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PSPCL employee dies
:An employee of the PSPCL died as he slipped down from the electric pole while repairing an electrical snag here today. The deceased was identified as Jaswinder Singh. He was immediately taken to a private hospital from where he was referred to Amritsar. However, he died on the way.

Retired employees demand pension: There is resentment amongst the retired employees of the local self government of Ferozepur and Bathinda regions as they have not been paid their pension and installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) for the last 34 months. While giving details, Punjab Municipal Pensioners’ Association, Ferozepur and Bathinda regions, general secretary Mohan Lal Goklany said the government has also not paid one third part of the revised pay-scale for the last 43 months. He rued that the employees have been running pillar to post for getting the pension. Goklany demanded that pension and other benefits should be released immediately otherwise the retired employees would be compelled to resort to agitation.



Solar project:
The state’s first 1-MW solar power project will start functioning at Nanda village in Bhiwani district by June-end, three months ahead of schedule. This was disclosed at a meeting of independent power producers (IPPs) and government departments convened here by the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) to review the progress of such projects. The Centre had fixed the target date of commissioning of the upcoming projects by September. Most of the IPPs assured the meeting that the projects would be functional before time.

Fake pesticide
: A Ratia court has convicted a local pesticide firm as well as a pesticide manufacturer for selling a spurious pesticide and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on them. BS Dalal, Deputy Director, Agriculture, Fatehabad, said the department had taken samples of a pesticide from a local firm which were found to be spurious. The department proceeded against the firm as well as the manufacturing firm in the court of the Judicial Magistrate, Ratia, who found them guilty.

7 robbers get jail:
The Additional District and Sessions Judge here has sentenced all seven accused involved in the looting of Rs 10.75 lakh from staff members of the local Eakansh Motors at gunpoint on November 3, 2009. While the three main accused have been awarded a 10-year jail sentence along with a fine, four others have been awarded three years’ jail each along with a fine.

3 thieves held: With the arrest of three women, the police has busted a gang of chain snatchers. The arrested have been identified as Raj, Sukho and Krishna of Punjab. The accused were arrested after a complaint was lodged by Krishna Devi that an attempt was made to snatch her chain when she went to pay obeisance at Bari Mata Mandir here recently. A police party caught the women from the outskirts of the town. The women have been sent to judicial custody by a local court.

2 brothers drown
: Dheeraj (14) and his younger brother Rahul (10), sons of Bhagwat Dayal, drowned in a pond at Buroli village, 16 km from here, on Thursday. A pall of gloom has descended on the entire village. While Rahul abruptly got stuck in a deep mud hole while bathing, Dheeraj in a bid to save him also got stuck into the same mud hole and both got drowned. After a postmortem examination here on Friday, the bodies were cremated at the village.

Stabbed to death:
Rishi (50), a resident of Sohati village here, was stabbed to death allegedly by his brother Raj Singh and Raj Singh’s son Deepak while he was sleeping in the courtyard of his house on Thursday. A murder case has been registered against the alleged accused, who reportedly absconded after committing the crime. A land dispute is said to be behind the murder. SHO Wazir Singh reached the spot and brought the body to the Civil Hospital here for a postmortem.



Teenager dies of snakebite:
Ashish Kumar (15), son of Kashmir Singh of Patta village near Ghumarwin, died of snakebite at Darlaghat while on the way to the IGMC, Shimla, on Thursday. Reports said Ashish, a student of Class XII of Government Senior Secondary School at Ghumarwin, was asleep in his house when the snake bit him during wee hours. He was first rushed to the Regional Hospital here, but was referred to the IGMC, Shimla.

Holidays on June 10 and 12
: In the wake of elections to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) in Pangi subdivision of Chamba and Lahaul-Spiti district where the elections are scheduled to be held on June 10 and 12, the state government has declared public holidays on these dates. According to official sources, all government offices, boards, corporations, educational institutions and industrial establishments under the Industrial Disputes Act and shops will remain closed on the scheduled dates in the areas.

Part of guest house gutted
: Outhouse and kitchen of the Forest Department guest house was gutted in a fire when lightning struck the building at Triund on Wednesday night. It was a narrow escape for a group of 30 children from Mohali camping near the guest house building and for tourists inside the guest house. No human injury has been reported, DFO Basu Kaushal confirmed. “No damage has occurred to the main guest house building but a damage of Rs 1.5 lakh has been estimated by the department after its outhouse and kitchen was gutted,” the DFO added.



Karamchari Sangh holds protest:
Members of the Uttarakhand Ministerial Collectorate Karamchari Sangh held a protest outside the office of the Chief Revenue Officer here on Friday. They are demanding the restructuring of collectorate as promised by the government in 2008. “If the state failed to fulfil our demand, we will go on an indefinite strike from June 1,” said Rajinder Kumar, state president of the sangh.

Theft charge: In his complaint to the police, Satpal Maharaj, Congress MP from Pauri Garhwal, has alleged that an employee had taken away Rs 70,000 from his Dehradun residence. A case has been registered.

Elephant calf: An elephant calf was found dead in the Rajaji National Park area on Friday. According to park officials, the calf died of hunger.

Meeting: Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve held a meeting with public representatives of the Nyay Panchayat Thana here on Friday. They appraised him of problems related to electricity, roads, gas and education being faced by residents. On this, the DM asked the Executive Engineer (Electricity), Executive Engineer (Jal Nigam) to organise a seminar from June 2 to June 7 and solve thses problems.

Man kills cousin over land dispute: A man allegedly shot his cousin over a land dispute in Udham Singh Nagar. According to information, a dispute over a piece of land erupted between Om Prakash Singh Yadav and his cousin, Thakur Singh, in Khunsara village on Thursday. During the heated exchange of words, Thakur Singh allegedly opened fire at his cousin. He was taken to a health centre, where he succumbed to his injuries. Meanwhile, Thakur Singh shot himself in the abdomen and his condition is stated to be critical.

Diarrhoea cases: A large number of cases of diarrhoea and viral fever are being in Haldwani. It is learnt that most of the patients are from slum areas. Wards at hospitals are full to capacity and the authorities are having a tough time attending to them. City Magistrate, Haldwani, Prakash Chandra visited Base Hospital in the town and took stock of preparations to deal with the inflow of patients. He has ordered the authorities, particularly officials of the Jal Sansthan, to take effective measures to prevent the spread of diseases.

Royal Bengal tiger: A Royal Bengal tiger that was trapped from the Bijrani range of the Jim Corbett National Park two years ago was released for public viewing at the Nainital zoo on Thursday morning. The tiger has become a centre of attraction at the zoo over the past two years. About 11 ft tall and 270 kg in weight, the tiger was trapped following protests that it had turned a man-eater. However, the Forest Department is of the opinion that he is not a man-eater as its canines and paws are intact. It took more than eight days for zoo officials to shift him to the present enclosure, as the wild cat was unwilling to enter a cage once again.

Three killed in mishap: Three persons were killed and three others sustained injuries when the car they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Bhatraujkhan in the Ramnagar area. The deceased have been identified as 45-year-old Balam Singh and 38-year-old Mohan Singh the driver, Govind Singh. The injured have been admitted to Government Health Centre, Bhatraujkhan.

Cyclist crushed to death: A cyclist was crushed to death by a car on the Rampur Road in Haldwani. The deceased has been identified as Bihari Lal of Ambedkar Nagar. A case has been registered in this regard and the car has also been impounded.


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