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Ambedkar Jayanti
: A local NGO, Bathinda Vikas Manch, and several other organisations celebrated the 120th birthday of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar at the Ambedkar Park, outside the Mini-secretariat here on Thursday. 

Tech fest ends
: “Techshetraa”, a technical festival, concluded on Thursday at Swami Parmanand College, Lalru. Around 1,000 students from various colleges participated in events like tech war, web architect, HR interview, de-bugging, paper presentation and picture compilation. Students also gave a dance performance. YK Mittal, treasurer of the college, Atul Mittal, secretary, and Renu Arora gave away prizes to winners. Dr TD Sharma, principal of Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology , said such events would be organised in future as well.



Hit by bus, cyclist killed
: A cyclist died after being hit by a school bus near the Birdhana crossing here on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Hari Singh of Dujana village here. Hari Singh, who was going to his workplace on the Jhajjar-Rohtak road here, was hit by a scool bus near the Birdhana crossing. Hari Singh later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. 

Woman commits suicide
: A married woman was found hanging from the ceiling of her room in Manchuri village in the Nilokheri area of Karnal on Tuesday night. Suman (25) allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room. The woman was reportedly mentally upset, family sources said. The body has been handed over to the relatives after a postmortem. The police has registered a case. 

Public meetings
: All ponds of villages will be filled with water so that animals face no scarcity in summer season. This was stated by Excise and Taxation Minister Kiran Choudhry while addressing public meetings at Dharan, Kharkadi Sohan, Dulheri, Nigana Kalan and Khurd villages of the Tosham Assembly here on Tuesday. The minister announced to upgrade the middle school, lay new pipeline, repair of the Backward Class chaupal and replace the old wires at Dharan village. 



SKICC to be upgraded 
: The government has decided to upgrade infrastructure at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre here to international standards. The decision to this effect was taken at the 17th meeting of the Board of Governors of the SKICC held under the chairmanship of Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora.

60 shops gutted : Nearly 60 shops and property worth crores were gutted in a devastating fire at a market in Baramulla district on Thursday. The fire broke out in a shop dealing with LPG cylinders in Auqaf Market.



Three women killed in mishap
: Three women died and several others injured when the jeep they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Basa Ghat in Mussoorie late this evening. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital in Mussoorrie while the seriously injured have been referred to Dehradun.
According to the police, the incident took place when the victims were coming after attending a function.

Info on cutting of trees ‘wrong’: Sanjay Bhatt, spokesperson of the Uttarakhand Jan Sena, has alleged that the PWD has provided him with the wrong information under the RTI Act regarding the cutting of trees. He claimed that he had asked for information related to the trees that were to be cut down from Lans Down Chowk for the widening of the road and the department had provided him with a false report. Bhatt said the department told him that they would be cutting 15 trees in all, including four bamboo trees. But the fact was that there were 46 trees on that chowk, including five bamboo trees. 

Robbery bid in Basant Vihar: A thief broke into a house in Basant Vihar here on Thursday. However, he fled away when a man from the neighbourhood noticed him. It is yet not clear whether something was stolen or not as the family living in the house is out of station. 

Man booked: Rasik, a resident of Lakhibagh, has been booked for allegedly making obscene gestures with two sisters at Bhandari Chowk. A case under Section 294 of the IPC has been registered against him at the Kowali police station. 

Training camp:The second semester MBA students of Graphic Era Business School are attaining skills of developing leadership qualities and team-building ability at their ongoing three-day outbound training camp. The camp is based on “leadership and team building”, where nearly 200 MBA students are participating. “Our programme emphasises on providing students with an opportunity to learn by doing. Students are put through challenging situations providing them tremendous learning experience,” said Prof RP Nautiyal. 

Kumaon Briefs

Cruelty to animals
: Eight persons have been sued under various sections of the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals Act by the tehsil administration, Bhikiasain, for sacrificing animals in Bhagwati temple of Deghat on the eighth day of the Chaitra Navratras. “They will be attested after recording the statements of the witnesses,” said Bahadur Ram, the Kanoongo of the area. 

Snow in higher reaches
: Hailstones in lower valleys and snowfall in higher reaches of the Kumaon region has damaged the standing rabi crop and mango flowers besides bringing cold conditions in the hill state. “The 4 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours was accompanied by hailstones in Nainital, Bhimtal, Almora, Jauljivi and Munsiyari areas of the region,” said a source in the Meteorological Department, Haldwani.

Over 1 lakh persons visitBal Sundari temple: More than one lakh devotees thronged Bal Sundari temple here on the 10th day of Navratras during the Bal Sundari Mela, also known as Chaiti Mela, in the Tearai region of Kashipur. The police has made adequate arrangements for the fair. 

Solid waste management scheme
: The Nagar Palika Parishad of this town will invest a sum of Rs 8 crore on the processing and management of disposable waste, as it has been allotted an amount of Rs 9.3 crore under the solid waste management scheme run by the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission. A tender to manage the solid waste of the Nainital area for the next 14 years has been bagged by Delhi- based A to Z Infrastructure Limited. 

Body found: The body of a Chief Assistant in the Irrigation Department, Gopal Dutt Tiwari of Haldwani, was recovered from Nainital Lake on Thursday. It is the second body to be recovered from the lake in the past two days. 

Women gherao ex-CM
: In protest against the shifting of a liquor shop from Bastia to Sukhidhank village, women gheraoed former CM and Rajya Sabha member Bhagat Singh Kosiyari. A woman, who was on an indefinite fast, had also refused to end it saying she will end the agitation only after the shop was shifted from the area, said Hema Kanwal, leader of the agitating women. 


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