SELLING: At various places in Kathua on Jammu-Pathankot highway, some people are selling water for Rs 10 to Rs 20 per bucket. Given the scarcity, the government has authorized PHE and some individuals to “sell” water for marriages and other special occasions through their tankers but around 40 influential individuals have dug up bore well to sell water. Their primary clientele is the non-local labour force.

BOOKED: Sessions court Kulgam has held Nazir Ahmad Wagay of Baghbal, an Ikhwani guilty of murdering Abdul Hamid Teli of Khokherhama. Teli’s sister Rafeeqa was also injured but survived in the December 22, 2002 attack. The punishment is being pronounced this week.

HIKED: Seeking information under J&K RTI act has been made expensive. Against the basic application fee of Rs 10, J&K is going to charge Rs 50. A photocopy of a page that is being provided for two rupees in rest of India will be given for Rs 10 in J&K. A diskette would cost Rs 75 against Rs 50 being charged outside.

APPROVED: Civil Aviation ministry has approved chartered flights to Leh (Ladakh). has already started operating a Sunday charter to Leh on Sunday last and the plan is to continue it for next nine Sundays. Per head costs for the charter are in the Rs 25-30,000 range and the package includes visits to various tourist spots in Leh district. Requests by tour operators to permit charter flights to Srinagar were rejected by the government last month.

DETAINED: Police detained Mir Jameel, a class-IV employee of DC office in Poonch for running a racket of fake Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) and recovered 16 certificates. The arrest was made after investigations were made into a fake PRC racket involving five certificates.

ELECTED: Barrister Shabana Mahmood, a Mirpuri (PaK) origin politician was among the three Muslim women who were elected to British House of Commons for Labour Party. Now, there are eight Muslims (four Pakistani origin, two PaK origin, one Bangladeshi origin and one from Kurdish Iraq) in 650-member house and most of them are representing around 800,000 Mirpuri Kashmiris settled across UK especially Birmingham.

KILLED: In Samba’s Shama Chak village, a retired army man Rajinder Singh killed two brothers and their uncle using his .12 bore licensed rifle. He had sought help from administration to get the slain men’s poultry farm shifted but the failure led to his direct action. He later surrendered before the police.

RETURNED: A Kashmiri militant trekked 10 days in forests along with his wife and was finally arrested by Rashtriya Rifles while trying to cross LoC in Sabjian area of Poonch. They were identified as Mohammad Ashraf, a resident of Budgam and Asima, a resident of Khacharban, Kota (PaK). They had married five months back and proved to be the first couple of Kashmir that tried to return from Jammu sector.

DIRECTED: Apex court has granted four weeks time to the government of India to find out the exact status of five detainees (two each from PaK and Pakistan and one from Afghanistan) under J&K Public Safety Act who are languishing in different jails in India despite having exhausted the full period of their sentences. It has also sought status report about the deportation of 17 other Pakistanis who were arrested by security agencies in J&K. On SC directions around 250 militants from Pakistan and Pakistan administered Kashmir have been deported by the government after they completed their sentences.

ORDERED: CJM Srinagar has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the murder of 11th standard student Wamiq Farooq that took place on Jan 31, 2010. The family that was seeking registration of a case against the cops who fired the tear smoke shell targeting Wamiq, has got a breather as the court accepted their request. Judge Small Causes, Srinagar will probe the murder.

MET: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited Congress president Prof Saif ud Din Soz at his Airport Road residence before the cabinet met for some transfers. The meeting was aimed at preventing the acrimonious scenes that the last cabinet meeting of April 29 witnessed. Interestingly the chief minister faces problems from Azad loyalists in the Congress over whom Soz, reportedly, has no control. The cabinet, interestingly, did not take any decision about the salary of the employees.



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