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18 kg poppy husk seized:
Police today claims to arrest two people with 18 kg of poppy husk. The accused have been identified as Balraj Singh of Sangat Mandi and Dev Singh of Moga. Police officials said the accused were arrested from near the Rose Garden Chowk. The accused, during the probe, revealed that they had purchased poppy husk from Rajasthan at the rate of Rs 700 per kg and had been further selling it for Rs 1000 per kg. A case under sections 15, 61 and 85 of the IPC has been registered at the Canal Colony police station. The accused have been sent to judicial custody till January 12. — TNS


Labourers killed: Two labourers working at a brick-kiln near Barwala died of smoke inhalation on Wednesday. They had entered the kiln to close a vent. However, there was excessive smoke and they collapsed inside. A third labourer tried to enter the kiln to look for them but he, too, collapsed. However, he was pulled out by other labourers in time.

350 urea bags: Agriculture Department officials accompanied by a police team seized 350 bags of urea from two persons during a raid in a village near here on Wednesday. Subsidised urea was sold to farmers only for agriculture use and even they were permitted to buy only a fixed quantity of the product, the police said.

Four arrested
: Following arrest of four persons, including their ring leader, an inter-district gang of transformers lifters has been busted. A truck used in lifting the transformers and transformer coils has been recovered from their possession. Parul Kush, district police chief, said on a tip-off a police team laid a trap near the Sarswati Bridge where they nabbed the accused.

Bhagvadgita: The rejection of a petition seeking a ban on a translated version of Bhagvadgita by the Russian court on Wednesday, has been welcomed here on Thursday by representatives of various religious and social organisations. Both, Brahamsawaroop Brahamchari, former Vice-Chancellor, Sanskrit University, Uttaranchal, and the chairman, Shri Jai Ram Vidya Peeth, as well as Prof Himmat Singh Sinha, former chairman of Philosophy Department, Kurukshetra University, have welcomed the rejection of the petition and described it as victory of the sentiments of the Indians.

Woman dead
: Davendra Yadav (29) committed suicide by hanging herself at Gangaicha Ahir village on Monday. A senior police official said it had been treated as a case of suicidal death after parents of the deceased, who were present at the time of autopsy, gave no cause of complaint against her in-laws.

Two killed: Two employees were killed while another sustained injuries in separate road accidents on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway on Wednesday. Rajesh Shrivastav (45), a senior official of a private company in Bawal, died while his colleague, Bhagwan Pandey, was injured when their motorcycle was hit by a truck on the highway. In a second incident, Deshpal Yadav (40), an employee of a petrol station died on the spot when a vehicle hit him while he was crossing the highway.


2 get 10-yr RI for smuggling charas: Special Judge, Chamba, CL Kochher on Wednesday sentenced Anil Kumar of Kalylana village in Rohtak district of Haryana and Lal Kishore Patna village in Baitiyan district of Bihar to 10-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and a fine of Rs 1 lakh each for smuggling out 3.8 kg charas. They had been nabbed by a police team, led by ASI Onkar Chand of Dalhousie police station, at Keru Pahar on the Chamba-Pathankot highway on January 12 this year.

Yoga camp ends: A five-day Yoga Shiksha Shibe concluded here on Thursday. More than 150 participated. Swami Vijay Puri said the camp had started on December 25. Swami Amar Jyoti Maharaj of Amar Jyoti Ashram of Kandwari and Acharya Chander Ash Sharma held discourses on different subjects.

8 designated as senior lawyers: The state high court on Thursday designated eight advocates of the High Court Bar Association as senior advocates. Eminent lawyer KD Sood, senior additional advocate general Rajinder Kishore Sharma, advocate Naresh Kumar Sood, former members of the State Bar Council Ajay Kumar Sood and Naresh Kumar Thakur and advocates Vinay Kuthiala, Dalip Sharma and KD Shridhar have been designated as senior advocates with immediate effect.


Man commits suicide: Pankaj (26), a computer operator with a company at Selaqui, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house situated at Teachers Colony at Sahaspur. It was on Tuesday night, he retired to his bedroom after having dinner at night. But when he did not wake up till late in the morning, the members of his family knocked on the door and got suspicious when he did not respond to the knocks. They broke open the door with the help of neighbours and were shocked to see Pankaj hanging in the room. The boy was said to be having an affair with a girl and was under tremendous pressure because of it.

Kumaon Briefs
Assembly poll: Help desks to be set up:
Help desks will be set up for the candidates filling their nomination for the coming Assembly poll so that they can be informed about maintaining their expenditure accounts. According to the District Election Officer (DEO), Udham Singh Nagar, these help desks would be set up in the office of the returning officer of every constituency. He has also informed that new telephone numbers for the election control room will be 05944-246787 and for the district election office will be 05944 - 245783.

Policemen take part in mock drill: Police personnel being trained in disaster management were provided with technical knowledge about the construction of quake-resistant structures at a seminar being held at the Police Lines in Rudrapur. The participants were made to take part in a mock drill and were provided with hands-on experience in simulated disaster scenarios. They were also shown a film “Himalaya Ki Dhaat” that deals with human attempts at tampering with the fragile ecology of the Himalayas and the resulting disastrous effects.

Delay in tubewell repair resented: Residents of Awas Vikas locality in Haldwani are agitated over the the delay in the repair of a tubewell in their locality. The burning of the tubewell’s motor has led to the water crisis in the locality for the past three days. The agitated people also gheraoed the office of the Executive Engineer on Wednesday. The officials have promised to get the tubewell repaired at the earliest and make alternative arrangements for supplying water till then.

Haldwani resident goes missing: A resident of the Gaula Par area of Haldwani has goes missing under mysterious circumstances. According to sources, Mohan Nath had left his house on Monday afternoon to get the registry of the land he had recently sold to Zafar and Waliullah of the Vanbhoolpura area. He had been accompanied by Tara Dutt and one Mahmud who was the middleman in the deal. Mohan Nath was carrying Rs 2 lakh from the sale proceeds with him. He has not returned home since then. Mahmud claims to have left Tara Dutt and Mohan Nath to have food at an eating joint. Tara Dutt has reportedly told the police that Mohan Nath had gone to meet a woman on the Bareilley road after they had their lunch. Investigations are on in the matter.

Man commits suicide in Rudrapur: A 35-year-old labourer committed suicide by hanging himself in Rudrapur. It is learnt that some students found his body hanging in an under-construction building in Adarsh Indira Bengali Colony. The deceased has been identified as Hari Dey. It is learnt that he was heavily in debt and his inability to pay back the loans taken by him is being assumed to have led him to commit suicide.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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