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Major held for wife’s suicide:
The cantonment police has arrested Major BS Khandekar, who was earlier posted here, for allegedly abetting his wife to suicide. At present posted in Sikkim, he had come here on one-month leave. His wife Vidiya committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance a couple of days back. Originally hailing from Amaravati in Maharashtra, the accused was remanded in one-day police custody.

Workshop from May 19-23:
A personality development-cum-educative workshop under the patronage of Pyare Lal Karnail Singh Charitable Trust is being organised at Jeet Palace from May 19 to 23. Swami Atmeshwarananda from Belur Math, Kolkata, SK Palhan, Director, Institute of Energy Managament & Research, New Delhi and Sunil Kumar, member of the management committee, Ramkrishna Mission, New Delhi, will address.

One held for sodomy bid:
The police arrested Mani of Patti under Section 377 and 511 of the IPC for attempting to sodomise a 3-year-old boy of his village on Monday. According to the polices sources, Mani took the boy on a bicycle to the football ground of the village where he allegedly attempted to sodomise him.

Truckers oppose speed governors: The statewide indefinite hunger strike of truck operators on Tuesday entered into its second day. The truck operators went on the strike to press the state government that before enforcing the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to install speed governors in the trucks, all the other rulings already passed regarding motor vehicle rules by various courts should be strictly enforced in the state. The major apprehension of the truckers is that the installation of speed governors would prove detrimental to the interstate transport business of the perishable goods.

Abacus competition: In the fourth Punjab and Chandigarh UCMAS Abacus Competition, Shitij Kapur from Abacus Study Centre, SAS Nagar, Jalandhar, has won the champion trophy and a cash award of Rs 1,000 in S-1 category. Jatin Sharma, Baani, Komal Preet, Sargun and Rakshit won the runners-up trophies in different categories. Jyoti Prakash, Suarabh, Pratham and Japneet were honoured with graduation merit certificate and trophies Raj Sharma, centre in charge, congratulated the students.

Illicit liquor seized: The Mehtpur police arrested a man with 6.8 litres of illicit liquor at a naka near Mehsumpur here on Monday. The accused has been identified as Khajan Singh of Mehsumpur. A case has been registered.

PO arrested: The Mehtpur police arrested a proclaim offender (PO, identified as Daljit Singh, alias Dalli, of Baloki village on Monday. The police had booked Daljit Singh under Section 307 of IPC in 2007 and later on he was declared absconding by the court.

Energy Conservation Day observed
: Deputy Chief Engineer of Powercom has inspired the people to save electricity. He was addressing a gathering at a function organised to observe Energy Conservation Day at Kamla Nehru Public School here on Tuesday. Additional Superintending Engineer of Powercom Sanjeev Kumar was the guest of honour. Govind gave a power-point presentation on energy conservation. A play was presented by students of 10+1 on “Save electricity”. A painting competition was organised for school students. School Principal P.K. Dhillon presented the vote of thanks.

Ban on posters: The SDM, Amarjit Pal, has imposed a complete ban on pasting or installing posters, banners and hoardings on the national highway under Section 144 of the CrPC. The orders will remain in force till June 15. The SDM has instructed the Executive Officer of the Nagar Council and Tehsildar to strictly enforce the ban orders.

Teenaged girl dies: A teenaged girl, Sonia, died after consuming poison at her house at nearby Jamalpur village on Monday. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital, but died there. The Body of the girl was handed over to her family members after postmortem.



INLD on Bhayana: The INLD has criticised the government’s decision to appoint former judge of the Delhi High Court SL Bhayana, who had acquitted all nine persons in the Jessica Lal murder case, as Chairman of the state tax tribunal. Expressing surprise INLD Secretary-General Ajay Singh Chautala said here that the Delhi High Court had passed strictures against Justice Bhayana while hearing an appeal on his verdict in the Jessica Lal murder case.

