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Book released
:A collection of Punjabi ghazals “Mehkan Ghazal Diyaan”, penned by Labh Singh Begowal, was released by the Punjabi Likhari Sabha, Rampur, on Monday. A kavi darbar was also held on the occasion. Eminent writers, including Jatinder Haans, Joginder Oberoi, Jasvir Jhajj, Harnek Rampuri and Kirpal Ghudani, participated in the darbar. 

Mandi Gobindgarh
Placement drive
:More than 50 MBA students participated in the recruitment drive carried out by a team from North Star Safety Systemz at RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh.The students exhibited commendable performance in the interviews, resulting in placement of four students in the company.RIMT Group chairman Dr Hukum Chand Bansal complimented the students. 



No sale of liquor on Dr Ambedkar Jayanti: Dehradun District Magistrate (DM) Sachin Kurve has asked all the bars, canteens and other shops that sell liquor to remain closed on April 14, the Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Jayanti. He has mentioned that whosoever is found breaking the rules will be fined and action taken against him. The DM has also told the SDMs to have an eye in their areas.

Servant arrested for stealing: The police on Wednesday arrested a servant who had stolen Rs 2.5 lakh from a house at Nehru Colony where he was employed. According to the police, Virender has been nabbed while his accomplice Pradeep is absconding. The police has recovered Rs 75,000 from him. The theft had taken place last week.

75-year-old woman hit by bus: The Nehru Colony police and the public had a dispute after a woman was injured when a city bus hit her at Mohkampur. As per information, Dasni Devi (75) of Uttarkashi was hit by the bus when she was crossing the road on foot. As she fell on the road, the driver of the bus fled the spot. Passersby rushed to the spot and this led to traffic jam. 

Tenders invited: The Dehradun Municipal Corporation on Wednesday invited tenders for 75 hoardings at the Saharanpur Road, Haridwar Road and its bypass, Gandhi Road and GMS Road. The last date for the same will be April 30.

Kumaon Briefs

Officials told to be ready to deal with disaster:District Magistrate (DM), Bageshwar, CS Napalchayal has asked officials of those departments entrusted with the task of disaster management to upgrade their skills and be ready to deal with any kind of disaster. He has asked them to get ready with an action plan for dealing with disaster by the end of this month. Officials of the Transport Department and Public Works Department (PWD) have been told that theirs are the departments under tremendous pressure in the hour of disaster. They have been asked to prepare details about the gang, staff and required implements in the plan. Similarly, officials of the Education Department have been told to prepare a list of school buildings that are in a dilapidated state.

Junior teachers to go on mass leave on April 18, 19:Junior teachers in the state have threatened to launch an agitation against the indifferent attitude of the government towards their concerns. The teachers have announced that they will hold a protest rally in the state capital on April 18 and going on a mass leave on April 18 and 19. At a meeting of the Uttaranchal Pradeshiya Junior High School Shikshak Sangh held at Bageshwar, the teachers alleged that widowed teachers, the disabled and those above the age of 55 years had been posted at schools located in remote interiors. They have also demanded promotions for their cadres and accused the government of being insensitive towards their genuine demands that they have been airing time and again.

Experts advise farmers to wait before harvesting crop:The harvest of wheat crop has started in some parts of Terai areas of the Kumaon region. With the weather changing almost on a daily basis, the farmers are concerned about their crop and have got down to harvesting and storing the crop. Reports say that almost 1 lakh hectares of land is under wheat cultivation and a bumper crop has been forecast by experts during this harvest season. Experts have also advised the farmers to wait for a while before they harvest the crop and to let its moisture content come down, but drizzles over the past two days have led to fears amongst the farmers.

Residents oppose unloading of coal rakes on main platform:Residents of localities near the Kashipur railway station are agitated over the problems being faced by them on account of unloading of coal rakes on the main platform of the station. They have been demanding that the coal be unloaded on Line No. 9 which has been laid down for the purpose. Over the past two days they have gone on to forcibly stop the contractors from unloading coal rakes on the platform. Residents of Awas Vikas, Shubham Colony and Railway Colony have been alleging that they are facing health hazards on account of the coal particles being blown by the winds. The Railways authorities are learnt to have assured them that from now onwards the coal will be unloaded at the designated site only.

Porters threaten to disrupt Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:Members of the Uttarakhand Porters’ Union have threatened to disrupt the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra if the government fails to address their demand of an increase in their wages. The porters are demanding that their wages be raised by at least 20 per cent. They have stated that with the spiraling prices and the impact of last year’s rain-related disaster, it is difficult for them to make both ends meet. They are also agitated over the fact that despite promises, the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam and the government have not come out with anything concrete regarding giving them an insurance cover. They have stated that they take great risks in assuring the safety of pilgrims coming for the Kailash Mansarovar and Adi Kailash pilgrimages.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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