Newsmakers

REGISTERED: Police have booked London based broadcaster Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor for spreading disaffection by posting an update on Facebook- “Why did police kill this man at Lal Chowk.” According to the police, the man was proved killed by two persons who owed him Rs 32 lakh.

VISITED: Army chief, General VK Singh reviewed security scenario of the state during his 2-days visit. He was briefed by Srinagar based commander of 15 corps Lt Gen Syed Atta Hasnain. This was General’s third visit to the state.
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DONATED: Police in Baramulla contributed Two lakh rupees for the treatment of a ninth standard cancer patient Faisal Ahmad Wani. A resident of Wanigam, his father was not in a position to manage the expenses for treating the disease.

SOUGHT: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to provide details of pending passport cases so that it can ask different agencies to expedite their security clearance. This is a Confidence Building Measure (CBM) aimed at helping families whose passports are withheld for the reason that a relative was involved in militancy.

SUGGESTED: Forests Minister Mian Altaf has suggested the army stationed in Budgam’s Tosamaidan meadow should be shifted to some other place because the firing exercises conducted by them affect wildlife, forests and cause inconvenience to the residents.

SOUGHT: For security reasons, MHA has asked DoT to direct service providers to store call records of customers for at least five years and make them available to law enforcement agencies whenever required. Under the system in vogue, telecos keep it for six months only. A DoT decision is awaited.

SELECTED: Taekwondo Association of India has selected 10 schoolgirls from J&K to represent India in an International Championship in Nepal. The event to be attended by 11 countries is scheduled for June.

CONVICTED:
Principal Sessions Judge Kathua, Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal awarded 10 years Rigorous Imprisonment and fine of one lakh rupees to narcotic smuggler Palli Shah of Ludhiana. He was caught carrying three kgs of poppy straw in his truck in September 2004.

LAUNCHED: Telecom major Bharti Airtel rolled out 3G services in J&K.Prior to the AirTel, the service was launched by AirCel and Reliance.

PERMITTED: A City court has permitted Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the killing of Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah to interrogate jailed militant commander Ashiq Hussain Faktoo for a period of seven days within the Central Jail Srinagar. The permission came after the police submitted case diary and sought his arrest in cleric’s murder that took place on April 8.

AWARDED: Principal Session Judge Ganderbal, Muhammad Shafi Khan sentenced Sameem Ashraf Bazaz of Umar Hair, Buchpora for seven years rigorous imprisonment for raping a girl in 2002. He had offered lift to the victim from Beehama Chowk and later raped her.

LODGED: Dildar Ahmad Bangroo of Safa Kadal has registered a compliant with the police against a doctor in SKIMS run hospital in Bemina for administering a wrong injection to his 7-months old daughter Maria. The baby will survive but with her arm paralyzed.

SUPPLIED: Agriculture department has exported, for the first time,nine tons of the high quality paddy seeds to the Seed Corporation ofKarnataka. The rice is Paddy Jaya species.

INITIATED: Army has announced that it will take “strict disciplinary”action against one of its soldiers found guilty of assaulting a groupof tourists in Pahalgham. The visitors were from Rajasthan and policehad registered a case already. Several people, including women, wereinjured in the assault including a vegetable vendor who tried to intervene.

CONFUSED: Residents of Brandub, Rafiabad living in temporary tents after their village started caving in, in February are frustrated as what they should do. These 28 families are seeking guidance and support for reconstructing their houses.

PLANNED: The government plans to establish 10 hatcheries as part of efforts to boost the economy and generate employment opportunities. The idea is part of the society dictated policy of substituting imports to help locals manage basic market demands in poultry and mutton.

ARRESTED: Maulvi Tariq of Shopian was arrested by police after stolen gold jewellery worth Rs 60 lakhs was recovered from him. He was wanted in 10 other cases. Earlier he was detained under PSA in a fake currency case that was quashed by court.

OPERATIONAL: The SAIL plant in Lasipora, Pulwama is finally operational. It has already employed 250 workers for two shifts and many more are being hired. The plant was the outcome of efforts that Ram Vilas Paswan made as Steel Minister.

MOVED: Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru cousin Yasin Satar Guru has moved High Court against Public Service Commission for “condemning” him during an interview for state administrative service.He had secured 1093 marks in written test but was given only 30 marks in the interview.

WULURHAMA: In 1943, he was 15 and in Lahore. Then came the division that sliced Kashmir. Kabir Shah wanted to return home but failed. Reconciled with his fate, he survived, raised a family in Karachi and occasionally tried to come home. His final effort was rewarding as he could finally make it to his Sallar home in Islamabad after 68 years through the trans-LoC Jhelum Valley Road. But he had nobody whom he knew because all of the relatives he knew as teenager had died. He was greeted by his sister who was born years after Shah had gone missing. A great reunion that overcame 68-year distance between Karachi and Kashmir. It is a real treat for the 83-year-old!

RAWALPINDI: Ruqayia Shabir Tantray, a 15-year-old teenager, who lives with her family in Rawalpandi after migrating from Palhalan in Pattan, has published her debut work Magical Moonbeams, a novel. The girl has told a Kashmir newspaper that the work published by Lahore based publisher Arqam Afaq, is for children. Ruqayia is daughter of an erstwhile Hizb commander Shabir. A post graduate in electronics from Kashmir University, Shabir married Jamleea, a postgraduate in botany, in Kashmir. The girl was born in 1994 and the mother-daughter joined Shabir in 1998. They are a business family now.

BAGGER: It was a worst incident but the region is used to it. Last week, a cloudburst – a sudden downpour within a radius of few kilometres that usually lasts a few minutes – washed away vehicles, men and many constructions besides disrupting road communication in Doda. It triggered mudslides that impacted everything on a nine kilometres stretch of the road connecting Doda and Kishtwar with Jammu via Batote. Three dhaba’s and 10 odd kiosks were razed to ground. The neighbouring Baglihar power station saw one of its security guards dead as 25 workers were rescued after 12 hours from a tunnel blocked by the mudslide. Officials suggest that 1000 families were affected by the calamity. The immediate priority, however, is to restore road link. In February 2009 it was snapped for over a month when 250 meters of the road stretch was destroyed by rains at Assar.

QAMARWARI: Newspapers genuinely drew parallels between a typical Bollywood movie scene and the happening in Qamarwari where a young woman jumped into the river to rescue her husband who accidentally fell into the river. Neither of them knew swimming and both were rescued by the local boatmen. Identified as Javed Ahmad Dar and Simran, they were crossing the Cement Bridge when Dar slipped and fell into the river. Within seconds, it was Simran jumping into the river and then both were struggling to survive. As a crowd gathered, the moving sight of a struggling couple moved the boatmen who helped them come out of the river alive. They were driven to hospital and after a short stay driven home to live happily thereafter.

LAKHANPUR: It was a chance discovery. A boy detected a huge iron sheet in Ravi and informed a scrap dealer who sent his men to retrieve it. As they failed, the police was informed and finally the army was radioed. After a few hours of struggle involving men and machinery, it turned out to be the skeleton of a vintage tank that was buried in the river bed. After initial guessing, it finally turned out to be a war machine of British era India.

DONIPAWA: Mehak had married Rouf Ahmad Bhat in this Achabal village only four days back when a police party intercepted the couple in the town and detained him. He is now facing 12 cases of 2010 unrest against him. Police had detained Bhat in 2008 but was let free as charges could not be substantiated. A distraught wife has been informed by police that they abandoned the idea of detaining him on the day of marriage. Bhat’s labourer father Nazir alleges that the cases of 2010 against his son are fabricated as he was in Srinagar, away from home during the unrest.

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