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Congress leaders stage dharna
: A section of Congress leaders of this border district, led by former MLA Ravinder Singh Babbal, on Thursday staged a dharna in front of Kulgadi police station here and jammed traffic on the Ferozepur-Moga road for hours together to get a case registered against a few leaders of the other faction of the party. Babbal alleged that Gurwinder Singh was injured after he was attacked by a group of workers having association with another leader of the district.

Woman killed
: A woman was killed and her son seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding on was hit by a truck near Sarna, 6 km from here, on the Pathankot-Gurdaspur road on Wednesday. Harjinder Singh, resident of Model Town, was going towards Dinanagar for attending a marriage function with his mother Jagjit Kaur (50). As he reached near Sarna, a truck coming from behind hit the motorcycle resulting in the death of Jagjit Kaur on the spot.

Tarn Taran
Rs 1.8 lakh snatched
: Three motor-cycle borne youths snatched Rs 1,82,500 from Sukhdev Singh, resident of Moga town, in Harike township, on Wednesday evening. The police has registered a case. Sukhdev told the police said he was going to his relative’s house in the township on a rickshaw when three motorcycle-borne youths stopped the rickshaw and took away the money from his pockets. He had brought the cash from the tillers of his land at Varnala village.

PPP not to  contest SGPC poll:
Manpreet Badal, president, Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP), announced that his party would not contest the SGPC elections because of its secular character.



Career exhibition: Students of MEd (guidance and counselling), department of education, Panjab University, will be organising a career exhibition at Jawahar Navodaya School, Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Thursday from 10 am to 12.30 pm.



6 kg opium seized: The police today arrested three persons and seized 6 kg of opium latex from their possession at Alika village in this district. The contraband was priced at over Rs 21 lakh and was a very concentrated form of opium, said a police source. The accused include Rattan and Satya Narayan from Rajasthan, who had brought the contraband from that state to supply to Ramesh of Alika village. The police arrested the three accused from a Maruti van from the outskirts of Alika village after a tip-off. A case has been registered.



Tourist family rescued: The River police Nehru Park on Thursday rescued OP Agarwal, his wife Saroj Agarwal and their two children Himmat and Abhishekh when the shikara on which they were having a pleasure ride capsized due to a sudden windstorm in Dal Lake.

EU delegation calls on Governor: A five-member delegation of the European Union, currently on a visit to the state, called on Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here on Thursday evening. An official spokesman said during an hour-long meeting with the Governor, the delegation discussed various matters that were of the interest of the EU.



Mayor reviews works: To review the ongoing widening work of roads in the city, Dehradun Mayor Vinod Chamoli on Thursday visited some areas. He began with Tyagi Road and found that the road at Lohia Puram is narrow and need to be widened as people have encroached upon it. He asked the officials concerned to construct a speed breaker over there and improve the drainage system. He also asked them to remove a temporary bridge and widen the permanent bridge made in Deep Lok. In Pandit Wadi, he asked officials to ensure that the drainage problem was solved soon. The Mayor also checked the construction on the soak pit in the area. He told officials to ensure that two more soak pits were constructed in the  area.

Strike plan: The Uttarakhand State Tax Bar Association has decided to go on an indefinite strike from Friday to protest against making the e-filing of quarterly returns compulsory from April 1. Earlier, the association had observed one day strike on May 9. AP Pundir, vice-president of the association, said, “Unless the state government does not make both options of manual and electronic open, we will continue  out strike.”

2 held with charas : The Vikasnagar police has arrested two persons and seized 500 gm of charas from their possession. The accused, Suraj Kashyap and Vaibhav Sharma, have been booked under Sections 8, 20 and 7 of the NDPS Act.

Encroachments: A team of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation on Thursday removed an encroachment on Tyagi Road.  They also removed an encroachment at  Moolchand Enclave  and also demolished a gate installed by residents.

Kumaon Briefs
Photo artists:
Four photo artists from Nainital have made it to the top 10 in the analysis of photographs done by the India International Photography Council for year 2010. Those figuring in the top 10 under various categories include Anup Sah for wildlife and nature print photography, Balbir Singh and AN Singh for colour slide show and Braj Mohan Joshi for travel prints, travel, wildlife and nature slides. Anup Sah has already entered into the Diamond Grading of the IIPC. He has been making it to the top 10 under various categories for several years now.

Body found in Naini Lake: The body of Hemant Kumar of the Mallital area, who was missing for some days, was found in Naini Lake here on Thursday morning. Although prima facie it seems to be a suicide case, members of the deceased’s family have alleged that he has been murdered and have suspected the involvement of three youths, whose names they have given to the police. Investigations are on.

‘Child marriage’: Rumour of a child marriage in Malli Pokhri village kept the authorities of the Okhalkanda block of Nainital on their toes throughout the day on Wednesday. The administration swung into action and put up checkpoints at several places. Officials started inspecting every vehicle that passed in the area. They finally zeroed in on a vehicle carrying Leelawati and her husband, Devendra Sharma of Panipat. On being asked about their marriage, both of them furnished documents that proved that they were eligible for tying the nuptial knot. They were released after the tehsildar in the area gave them clearance.

Meeting held: Chairman of the State Sanitation Workers’ Commission Ajay Rajaur, while chairing a meeting of officials in Almora on Thursday, has directed that there should be no harassment and discrimination against sanitation workers in the district. He took stock of various schemes being implemented for the benefit of sanitation workers. Officials have been ordered to earmark various residential colonies for sanitation workers and provide all basic amenities there. Rajaur has asked officials that no sanitation workers should be carrying night soil under any condition.

Minor girl electrocuted: A minor girl was electrocuted after she came in contact with electric wires while collecting fodder for animals. The victim, Mamta Goswami, is a resident of Talli Danda village of the remote Okhalkanda block in Nainital district and is a student of Class IX. She was rushed to a hospital in Lohaghat where she is under treatment. Villagers have once again expressed their resentment at the “failure” of the Power Department to put their power supplies in order. These hanging power lines at several places are a potential threat to the lives of a large number of people.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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