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Patwari held for graft: The Vigilance Bureau (VB), Tarn Taran, on Wednesday apprehended patwari Satwinder Singh for demanding and accepting a bribe from a consumer in lieu of mutation of land. Hardev Singh of Dilawarpura in Tarn Taran district said he approached the patwari for mutation of a piece of land in the name of his wife Raj Kaur. He alleged that the patwari of the area demanded a bribe of Rs 3,000. He complained against Satwinder Singh to the VB. Tarn Taran’s Vigilance Bureau DSP Dilbagh Singh said a trap was laid. He said Rs 2,000 was found from the possession of the accused.

Strikes continue: Ministerial staff of the Punjab Government in Batala and Nawanshahr continued its pen down strike on Wednesday. Meanwhile, employees of municipal councils at Batala, Fatehgarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak and Srihargobindpur too continued their strike on the third day on Wednesday in support of their demands. A spokesperson of the Safai Karamchari Sangh said they too would join the strike if the demands of the union were not accepted.

Boy killed
: A 10-year-old boy was killed in a road accident near Mamun here on Monday. The DSP, Naresh Dogra, said the boy, Mohit Kumar, son of Gandarv Singh, resident of Nurpur, was run over by a vehicle when he was crossing the road. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The police initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Income ceiling for scholarships up: The income ceiling for the post-matric scholarships for students belonging to the Scheduled Castes has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. The Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Department has sent a communication to all Deputy Commissioners that the students whose parents’ annual income is up to Rs2 lakh should be considered eligible for the scholarship from the 2011-12 academic session.

Reward for info on child: A cash reward of Rs 25,000 has been announced for information about the kidnappers of Jayant, a resident of Eesharwal village in Bhiwani district. A police spokesman said Rajkumar, a resident of Eesharwal village, had lodged a complaint that his 12-year-old son, Jayant, alias, Jeetu was kidnapped on December 21, 2010, around 5.30 pm. He said any person giving information regarding the child would be given a cash reward of Rs 25,000. Information could be givento the DIG (Crime), Hisar Range, on 098717-11055, the DSP, State Crime Branch, Hisar, on 098123-81881 and the inspector, State Crime Branch, Bhiwani, on 094166-00652, he added.The informant’s name would be kept secret.

Criminal arrested: The district police claims to have nabbed a criminal, who was wanted in a number of cases across the state. District police chief Pankaj Nain said the CIA staff of the department rounded up a man from Jalalpur road on suspicion and seized a country-made pistol and some bullets. He was identified as Raj Kumar of Adhmi village, who was wanted in various cases. Raj Kumar confessed to a number of crimes related to extortion, car theft and loot, the police chief said.

: The Khol police has arrested Bhim Singh Yadav of Nimoth village, who allegedly molested a village woman in the market place of neighbouring Dahina village recently. He was on Wednesday produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate Lokesh Gupta here, who remanded him in 14-day judicial custody. Earlier, on a complaint filed by the victim, the police had registered a case against the accused.

Farmer killed: Prakash Yadav(45), a farmer of Bas village, near Kosli, was killed on the spot when he was hit by a passenger train, going from Rewari towards Bhiwani, while he was crossing the rail track on his motorcycle, near Sudhrana station, near Kosli station, on Wednesday. However, pillion rider Krishan Kumar (65), who bounced off the bike, had a narrow escape. Both were going from Kosli to Sudhrana.



Tractor driver killed in mishap: A tractor driver was killed when his tractor fell some 200 feet into a gorge near Gasaud in the Jukhala valley, 35 km from here, on Tuesday afternoon. The police, on the basis of a licence in the pocket of the deceased, identified him as Lalit Kumar, 22 years, of Gwalior, MP. The tractor did not carry any number and its owner could not be located immediately. The police has registered a case.

Restore night bus service: Sabha: The Nagar Vikas Sabha, Bilaspur, has urged Transport Minister Mahinder Singh Thakur and former Forest Minister and local MLA and BJP national general secretary JP Nadda to order the restoration of Bilaspur to Ghumarwin night bus service which was suddenly stopped in January this year. AP Sharma, convener of the sabha, said senior citizens said this had deprived people of nearby villages like Chandpur, Bhandwaad, Kothi, Kandraur, Bhaged, Ghumarwin etc from this facility. No bus was available on this busy route after 7.30 pm.

Youth succumbs to injuries: Rajeev (24), son of Kishori Lal, who was stabbed by a sadhu while asleep at his residence falling under Bhawarna police station on May 7, succumbed to his injuries at Tanda Medical College Hospital here on Wednesday. He bore multiple stab injuries and was rushed to Palmpur Civil Hospital where from he was referred to Tanda hospital. The police is investigating the case.

