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DIED:

Three people, Nazir Ahmad Kabba (40), Ehtisham (35) and Tasaduq Hussain (35), all from Budgam, died when a car travelling from Srinagar to Jammu skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Digdol, Ramban. The bodies were found after an overnight hectic rescue operation.

DIED:

Saja, 55, wife of Muhammad Subhan Khanday from Noorbagh died when she along with her family had a quarrel with a neighbouring family over some trivial issue. Police has registered a case and is investigating the matter.

ELECTED:

Mubarak Gul, a senior National Conference member and a four time legislator has unanimously been elected as the speaker of state legislative assembly. Mir Saifullah, the law minister has moved a motion to elect him as speaker which was seconded by Tara Chand, deputy Chief Minister. Gul in the past has been an advisor to the CM.

EXTENDED:

Government extended winter vacation in Kashmir and winter zone of Jammu region till March 11. The officials said that the decision was taken after reviewing the situation due to prevailing cold conditions across Valley and some places of Jammu, earlier the vacation was extended upto 3rd of March.

FRAMED:

A special judge anticorruption framed corruption charges against K K Arora, the then SE, R&B Jammu Kathua circle, Purshtom Kumar Samnotra, the then XEn PWD R&B Tawi brigde-cum-medical college division and other two top officials for purchasing 5292 cat eye studs from R-Deen trading corporation, Chandigarh and Shiva industries, New Delhi on highly exorbitant rates to confer undue benefit upon the supplier firm.

INAUGRATED:

Ghulam Ahmed Mir, the tourism minister inaugurated a four day long international rafting championship in Jammu. The event is organised by the state tourism department. The minister said the event is to promote adventure tourism in Jammu region and to catch the attention of adventure lovers.

HELD:

Nagrota police arrested, Fayaz Ahmed son of Ghulam Ali and Amanat Ali son of Shah Mohammed of Rangoora, Jammu, two bovine smugglers, and rescued seven milch animals. A case under Section 188 RPC, 3 PCA Act has been registered at Nagrota police station and investigation has started.

PROTESTED:

All India Backward Classes union (AIBCU) held a protest rally at divisional commissioner’s office, Jammu demanding 27% reservation in state government jobs and educational institutions.  AIBCU leader while protesting alleged that the “state rulers has been looting the due share of state OBCs who form more than 50% of the state population.”

RECOVERED:

State police recovered decomposed body of an unidentified 40 year old man from river Chenab in tehsil Akhnoor. Police said that the passer-bys had noticed the body at the bank of the river and had later informed them. Police has now registered a case and is looking for his family.

RELEASED:

After being held under house arrest at his residence in South Delhi for 17 days, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chairman Hurriyat (G), 83,has been released.  His party described his detention as “illegal” and “high-handedness” of the central government. Geelani was put under house arrest after Afzal Guru’s secret execution.

REVEALED:

Governor NN Vohra revealed while addressing the budget session of Assembly in Jammu that j&K can generate 20,000 MWs of power against which only 2461 MWs have been harnessed so far. Vohra said for strengthening the power sector, projects with an additional capacity of more than 6000 MWs have been identified for being taken up during the 12th five year plan.

SANCTIONED:

State government has received sanction from the union government of environment and forest (MoEF) to prosecute IFS officers who are involved in misappropriation of Rs 76 lakh. The state has now directed vigilance organization to present the challan in the court of special judge anti-corruption as soon as the chief secretary gives the approval.

SEND-OFF:

Tazaful Hussain, J&K bank executive president retired and received a warm send-off from his team. Mushtaq Ahmed, CEO and Chairman along with Parvez Ahmed, executive president, and other top officials also attended the farewell. Hussain has represented the bank for past four decades in different capacities rising between the ranks to one of the top posts.

SET-UP:

In the recent budget session the central government announced construction of a power transmission link between Srinagar and Leh at an investment of Rs 1,840 crore. The unionists said that this will improve the power supply in Leh-Kargil region and will connect it to the northern grid. They have also proposed to provide Rs 226 crore in 2013-14 for the project.

TROUBLED:

The craft market at exhibition ground is submerged in knee-deep waters due to incessant rains and defunct drainage system in the busy marketplace. The shopkeepers complained that they suffered huge losses due to water logging. The authorities when contacted refused to comment.

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