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Road blocked
: Traffic on the Jind-Patiala national highway got stalled for over an hour after students and youths from the region blocked it near Jhanjkhurd village, about 15 km from here, this morning. They were protesting against the non-stoppage of Haryana Roadways buses on the route. The blockade was lifted on the intervention of senior officials. The protesters said the roadways staff behaved in an indifferent manner as a majority of the students were pass-holders. The protesters mainly hailed from Jhanjkhurd, Mohangarh and Barodi villages.


Pahari translation of Koran
: Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora released the Pahari translation of the holy Koran at the KL Sehgal hall here on Thursday. Translated by the Arabic editor of the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Shafiq-ur-Rehman, the Pahari translation of the Koran is aimed at providing quality literature to the Pahari-speaking people of the subcontinent. The minister also released some other important academy publications like the fifth volume of the Encyclopaedia Kashmiriana. 

BSNL worker held for helping ultras: The police has arrested a contractual employee of the BSNL for allegedly providing SIM cards on fake names to militants in the Sopore area of Baramulla district. The arrested person has been identified as Sajad Ahmad Dar, a resident of Sangrama in Sopore. He was allegedly involved in providing 10 SIM cards and one WLL connection to militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen, the police here said. Dar, an information technology expert, has been working for the Hizbul Mujahideen network for about one year in connivance with some other persons.

CM mourns Alama Yasin’s death: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed grief over the death of Moulana Alama Peer Mohammad Yasin Shah Sahib, a revered religious personality of the Kashmir valley. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with it. Alama Yasin (111) died in the Dharbagh area of Harwan here on Wednesday. People in large numbers from all over the Valley reached Dharbagh to attend his funeral prayers. 

Kashmir varsity VC gets fellowship: Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir Talat Ahmad has been selected for the JC Bose National Fellowship for 2011 in recognition of his contribution to earth sciences. “The award is a clear recognition of your outstanding performance and contribution to science,” reads the communication signed by SS Kohli, Director of Science and Engineering Research (SERC) Division, Department of Science and Technology. 



Anganwari staff take out march to secretariat: Anganwari workers were once again on the streets demanding payment of amount due to them during the period when they had boycotted work. The members under the aegis of the Anganwari Karyakarti/Sewika Karamchari Union gathered at Parade Ground from where they held a march to the Secretariat. “We are protesting against the non-payment of amount due to them when they had boycotted work during their agitation for 10 days,” said Janki Chauhan, regional general secretary. The members also resolved to hold a statewide demonstration against the government on December 27 on the issue of non-payment of amount. 

Kumaon Briefs

Pamphlets to have names of printer, publisher: Almora District Election Officer DS Garbyal has ordered that every pamphlet and poster that will be put up during the poll campaign for the Assembly elections must bear the name of the printer and publisher. He said it was mandatory as per Article 127 of the People’s Representative Act. Garbyal has conveyed this to representatives of all political parties and those in the business of printing and publishing. He has also ordered that the printers and publishers must submit four copies of the printed material within ten days of their publication. In addition to this, the cost involved and the number of copies printed must be conveyed to his office. The Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) have been asked to furnish details about the printing units in their respective areas.

Poll campaign strategy discussed: A meeting of the district unit of the Samajwadi Party was held in Nainital on Thursday to chalk out the strategy for poll campaign in the district. The meeting also saw a large number of workers and supporters of other political parties joining the ranks of the party. Party in charge of the local unit of the party Jamir Ahmed claimed that 30 erstwhile workers of other political parties have joined the ranks of the Samajwadi Party. The party has already announced its candidate for the Haldwani seat and would soon be announcing candidates for the remaining ones in the district.

Youth run over by train: A youth was killed at an unmanned railway crossing in the Halduchaur area near Haldwani after he was run over by a train. The deceased has been identified as Virendra Kumar from the Permanent Account Number (PAN) card recovered from his pocket. Further information about him is being gathered by the police. The accident took place at the Motinagar unmanned crossing.

3 die in Almora mishaps: Three persons lost their lives in separate accidents in Almora district. In the first instance a 38-year-old man, identified as Acharya Girish Chandra Suyal, was killed when he fell down from the third storey of his house that was being constructed on the Lower Mall Road. He was watering a pillar when the accident took place. In the second instance, a 48-year-old Nandi Devi of Dungri village of Bainsichina Block was killed when a slab of wood fell on her. She had gone to the forest to fetch firewood. In the third instance, 55-year- old Girish Chandra Pandey was run over by a dumper near Manaan on the Almora Someshwar road. He was a resident of Bhatanyal Jyula village.

Traffic rule violators to face action: The Haldwani police has said anyone resorting to traffic blockade would be booked under the relevant sections of law. The town has been witnessing traffic blockades on regular basis which have been causing extreme hardships not only to the local people but to those travelling through the town as well. On a couple of occasions during the last two days, the police personnel drew public ire for their failure to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the town.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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