UP minister’s vehicle booked
: A vehicle (HR-57-2-7018) said to belong to a minister of state from Uttar Pradesh, (though not registered in his name), was booked under the Motor Vehicle Act for unauthorisedly using a red beacon on the car top on Tuesday. Traffic police in charge Dhani Ram had stopped the vehicle in Bhuntar. District police chief Abhishek Dular confirmed that the occupants of the vehicle claimed that the vehicle was of Anuj Bhardwaj, Minister of State in UP. However, the vehicle was registered in the name of Divesh Bhardwaj.

100 employees donate blood: Over 100 employees by Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and their family members donated blood at a camp organised by the public sector undertaking to mark its 24th Raising Day. The camp was inaugurated by AS Bindra, Director (Finance), SJVN. Similar camps are being organised at all the project sites and offices of SJVN.

Apple growers to hold protests: Apple growers from Shimla, Kullu, Mandi and Kinnaur districts held a convention here on Saturday under the banner of the Himachal Apple Growers Association to fight for the creation of pro-farmer policies, both at the state and central levels. It was decided at the convention to make Rakesh Singha the state convener and hold massive protests at tehsil and block levels on June 6 to register their protests.

One slips into BBMB canal: An employee of a fruit company slipped into the BBMB canal here on Wednesday while taking a bath. The victim was identified as Dharma Pal (32) of Bagahar village in Bilaspur district. He was serving in Shyama Kali Fruit Company at Dhanotu near here. The police is trying to locate the body.



International Museum Day: The Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums organised special exhibitions at two museums in Srinagar and Jammu on the occasion of International Museum Day on Wenesday. A special exhibition on Terra Cotta art of Kashmir was held at the SPS Museum in Srinagar. The objects displayed included finds from various archaeological sites of Kashmir, including Hoinar, Letpora, Kotabal, Ushkar, Harwan, Hutmura and Madeen Sahab.



Sentenced for rape
: A fast-track court on Wednesday sentenced a labourer to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined him Rs 4,000 for raping a five-year-old girl in 2009. The fast-track court of KK Shukla gave this order against Sonu, alias Sohan Singh, a resident of Pragati Vihar, Haridwar Road. Five witnesses and the victim had given their statements to the court in this regard. The girl was raped on August 7 in 2009 by Sonu who resided in the same locality.

Suicide: A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan of her house in Raiwala area. According to the police, Anita was found hanging on Wednesday morning by her family and it was assumed that she took the extreme step on Tuesday night. The police said she had a fight with her husband last night, following which she took the step. Her parents have been informed.

Mayors’ conference: The mayors from all over the country will gather in Dehradun on May 28. Around 50 mayors are expected to reach the city to participate in the All-India Mayors’ Conference here in the capital city, according to Vinod Chamoli, mayor of Dehradun.

Liquor shops: A group of women locked liquor vends in their localities at Khanpur, Mangalore and Laksar in Haridwar district on Wednesday. The group of angry women threatened the administration that if no action was taken on their demand then they would intensify their protest.

Kumaon Briefs
Security guard trampled to death:
A security guard was trampled to death by an elephant in the Kilpura Range area of Khatima on Tuesday. The incident took place when four security guards were attacked by a group of elephants whom they were trying to shoo away from a plot. While three of the security men managed to flee, 46-year-old Naresh Singh of Berigoth could not escape the wrath of one of the elephants who went on to trample him to death. The elephants later fled.

Panchen Lama’s release sought: The Tibetan community in Nainital marked Budh Poornima with a march on Tuesday evening, demanding the release of Panchen Lama. Members of the community held a meeting at the local monastery in the morning where they prayed for the well-being of their spiritual leader. Later in the evening, they took out a candlelight procession through the town seeking the release of Panchen Lama by the Chinese authorities. Panchen Lama is said to be under the Chinese confinement since 1995. A large number of Tibetan youths, monks, women and children participated in the procession.

Youth duped of Rs 1 lakh: A youth from Gadarpur in Udham Singh Nagar has been duped of Rs 1 lakh. According to information, the victim, Taufiq Ahmed, had received an SMS on his cellphone that he had been selected as a winner of some contest and would be getting Rs 10 lakh as the prize money. The person calling from the other side persuaded the complainant into depositing a sum of Rs 1 lakh in a particular bank account which he did. Not hearing from the person for a week, Taufiq tried to call on the number, but got no response. He approached the police with a complaint of having been cheated. The matter is being investigated.

Man drowned in Saryu: A man drowned in the Saryu river in Pithoragarh district where he had gone for a dip on the occasion of Budh Poornima on Tuesday. According to information, Bhim Singh Valdiya had gone to the river with his wife Lakshmi Valdiya and two children. He was a resident of Ancholi village. He was cremated on late Tuesday evening.

40 street dogs sterilised: Forty street dogs were sterilised over the past four days in a camp organised by NGOs in Nainital. A seminar was also held to discuss the menace of stray dogs by the Bhaumik Pashu Seva Suraksha and the People For Animal (PFA) Society. Activists brought stray dogs to a veterinary hospital where they were sterilised.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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