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Seminar on women writing
:A two-day national seminar on “Contemporary Indian Women Writing: Recreating the World Through Word” was held at Adarsh Mahila Mahavidyalaya here in which several noted women writers participated. The speakers included celebrated Hindi novelist Maitreyi Pushpa, Padma Shri Awardee bilingual writer Sunita Jain, noted critic Rukmini Bhaya Nair, renowned feminist Pankaj K. Singh and poet and critic Rashmi Bajaj.

30 convicted:
Thirty persons, including 25 doctors, have been convicted in Haryana for violation of various provisions of the PNDT Act. The registration of 327 ultrasound centres has either been suspended or cancelled and 177 ultrasound machines have been seized and sealed by the authorities, Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh said. 

Man dead:
An old man died when a speeding motorcycle hit him at Dera Basa on the Surajkund road on Tuesday. The deceased was waiting for a maxi cab with his grandson when the accident took place. The accused motorcyclist fled from the spot.

Development work:
Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar reviewed development activities with senior district officials here on Tuesday. He asked the officials to speed up work on the railway overbridges at Bhattu and Jakhal and a football academy at Dariyapur. Tanwar said Tohana and Kalanwali were lagging in development. He asked the officials to improve the condition of roads and sewers of the town.

HP cops beaten
: A four-member police party from Dharamsala was attacked at Sikri village where it had gone to arrest Ved Prakash for alleged involvement in a theft case. As soon as they reached the village, some people attacked the policemen and damaged their Mahindra vehicle. The policemen had to run for their lives. The policemen returned without executing the arrest warrants and reported the matter to the Haryana Police. A case has been registered against 40 persons. 

Three held:
The police has arrested Rasmi and two others, Pawan and Shahid Khan of Noida, for their alleged involvement in the murder of Rasmi’s husband, Satish, of Daheshra village on February 9. They were produced in a court on Tuesday, which remanded them in police custody. Two other accused, are still at large. Police spokesman said Satish’s opposition to alleged illicit relations between Rasmi and her brother-in-law was suspected to be the reason behind the murder. 



Section 144 imposed: Deputy Commissioner-cum- District Magistrate Ritesh Chauhan has enforced Section 144, IPC, in the entire thana Talai area in this district here from March 13 to April 15 and has banned the use, carrying of all types of explosives, arms and ammunition and weapons. A notification issued here on Tuesday said this order had been necessitated due to-the month-long famous annual Chaitra fairs at the shrine of Baba Balak Nath at Shah Talai, about 72 km from here. These fairs would begin on March 13 and continue till April 15 at the shrine.

Nine vehicles impounded: A JCB earthmover and eight vehicles had been impounded, while transporting sand, stone and gravel at different points in the area during the past 24 hours in Chamba district. According to the SDM, Chamba, Rohit Rathour, a fine of Rs 25,000 had been imposed on vehicle owners on the spot during the forays conducted in a joint operation with the DSP, Chamba, KB Verma. 

Not in HLP: BDC member: Anita Malhotra, BDC member from Jawali, has clarified that she has not joined the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) in the rally organised on Monday. Anita while talking to The Tribune said she was a loyal Congress worker and had never joined the HLP. Instead of Anita, Renu Sapahia had joined the HLP. 

Dhumal opens health centre: The Chief Minister on the sixth day of his second leg of the winter sojourn dedicated and laid foundation stones of developmental projects worth Rs 17.50 crore to the people of the Palampur Assembly segment in Kangra district on Tuesday. He also dedicated a primary health centre at Pharer, completed at a cost of Rs 35 lakh to the people of the area. Later, the Chief Minister also listened to public grievances and directed the authorities concerned to dispose of issues.

Chief Secy’s letter irks babus: In view of the coming Assembly session beginning on March 9 at Shimla, Chief Secretary’s letter directing all the heads and district-level officials “not to leave on tour” without a prior approval of the Chief Secretary w.e.f from February 24, has irked the babudom. The Vidhan Sabha session will start from March 9 till April 4. The CS letter has irked district level officials as they cannot leave the office during the session even if there is some disaster or emergency.

Woman commits suicide: Anita Devi (35), wife of Munshi Ram of Bassa Luharpura, near here, committed suicide by hanging herself with roof girder on Tuesday. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, on getting information the police rushed to the spot and took possession of the body. After getting a complaint from deceased’s father, the police has registered a case against deceased’s mother-in-law Banaso Devi and husband Munshi Ram, for allegedly abetting her for committing suicide.

Students booked: In order to check copying, the flying squad on Tuesday booked 13 students from three schools. According to information, the flying squad visited three schools and booked five studetns from Senior Secondary School, Mahadev; seven students from Senior Secondary School, Sundernagar; and one student from Senior Secondary School, Kanaid. According to the SDM, Sundernagar, 12 students were booked on Monday for copying from Senior Secondary School, Dehar.



Kumaon Briefs

Traffic on Garampani-Kwarab stretch resumed: Traffic movement on the Garampani-Kwarab stretch on the Bhawali-Almora road has resumed. It had been closed to traffic from February 27 to March 5 as boulders hanging over the road near Jaurasi were being removed with the help of heavy machinery. The road had been witnessing frequent landslides near Jaurasi since the area had been hit by a rain-related disaster in September 2010. Traffic movement was being hampered every other day on account of the frequent falls.

Missing woman found dead: The body of a woman was found near the Chitrashila ghat area in Ranibagh in Haldwani. The deceased, 62-year-old Heera Devi of the Damuadhunga locality, had gone missing from her house sometime ago and her family had been frantically searching for her.

Leopard attacks two kids: Two children were injured when a leopard attacked them in Kumbhgadar of the Maldhanchaur area near Ramnagar. According to information, 14-year-old Nand Kishore and 17-year-old Bhimchandra were on their way to school in Devipura village after leaving their domestic animals on the bank of the Dhela river when they were attacked by it. Hearing their cries, the villagers raised the alarm that led to the animal fleeing back into the forests. Both are under treatment in a hospital in Ramnagar.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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