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PLANNED: The state government clearing all the decks is planning to construct another flyover connecting Bikram chowk to Satwari in Jammu. This will come under a joint project whose second part deals with the eight lanning of road from Bikram Chowk to Satwari. The total project is worth 90 crores. The concerned authorities said that its construction will ease down the rush of traffic on this strip of the National Highway.

BAILED: A city court granted bail to Masrat Alam Bhat, the senior separatist leader, in a rioting case that was registered against him by police four years ago. The case was registered under FIR no.35 under various sections of RPC including 307,147 and 148 in Kralkhud PS. The high court has also asked the police to produce the reasons of his detention as it has earlier quashed Bhat’s detention under PSA on December 30,2011.

OPENED: HDFC bank opened two branches, one at Residency road and other at Rehari in Jammu. The bank has a network of over 2564 branches and 9000 ATMs across the country. The residency road branch was inaugurated by Y.V. Sharma, President, Chamber of Commerce, Jammu. Dilbag Singh, Inspector General of Police; Jammu inaugurated the Rehari branch in presence of senior officials of the Bank including Zubair Iqbal, Vice President, Cluster Heads Iftikhar Ahmad, Sachin Mahajan & Showkat Nahvi.

PROTESTED: The BSF lodged a ‘strong worded’ written protest with Pakistani Rangers on the construction of a long tunnel deep into the Indian territory at the International Border at forward village of Chechwal, Samba. The senior BSF officers and the geological experts assessed the tunnel for about two hours and launched an operation of finding the exit of the tunnel on Indian side. The tunnel is 25 feet below the ground level and with is of the dimension of 3 x3 ft. A 2-inch pipe for air and oxygen supply is also found.

DIRECTED: The High Court directed the District Magistrate of Kupwara to file an affidavit within a week about the actions taken on the inquiry report filed by Additional District Magistrate into the death of Sajad Ahmed Dar, a Sopore youth, in district jail, Kupwara. Dar died within two hours of shifting to the hospital. He, a contractual employee of BSNL, was booked under PSA Act for allegedly providing SIM card to militants.

CLAIMED: The Pakistani intelligence agencies have busted an Indian spying ring in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) which was being run by operatives across the Line of Control (LoC). It is said that the members of the ring, including an ex-soldier and two civilians, were providing military related sensitive information of Pakistani defenses. Their data covered locations of border check-posts, number of posts, number of secret bunkers with locations, deployment and type of weapons installed at these locations to their Indian handlers named Saddique, Sharma and Ismail.

BAGGED: Musa Sayeed, the director of the acclaimed festival favourite “Valley of Saints,” has been named a finalist for a 2012 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. It is a film which was set in Kashmir and is now on the festival circuit. Nine writers were announced by the San Francisco Film Society as finalists for the prestigious $15,000 fellowship. Syeed is a New Yorker of Kashmiri origin.

AXED: The district magistrate Kathua has ordered to investigate the circumstances which led to a powerful explosion inside the police station at Bani on July 23, 2012. The investigation has raised some sharp questions against R&B officials while handling highly explosive material used for blasting rocks during the construction of roads, says the SDM Bani Rajinder Sharma. Sharma is conducting the one man inquiry. Negligence on the part of police for not ensuring the ‘safe custody’ of the explosives is also taken notice of.

CONFIRMED: Unites States National Central Bureau (USNCB) of Interpol-Washington in its message sent to the National Central Bureau (NCB) New Delhi has authenticated that Major Avtar Singh is no more alive. Major Avtar Singh is the major accused in the murder case of Advocate Jaleel Andrabi that is being heard by a city court.

DIRECTED: The city court directed the investigating officers probing Fabian Hajeej fraud case to arrest Surrender Yadav, the Dehli based businessman friend of Fabian and confiscated his property. When Fabian was arrested, the court had granted bail to him after his two Delhi based businessmen friends had given undertaking and deposited four cheques but only one cheque against Rs 50 lakh could was cashed while three other had bounced.

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