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Fashion Forecast
: Fusion of Indo-Western clothes was a hit among the residents during the two-day lifestyle exhibition named ‘Fashion Forecast’. The organiser of the exhibition, Tania, said Pilazo had clicked with the girls and women in metro cities. As many as 62 exhibitors from Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Ludhiana showcased their products ranging from fabrics, showpieces, imitation jewellery, utensils, Indian, western and Indo-western clothing, semi-precious and real jewellery, designer clothing, magic tricks and imported toys for kids, digital and Swaroski footwear, designer replica bags, belts and sunglasses. — TNS

Anti-plastic campaign:DAV International School has joined the anti-plastic brigade. Pamphlets highlighting the adverse effects of the use of polybags were distributed among the students and the teachers as well as the general public of the city. Students marched in the whole campus carrying the anti-plastic slogans. — TNS

PCC appoints  coordinators
: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on Friday released the list of district coordinators for the first phase of the Assembly rallies being organised by the party across the state in coming months. The party announced 25 district coordinators for rural and urban party districts who will be supervising the arrangements for organising the rallies in the first phase in each constituency. Each district coordinator will be responsible for the assembly segments in that particular district. — TNS

Transporters stage protest: Up in arms against the Punjab Government's move for installing speed governors, the members of the All Punjab Transporters Union assembled at Workshop Chowk to lodge protest here on Friday. The transporters kept their vehicles off road and suspended clearing operation at all grain markets. They also burnt an effigy of Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal. — TNS

Man kills wife over  property dispute
: The police has arrested a man for allegedly knifing his wife to death here on Friday. Sangrur SP(D) Pritpal Singh Thind said Mohd Ishaq, labourer by profession, allegedly stabbed his wife Razia at their house over some property dispute. A complaint was lodged by victim's father Jamaldeen. — OC

One killed, three hurt in accident
: One person was killed while three others sustained injuries when the car they were in collided with a truck near here late on Thursday night. While Mandeep Kumar died on the spot, Rakesh, Rajan and Davinder (all residents of Musapur village) were admitted to PGI, Chandigarh. — OC



: The following have been elected office-bearers of the District Himachal Medical Officers Association here: president - Dr Raj Kumar; vice-president - Dr RS Rana; general secretary - Dr Gaurav Sharma; press secretary - Dr Shailendra Minhas; treasurer - Dr Surinder Singh; district executive committee members - Dr Ruby Bhardwaj and Dr Gurmeet Katoch. — TNS

Man booked for insulting Dalit
: Following the complaint of Jaishi Ram, former pradhan Ganhi Lagor gram panchayat and a resident of Khusinagar, the police on Thursday registered a case under the Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribe Act, 1989, against Rajinder Singh. According to police information, the complainant, who is a Dalit, stated that being landless he was allotted government land (patta) in 1975-76. The accused wanted to grab his land free-of-cost and asked him to give one kanal out of his government allotted land. On refusal, the accused used low caste-based remarks to humiliate him. — OC

One held with poppy husk: Following a tip-off, the police on Thursday nabbed Janak Raj and recovered 4.58 kg of poppy husk from his possession during the checking of illegal mining at the Chakki rivulet. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. He was arrested and produced in the judicial court at Indora on Friday for obtaining police remand. According to the police, during preliminary investigations the accused confessed to that he indulged in drug and narcotic trafficking in the area for the past a few years. — OC



Tourist falls into gorge
: A tourist from Ahmdebad while clicking photographs fell in the deep gorge near the Upper Mall road and was injured seriously. He was rescued by the 108 emergency service and fire officials and admitted to the community hospital where doctors referred him to the Combined Medical Institute (CMI), Dehradun. According to the police, Chirayu Vyas was taking pictures with his wife and son when his camera slipped from his hands and in an attempt to catch his camera he lost his balance and fell in the gorge. — TNS

3 IIT students suspended: Three students of the IIT, Roorkee, were suspended for creating a ruckus under the influence of liquor in one of the hostels. They also allegedly misbehaved with the warden of the hostel. — TNS

Voluntary bodies to get aid: Governor Margaret Alva will be distributing cheques among 14 voluntary organisations engaged in the uplift of the poor in the state. This was stated by a spokesperson for the Uttarakhand Raj Bhawan. — TNS

Animal Welfare Board workshop: Uttarakhand Animal Husbandry Ministry Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Friday that while there were laws to prevent cruelty towards animals, their implementation was certainly a challenge. He was addressing a two-day workshop organised by the Uttarakhand Animal Welfare Board in Dehradun. — TNS

Kumaon Briefs

Quarrying in Kosi, Dabka basins to start soon: MP Lok Sabha member from Pauri Garhwal Satpal Maharaj has stated that quarrying activities will begin in the basins of the Kosi and Dabka rivers within a week. In a statement issue here, the MP has said although the Ministry of Environment and Forests had given the clearance for starting quarrying activities in the Gaula, Kosi and Dabka basins from April 8, the activity has only started in the  Gaula basin till now. He has stated thousands of labourers have been rendered jobless on account of the delay in starting quarrying in the other river basins. According to him, the officials of the Utarakhand Forest Department have told him that the paper work involved would take about a week after which quarrying would start in the other two river basins.

Protest to the accompaniment of drums: Residents of the Pankhu area of Berinag in Pithoragarh district resorted to a novel method of protest to show their resentment against the failure of the government to metal the Thal-Kotmanya- Dharamgarh road. The protesters, to the accompaniment of drums and other instruments, went in procession to the office of the Public Works Department (PWD) and then held a demonstration there. They also blocked traffic for an hour and raised slogans against the local legislator and BJP chief Bishen Singh Chufal.

Woman’s body found hanging from ceiling fan: A woman resident of VK Puram locality in Haldwani was found hanging at her house. According to the information, Vidhyadhar Tewari had gone for work on Thursday morning leaving his wife Bhawna with their three-month-old infant. When he returned home at about 4 pm, he saw his 28-year-old wife hanging from a ceiling fan. He locked the room and ran with his child to his in-laws at Bhawali. Police investigations are on in the matter.

3 killed in accidents in Ramnagar area" Three persons were killed in separate road accidents in the Ramnagar area of Nainital district. In the first instance, 42-year-old Hemchandra Sati of Paithpadav locality and 23-year-old Mohammed Naushad of Unthpadav Khatari were killed when the scooter on which they were going to Peerumdara was hit by a sports utility vehicle from the opposite side. They were declared dead on arrival at the hospital. In another incident Kheem Singh Latwal of Gabuva village was killed when he was returning from Peerumdara after attending a wedding. He was hit by an unknown vehicle.

Lal Kuan junction to be model railway station": The Divisional Railways Manager (DRM) of Izzatnagar division Umesh Singh has stated that the gauge-conversion work on the Lal Kuan-Bareilly section would be completed this year. During a visit to Lal Kuan, he said 60 per cent of the work had already been completed. The Railways proposes to develop the Lal Kuan junction as a model railway station. The DRM carried out an inspection at the station.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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