RECTIFIED: The third unit of the Baglihar Hydroelectric Project re-started generating electricity after the repairs were made by a Germany-based company. The unit was down for around three weeks costing the state over Rs 17 crore in losses

SOUGHT: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has sought the return of three IAS officers of J&K cadre, who are on central deputation. The CM has written to the Prime Minister to request him to relieve Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Arun Kumar Mehta and Pradeep Tripathi, from central deputation as there is shortage of IAS officers in the state

QUASHED: The High Court quashed the Public Safety Act of eleven persons including five alleged stone pelters detained by police during 2010 summer unrest.

REARRESTED: Barely two weeks after the High Court quashed the detention of Mirwaiz south Kashmir, Qazi Ahmad Yasir, under PSA the authorities have again booked him under the Act.

ATTACHED: The SHO Bishnah Inspector Tahir Yusuf Khan SSP was attached to the District Police Lines (DPL), Jammu over complaints of large scale illicit liquor trade going on in the area.

VISITED: Junior defence ministereM M Pallam Raju, visited J&K to review security and several communication projects, undertaken by the Border Roads Organisation.

RESUMED: The satellite-based education was resumed in several educational institutions of the Kashmir valley after remaining defunct for more than a year.
The EDUSAT, a satellite devoted to distance learning, had developed bandwidth problems in February 2010.

ARRIVING: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Defence Minister AK Antony will lay the foundation stone of a bridge over Ravi connecting Basohli area of Kathua district with Punjab, on May 23. The 550 meters bridge is estimated to cost Rs 150 crore and would be completed in September 2014.

RETURNED: Chairman of Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq returned to after participating in the Global Discourse on Kashmir at Brussels. Mirwaiz apprised the participants about the human rights violations, arrests of youths, deterioration of ecology and  plunder of water resources and forests.

PLANNED: The second Mughal Road Motor Rally would be conducted on June 25 to 28 this year. The 3-day rally across the Mughal Road would be organised by Himalayan Motor Sports Association, Shimla in sponsorship with state tourism department. Aroung 50 teams are expected to participate.

DEFERRED: The High court deferred the hearing into the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by JKLF chief Yasin Malik after the central government sought four weeks time to file objections. The PIL filed on January 14, seeks judicial supervision of the investigation into 117 killings that took place in Kashmir during last summer agitation.

Police recovered a woman and her 18 months old child, abducted from their home in Dardpora Baramulla within 10 hours, at Qazigund, Islamabad. Three men had forcibly entered the house of one Javed Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Jabbar Mir resident of Dardpora Baramulla and beaten him up before abducting his wife and their child. The accused trio, all residents of Baramulla, were arrested.

The government has withdrawn Kashmiri communist leader Ram Pyara Saraf’s book, ‘Collected works of R P Saraf’ from school libraries for preaching secession. The book holds New Delhi “solely responsible” for Kashmir conflict and the alienation among Kashmiris.

OPENED: The first generic drugs store was opened in heart of Srinagar city with government proposing two more such outlets in Government Medical college hospitals at Srinagar and Jammu. Governor N N Vohra inaugurated the outlet.

ORDERED: The High Court ordered the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to a mother whose son, Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, went missing allegedly in army custody in Kupwara 11 years ago.

BARRED: Authorities barred chairman of Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani from visiting Shopian town in south Kashmir where he was scheduled to hold a public rally.

PULWANMA: It has finally acted. State’s education ministry has locked two urban schools that had many classes, many more teachers but no students. One school had four employees and only five students for seven classrooms. Another had four employees with only seven students. Interestingly, one of them was barely 200 meters away from the office of Pulwama’s chief education officer. Officials at district level said the two primary schools would now be relocated and reopened at a place that, at least, has an honourable number of students. Teachers and the students have been sent to other schools. The department had problems with the rented building also. It was not immediately known what the government decided about a similar primary school in Tulbagh Pampore that had six teachers and four students.

Thanks to the girl who somehow managed to tell her plight to the police, two young men from Gudsathu village in Budgam are now behind bars. Farooq Ahmad Parra and Abdul Qayoom Parra were following a young girl. They traced her in paddy fields where she was working. They molested her and she resisted. As she raised alarm, the two brought a knife and slit her throat. But God disposed the idea. They fled, she survived. Locals took her to hospital and a case was registered. It was on basis of her statement that the two were rounded up. The case apparently seems waterproof, the duo, under law will have a prolonged stay in jail. But what about the young lady, she needs to be honoured.

SHAHEED GUNJ : It happened, apparently, for the first time. Shugufta Bashir had parked her car at a time when NC leader Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Saloora in Ganderbal, was driving in his security vehicle. He bumped his vehicle into the young woman’s car. As she protested, it triggered heated arguments and created a scene. Her father came out of the vehicle and the leader started physically abusing the old man. As Ms Bashir came to the rescue of her father, as per her statement before the police, the leader started misbehaving with her. Many people were watching how the leader accompanied by his security guards was conducting himself. Eventually, it triggered a backlash as the spectators attacked him, and his security men. His vehicle was also attacked. It was finally police that saved him and the scene.  As somebody asked chief minister Omar Abdullah, he tweeted quickly that he is already informed and that he has instructed that the law must follow its course. On basis of the complaint that the woman filed, police did arrest the leader. Any follow up?

REASI : Crimes against the girl child continue. An eight-year-old girl who had gone to attend a marriage in Karua belt of Reasi was raped by a youth Ajay Kumar. A class fourth student in a state-run school at Dera Baba, she informed her parents that reported the case to police. Kumar was arrested.

RAMBAN : Weapons that the state has provided them while creating extra-constitutional systems are paying back. Last week there were two cases. In Maitra village of Ramban Abdul Gafoor, a special police officer gunned down his SPO wife Rehmati Begum and her brother Farooq Ahmad Malik. A surrendered militant, Gafoor was fired and arrested and will spend the rest of his life in jail. Posted far away from each other – one at Ramsu and another at Ramban, their conjugal life was in crisis and they accused each other of infidelity. When her brother came from Doda to resolve the dispute, it led to the opening of fire from AK-47, the ‘service weapon’ that killed the brother-sister duo.In Rajouri’s Choudhary Narh belt, Inder Singh, a VDC member had a verbal duel with his son Vishal over Singh being always inebriated. It led to Vishal’s death. Again the ‘service weapon’ was used. He is fired, and in detention.

As massive participation in the ongoing Panchayat polls empowers the village respectables across the state, those getting elected have started asserting themselves. Manohar Lal Motan, the elected sarpanch (village head) of Chakwara and his associate, who were “inebriated” were arrested by police for “misbehaving” with Bishnah police station SHO, Inspector Tahir Hussain. They had visited the police station for some work where they were arrested after a heated exchange.  A day after, interestingly, services of the SHO were placed under suspension and were attached by SSP Jammu to DPL Jammu on the complaints of large scale illicit liquor trade going on in his area. Hey, what is happening in J&K?


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