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2 hurt in car-jeep collision:
Two persons sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision between a car and jeep on the Malsian road at Shahkot here on Saturday evening. According to police sources, a jeep (PUC 0632), heading towards Kotkapura, and an Indica car (PB 62 7786), going towards Jalandhar, had a head-on collision as the car driver tried to overtake a tractor-trailer. Jagdeep Singh, an occupant of the jeep, and Ramesh Kumar, an occupant of the car, sustained serious injuries and both were taken to APS Charitable Hospital by the highway police.

Eco Clubs:
With a view to imparting requisite training to the schoolteachers associated with the Eco Clubs, a two day workshop would be organised on May 16 and 17 at Government Senior Secondary School here, informed District Education Officer Darshan Kaur, adding that 250 Eco Club in charges would participate in the workshop. District Science Supervisor Kuldip Singh, along with his team of resource persons, would give valuable tips to the schoolteachers.

Blood donation: Local NGO Ravnoor Cares You in collaboration with the residents of BDC Colony organised a voluntary blood donation camp at Rotary Bhawan here on the occasion of Sankranti on Sunday. As many as 35 units of blood were collected.

Brain week: Apex Hospital organised a “Brain Injury Awareness Week” here from May 9 to 15. During the week, Dr Gopal Sharma and Dr Shiva Kumar delivered special lectures at various educational institutions and the District Bar Association to create awareness about brain injuries. A “Run for your brain” was organised here on Sunday, in which about 250 doctors and nursing students participated. The event started from Chandigarh Chowk here and culminated at Apex Hospital after passing through the main roads of the town. A blood donation camp in collaboration with the Civil Hospital, Banga, was also organised. As many as 60 units of blood were collected, informed Dr Bhawna Sharma.

Pathankot boy clears civil services exam:
Karun Bansal (26), an IIT engineer from New Delhi, has secured the 115th position in the Civil Services Examination-2010. A former student of St Joseph Convent School and SRPA Adarsh Bhartiya College, Pathankot, Bansal said after completing his B.Tech from IIT, New Delhi, he joined the PWC in Mumbai and there he came into contact with many IAS officers from whom he got inspiration to clear join IAS. He proceeded on leave for a year and studied vigorously in New Delhi. He preferred self-study and took the help of his friends for exam preparation.

3 injured in clash:
Three persons sustained serious injuries in a clash at nearby Ranipur village on Saturday night. The injured, Satnam Singh, Palwinder Singh and Gurwinder Singh, were admitted to the Civil Hospital. The clash took place over a water dispute, the police said. A case has been registered.

Tarn Taran
11 booked for burning wheat stubble:
Eleven persons have been booked under Section 188 of the IPC for burning wheat stubble violating the prohibition imposed by the Deputy Commissioner (DC). According to information, the accused are Jaspal Singh of Pandori Gola, Kabal Singh and Dulla Singh, both of Manochahal Kalan, Pargat Singh of Kang, Bukkan Singh of Sanghe, Karnail Singh of Kakka Kandiala, Harpal Singh and his son Baljit Singh of Doburji village, Balbir Singh of Quila Patti village and Gursewak Singh and Jaswant Singh of Dhun Dhai Wala.



Saksham lifts tennis title: Saksham won the two-day Hot Weather U-12 Tennis Tournament beating Shaurya 8-5 in the final at the Banyan Tree School Tennis Academy, Sector 48.



Acharya Mahashraman of the Terapanth sect will be honoured with the “Shantidoot” award for launching peace and non-violence campaign against terrorism, crime and violence. This was disclosed by Ramesh Bansal, secretary, Annuvrat Samiti. Bansal said lakhs of followers came out in support of the “Ahimsa Yatra” of Acharya Mahashraman on the occasion of his 50th birthday, which marked as Amrit Mahotsava at Kankroli in Rajasthan. President Pratibha Patil lauded the efforts of Acharya Mahashraman. He said Pacific University had decided to honour him and the award would be given at the World Dharmguru Sammelan in Udaipur of Rajasthan on May 29.

Addl increment:
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has accorded in-principle approval to extend the benefit of two additional increments along with dearness allowance to those teachers who had got state or national awards prior to September 2008. Stating this here on Saturday, Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said the decision would benefit about 280 teachers. She said at present 130 state or national awardee teachers were in service and 150 retired teachers who were awarded prior to September 2008.

