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
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
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
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)