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ALLEGED: The non-gazetted employees welfare association (NGEWA) of SKIMS held protests against what they termed as institution’s anti employee policies and the alleged illegal activities of the Director, Showkat Zargar. The director SKIMS said that the employees have no right to protest or level any such allegations.

ARRESTED: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman Hurriyat (G), has been arrested at Srinagar airport and brought to his hyderpora residence under police custody. Geelani returned to Valley after a three month’s stay in Delhi. The firebrand separatist leader was kept under house arrest in Delhi for about 17 days after Afzal Guru’s secret execution in Tihar jail.

ANNOUNCED: The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) announced that the budget session of Legislative Assembly would be extended up to April 4 and would not end on April 2. The committee has also reversed its decision of keeping Saturdays as holidays and has kept only March 9, the eve of Maha Shivratri, as day-off.

AWARDED: Satpal son of Tej Ram of Krimchi, Udhampur has been awarded ten years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 has also been imposed on him for attempting to kill a girl for not accepting his marriage proposal. The punishment was awarded keeping in view the rise in crime against women. “A healthy public opinion needs to be created against the undesirable criminal activities.” the local court asserted

BURNT: A total of 7362 power distribution transformers were burnt in Jammu area during the past three years while as only 40 were augmented during the same period. The data was revealed by minister in-charge power in reply to Prof Chaman Lal’s question in lower house.

BURNT: A vehicle of a private cement factory bearing registration number 6276/JK01F was set on fire by some “miscreants” when its driver had parked it near Wuyan as per routine. The vehicle was partially damaged. The police have registered a case and investigations are on.

CONVICTED: About 31 employees have been convicted by the court for their involvement in the corrupt practices during the past three years. Besides, 10 serving officers including 3 IAS and 1 IFS officer are facing corruption charges while seven are facing trial in the courts of Special Judge Anti-corruption. It was revealed by the chief minister in the recent assembly session.

DAMAGED: 5 houses were completely damaged and 15 others developed cracks while a stretch of 400 meters of road subsided due to sliding of Chubbu nullah in Udhampur following heavy rains in the area. There was no loss of life as the people living there were already evacuated from the area.

DIED: Ghulam Muhammed Wagay, 60, was crushed to death by a speeding truck at Noorbagh, Srinagar. Wagay was rushed to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.

DETAINED: After securing his release from Pakistani authorities, Nazir Hussain, a resident of Mendhar who had crossed over to PaK, has been detained by the local police in Poonch. Hussain was jailed for three years in Pakistan.

DECIDED: The army has decided to record the statements of witnesses in Pathribal faked encounter case at Awantipora, Kashmir instead of Nagrota, Jammu because the family has expressed their inability to travel outside Kashmir. The step has taken to ensure free, fair and transparent trial in the case. However, the family has not received the summon as yet. Besides, the family had demanded that state should provide them security during their deposition.

DISENGAGED: State government disengaged Advocate Shahnaz, son of National Conference parliamentarian G N Ratanpuri from the position of standing counsel to the services selection recruitment board (SSRB). Shahnaz was appointed for the job nine months ago and he alleged that he has been disengaged without being given a satisfactory reason.

ELECTED: Abdul Hamid Banday, president JK Bank and former footballer has been appointed as the Chairman of JK Bank Sports Board. Banday has replaced Tazaful Hussain who attained age of superannuation on February 28. Banday has represented state sports teams at many national sports events.

ELECTROCUTED: Darmaz Singh, a lineman was electrocuted while working on a transformer at Bani, Kathua. The lineman fell down after receiving electric current. Singh was shifted to GMC, Jammu in critical condition, in a specially arranged helicopter where doctors say he is recovering.

POSTED: As per the order issued by the union home ministry, P S Sidhu has been posted as new Inspector General (IG) of Border Security Force (BSF), Kashmir. Sidhu, an IPS officer of 1989 batch of Karnataka cadre has replaced KK Sharma.

PERFORMED: It was for the first time a laparoscopy surgery was performed at a sub-district hospital in Sopore. The authorities in the hospital said the surgery was performed in wake of the public demand in the area.

RECEIVED: LAWDA has received over funds to the tune of Rs 100 crore from central government under National Lakes Conservation Programme (NLCP) and Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) under JNNRUM in last three years. It was revealed by the concerned ministry in the on-going assembly session.

 

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