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Constable killed in mishap
: A traffic police constable was killed in a road accident near Banur today. The accident occurred when a truck hit the constable on the Banur-Tepla road. The deceased, Jaspal Singh (39), died on the spot. The driver fled from the spot. A case under Sections 279, 337, 304A was registered against the driver.

SAD’s ‘mega rally’ in Moga on Dec 18
: The Shiromani Akali Dal has decided to organise a state-level “mega rally” at Moga on December 18. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the SAD core committee held in Ludhiana on Sunday. Among others, The meeting was attended by CM Parkash Singh Badal, Dy CM Sukhbir Badal and SAD leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Balwinder Bhunder.

Four arrested for killing teenager
: The police has arrested four persons in connection with the abduction and subsequent murder of a teenage boy, Ajit Kumar, who had been missing from his house for the last three days. According to information, the deceased’s father, Shamsher Singh, a resident of Valmiki Colony in Ferozepur Cantonment, lodged a complaint with the police that four persons had abducted his son. The accused include Shiva, Aman, Vikas alias Billa and Amandeep. The car used by them in the crime has also been recovered. 

Geospatial science day
:Punjab Remote Sensing Centre organised different events to mark International Geospatial Science Day. Students from more than 16 schools of the city visited the centre. 

Mandi Gobindgarh
Annual day observed
:CS International School, Mandi Gobindgarh, celebrated its annual prize distribution function on Saturday. Punjab Pollution Control Board member Secretary Dr Babu Ram was the chief guest on the occasion. Management committee chairman, Chanan Singh Matharroo, and other members were also present. The chief-guest distributed prizes to the winners like in sports, moral values, academics and for 100% attendance.

Cop found dead at Moga village
: A head constable was found murdered near Lohara village of the district on Saturday night. The body was found lying near Lohara village on the outskirts of Moga town. Posted as assistant reader to the DSP at Baghapurana sub-division, Lakhwinder Singh’s body bore multiple injury marks, which indicated that he may have been done to death with sharp-edged weapons. A case has been registered against unidentified persons at Kot-ise-Khan police station.



215 donate blood at camp
: A blood donation camp was organised at Galaxy Global Group of Institutions, Dinarpur. It was inaugurated by AK Chadha, DGM, Punjab National Bank. Around 215 volunteers donated blood during the camp. The DGM presented mementos and certificates to donors. 



Gochi drain
: INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala has called upon his party’s cadre here to support the agitation against government’s move to set up a market on Gochi drain in the NIT Assembly segment. There is a proposal to set up a market after covering the open drain. Chautala addressed agitating shopkeepers at Gurdwara Market in Jawahar Colony and pledged his party’s support to their agitation.

64 promoted
: As many as 64 head constables were promoted as ASIs by Balbir Singh, IG of Karnal range. A notification to this effect was issued. All these head constables had completed their tenure and were due for promotion. 

IT raids: An income tax team raided several shops in Sarapha Bazar, causing panic among traders. The team searched the records of two big textile showrooms owned by one person and continued the search for nearly 24 hours. A trader reportedly surrendered Rs 1.77 crore but the team made more searches and reportedly seized some documents regarding land deals. 

One killed: A truck driver, Inderpal, was killed while six vehicles were damaged in accidents due to heavy fog near Moriwala village on the NH 10 on Sunday. Inderpal was killed when he could not spot a trolley loaded with paddy coming from the opposite direction and hit against a tree after hitting the tractor. Within an hour of the accident, the other six vehicles were entangled at the same spot. However, none was hurt in the subsequent accidents. 

Medical camp
: A two-day free medical camp has been organised by 333/433 Field Hospital Unit of the Army Medical Corps here as a part of the golden jubilee year celebrations of the Rezang La war. The camp was inaugurated by ADC Mahender Singh Yadav here on Saturday. Col Ranbir Singh Yadav (retd), patron and other prominent functionaries of the Rezang La Shauriya Samiti were also present on the occasion. As many as 250 patients were examined for various ailments by specialists of the Army Medical Corps as well as Paras Hospital of Gurgaon.

