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Stir planned for April 15
: The first anniversary of the Powercom will be observed as Black Day on April 15. The Technical Services Union (TSU) has resolved to hold protest rallies and demonstrations on April 15 at all the sub-divisional offices of the Powercom and asked the employees to wear black badges on the day. The sub-divisional presidents Balwant Singh and Shiv Charan said the union had responded positively to the appeal made by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for postponing rallies and demonstrations but he has not initiated any step to solve the long-pending problems of the Powercom staff. The state action committee has fixed a meeting for April 20 to decided the next course of action, they informed.

Poems released: Sharnagati, fourth compilation of the poems penned by Abohar-born Sumedha Kataria, presently working as Additional Deputy Commissioner at Kurukshetra, was released by Swami Avdheshanand, chief of Juna Peeth, during a spiritual congregation attended by about 5000 men and women at Nehru Stadium here. Sumedha’s 82-year-old mother and renowned social activist Shanta Kataria was also present on the dais. Swamiji said even as Shanta Kataria was blessed with seven daughters, all of them had emerged as role models in their respective field giving befitting answer to the gender biased society. 

Teaching days notified: The list of 245 teaching days has been notified for all primary and upper primary schools in the state by the Education Department to make Parho Punjab scheme more effective. District coordinator Shankar Chaudhary said here on Saturday that there will be 22 working days in April, 24 in May, 23 each in July and August, 22 in September, 21 in October, 22 in November, 20 in December, 23 in January, 22 in February and 23 in March. The students will enjoy summer vacation in June.

Eye camp inaugurated: The 25th Surinder Jakhar Memorial Eye Camp was held by the IFFCO on Sunday at village Bareka. About 800 patients were treated by a team of eye specials led by Dr SL Chalana while some have been selected for cataract surgeries using advanced technology. Former Parliamentary Secretary Sunil Jakhar was joined by Fazilka former MLA Dr Mohinder Rinwa, District Youth Congress president Sandeep Jakhar and Panchayat Samiti former chairman Ravi Kant Rinwa in lighting the traditional lamp to inaugurate the camp. 

Health camp
: Hundreds of patients were provided free medical check-up besides free medicines at a camp organized by the Nagpal Super Specialty Hospital, the Nova Heart Care and Punjab Public College of Nursing, jointly, at village Gulabgarh on Sunday. The organizer Dr TS Nagpal assured of holding it in future also. 

Rs 40,000 snatched
: Three unidentified motorcycle-borne youths on pistol point snatched Rs 40,000 cash, a gold bangle and a mobile phone from Sagar Singh of Onkar Nagar in Phagwara at Nagdipur village on Friday. The police has registered a case under Section 392 of the IPC. 

3 booked for abetment of suicide
: The police booked three persons in a case of abetment of suicide on Saturday. On April 3, victim Jatinder Kaur, a resident of Singhpur village, had set herself ablaze. In her statement to the magistrate, the women alleged that her husband and brother-in-law had purchased some property but they refused to give share of the same to her. She also blamed family members for torturing her, the police sources said. The victim, who had sustained 90 per cent burns, died in a hospital today. A case under Section 306 of the IPC was registered against her husband Tajinder, brother-in-law Paramjit and mother-in-law Narinder Kaur. 

Two bodies found
: One decomposed body of a middle aged man was found from a well near a marriage palace on the Phagwara-Banga Road today. According to an identity card found, the person was identified as Sewa Singh (45), a resident of Shiv Puri mohalla who was missing in mysterious circumstances for the last few months.

body of a youth recovered : The GRP recovered the body of a youth lying on the railway track near the Bajri Company locality here on Saturday. Nearby residents of the locality saw the body and informed the police. The police recovered the body from the track with multiple injuries on the chest and stomach. The victim was identified as Avadh Kumar (24), a migrant labourer from Fizabad (UP). 



Foundation day celebrated
:Students and staff of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, celebrated its 32nd foundation day today. It was on this day that Ram Partap Singh laid the foundation stone. A stage show ‘Pagal Gymkhana’ was organised for classes I to XII. There were a number of fun-filled races organised for all. The students enjoyed frog race, monkey race, obstacle race, three legged race and chatti race. Special snacks were served.



Project progress
: The state on Saturday took another step forward to integrate state services with eBiz, a mission mode project of the Union Ministry of Industries and Commerce, by holding a joint meeting with the Union Ministry to discuss the progress of the project and its efficient implementation in the state. The meeting was held under the chairpersonship of Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati and Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy, Taleen Kumar, who represented the central government. Gulati appreciated the system, which she felt would be immensely useful for providing online service to the industries and the entrepreneurs. 