Roads opened:
A sum of Rs 35 crore is being spent to strengthen and improve road infrastructure in Kaithal town. This was stated by Randeep Singh Surjewala, PWD and Industries Minister, during a press conference before inaugurating two newly constructed roads here on Saturday. The roads, which were opened to traffic on Saturday, include Sheetal Puri Dera to Patiala bypass and the Kurukshetra road to the Ambala road. The width of these two roads had been increased from 12 to 23 feet.

Woman ends life:
Lajwanti Yadav, wife of Ajaypal Yadav, allegedly set herself on fire at Kanharwas village, near Kosli, on Thursday night. She was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where she succumbed to her burn injuries. On a complaint lodged by victim’s father Sohan Lal Yadav, the police has booked the deceased’s husband Ajaypal, father-in-law Pahlad Yadav and mother-in-law Shanti Devi, all residents of Kanharwas village, on the charge of abetment to suicide. He alleged that his daughter was persistently subjected to cruel treatment for dowry by her in-laws. He alleged when the situation became unbearable, she had to take the extreme step.

Burn injuries:
A newly married couple - Sonu and his wife Rukhshat - of the local Idgah Colony, sustained burn injuries when the curtain in the room they were sleeping caught fire and fell on Rukhshat on Saturday. Sonu received burn injuries while saving his wife. Both were rushed to the local Civil Hospital, where doctors referred them to the PGIMS, Rohtak. The condition of Rukhshat is stated to be serious. The victims had lit a candle while sleeping in the room at 2.30 am. A window curtain caught fire and fell on Rukhshat.

Rajya Sabha member and AICC general secretary Birender Singh will be felicitated by Congress leaders in Sirsa on May 17. Ashok Tanwar AICC secretary and MP from Sirsa, will also accompany him and the local Congress leaders will felicitate both in Congress Bhawan here. Jagdish Nehra, former Haryana minister, who has been campaigning in villages to mobilise people for the function, said the Congressmen would give Birender Singh a befitting reception on Tuesday. He said Birender Singh has always worked for the betterment of farmers.



‘Make regular meditation a way of life’:
The Art of Living organisation is doing a good job by encouraging even common people to adopt regular meditation as a way of life. This was stated by DC Ritesh Chauhan on the 55th birth anniversary of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at Sri Kutir in Housing Board Colony here on Saturday.

Rs 55 cr being spent on providing water: To provide drinking water to scarcity-hit villages Rs 55.74 crore is being spent on Bilaspur district alone during this year by the IPH Department and an IPH circle has been opened here to supervise all the works. This was stated by Naina Devi MLA Randhir Sharma at Dhara village after inaugurating a Rs 24 lakh-lift drinking water supply scheme at Swahan on Thursday.

Workshop on disaster control ends:
All the departments, Panchayati Raj Institutions and citizens should consider government guidelines with regard to the national disaster management plans while starting any new project and constructing houses and other structures. This was the outcome of a three-day workshop, which concluded here on Friday. Assistant Commissioner Kishori Lal and Chamba SDM Rohit Rathour were also present.

NHPC is top Indian co. in power sector:
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has been adjudged the top Indian company under the power sector at the Dun and Bradstreet - Rolta Corporate Awards 2010. NHPC Director (Technical) DP Bhargava received the award on the behalf of the corporation at a function held in Mumbai recently.

Prize distribution function held:
Cambridge International School has opened up scope of quality education to students of this region. This was stated by Divisional Commissioner, Mandi, Ashwani Kapoor here on Friday. He was speaking at the first annual prize distribution function, named Protsahan, at Mohal. Rajiv Sharma, Chairman of the school, read the annual report.

Furniture entrepreneur awarded:
Mandi-based furniture entrepreneur Kewal Kishan Sethi has been awarded the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award in recognition of his services in the field on International Labour Day. The award was given to him by president, Press Council of India, Justice GN Ray on May 7 in New Delhi.

Govt pensioners’ assn poll held:
The biennial election of the local unit of the HP Government Pensioners Association was held here on Saturday under the supervision of Ramesh Sharma. SL Gupta, Jaswant Dhiman and Brij Bhushan Sharma were unanimously elected president, general secretary and finance secretary, respectively.

