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Training programme:
The Punjab Government will organise a two-day training programme from February 28 for the field staff on the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals at the MC Zoological Park, Chhatbir zoo. A spokesperson for the Department of Forests and Wildlife, Punjab, on Thursday said the training programme had been chalked out at the behest of DS Bains, Financial Commissioner (Forests).

Car snatched, 5 booked:
Five persons, identified as Sandip Kumar of Kapurthala, Patwari, Ali, Jamit, and Golu, all of Kapurthala road, Jalandhar, allegedly snatched Mahindra Xylo car, mobile phone and cash of Rs 4,000 from Rakesh Kumar of Bassi Khawaju, near Mangowal, on the Hoshiarpur-Dharmshala road here last evening. According to the police sources, the above said persons hired the said car to the holy shrine of Goddess Chintpurni yesterday. After paying obeisance there, they were on the way back to Hoshiarpur. On the way one of the accused stopped the car for urinating. After urinating, he threw chilly powder in the eyes of Rakesh Kumar and snatched the car, mobile phone and cash from him and later fled with the vehicle. The Sadar police has registered a case under Section 392 of the IPC in this connection.

2 killed in mishaps: Two persons, including a woman, were killed in separate road accidents in the past 24 hours in the district. According to the police sources, Dilbag Singh of Chakowal Brahmina died on the spot when a vehicle hit his scooter near FCI godown here last night. In another accident, Nirmal Kaur of Nangal Khadiala was crushed to death by a tractor near Talwara last evening.

Rs 69 lakh sanctioned: The India-Canada Villages Improvement Trust sanctioned Rs 69.22 lakh for the overall development of Pandori Kad village in Hoshiarpur block II under the NRI Scheme. In a meeting held here today, the trust, under the presidentship of Deputy Commissioner Dharam Dutt Tarnach, okayed construction of underground sewerage, septic tank, collection tank, sewage treatment plant and latrines. He appealed to the NRIs to participate in the development activities in their respective villages.

Dowry: 4 booked: Pyush Lata has lodged a complaint against her husband Ajay Kumar, father-in-law Jameet Singh, mother-in-law Mohindro Devi of Pali village and Amarjit Kaur, wife of Ajay Kumar of Samrala Chowk, Ludhiana, accusing them of dowry harassment. Pyush in her complaint said after she got married to Ajay on November 20, 2007, she came to know that Ajay was already married and had two children. The police has arrested Jameet Singh.

Dharna staged:
Residents of colonies situated on the Nabha-Bhawanigarh road and members of an action committee staged a dharna in front of the SDM office on Thursday to press for their demand for the opening of a level crossing on the road. Led by district president of the International Democratic Party Gurmeet Singh Thuhi, CPM (block secretary) Gurmeet Singh Chhajubhatt and state president of the Sarav Bharat Nojawan Sabha Kashmir Singh Gadaia, a large number of residents of nearby colonies participated in the dharna. They also submitted a memorandum to the SDM.



DC takes charge:
Mr CG Rajni Kanthan, Deputy Commissioner, Sirsa, has taken over as Deputy Commissioner here in place of Mr Pankaj Agarwal, who has been transferred as such to Sonepat.



Youth commits suicide:
A youth committed suicide by consuming poison at Kana Chak here on Thursday. The police said Naresh Kumar of Rajpura was found unconscious in the Kana Chak area.He was taken to Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu, where doctors declared him brought dead. A case under Section 174 of the CrPc was registered at the police station.The body was handed over to the family.

13 injured as bus overturns:
At least 13 passengers were injured when the bus they were travelling in overturned at Sheikhpora, 10 km from here, in Budgam district on Thursday, officials said. The mishap took place when the driver lost control over the bus while negotiating a turn.


A procession being taken out on the eve of Ravidass Jayanti in Dehradun on Thursday
A procession being taken out on the eve of Ravidass Jayanti in Dehradun on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

CM greets people on Ravidass Jayanti: Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank greeted people on the eve of Sant Ravidass Jayanti. The CM in his message said, “Sant Ravidass worked tirelessly for the downtrodden of the society and was a pioneer in social equality”. A procession was also taken out on the day.

Crafts mela begins today: Traditional handicrafts and customary artworks of different states will be on display at the crafts bazar that will commence tomorrow at the Parade Ground here. The Handicraft Development Commission of the Union Textile Ministry and the Dr Bheemrao Ambedkar Smarak Samiti are jointly holding this 10-day handicraft show for the development of artisans. This was stated by Gajender Kumar, organiser of the exhibition.

Labourer crushed by truck: A 28-year-old labourer was crushed to death by a truck at Mohkampur here Thursday afternoon. The truck driver fled the spot. According to Bhaskar Shah, SHO, Shyam Singh was taken to the hospital, but declared brought dead. Singh, a resident of Jogiwala, worked as a labourer and stayed with his mother. The police has seized the truck.

25 blankets marked for poor: The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) will provide 25 blankets for distribution among the poor. This was stated by Mayor Vinod Chamoli.

Moderate snowfall in Nainital: With higher reaches of Nainital registering snowfall for the second consecutive night, the Lake City finally witnessed a moderate influx of tourists. The tourists arriving in the town have been making a beeline to the Pangot Road where snow has accumulated. Groups of people have been enjoying the lovely view of snow-covered Himalayan peaks from the Himalaya Darshan tourist spot. The influx has provided some additional income to those running eating joints and photography business at the spot.

Auction of shops: The Haldwani Municipality has decided to auction shops that are lying vacant. This is being done to earn some revenue for the otherwise cash-starved civic body. The authorities have decided listing these shops and are now chalking out a plan for their auction. It is learnt that there are dozens of such vacant shops located on Kaladhungi Road, Kathgodam and Old Bazpur bus terminus.

Tin-roof blown away: It was so windy that the roof of a government school was blown off in the Sunderkhal area of Ramnagar. The inclement weather marked by lashing rain and high-velocity wind saw the tin roof flying away. The authorities were left with no option, but to declare a three-day holiday for the children studying in the school. The estimated loss is said to be worth Rs 50,000.

Fire-fighting by neighbours: A fire broke out in a locked house in the Guru Tegh Bahadur locality of Haldwani on Wednesday. According to information, tenant Devendra Rawat and family had gone out of station. It was a couple of hours after his departure that neighbours saw smoke coming out. They informed the house owner and broke open the doors to discover that almost all the household goods had been charred. The neighbours brought the fire under control by throwing in buckets full of water.


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