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APPOINTMENT:Prof SudhirK Jain, 61, presently a Professor and former Head of the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra for next three years. He was selected from among a panel of four recommended by a search committee headed by DrSudhir S Bloeria, Vice Chancellor, Central University, Jammu.

ASKED:Er Rashid, independent lawmaker, asked the centre to offer a similar ceasefire to the militants operating in J&Kas offered to the same in Nagaland.He said it will bring peace to the state. “When the US can talk to Taliban, why can’t Delhi talk to United Jihad Council? If it (the Centre) is a real well-wisher of the people of Kashmir, then they should do it (announce a ceasefire),” he said.

BOOKED: Farooq Naiku (37), a resident of Baramulla, and Mohammed Talukdar (32), two suspected hizbulmujahideen operatives have been arrested in Mumbai and booked under a stringent law even as their police custody was extended for five days by a local court there. Both are suspected to be involved in circulation of fake Indian currency and are accused of carrying out surveillance of various vital installations across the country.

COMMITTED: Kartar Chand, an employee of state animal husbandry department allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his office in Vijaypur,Samba. The reason of his suicide is not known yet, police said. A case has been registered and the matter is being probed further.

DIRECTED:Srinagar court has directed police to be “uninfluenced by the social status of the accused” and ensure expeditious investigation into the dupingcase of Al Balag Hajj and Umrah Tour Services, a private travel operator. The company is accused of duping over 100 Hajj aspirants “swindling overRs. 2.4 crore” last year, police said. The court has directed the police to submit their report in one week’s time.

ENROLLED:Two non-state subject families, Singlas and Bansals, reportedly have been enrolled in the municipal electoral rolls of J&K, 2012. They both are from Punjab. Singlas are owners of Kashmir Steels and have purchased land at Lassipora, Pulwama and Bansals have their companies in Jammu under the names of Kashmir Tubes and Narmada Steels. It is said that the families are enrolled in electoral list of Punjab also.

INJURED:A leopard injured at least four people in Gulgam, Kupwara who were later referred to the District Hospital Kupwara for treatment. After the attackthe leopard had taken shelter in a nearby primary school. Later the wildlife department came and had tranquilized the animal but the eye witnesses said that leopard was killed.

JOINED:ZaffarIqbalManhas, writer and political analyst, has joined People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Mehbooba Mufti welcoming Manhas said that PDP is attracting talent from all sections of society including the intellectual class bodes well for the politics of the state.

LAID:Omar Abdullah had laid the foundation stone of a four storied complex, ‘TahzeebMahal’ which will showcase the culture and heritage of the state. The complex will be built at the cost of Rs 64.89 crores and will be completed in next three years. The complex will host 600 seats auditorium and 200 seats theatre along with art galleries, exhibition halls and a heritage museum.

NOT APPROVED:About 11major projects, costing around Rs 283 crores, are under execution in J&K without any administration approval, a local daily reported. Among these 11, one is in Leh and five each are in Jammu and Kashmir. The newspaper also mentioned that in the view of their magnitude of cost a cabinet approval was required but administrative approval was deliberately not sought by the concerned executing agencies.

SOLVED:Police claimed that they have solved the murder mystery of a man whose body was recovered mutilated and half burnt by them near NallahSamroliUdhampur. In this connection, police have arrested Sushma Devi. The motto of this murder is unknown but police claimed Sushma is the prime accused.

SUBMITTED:Divisional commissioner Kashmir has submitted his report on the mysterious fire at the shrine of Peer Dastgeer Sahib (RA) in June, 2012 but has failed to ascertain the cause of fire. The Divisional commission said he in the report has come up with some suggestions. He added, police has registered a case and they will ascertain the cause of fire now.

UNDERTAKEN:Government of India has constituted a panel to undertake a comprehensive geographical index survey of rural and urban areas of J&K to point out infrastructural and civic deficiencies. The panel is asked to come up with a set of recommendations in the end. “Since GoI schemes have been dismally implemented in J&K, the survey is also aimed to study their implementation in rural and urban areas,” sources said.

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