Newsmakers

ACCUSED: An official spokesman accused separatist leader S A Geelani of disrupting peace by making provocative speeches which invariably lead to serious law and order disturbances. Geelani denied the allegation saying it was a new mantra for keeping him under continued house arrest.

AWARDED: Nisar A Baba, who owns Alba Power Pvt Ltd, got the prestigious MSME National Award that President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil gave him last week. The award recognizes company’s “outstanding performance” in manufacturing power transformers.  

AXED: A woman and her child were axed to death by some unidentified persons in remote Pancheri village (Udhampur). Police have registered a case and started investigations.

COMMITTED: In Poonch, a Follower of Special Operations Group (SOG) Syed Anwar shot himself with an AK-47 rifle at the SOG camp in Mendhar. He had gone to his home and killed himself within two hours after his return.

DEATINED: Police temporarily detained Nazir Ahmad Shah in Maisuma after he refused to reveal his identity to the cops. He was driven to Maisuma police station, and after they got information that Shah is father-in-law of MoS Home Nasir Sogami, he was set free. Police have apologized.

DIRECTED: A house committee of Legislative Council has directed the Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) to evict officers staying in its tourist huts so that they could be used to generate revenue. JKTDC has to furnish detailed report about the revenue and expenditure incurred on maintenance of huts, restaurants and cafeterias.

DISCUSSED: Norwegian parliament has raised the issue of unidentified mass graves in Kashmir and asserted Oslo will continue to monitor developments as the challenges of the human rights situation in Kashmir develops.

KILLED: Brothers – Aki Mohammad and Mohammad Sidiq – were killed after inhaling mysterious gas while cleaning a well at their residence at Sagipora in Sopore. Zameer Dar, who helped the family pull them out, somehow survived.

LEFT: Moderate separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has flown to Geneva to attend various seminars on human rights. He will also be going to Jeddah to have meetings with OIC officials.

LOCKED: Choudhary Ghulam Qadir, Sarpanch of Darhal belt locked the middle school at Sabzi after observing continued absence of teachers. While administration criticized the move, local people have hailed the act.

PARALYZED: The strike call given by Syed Ali Geelani against arrests for two days paralyzed Kashmir, though Chief Minister had requested that education and health be de-linked from the Kashmir resolution by making them “conflict neutral”. Omar says barely a 100 people are behind bars now.

PLANNED: New Delhi has sanctioned Rs 6 crore for laying an artificial turf at the TRC Stadium so that sportsperson can use it even during winter. It will be laid within next three months.
RESIGNED: Five newly elected Panchs and Sarpanchs of Sedipora Nowgam and Rafiabad have resigned after being “humiliated” and “thrashed” by Sopore police. They had gone to upper reaches of Bandipore to know about their livestock when they were beaten.

REFUSED: International Court of Arbitration (ICA) hearing the Kishanganga case between India and Pakistan has refused to issue a stay order on the construction of the project in Gurez-Bandipore. Before issuing any order, the ICA asked New Delhi to submit a report by October 7 on environmental effect caused by the dam it is constructing.

RECALLED: High Court has recalled the trial of Zahid Farooq case from Jammu to Srinagar. The case that is being fought by the Nishat family against the BSF has state government apparently on the victim’s side.

RAIDED: A gang of youth accused of teasing girls outside a state run girls school in Kulgam stormed into the school and beat the teachers. Reason: They had informed police and tried to involve local society about the loafers menace.

REGISTERED: Bhaderwah police have registered a case against RR in eve teasing during a search operation after shopkeepers closed markets in protest last week. The incident was reported from Sharkehi village in town outskirts.

SENT: Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sent officials to J&K to fast-track the probe in 18 hawala-related cases and detect possible violations of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

SEIZED: Himachal police is investigating the smuggling of Pashmina from Tibet after it seized two Lorries full of the rare wool in Kinnaur. The wool costs around four crore rupees and its end consumer is Kashmir.

SET UP: Finally, the government set up the first juvenile home in Harwan. It cost Rs 4.11 crores. The home is a legal requirement for detained people who are legally minors.

SHIFTED: Six youth who had driven through Mughal road were detained in Poonch well before they could cross over to become militants. They have been handed over to Shopian police where a case has been registered against them. Police says LeT had lured them to cross over for a package of one lakh rupees a month.

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