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Two arrested
: The police arrested two youths, Kulwinder of Jandiala and Mandip of Bhanghala village, and recovered a stolen scooter (PB-32E-6713) and some intoxicants from them near Jandiala on Monday.

Annual budget: The Noormahal Nagar Council passed the annual budget of Rs 3.7025 crore for the year 2011-2012 on Monday. Rs 2.07 crore would be spent on development works in Noormahal town.

Woman kills self: A middle-aged woman, Sandip Kaur, committed suicide by consuming poison at her house in nearby Cheema-Khurad village on Sunday night. Domestic tension was said to be the cause of the suicide, the police said.

PO surrenders: A proclaimed offender (PO), Gulwant Singh, who was wanted by the police in several criminal cases, surrendered before the judicial court here on Monday.

Man hurt in assault:
Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Chhat village, was injured after four persons allegedly attacked him here this morning. He was coming out of a temple along with his friend when the accused stopped him and allegedly assaulted him with sharp-edged weapons. A case has been registered against four persons.



Selected: CK Jerath, Honorary Secretary, Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) and Vice President of the Indian Boxing Federation, has been selected as the director competition for the All-India police games, to be held at Jammu from March 2 to 6.


Zakir’s book wins literary award:
A poetry book “Aks Rukhe Gulbadan” authored by Urdu litterateur Kashmiri Lal Zakir has won the Uttar Pardesh Sahitya Akademy award. The book is a collection of Qatat, a genre of poetry. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15,000, Zakir who has authored over 100 books has earlier been honoured with National Ghalib Award, Pakistan’s Nuqoosh award, Fakhar-E- Haryana honour- 2009, among others.



Woman found dead:
A woman in her mid-sixties was found dead under mysterious circumstances in an open area at Chinore in Domana here, the police said today. The deceased was yet to be identified.

Sufi takes oath as CIC: Ghulam Rasool Sufi took the oath as the state’s Chief Information Commissioner here on Monday. Governor NN Vohra administered the oath of office to Sufi at a function at Raj Bhavan. He held various posts in the Income Tax Department and was promoted Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in January, 2010. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Mohammad Akbar Lone, attended the oath-taking ceremony.

Protesters damage hospital: Following the death of a pregnant woman due to the “negligence” of doctors at the local SMGS Hospital on Monday, a mob clashed with the police and damaged hospital property. Sources said Sonam Sharma, a resident of Bhour Camp, was admitted to hospital on Sunday after she developed labour pains and died after giving birth to a boy on Monday. But Sonam’s family members alleged that she died due to the negligence of the doctors.

Three hurt in grenade attack:
Militants hurled a grenade near Fire Services Chowk Batmaloo, on Monday evening. As per initial reports, two policemen and a civilian were injured. The injured civilian has been identified as Showket  Ahmad Khan, son of Ghulam Hassan Khan and resident of Balgarden in Srinagar. His condition is said to be serious.

Residential houses gutted: A fire broke out in the joint residential houses of Mohammad Maqbool, Sheikh Ashraf, Ghulam Mohammad and Bilal Ahmad at Doonikhud, Buchwara in Dalgate, here on Monday.Three officials of the Fire Service Department and two civilians received injuries while fighting the flames. Meanwhile, on the night of February 27, a fire broke out in SD Colony in Batamaloo, Srinagar, in which a single-storeyed residential house of Nazir Ahmed Khan and Showkat Ahmad was gutted.



Docs to hit roads on March 14: The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Uttarakhand Branch, at its meeting held here on Monday, condemned the delay in the proposed law against violence against doctors and their property by the Central Government. Dr (Major) Nand Kishore (retd), state president, IMA, said doctors would hit the roads on March 14 and observe a strike paralysing all the private and government health services on that day.

Vijay Bahuguna’s b-day celebrated: Congress City workers celebrated Tehri Garhwal MP Vijay Bahuguna’s 64th birthday at a function held here on Monday. A cake was cut on the occasion by Congress Cty president Harish Virmani amidst a large number of party workers.

2 students hurt in road accident: Two students were seriously injured in an accident when their motorcycles collided with each other on the Sahastradhara Road here on Monday. Tarun Jain and Sailesh Kumar were coming from the opposite directions. They were admitted to CMI Hospital by the police patrol van.

Ganapathy is Addl Dir-Gen of Police: MA Ganapathy has been promoted as Additional Director-General of Police (ADG) at the police headquaters, Dehradun, while Deepam Seth, Additional Secretary to the Chief Minister, will be the new Inspector-General of Police, Garhwal Range, in his place, according to Rajeev Gupta, Principal Secretary, Home, uttarakhand.

Newly married woman found murdered:A woman resident of the Mukherjee Nagar locality of Rudrapur was found murdered on Sunday. According to information, Chandrawati was strangulated as her neck bore rope marks. Her body was found when women of the locality went inside her house after they did not see any activity there and their calls to the deceased went unanswered. Chandrawati had been married to Mahendra Pal about a year back and had been residing in the house along with her in-laws and husband. The police did not come across any family member when it reached the spot. Chandrawati’s family members have accused her husband and his family of having murdered her.

Dead patient’s kin thrash doctor: Agitated over the death of a patient at a hospital in Kashipur, his relatives resorted to thrashing the doctor and his father, besides vandalising hospital property on Sunday. According to information, the matter was resolved when the police intervened and Pargat Singh, who is deceased Surendra Singh’s son, apologised to Dr Ashish Kumar Bansal and his father Arunesh Bansal. Dr Bansal informed the police that the 65-year-old patient had been brought to the hospital in a serious condition with his lungs not functioning properly. He said he had tried his best to save the patient, but all his efforts had been in vain.

Bhojan matas seek proper wages: Bhojan matas employed in various parts of Almora carried out a demonstration in the Choghan Pata area of the town on Sunday. They were seeking regularisation of their jobs and proper wages. The speakers at the event attacked the state government for ignoring their plight. They stated that the Bhojan Matas were finding it very difficult to make two ends meet when prices were spiraling and what they got was a pittance in the name of wages. They said their remuneration should be increased to at least Rs 5,000 per month and they be paid uniformally for all the 12 months of the year.

Class IV employees hold protest: Class IV employees from across Nainital district carried out a massive protest in the Lake City on Monday. The employees gathered in hundreds at the Gobind Ballabh Pant Park in the Mallital area and then moved in the form of a procession to Tallital shouting slogans against the state government and in support of their demands. They later submitted a memorandum to the local administration. The employees are demanding parity of pay with their Central Government counterparts, along with grade pay rationalisation.

Fake lawyer arrested: The police has succeeded in arresting a fake lawyer against whom a case had been registered in Nainital eight months back. According to sources, Satish Kumar is alleged to have fraudulently cleared his graduation and law examinations, despite the fact that he had failed in matriculation. He was practising as a lawyer in Haridwar from where he was arrested on Sunday. Sources say that he had appeared in his intermediate examination on the basis of a fake matriculation marks sheet and failed to clear the exam. (Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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