Newsmakers

FILED: Police filed 400-page charge sheet against six persons – Nissar Ahmad Khan, Javed Ahmad Munshi, Abdul Ghani Dar, Abdul Majid Dar, Riyaz Ahmad Shah and Gulzar Ahmad Khan – for murdering Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah. Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, presently in central jail here has not been named.

BURNT: Zaintooni Bagum killed her husband’s first wife Zamruda Begum in Chingus. The two were frequently fighting and as their husband Abdul Majid went to Kashmir for work, his younger wife burnt to death his first wife. She was locked in a room that was later set afire.

DIED:
A woman from Dassal, Rajouri, Kanta Devi killed herself by consuming poison soon after her husband died of illness a day before.

DECIDED: A civil society group has decided to file a PIL in High Court against the NHPC and state government for misplacement of a 1975 file about energy sharing and transfer of Salal project. The group comprises of former Divisional Commissioner, G N Nayak, industrialist, Shakeel Qaladar and presidents of Chamber of Commerce Kashmir and Jammu.

ENJOYING: Jagmohan constituted 14 evening clinics in Jammu are still operational despite state government asserting they will be banned. These are comfort-zones for the doctors and paramedics.

ARRESTED: Police arrested an SPO Keshav Singh, and a Rehbar-e-Taleem teacher from Rajouri in a raid and recovered one kilogram of heroin.

BAILED: A city court granted an interim bail till July 15 to all the 13 accused in a recently busted flesh-trade-racket run in hotel ‘Nida’ near Iqbal Park. Accused are supposed to remain present before the investigation officer, and not leave the jurisdiction of the court without prior permission.
 
RELEASED: A doctor trio picked up by the police from GMC, Srinagar for asking students not to attend the golden jubilee celebrations were set free. They were accused of putting up posters, castigating the music events to be staged by a group of doctors as immoral.

SOLVED: Police claimed to have solved the murder case of Safiya Bano by arresting her husband against whom a formal case was at Sopore. Motivation for the murder is being investigated.

BEATEN: A group of Gujjars were wounded when soldiers allegedly thrashed them in Choti Behak Sadhuganga village in Handwara. District administration has assured them the issue will be looked into.

BANNED:
Muzaffarabad has banned import of varieties of red chillies through LoC claiming it carried Aflatoxin infected, an extremely toxic and highly carcinogenic fungus. Authorities are testing the samples here.

FLOATED: A number of doctors and lawyers have floated a new political party, J-K Intelligentsia to push for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue with thrust on development of the state and communal harmony. Lawyer Muhammad Amin and Dr Masood-ul-Hassan Husseni are its two office bearers.

ACCEPTED: High Court accepted the judicial inquiry report into the custodial death of Batamaloo resident, Gowhar Amin carried out by BSF in 1993. Government was directed to re-investigate the case and provide compassionate appointment to victim’s son and ex-gratia to the family.
 
ACQUIRED: Leading manufacturer company Gravita India will acquire 80 percent stake in Kathua based Metal Inc. The company said the latest addition shall further increase the Lead smelting and refining production capacity of company by 3,600 tonnes per annum to 46,200 tonnes per annum.
 
PAID: Industries Minister S S Slathia released Rs 2 crores to 32 workers of Wuyan Cement Factory and Pre-Cast Concrete Factory, Wuyan, as their settlement claims under Golden Handshake Scheme. All the 64 employees of unviable and closed units of PCCF, Khrew and Wuyan Cement Factory were brought under the Golden Handshake scheme for which government has released Rs 5.35 crore.
 
ARRESTED: State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) arrested Ravinder Mishra, Manager Industries, Jammu, for his involvement in the State Financial Corporation (SFC) scam.  Mishra was already involved in two other cases.
 
BAILED: High Court granted interim bail to the Commissioner Secretary ARI and Training, Ejaz Iqbal, while Anti-Corruption Court denied bail to Special Secretary, Higher Education Department, Hemant Kumar Sharma in separate corruption cases registered against them by the SVO.

BARAMULLA:
A Delhi newspaper reported the marriage of Gausia Rashid of Khanpora a major event. Suffering from critical liver problem, she was in coma and doctors ruled that a liver transplant with 24 hours could offer some hope of her survival. The family arranged a team of doctors from Delhi and the flight they came in to Srinagar could not land because of weather. They came next day and took her along with them but the flights was initially denied permission to land. It eventually managed an emergency landing. The liver transplant took place on December 25, 2006 and the young lady finally recovered. Doctors and the family see it as a miracle that she married off to a college lecturer last week.

HYDERABAD : Aqeeb Aslam Wani had a tiff with his stepmother and left his home in Ashmuqam with two friends. With Rs 80000 they reached Jammu, to Delhi and finally landed in Hyderabad. Wani is son of a handicraft dealer who has his business in HP.
At home, the panicked family registered a case with the police. The apprehension was that the trio might have crossed the LoC. One of them rang up his home in Islamabad and it gave police a breakthrough. JKP informed its counterparts in Hyderabad. Once the cops were asked to hunt the three – whose photographs had come from Kashmir – they thought they were militants. Somehow, the trio was traced in Nampally hotel, interrogated and sent home. All the three were below 18.

LEH : This is the way golden jubilees are celebrated. The DRDO Chief V K Saraswat flew to the Leh town last week to launch a solar power plant, thermally-controlled greenhouse and an advanced hatchery unit to mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) there. Formerly Field Research Laboratory, the DIHAR was set up in 1962 to fulfil the fresh food requirements of the defence forces deployed in Ladakh sector and has emerged as a leader in the area of cold arid agro-animal technologies. DIHAR research helps army to source about 60 per cent of vegetables, 25 per cent of milk and about 10 per cent of meat requirements locally.

BANGALORE : Col Vasanth Venugopal, the 9 Maratha Light Infantry soldier, killed by militants in Uri on July 31, 2007 had written more than 400 letters to his wife, Subhashini. The widow arranged the letters in a book – Col Vasanth: Forever Forty. Though the book is yet to be available in Srinagar market but reviews suggest that part from describing the security situation, the letters were about Kashmir, its geography, beauty, people and everything around. He has written his wife about his keen desire to move without weapons in civilian clothes without searching for ambushes. Vasanth is Banglore’s first ever resident who was awarded Ashok Chakra.

NWFP: Projected as the first ever “Fidayeen” to be caught alive, Pakistani national Mohammad Imran was arrested in November 2003 from Indira Nagar soon after a militant attack that had left an army major, two CRPF men and a BSNL employee dead. Interrogated by sleuths, interviews by reporters, he was finally jailed and tried in the court. In the eight-year trial, the prosecution failed. For want of evidence, the government deported him on directions from the court. Police had gone against the trial court’s appeal in high court but the latter upheld the decision.

POONCH: Arif Dar of Sajawaya village fled home in 2009 and crossed the LoC with his girlfriend Rukhsana. The two went to the house of her uncle Abdul Gani Lone but he registered a case against him and got him arrested. While Dar was in jail, Lone got Rukhsana married his son. Once out of jail, the jilted lover crossed over back home where he was arrested. Police are investigating if the case has a militant angle. A Jammu newspaper had given the news many turns and twists to prove that Dar was militant and the girl is being held hostage by Pakistan army.

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