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Housing venture by Mittal group
: The Mittal group is going to develop a 12- storeyed residential building complex, DD Mittal Towers, at Multania road here, in the memory of its founder Dwarka Dass Mittal. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, CMD Rajinder Mittal said the foundation stone would be laid by the Minister of Local Bodies, Commerce and Industries, Manoranjan Kalia on March 28. Giving details, Mittal said the project would be affordable to all with various payment plans spread over two years. He said there would be no flat on the ground floor as it had been left for stilt parking and open circulation space.

Cancer check-up camp held: The district health authorities on Saturday organised a cancer detection and check-up camp at the Women and Children Hospital, situated on the premises of the Civil Hospital here. SMO of the Women and Children Hospital Dr BS Gill said as many as 126 new patients and 41 old patients had been examined. SMO of Civil Hospital Dr Vinod Garg said at the pathology laboratory of the Civil Hospital, fine needle aspiration cytology tests had been conducted. 



2,855 kanals of JDA encroached upon
: In a written reply to a question by BJP legislator Jugal Kishore in the Legislative Assembly here on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand admitted that about 2,855 kanals belonging to the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) had been encroached upon. 

Protests over youth’s death
: Demanding the arrest of those involved in the alleged killing of a youth, whose body was recovered from a well on Friday, a large number of people staged a protest in the Rafiabad area of Baramulla district for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Locals, who were demanding a thorough probe into the incident and the arrest of the guilty, said the boy, Mohammad Yasin Mir, was murdered. 




IMA Blood Bank holds workshop
: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Blood Bank is committed to promoting clinico-transfusion responsibilities in the state. This was stated at the start of the annual national workshop “Rakth Pravah- Advances in Transfusion Medicine” here on Saturday by the patron, IMA Blood Bank, Dr Bhim S Pandhi. 

Patron, IMA Blood Bank, Bhim S Pandhi speaks at a seminar in Dehradun on Saturday. A Tribune photo
Patron, IMA Blood Bank, Bhim S Pandhi speaks at a seminar in Dehradun

Boy found dead in water tanker: A 12-year-old boy was found dead in a water tanker at his residence in Harawala here Saturday afternoon. The relatives of the deceased said he was cleaning the tanker when he accidentally fell into it and drowned. The police said though it seemed to be a case of accident, the reason could be clear only after the postmortem. The deceased boy’s parents are working as labourers, while their child was studying in a school.

Sepoy goes missing: A sepoy of the Garhwal Rifles has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. He has been missing for the past six days and the family lodged a missing a complaint with the Cantt Police. Sandeep, a resident of Birpur Ghanghora, did not come back to his room since March 21. For a few days the family kept looking for him at their level. However, when they found no clue of him, a police compliant was filed. According to the police, it was questioning his friends and relatives, but couldn’t find any clue of the sepoy till the filing of the report. 

Kumaon Briefs Penalty imposed on sales tax evaders
Authorities at the Sales Tax Department succeeded in recovering goods worth lakhs of rupees on the charges of tax evasion by certain businessmen. The recovery was made at Haldwani on Friday and the erring businessmen were slapped a penalty of Rs 1, 81,200. The recovery was made when the flying squad of the department raided the Nainital Express as it reached Haldwani at 7 am on Friday. The tax, along with the penalty, was recovered from the five businessmen carrying readymade garments. They were nabbed following a tip-off.

Mobile phones worth Rs 60,000 stolen
In yet another robbery, thieves broke into a mobile shop in the Mukhani area of Haldwani on late Thursday night. Mobile phones costing thousands of rupees were reported to be stolen. According to sources, the thieves broke the shutter of Sai Electronics and stole more than 20 mobile sets worth Rs 60,000. Shopkeeper Jitender Kumar was informed by his neighbour, who saw the locks of the shop missing. Jitender later reported the matter to the Mukhani Police Station. Investigations were on in the matter.

ASHA workers stage demonstration
A large number of ASHA workers from Nainital district staged a demonstration at the Nainital Collectorate on Friday. They were seeking an enhancement in their emoluments and health facilities. They also had seven other demands that they wanted to be addressed. The workers shouted slogans against the state government and warned that if their demands were not fulfilled they would resort to a large-scale agitation. Their main demands include an increase in emoluments to Rs 5,000, an end to fresh recruitments, treatment of existing workers on parity and provision of health facilities.

AICTU opposes privatisation of PF
Workers from the Kumaon region affiliated to the All-India Central Council of Trade Union (AICTU) staged a massive demonstration in Haldwani on Friday seeking an end to the attempts being made towards the privatisation of the provident fund (PF) and pensionary benefits. They also demanded a minimum pension of Rs 7,500 for the workers. The agitators alleged that by giving the money invested in the PF and pension schemes to private parties, the government was moving towards encouraging the use of this money in speculative economic activity while playing with the future of the millions working. They further stated that pension be made a third benefit, along with PF and gratuity, for the labour force in the country.

Mega Lok Adalats held in region
Under the initiative taken by the Uttarakhand High Court, Mega Lok Adalats were held in different parts of the region on Friday and a large number of cases were disposed of. In Udham Singh Nagar, the Lok Adalat was held under the supervision of District Judge Jaidev Singh, in which a large number of cases were dealt with and a fine of Rs 7.90 lakh was realised. A total of 79 cases were disposed of on the principle of pre-litigation agreement. In Nainital, under the supervision of District Judge RD Pande, nine cases of motor accidents were taken up and compensation to the tune of Rs 22.91 lakh was provided to the kin of the victims. A fine of Rs 42,000 was also realised in connection with the 13 civil matters that had come up.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 

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