Newsmakers

SENTENCED: Subhash Chander, an advocate, son of  Mikhi Ram of Kathua awarded death penalty  for murdering his pregnant wife, a teacher, on September 9, 2001. Subhash pushed his wife into river Tawi till she stopped breathing.

RETURNED: Mirwaiz Umer Farooq returned from his foreign trip and urged all pro-freedom leaders to have a joint strategy for running the Kashmir movement. During his multi-nation trip he met major human right organisations, EU representatives, OIC leaders and political figures from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and some Western nations.

SENTENCED: Shahnawaz, son of Ghulam Ali from GandohDoda, Farooq Ahmed Dhobi, son of Ghulam Mohammed Dhobi and Bharat BushanWazir, son of Mohan LalWazir  from Kishtwar are awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of 1 lakh Rupees each. The three were arrested with heroin and are booked under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act.

CURTAILED: The northern grid has curtailed 500 MWs of power to J&K, which would increase power deficit to nearly 900 MWs. The demand of electricity in Kashmir region alone is 1200 MWs and sometimes increases to 1500-1800 MWs in peak winter season. The curtailment is likely to increase inconvenience to the masses.

PROTESTED: Students of NIT Srinagar protested for three days against the lack of infrastructure and proper management of the institution. The students allege that the incumbent authorities are incompetent to handle the affairs for which they are suffering.

ISSUED: High court issued notices to the government in a writ petition seeking DNA profiling of the victims buried in unmarked graves in Kashmir. Zahoor Ahmed Mir, one of the petitioners say DNA profiling may help in locating his father’s grave, Ali Mohammed Mir who went missing in the custody of Ikhwanis some 14 years ago.

RULED OUT: The autopsy report of Syed Mohammed Yousuf, a NC worker, ruled out that the deceased had any internal injuries. It stated that he died of a heart attack. Syed died in the Crime Branch custody after being handed over at the CM’s residence.

DIED: GhulamRasoolMattoo, 87, a prominent businessman and a former MP died after being unwell for last one month. He is survived by a wife and two sons.

RECOMMENDED: The SHRC has recommended a prompt investigation into the killing of Abdul Rashid Mir, a ReT who was tortured to death allegedly by army when he tried to protect his female colleague from the indecent remarks passed by army personnel in Kupwara four years ago. An FIR no 147 of 2007 under section 302 RPC is lodged against the accused.

PLANNED: State government has planned to restore MujahidManzil, a heritage site which was gutted down in a fire some years back. This site of historical importance was visited by Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Abdul Gaffar Khan, Mahatma Gandhi, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi on different occasions.
DIRECTED: City court directed Ministry of External Affairs to furnish a report regarding steps taken by it on extradition of army Major Avtar Singh who has recently been traced in America. Singh is charged with a murder case of JaleelAndrabi, a prominent lawyer who was killed in 1996.

INJURED: Ali Mohammed Malik, 40, son of Abdullah Malik, Budgam was injured by an unexploded shell which went off resulting in splinter injuries to his right leg. Malik was injured while collecting brass pieces from the range in the evening hours after completion of Army firing practice in TosaMaidan firing range.

AGREED: State government has agreed to provide many sops to SAIL for setting up of a steel processing unit worth several hundred crore of rupees in Kashmir which remained abandoned during the past over three despite transfer of 200 kanal of land. The foundation was laid in 2008 at Lassipora Industrial Estate, Pulwama.

BOOKED: Para Singh and his three sons Sujaan Singh, Gurdaan Singh and Pratap Singh, residents of Khour, jurisdiction of R S pura police station are held by the police for having fake state subject documents. A complaint is lodged with the police and few of the revenue officers are also said to be involved in the racket.  

CANCELLED: Ajit Kumar Seth, Cabinet secretary and his 40 team visit to J&K is cancelled until the political situation in the state is improved. The visit was cancelled in view of the instability in the government after the custodial death of Syed Yousuf Shah, an NC worker.

SUGGESTED: SHRC has suggested that security forces need proper training so that the fraction of erring troops are prevented from any misadventure which imparts a bad name to the entire force. The recommendation was put forward in an incident of Gaberpora, Pulwama where a trooper fired over Bilal Ahmed Bhat when he refused to give him a box of apples.

INSPIRED: Impressed by the efforts of J&K government, the Chandigarh administration is now adopting the same mechanism as is used by J&K lakes and waterways department to make Dal lake wee- free to saveSukhan lake. The lake in Chandigarh is reduced from 228 hectares to 148 hectares because of heavy weed infestation in past six decades.   

DONATED: MehjabeenShafi foundation donated Rs 11 lakh to the Cancer Soceity of Kashmir (CSK) for the purchase of the ambulances. The England based foundation is working for the patients of cancer and helping them to fight the disease.
SOLVED: Arrest of Farooq Ahmed Dar has solved the murder mystery of Amina, 32, of Kunzer. Farooq killed her as she was going to marry a man other than Dar. Both were in a relationship since long.  An FIR no.302 is lodged in Kunzar police station.

RELEASED: Kashmiri translation of Holy Bible was released by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio Vatican ambassador, at the silver jubilee of the Diocese of Jammu-Srinagar.  The Holy book is translated by Predhuman K Joseph Dhar, an educationist and published by Bible Society of India (BSI). Dhar, a KP Brahmin now converted to Christianity took 16 years to translate the book.

MOVED: Panthers party moved the Supreme court of India for a CBI enquiry into the death of Syed Yousuf Shah, an NC worker. Panthers party charged Omar Abdullah, the chief minister with conspiracy of demolishing evidences against him and his father. Syed died in the custody after CM handed him over to the CB.

HIKED: State electricity regulatory commission (SERC) has taken notice of PDD failure for resorting to unscheduled and frequent load shedding in the metered area. The Transmission and distribution (T&D) losses are presently at 60.99%, an increase of about 30% since 2005-06 financial year.

RECOVERED: Police recovered two rusted mortar shells from the house of BachanLal, an Indo Tibetian Border Police (ITBP) personnel at Starian village under the jurisdiction of R S Pura police station. Police said these rusted shells were capable of causing damage.

ALLEGED: Kashmir Bar Association alleged that their incarcerated inmates who went on hunger strike against the “inhuman treatment” were beaten by the jail authorities. Apart from the inhuman behaviour they say that the prisoners are not produced in the court on the date of hearings and are deprived of proper medical facilities in the jail.

LOANED: State financial corporation advanced loans amounting 12.69 crore during first 6 months of current fiscal year as compared to 2.94 crore during the corresponding period last year. Last year marked an appreciable increase in lending facilities to the entrepreneurs.  

RESCUED: Dr Rajesh Kumar, New Delhi along with three girls from Kargil, Fatima, Kaniz Fatima and Rukaya were rescued from Dal lake by the river police. All four were in a Shikara which capsized due to strong windstorm.

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