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INITIATED: The government framed a three member committee to inquire into the “utilisation” of funds worth crores provided to five NGOs based in Kashmir and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri. These NGOs have neither provided their utilization certificate nor have they asked for the second instalments of funds.

EXTENDED: The High Court extended the anticipatory bail of Mehraj ud din Zargar, former Deputy Director JKBOSE by a week as the Crime branch failed to submit its objections. Zargar has allegedly written class 10th urdu papers of former education ministers Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed’s foster son Imam Sauban.

SEIZED: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the seizure of Rs 2.24 crore fake currency notes at New Delhi railway station recently seized custom records at Chakkan da Bagh at LOC.

LAUNCHED: Governor NN Vohra, e-launched 11 branches and 11 ATMs of HDFC bank at a function held at Raj Bhawan.

DISCOUNTED: The PDD employees pay only Rs 124.40 a month against the basic electricity charges of Rs 417, which other consumers in the area pay as basic connection fee. This was revealed in reply to an RTI application filed by a group associated with Youth Forum Tral.

CONVICTED: A local court convicted Bashir Ahmad Latoo, Nisar Ahmad Itoo, Gul Muhammad Dar, Muhammad Amin Dar and Javaid Ahmad Dar, all residents of Manidar village for outraging the modesty of a woman from Anantnag in 1999. The accused are charged under section 148, 149,427,354,452 RPC.

PRESENTED: The Jammu and Kashmir Construction Corporation (JKPCC) presented a cheque of Rs 143,07,500 as interim dividend for 2010-11 to Chief Minster Omar Abdullah. The corporation has expanded its activities beyond J&K during the last year by bagging contracts from central government agencies as well like Home ministry and Power Grid Corporation of India.

PROTESTED: The residents of Armpora, Sopore protested and observed a complete shut down against the killing of Omar Rasool Kabu. Omar, a motorcycle mechanic, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.

DITHERING: Even after one year of its existence State Information Commission (SIC) is facing problems due to dearth of manpower. The posting of requisite staff has been delayed due to pending General Administration Department clarification.

SANCTIONED: The Union Health ministry sanctioned Rs 8.50 crore to upgrade the psychiatric medicare in J&K. The funds will also be used to set up new psychiatric OPDs at various district hospitals.

STOPPED: A drunken truck driver, Ashok Kumar, went berserk and damaged many vehicles besides injuring several people from Banihal to Khanabal. Police had to fire on the truck tyres to stop him. Both the driver and the conductor, Ajit Kumar, residents of Udhampur were arrested.  

PENDING: With over 80,000 cases pending in both the wings of High Court, the Chief Justice reportedly will ask the government to fill up the vacant posts of judges. There are seven judges in the High Court against the sanctioned strength of 14.

SUPPLEMENTED: The slow pace of developmental works in Kashmir has deprived the region of additional funds under Pradan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), a centrally sponsored scheme, and prompted GOI to release additional funds of Rs 100 crore to Jammu.

BAGGED: Ishfaq Hussain, from Kashmir, bagged five silver medals and one bronze medal in different events of Asian Dragon Boat championship in Pattaya, Thailand. Ishfaq was part of the Indian dragon boat team, of which Umer Rafiq another local was the chief coach.

THREATNED:  The released and surrendered militants from north Kashmir threatened to launch an agitation against the government’s “failure to rehabilitate them” besides its inability in stopping their harassment at the hands of forces.

AWARDED: Waheed Jeelani, a noted singer and music composer, has been awarded “A” top grade by All India Radio, New Delhi. Jeelani, who has  bee associated with music in Kashmir for the last 22 years, was awarded for the revival, promotion and preservation of Kashmiri music.

APPEARED: At least 1745 candidates appeared in MD/MS and MDS CET-2012 conducted by JK Board of Professional Entrance Examination in Jammu and Srinagar. The authorities say J&K has become the first state in the country to provide question booklet, answer script and answer keys to the examinee at the end of examination.

AWAITED: J&K state which falls into seismic zone-5, is yet to get a hi-tech Disaster management centre (DMC) for which union home ministry have already sanctioned a program. The centre will be for carrying out research in the field of seismology.

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