Newsmakers

FAKED: A dozen people, including 4 cops, were injured in clashes between police and aspirants at a ‘fake’ recruitment rally held at BSF headquarters in Paloura, Jammu. The aspirants later blocked Jammu-Poonch highway and pelted stones on cops.

DETAINED: A resident of Mendhar (Poonch) was detained in Pune by anti-terrorism squad investigating the July 13 triple blasts in Mumbia. His I-card was allegedly found at Kabutarkhana in Dadar after the bomb went off.

TRANSFERRED: Police filed charge sheet in court against a soldier for molesting a school girl in a Pattan village. The case is being shifted for trial in a court martial.

ATTEMPTED: A 30-year-old housewife attempted suicide along with her two minor children by consuming pesticide at her residence in Golda (Mendhar) after a verbal spat with her family.

REJECTED: High Court rejected a PIL seeking court’s intervention in the “wanton loot” of state’s water resources by NHPC. A civil society group led by industry chieftain Shakeel Qalander had filed it.

DELAYED: Kashmir interlocutors decided against visiting Jammu in wake of tensions within themselves and an agitation in Jammu over central university.

LOCKED: An independent sarpanch Ghulam Muhammad Ahangar locked Government high school Nagbal over absence of staff from duty. He had earlier approached district officers in Budgam to get teachers to work.

AGITATED: Sarpanchs and Panchs in Bandipora threatened to launch an agitation against the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) for not hiring locals.

ELECTED: Choudhry Abdul Majeed of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was elected as the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. PaK President, Raja Zulkarnain Khan administered him the oath of office.

OBSERVED: CJM Srinagar dismissed the police case diary in the Tufail Matto investigations, saying that the diary showed no progress. Matto killing sparked the 2010 summer unrest.

REJECTED: Delhi high court has stayed its earlier order that allowed 28 “terror-struck” retired bureaucrats, mostly Pandits, to retain their government houses till the Centre restored normalcy in the strife-torn J&K. A decade ago, three of these Kashmiri Pandits (former IB officials) were airlifted with families from Srinagar to Delhi. The legal battle has been on for the past seven years.

SHELVED: Apprehending Chinese objections, India shelved plans to reactivate the Chushul airfield in Ladakh close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Other Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs), however, are being revived in phased manner.

BOOKED: Umati-I-Islami President and Mirwaiz South Kashmir, Qazi Yasir was booked under fresh PSA and charged with “exploiting the death of his uncle by instigating the sentiments of the people.” Yasir was detained during last year’s summer unrest and subsequently booked under PSA that was quashed twice by a court.

DIED: Following the death of two boys in Tral, two more youth were killed in Rafiabad due to explosion of littered ammunition. Ishfaq Ahmad Khan 21, and Baber Khan 20, were residents of Markote village of Dangiwacha and they died due to an explosion in the nearby Behak Nardargi forests.

MARRIED: A day after her release on bail, Quratul Ain’s got married to her cousin in Sopore. An Arts graduate, Qurat was summoned by the police on July 10 and detained for her alleged involvement in July 6 rifle grenade and IED blast outside Sopore police station.

EXTENDED: A local court has extended interim bail granted to all the 13 accused in a recently surfaced flesh-trade-racket in hotel ‘Nida’ till August 5. On July 9, the court of CJM had granted an interim bail to all the 13 accused till July 15 that was later extended.

ADOPTING: NGOs – Pune based Sarhad and Nagpur’s Vanarai are jointly adopting three villages Wussan, Bangil and Dardpora by October. The initiative will focus on programmes related to communal harmony, water problems, healthcare, employment and livelihood for women. Some of the Kashmiri students studying at institutions run by Sarhad will also assist the NGOs in the project.

IMPLEMENTED:
The Government has issued notification under SRO 223 and 224 identifying the public services, besides notifying rules to make the Public Services Guarantee Act operational with immediate effect. Under the Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) 2011, public servants will have to pay damages for not delivering services in time.

Leh:Doctors Kate and Gerry McCann from Rothley in Leicestershire were holidaying in Portugal when their about to be four year old daughter Madeleine McCann went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007. Searches yielded nothing. Last week, a British woman and an American man saw a girl fitting Madeleine’s description in Leh. They stopped the couple – French woman and her Belgian husband – and tried to snatch away the girl which invited police intervention. Their passports were seized and swabs were taken from fluently French speaking girl for DNA fingerprinting. After watching her photographs, the parents of the missing girl say she does not seem to be their daughter. The couple who are spearheading the search at their own level have remained in news for a long time. They celebrated their daughter’s four disappearance anniversary by publication of a book on Madeleine proceeds of which will go to the searching costs. DIG Abdul Gani Mir ruled out “recovery of any girl” and said question of DNA does not arise.

NISHAT:
For many years and many people, Abdul Rashid Ganai of Nishat was the faith-healer and the soothsayer, he was the Pir. Last week, police brought him in handcuffs before the CJM Srinagar for raping two teenagers, both minors. The charge-sheet suggests that a young girl who went to him to seek faith-heeling for her bouts of involuntary unconsciousness. The ‘pir’ made her unconscious and raped her and sent her home with a warning. She, however, shared her experience with another girl who also was a victim. Jointly, they decided to commit suicide but a third girl stopped them. Instead they went to the police and registered a case.

PUNJAB: Authorities deported Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Singh Maan and his 15 other colleagues from Kashmir. An order issued by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar said the team’s continued stay in the valley was a threat to the security of the state. Mann and his team had detailed interactions with separatist leader’s Shabir Shah and Syed Ali Shah Geelani. They were supposed to go to a Barmulla village and speak to the gathering of Sikhs when the state decided against permitting them. They were prevented from moving out of a Gurdwara in Barzalla and the next morning they proceeded to Jammu on their way back home.

HIGH COURT: Lawyers Mian Abdul Qayoom and Ghulam Nabi Shaheen retained their status as president and secretary general of the High Court Bar Association in the just concluded election. Of the 742 votes, 536 were polled and five were rejected. Qayoom got 356 votes and won by a margin of 179 votes from his nearest rival and former Bar president Nazir Ahmad Ronga. Shaheen polled 426 votes and his rival Shubum Ali got 84. Bashir Ahmad Dar was elected vice president, Muhammad Ashraf Wani is new joint secretary as Intikhab Yousuf Parray is the treasurer. Interesting to mention here both Qayoom and Shaheen spent most of the last year in jail under PSA.

ZABARWAN: Police arrested one of their men Kuldeep Raj in Botanical Garden last week. A case of eve teasing was registered against him. Raj is the personal security officer of the Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand. Political grapevine talks of the wild stories revolving around the young man who, for a long time, has been doing many things besides securing the politicians. At its own level, police have taken many follow up actions but there is nothing much in the public domain.  

SHREEBHAT: NBCC is tasked to lay a deep sever running parallel to the main road and it was during the routine excavations that workers stumbled on a ‘treasure’ near Ahmad Shah Sirhindi Muchama Sahib at Alamgari Bazar. It was a pot carrying 600-year old coins. The labourers working on the site took it away and fled. Some of the passers by did their bit and left. The news of a khazana spread like fire and finally the police started working on the inputs. It was after a lot of time that the cops could recover part of the kahzana. Officials say part of the pot was recovered.

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