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Man held at border
: Alert BSF jawans of the 65th Battalion nabbed an Indian national who tried to illegally cross over to Pakistan on Monday. The BSF handed over the accused, Amir Sheikh (42), a resident of Andhra Pradesh to Gharinda police station. According to information, the accused was arrested near BSF chowki at Rattan Khurd while he was roaming suspiciously near the barbed wire fence.

SMO honoured
: Former Rotary Club president Dr Sukhdeep Singh, who joined as Senior Medical Officer at the local Civil Hospital, was honoured by the club here on Monday.

22 appointments cleared by govt
: Dairy and Development Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike on Monday handed over job letters to 22 candidates who have been appointed on compassionate grounds in the Animal Husbandry Department. The appointments include 18 of clerical cadre and four of statistical assistants. He said the Punjab Public Service Commission had selected 125 veterinary officers through direct recruitment and appointment letters would be issued to them soon.

Govt drive against habit-forming drugs: Health Minister Satpal Gosain on Monday said the state had been divided into two zones to launch a coordinated drive against habit-forming drugs. According to an official spokesman, the job of drug controller, too, had been decentralised and now two officials in as many zones would work independently.

Mysterious death
: Karam Singh of Kurala Kalan died under mysterious circumstances while he was returning from the holy shrine of Peer Nigah in Himachal Pradesh. He was travelling with Tejvir Singh, Baljit Singh, Rishu Barbar, Nishan Singh and Ajay Singh on the intervening night of July 23 and July 24. According to the police sources, deceased Karam Singh’s wife Amandeep Kaur alleged that her husband along with the above said persons went in a Maruti car to pay obeisance at the shrine. She suspected that the aforesaid persons gave some poisonous substance to Karam Singh due to which he died. The police has booked the aforesaid persons under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC.

Opium seized: The Garhshankar police arrested Amarjit Singh of Akalgarh with one kg opium. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Four booked: Tortured since her marriage, Karamjit Kaur has lodged a complaint against her husband Kamaljit Singh, mother-in-law Swinder Kaur, father-in-law Sukhwinder Singh and sister-in-law Parbhjot Kaur of Chack Kasam. The police booked the alleged torturers under Sections 498 A, 323, 324 and 34 of the IPC. Karamjit Kaur alleged that soon after her marriage in February, the in-laws started torturing and maltreating her for dowry. They used to beat her up whenever she refused to accept their demands.

Saplings planted:
With a mission to conserve nature and plants, Boscoites are celebrating a tree plantation week that took off here on Monday. With the increasing awareness that deforestation is depleting greenery and creating havoc with environment, students are planting saplings in and around the school campus. Both students and teachers are enthusiastically coming forward to make this earth a greener planet for the coming generations.

Science exhibition: To encourage the efforts put in by students and to bring out their hidden talent, the students’ vacation assignment and projects were exhibited and was inaugurated by school president JPS Jolly. Various science related projects, demonstrative mathematics charts, charts of public awareness like protection of environment and human body were the centre of attraction.

Rural docs want Act cancellation notified: Members of the Rural Medical Service Association have urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to get the cancellation of the Punjab Civil Services Act (Rationalisation of certain condition of services) notified at the earliest. Union state president Dr Aslam Parvez said, ”We demand this so that rural doctors who have not been paid for the past three months get their salaries at the earliest.”

Loan mela
: Oriental Bank of Commerce organised a customers’ meet and kisan loan mela at Parjian Kalan village in Shahkot on Saturday. JS Dhaliwal, bank’s assistant general manager, Jalandhar, discussed various agricultural schemes with farmers. Shehbaz Singh, agricultural officer, explained various subsidy schemes of Nabard.

4 die in mishaps
: Four Phillaur residents were killed in as many mishaps in the past 24 hours. The deceased were identified as Goraya Tempo Union president Sucha Singh, young girl Anita of Nawan Pind village, Jaswant Singh of Urri village and Sandip Kumar, a migrant labourer.

Ammo recovered from a field
: Two hand grenades (one live and another used) and 40 live cartridges were recovered from a dump on the field of a farmer in Bhagrol village of Dirba here on Sunday night. Mukhtiyaar Singh, who handed over the ammunition to the police, was uprooting a tree when he recovered the ammo -- apparently dumped by militants.



Names sought for IAS vacancy:
The state government has sought names of officers of outstanding merit and ability to fill up one vacancy of the IAS among the serving non-state Civil Service Officers. An official spokesman has asked all Financial Commissioners and Principal Secretaries to sponsor the names of eligible officers.