Illicit timber seized, 2 arrested: The Indora police in this subdivision arrested brothers Madan and Krishan of Chhatral village for illegally transporting timber and fuel wood in their tractor-trolleys near Bhadukar on Friday.



NSF remembers martyr Sukhdev: The National Secular Forum (NSF) celebrated the birth anniversary of martyr Sukhdev at University of Jammu here today. Amid slogans “Sukhdev Amar Rahe, Inqulaab Zindabad”, the activists of the NSF paid tribute to Sukhdev and garlanded the portrait of the “son of the soil”. Ankush Abrol, member of the JKCA was the chief guest while Rakesh Chib, president of the JURSEA presided over the function and Vikas Sharma, president of the NSF was the guest of honour.



60-yr-old female elephant dead:
A 60-year-old female elephant, which was not well for quite some time, died in the Corbett National Park on Saturday night. Corbett National Park Director CK Kavidayal said today that the elephant was ill for the past two weeks and passed away last night. According to veterinarians, it was not eating anything for some time following which it fell ill and later died. They said the elephant might have sustained an internal injury in a fight with other wild animals.

Man-eater trapped: A leopard was found dead while another man-eater was trapped by the forest authorities in Pauri Garhwal district. According to forest officials, a man-eating leopard, who had attacked a youth on May 2, was trapped in a cage in Damdola village in Pauri Garhwal district on Sunday. In another incident, a leopard was found dead in Uttarkashi district by villagers.

UJVNL Chairman: Former Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL) Chairman Yogendra Prasad will be produced in the district courts on Monday. SP (Vigilance)Brijendra Juyal said the vigilance had already filed a chargesheet against Prasad in a corruption case and would strongly advocate action against him. Prasad is accused of bending norms to provide benefits of crores of rupees to KAVEAT International, which also allegedly paid him in return. The company allegedly put Rs 50,000 in his daughter’s bank account every month on the pretext that their staff members were staying in her house on rent at Faridabad. On Thursday, the vigilance had filed a 900- page chargesheet against him and Project Manger of KAVEAT International Sandeep Agarwal.

Heart camp: A free heart camp for mediapersons was organised at Bharat Heart Institute here on Sunday. More than 50 mediapersons and members of their families were examined at the camp for any heart ailment and diabetes. Dr Chetan Sharma, director of the institute, said that the institute, on the completion of one year of service, had provided quality heart services to patients in Dehradun, treating hundreds of patients. 

Kumaon Briefs
One killed in mishap:
One person was killed when an oil tanker fell into a gorge at Matiyali near Padampuri in the Bhimtal area. The deceased has been identified as 38-year-old Bachi Ram, who was a resident of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. He was driving back the tanker from Pithoragarh to Haldwani on Friday night. He is learnt to have died on the spot. The cleaner of the vehicle, identified as Sudhir Thapa sustained major injuries and is being treated at Haldwani. He was rushed to the health centre at Padampuri by a 108 ambulance, from where he was referred to Haldwani.

Commuters face a tough time: The commuters in Haldwani and Lalkuan continue to face a tough time on account of the strike by the tempo owners who are protesting against the staff of the inter- city buses for hijacking their passengers from non-designated stops. Saturday had again seen sporadic violence with the tempo owners allegedly resorting to thrashing two drivers and a cleaner of inter-city buses. They also pelted the two buses with stones. Meanwhile, the tempo owners are divided over continuing the agitation. While some of them say that the agitation has been called off, the others say that it will continue. With no alternative source of local transport available, the passengers continued to have a tough time moving from one place to another on foot.

Man tries to immolate himself: A man running a small eatery near Kaladhungi cross roads tried to immolate himself on Saturday evening. According to the information available, Jasvir Singh doused himself with kerosene and torched himself, sustaining 70 per cent burns in the process. The cause of his resorting to the extreme step is said to be discord with his brothers. The 42-year-old victim is a bachelor who was having a conflict with his brothers over the past few months. He had been staying at his shop only where he has been in the business of selling fish pakoras. It is learnt that he had an altercation with one of his brothers just before the incident.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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