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Rural banks
: The All-India Regional Rural Bank Employees Association demanded that Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee should give financial support for opening new branches of regional rural banks (RRB) in different parts of the country, said secretary general of the association, Dilip Kumar Mukherjee, addressing a press conference here on Sunday.

Two booked:
The police has booked Rasal Singh of Podey village and Iqbal Singh for a robbery attempt. Amir Singh of Butta Diya Chana village at Mehtpur told the police that Rasal and Iqbal came to his house and pointing a gun at him asked him to hand over valuables and cash in the house. After a tussle, they fled leaving their motorcycle and pistol at his house, further alleged Amir Singh. A case under Sections 323,394 and 398 of IPC and Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act has been registered.

Women found dead
: Two women were found dead in Phagwara. Identity of both the women could not be ascertained. A woman was found dead near Darvesh village on Saturday while another body was found in a pool of blood at the fields of Rihana Jattan village on Sunday.

Ready for probe’: Former Minister Swarna Ram, who was dropped from the Punjab Cabinet last week, has decided to hold public darbar to solve the problems of the people. He would meet public daily from 11 am to 1 pm in Phagwara Rest House. The former minister, whose name cropped up in the alleged Rs 1.5 crore graft case, said he was open to any probe by the CBI and would appear before the investigative agency whenever needed.

Special polio drive: More than 2,500 children were administered polio drops on first day of special polio drive for children of migrants in Phagwara on Sunday. SMO Dr Rajiv Gupta said the compaign would be carried out on door-to-door basis on Monday.



Lawyer held: The police on Friday arrested a lawyer of a lower court here in connection with a shooting incident on the court premises in 2006. He has been sent to a one-day remand. The lawyer identified as Om Prakash Sharma was among 24 accused in the case. According to the police, all accused have been arrested. A clash took place on the court premises between two groups on issues related to canteen in the judicial complex. A person from one of the groups had allegedly opened fire on members of the rival group.

New building
: Justice RS Madan, president, State Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, inaugurated a District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum Court-cum-office building near the mini-secretariat here on Friday. This building has been constructed by the Panchayati Raj Department.

NIT meeting: The Board of Governors (BoG) meeting of the NIT, Kurukshetra, which was scheduled to be held on Monday, has been postponed on the directions of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Dr Dixit Garg, professor in charge of public relations, NIT, said.

3 miscreants held
: The police raided a hideout on the Rewari- Narnaul road, near Pali-Gothra village, and arrested three armed miscreants, who were planning to loot passing vehicles, on Friday. They arrested have been identified as Ravi Sharma, Ashish, both residents of Mahendragarh district, and Sunil of Alwar district. The police also seized two pistols, several live cartridges and a motorcycle from their possession.

Body fished out from canal
: The police on Sunday found the body of Raj Kumar, a resident of Abohar in Punjab, from Bhakra branch near Jandwala village. The police said the victim was drowned in the canal along with Ravi, when their Innova vehicle fell into the canal on May 19. The body of Ravi as well as the vehicle were found on the same day.



Body-building c’ship held
: A state-level body-building championship to select Mr Himachal was held here on Sunday. It was organised by the Kangra District Body-building Fitness Association in collaboration with the state unit. Five participants were adjudged Mr Himachal from different weight-wise categories. Rahul Kumar from Hamirpur and Sandeep from Nurpur were adjudged the winner and the runner-up, respectively. They got cash prizes of Rs 21,000 and 3,100, respectively. Rakesh Pathania, local MLA and chief guest of the event, also gave Rs 52,000 to the organisers.

Cheating case against 3 filed:
The Solan police has registered a case of cheating against three local residents for availing loans on fake property papers from a Himachal Cooperative Non-agriculturist and Credit Society in 2009. Police officials said Rakesh Kumar, Vikas Kumar and Meena Kumari had availed a loan of Rs 3 crore by mortgaging property which did not exist.The society later learnt that no such property which was shown to be mortgaged for availing loans existed. A case under Sections 120-B and 420, IPC, has been registered.



