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Pawar takes over as Dean  of Academic Affairs
:Prof Rajinderjit Kaur Pawar took over the charge of the Dean, Academic Affairs, Guru Nanak Dev University, here today. She assumed the charge from outgoing Dean Dr Surinder Singh. Vice-Chancellor Prof A.S. Brar, officers and heads of teaching departments of the university were present.Prof Pawar has been a senior Professor of law and the Dean, Faculty of Law. Meanwhile, Prof Surinder Singh was given a warm farewell.

Tarn Taran
Shagun scheme
:As many as 257 beneficiaries of the area were given cheques worth Rs 38.55 lakh under the Shagun Scheme at a function organised by the Welfare Department here on Wednesday. 




‘Save water, save daughters’: The Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association organised a seminar and symposium on “Save water, save daughters” at Guru Nanak Public School here today. Association president SS Lamba gave tips on ‘how to save water’. Chief guest Rajbir Deswal, IPS, lauded the efforts of senior citizens. He shared his apprehension on the subject through Urdu couplets. Besides, Dr Gurbachan Nanda, Harkirat Lamba, Pushpa Walia, ML Sharma, Deepak and S Madhok presented  musical items.

Elected: The following have been elected members of the DAV College Teachers’ Union. President: Prof Iqba Preet Kaur; vice-president: Prof R K Doga and secretary: Prof Amitabh Dwivedi.



Bar panel
: ID Sharma was re-elected president and Kulbhushan Dhatwalia vice-president of the Ghumarwin Bar Association in annual general house presided by senior advocate Roshan Lal Bhardwaj near here on Friday. Abhishek Chandel was elected general secretary, Vinod Guleria treasurer, Anil Thakur finance secretary and Sushil Kalia librarian. 

Blood donor
: A social worker of Chamba Abdul Ghani on Friday donated blood to the Blood Bank in the regional hospital for the 168th time in his life. Fiftysix-year-old Ghani has set a record of donating blood in a stint of 34 years of his youthful life.

Plastic banned: DC Rajinder Singh Thakur has banned the use of plastic cups and plates in the district with immediate effect. The DC warned that any violation of this notification by anyone would be strictly dealt with the provision of law.

Worker killed
: A worker lost his life after falling from a mobile tower here on Thursday. The police said Vijay Pal (28), a resident of Kathua was working on the tower near the Shivam hotel to remove a sang around 2.30 pm. He suddenly lost balance and slipped from the tower on the ground receiving serious injuries.

Prize distribution: The HHITC, Hamirpur, celebrated its annual prize distribution function here on Friday. Students presented folk songs, skits and other cultural items organised on the institute’s campus. 

Lawyers’ demand
: The Mandi Tax Lawyers Bar Association on Friday demanded that the I-T Department should accept the income tax returns filed on Friday as many income tax payees could not file their returns online on Thursday as the connectivity broke down till on Thursday evening, the last date for the filing the returns.



Threat to football coach a prank
: After identifying the caller, the police has termed the ‘death threat’ to Kashmir-based Argentine football coach, Juan Marcos, as a “prank”. “The police has identified the caller. He is a student and is at present out of the state,” a senior police officer said. “The law will takes its own course. We have traced the phone, which was used to make the call. So far, we do not see any threat to the coach,” he added. 



WC: Section 144 at Clock Tower, Rajpur Road: Citing ruckus created by cricket fans during the celebrations of India’s victory over Pakistan in the World Cup semifinal, the administration will enforce Section 144 at the Clock Tower and the Rajpur road on Saturday from 6 pm to 12 midnight.

Accused in double murder case held: Main accused in a double murder case Ratan Singh was arrested at Selaqui here on Friday. The police caught him from near his residence. Ratan had allegedly murdered his two real sisters by slitting their throats with a chopper over a property dispute at their residence on Wednesday. Ratan will be presented in the CJM’s court on Saturday, while his accomplice Satyawan had already been sent to the Central Jail at Suddhowala on Thursday. 

Garments worth lakhs stolen: Readymade garments worth lakhs from a shop ‘Amarsons’ at the Kanak Chowk were stolen on Thursday night. The theft came into notice of the shop owner on Friday morning. He also found broken grills which are being speculated as the getaway for the thieves. A case has been registered in the Kotwali police station. 

Man killed in mishap: Babu Ram Tomar (30), a resident of Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, died when a bus of the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation hit his motorcycle on the Dehradun-Delhi highway here on Friday. Bus driver Pramod Kumar has been arrested while the victim’s body has been handed over to the family after the postmortem examination. 

Kumaon Briefs

Death penalty to 4 for killing 3 cops
A court in Almora has awarded death penalty to four accused in a case pertaining to killing of three policemen, while two others have been awarded life imprisonment. The five-year-old case pertains to the incident reported from the Kathpuriya area in which the accused had killed the policemen with their own weapons while returning from a court hearing in Ranikhet. Those convicted are Kailash Singh and Rajendra Singh, who are real brothers, along with Harish Singh and Imtiyaz. Policemen Girish Chandra and Sanjay Kumar had died on the spot, while another identified as Mahesh had died in Almora. The accused had fled with the weapons after the incident on January 15, 2005.

Illegal mining: Officials raid Kosi, Dabka river banks
In a raid carried out on the banks of the Kosi and Dabka rivers on Thursday, the officials of the Forest Department captured a tractor trolley being used for illegal mining. The diver of the vehicle managed to flee. The officials have seized the tractor trolley and have registered a case against its owner. Seeing the officials arrive on the two spots, several vehicle owners involved in the illegal activity managed to flee from there.

Special cell to tackle chain-snatching menace
The Haldwani police has constituted a special cell to tackle the menace of chain snatching that has seen a rise in the town over the last few weeks. Three teams have been constituted to keep a watch on elements from Udham Singh Nagar and Rampur, who had earlier been involved in the instances of chain snatching. These persons would also be brought before the complainants so that they may recognise if any of them were involved in the theft. The police authorities have also decided to increase patrolling in various localities. The police has also appealed to the residents of the town to be cautious while moving on the roads and inform the police of any suspicious activity that comes to their notice.

Women protest against sale of illicit liquor
Women of Sisauna village in the Sitarganj area of Udham Singh Nagar have demanded an end to the sale of illicit liquor in their village. The women under the banner of Savera Sangh landed at the police station and asked for initiation of a drive against the sale of illicit liquor, which is leading to all sorts of social problems. The women pointed out that all their efforts to get the sale of illicit liquor have met with non-compliance and no action from the officials, which has instead strengthened the liquor mafia in the region. The police officials promised to look into the matter and stop the sale of such liquor.

Rallies to highlight cruelty against animals
The district-level committee against cruelty to animals in Almora will hold two public awareness rallies on the practice of animal sacrifice. These rallies will be held at Deghat and Agneri in Chaukhutiya on April 5 and 6. The rallies are being held on the orders of the Uttarakhand Animal Welfare Board. The district administration has appealed to the people to participate in these rallies in large numbers, so that the purpose to organise the rallies was fulfilled.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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