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DIRECTED: Justice Virender Singh, Justice J P Singh, Justice Hasnain Masoodi in a special bench of State High court extended the interim directions of putting on hold the transfer of powers of registration of documents from Judicial to Executive officers by two months. The Registry is directed to list the PIL in a week commencing from February 27, 2011.

REJECTED: The anti corruption Judge has rejected the bail plea made by Mukhtar ul Aziz’s counsel. Aziz is the Joint Director Handloom department and is accused of fraudulently causing a loss of rupees 1 crore to the state exchequer by showing non entitled beneficiaries for compensation.
 
SOUGHT: Fifth working group headed by Justice Sagheer has yet again failed to submit its report and has sought fifth extension, this time of three month. In 2006, PM had made 5 working groups to strengthen the centre-state relations, four of which have submitted their reports. The 5th group is said to have an opinion clash among its members which is delaying the making of the report.
 
ALLEGING: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq alleged that the government is mulling to issue more than 130 licenses for opening liquor shops in the Valley. Muteheda Majlis Ulema (MMU) is planning to file an RTI application in this regard to know the exact details.  

LAUNCHED: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq launched a website http://www.tahafuzeiman.org to curb the conversion menace in the Valley. Mirwaiz has stressed on using technology for countering conversion attempts and strengthening the religious institutions.

PUNISHED: Mejra Singh was awarded life imprisonment for murdering his wife. He murdered his wife for getting rid of the maintenance payments. A case under Sections 302/342/34 RPC and 4/25 Arms Act was registered at Banihal Police Station against him.

HIRED: S Mahajan, ex secretary planning and development Department and G A Qureshi, ex director General, Economic and Statistics, two retired government officers are hired as consultants for preparation of 12th Five year plan (2012-17) for a period of three months with immediate effect.  The order was issued by BB Vyas, Principal Secretary, Planning and development.
 
APPRECIATED: The government including the Chief Minster appreciated the interest taken by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in the people’s daily essential needs like electricity, water and other essentials. Apart from the ruling party, PDP has also welcomed his take on the present faulty administration.

CELEBRATED:
Christmas was celebrated across the valley; scores of Christians gathered at various churches and joined the special prayers.  

OPENED:
A branch of Ellaquai Dehati Bank was opened at Buchoo, Kokernag. It was inaugurated by A K Razdan, the Chairman. The total number of business units across the State is 122.

SEARCHED: A Central team has conducted searches in seven gun factories and shops falling under the jurisdiction of Gandhi Nagar Police station. The team also examined stock registers, quality of weapons and quota of sales in the factories.

DIRECTED: Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar directed IGP Crime to appoint a Nodal Officer to furnish a detailed report on the steps taken for extradition of Major Avtar Singh. He is the prime accused in Jaleel Andrabi custodial killing case. If failed to furnish the report, the IGP Crime has been asked to appear personally before the court in the next hearing.

ORGANIZED:
A two day musical competition ‘battle of bands’ between 21 rock groups of Kashmir was orginised by the CRPF and Valley Youth Expression at Indoor stadium.  13 bands performed on the first day and the rest on the second day.

ARRESTED:
Two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) who came via Nepal on Pakistani passports were arrested on the outskirts of Bandipora town.  The duo had crossed over to Muzzafarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) for receiving arms training in 2003.

AWARDED: Tariq Ali Mir, senior correspondent Kashmir Uzma was conferred with “Khawaja Sonaullah Bhat Award” for his contribution towards the culture and heritage of the state.  The award is given in the memory of the founder editor and owner of Urdu daily Aftab and is instituted by Urdu academy.

DIED: Ghulam Rasool Kochak, 82, a senior National Conference leader and a former MP passed away at his residence at Anantnag. Kochak was an associate of Quit Kashmir Movement. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

ISSUED:
The state government has issued a notice to Punjab seeking Rs 8500 cr in compensation for the losses on sharing water and power generated from river Ravi. The coalition government has started a project of completing Ravi canal and getting state’s share of water and power from Punjab.

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