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Eco-protection through music:
In a bid to convey the message for preservation of the degrading environment, the Kheti Virast Mission (KVM) has released a CD consisting nine songs in Punjabi. Executive Director KVM Umenedra Dutt on Saturday said the idea to prepare the CD was conceived as it was easy to convey messages to rural folk through music. The KVM has been making efforts in the direction of protecting the environment and was also resisting introduction of the genetically modified crops.

Daroli-Kalan (Adampur)
3-year-old girl charred to death:
A three-year-old girl was charred to death when a hut where she was asleep with her mother and siblings caught fire in Daroli Kalan village near here in the wee hours on Saturday. The fire broke out in the hut of Mohammad Ali and caught his wife Zeelo and three children -- Noori (8), Mumtaz (3) and Ashraf (1) unaware. Zeelo could only drag her son Ashraf and elder daughter Noori to safety.

Trio fasts against corruption, held:
Jit Ram (80), owner of a wholesale cloth shop at Tanda town, and his sons Mohan Sabbarwal and Sohan Sabbarwal began an indefinite fast in front of the mini-secretariat here on Saturday against corruption in society. They said that would continue their fast till action against corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and government employees was not initiated by the government. When a police party tried to remove them from the government property, they allegedly scuffled with them. Later, they were arrested under Sections 353, 186, 506 and 34 of the IPC.

Youth beaten to death:
Davinder Kumar, alias Vicky (24), of Katwara village was allegedly beaten to death by two youths, Sukha and Sethi, of the same village here on Saturday. The victim’s body was found on the Katwara-Begumpur road. It was learnt that Sukha and Sethi visited the victim’s house in the morning and took him on the tractor saying that they had to work in the fields. At about 11 am, the victim’s father received a telephone call informing him that his son was lying injured on the Katwara-Begumpur road. When he reached the spot, he found him dead. The police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and has started the investigation, said Rakesh Kumar, CIA in charge. Old enmity could be the reason behind the murder, the preliminary investigation has indicated.

3 hurt in attacks:
Human rights activist Satinder Kaur WAS seriously wounded after being attacked by her relative, identified as Pannu, at Khajurala village today. A family dispute was said to be the cause of the attack. In another incident, Manvinder Singh of Satnampura was injured by some armed assailants in the locality. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital here. Personal enmity was said to be the cause of attack. Another villager Gurdial Singh was reportedly mercilessly beaten up at a market today. Minor quarrel was said to be the cause of attack, the police said.



A one-day seminar on “Validation” was organised by Small and Medium Pharmaceutical Industry Centre (SMPIC) at NIPER here today. Validation is an important part of GMP compliance in pharma industry. Prof KK Bhutani, director, NIPER, explained the role of SMPIC quoting that SMPIC provided a single window to boost the morale of the pharma industry. Lalit Jain, chairman, SMPIC, highlighted the activities and achievements of SMPIC since its establishment. Around 100 registered participants from industry and academia attended the seminar. SME pharma companies can become members of SMPIC, NIPER, SAS Nagar, by paying a lifetime membership fee of Rs 1,000.



Drive against foeticide:
The Public Relations Department will start a 15-day-long drive against female foeticide in rural parts of the district from Sunday. Stating this here on Saturday, a spokesperson for the department said the drive would primarily focus on villages, where drama and song teams of the department would showcase their programmes. There are about 306 villages in the district.

Dera follower commits suicide:
A Dera Sacha Sauda follower committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in an orchard of the dera on Friday night. The victim, Gurdev Singh (65), a resident of Rorewala village in Sangrur, used to work on the tube well of the dera. He was found hanging from a guava tree in the orchard. The followers, who noticed the victim hanging, brought the matter to the notice of dera managers, who, in turn, informed the police. Jatinder Kumar, SHO of the Sadar police station, said no suicide note had been found. He said other followers of the dera had maintained that he was mentally upset for some time.



Youth nabs thief with stolen vehicle:
Rajiv, a youth employed in a school, accompanied by some villagers, caught one of the two thieves who were riding away on a stolen scooter. Rajiv recognised the Activa as his elder brother Sanjiv’s. The two thieves from Punjab stole the vehicle when it was parked at a cremation ghat near Naina Devi town, 80 km from here, on Friday. Rajiv, who happened to cross the road near Kharkadi village, recognised the vehicle. Rajiv with some villagers gave a chase to the thieves and overpowered one of them named Sumir Garg (24) of Barnala, Punjab. The other accused, however, escaped, but the police is on a lookout for him. A case has been registered under Section 379, IPC.

