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ACQUITTED: Mumtaz Ahmad alias Asif Commando and Manzoor Ahmad alias Furqan of Dalwa Gool were acquitted by the principal sessions judge for not having enough proofs against the accused. “This is how a case of double murder has been dealt with by irresponsible and incompetent police officers. There is no evidence with regard to the identity of the accused having been involved in the commission of offence,” the court said and held that prosecution has miserably failed to bring home the charge against the accused.

ARRESTED: Shyamlal alias Mahender, 25, and his live-in partner Babita, 35, both hailing from Bhatiwadi garh, Udhampur, presently living in New Delhi have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping their neighbour’s one year old baby girl. The baby was recovered from the couple in Udhampur. The girl’s father complained that Mahender had taken away his daughter on the pretext of buying medicines and to purchase some clothes for the baby but did not return.

BANNED: Taj Mohi-ud-Din, the new Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, in his first review meeting issued an order and banned the private practice of all heads of departments in the Government-run Medical and Dental Colleges of the state and their Associated Hospitals. Officials say this decision will improve patient care at these hospitals and will make senior doctors available for their respective departments.

DENIED: The state government has denied granting travel documents to Syed Ali Geelani, chairman Hurriyat (G) as he wanted to travel to Pakistan and express condolence to the family members of Qazi Hussain Ahmed who died of heart attack last week. Hurriyat Conference (G) has condemned the denial and has asked the chief minister to explain “why Syed Ali Geelani is not being allowed to move outside?”

 DIRECTED: Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) selectors have written to Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCCA) asking them to direct Parvez Rasool to report at Mohali Cricket Ground, Punjab where he would be bowling to Indian senior team batsmen a day before 4th ODI against England. The ODI is to be played on the 23rd of this month. Rasool is a third player from J&K who was allowed to represent India A against England early this month.

EXPECTED: The chief minister, Omar Abdullah, announced that state’s block development council elections which were deferred in October last year to provide a quota to SC, ST and women, are expected in the next few weeks. The elections will enable the panchayat institutions to utilize all its powers, Omar said.

GUTTED: Six houses were gutted down in a blaze at old Fateh Kadal in Srinagar, said an officials at Fire and Emergency Services. No injuries and deaths are reported. The officials said that the cause of fire has not been ascertained yet.

INAUGRATED: Omar Abdullah inaugurated Rs 42.58 crore inter-state toll plaza at Lakhanpur, Kathua. The new toll plaza has nine modern tax collection booths, separate bays for trucks, cars and buses, night stay-shelters for drivers with a capacity to accommodate 145 drivers. Besides, it includes three open-air restaurants, an emporium showcasing artefacts of the state and modern toilet blocks. It will also have a vast parking yard to accommodate about 200 trucks at a time.

KILLED: Nine persons including three women were killed and 13 others were injured when a minibus bearing number JK06/1389 they were travelling in rolled down in a gorge about 150 feet down in Doda, Jammu. Five of the onboard passengers died on the spot while 17 other injured were taken to the district hospital, 4 of them died later in the hospital after being critically injured.

ORGANISE: Coaching centers across the Valley would organise moral lessons for the students in the wake of sharp criticism after acid attack on a female teacher earlier this month. All the heads of the coaching centre in a meet decided that they would be holding weekly moral lessons for the students. Religious scholars and behavioural scientists would be roped in for the purpose.

PROTECTED: A police team of four to five members have been deployed at the main gate of hotel Heemal which houses two wine shops in its ground floor. The wine shops were closed early this month after a deadly militant attack in which a sales man lost his life and four others were injured.

RAISED: The union government raised the cap on the supply of subsidized cooking gas (LGP) from six to nine cylinders per household. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It is mentioned that the subsidised LPG costs Rs 425 per 14.2-kg cylinder (in J&K) but if any household requirement beyond the new limit of 9 cylinders it will cost Rs 1013 per bottle.

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