has announced to set-up five IITs in the Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgrah, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and five IIMs will be set-up in other five states of India. For this, a sum of Rs 500 crore has been allocated in the Union Budget, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. It was his maiden budget in Parliament.


A militant was killed in an encounter in Handwara area in North Kashmir. Police said acting on a tip-off about presence of at least two militants at Hamla Patti in Rajwar area, some 12 kms from Handwara, the soldiers of Army’s 21 and 30 Rashtriya rifles and Special Operations Group of J&K Police launched a cordon and search operation in the area. Police said that the militant belonged to LeT.


An 8-year-old Sania Fayaz daughter of Fayaz Ganai of Dharbag Zainapora drowned when she was bathing along with some other girls in a stream. Police and locals searched to locate her body that was fished out after four hours.


Nine officials, including the District Sheep Husbandry Officer, died, after an official vehicle they were travelling in, skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge near Potato Farm on Kishtwar-Sinthan-Srinagar highway. The team was led by Sheep Husbandry Officer Kishtwar, Dr Muhammad Rafiq Akhoon, along with Veterinary Assistant Surgeon Chatroo and Para-vet staff was on its way to attend flocks of sheep and goat in Sinthan area where outbreak of some disease among the livestock was reported.


A Srinagar based local daily has reported that state Home Department has recommended the dismissal of Ashok Kumar, Chaman Lal and Krishan Kumar, three personnel of Special Operations Group (SOG), of Jammu and Kashmir police for their involvement in the 14-year-old Brakpora killings. The government has turned down the police recommendation for their reinstatement. The trio along with several CRPF personnel were indicted by one -man inquiry commission headed by Justice Pandian, a former Supreme Court judge probing the Brakpora killings.


A local court acquitted four persons who had been accused of murdering two persons after the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against them. The court directed the Government to release them from the jail forthwith. “In view of the references, discussions and consideration as made, it can safely be held that prosecution has remained unsuccessful to prove the allegations of committing murder of the deceased,” the court said.


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