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Blood donation camp
: Dr M.P. Singh Ishar, Dean, Students Welfare of Guru Nanak Dev University, inaugurated a blood testing-cum-blood donation camp here today in the Students Centre of the university. This camp was organised by the NSS Unit-I of the Law Department in association with blood bank of the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar. About 500 students registered themselves for blood testing and 105 students donated blood on this occasion.

Chance to reappear: Guru Nanak Dev University has decided to give a special chance to the students of graduation and under-graduation courses to reappear in semester and annual system examinations for the session April/May 2011. Dr R.K. Bedi, professor in charge (examinations), said this special chance would be given to students to re-appear in any annual or semester examinations, who are either appearing or have passed out of their next class but could not qualify in all the chances provided as per university rules for reappearing.

Jewellery looted: Two unidentified youths looted gold jewellery at a gunpoint from a couple in the Basant Avenue locality here on Saturday evening. Meena Kumari, in her complaint to the police, said the robbers barged into her house and asked for jewellery and cash. The accused forcibly took out her gold rings and earrings. When her husband came out of the toilet they snatched his gold ring and three mobile phones and fled. The accused, with their faces covered, also fired in the air as soon as they came outside the house.

Rs 50 lakh stolen: Unidentified miscreants decamped with about Rs 50 lakh from the NRI’s residence at Gagga Duha village. The police authorities said raids were being conducted to nab the culprits. According to sources, the incident took place a few days ago when the NRI had gone to Dubai.

2 held with drugs
: The police has arrested two persons, Lucky Thakur and Jeewan Kumar, both residents of the Makhdumpura locality, for possessing habit-forming drugs on Monday night. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a trap and nabbed them near Ravi Das Chowk. The police said Lucky had been operating from a pan shack, adjacent to the Lal Rattan Cinema building, for a long time. The police has also recovered 920 capsules, 200 gm narcotic powder and other toxic items from them.

Labourer electrocuted: A labourer, Mahinder Pal, was killed, while another labourer sustained serious burn injuries, while working at a marriage palace when they suddenly touched a high-tension wire near Palahai village here on Tuesday. The body of the deceased was sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem, while the injured labourer was admitted to the hospital.

5 grocery shops raided: A team of the Health Department raided five grocery shops at Gur Mandi, bus stand area and Bazar Bansanwala here on Tuesday. The Health Department team took samples of pulses, oil, sugar, biscuits, ghee etc.

Misuse of LPG cylinders: SDM Amarjeet Paul has instructed the officials of the Civil Supplies Department to check misuse of domestic LPG cylinders in commercial establishments. Addressing a sub-division level advisory committee meeting of the department, he also ordered the department officials to clear pendency of 163 ration cards lying with suvidha centre.

Appointed: Dharmendera, a local resident, has been appointed district secretary of the Shiv Sena Samajwadi. This was announced by party president Ajay Mehta while talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday. District general secretary Anil Goel, labour wing president Sanjeev Kumar, rural president Simar Kumar, and sports wing district president Kamal Kishore Pinka were also present.

Tarn Taran
No salary for six months
: The cooks preparing mid-day meal for schoolchildren in the district have not been paid their monthly salary for the last six months. There are as many as 1,400 cooks, who are given Rs 1,000 as contribution fees by the Sarav Sikhya Abhiyan (SSA) authority. Joginder Singh, district manager, mid-day meal, said the district authorities have sent a proposal to the state authorities for the early payment of the contribution fees to the cooks.



Body found
: The police found the body of a man under mysterious circumstances at Rehan in this subdivision this morning. The deceased was identified as Sardari Lal (48) of Kharat (Jawali) village. He was working in a restaurant at Rehan. The body was found in sitting position with the support of stairs of a shop.



Businessman killed in road accident:
A 70-year-old businessman of the Tral area in Pulwama district was killed in a road mishap at Lakhanpur in Kathua district today.According to the police, the deceased was identified as Mohammad Abdullah Malik. He was crossing the road when a truck (PB-23-E-7232) hit him,killing him on the spot. It added that the deceased was returning from Punjab.

