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: The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has conferred State Level Energy Conservation Award for 2010 on Chandigarh-based architectural organisation Saakaar Foundation. The award was conferred during a ceremony at the Solar Passive Complex of PEDA in Chandigarh by its chairman, Manjeet Singh. The foundation is on the panel of Bureau of Energy Efficiency and has designed internationally-acknowledged energy-efficient projects. “We aim at improving living conditions of Indian society in rural, semi-urban and urban areas through the medium of architecture,” said Surinder Bahga, principal architect of the foundation.


Girl murdered: A girl, believed to be around 15 years old, has been found murdered near Rajhwaha in Rambha village, 12 km from here, under mysterious circumstances. The bare body of the victim, with blood stains on her private parts, was found lying near the village and the police suspects she may have been raped before being murdered. The victim, a student of class XII, was reportedly abducted on Wednesday from the Sector 3 market in Kurukshetra by some persons who came in a Scorpio.

World Bank team visits DAV school:
A World Bank team on Thursday visited DAV Public School, Thermal Colony, here and appreciated its contribution to the academic and social fields. The team was headed by Bjorn Hamso and comprised C. Subramaniam and others. The World Bank team lauded the school for its social upliftment activities, including the holding of mass marriages and distribution of clothes. Earlier, Dr D. Vidyarthi, director, DAV Public Schools, presented them with English versions of four Vedas.

Two killed in road mishap
: Manisha (24) and her four-year-old daughter, Kanak, were killed while her husband, Anand, sustained grievous injuries when their car icollided with a bus on the Rewari- Mahendergarh road, near here, on Wednesday. The mishap took place when they were going from Rajiv Nagar here to supervise the on-going preparations for formal entry into their newly built house at nearby Hazariwas village. Anand is under treatment in a private hospital at Gurgaon. The police has registered a case against the bus driver, who absconded after the accident.

Dalit’s murder: 4 arrested:
The police on Thursday claimed to have arrested four persons--Naseeb, Nachhatar, Saravjit Singh and Prem Pal--in connection with the murder of a Dalit at Bani village in this district on April 30. Satinder Kumar Gupta said the four accused were arrested travelling in a Tata Safari vehicle used in the perpetration of the crime on April 30. The police had constituted 15 teams for nabbing the accused.


Shopkeepers asked to take licence: The District Medical and Health authorities here have warned shopkeepers, who keep and sell edible items in their shops and premises, to take licence for the same till May 31, failing which strict action will be taken against defaulters. Health observers BS Patial and Arun Gauttam said here on Thursday the licences would be provided at the Community Health Centre, Barthin, on May 6 and at Primary School, Kalol, on May 11.

Truck driver gets one-year jail: Anil Sharma, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, here has found driver Gyan Chand, of Dadi Dabla village, Ghumarwin tehsil, Bilaspur district, guilty of rash and negligent driving and sentenced him to simple imprisonment for one year and fines totaling to Rs 1,500 under various offences.

Case filed against PSEB: A 27-year-old woman, who received serious burn injuries when she came in touch with a 132-KW extra high-tension wire through a cable wire at Raijiana, 6 km from here, on Wednesday, was struggling for life at the Tanda Medical College. Shrawan Kumar, Fire Officer, Kangra, said the wire coming from Joginder Nagar towards Kangra being looked after by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was low lying. When Nisha Devi touched the cable wire, which was in touch with the high-tension wire, it left her with 45 pc burn injuries. Sanjeev Gandhi, Kangra District Additional Police Chief, said a case was registered against the PSEB for alleged negligence.

Narinder is Chairman, marketing panel: Narinder Sharma was elected unanimously as Chairman of the Kangra District Agriculture Production and Marketing Committee here on Wednesday. DC, Kangra, RS Gupta said the elections for the post of Chairman of the committee were conducted under the supervision of local Tehsildar BK Choudary.

Scouts, Guides camp ends: A three-day proficiency badge training camp of Bharat Scouts and Guides concluded at the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Yol Cantonment on Thursday. HP Singh, Principal of the school, said nearly 325 scouts and guides of 45 schools of KV schools of the Chandigarh region, along with their escorts, participated in this camp.

Shobha yatra held: The District Brahmin Sabha organised a shobha yatra on the eve of Parshuram Jayanti here on Thursday. Hundreds of devotees, including a large number of women, participated.

