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State high court directed Srinagar Development Authority and LAWDA to file status reports on illegal constructions in Srinagar city asking them detailing the unauthorized and illegal constructions and  constructions raised in contravention of Master Plan 2000-2021 within different ‘local areas’ of Srinagar city that commenced before March, 5 2014 but were not completed on March 5, or are currently under construction. Besides, the division bench said the report should also indicate the number of buildings not complying with the Safety standards directed by the state government.


Omar Abdullah, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC), asked the Corporation to immediately start work for ascertaining feasibility of Baglihar-III utilizing the existing infrastructure so that indigenous power generation receives yet another fillip in the State. He said this chairing the 70th meeting of Board of Directors of JKSPDC. The meeting approved Rs. 3416 crore budget for the Corporation for the year 2014-15.


Two factories, cotton godown, machinery of Chenab Textile, and United Bat Factory, both in Kathua, were extensively damaged in two separate devastating fire incidents which engulfed them. Over 2000 labourers were inside the factory during the time of fire but they all were rescued to safer places and there was no loss of life. 20 fire incidents in different parts of the district were also reported as people have set grass on fire to clean their fields. The panic spread in these localities as fire also engulfed nearby bushes and trees.


Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, authorized the School Education Department to implement a scheme for the appointment of 8475 teachers on academic arrangement, along the lines of the scheme, already in vogue for higher secondary schools for the appointment of lecturers. These temporary appointments on academic arrangements will be for the duration of the academic session or till the regular selection of teachers by the Services Selection Board, whichever is earlier.


State government has appointed a committee headed by IGP Kashmir to review the cases of 56 youth detained under the charges of stone pelting. These would include boys from Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Sopore and Baramullah. Out of these 56 youth, 51 are under police remand and five are under judicial custody. There is no youth booked under stone pelting charges from Awantipora, Budgam, Srinagar, Ganderbal and Bandipora.


Suspected militants attacked the house of Tariq Ahmad Kakroo, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Baramulla. Tariq, son of former Chief Justice Nisar Ahmad Kakroo, was present inside the house at the time of attack but escaped unhurt. A public ‘Durbar’ was scheduled to be organized a day later at his residence in which people were supposed to interact with the senior officials.


Traffic Police Srinagar-Jammu Highway has introduced GPS tracking network among the vehicles which will help the Traffic Hqrs. Ramban to coordinate the deployment in a better and purposeful manner on day to day basis. The GPS tracking network started functioning on June 10, 2014. The introduction of GPS technology will also help in knowing the details of the duties carried out by the ground staff, the movement of the officers and response time taken to attend a public/traffic issue on the Highway.


After being censured by the High Court for its slow action, the Crime Branch has arrested three out of 17 absconders wanted in Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) paper leak scam.  Out of the three arrested, one had surrendered after his property was confiscated. All the three accused are now under judicial custody in central Jail Srinagar.


State police detained seven persons in connection with an attack on a policeman guarding Pakherpora shrine in central Kashmir. Pertinently, three policemen, Shakeel Ahmad, Mohammad Shafi who were on unauthorized leave and Mohammad Altaf who had gone to market, have been placed under suspension after initial inquiry established that all of them were found absent from duty. The detentions were made after unknown militant barged inside guard room at Pakherpora and attacked Constable Shabir Ahmad with an iron rod on his head.


Authorities imposed strict restrictions in Kakapora area after incidents of stone pelting and protests erupted against the killing of two militants in an encounter. A large number of people attended the Nimaz-e-Jinaza and funeral of the militants who include LeT Divisional Commander Bilal Ahmad Bhat alias Bilal Lelhari of Lelhar Pulwama and Mudassir Ahmad Sheikh of Kirkipora Pulwama.


Suresh Raina, an Indian cricketer while acknowledging the talent of Kashmiri cricketers promised that he will personally train and guide them in the near future. Suresh Raina was invited by Kashmir’s renowned businessman Adil Nissar to his hometown in South Kashmir. Raina is from Rainawari, Srinagar. He is an attacking left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler. He plays for Uttar Pradesh in all forms of domestic cricket


Three persons were injured in Islamabad town of South Kashmir when according to police the engine of a vehicle exploded near the bus stand. The reasons of the engine blast are being ascertained, the police said. The eyewitnesses heard a bang and took it as a grenade blast and ran for their lives.


State level Common Entrance Test (JKCET) for various Medical and Engineering undergraduate courses was conducted at different centres across Jammu and Kashmir last week. Over 26000 candidates in 37 examination centres have appeared in the entrance test which shall make them able to get admission in different government and non-government educational institutions.


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