Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday visited the residence of Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Arshad Ahmed Khan, who died after being injured in a terror attack on June 12 in Anantnag district, and assured his family that the government will look after them.Shah, accompanied by officials, went to the Bal Garden residence of Khan near the city’s Civil Lines area and met his parents Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and Mehbooba Begum, wife, brother and children Uhbaan (5 years) and Daamin (18 months). Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe home minister came and offered his condolence, and assured that the government will look after the family of the brave son of the country, a kin of Arshad Khan, who was present at the meeting, said. Shah also handed a letter of commendation, highlighting the sacrifice of the police officer, to members of the family and it was eventually in the hands of 18-month-old Daamin. On his official Twitter handle, Shah said Khan’s “sacrifice for the security of our nation has saved many lives. The entire nation is proud of Arshad Khan s valour and courage”. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyKhan, 37, was injured in the terror attack on June 12 and later flown to Delhi in an air ambulance for specialised treatment. However, he succumbed to injuries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 16. Five CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack, in which a lone Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist targeted a patrol team of the paramilitary force. Khan, the Saddar SHO in Anantnag, reached the site soon after. The moment he stepped out of his official bulletproof vehicle, along with his service rifle, a barrage of bullets were fired by the terrorist. One bullet ricocheted from the butt of his service rifle and hit his liver and duodenum, officials had said. Even in that condition, the officer kept firing bullets at the terrorist before he collapsed, they had said. Khan was appointed sub-inspector in the Jammu and Kashmir Police in 2002 and served in various important capacities. During the 2016 agitation following the death of Burhan Wani, the poster boy of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Khan, who was then posted as Station House Officer of Bijbehara, single-handedly cleared the highway and ensured that there was no traffic restriction. Khan, whose ancestors are from Peshawar in Pakistan, never succumbed to political pressure and was shifted from Bijbehara prematurely after he had rounded up many so-called activists of a political party.
The Government today defended the decision taken to go ahead with the Financial City (Port City) project at Galle Face despite protests by fishermen.Fishermen blocked the Colombo – Chilaw railway line in protest against the decision to extract sand from near Chilaw for the project. Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka said that talks were granted to the fishermen to discuss the concerns raised over the project work. However the Government said that environment impact assessments have been carried out on the project and the agreement on the project ensures there is no damage to the environment or marine life. However the Minister says the fishermen had demanded that the project work be suspended before talks can be held but the Government will not agree to such demands.CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, the Project Company for the Colombo Port City (CPC), signed a tripartite agreement with two government institutions in August this year for the project. The agreement formally replaces the previous agreement signed on 16thSeptember 2014 between the then government of Sri Lanka and the Project Company.The new tripartite agreement was signed following an announcement in March this year by the Government to lift the temporary suspension of work on the project until the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development completed the Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA). The SEIA was completed earlier this year, pursuant to a Development Permit issued by the Coast Conservation Department to recommence the project.Together the Project Company and the Government envisage creating approximately 83,000 new employment opportunities within different sectors, attracting over US$ 13 billion in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from investors and developers from countries including India, Singapore, Malaysia and China while also increasing the number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka within the next 20-30 years. (Colombo Gazette)
This carried on until November 16 2017, when she visited Dr Dillon against his wishes, the court heard. During that meeting she “conducted a course of conduct” that distressed him, it is alleged. Christol, who studied her BA from 2011 to 2016, appeared in court on Friday charged with harassment without violence.She pleaded not guilty to the charge. A trial date was fixed for April 6 at Hendon Magistrates’ Court. Christol, of Upper Holloway, north London, was granted conditional bail. The offence carries a potential maximum six-month jail term or an unlimited fine. Westminster Magistrates’ Court. File pictureCredit:Alastair Grant/AP A King’s College London lecturer was harassed by a graduate with unwanted gifts and visits, a court heard. Stephanie Christol, 30, is also alleged to have pursued Dr Christopher Dillon, a lecturer in modern German history, on Facebook. She has denied carrying out the campaign of harassment between April 1 2016 and November 16 last year. Christol, a King’s College London history graduate, sent emails to Dr Dillon which were of a “distressing content”, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. On September 25, she was given an harassment warning letter, the charge sheet said. But Christol is alleged to have continued sending harassing emails and letters to Dr Dillon.