Newsmakers

SEEKING: The US Embassy in New Delhi is seeking, for the first time, a political specialist on Kashmir to keep the envoys updated on the developments in the region. The appointee will have to be fully familiar with the major issues affecting Indo-Pak relations and Indian policy in Kashmir. Besides, he will be responsible for maintaining a large contact base on Indo-Pak and Kashmir issues.

REFUSED: The Supreme Court has refused to stay the proceedings of Justice (retd) H S Bedi Commission , which has been set up to inquire the custodial death of National Conference worker Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah. The stay application was moved by Prof Bhim Singh, supremo of National Panthers party.

DIRECTED:
High Court asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of police to conclude its investigation in the Tufail Mattoo death case within two months and submit a fresh status report after four weeks. The investigators have already missed two deadlines. The delay in the submission of reports is due to the lack of co-ordination between the concerned police officers, the court observed. Tufail, a class 11th student was killed during the 2010 summer unrest.

SET UP:
JK Police have set up a cell in their headquarters where mobile phone operators will report their daily activities including the number of SIM cards issued. The step was taken on the directions of Union Ministry of Home Affairs to prevent “misuse” of mobile phones especially pre-paid SIMs.

BUSTED: After the Mendhar gun licenses case involving an SDM, police have busted another fake gun licenses and Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) racket in Suratkote, Poonch. Police arrested Mohammed Fareed and recovered six fake gun licenses, a gun and nine fake PRCs from him.

SOLVED: Police have arrested Afaq Ahmed Zargar, Muzaffar Ahmed Wani, residents of Srinagar over charges of credit card fraud worth Rs 24 lakh in Pattan. Police suspects it to be a big gang and the investigations to check the nexus are on. A case is registered under Sections 420, 468, 471 RPC.

Stayed: Additional Session court stayed shifting of 13 detainees from Central jail Srinagar to various jails in Jammu. The court termed their shifting illegal as all the 13 detainees are under-trails as of now.

BURIED: Vikram Singh, resident of Bagankot and Baldev Singh, resident of Dangakot, were killed when they were buried under a snow avalanche in Mahore, Reasi. The rescue operation of police and army are on, but they haven’t found any body as yet. Besides, ten cattle were killed in Majata, Udampur in a separate lighting incident.

BUSTED: Police have arrested seven people in a drug mafia case and say a Delhi based transport company, besides some local youth, is involved in it. A homemade gun was also recovered from the people arrested.

ARRESTED: Bihar police arrested Siraj Ahmed and Nasir Ahmed, both residents of Shopian , Mohammed Sahabuddin of Sunsari, Nepal and Virendra Mandal of Supaul, Bihar while “moving in a suspicious manner in a market of north Bihar”. Police say the arrested have been changing their statements about the purpose of their visit to Nepal.

LOST: The education department has lost Rs 11 crores during the current fiscal year as the officials did not know how to transact the funds online as per the norms of Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The funds were sanctioned for adult education under Sakshar Bharat Mission.

PLANNED: Police has planned to establish NGOs at district level to look after the rehabilitation of the former militants. The draft has already been sent to Range DIGs and district SPs and SSPs of Kashmir zone. Police says this step will help restore respect and dignity for former militants and help them to progress.

APPOINTED:
Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board has appointed 20 retired engineers of Jammu Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) in important positions against hefty salaries. A group of unemployed youth have flayed the decision.

Shortage:
The flour mill owners of Kashmir say the Valley can face acute shortage of wheat in near future as the Food Corporation of India is not releasing the wheat under OMSS. The shortage of wheat may eventually lead to its high price in the market.

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