One held with 500 gm of charas: The Special Crime Investigation team of the police has arrested one person and recovered 500 gm of charas from his possession at Barmana, near here, on Friday evening. Reports said accused Dharmender Singh, son of Brijender Singh, Ludar-Bharaun village, Mandi district, had been living at Barmana for some time and was suspected to be in this trade. The police was keeping vigil on his activities. A case under Sections 20-61-85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Man gets 10-yr RI for charas smuggling:
Special Judge (Fast Track Court), Chamba, Yashwant Singh on Friday sentenced Chainka, a resident of Simni village, Salooni tehsil, Chamba district, to undergo rigorous imprisonment (RI) for 10 years and pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh for possessing 16.2 kg charas. In default of the payment of fine, the convict shall further undergo one year RI. On January 14 last year SHO, Tissa police station, Inspector Brij Mohan Sharma and other police officials on a patrol had nabbed two persons Chainka and Sanju at Maseu Nullah. Chainka was carrying “boru” which contained charas weighing 16.2 kg. Accused Sanju has been acquitted for want of sufficient evidence against him.

Youth killed in road accident
: Vijay Kumar (25) of Samout Shunita village, who was travelling on his motor cycle collided with an HRTC bus (HP 38 3487) coming from the opposite side on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway near the Kangra airport late Friday night. Vijay was returning home from Hamirpur. A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC, was registered and bus driver Prem Singh arrested. In another accident, two youths Madan and Rakesh of this district were injured when their motorcycle rolled into a 50-foot-deep gorge when they failed to negotiate a curve late Friday night. They were rushed to a nearby hospital for their treatment.



2 soldiers hurt in encounter:
Two soldiers of the 42 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army were injured when militants opened fire at a cordon party in Pulwama district on Saturday. However, the Army called off the operation after the hiding militants escaped.

1 killed in clash: One person was killed and four others, including two cops, were injured as supporters and rivals of slain Jamiat-e-Ahl-e-Hadees chief Showkat Ahmad Shah clashed n the Nowgam area of Srinagar city on Friday night.



‘Principal should resign’:
In the backdrop of the ruckus created by the students of the local DAV (PG) College from Thursday at the fee counter where the students threw computers and overturned chairs, the teaching and the non-teaching staff of DAV (PG) College, Dehradun, has unanimously demanded resignation of the college Principal. At a meeting held on Saturday, the staff of the college has written a letter to the management of the college that BL Nautiyal, Principal, DAV college, should resign within a week as he is no more capable of handling college affairs.

Seminar: The Dehradun Branch of Central India Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organised a seminar for its members as well as for students covering service tax rules, basic excise, new direct tax code and others here today. Eminent faculties Sunil Gabhawalla, C.A. from the Mumbai chapter, and Vimal Kishore, C.A. from the Dehradun chapter of the institution were the main speakers at the seminar. They counselled its members on service tax and value added tax related matters. They even explained the provisions of the new tax code and compared the previous clauses with the newly introduced direct tax code.

Dharna continues: The Uttarakhand Andolankari Sanyukt Manch, a body of statehood agitators, who continued with their protest dharna for the 11th consecutive day here on Saturday, resolved to expose the various anomalies and irregularities in the identification of the statehood agitators in the state.

Man duped of Rs 10 lakh:
A case of an engineer working with the Merchant Navy being duped to the tune of more than Rs 10 lakh has come to light from Ramnagar. According to the information available, the said amount was withdrawn from a private bank account of Vimal Kumar Khulbe without his knowledge. The matter came to light only when Khulbe learnt that a new ATM card had been issued to him but had not reached him. When he approached the bank on the issue, he came to know that he had been defrauded to the tune of Rs 10.37 lakh. The police is investigating the whole matter.

41 hutments gutted: As many as 41 hutments located at the Gaula Gate in the Beripadav area were gutted in a fire on Friday. The fire was brought under control with the help of three fire tenders that were pressed into service. It was around noon that the labourers working in the area saw a small fire coming out from the hutments. Aided by strong winds the fire spread, and within a short while engulfed the hutments. The losses are estimated at Rs 5 lakh.

Four cases of suicide: Four alleged suicides have been reported from different parts of the region in the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a woman, Nandi Devi, of Bindukhatta allegedly torched herself after a brief altercation with her husband. The two had been married for less than a year.The police has taken the husband into custody and is investigating the matter. In the second incident, a 22-year-old woman, Renu, was found hanging from a fan in the Sanjay Nagar area of Bindukhatta. In the third incident, a 21-year-old man, Ganga Ram, of Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar, allegedly ended his life by consuming poison. The reason for his extreme step could not be known immediately. In yet another incident, 19-year-old Shehzad of Swar area in Rampur died at Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital after allegedly consuming a poisonous substance.

Man killed in mishap: A pedestrian was crushed to death on Rampur Road in Haldwani by a luxury car. The deceased has been identified as 24-year-old Wasim of Kidwai Nagar. It is learnt that the driver of the driver lost his control over the vehicle and it went on to hit several parked vehicles after crushing Wasim. The driver fled the scene of the accident.The police is trying to locate the driver of the vehicle.

Villages face acute shortage of water: Several villages on the Devnai-Chaukhutiya stretch are reeling under acute shortage of water owing to the water supply line being damaged during the construction of a road. The worst affected is the Pokhri village where residents are compelled to spend a major portion of the day in collecting water for their houses. With marriages scheduled to be held over the next few days, the people have demanded an early restoration of water supplies to the villages failing which they have threatened to resort to an agitation.


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