Dadri HR depot: Haryana Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav has said that the Dadri sub-depot of Haryana Roadways will be upgraded to a full-fledged depot and 45 additional posts created for the purpose. The upgradation had been recently announced by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at a public rally held in Dadri. The Finance Minister said the additional posts had been created on the pattern of already existing posts in the other full-fledged depots of the Transport Department. The posts include those of superintendent, section officer, accounts officer, assistant district attorney,among others.

New KU registrar: Surinder Deswal, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, assumed the charge as Registrar of Kurukshetra University here on Tuesday. Dr Deswal said he would work to enhance the standards of higher education of the university. Dr Deswal said: “I will make all-round efforts to provide opportunities to enhance the learning skills of the students and would also help in creating interface between academia and industry. Providing opportunities for placement to students of the university would also be an important priority.”

Woman dies: Manju Devi (63) of Tankri village, who was allegedly thrashed by her daughter-in-law, Neha Agarwal (28), on May 11, succumbed to her injuries at Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital in Delhi on Monday night. The Bawal police has registered a case of murder against Neha Agarwal and arrested her. Police sources said Neha and Manju Devi used to have violent domestic quarrels frequently. Neha allegedly thrashed Manju with a club on May 11 following which the latter was admitted to a local trauma centre. As her condition worsened, Manju was taken to Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital on May 15 where she died on Monday night.

Youth robbed: Three motorcycle-borne miscreants allegedly looted Rs 10,000 and a mobile phone from a village youth, Arvind Sharma, at Basdooda village, 20 km from here, on Monday. The incident took place when the youth was on the way home. The police has registered a case.

Gramin lok adalat: As many as 77 cases were settled at a Gramin Lok Adalat organised at Nathusari Chopta village in this district on Monday. Presided over by Payal Mittal, Judicial Magistrate, the Lok Adalat took up 88 cases of which 77 were settled with the mutual consent of the contending parties. Dr Shiva Sharma, District and Sessions Judge, Sirsa, said 353 Lok Adalats had so far been organised in the districtt.



DC gets tough on tobacco use in offices: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ritesh Chauhan has ordered heads of offices in the district to ensure that the ban on the use of liquor, tobacco, bidi/cigarette smoking, use of gutka, khaini, pan masala etc and other drugs in the offices is strictly implemented and no leniency is shown in the mater. He said those who committed this offence would be fined Rs 200. He said there was also a ban on the publicity and advertisement of these items and a fine of Rs 1,000 would be charged for the first offence. However, imprisonment up to 5 years and a fine of Rs 5,000 would be charged for the second offence.

Wrestling in martyr’s memory: The gram panchayat of Malyawar near here will organise a day-long wrestling bouts in the village on May 21 in memory of martyr Sukh Ram who was awarded Vir Chakra in the Indo-Pak war in 1965 for his unique valour and bravery. Village president Prem Singh Thakur said here on Monday that a large number of wrestlers from adjoining states had been invited to show their skills.

Workshop on RTI Act held: The state government is keen to bring transparency and accountability, thereby containing corruption in the administration by providing information under the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. This was the crux of the one-day workshop on the RTI Act, 2005, sponsored by the district administration and held at Dalhousie this week. Seventy public information officers (PIOs) and APIOs of various departments attended the workshop. Chamba ADM Ashwani Chaudhary, Dalhousie SDM Madhu Chaudhary and RTI activist of Chamba Vijay Sharma spoke. The workshop was conducted by Kishori Lal, Assistant Commissioner to the Chamba DC.

Campaign to destroy cannabis plants: The Hamirpur police has decided to launch a one-week campaign to destroy cannabis plants in the district from May 20. Giving this information, SP, Hamirpur, Kuldeep Sharma said this campaign was being launched with the co-operation of employees of the Public Works Department. He said, “Though cannabis is not grown in any part of the district, wild plants grown on waste land can be used by drug addicts. To rule out this possibility, the police is launching this campaign”.

Exhibition on tourism organised: The Department of Public Relations organised an exhibition at the Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra here on Tuesday. The Home Stay and Har Gaon Ki Kahani schemes remained the main attraction for tourists. Tourists from Gujarat not only spoke high of the achievements of the Himachal hospitality business, but also presented the garbha. District Public Relation Officer Manjula Murid said the exhibition programme was launched on Monday at Banjar by PWD Minister Gulab Singh and would continue for the next few days.

