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: Gunpreetika tops in district: Gunpreetika Kaur of St Francis School stood first in Class X in the district in the Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE). Gunpreetika, who scored 96.2 per cent marks, was followed by Jasmeet Kaur (96 per cent marks) and Shubhdip Mandal (95.2 per cent marks) in the school.

Bank shows care for birds
: Coming to the rescue of the birds in the scorching summer heat, the State Bank of India yesterday distributed earthen pots among its customers for keeping the same on the rooftops and filling these with water for quenching their thirst. Sanjeev Bansal, Manager of the bank branch on the Basti Adda road, said the small initiative was appreciated by nearly 100 customers who visited the bank on Monday.

Lightning kills buffalo: Lightning killed a buffalo of Balkar Singh, a farmer of Mohalla Baghwala of Shahkot, on Sunday evening. The farmer said his 15 head of cattle were there at his house. Two of them were struck by lightning and one died on the spot.

Sarpanch reinstated
: Sarpanch and panch of village Kang Sahab here have been reinstated by the Nakodar court. Amrik Singh, sarpanch, and Nirmal Kaur, panch, of the village have been acquitted by the court. The case was registered against them under Sections 341, 427, 511, 506, 148, 149 in February this year. 

Tarn Taran
Grants for panchayats
: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Ranjit Singh Brahmapura distributed development grants worth Rs 11.8 lakh to Bhullar and Lalpur villages at different functions on Sunday. Panchayat of Bhullar village got Rs 3.5 lakh whereas Lalpur panchayat got Rs 8.3 lakh. The grants would be utilised for constructing roads where there are temporary paths and for renovating streets and drains of the villages.

Tarn Taran boys lift netball championship trophy: The boys’ team from Tarn Taran and girls’ team from Bathinda emerged winner at the 6th state-level Netball (Junior) Championship held here. SP Tejinder Singh Maur, who is the president of the District Netball Association, said 14 teams of boys and 12 teams of girls from different districts participated in the championship held at Sewa Devi SD College here. In the boys’ category, Gurdaspur and Barnala teams stood second and third, respectively. In girls’ section, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran teams bagged second and third positions, respectively. 





Youth killed
: Virender of Pranpura village, near Bawal, who had gone with the marriage party of a village youth to Khetawas village of Gurgaon district on May 22, was done to death there. His body was recovered by the Farukh Nagar police of Gurgaon district on May 23 from a vehicle lying abandoned at a near Khetawas village. The abandoned vehicle belongs to Pranpura village the driver of which was at large. The police has registered a case of murder.

Sentenced: RS Chaudhary, Additional Sessions Judge here, on Tuesday sentenced two gangsters - Saleem and Mubin, both residents of Mewat district, to rigorous imprisonment for seven years each, holding them guilty of committing robberies at a petrol station and a liquor vend here recently. The Judge has also imposed a fine of Rs. 1,000 each on the two convicts. According to the prosecution, the duo looted about Rs 2 lakh from a petrol station at Kund in March, 2010, and Rs 30,000 from a liquor vend here in November, 2010. 

Foetus found: The police recovered a female foetus from a place near the railway track here on Monday. The police has registered a case of concealment of birth by secret disposal of body in this regard. 

Arrest sought
: Residents of Baiyanpur village on Tuesday reached the SSP’s office here, demanding immediate arrest of Sunil and Gandhi of the same village, who allegedly beat up Sonu on May 19. Led by sarpanch Dilbag Singh, they handed over a complaint to KK Rao, SSP, who assured the villagers that proper action would be taken against the two. Sonu’s brother, Ashok, stated in a complaint to the police that Sonu was seriously injured as a result of the beating and had to be referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak. A case was then registered against the alleged accused. When Sonu’ mother and wife were returning home on Monday, the accused threatened them at pistol-point to reach a compromise in the case.



Man gets 3-year RI for assaulting
: Sessions Judge Sushil Kukreja has found Mahender Singh, alias Nepali, of Chaudhary Talab Kila police station, Bareilly district, UP, guilty under Section 307, IPC, and sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment for three years and an additional fine of Rs 20,000. District Attorney Shamsher Singh Kaushal had told the court that Mahender had caused serious injuries to Paras Ram of Kangoowali village, Naina Devi tehsil, at Jhira village by hitting him on his head with an axe. 

Patwari held for taking bribe
: The district Vigilance and Anti-corruption Department has arrested Rajinder Kumar Patwari, posted at Gagruhi in Jawalamukhi, for accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000. In a press note here on Tuesday, Vigilance officials maintained that Yashpal, a driver from Kut Kashmir village from the same area, had lodged a complaint. A case has been registered.

Man found  murdered in forest
: Amar Singh (45) was found murdered in the Tikri forest near Tiara village on the outskirts of the town on Tuesday morning, the police said. SDPO, Kangra, Dinesh Kumar said the body was sent for postmortem and later handed over to his relatives. A case under Section 302 and 201, IPC, had been filed. The deceased was a father of two daughters and a son.