Postal Dept begins festive campaign: The Department of Post will give a gold coin of 0.5 gm free to anyone who purchases a 10-gm gold coin as part of the special festive campaign on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. The campaign was launched by the department on April 4 and will continue till June 30.


Major dies in accidental blast
: An Army officer was killed in an accidental grenade blast in Rajouri district, the police said on Thursday. Major PK Jindal of the 26 Rajput Regiment was killed when a grenade accidentally exploded in the Ghari firing range in the Nowshera belt of Rajouri district on Wednesday night. Major Jindal sustained critical shrapnel injuries, resulting in his death in a hospital. The Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident.

Woman hit by Army officer’s car dies
: A woman, Fatima Begum, was killed when she was hit by a private car being driven by an Army officer at Tekia-Batpora, near Kunzar, in Baramulla district on Wednesday, a police spokesman said on Thursday. Captain Aiyappa, who was driving the car, has been arrested and a case registered against him.


Contempt of court notice to 2 cops
: The Nainital High Court has issued a contempt of court notice to the Vigilance Department’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Brijendra Juyal and Inspector Pankaj Upreti for arresting former Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL) Chairman Yogendra rasad. Prasad’s wife Pramila Prasad filed a contempt of court application in the court pleading that they had stay warrant from the high court; despite that her husband was arrested by the Vigilance. Juyal said all procedures and norms had been followed while taking action against Prasad. He doubted whether Prasad had an arresting stay warrant from the court.

Moderate quake: A moderate intensity earthquake of 5 Richter scale rocked Pithoragarh district at 2.27 am today. The people of Munsiyari and Dharchula towns felt the tremors, according to Dr Anand Sharma, Director, Meteorological Department. However, no loss of life or property was reported.

8 injured: Eight persons were injured when a truck collided with a Bolero, which was carrying passengers at Vikasnagar here today. All the injured were admitted to a local hospital. The police said it was trying to trace the driver of the truck.

Four booked: Four persons were booked for allegedly beating a Vikasnagar resident, Satish Mittal, who lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Prem Agarwal, his wife, and other two persons had beaten him them. A case has been registered.

Kumaon Briefs
Natural disasters:Youths undergo training:
A training programme aimed at preparing youths to deal with problems arising during natural disasters is being held at Hawalbagh in Almora district. The programme is a part of the state government’s plan to train 25 youths at every Nyaya Panchayat level, under the Atal Adarsh Gram Yojana, to tackle situations arising during natural disaster. The Deputy Chairman of the Uttarakhand Disaster Management Advisory Committee, Heera Singh Dhapaula, has stated that the government is training youths at every Nyaya Panchayat level on a priority basis. Hawalbagh is the second area in the state after Uttarkashi, where this training is being imparted.

Make judicious use of funds, DM tells officials: District Magistrate at Udham Singh Nagar Dr BVRC Purshottam has asked officials to make optimum and judicious use of the money obtained for execution of various development-oriented projects. He has asked the officials to make time-bound and transparent use of the money. Speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the progress under the district plan as well as with regard to various state and Central-sponsored schemes at Rudrapur on Wednesday, Purshottam said laxity on any front would not be tolerated.

Traders, locals urged to keep Kausani polythene-free: District Magistrate at Bageshwar CS Napalchayal has sought the help of the traders and the local population of Kausani to make the tourist destination polythene-free. At a meeting held on Wednesday, he asked the officials to take steps to ensure that tourists visiting this picturesque destination did not face any problems. He asked the Zila Panchayat officials to ensure proper disposal of waste and told officials of the Public Works Department to get the debris removed from the roads. Forest Department officials have been told to prepare a proposal for the construction of a proper parking lot and the Water Department officials have been told to initiate action against persons drawing water with the help of motors illegally, besides those having illegal connections.

Man engaged in drilling killed following rockslide: A labourer, who was engaged in a drilling work on a road near the Saonpolo area in Munshiyari region of Pithoragarh, was killed following a rockslide. He has been identified as Lallan. The 32-year-old man was a resident of Jharkhand and was employed with a Hyderabad-based firm. According to the information available, the incident occurred in the evening on Wednesday when the drilling operations were going on.

Two youths detained for duping engineer: The police has detained two youths for questioning in a case reported from Ramnagar last week, in which a Merchant Navy engineer Vimal Kumar Khulbe was duped of Rs 10.37 lakh. The money was diverted and withdrawn from Khulbe’s private bank account with an ATM card.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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