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Youth run over by train
: An unidentified youth was run over by a train near Jayantipur here on Monday evening. ASI Davinder Singh of GRP said the victim was rushed to the civil hospital but could not be saved.

Gambling charges
: The police arrested Parnesh Kumar and Vijay Kumar and seized Rs 2,600 and playing cards with code word slips from their possession here today. A case under Gambling Act has been registered.

Sangat darshan: A sangat darshan programme was held here today. Master Mohan Lal, transport minister, Punjab, presided over the function.



Kaithal MLA bereaved
: Harbir Singh Surjewala, younger brother of Kaithal MLA, Shamsher Singh Surjewala, died at the PGI, Chandigarh, after a brief illness. He was 62 years and is survived by a son and a daughter. He is the third brother of the MLA to have died in the past eight months. He was also the paternal uncle of Haryana power minister Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Youth dies in accident
: A youth was killed when the motorcycle he was riding on was hit by an unknown vehicle near Mama Chowk of Bahadurgarh town on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Tikrikalan village in Delhi. The incident took place when he was on the way to his village. He died on the spot.

: Exercising power under Section 10 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, on Tuesday appointed Dina Nath Arora, advocate of Kurukshetra, and Ashok Kumar Jain, advocate of Karnal, as presidents of the Consumer Dispute Redressal Forums in Yamunanagar and Panchkula, respectively. This has been conveyed to the appointees in a communication here on Tuesday.

Lineman held for graft
: A lineman of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam on Tuesday was arrested red-handed while accepting a bribe from a consumer for installation of his electricity meter. Gurnam Singh, an electricity consumer from Mallekan village, had alleged in his complaint to the state vigilance bureau (SVB) that Nirmal Singh, a lineman working in the Madhosinghana power substation, had demanded Rs 1,500 for the replacement of his meter. A trap was laid to nab the accused red-handed and he was arrested.

Sugar mills
: The Haryana Janhit Congress on Tuesday demanded the opening of sugar mills as soon as possible to lift sugarcane of farmers and give them their dues in time here. After holding a meeting with party workers and farmers, the HJC spokesman and district president Satpal Kaushik said the delay in the opening of sugar mills had been costing farmers dearly. Ideally, the sugar mills should have been open in the first week of November.



1 dies in accident
: One person was reportedly killed in an accident near Patta village on the NH-81 on Monday. The deceased has been identified as sericulture inspector Jagannath (57). The incident took place when he was coming back to his home at Kularu village and suddenly a Tata Sumo vehicle allegedly hit him from behind. The driver of the vehicle fled from the spot. A case has been registered in this regard.

Vehicles challaned, fine realised
: The state traffic police has fetched revenue of Rs 9,400 to the state exchequer by issuing challans to vehicles, which were found violating traffic norms. The police on Monday challaned 42 vehicles in Dalhousie, Banikhet and the adjoining areas.

Scholarship exam
: The local unit of Himotakarsh Sahitya Sanskriti and Jankalyan Parishad on Sunday conducted medhavi scholarship examination in which as many as 2,900 students of classes VIII, IX and X from 40 schools appeared in it. Press secretary of the parishad Rajiv Pathania said meritorious students would be given cash scholarships and medals during its annual function.

Date extended
: HPU has extended the last date for receipt of admission forms for postgraduate classes, including BJMC and postgraduate diplomas through correspondence, till November 29. Late fee of Rs 500 would be charged for admissions till November 29, sources said.

Bonus released by government: The government on Tuesday announced the release of bonus to the employees of the state Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) for 2007-08. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who is the chairman of the HPTDC, made this announcement. The decisions would benefit 1,165 employees.

Minister expresses grief: Horticulture minister Narender Bragta on Tuesday expressed grief over the untimely demise of Hari Chand Gupta, branch manager of the HPMC at Chopal. He died in Solan on Tuesday due to prolonged illness. A two-minute silence was also observed to mourn the death.



3 held for murder
: A woman, along with two other persons, was arrested for her alleged involvement in murdering a villager in Sanasar area of Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir. Three persons, Usha Devi, Jugal Kishore and Rinku Kumar, were arrested for murdering Bansi Lal in Sanasar area of Batote tehsil in Ramban district. Lal was murdered on November 16, and later his body was chopped into pieces, they said. The investigation is going on, they added.

154 cross LoC: As many as 154 members of the divided families crossed over along the Line of Control (LoC) from Chakan-da-Bagh point via weekly Poonch-Rawalakot bus service in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said on Tuesday. About 109 persons crossed from India to PoK, while 45 crossed from PoK to Jammu and Kashmir to meet their relatives via weekly trans-border bus service, the official sources said. Indian officers and their Pakistani counterparts supervised the operation of crossover at the border point.

Facelift for Tulip garden
: The Tulip garden in Siraj Bagh on the foothill of Zabarwan hills, which is the main attraction for thousands of visitors every year, is being further developed at a cost of Rs 2.50 crore. The development work in the garden is carried by hundreds of workers of the floriculture department to make it ready by March-April, when no other activity is available for tourists after winter. The garden, overlooking famed Dal Lake, advanced the tourist season by a month and it remained a main attraction for thousands of tourists and Bollywood. As many as 74,421 visitors from different parts of the country, abroad and locals visited the garden and the tourism department earned a revenue of Rs 27.30 lakh from entry ticket.

4 thieves held: The police has arrested a group of thieves involved in a number of theft cases in the uptown. Four of the arrested thieves have been identified as Abdul Rashid Matta, Manzoor Ahmad, Ajaz Ahmed and Irfan Ahmed Bhat. The Srinagar SSP said a complaint was received from Bashir Ahmed Wani, owner of the Wani Iron and Steel, situated at Nowgam Chowk, that some thieves had stolen 30 quintals of Tata Shakti galvanized iron sheets on the intervening night of November 4 and 5.



Four Bangladesh residents arrested
: The Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) officials today arrested four Bangladeshi’s who were residing illegally in Dehradun. According to the Patel Nagar Police Station cops, those arrested have been identified as Mohammad Amir, Mirjam, Salma and Tasleema Begum. Around 11 am, LIU officials arrested the four from ISBT and handed them to Patel Nagar Police Station. The accused did not have passport and valid visa, disclosed officials, while adding that a case under section 14 of Foreign Act and section 3 of passport Act has been registered against them.

Congress appointment: Senior Congress leader Suryakant Dhasmana has been appointed as incharge of the state media committee of Congress. In a statement issued by Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC), state general secretary of Congress ram Sharan Nautiyal disclosed that on directions of state congress president Yashpal Arya, state media committee has been constituted. He further informed that Surinder Singh Arya, Dr. Bhupal Singh Bhakuni, N.D. Kandpal, Rajesh Shivpuri and Rajiv Mahrishi have been appointed as co spokesman of the state unit of the party.

Teacher gets global award: A Uttarakhand teacher has been awarded with Global Microsoft Innovative Teachers Leadership Award. Parambir Singh Kathait, a teacher in Rajiv Gandhi Navodya Vidhyalaya Dehradun was presented with an award at the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards held in Hong Kong recently. Parambir is first Indian teacher to get top rank, winning first prize in the Innovation in Content category for his project, “Lets Explore the Universe”, on terrestrial planets.

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