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DECIDED: A committee on NGOs constituted by UN, chaired by Maria Tzotzorkova of Bulgaria, has declined to accord special consultative status to Kashmir American Council (KAC), an organisation of Ghulam Nabi Fai. It is said that Fai’s organisation has failed to respond to the committee’s question and the three remainders send to it.

RESIGNED: After the killing of a Sarpanch (village councilor) by unidentified gunmen in Hawoora, Kulgam five panchs resigned from their post and published a public apology in newspapers saying they do not have any affiliation with any political parties nor with any Panchayat. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Sarpanch Association (JKSA) have threatened to launch a Valley wide agitation if government fails to provide them security.

SURVIVED: Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Union Health Minister survived a minor accident in Amravati, Maharashtra. The tyres of the jet he was travelling in burst while landing when he was going to address a political rally.

STAYED:  The J&K High Court stayed further proceedings against Rev Chander Mani Khanna, who has been charged with “forcibly converting” Muslim youth to Christianity.

SCHEDULED: Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways approved the construction of Zojila tunnel to provide all season link to the twin districts of Kargil and Leh with Kashmir. The tentative cost of the first phase 6-Km tunnel is of Rs 200 cr per km from Gagangir to Sonamarg.
DIRECTED: Principal District and Sessions Judge Baramulla directed the police to file the case diary of Altaf Ahmed Sood who was killed on January 1, 2012 at Boniyar, Uri. Sood was a 12th class student. The prosecution has also filed objection to the bail plea of the accused Central Industrial Security Force personnel, who opened fire on protestors.

GRANTED: The J&K High Court gave a month’s time to Defence Ministry to submit its response in a petition filed by Zaituna. She alleges that Abdullah Bhat, her son, was killed in a fake encounter in 2001at Anantnag involving Lt Gen Bikram Singh. Singh is a top contender for the post of Army chief. As of now government records say Bhat was a foreign militant.

REJECTED: Special Judge Anticorruption (CBI cases), B L Bhat, rejected the bail application of Syed Afaq, Managing Director of Jay Kay Sam Construction Ltd who was arrested by the CBI under section 120 B120-B, 420, 467, 478 and 471 RPC and 5(2) 5(1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act. Afaq has taken a loan of Rs 14.15 crore from SBI keeping a nonexistent mortgage of 52.2 kanals of land. Investigations suggest he has caused the loss of Rs 10.43 crore to the bank.

ATTACHED: The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) attached a house and three bank accounts having cash money of Rs 6.37 lakh from Sujjan Singh, a Tehsil Supply Office (TSO) of Consumer Affair and Public Distribution, which he allegedly had gained through illegal and corrupt means. The SVO has registered a case under FIR No. 6/2011 under Prevention of Corruption Act.

HECKLED: Angry protesters heckled Mehbooba Mufti, president PDP and prevented her from visiting the residence of Ashiq Hussian who was killed by Army last week near his home at Laiser, Rafiabad in Baramulla district. She had to retreat despite a local leader Dilawar Mir accompanying her.  

RECOMMENDED:  The SHRC recommended state government to pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to a victim girl from Delhi who was kidnapped and raped by Shabir Ahmed, a JK Police constable and his two associates at Gulshan Ground in 2008.  A case against the accused was registered with Police Station Gandhi Nagar.

STAYED: The J&K High Court ordered a stay on the fine imposed on the seven major telecom companies but have directed them to upgrade their bank guarantees and pay entry taxes on bringing in equipments as demanded by the state government.  The companies were earlier asked to pay Rs 10 lakh each.

SUMMONED: Justice Bedi commission of Inquiry probing the custodial death of Syed Mohammed Yusuf, an NC worker has issued a summon to his wife Mansoora Akhtar and two party workers, Mohammed Yousuf of Ganderbal and Salam Rishi of Anantnag, to furnish affidavit statement. The commission has also granted time to the Chief Minister, his political adviser and Minister of State for Home Affairs for filing their response to the affidavit filed by the family of the deceased.

DIED: Khaki Nazir Ahmed, a poet from Shopian died after a brief illness in SKIMS. Khaki, father of S. Khaki, a freelance journalist and president Jamiat Ahle-hadees Shopian has authored five books in Kashmiri.

PLANNED: Central Road Research Institute has been asked to conduct a detailed survey and formulate a report suggesting remedial measures to check the road accidents especially in hilly areas.

REVEALED:  Altaf, from Islamabad, a runner in Chief Minister’s office has illegally occupied three kanals and 25 marals of land of his two sisters but no action has been taken as yet despite every concerned official say the occupation is illegal, the sisters say.

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