Man hangs  himself
: Punjab Singh (40) of nearby Ondh village reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house here on Monday night. According to the police, his family members rushed him to the Civil Hospital here where he was declared brought dead. A case under Section 174, CrPc, has been registered. 

Advance course for judges begins
: It is the sole duty of judges to maintain public trust in the judicial system. Justice RB Misra, Judge of the HP High Court, stated this here on Monday in his inaugural address at a five-day advance course for District and Sessions Judges, Additional District Judges and Presiding Officers, Fast-Track Court, organised by the HP State Judicial Academy. Eighteen senior judicial officers are participating in the course. Justice Deepak Gupta stressed the need of speedy disposal of cases.

ATM dedicated  to public
: Dile Ram, MLA, Nachan, who recently took over as Chairman of the State Finance Commission, was given a warm welcome on Monday on his first visit to various places in Mandi district. He visited Dhanotu in Mahadev panchayat, near here. At Chailchok in Gohar he dedicated an ATM of the Co-Operative Bank to the public. ML Joshi, Chairman, HP Milk Federation, Ved Parkash, Chairman, Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee, Mandi, Hari Singh Verma, general secretary, district BJP, and other BJP leaders were also present.

Woman killed in road mishap: Salochna Devi (50) of Bahloo Karoat village of Sujanpur tehsil of Hamirpur district was killed in a road accident when she fell off from a motor cycle being driven by her nephew Dev Raj at Takipur village on the outskirts of this town on Monday, the police said here on Tuesday. She was being taken to Tanda Medical College for a routine checkup when she lost her balance. She succumbed to her injuries on way to the hospital. A case has been registered, said ASI Traffic Gamanda Ram.





Mega lok adalat on May 28
: The Dehradun district legal services authority will organise a mega lok adalat on the Dehradun Kutchery campus on May 28. All type of cases will be taken up at the adalat. Mohammed Sultan, Secretary and Civil Judge, District Legal Services Authority, said all litigants must submit their applications with the court concerned. 

Multipurpose camp: As a part of the Antoyodaya Vikas Yatra programme, a multipurpose camp was organised in Palion village in Dehradun on Tuesday. CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who presided over the camp, directed officials to solve all problems being faced by the people. He asked the Vikasnagar Tehsildar to distribute caste and domicile certificates at the earliest. He also directed the Divisional Forest Officer to ensure the payment of compensation to those whose crops were destroyed by wildlife attacks.

Programmes for farmers: Krishak mahotsava programmes were organised in the development blocks of Ranipokhri, Raipur, Vikasnagar and Chakrata on Tuesday, wherein problems being faced by farmers were discussed. Farmers were also informed of the latest techniques of agriculture. The office of the Uttarakhand Chief Agriculture Officer said krishak mahotsava programmes were proving to be of great benefit for farmers.

India-China trade:Preparations have been made for the annual India-China trade that takes place at the Lipulekh Pass every year. According to information, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued 300 trade passes this year. The trade is scheduled to start from June 1. A trade centre has been set up at Gunji where the material for trading with Chinese counterparts would be taken before June 1. Traders of the Indian side have once again raised the demand for setting up a quarantine centre for animals.

Govt flayed:A large number of people joined the Congress in the presence of state unit President Yashpal Arya at Swaraj Bhawan at Haldwani. The party leadership once again chose the occasion to launch an attack on the state government accusing it of having failed on all fronts. Congress leaders said the BJP leadership was making announcements and promising the moon to the masses despite knowing that it did not have resources to do so.

Multipurpose camp:Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank unveiled schemes and projects to the tune of Rs 7.51 crore during a multipurpose camp organised at Jaspur on Monday. At the same time, he ordered officials to rehabilitate people, who have been displaced due to the construction of a dam in the area. The displaced people complained that they had not been given land in lieu of their land that had been taken over by the authorities way back in 1961. Nishank has ordered that they be granted land within the next three months.

Seminar on RTE:Social activists affiliated to the Lok Prabandh Vikas Sanstha in Almora have demanded that at least 10 per cent cent of the annual budget should be spent by the governments on promoting education. Participants at a seminar on the Right to Education (RTE) expressed their resentment over the promotion of private educational institutes by the state government. They said the RTE could not be a success till schools and other educational institutions were not provided with all basic requirements.

Encroachments on village road:Residents of the Gosikuan Gram Sabha in the Khatima area of Udham Singh Nagar district are irked over the alleged failure of the administration to get encroachments removed from the road leading to the village. They also staged a demonstration stating that attempts were being made by certain elements to close the main path in the village, which they had been using for 30 years. They have threatened to launch an agitation if their problems were not addressed by the administration soon.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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