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STAYED: The High Court stayed DGP Prison’s orders and halted the shifting of Mushtaq Ahmad Akhoon of Srinagar, Shabir Ahmad Bukhari and Shakeel Ahmad Sofi both from Pattan from Central jail Srinagar to jails in Jammu. Advocate Mian Qayoom, who argued their case termed the shifting of detainees as illegal.

APPOINTED:
State government has invited Tata consultancy services (TCS) to conduct an appraisal of the tourism industry and prepare a comprehensive vision document for next 15 years. The step will revamp the tourism and will generate employment, experts say.

ACQUITTED: A court acquitted Babu Ram and four other members of his family of murder charges, in the case of burning of burning of his wife Bholi. Ram and his family were accused of burning Bholi but in the court, Bholi’s dying statement, the only “proof” against the accused was proven wrong.

RETIRING: After the plea for increasing his service by two years on basis of another Date of Birth document was rejected Raja Aijaz Ali, IG Crime Branch, Jammu will be retiring by the end of February. Raja says that the certificate he provided at the time of his appointment is not correct.

PRONOUNCED:
A government teacher Mohammed Rafiq, and his son Rayees Hayat were awarded life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25000 for hiding a militant in their house who gunned down a civilian and police personnel in Mendhar. The father-son duo has been convicted under section120 B and 307 RPC.

EXTENDED: Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, GOC of Srinagar based 15 corps has been given an extension in service of three months till March 2012. Hasnain thinks decision makers in Kashmir and Delhi have been battling for his extension seeing the efforts he was making in improving the ‘Army-people relations’ in Kashmir.

ISSUED: A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Ajit Kumar, former Additional Chief Secretary Education department and a separate ‘robkar’ against Abdul Rehman, proprietor Commercial Corporation Srinagar in the jute matting scam.

AWARDED: A court awarded lifer to Simon alias Sonu, Darshan Gill, Suram Chand alais Surma and fine of Rs 10,000 for murdering one Shakti Gupta. The trio had murdered Gupta with a sharp weapon in February 2002.  

ISSUED: A non bailable warrant was issued against PDP MLA Peerzada Manzoor Hussain in the multi crore scam in the Rural Development Department in 1990’s. The warrant is to be executed through Assembly secretariat. Besides, Peerzada, the then junior engineer and many other departmental officials are allegedly involved in the scam.

DEMANDED:
Welcoming the Supreme Court observations in Pathribal killings, the All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) is demanding a time bound enquiry into the killings of 36 Sikhs at Chattisinhgpora in 2000. The killings happened on the eve of the then US president Bill Clinton’s India visit.

INSTALLED: Two central jails of the state are all set for installing mobile jammers and full body X ray machines. Reports of detainees using mobile phones in those jails appear periodically in the press. Officials say these steps will arrest the use of mobile phones in jails.

ANNOUNCED: Infosys Ltd announced that it will train 100 engineering students from J&K each year on advanced technology enabled services. The proposal was approved by Approval Committee of Special Industry Initiatives (SII) last month and the announcement was made by union home minister P Chidambaram.

RECOMMENDED: Dr Asgar Samoon has recommended the state government to declare Eid-e Gadeer a gazetted holiday, in lieu of Nawroz holiday, which from now will be taken as a restricted holiday. Samoon made the recommendations after a meeting with leaders of J&K Shia Association, Anjuman-e-Sharian Shia (Shariatabad), Anjuman-e-Sharian Shia (Mustafabad) and Itihad-ul-Muslimeen.

HONOURED: BBC Urdu service’s reporter Zulfiqar Ali has been awarded with the ‘best reporting in the West and Central Asia region’. Ali hails from Uri Baramulla and is settled in Muzaffarabad. He was awarded for breaking the news of the US military helicopter crash at Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed.

SLAPPED: Tariq Ahmed Bhat of Khudwani, Kulgam was booked under PSA for selling liquor and drugs. An FIR, 274/11 under section 50, Excise Act has been registered in the case in Police Station Kulgam.

INITIATED: Criminal proceeding have been initiated against Ashwini Kumar, officer Commanding of GREF114 RCC for failing to restore three roads of Bhaderwah. The proceedings were initiated by S V Meena, sub divisional Magistrate (SDM) for hampering their relief operation.

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