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Sedition case against me illegal: Mann
: SAD (Amritsar) President Simranjeet Singh Mann on Sunday described the sedition case registered against him on Saturday as “illegal”. In a statement released here, Mann said, “The Indian state cannot book me on the charge of sedition, as Akal Takht doesn’t fall in its territorial jurisdiction. If anybody can take cognizance of my comments it is Akal Takht’s jathedar.” He said the jathedar could summon him if he had any objection to what he had stated. Mann was booked for allegedly making ‘pro-Khalistan’ remarks at Akal Takht.

Neurotherapy camp held in city
: Sewa Bharti organised a free neurotherapy camp at the local Arya Model High School on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by chief guest DK Garg. Head of the organization Kamal Kumar Garg thanked the people for their trust and support as the organisation completed its seventh year. Neurotherapist Ajay Kumar spoke about the benefits of the system.

Withhold SGPC poll, demands SSF: The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation on Sunday urged the Union Home Ministry to withhold elections to the general house of the SGPC till writ petitions field by the federation were pending. In a statement issued here, the federation stated that the Gurdwara Election Commission has recommended the Union Home Ministry to hold the general election to the SGPC on May 8. In reaction to the GEC recommendations, the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation has written to the Union Home Ministry to withhold the elections.

68 units of blood collected: About 68 units of blood were collected during a blood donation camp organised by a charitable trust of Nabha at Dhindsa Colony on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Makhan Singh Lalka, former chairman of the Improvement Trust Nabha.

Eye check-up camp: The eye department of the Nabha Civil Hospital, in collaboration with Swaraj Automobiles, organised an eye check-up and awareness camp at High School in Kakrala village here. As many as 450 students were examined by Dr Mahesh Ahuja and ophthalmic officer Hardip Randhawa.

Man held with poppy husk: The Nabha Sadar police has arrested Som Raj of Kakrala village and seized 10 kg of poppy husk from his possession. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. ASI Gurjant Singh said during interrogation, the accused had confessed to have brought poppy husk from Haryana.

Protest over book
: Tension prevailed in nearby Jagatpur Jattan village and Dalits came on the roads in protest against a book “Mera Pind Mera Maan”, recently published by an Australia-based NRI Krishan Singh, due to alleged derogatory remarks and language used about Dalits. Later, SHO, Sadar, Ravinder Singh took the publisher in custody to pacify the Dalit villagers.



Elected: The general body meeting of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Punjab and Chandigarh (UT) regional branch, Chandigarh, was held on Friday in the department of public administration, Panjab University, to elect office-bearers and executive committee. BS Ojha, DV Bhatia, BS Ghuman and PK Kamra were elected the office-bearers. Shital Prakash, Sudhir Sharma, Anil Monga, Pandher and Ramanjit Kaur Johal will comprise the executive committee.



Revenue official caught accepting bribe
: The State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) caught a Revenue Officer red-handed, while accepting a graft at the residence of a complainant in the Kunjwani area, here on Sunday. Reports said that Sikander Kumar, a patwari and resident of RS Pura, Jammu, was arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 8000 from the complainant, Harminder Singh of Shanti Nagar, Kunjwani. On the basis of the complaint, a trap was laid at his house and the accused was nabbed. The bribe money was recovered and the accused remanded in police custody.



16-year-old girl commits suicide
: A 16-year-old girl reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself with her stole from the ceiling fan at her MDDA Colony residence here on Sunday evening. The police said the reason of the suicide couldn’t be ascertained. Anugya, a native of Gorakhpur, was brought to Doon on Saturday by her father to study. However, just a day after her coming here, she took the extreme step. Her father Pradip Rao is working as a Private Supervisor of Nirman Nigam. A case of suicide has been registered at the Nehru Colony police station. Her family at Gorakhpur has been informed.

Cash, ornaments stolen from temple: Cash and ornaments were allegedly stolen from Shiv Shakti Mandir, Balawala Road, on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. According to Rishiram Badoni’s complaint to the police, the charity box containing unaccounted cash has been stolen. Besides this, thieves also took away the garland of currency notes of the idols, along with pearls, there. Badoni added that the thieves broke the door to enter. Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code at the Raipur police station.

College celebrates Golden Jubilee: Students of SGRR PG College celebrated its Golden Jubilee ceremony “Yuva Mahotasav” on its premises here on Sunday. Local artistes presented a colourful cultural programme of Jaunsari and Garhwali dance. The ceremonial lamp was lit by Khajan Das, state Disaster Management Minister. Secretary, college student council, Ashutosh Mamgai put forth the need of financial assistance before Khajan Das.

Man murders wife, commits suicide: In a shocking incident reported from Champawat district, a man allegedly murdered his wife and then proceeded to commit suicide. The incident took place at Chami village of Talladesh area. The incident took place on late Friday night in the remote village where the police was able to reach only on Saturday evening. Kalu Ram, who worked as a labourer and a marginal farmer, killed his wife Sampatti Devi and then hanged himself. The 45-year-old man had married 32-year-old Sampatti after his first wife and Sampatti’s elder sister had died. The cause of the murder and subsequent suicide is said to be family strife. The couple was reportedly not getting along well in the past few months. They had five children. The post mortem of the two was scheduled to be done at Lohaghat on Sunday.

Education Minister stays away from college function: The mayhem caused by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the MB Post Graduate College at Haldwani on Saturday led to Education Minister Gobind Singh Bisht not turning up at the venue where he was the chief guest. The ABVP activists stalled the programme and resorted to slogan shouting against the minister. They were demanding that the college be granted a similar status as DSB College in Nainital and SSJ College in Almora, which are known as Kumaon University campuses. They had announced in advance that they would greet Bisht with black flags if he turned up for the programme being held on the campus of the college. The programme could only begin when the college authorities intervened and the agitators returned after handing over a memorandum of demands to the Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr VPS Arora.

45 goats die of unknown disease in Bageshwar dist: The veterinary authorities in Bageshwar district are faced with the problem of a large number of goats dying on account of an unknown disease. According to reports, 45 goats have died in the higher reaches of the district in the villages of Kilpara, Kunwari and Badiyakot. The villagers have demanded that officials of the Veterinary Department organise health camps in the villages of the region. They have stated that this is for the first time that they are faced with such a problem as they have never seen their animals suffering from such a disease before. The officials are trying to identify the cause of death of these animals. It is being assumed that extreme cold might have caused pneumonia in the animals.

KMVN officials told to make home delivery of LPG by April 5: District Magistrate (DM) at Nainital Shailesh Baguli has asked officials of the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) to streamline the home delivery system of cooking gas in the district by April 5. He has warned the officials of stringent action against them if they fail to ensure a smooth delivery by the specified date. The directions were given by Bagauli at a meeting held at his Camp Office in Haldwani on Saturday evening. The administration has been receiving complaints that the gas cylinders are not being delivered at home despite their being charged for the service.

Villagers seek tehsil status for Devasthal: Residents of Devasthal and its adjoining villages in Pithoragarh district have started an agitation seeking tehsil status for Devasthal. The villagers have initiated a chain hunger strike in support of their demand. The trading community has offered its complete support to those leading the agitation. The agitators say that the agitation will continue till their demand is met.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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