Two booked
: The Kasaula police has booked supervisor Narender Saini and Vijay Kumar, manager of mat-manufacturing company “Uni Products Limited”, Jarthal, for allegedly employing a mechanic, Pramod Yadav, on an unsafe machine that led to amputation of his finger and thumb of the right hand on April 8. Following a complaint lodged by the victim, the police has registered a case under Sections 287 and 337 of the IPC against the duo. A senior police official said the matter was under investigation. 

Nominated: Amit Swami, national president of the Young Men’s Association of India, has been nominated member of the Telephone Advisory Committee (TAC) of Rewari Telecom District by the Department of Telecommunications in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. 

Booked for cheating
: A student was found cheating in the Kurukshetra University’s BA (II) examinations by hiding a mobile phone and earphones under his turban. The invigilating staff caught the student while he was writing his English exam in Government National Postgraduate College here on Saturday. Suman Gulab, Principal of the college and chief superintendent of the examination centre, said a case of using unfair means had been registered against Manjit Singh.

Dharna staged
: Members of the TDI Green Plot Holders Association on Sunday staged a dharma in front of the main gate of the colony demanding immediate possession of their plots. They also staged a protest for not commencing the development works in the housing colony. They were joined by BJP legislator Kavita Jain and state media in charge of the party Rajiv Jain. Jain said she would write to the district administration as well as to the Chief Minister. If no action was taken after that, she would raise the issue in the Monsoon session of the state assembly, she added. Rajiv Jain said the plot holders of the company’s housing colony in Sector 16 here had already paid 75 per cent amount of the plot value to the builders’ company but the company had not given possession of any plot.

Health camp: As many as 500 patients were examined and treated by teams of specialist doctors at a free-of-cost medical and eye operation camp organised under the aegis of the “Varishath Nagrik Parishad” here in Sri Digambar Jain Mandir by social worker Madan Sein Jain and his family members on the first death anniversary of his wife Trishila Jain. The patients were not only given medicines and spectacles free of cost, but facilities like ECG and blood, urine, sugar and cholesterol tests were also provided free of cost in the camp. Rai MLA Jai Tirth inaugurated the camp, which was presided over by the Deputy Civil Surgeon, Dr BR Jawa. 





Husband held
for dowry: The police has arrested Sanjay Kapoor from Mumbai for allegedly harassing his wife Sarita Devi of Nurpur. After arresting him, he was produced before the judicial magistrate on Saturday who sent him to police remand till Monday. According to police, the complainant was taken to Mumbai where his husband along with his family members had settled. She alleged that her husband and in-laws laws had started harassing her for dowry. The police had registered an FIR against husband, mother-in-law Kanta, brothers-in-law Vijay and Vipon and sister-in-law Sonika for allegedly harassing and thrashing her. 

Booked: The police has registered a case on Saturday under Sections 354,451 and 504 of the IPC against Ravinder of Maachhi Bhavan in Jachh gram panchayat for allegedly entering into the house of a woman of the village and outraged her modesty. The clothes of the woman were also torn in the scuffle. She raised an alarm and rescued by her son who came in the house on hearing her cries.

Counselling camps
: Chandigarh-based Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) has decided to launch an awareness campaign under which three-day career-counselling camps for students will be organised at various places in the state.The chairman of the group said the camps would be organised in Shimla at Hotel Flora, in Kangra at Hotel Grover, in Palampur at Hotel Chandan Palace, in Hamirpur at Hotel Hamir, in Mandi at Hotel Partap Palace and in Kullu at Hotel Kullu Valley. The students could call on the helpline to register themselves for the camp. 

Devta Mela
: The five-day historical Devta Mela began here on Friday with the puja of Mahunag, the main deity of old Suket estate (now Sundernagar). More than 150 devtas (hill gods) have been brought here from various parts of Mandi. Dile Ram, MLA, Nachan, who was the chief guest. 



‘Open Gojri research centres
: The Gujjar community of the state on Sunday appealed to Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to establish Gojri research centres at the University of Jammu and the University of Kashmir for the development of the language. “The centres should be established at the earliest so that the students can study Gojri. The university authorities are delaying it by saying the Gojri centre will be established at the Poonch campus, 250 km away from Jammu, which is illogical,” said Javaid Rahi, secretary of the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation. 

Five held with illicit liquor: The police destroyed 1,600 litres of illicit liquor in Nougran area on Saturday and arrested five persons in this connection. Those arrested included Rakesh Kumar, Surinder Kumar, Manohar Lal, Rakesh, all residents of Nougram and Biru Ram, of Chak Mjara. As the election process for the panchayat polls has intensified, the production of liquor has also increased in the area, the police said. 

