March organised: Activists of the Sikh Students Federation (Grewal) on Sunday organised 'Shaheedi March' here in support of establishing a memorial of Operation Bluestar. Starting from Bhai Gurdas Hall, the march culminated at Akal Takht. Later, a memorandum for early construction of the memorial was submitted to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
Patwari held: A team of the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) on Saturday arrested a patwari red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a farmer for some official work at Kalanwali town here. The SVB has registered a case against patwari Harcharan Singh, posted at Taruana village in the district. A villager, Sukhbir Singh, had complained to the SVB that the patwari was demanding Rs 10,000 as bribe for division of his ancestral land.
Choked sewers: Angry residents of Ward 13, Patel Basti, Arya School area and Jiwan Singh Park protested on Friday against the “apathetic” attitude of the authorities. “Sewers have been lying choked in our areas for long making our life miserable,” alleged Brij Lal Saini, municipal councillor from Ward 13 of the town. It was difficult to walk through the streets as sewage overflows from manholes at many places. Jagdish Jangra, executive engineer of the Public Health Department, said the problem would be sorted out soon.
50 kg of poppy husk seized: The police has seized above 50 kg of poppy husk from a vehicle on the national highway near Digdol on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a naka at Digdol and during checking it recovered poppy husk for a Qualis. The driver of the vehicle fled away after parking the vehicle. An FIR under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act had been registered.
Paddy consignment: Local Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal on Saturday flagged off a consignment of 90 quintal of improved quality foundation seed of paddy (Jaya variety) to Karnataka. He said the seed produced by the Department of Agriculture, Jammu, at the Seed Multiplication Farm, Chinore, was sent on the request of Karnataka. He also appreciated the Agriculture Department for developing the capability to export the quality seed of paddy for the first time from the state. Many other senior officials, including Director, Department of Agriculture, Ajay Khajuria, were present there.
Four thieves arrested: The police on Friday arrested four thieves and recovered a stolen Scorpio. On May 17 Zakir Hussain of Kargil complained that some unidentified persons had hired his vehicle from the Srinagar Tourist Reception Centre to the Narwal area of Jammu. On reaching Narwal, they asked him to drop them at Channi but as soon as the vehicle reached the Lakkar Mandi area one of the accused took out a rope to tie him while another accused stabbed him on his back with a sharp-edged weapon. However, he managed to escape from the spot and the accused fled away in the vehicle. The accused have been identified as Baba Ram and Kalu Ram, both residents of Shibuchak in Bishnah and Ashu of Narwal Pain. They had changed the registration number of the vehicle and had been plying it from Kargil to Jammu as a commercial cab.
Cheating: A local court has pronounced punishment of six months, besides a fine of Rs 500, to Satyender Thapa of Adhoiwala in a chequebounce case. The complainant, Gagan Preet Singh, said he had lent Rs 54,000 to Satyender Thapa. But when Thapa returned the amount through a cheque it got bounced.
Martyrdom day: To mark the 405th martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, langars were organised at various gurdwaras today. The path of Sukhmani Sahib was organised at Gurdwara Karanpur, where a large number of devotees paid obeisance. Rajpur MLA Ganesh Joshi also visited the gurdwara to pay his obeisance. The Ramgadiya Sabha also organised chhabeel at Survey Chowk.
Pokhriyal plants a sapling: Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank marked World Environment Day by planting a sapling at Terai Bhawan in Pantnagar. He had stopped over at Pantnagar to receive the Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, whose tour was cancelled at the last moment. Nishank was on his way back to Dehradun after participating in the BJP’s national executive in Lucknow.
Bhim Rao Ambedkar building: The District Magistrate in Champawat, Dr Pankaj Kumar Pandey, has stated that a Bhim Rao Ambedkar multipurpose building will be constructed at the district headquarters over 13 ‘nalis’ of land. He has stated that the government land has already been allocated for the purpose and a sum of Rs 38.46 lakh has been sanctioned for its construction, which has been handed over to the Irrigation Department, the executing agency for the purpose. The building is meant to be used for the benefit of the Scheduled Castes as they will be given shops in it for selling handicrafts. The first floor will be utilised for imparting training and a dormitory will be built on the second floor.
Woman’s body recovered from Kosi: The body of a woman has been recovered from the Kosi between Kaluvabagad and Khairali vilages of Baitalghat block of Nainital district. It is being assumed that the victim who is said to be about 30 years of age was murdered as her face had been burnt to hide her identity. It was on Saturday afternoon that two children from Amel village discovered the body. They informed the village elders who, in turn, told the police. The victim is yet to be identified. It is being assumed that the body must have flowed down from an upstream area. Further investigations are on.
Body recovered, kept in mortuary: An unidentified body was discovered on Saturday from behind the Military Engineering Service (MES) facility in Haldwani on Saturday. The body was discovered when preparations were on for the President Partibha Devisingh Patil’s proposed visit to Nainital. The deceased is said to be about 45 years old. The body has been kept in the mortuary and efforts are on to get the deceased identified.
(Compiled by Rajeev