Newsmakers

… it would be hypothetical to comment at this point of time but let me assure everyone that army will co-operate with the appointed body (for investigating unmarked graves) and if it is in national interest
Lt Gen S A Hasnain while talking to reporters on a variety of issues confronting Kashmir.

CLAIMED:
National Investigating Agency has revealed that Kishtwar petition writer’s son Hafiz Aamir Abbas Dev is a conspirator of Delhi blast that killed 15 persons and injured 80 others. Dev and Abid, the two young boys were driven to Delhi after their arrest from Kishtwar within days after they staked the claim for the blast. NIA has requested the NIA-designed court for in-camera proceedings of the case and the request has been conceded.

ARRIVED: RSS Sar Sangchalak, Dr Mohan Rao Bhagwat is visiting Jammu for five days. He will return to Delhi on September 26 evening. During his stay he will be addressing various meetings of RSS volunteers, activists, office bearers, prominent citizens and intellectuals.

GRANTED: Cabinet has accepted the recommendations of a committee on devolution of powers to the Panchayats. Now Panchayat’s would get funds, functions and functionaries of 14 key departments which will mark the beginning of empowering them. The decision came soon after the elected members started protesting on roads.

PLANNED:
US mission in Delhi is planning to honour the 114 Helicopter Unit of IAF that rescued an American mountaineer, Steven John Swenson, stranded at a height of 23,000 feet near Siachen on August 26.

RULED: Chief Information Commissioner GR Sufi has directed the state government to put the details of assets of IAS and KAS officers on website within 15 days. Direction came in response to a complaint filed by Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat against the General Administration Department that had taken security route in preventing the information going into the public domain.

KILLED:
A teenage boy Mudasir Ahmad Khan and a middle-aged man Ali Mohammad Bhat from Maidanpora Kupwara were killed when the latter was trying to break a shell. The latter was a scrap dealer. The two deaths took the toll by littered explosive deaths to 15 in the year 2011.

FILED: Families of two of the victims of an alleged fake encounter in Bhaderwah have moved to High Court against the police chief Kuldeep Khuda and others. They are widows of Fazal  Hussian and Mohammad Hussain Lone. The women allege that their husbands along with two others were kidnapped by Mohammad Ashraf and killed in a fake encounter on January 3, 1996. Khuda was then DIG of the region and was allegedly in knowhow of the particular happenings.

APPOINTING: A Saudi Arabia firm was in town to appoint 150 doctors to serve in the kingdom. This is the first major exercise in which the employers have directly flown to Srinagar and skipped taking workers through third parties.

ELECTED: Prominent houseboat owner Muhammad Azim Tuman was elected as the new Chairman of the Houseboat Owners Association. He succeeded Manzoor Ahmed Wangnoo. Tuman has a two year term.

RELEAED:
Separatist ideologue Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi was released after seven months detention. He was granted bail by the court of Sub Registrar.

DIRECTED: High Court has directed registration of criminal case against former SP operations Awantipora, Hans Raj Parihar and three other police officers for causing custodial disappearance of a university cameraman Fayaz Ahmad Beigh on September 6, 1997. Parihar is already in jail for a series of fake encounters.

JOINED:
Sajjad Lone’s Peoples Conference has got more than 100 workers of the NC who deserted their party. Reports suggest it is aimed at strengthening the party base in the city ahead of municipal polls.

ALLEGED:
Muslim Wakf Board employees were on strike last week against alleged misuse of funds by vice chairman M Y Qadri and secretary of the board.

ADMINISTERED:
Governor N N Vohra administered the oath of office to Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla as Chief Justice of the High Court. Justice Kalifulla joined J&K High Court after transfer from Madras High Court on February 24, 2011 and after the retirement of Chief Justice Aftab H Saikia, he was appointed Acting Chief Justice on April 7, 2011.

DIED: Three employees of Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) including two engineers died when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into river Jhelum near the LoC in Uri. They were identified as sumo driver Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai, engineers Irfan Ali and Jai Prakash. Ganai’s body was fished out by Pakistani soldiers and returned immediately.

CONCERNED: High Court has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in providing medical treatment to students who are suffering after a 11000 KV high tension electric line fell in their school at Shariefabad on April 18, 2004. Three students were electrocuted and three others are surviving with serious handicaps. Their parents want the government to help so that they could be treated outside the state.

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