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Bassi Pathana
: Amardeep Singh Dharni has been elected president of the District Bar Association, Fatehgarh Sahib. This is Dharni’s third win. Other elected office-bearers include secretary: Karnail Singh Mohi, vice-president: JPS Lamba and joint secretary: Baljit Singh Kahlon.

One killed in mishap: Lalit Kumar of Mehlanwali died when a truck hit his Indica car (PB 37C 4444) near Nasrala last night. After the accident, truck driver fled with his vehicle. The Bulhowal police has registered a case under Sections 338, 427 and 304 A of the IPC.

Tarn Taran
Office-bearers elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the district unit of the ASHA Workers Union: President — Lakhwinder Kaur; senior vice president — Raj Sharma; general secretary — Parsin Kaur; assistant secretary —Manjit Kaur Kasel; treasure — Harjit Kaur; press secretary — Parminder Kairon; and assistant press secretary — Raminder Kaur Lakhna.



Pala Ram in court custody:
A local court today remanded Pala Ram, who used to exhume bodies from the cremation ground, in judicial custody till April 18. The accused, an addict and mentally challenged, from Kalotha village was arrested under Sections 215 and 217 of the IPC following the recovery of a kid’s body and skeletons of two more children from his house. He was earlier remanded in police custody for one day by the court.



Woman, son missing: A woman along with her one-and-a-half-year-old son was reported missing from Banjar tehsil of the district. The Superintendent of Police said the father of the woman had reported on Sunday that his daughter Lata Devi, wife of Chander Sen, who had been staying with him for the past eight months, had been missing since March 26. After searching for her at all possible places, he registered a complaint with the police. A search operation had been launched, the SP added.

Silver jubilee celebrated: BL Central Public School here celebrated its silver jubilee on Monday where chief guest Major Sanjay Kandwal, 7 Kumaon Regiment, addressed the students and exhorted them to accord equal importance to the extra-curricular activities to ensure all round development. Principal Promila Sharma, while enlisting the achievements of the school, highlighted the role of meaningful education that could explore a student’s actual potential. Chairman BL Sharma gave away prizes to the students who had put up various performances for the day.

Protest postponed: The HIMFED employees union has postponed its protest of mass leave for April 27 due to the sudden death of HIMFED chairman Col GR Jamwal (retd). The union in a press note released here said as a mark of respect to the departed soul the protest would now take place on April 27.



One arrested with heroin
: The Rajouri police arrested an alleged narcotics smuggler and recovered about 800 grams of heroin from him last evening. The arrested person has been identified as Iftikhar Hussain, a resident of the Darhal area. The police intercepted Hussain at a check post on the outskirts of Rajouri town and recovered 800 grams of heroin from his possession.

Rain, snowfall for 2nd day in Valley
: Heavy rain continued to lash the Kashmir valley for the second consecutive day on Monday while the upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall, plummeting the temperature by several notches.



Officers discuss plan for police stations: On the occasion of Uttarakhand Police Foundation Day, Director General of Police (DGP) Jyoti Swaroop Pandey convened a meeting of all senior police officers of the state to chalk out a plan for main police stations at the Police Officers’ mess here on Monday. SSPs, SPs and COs of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudrapryag, Tehri and Dehradun from the Garhwal region and Nainital, Champawat, Pitthoragarh and Bageshwar from the Kumaon region were present. Detailed talks on the plans for their main police stations were held in the meeting. Besides, traffic problems in Dehradun were also discussed in detail. Officers of the districts also shared their problems with their seniors. The meeting will continue on Tuesday.

2 beat up Doon Hospital CMS: The CMS of Doon Hospital and two men reportedly had a fight here on Monday at the hospital entrance gate. According to information, CMS BC Pathak was entering the hospital by his car when the two men, who were coming out, had a scuffle with him. They allegedly beat up the CMS after a heated argument. Later on, staff members of the hospital ran to the spot and thrashed the duo. The CMS then lodged a compliant with the Kotwali police station.

54 gm charas recovered: Charas and sulfa weighing 54 gm was recovered from a resident of the Canal Road by the police. A police compliant has been registered at the Rajpur Road post. The police apprehended Vinod Katariya from near his house and recovered the goods from his possession.

Kumaon Briefs
Haldwani doctor goes missing:
A senior resident doctor at the Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital in Haldwani has gone missing. According to information, he had left for Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh on March 31 and was supposed to return the next day. When he failed to turn up even two days after his scheduled return, his wife reported the matter to the police. It is learnt that the missing doctor had a word with his wife on her mobile phone on the evening of April 1 and had told her that he was at the Kannauj bus terminus waiting for a bus. But since then his mobile phone has remained switched off. The police is trying to locate the missing doctor.

Kumaon bus services to be upgraded: The bus services in Kumaon are expected to be upgraded as the tourist season picks up this summer. According to information, the authorities are planning to reintroduce hi-tech and air-conditioned buses on routes where the services had earlier been stopped on account of there being fewer passengers. The transport authorities in the Kumaon region are expected to get 80 hi-tech, air-conditioned and Volvo buses, along with 90 normal buses, very soon. The authorities are also working towards establishing a multi-purpose bus terminus at Almora and initiating online booking for bus services.

BJP to undertake Chalo Gaon Ki Ore campaign: The Mahila Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to undertake the Chalo Gaon Ki Ore campaign of the party. Under the programme, women activists of the party will tour rural areas in groups and reach out to the electorate on several issues. They will also propagate the developmental works done by the state government during its four-year tenure till now. Senior women leaders of the party, including Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani, are expected to flag off the campaign early next month.

Congress carries out show-of-strength series: Carrying out its show-of-strength series, the Congress held a massive public programme at Kaladhungi on Sunday. Although the programnme was supposed to be a workers’ meeting, it gradually turned out to be a public rally with the party leadership once again showing its strength. President of the state unit of the party Yashpal Arya was the key speaker at the event. He lashed out at the Nishank-led BJP Government in the state accusing it of promoting corruption, while failing to deliver on all fronts. He also held the BJP Government responsible for the growing unemployment, migration and lack of basic amenities for the masses in the state.

Wild boars damage crops in Almora villages: At least one dozen villages located in the Bhausiyachan, Dhauladevi and Takula areas in Almora district are facing the wrath of the wild boar. The animals have devastated the crops cultivated by residents of the villages. The crops damaged include cash crops like potato, onion and vegetables. The people at the receiving end have approached the authorities in the Forest Department to take steps to put an end to the damage being caused by the wild boars and compensate them for the losses incurred by them. They have demanded that a long-term strategy be made to tackle the issue.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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