Director Agri interacts with apiarists: The Director Agriculture Jammu, Ajay Khajuria, on Saturday inspected a number of apiaries in the Uttarbahani and Purmandal blocks of Samba district. During his visit, he interacted with a number of beekeepers at Mandal and Kabila villages of Purmandal block and assured to solve their problems at the earliest.

NSF holds protest: The activists of the National Secular Forum (NSF) held a protest demonstration at the University of Jammu (JU) on Sunday and burnt the effigy of the university authorities for not being economical as far as expenditure was concerned. NSF activists, led by state president Vikas Sharma, raised slogans against the Vice-Chancellor for not taking note of their demands and remaining silent over the entire matter. 

Man held with pistol: The police on Saturday arrested a notorious criminal along with a country made pistol and a live cartridge from Kathua district. The accused, Balbir Singh alias Pamma, a resident of Tara Nagar in Kathua, was impersonating as a police official in the area. Acting on a tip-off, the police laid a naka and arrested the accused. 



CMS inspects Doon Rly Station, hospital: Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS), Moradabad, AK Singh, along with his team, visited the Railway Hospital and the Dehradun Railway Station here on Sunday. Singh also had a meeting with members of the Northern Railway Men’s Union. According to Ugra Sen, president of the union, “We had a talk with Singh regarding our demands of giving us the provision of getting blood tests and X-rays in the Railway Hospital as the local reference”. Accompanying the CMS were Leena Rai, Sub Divisional Medical Officer and Mohammed Taheer, Chief Hospital Incharge. 

Woman files complaint of rape: A woman had lodged a complaint of rape against a lineman and a Junior Engineer of the Electricity Department at the Kalsi police station. However, the cops said in the medical examination the rape was not confirmed. According to SSP Ganesh Singh Martolia, the police had received a complaint of rape against the duo a few days ago. But the medical examination didn’t confirm it. The woman on Sunday again appealed to the police to arrest the accused. The police has refused to do so.

Woman arrested for stealing purse: A woman was arrested on Saturday for allegedly stealing a purse containing Rs 1,000. She had taken away the purse from another woman Rajkumari, a resident of Banjarawala, while travelling in a Vikram (an auto). Rajkumari on reaching home realised that her pruse had been stolen. She then lodged a compliant with the police. 

Kumaon Briefs

60-year-old man’s body found near temple:The body of a 60-year-old man was found near a temple in the Deghat area of Almora district. According to information, certain unknown persons had crushed the head of Heera Ballabh of Nahalgair village and thrown his body in the premises of the Deghat Devi temple. The deceased had come to Deghat for some personal work. His body was found by visitors to the temple on Saturday. Besides his head being badly crushed, there were multiple injury marks on the rest of his body. The matter is being investigated by the Revenue Police.

Another chain-snatching incident in Haldwani:Yet another instance of chain snatching has come to light from Haldwani. Two motorcycle-borne youths are learnt to have snatched a chain from a woman in the Unchapul Area. By the time Asha Satti could gather her wits, the snatchers had fled from the spot. Over the past couple of months, the town has witnessed more than six cases of chain and cash snatching. The police recently established a special cell to prevent the crime of this nature and had arrested two snatchers. The instances, however, are continuing unabated.

Lawyers demand civil court in Sitarganj:Lawyers in Sitarganj held a demonstration on Saturday demanding the establishment of a civil court in the area. The agitators complained that despite there being a demand for several years for setting up a civil court in the area, the government has not taken any steps in the direction. They said the clients contesting civil matters were a harried lot as they had to bear an additional expense of travelling along with their lawyers to contest the civil matters.

Youth’s murder case solved, one arrested:The Udham Singh Nagar police claims to have solved the case of 22-year-old Aarish’s murder that had taken place five days back in Kashipur. The police has arrested Sagheer in the matter and recovered the weapon of offence from him. The cause of the murder is said to be personal enmity. The accused had called Aarish for a walk and taking him to an isolated spot, had allegedly shot him dead. The deceased had been running a tailoring unit. He had left his house on Tuesday to attend a cousin’s wedding at Babarkheda village and had gone missing since then. His brother was told by some locals that Aarish’s body was found near the Railway godown behind a market. Several injury marks were found on the jaw and head of the deceased. He had been shot from a very close range.

Municipalities for Bageshwar district sought:Residents of Garud, Kanda and Kapkot in Bageshwar district have demanded municipalities for these towns to take care of civic amenities. The people say that the proposals for setting up municipalities in these towns were sent seven years back, but nothing had been done so far. They say the biggest problem being faced by them is regarding sanitation. They have also aired the problems arising because of there being no public toilets. They have threatened to launch an agitation if the government fails to address their concerns soon.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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