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JKCA scam: Court orders CBI probe

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

2015_8$largeimg224_Aug_2015_225025993Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association comes under scanner owing to an alleged multi-crore scam which involves some of its office bearers. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into the same.

A division bench of Chief Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice BL Bhat issued the investigation directive. According to reports, the scam also include the alleged involvement of Cricket Association’s President Farooq Abdullah.

The JKCA scam made news in 2012 after reports made rounds that this exorbitant sum was rolled out for the promotion of the sport in the state but it was illicitly diverted to different accounts by the JKCA office bearers.

The order was passed in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed before the state high court by two local cricketers – Abdul Majid Dar and Nisar Ahmad Khan. The petitioners further pleaded that the local police’s intrusion into the alleged fund scam would tamper with the prudence of the case owing to the political clout of the people JKCA stopped receiving funds from BCCI after the scam surfaced in 2012.

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Snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir to Help Bring Pollution Down in Neighbouring States

Lotus said early snowfall in happening for the second year in succession in Kashmir

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Snowfall, Jammu, Kashmir
The snowfall will peak in the night on November 7, MET said in a statement. Pixabay

Jammu and Kashmir is likely to receive snowfall in the next two days, which could help bring pollution down in neighbouring states.

“The snowfall accompanied by winds will bring down the particulate matter in the air to great extend,” Sonam Lotus, Director of the J&K Meteorological Department, told IANS.

“The active western disturbance and its interaction with cyclone MAHA, currently located in East Central Arabian Sea, is likely to cause moderate to heavy snowfall and rain in plains of J&K, and Ladakh during November 6-8. The snowfall will peak in the night on November 7,” MET said in a statement.

Lotus said early snowfall in happening for the second year in succession in Kashmir. “It’s good for agriculture, but could damage standing crops,” he said.

Snowfall, Jammu, Kashmir
“The snowfall accompanied by winds will bring down the particulate matter in the air to great extend,” Sonam Lotus, Director of the J&K Meteorological Department, told IANS. Wikimedia Commons

The MET has alerted the J&K administration about the likely disruption in road transport, especially through passes, like Zojilla, and on the Srinagar-Jammu-Leh-Manali Highway and Mughal road, due to landslides, low temperature and heavy snowfall.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is the main link between Kashmir and the rest of the country.

Last year, the highway remained blocked for several days, cutting Kashmir from rest of the country and causing shortage of essentials in the Valley. Normally, the government stocks up essential supplies ahead of the winter, especially for areas like Tangdhar, Gurez and Ladakh. Most of these areas remain disconnected due to heavy snowfall.

Last year also, Kashmir witnessed snowfall in November. Normally, snowfall begins after November on the upper reaches of Kashmir. The 40-day peak winter season called ‘Chila-e-Kalan’ begins from December 20. Snowfall during the period last longer and is a major source for drinking water in summers.

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The lack of adequate snowfall causes shortage of drinking water in Kashmir in some areas, especially those that are not connected to the drinking water system. (IANS)