Blood donation: The Bharat Vikas Parishad organised a blood donation camp to pay homage to Kargil martyrs on the eve of Kargil Vijay Diwas on Monday at Tohana. As many as 121 persons donated blood, said Kush Bhargava, a spokesperson. Avinash Sharma, national convener of the parishad, inaugurated the camp.

Double murder case: The police is in a fix over the names of nine of the 17 accused in a double murder case that took place in Harphali village, near here last Friday . Five persons have been arrested in the case. According to district the police chief, Anil Dhawan, nine of those named in the FIR do not reside in the village. He further said the houses of all accused in the village, who were at large, were locked.

Oil tankers impounded: The Acting on a tip-off, the police on Sunday night raided a hideout on the Rewari-Bawal road, seven km from here, and impounded two oil tankers containing 8,700 litres of diesel to be sold in black market. The owner of the hideout along with tanker drivers managed to escape. A case of cheating, retention of stolen property and theft has been registered and the accused have also been booked under of the Essential Commodities Act. A senior police official said efforts were on to nab the accused.


Motorcyclist killed in road accident: Two motorcycle riders Karmjit of Hoshiarpur and Jasvir Singh of Nawanshahr, both from Punjab, were seriously injured when their bike hit a car coming from the opposite direction at a sharp turn near Mandhayali village near Naina Deviji, 98 km from here, on Sunday. Both were rushed to nearby Ghwandal Primary Health Centre and later shifted to Regional Hospital here. But Jasvir died on way to the hospital, while the condition of Karmjit was said to be stable. The police has registered a case.

Mystery surrounds couple’s death: Vishveshwar Singh (42) and his wife Bishani Devi (32) from Antol village, Darbhanga, Bihar, working as labourers at Ghumarwin, near here, suddenly took ill in their room on Sunday night and died in suspicious circumstances after being rushed to the Regional Hospital here. Reports said the cause of their sudden illness and death was not clear. A case has been registered.

Man dies due to excessive drinking: A 34-year-old man died at the DRPGMC, Tanda, following excessive drinking, the police said here on Monday. Manjeet Singh of Pathiar village, driver by profession, consumed liquor excessively on Sunday night. When his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to the Nagrota Bagwan hospital from where he was referred to the DRPGMC, Tanda, where he died. The police is investigating the case.

Medical camp at Nagrota Bagwan: Doctors from AIIMS, PGI, Fortis, Apollo and Asian Institute of Health and Medical Science will gather at Nagrota Bagwan for a two-day medical camp starting from Tuesday in connection with the celebration of the 57th birthday of GS Bali, MLA, Nagrota Bagwan. Disclosing this here on Monday at a joint press conference, organisers Dr Rajeev Sharma, president, Nagrota Bagwan Welfare Committee, and Capt Roshan Lal, in charge, Bal Mela Committee, said Dr Yogesh Chawla, Dr Acharya, Dr Vinod Pal, Dr Hans, Dr Veneet Gupta and Dr Nav Kiran would attend the camp.

Motorcyclist robbed by 8 persons: Mohan Singh of Damtal village in this subdivision, who was going on his motorcycle to pay obeisance at the Durga temple on the Kandwal-Damtal road, was allegedly stopped by eight persons and thrashed by them. They also looted his motorcycle and Rs 7,000 cash. A case under Sections 382, 341, 147, 148, 149 and 427, IPC, has been registered. Five out of the eight culprits were identified as Babbu, Gagan, Amandeep, Sunny and Rohit. All have been absconded.

Telecom network disrupted: Telecommunication network, including mobile, Internet and telephone services, remained suspended in the town for over seven hours on Sunday due to the cutting of the underground Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) between Nurpur and Jassur. According to Tilak Thakur, SDO, BSNL, Nurpur subdivision, the double routes of the OFC between Nurpur and Jassure had been damaged due to roadside digging by the national highway’s workforce.

BJYM to stage dharna in Delhi: State unit president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Narinder Atri said on Monday that activists from the state would take part in the protest demonstration and gherao of Parliament on August 9 under the leadership of national president of the BJYM Anurag Thakur. Atri is touring the state to mobilise youth activists of the morcha to protest against corruption and anti-people policies of the Centre.


11 power stations for Jammu areas:
To improve the power scenario in the areas considered as the rice bowl of the state, especially border areas of Jammu district, the state government has proposed to develop 11 power receiving grid stations.

Jawan arrested for ‘misbehaving’ with girl:
The police arrested an Army jawan on the charges of misbehaving with a schoolgirl in the Pattan area of Baramulla district after protesters blocked the Srinagar-Baramulla highway on Monday. According to the police, a student of Class IX at Government High School, Wanigam, alleged that an Army jawan misbehaved with her while she was on the way to her school on Monday morning.