15 arrested:
As many as 15 persons were arrested playing gambling from a house in Pathri area on Sunday. Cops recovered over Rs 4 lakh from their possession. As per the Kotwali police, they got a tip-off that gambling had been going on in the house of Banto Devi. The police raided the place caught 15 men from there.

UJVNL ex-chief: The Nainital High Court accepted the bail plea of Yogendra Prasad, former Chairman, Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL), here on Saturday. Prasad was earlier presented in the District Court after which he filed an appeal for his bail in the High Court.

Death mourned: The Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee has mourned the death of former party legislator Yogambar Singh Rawat who died on Saturday. Yashpal Arya, Uttarakhand Congress chief in his condolence message described the deceased leader as a humble party worker. Satpal Maharaj, Pauri Garhwal, Lok Sabha MP, and Harak Singh Rawat, leader of the Opposition in the state assembly also mourned the death of the Congress leader.

Cong protest: In protest against the non-redress of grievances pertaining to the Dehradun Cantonment Assembly segment, members of the Uttarakhand PCC held a protest at Gandhi Park here on Sunday. Talking to the media, Ram Kumar Walia, former state president of the Public Grievances Redressal Cell (PCC), said they had apprised the government and other officials of grievances being faced by people. However, even after several reminders, nothing had been done so far.

Leopard trapped in barbed wire, dies
: A female leopard died in the Someswar area of Almora district when it got trapped in a barbed wire. “Though it was rescued by workers of the Forest Department, it died while being taken to a rescue centre at Almora,” said RK Vashist, SDO (forest) in the Ranikhet range. Meanwhile, a man was arrested near the Wadda Thana area here with the skin of a leopard, which was brought from Nepal and was to be taken to Delhi for sale. The accused, Ramesh Ram, had been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act, said NA Bharane, SP (Pithoragarh).

Kumaon Briefs
‘Abduction’ of doctor:
The Jaspur area in Udham Singh Nagar is on the boil following the alleged abduction and beating up of a Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) by some BJP members. It is learnt that Dr Sanjay Singh had a heated exchange of words with a servant at a marble stone shop on Friday following which he was allegedly abducted from his home by some BJP members and beaten up. This led to a protest that was led by Congress legislator Shailendra Mohan Singhal, who even staged a dharna. The matter was resolved only when the police agreed to initiate criminal proceedings in the case.

3 killed in mishaps: Three persons were killed in different road accidents in the region. Mohammad Aslam of Tanda Mallu was killed when his bicycle was hit by an unknown vehicle at Tanda crossroads. In another incident, 27-year-old Bhairav Dutt Joshi sustained injuries when he was hit by a motorcycle at the PWD crossroad at Ramnagar. He died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Haldwani. In yet another incident, two persons, identified as Ramesh Chandra Sharma and Vijay, sustained injuries when they were hit by a truck near Matkota Farm. However, Ramesh died while being treated at a government hospital.

Old man’s body found: The body of an old man was found at the railway station at Ramnagar on Friday. The deceased is yet to be identified. His body has been kept at a morgue for three days for identification following which he would be cremated.

Water shortage: As many as 12 villages in the Dhauladevi area of Almora district are reeling under a severe water shortage. The reason: the administration has “failed” to get the water supply schemes repaired. The villages include Gudhauli, Talsola, Chaura, Aartola, Dhyari, Makrau, Salpad, Chamtola, and Belakh. Residents of these villages are being forced to travel long distances to fetch water for their daily needs and most of their time is spent in this exercise.

Man electrocuted: A middle-aged man was electrocuted in the Lohaghat region of Champawat district. According to information, 52- year-old Lakshmiram of Kotbasan village was going to his farms when his feet got entangled in electric wires of a fallen electricity pole. He sustained severe burn injuries. He was rushed to the Community Health Centre at Lohaghat by the 108 ambulance service. However, he has been referred to another hospital for treatment.


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