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KOPENED: Yet another road has been reopened. This time it in Budgam connecting Beerwa with Sikandrapora that was closed for over 15 years. Officials who were instrumental in opening the road said the offices of JKHPMC, PHE and sheep husbandry will now resume operations from the site of the security camp that had occupied it and blocked the road. People were taking longer routes as this was closed.

APPOINTED: B L Razdan has taken over as the new Income Tax Commissioner for J&K circle. A resident of Wanpoh in Islamabad, Razdan is great grandson of Kashkiri  
poet Krishna Joo Razdan. An IRS 1976 batch official, Razdan is the first Kashmiri to head the IT operations in J&K, earlier part of Punjab. During his career he has handled tax investigations of Chanderaswamy, Sukh Ram and Shiva Gun Factory (Jammu).
Earlier, Razdan served Jammu in 1958-86 as Principal Income Tax Officer and later from January 1989 to September 1992 as the Joint Commissioner of Income-tax.

NOMINATED: NC has nominated broadcaster Ghulam Nabi Wani (Rattanpuri) for Rajya Sabha. He contested unsuccessfully from Pulwama constituency against in 2008. He will fill the RS seat that fell vacant after Dr Abdullah won the Lok Sabha polls from central Kashmir segment.

DIRECTED: High Court directed state government to produce Dukhtaran-i-Millat leader Asiya Andrabi in person before the court on Monday. The court had earlier ordered her transfer from Jammu to Srinagar jail but the government decided to get it stayed from the apex court. Though the state government has filed an SLP but it has not been listed. It was only after this that court directed the government to produce Andrabi before the court on Monday.

PROVED: State police Crime Branch has established charges of misutilisation of state funds worth Rs 4.50 crores by four persons in Sidhra scam that included former minister and sitting PDP MLA Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari. Three others are M L Kalra, Jayant Bhutia and Murli Dhar, all residents of New Delhi.

SANCTIONED: Survey for a broad gauge line railway track between Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) to Leh (Ladakh) has been sanctioned and the work will shortly start. The track is part of the ongoing effort to build matching infrastructure on the Sino Indian border. The track will make Ladakh accessible round the year.
RESIGNED: Seven Councillors of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh have resigned from Ladakh Union Territory Front and resolved to form a separate group to continue fulfilling obligations towards their respective constituencies. These include Tsering Angdu from Martselang, Tsewang Tundup from Basgo, Sonam Dorjet from Lingshed, Dorjey Namgyal from Temisgam, Sonam Tsering from Chushul, Nawang Norbu from Nyoma and Chotar Tsering from Korok. They found Chief Executive Councillor Tsering Dorjey incapable of delivering justice.

SET FREE: JKLF leader Yasin Malik has been set free after a prolonged house arrest. He visited Shopian and spoke to the people. He later flew to Delhi and would go to Pakistan to get his bride home. His wife is an artist.

DAMAGED: Property worth crores was destroyed by windstorm in north Kashmir Handwara township. One woman died as scores survived with injuries. Around one thousand houses suffered damage besides the standing crops on over 140 thousands kanals of land in 39 villages. The government has announced an interim relief of five crore rupees.

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