Russian woman stabbed
: A man stabbed a Russian in her neck while trying to snatch her purse in Rishikesh. Victim Elena after given a first-aid was discharged from the hospital. The police said the attacker could not be identified as yet and a case has been registered at the Muni Ki Reti police station.

Lawyer dies in mishap: An advocate was killed after being hit by a train at the Ajabpur Kalan area on Sunday. Avadh Bihari Pant (58) was crossing the railway track when he was hit by the Howrah-bound Upasana Express. He was immediately rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Ruling out the possibility of suicide, the police said Pant had some problem in hearing due to which he could not hear the sound of the approaching train. Meanwhile, advocates on Monday stayed away from routine work as a mark of respect for the deceased.

Governor mourns deaths: The Governor of Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand BL Joshi has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the incident in which several bus passengers were killed and injured when their bus came in contact with electric wires at Herbertpur in Dehradun on Sunday. The Governor has termed the incident as extremely unfortunate. He prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and prayed to give courage and fortitude to their family members in this hour of grief. The Governor has also wished speedy recovery for those injured in this mishap.

Double-entry counting system in MC on anvil: The Dehradun Municipal Corporation will soon start a double-entry counting system to check its liabilities and assets.  Sushil Kumar, Chief Executive Engineer (DMC), today held a meeting with officials and the Charted Accountant in this regard. He said they were working on the project and services were expected to start by August 31.

Entrance exam on July 31:
The Uttarakhand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya will conduct the entrance examination for Shiksha Shastri on July 31. The head of department, Shiksha Shastri, Prof Mohan Chand Baloodi, said roll number cards had been dispatched.

BSP workers’ meeting held: District chief of the BSP Rati Ram, during a meeting with party workers, said people were “displeased” with the working of the present BJP government. He said if the party was voted to power in the forthcoming Assembly poll, it would work for the development of both hilly and plain districts. He claimed that the BSP would win all 11 Assembly seats in Haridwar district.

Residents clean choked drain: Irked over the “negligent” attitude of the authorities concerned, residents of Hari Pur Kalan colony themselves cleaned a choked drain. During rain, the nullah gets choked and the filth on the roads makes it difficult to even walk.

Re-probe sought: A delegation of the city Congress committee met Haridwar SSP Kewal Khurana demanding a re-investigation into a criminal case lodged against one of the Congress councillors. Led by OP Chauhan, party workers alleged that at the behest of a local BJP minister, the Jwalapur police has registered a case against Ashok Sharma under Sections 307/452 of the IPC. The SSP assured them of a fair investigation into this matter.

Kumaon Briefs
5,000 packets of Nepal-make cigarettes seized:
A Sashastra Seema Bal patrolling party on Sunday seized 5,000 packets of Nepal-manufactured cigarettes that were being smuggled into India without paying the custom duty. The patrolling party saw two youths coming from Nepal towards the Khatima border. When jawans tried to stop them, they fled leaving the packets behind. The packets have been handed over to the Customs Department.

Samajwadi Party begins mass contact programme: With the state Assembly elections nearing, the Samajwadi Party has started a mass contact programme in the district. President of the district unit of the party Lalit Mohan Bhatt said the party would focus on the plain areas of Champawat district during the programme.

Farmers demand compensation for damaged crops: Demanding a compensation of Rs 50 lakh per hectare for their damaged crops, farmers of Kaitaiya village, Kashipur, on Monday did not allow workers of a gas company to dig trenches to lay gas pipelines through their fields. “The workers of the company started the work without the permission of farmers. We demand that the farmers be paid an adequate compensation for lying pipelines through their fields,” said Satnam Singh Cheema, national vice-president of the BKU.

Proposed hike in power, water charges opposed: Opposing the proposed increase in power and water charges from October, the District Congress Committee on Monday submitted a memorandum to the state Governor through the Almora District Magistrate. “As people are already facing water and power crises, with this proposed hike they will face more difficulties. We have appealed to the Governor to stop the state government from implementing this decision as it will hit the common man hard,” said Bittu Karnatak, president of the committee.

Founder leaders of UKD (Panwar) remembered: Expressing concern over the migration of people from the hilly areas of the state during an annual meeting of the party on Monday, leaders of the UKD (Pawar faction) blamed successive governments for this. They said in the absence of any development, people were migrating from the hilly areas of the state. “In the forthcoming Assembly elections, the party will highlight this issue,” said Bhuwan Chandra Joshi, vice-president of the party. The founder leaders of the party were also remembered.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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