Newsmakers

ARRESTED: Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was detained by police at the Srinagar airport and put under house arrest soon after his arrival from New Delhi. The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman was earlier questioned by the Delhi police in connection with an alleged hawala case.
 
KILLED: The increasing stray dog menace claimed another life when twenty five year old Shakeel Ahmad Shah of Tral died after being bitten by a dog. A dog had bitten him on February 8 in his locality. At least 20639 people across the valley have suffered animal bites in the last five years with stray dogs being the culprits in 96 percent cases.

APPOINTED: Prof Amitabh Mattoo, the former vice-chancellor of Jammu University, has been appointed as first Director of Australia-India Institute, established by the University of Melbourne in 2008. He will take up his three year assignment in Melbourne, Australia in April 2011.

RAISING: India will raise issue of alleged financing and orchestration of last year’s stone-pelting protests in J&K by Pakistan-based elements in the home secretary level talks between the two countries. Union Home Secretary GK Pillai will meet his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Qamar Zaman on March 28 and 29.

HELD: The Gulmarg Global Derby was held on March 3, 2011 from Kongdori to Pine Palace Resort. The international free ride event saw participation from six Nations – USA, France, Ukraine, Japan, United Kingdom and Ireland. The event was organized by The Pine Palace Resort, Winter Games Association and Cable Car Corporation with support from High Altitude Warfare School and Tourism Department.

COMING: Since the approval of Rehabilitation Policy in November 2010, the state government has received nearly 600 applications from former militants across the LoC wanting to return home. The chief minister Omar Abdullah said that his government was processing the applications and would do everything to facilitate their return.

VISITED: A total of 9,454 residents of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) visited their relatives in J&K over the last five years using the cross-LoC permit system. There are two entry points – Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district and Kaman-Salamabad area in Baramulla district – from where people from the two sides cross the LoC to visit their relatives.

TRANSLATED: The official Kashmiri translation of the Bible by Predhuman K Joseph Dhar was released by the Bible Society of India at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, on February 19, 2011.

PROTESTED: The government has re-engaged at least 43 retired employees on monthly remuneration of 20000 to 60000 rupees.

ARRESTED: People protested at Marmat in Doda after a 6th class student was allegedly sodomised by an army subedar. The incident sparked off protest demonstrations with people demanding action against the accused army man. Police have registered the case.

BOOKED: The government booked the three police personnel who were recently acquitted by the court from murder charges of State home minister Mushtaq Ahmad Lone and his elder brother, under the Public Safety Act. The SHO Sogam, Ghulam Rasool, Abdul Ahad Rather of Anderhama Kupwara, Muhammad Rustum Lone and Ghulam Nabi Pir both hailing from Sogam have been detained under the PSA.

INJURED: A boy, Rameez Ahmad Tantray son of Abdul Gaffar of Lolpora Kunzar, injured his right hand while fiddling with an explosive device. He has been admitted in the Bone and Joints hospital Srinagar.

PLANNED: Opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) proposes to introduce a bill that seeks to treat the state flag on a par with the Tricolour. The PDP legislator Nizam-ud-din Bhat, is expected to move the private member’s bill during the Assembly’s budget session. “The state flag symbolised Kashmir’s separate identity within the Indian union,’ he said.

REGISTERED:
Thirty-one-year-old Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, tagged as the ‘rage boy’ in the West, has been slapped with Public Safety Act – 9th time in a row since November 2008 when he was arrested in old city Srinagar after Amarnath land row.

COUNTING:
While the decadal census is underway across Kashmir, the Army has begun a parallel “census” in Sopore, angering and terrorising the locals. For the past three weeks, the Army has been giving special census forms to Mohalla heads in Sopore and ordering them to get these filled with details of every household in their neighbourhoods.

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