Engineer booked: The Crime Branch, Jammu, on Friday booked an Assistant Engineer (AE) of the Relief Organisation, Jammu, for obtaining promotion on the basis of a fake promotion order. The accused, Girdhari Lal, who in connivance with Bashir Ahmed Sofi, the then Deputy Director of the Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir, had managed his promotion fraudulently on the basis of a fake order.
Former MP Kochak dead: Former MP and senior leader of the NC Ghulam Rasool Kochak died after a brief illness at his residence in Anantnag town on Friday. He was 86. Kochak had been closely associated with NC founder late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. He had held various positions in the party from time to time ranging from tehsil president to provincial president of the party. He had been active till late 1990s, but due to falling health he gradually disassociated himself from active political activities.
3 militants held in Baramulla: A joint team of the police and the Army has arrested three militants in Baramulla district. Acting on a tip-off, the Baramulla police, 53 RR and 29 RR apprehended three militants at the Tilgam Nullah. The militants have been identified as Mohammad Amin Mir, alias Umar Jan, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, alias Mohammad Saleem, (both of the Hizbul Mujahideen) and Fayaz Ahmad Mir. Three pistols, three pistol magazines and 12 pistol rounds were recovered from their possession. A case been registered.Minister reviews LPG stocks: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Qamar Ali Akhoon inspected a HP LPG Plant at Pampore, near here, on Thursday. He was informed that the plant provided 10,000 filled LPG cylinders daily to the people and 1.45 lakh cylinders were available there. The plant constructed at a cost of Rs 27 crore had a storage capacity of 1.50 lakh cylinders and this helped in augmenting the supply for the Valley during the winter.
‘Declare holiday on Gurpurb: The Uttarnchal Punjabi Mahasabha has demanded Gurpurb of Guru Gobind Singh to be declared as public holiday in the state. Convener Harish Narang said they had placed their demands of the Punjabi community many times in the past well. He said they wanted the Punjabi language to be recognized as second language in the state, Hemkund Sahib as the fifth dham, the development of Nankana Sahib, Nanakmatta and Reetha Sahib as tourist places and land for
establishing an inn and community centre for the Punjabi community in
Dehradun. He said the way land was donated for Garhwal Sabha by the state government, it could
do same for the Punjabi community as well.
Acting DM lays stress on self-employment
Almora acting District Magistrate Rajiv Shah has called for a strong decision-making on the part of the administration to ensure that more and more youngsters take to self-employment in the district. Speaking at a meeting of the District Youth Programme Advisory Committee meeting held in Almora on Friday, he said once the youth in the region takes to self- employment, the problem of emigration would be resolved automatically. He ordered the coordinator of the Nehru Yuvak Kendra to work out a proper plan to address the concerns of the youth in coordination with Sports, Health, Industries, Tourism and Education Departments. He also called for engaging maximum number of youth in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).
Free training for SC youth
Educated youths from the Scheduled Castes in Udham Singh Nagar district would be provided free training in the trades of beautician, computer applications and mobile repairs. According to District Social Welfare Officer Jagmohan Singh Kafola, the trainings would be given with a view to provide livelihood to the people in the age group of 18 to 35 years. He has asked the interested candidates to submit their application forms in his office by December 31. The annual income of the family of the applicant should not exceed Rs 55,000 in the urban areas and Rs 40,000 in the rural.
Child drowned in water tank
A five-year-old boy died after drowning in a water tank in the Ramnagar area of Nainital district. The incident took place in Adarsh Nagar colony of Shankarpur Bhool village where Mohammad Aman went inside a dark room of a building under construction adjacent to his house. The child is said to have fallen into the water tank built for storing water for construction activity. When the child did not come home, his parents started searching for him and after a gap of three hours, found his body in the tank. His father, Mohammad Shamshad, is a junk dealer.
Woman commits suicide
A woman resident of the Katghariya area of Haldwani ended her life after consuming a poisonous substance. 27-year-old Chitra Pande consumed a poisonous substance at her house in Talla Bamauri locality. Her family, residing in the Mallital area of Bhimtal, has alleged that she was being harassed for bringing more dowry since 2005 and that’s why she committed suicide. The police investigations are on in the matter.
Tiger causes panic in village
Entry of a tiger in Kamola village of the Kaladhungi area of Nainital led to a chaos. The villagers saw a tiger moving inside a sugarcane farm in the village. This led to the people rushing indoors. The villagers said the Forest Department officials claimed to have enhanced patrolling in the area. The villagers have asked the officials to initiate steps to ensure their safety.
(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)