Newsmakers

DEADLINE: The J&K High Court has set a deadline of July 31, 2010, for all its judges including Chief Justice to declare their assets to follow the precedent set by the Supreme Court judges.

REMOVED: The army removed a colonel from his command and suspended a major over the killing of three civilians in a staged encounter at Machhil Kupwara on April 30. Commanding Officer of 4 Rajput Regiment Colonel D K Pathania has been removed from his command and the prime suspect in the staged encounter Major Upender Sharma, has been relieved of active duty. Meanwhile, army has, reportedly, registered a murder case against four of its men – a major, two Junior Commissioned Officers and a trooper – for killing the three Nadihal youth.

VISITED: Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama visited village Gulabgarh in Paddar area of Kishtwar district to address a religious congregation at the centuries old Lossany monastery. Around 7000 Buddhists live in Paddar block, bordering Zanskar valley of Kargil district.

PROPOSED: Government of India has decided to take 8000 youth on a free trip to various tourist resorts and beaches across India to “contain stone throwing in Kashmir”. The Nehru Yuva Kendra would organise the tour in collaboration with state’s Ministry of Youth Services and Sports.

PERMITTED: The government has given a nod to commercial xploitation of raw magnesite in Panthal area. The project, a joint venture of National Mineral Development Corporation and J&K Minerals Limited is worth Rs. 140 crore. Around 100 tonnes of magnesite will be extracted per day.

TRACED: A valley based NGO, Kashmir Social and Environment Protection Coordination (KEPCO) has observed methane gas bubbles in Wular Lake. However, experts say it is a normal biological process, wherein wetlands release greenhouse methane gas.

RECOVERED: Body of a young girl, believed to have been strangulated, was found inside a local shrine in Seelu area of north Kashmir’s Sopore town. Gulshan Bano, 19, of Gund braght, Seelo was a peon in Boys High School, Seelo. Police on a tip-off arrested Mehraj-ud-Din War son of Ghulam Ahmad of Warpora within four hours of the murder. Police claimed that the accused had admitted that he had murdered the girl.

EXHUMED: Body of a militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), which had been buried by the administration claiming that he was a Pakistani national, was exhumed from Bafliaz graveyard in Surankote Poonch and handed over to the family of the victim hailing from Doda district. Family members of the slain militant,  Liaquat Ali Gujjar son of Ghulam Ahmed Gujjar of Laloor, Doda, identified him from police photographs. They took the body to their native village for burial.

SEIZED: Mumbai police seized over 120 kilograms of cannabis worth over Rs one crore in two separate raids and arrested 11 persons including four J&K residents. The narcotics were allegedly smuggled from J&K.

DETAINED: Police arrested a man for allegedly murdering his school teacher daughter over her choice of a groom against the wishes of her family members. Police exhumed the body of Ruby Jan, 30, of Dooru Islamabad, who had died under mysterious circumstances on June 4, for forensic examinations. Ruby died of mysterious injuries in SMHS hospital, Srinagar and family members of the deceased surreptitiously buried the body.

EXPLODED: At least fifty landmines exploded on the Line of Control (LoC) in Balakote sub-sector of Poonch due to fire in two forest compartments. The fire started from the Gola woods on the other side of LoC and spread to Balakote, engulfing about 13 km area. Panicked by the blasts, residents of Deri Dabsi and Lanjyote villages fled from their houses.

CAUGHT: Police claimed to have busted a flesh trade racket with the arrest of two social welfare department employees, including a woman supervisor, from a hotel in Jammu. Sources said that during interrogation, they disclosed that “some big-wigs were also part of the alleged flesh trade racket in the department”.

SIGNED: Footballer Mehraj-ud-Din Wadoo was among the 30 select players who were given an eight month contract with Indian national team. They will train under national coach Bob Houghton exclusively for the January 7-29, 2011 Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar. It is for the first time in Indian football that players were given contract like that of Indian cricket team.

FREED: Hurriyat (G) leader and vice-chairman of Muslim League, Masrat Alam Bhat was released after 22 months of incarceration. After his release Bhat said that the political detainees associated with “freedom struggle” from Jammu region lack proper legal aid as compared to detainees from Kashmir region.

SENTENCED: Kupwara Sessions Court sentenced a one Ayoub Deddar, son of Nizam-ud-din Deddar of village Thenen Gujran Kalaroos to two months RI and a fine of Rs 10000 for tearing clothes of a girl to six months rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10000 two decades after the incident.  The court held that both the convict and the victim were teenagers at the time of commission of the crime and that the convict has undergone the agony of 17 years of trial. The convict intends to appeal the sentence.

RECORD: Home guards have set a record with their 1325-day sit in demanding a rise in their salary. They have been on a protest sit in outside the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu since November 9, 2006. Home guards get 410 per month as remuneration for their services.

PROBED: Police have launched investigations into the 19 reported killings on LoC this year after some of the army’s claims of killing infiltrators on LoC turned out to be dubious.

MET: The sixth cross LoC traders meet was attended by 182 traders – 69 from Indian side and 113 from PaK. The traders constituted a 14 members core committee with seven members from each side, to take all important decision related to cross LoC trade. The exchange rate was also enhanced to Rs 1.82 Pak against previous rates of Rs 1.62, for next three months.

BOOKED: Police slapped PSA on a young man, allegedly for falling in love with the daughter of a police officer. Police charge sheet described Suhail Ahmad Mandoo son of Abdul Ahamd Mandoo of Shaheed Gunj Srinagar as a “Road Romeo who deserved to be booked under PSA.” The High Court later set aside his detention order.

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