2 grenades defused: The Army recovered two rusted grenades from a field in Lamberi village in Nowshera tehsil of Rajouri last evening. Official sources said locals found two rusted grenades in a field and informed the Army, which sent a column to Lamberi village. They added that the troops later defused the grenades at a deserted place.



Auxiliary nurses, midwives disrupt meeting
: The Auxiliary Nurses and Midwives (ANMs) disrupted a meeting on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) being held in Bageshwar to express their dissent over the failure of the state government to address their demands. After carrying out a protest march from the District Hospital to the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) on Monday, the ANMs disrupted the meeting being held in the office.

2 youths snatch Rs 2 lakh from ex-serviceman: In a case of snatching reported from Haldwani, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a bag containing a sum of Rs 2 lakh from an ex-serviceman on Monday afternoon. Although the police tried to nab them by cordoning off various exit points in the town, the accused managed to flee after crashing through the barrier put up at the Tanda Forest check post. The Haldwani police has alerted the Udham Singh Nagar Police regarding the accused entering the district. The incident took place outside a bank on the Nainital Road when Laxman Singh Deupa came out after making the withdrawal for his daughter’s wedding. Concerned over the growing instances of snatchings from the elderly, the police has asked the senior citizens to take its help while making heavy withdrawals.

Ban on blaring music from 10 pm to 6 am at banquet halls: The local administration in Haldwani has given a warning to banquet hall owners not to play blaring music and allow Disc Jockeys to perform at parties being held on their premises from 10 pm to 6 am. The move comes following repeated complaints from residents that children preparing for their examinations are facing problems on this account. It is learnt that police officials in Kathgodam and Haldwani police stations have been asked to carry out surprise checks at their level.

UKD youth wing members to oppose Vikas Yatra: After the Congress, it is the cadres of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) who have decided to oppose the Vikas Yatra being taken out by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank. The members of the youth wing of the party have decided to greet the yatra with blackflags. At a meeting held at Haldwani on Monday, the cadres accused the state government of failures on all fronts.

Jan Adhikar Manch seeks basic amenities for the poor: A forum of citizens in Rudrapur, known as Jan Adhikar Manch, staged a protest at the Rudrapur Collectorate seeking basic amenities for the poorer sections of the society. The agitators sought the issuance of Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards to genuine beneficiaries and giving ration to them. They also demanded regularisation of colonies, besides providing pension to widows and aged people. The agitators have sought installation of proper street lights in various colonies and construction of good quality roads in areas where the poor reside.

Doctors to boycott OPDs on March 14
: To lodge a protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands, doctors of the Provincial Medical Health Services (PMHS) will boycott OPDs on March 14. The doctors will also submit a memorandum to the Governor on the same day. Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Dehradun inspected the Raipur Primary Health Centre (PHC) and found some of the departments not up to the mark. He also instructed all the hospitals in the district to destroy stocks of Nimesulide syrup and drugs that have recently been banned by the Central government.

Air Force officer’s house burgled: A theft of jewellery and other articles worth Rs 2 lakh was reported from the rented house of an Air Force officer at the Tuner Road in Clement Town here. The theft occurred between February 10 and 19 when the family was away from the house. According to the Clement Town police, Air Force officer Sagar Bora said he had gone out of station with his family from February 10 to 19. On returning, they found the latches of the door broken and the house ransacked. A case under Sections 454 and 380, IPC, has been registered.

30 units of blood collected: Under the aegis of the Red Ribbon Club, NSS volunteers of Shri Guru Ram Rai PG College held a blood donation camp here on Monday. Thirty units of blood were collected, while 80 volunteers had registered themselves for the donation. More that 70 per cent blood donors were detected with low haemoglobin, making them ineligible. The camp was conducted under the guidance of Dr Sanjay Kumar Padliya.


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