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Annual function:
Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School, Udham Singh Nagar, celebrated its annual function at the Lions Club on Saturday. The function was presided over by chief guest Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari. The theme of the function was colours of life. Tiny tots presented spellbound performance in the form of a cultural extravaganza. School principal Veena Aggarwal read out the annual report and appreciated the efforts of the students, teachers and parents. Maple Bear award was presented to Parv Bhatnagar, Parneet and Pratishta.

Seminar: More than 300 chartered accountants, including members from Ludhiana, Khanna, Gobindgarh, Moga and surrounding areas attended a seminar on bank branch audit organised at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India here.



Vijay Sabharwal, Secretary DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, and Subhash Sharma, Member, Governing Body, MM College, Fatehabad, have been elected to the court of Kurukshetra University as representatives of managements of non-government affiliated colleges. The elections were held through postal ballot.

Runaway couples: The Kurukshetra police has reserved a quarter (No. 70-D) for lodging runaway couples. SSP Sultan Singh said a safe and secure accommodation had been earmarked in the Police Lines for couples, who married against the wishes of their parents. In case of any danger to life, such couples would be provided proper security for 10 days.



Magistrate, official caught smoking:
Two government officials were caught smoking in their office complex in Baramulla district on Saturday and were fined Rs 200 each. Executive Magistrate, first Class, Uri, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat and personal assistant to Sub-District Magistrate, Uri, Abdul Rashid were caught smoking by the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon, an official spokesman said. Both officers were counselled about the ill-effects of smoking.

Tributes paid to former Speaker Itoo: Rich tributes were paid to a former Speaker of the state Legislative Assembly, late Wali Mohammad Itoo, on his 17th death anniversary at Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir on Friday. Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo, daughter of the late NC leader, presided over the function. The minister, while highlighting the services rendered by Wali Itoo, said he stood for the unity and brotherhood of all sections and also for the balanced development of the three regions of the state.



Camps held to make rural women financially literate:
To make rural women financially literate, Disha, a social organisation, held camps on financial literacy in Sahaspur and Vikasnagar. At the camps, the women were informed about financial management and government schemes. Officials from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Uttaranchal Gramin Bank were also present to provide inputs about the various schemes run by the banks for entrepreneurs. Jhanvi Tiwari of Disha who urged women to adopt thrifty ways said, “It is important that you begin saving because money saved by you will help you in times of distress”. Six hundred women participated in the camp.

Case filed after ABVP-liquor vend owner scuffle: After a scuffle between a group of activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and a liquor vend owner, the police has registered cross cases by both the groups against each other. Last night ABVP workers had clashed with a liquor vend owner at the Survey Chowk area. While the liquor vend owner complained that the ABVP workers wanted free liquor, the ABVP workers charged that they only wanted the shop to be closed.

Col Aditya Negi hailed for winning Shaurya Chakra: Former Chief Minister Major-Gen BC Khanduri (retd) has complimented Col Aditya Negi from Uttarakhand for winning Shaurya Chakra. Colonel Negi is the son of Lt Gen Gambhir Singh Negi (retd), a former commandant of the IMA. He said, “We owe our lives to the soldiers who are battling on the borders. I congratulate Colonel Negi and his entire family for serving the nation and achieving glory for the country”.

DM to accompany youths on rafting trek
Thirtytwo youths from Pithoragarh district will take part in the longest-ever rafting travel to the Kali river at the Indo-Nepal border beginning from March 23. Pithoragarh Adventure Officer Rajendra Singh Airi said this 20-km rafting trek between Jauljibi to Taleswar would also be enjoyed by Pithoragarh District Magistrate (DM) NS Negi and would be accompanied by youths from other parts of district.

Champawat dist areas badly hit by yellow rust disease
Nachni and Bansbagar areas of Munsiyari sub-division and the Meetha Reetha area of Champawat district are badly hit by the yellow rust disease in wheat crop. Giving this information, scientist at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Dr RK Singh said the wheat crop in the Nachni, Bansbagar and Tejam areas of the district were the worst hit by this disease.

SBI officers laud women’s self-help groups
The role of women’s self-help groups was lauded at the Horticulture Extension Centre, Hawalbagh, where officers of the State Bank of India (SBI) distributed cheques worth Rs 1. 50 crore to them on Friday. “These self-help groups are working in the sphere of aqua-culture, dairy, off-season vegetables, traditional pahari pulses, floriculture and providing jobs to village women,” said Mahesh Sharma, Deputy General Manager, SBI.

Admn gears up to tackle water problems
With the advent of summer, the administration in Ranikhet has started preparation for tackling water problems of the town. “We are developing small check dams in the Gagas river, from where water is pumped to the town during the summer season. These dams, being constructed under the National Employment Guarantee Scheme, will bring relief to the people of the town in the summer season,” said Dheeraj Singh Garbiyal, Chief Development Officer, Almora.

Rs1,000 fine for using polythene bags in Bageshwar
To remove polythene bags being used in the town, the Bageshwar Nagar Palika Board passed a resolution on Friday to impose fine up to Rs 5,000 on persons caught using polythene bags. “The board has agreed that persons caught for the first time with a polythene bag of more than 18 microns, will be fined Rs 1,000. The fine will increase to Rs 2,500 for the second offence and can be extended up to Rs 5,000 on being caught the third time,” said Subodh Lal Shah, chairman of the board.

Rs 30 lakh fine recovered
Officers of the Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan found 650 illegal water connections in the Haldwani and Ramnagar area during a campaign and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on each connection. “After recovering a sum of Rs 30 lakh from these consumers in the campaign started in November 2010, we have legalised most of these connections,” said JR Gupta, Superintending Engineer, in Haldwani.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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