Veteran journalist dies at 87
: Veteran journalist PN Sharma died after a brief illness on Tuesday. He was 87 and is survived by four daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. He was the Bureau chief of UNI in Shimla and after retirement he worked for Economic Times and some local newspapers. He also worked for PTI.



Pranav Shagotra, president of the Jammu and Kashmir Youth INTUC and vice-president of the National Youth INTUC, has been elected vice-president of the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) Youth committee for a period of four years. Shagotra represented INTUC in the second Regional Conference of the ITUC-AP held in Singapore recently.

Seminar on human rights concludes
: The two-day seminar on human rights, concluded in Srinagar on Tuesday. Lt-Gen KT Parnaik, GOC-in-C of Northern Command, also concluded his four-day visit to the Kashmir valley.



COO of 108 service resigns: The Chief Operating Officer of the GVK Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI) 108 Ambulance Service, Anoop Nautiyal, has submitted his resignation. With the parent GVK EMRI company keen on cutting costs in the last few days, several employees at the Dehradun office have resigned. In all, 14 persons have resigned. Nautiyal was associated with 108 since its inception in 2008.

Bail granted: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here has granted bail to a news agency owner who had sent bulk messages to the public to allegedly tarnish state’s Chief Minister image. Asif Ansari was arrested two days ago from Lucknow in the case. One more person is said to be associated with him and is absconding.

Strike called off: The Uttarakhand Advocate Association and the Tax Bar Association, Dehradun, called off their strike on Tuesday after Commissioner (Tax) Radha Raturi assured them of considering their demand to make the e-filing of returns optional. Vice-president of the Tax Bar Association AP Pundir said with the PAN number copy, applicants would be allowed to apply for registration until they finally got their PAN cards delivered.

Motor cycles stolen: Two motorcycles were stolen from near Indira Market on Tuesday. The bike owners had gone for shopping in the market. However, when they returned, they found their bikes missing. A case has been registered.

Kumaon Briefs
Langur shot down in Nainital:
A langur, which was creating problem in Nainital for the past few days, was shot down by a personnel of the Forest Department on Monday. The animal had bitten a large number of passersby on the Thandi Sadak and College Road areas. The permission in this regard came from the office of the Chief Wildlife Warden. It was Van Daroga Hira Singh Shahi who was entrusted with the task to kill the animal. The Forest Department had been receiving a large number of complaints in this regard as the animal had made it difficult for the people to move freely on public roads.

Woman dies under mysterious circumstances: A 45-year-old man of Velizeli Lodge on the Nainital road in Haldwani allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself. A family dispute is stated to be reason behind his death. According to information, Lal was a labourer. A month ago, his 19-year-old daughter had left the house and members of his family had been levelling various allegations, including that of selling off the daughter, against Lal. This forced him to take this extreme step.

Man commits suicide: Meena Devi (23) of Ira village in the Bilkhet area of Bageshwar died under suspicious circumstances. Members of her family have accused her husband, Prakash Chandra, of having burnt her to death for not bringing enough dowry. Prakash Chandra runs a tea stall at Numaishkhet. The matter is being investigated by the Revenue police.

Drive to check vehicles: The Udham Singh Nagar police has launched a vehicle checking drive at Bazpur. According to information, the police checked 300 vehicles on Monday. The owners of 27 vehicles were challenged for various offences and two of the vehicles were also impounded. Checkpoints were set up at various places on Rudrapur Road, Kashipur Road, Rampur Road and Bazpur Doraha. The police also realised a sum of Rs 3,400 through fine imposed on offenders.

Central Government’s effigy burnt: In protest against the hike in petrol price, members of the local unit of the BJP burnt an effigy of the Central Government at the Mallital Rickshaw Stand in Nainital on Tuesday. They gathered near the statue of Pandit Gobind Ballabh Pant and raised slogans against the Centre and Congress President Sonia Gandhi accusing them of ignoring the plight of the common man. They went on to torch an effigy of the government amid slogan shouting.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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