DETECTED: CBI unearthed Rs 14-crore fraud in the SBI. The accused had arbitrarily changed the land use of the patches at Chowadi, Jammu and Bakoora at Ganderbal.

DECIDED: State government has decided not to demolish heritage bridge, Zaina Kadal in the main city after the chief minister intervened. Now a separate site would be identified for the construction of an alternate bridge.

 LAUNCHED: Cell phone service provider BSNL launched 3G data services in J&K that will be extended to 27 other towns in future. The subscribers can only use the data service as the video calling facility has not been cleared by the security agencies.

EXPOSED: Police registered a case in Budhal, a village in Poonch, against a man who was blackmailing his brother’s wife and raping her for 10 years. The lady went to the police and narrated the story after a decade. A manhunt was launched to arrest the accused Isher Singh.

Sahitya Academy will translate Kashmiri literature in 24 major languages of India, beginning with Urdu, Hindi and English. The Academy plans to complete the process in next six months.

SURVEYED: The water mapping survey, conducted to find new sources of ground water in J&K by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has termed most of the ground water reserves in the state as unsuitable for human consumption.

FORMED: Surrendered militants in Baramulla formed an association to fight legal battle against government for “lackadaisical attitude” in implementing the state rehabilitation policy. It has 372 members.

FILED: In its first ever case in J&K, National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet against four persons in connection with circulation of fake currency notes allegedly on the behalf of militant organizations. The case was initially investigated by state police after four persons were arrested with Rs 1.5 lakh in fake Indian currency and later was taken over by NIA.

HIRED: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) engaged an expert group of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad to carry out a detailed study on management of yatra in the area surrounding Vaishno Devi Bhawan to regulate the increasing rush. It will submit its report within 10 days.

ARRESTED: A CRPF man posted in Srinagar was caught with 3.9 kg of hashish in Gandhinagar. Constable Mukesh Bhut was involved in the illegal trade for the last four years.

QUASHED: High Court quashed the PSA detention order of four persons, including a minor. These includedFaizan Rafiq Hakim, Nazir Ahmad Chopan, Abdul Hamid Khan and Muhammad Jaffar Dar.

STARTED: Thirty six Sarpanchs, 275 Panchs, including 88 women of CD Block Budgam took the oath that was administrated by Assistant Commissioner Development, Budgam. Another batch of panchs in Ganderbal also took oath of office.

PLANNED: Kashmiri Pandits are being brought under the category of minorities, according to Wajahath Habibullah, Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities. The commission will hold consultations with state government and other stakeholders.

VACATED: Security forces vacated the Town Hall building in Bandipora town after 16 years. The residents said that the building was “forcibly occupied” by the personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) in 1996. Residents asked government to vacate forces from other residential areas as well.

SUBMITTED: The government-appointed committee on devolution of powers to the three-tier Panchayati Raj system has submitted its report. It needs approval of the state cabinet before the recommendations can be implemented.

PLANNED: Decks have been cleared for setting up of the first ever 20-member Heritage Conservation Authority. The government issued notification about the J&K Heritage Conservation and Preservation Act about 17 months after its enactment by the legislature.

APPROVED: State Cabinet has accorded approval to the introduction of Jammu and Kashmir Representation of People’s (Amendment) Bill in the next session of the legislature to replace the secret ballot system with open ballot in the elections to the Legislative Council.

TRACED: After a fortnight, the police have traced the owner of the two-wheeler used in the IED blast outside Sopore police station that killed a cop and injured eight others in Baramulla district.

SELECTED: As many as 11 of the 30 eligible candidates were hired by Wipro as software engineers. Seventy had applied. The selected have signed a contract with the Wipro Infotech Limited for four years. Wipro would be financing their Masters (Mtech) courses from Birla Institute of Technology (BITS), Pilani.

SOPORE : A fortnight ahead of her marriage, Jalalabad resident Qurat ul-Ain was arrested by police for being part of a conspiracy that led to the killing of a constable in an IED attack on a police station. The court has extended her remand till July 26. A graduate, she was preparing for her B.Ed. Police alleges she was working under the code name “Sunil” and was providing safe house, logistic support and acting as a courier for Abdullah Uni, the most wanted militant leader of LeT in Kashmir. Even though the Kashmir Bar Association and Syed Ali Geelani threatened of crisis if the 21-year-old is not set free, the police summoned seven other women for questioning.

MAHARASHTRA: Sakina Mustafa, an 18-year-old Taekwando athlete from Zadibal (Srinagar) won a gold medal in the 31st National Teakwondo Championship held at Ahmednagar, Maharashtra from June 26 to 29. She was selected on the spot for the upcoming International Taekwando Championship. But tragically the sports authorities have not been extending any support to the Teakwondo athletes. As many as 31 athletes participated in the Ahmednagar function for 17 days at their own expenses by pooling contributions. They have jointly won five gold, six silver and five bronze medals.

SRINAGAR: J&K bank is not just a financial institution. Given its reputation, credibility and access to newest things happening in the market, it is a multi-tasking institution. It is now state’s enumerator and identifier as well. The bank signed an MoU with the J&K government under which it will implement the Unique Identification Project in J&K. Post-agreement, the banks becomes Registrar for the project. The UID Project envisages getting every citizen a unique 12-digit identity number that will be stored in a centralized database and linked to the basic demographics and biometric information – photograph, ten finger prints and iris  scan– of each individual. The MoU was signed after state government inked an agreement with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency implementing the project in India.

MIRPUR: Sardar Arif is 2.5 ft tall man and works in a shopping mall. He fell in love with Shumaila, a girl measuring 5ft 4 inch in height, his co-worker in the mall. They finally decided to marry. It was a televised event. He is 35 and she is 25. Hundreds turned up to watch the wedding, and those who could not, watched it on TV.

ALOOCHABAGH: It was the use of Facebook for a different cause. Surinder Singh found a wallet in Aloocha Bagh, tried to find out the owner but failed. Finally the domestic help gave it to the owner of the family Jagmoham Singh Raina. As the wallet became his liability, it was his daughter who came to his rescue. Using the identities mentioned on the credit cards and other documents, Harpriya Kour started searching for the owner on Facebook till she found him. It belonged to a person who lived in Dubai and had come to see his family in Kashmir.

VERINAG: Aging separatist Syed Ali Geelani had somehow reached the remote south Kashmir spot and was in the middle of his speech, when, according to newspapers, police pounced on the gathering. Many people were injured and after the public meeting was disrupted, there was brief stone pelting as well. Geelani was taken from the picnic spot, driven to Srinagar where he is under house arrest. Officially police say they charged the mob only after they pelted stones on the security men posted around the spot.


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