HIRING: Department of posts, J&K circle, has decided to recruit 274 youth, 113 from Kashmir and 161 from Jammu as Grameen Dak Sewaks within next three months. They will be paid a salary of Rs 8,000 monthly and will have to work for five hours. The concerned authorities believe it will strengthen the village post office network in state.

CONVICTED: A CRPF personnel, Satpal Singh, has been sentenced to six years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25000 after finding him guilty of killing his colleague, Kulwant Singh. Both of them belonged to 84 Battalion of Coy ‘F’. Singh was charged under section 302 of RPC.

APPROVED: State government has approved a Rs 24 crore project for revitalization of Old city. The project proposes construction of a 2-km pedestrian Tourist Trail from Nawakadal to Cement Kadal (Chattabal) to develop craft bazaars, retail outlets, refreshment kiosks, production centers and other facilities. This idea has been derived from the existing similar heritage sites established in Muscat (Oman), New York, China (Chengdu) and Sabermati (India), authorities say.

VISITING: A team of United Nations World Tour Operators (UNWTO) will be visiting Kashmir next year in March, providing the state government an opportunity to seek lifting of adverse travel advisories. The visit will be of three days. Kashmir has been facing adverse travel advisories of many countries since 1990 when armed insurgency surfaced in the state.

VISITED: Syed Mehdi, Iranian Ambassador has visited Kargil and participated in different religious programmes held to mark the birth anniversary of Hazrat Imam Ali (AS). Syed was accompanied by Qamar Ali Akhoon , Minister for CA&PD. It is said that thousands of people from different areas participated in the programme and speaking on the occasion Syed urged people to maintain peace and harmony.

INDICTED: The preliminary report of the probe carried by Dr. Showkat Ali Zargar, Director SKIMS, into the unusually high number of infant deaths at G B Pant Hospital, has pointed out that the mortality rate in hospital is 20%, much above the national average. The report has indicted the former medical superintendent of the hospital. As per the report, the administrative mismanagement has been the root cause for the deaths of children inside the hospital from January 1 to May 15.

GRANTED: A city court granted five more days to the prosecution for producing reconstructed version of charge sheet and its English translation, in Jaleel Andrabi murder case. The charge sheet against the accused Major Avtar Singh was filed in 1996 and this case has been heard by 15 judges. Jaleel Andrabi, a lawyer and a human rights activist, was abducted and later killed in 1996.

DEPORTED: Tufail Hussian Shah, from Panag Sharief, Kotli, a PaK citizen would be deported in next few days, police said. He was arrested along with satellite telephone and Pakistani SIM cards in November 2009 when he traveled to this side in Rawlakote-Poonch bus service. Shah was booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and has remained detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) twice.

PICKING UP: The first official online campaign which was launched by Syed Ali Shah Geelani for the release of Dr Qasim Faktoo, a separatist leader has been joined by1000 members in last 10 days. It now needs to get 400 more members before being submitted to the Amnesty International.

DENIED: The BCCI has denied having ordered any probe into multi-crore JKCA scam, which surfaced earlier this year. Meanwhile, the report of internal probe conducted by Farooq Abdullah has discovered embezzlement in cash transaction to the tune of Rs. 40.50 crore as the principal amount and around 14 crore as interest component which has been misappropriated allegedly by chairman JKCA Aslam Goni, General Secretary Ahsan Mirza and CAO Muhammad Saleem Khan.

CREATED: In view of increased air traffic and threat perception, the security at both Srinagar and Jammu airports of the State is being expanded and State Cabinet has cleared the Home Department’s proposal for creating additional 347 posts of different ranks of police personnel. The posts will be funded by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

PENALIZED: Hilal Ahmed Beigh, a local trader was sentenced to six years simple imprisonment for issuing a cheque which bounced. The court has asked the accused to pay Rs 5 lakh with 9% simple interest to Ghulam Muhammad Haji, the complainant.


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