Five arrested
: The police has arrested five persons, including two women, with 22 kg of poppy husk in the district on Thursday. A spokesperson said the arrested persons had been identified as Hakam Singh and Malkit Singh, of Akalia (Bathinda); Gurmel Singh, of Talwandi Sabo; Manjit Kaur, of Dabwali and Shanti Devi, of Shergarh. Cases had been registered against accused under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. 

Three held
: The police has arrested three accused in a case of murder of Ram Kumar of Rindhana village on June 4 on the premises of a temple. During an interrogation, the accused, Suresh, Rohtash and Ram Mehar, of the same village confessed their involvement in the murder and were sent to judicial custody by a court on Friday.



Earthquake rocks state
: An earthquake of moderate intensity rocked parts of the state on Sunday. However, no loss of life or damage to property has been reported. The quake which occurred at 3.59 pm measured 3.2 on the Richter scale, the MeT office said. The tremor was felt in Uttarkashi district and some other parts of the hill state.

Three killed: Three persons were killed when the car they were travelling in fell into the Ganga canal near Ranipur on Saturday night. According to the police, the occupants of the car were taking a patient to a hospital in New Delhi from Doon Hospital. The driver, patient Prateek and his cousin were killed. 

Examined: More than 800 patients were examined at a free medical camp organised by Jain Milan in memory of Suresh Chan Jain, a former president of the Bharatiya Jain Milan, at Jain Dharamshala.

Kumaon Briefs

Man falls from truck, dies: A cleaner was killed when he fell down from a moving mini truck in the Gorapadav area of Haldwani. The deceased has been identified as 27-year-old Subhash of the Gaulajali area. The truck was stopped by the driver for getting the air pressure checked in the tyres. When the driver restarted the vehicle and when Subhash was trying to get in, he slipped and injured himself seriously. He was rushed to a hospital on Nainital road where he succumbed to his injuries. The police got his post-mortem done and later handed over the body to his family for cremation.

Drive against water theft: The authorities at the Jal Sansthan office in Haldwani have started a drive to prevent the theft of water. The teams constituted by the sansthan are now going around in various areas identifying the households drawing water without having a proper water connection. These house owners were being compelled to get proper metres installed so that their water consumption could be monitored and they be charged

accordingly. The authorities later plan to take the drive to the rural areas as well where the Jal Sansthan has been supplying water.

Woman dies of burns: A woman resident of the Nanakmatta area of Udham Singh Nagar, who had sustained burn injuries and was being treated at Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital in Haldwani, succumbed to her injuries. It is learnt that 22-year-old Kulwant had sustained major injuries under suspicious circumstances on November 12. She had been referred to Haldwani for treatment. The police got the post-mortem of the deceased done and later handed over her body to her family members for cremation. The reason for her sustaining burn injuries is being investigated.

Biker succumbs to injuries: A resident of Ramnagar, who had been injured in a road accident five days back, died at a hospital in Delhi. It is learnt that 34-year-old Jagat Singh of Tedha village was returning home on the evening of November 15 on his motorcycle when he was hit by another motorcycle being driven by Rohit Joshi. The accident had taken place near Himmatpur Dautiyal village. Jagat had sustained serious injuries in the accident.

Marriages snarl up traffic: The onset of marriage season is leading to frequent traffic snarls across the towns in Kumaon. Things have come to a pass that people are avoiding going to the markets on their own vehicles fearing that they might get stuck in the frequent jams. With the roads being narrow in most of the markets, taking out a marriage procession is bound to lead to traffic jams. The rationalists are demanding that steps should be taken to prevent taking out of marriage processions on busy roads. They point out that the worst-affected people are the sick who are to be taken during emergency. The most chaotic scenes on account of these processions can be witnessed in Haldwani where most of the people prefer to organise weddings because of easy availability of services.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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