High-tech nurseries: Forest Minister Tikshan Sud said on Wednesday high-tech forest nurseries would be set up in the state for sourcing quality to produce 15 lakh to 30 lakh seedlings of clonal plants every year for farmers. The nurseries would be in partnership with private sector, he added.
BSF seizes drugs: In a special operation, the troops belonging to eight battalion, Border Security Force (BSF), at around 10.20 am on Friday morning, apprehended a consignment of contraband from area between border pillars 149/37 and 149/38 close to the border outpost Noorwala along the Indo-Pakistan border in this sector. According to the BSF sources, the consignment included two kg heroin and some quantity of opium besides three Pakistani SIM cards, which was found hidden in a utensil kept beneath seesham tree under the cover of paddy crops in the fields between the cobra fencing and the zero line (IB). BSF sources said the fields belonged to one Kuldeep Singh, a resident of village Sakatra. Kuldeep Singh had not come to work in his fields across the fencing for the last few days, revealed BSF officials, adding that they have recommended registration of the case against Kuldeep Singh and his two sons, Gurvinder Singh and Dharminder Singh.
Dharna by MC staff: Employees and safai sewaks of the Municipal Council here on Thursday went on strike and staged a dharna in front of the MC office demanding implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission report; regularisation of services of part-time and daily wage employees and filling vacancies in the fire brigade wing. Sanitation work in the town was hit. Municipal employees’ union leader Bal Krishan urged the government to accept the demands.
DTO disallowed bail: Additional Sessions Judge Rajinder Aggarwal on Thursday disallowed an anticipatory bail applications of District Transport Officer (DTO) Sukhmander Singh and clerk Kesar Pal Singh filed under Section 438 of the CrPC. On the directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ravinder Kumar Condal, the police had booked the DTO, the clerk and Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) Edvin Seth on September 9 under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120-B and 34 of the IPC. Ajay Pal Goyal, a resident here, had moved court, seeking directions to the police to register a case against the three. Goyal alleged they prepared a forged document to cause loss to him and give benefit to the MVI in a case.
Arms seized, 2 held: Security forces seized one AK magazine, 510 rounds of AK ammunition, three hand grenades and one UBGL during vehicle checking at Hamrey on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway on Friday. The driver and the conductor of the vehicle have been arrested.
2 killed in mishaps: Two persons were killed and other two injured in road accidents across the valley since Thursday. One girl died when she was hit by a speeding Scorpio near JVC Bemina, Srinagar. In another incident, an unidentified tipper hit a motorcycle at Banquet Hall, MA Road, Srinagar, injuring two persons. One of them later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Woman commits suicide: Florri Jan of Shahabad Dooru in Anantnag district set ablaze herself in her house and was referred to the SMHS, Srinagar, where she died. She had recently got married. The police has registered a case.