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DIED: Prof Phulara Nayak, a retired professor of philosophy of Bubhaneshwar Orissa, who has translated a number of Kashmiri folk tales into Oriya, passed away in Delhi. She translated the tales during her stay in Kashmir where his son Sundeep K Nayak was posted as an IAS officer.
OVERRULED: Despite the request of chief minister Omar Abdullah to the defence ministry the IAF is going ahead with the plans of resurfacing the runway at Srinagar Airport. Abdullah had cited its impact on tourist season. The airbase currently getting 14 flights a day will be closed on June 15 for around 20 days and the traffic will be diverted to the IAF base at Awantipora. The airport was earlier closed for repairs in 1998 when it was closed for three summer months.
APPOINTED: Notwithstanding the opposition, Prof Amitabh Mattoo is being appointed as the first vice-chancellor of Jammu’s Central University (CU). He elbowed out Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar, a JNU professor who was said to be the top contender in the shortlist. In 2002 Mattoo became the youngest ever vice chancellor when he took over the reins of Jammu University, a position he held until December 2008. Born in 1962, Mattoo qualified IPS but became a journalist, and eventually landed in academics. He is a Professor of International Politics at JNU.
REGISTERED: Police have registered a case against Kot-Bhalwal jail superintendent Salim Ahmad Baig for allegedly demanding dowry from Shabeen Shadab, his school teacher wife. She has alleged that Baig had been subjecting her to mental harassment and cruelty for the last five years. Apart from accusing him of denying her access to her children, she has alleged she is being denied her lawful share in the joint property that includes a flat at Wazarat Road, land and house at Patnitop, land at Humhama, Srinagar, land at Swarna Vihar, Jammu, land at Mishriwala and a car.
SHIFTED: Chief of Army Staff General V K Singh has transferred the Commanding Officers of 6 and 53 Rashtriya Rifles battalions stationed in Handwara and Shopian respectively. Apparently, they have been held responsible for not being able to prevent civilian casualties. Orders came after General’s J&K visit during which he has asked his officers to avoid talking about a “hot summer or heavy infiltration” because it impacts tourist economy. A 70-year old beggar was mowed down in Handwara, falling in the jurisdiction of 6-RR and termed to be an infiltrator. A civilian believed to be a timber smuggler was killed in a case of mistaken identity in Keller by soldiers of 53 RR.
REVEALING: High Court judges have decided to declare their assets and liabilities in near future. It was a full court decision taken under the chairmanship of new Chief Justice Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia. State high court has nine judges against 14 positions.
RESTRAINED: A Srinagar court restrained MLA Pattan and PDP leader Molvi Iftikhar Ansari and his two brothers Abid Ansari and Dr Amjad Ansari from transferring their immovable property. The direction came in a suit filed by Punjab National Bank (PNB) for recovery of Rs 16 crore. The restrictions apply to Ansari Motors complex, its machinery, two residential houses at Qamarwari, Srinagar and all bank accounts of Ansari brothers. Besides, PNB also sought restrictions on Highland Motors which is a rechristened version of Ansari Motors.
CLOSED: Authorities have closed 17 stone quarries around Manasbal Lake from April 1 rendering hundreds of workers jobless. Quarries have been closed to maintain the beauty of the tourist spot. Officials said the landslides resulting from the digging of stone quarries were detrimental for the lake.
HOSPITALIZED: Shabir Shah, who has already lost over 10 kg in jail, was hospitalized for chest pain. He was recently booked under PSA again after the court quashed his earlier detention. He is behind bars for around two years now.
FAILED: Renewed efforts for unity by moderate cleric Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who heads Hurriyat (M) failed after it was rejected by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Off late, Mirwaiz has started moving around in Srinagar. He made a speech in Habba Kadal last week after initial resistance by a section of locals.
BANNED: Jammu district administration has banned telecast of Pakistan and Dubai based channels in the state’s winter capital. District Magistrate, Jammu, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi issued notices to multi-system operators/cable operators of Jammu district to immediately stop telecast of 12 channels, including Peace TV (Dubai), QTV, ARY, PTV Home, PTV World, Geo TV, Dawn, Express, Waqat, Noor TV, Hadi TV and Aaj.

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