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Justice SK Mittal bereaved: Narbada Devi, 85, the mother of Justice S.K. Mittal of the Punjab&Haryana High Court, breathed her last after prolonged illness. A prayer meeting will be held at Justice Mittal’s house on June 5 between 4 pm and 5 pm.

Additional charge: Prerna Puri has been given additional charge of the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation. She will hold charge of the MC Commissioner during the leave period of DC-cum-Commissioner Brijendra Singh from June 4 to June 19. Meanwhile, the UT Administration has repatriated Kamlesh Kumar, MC Joint Commissioner, who was also holding the additional charge of Director, Cultural Affairs, to his parent state. 


Blast in refrigerator: A blast in a refrigerator in a house here damaged the doors and walls of the kitchen on Wednesday. The incident took place in Yadav Colony. According to owner of the house Amit, the sound was deafening. The noise caused alarm in the neighbourhood. ACP Badan Singh Rana said perhaps accumulation of gas in the fridge led to the explosion. The pressure was so intense that the door of the fridge broke open with explosion. 

1 killed in accident: One person died and his wife was seriously injured when the car they were travelling in collided with a tractor-trolley near Dariyapur village here on Wednesday. The victim, Ranbir Singh of Jandwala village, had gone Sirsa with his wife Sharda in a hired car. When the couple was returning home, their car was hit from the side by a tractor-trolley loaded with wooden logs. The couple was seriously injured and shifted to the general hospital, from where they were referred to Hisar. Ranbir Singh died on the way to Hisar, while Sharda has been admitted to the hospital with serious injuries. Car driver Nanak has also sustained injuries. 

Rail overbridge: The railway overbridge at Dabra Chowk here will be four-laned soon at a cost of Rs 32 crore. The Public Works Department has prepared a project to add two more lanes to the overbridge built in 1994. The stretch of the Delhi-Sirsa National Highway that passes through the city is a four-lane track. The Dabra Chowk overbridge is a traffic bottleneck as it has two lanes. Traffic jams on the bridge are a daily affair. The addition of two more lanes will facilitate smooth flow of traffic. 

4 booked: The Guhla police has registered a case against four persons on the charge of kidnapping, rape and attempt to murder a woman. The accused include the nephew of the victim. A woman (35) of Kharoudi village in Guhla subdivision of Kaithal district had alleged that on Friday night her nephew along with three others after beating up her father-in-law had kidnapped and raped her in a car. Later, they tied her hands and feet and threw her into the Yamuna canal near Yamunanagar. However, the woman crawled to safety due to the low water level in the canal.

Traders’ protest: Irked over the firing incident in the Mangla grocery shop of Jagdish on the Rohtak road by armed miscreants on Monday, shopkeepers on the Rohtak road closed their shops on Tuesday and staged a protest march in the town led by state media in charge of the BJP Rajiv Jain. Later, INLD leaders also joined the protest. They submitted a memorandum to DC Pankaj Aggarwal demanding sufficient security arrangements in the market areas. They also met SSP KK Rao and demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants. 

Tributes paid: Paying tributes to Maharana Pratap on his 472nd birth anniversary, MP Anurag Singh Thakur, national president of the BJP’s Yuva Morcha, said Maharana Pratap was a great warrior and patriot who became an inspiring force for the coming generations. He said this while addressing the birth anniversary programme organised by the Akshtriya Rajput Sabha, Sonepat, on Wednesday. He accused the Congress-led UPA government of adopting an indecisive stand on the conviction of terrorists like Azmal Kasab and Afzal Guru. BJP legislator Kavita Jain, senior INLD leader KC Bangar and president of the Rajput Sabha also paid tributes to Maharana Pratap.





Six ambulances flagged off: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today flagged off six ambulances of the Emergency Service 108, to be stationed on the Char Dham Yatra route, from the Secretariat here on Wednesday. He said his government was committed to the wellbeing of pilgrims. He said 28 ambulances had been deployed on the yatra route. 

Chain snatched: An incident of chain snatching was reported from the Nehrugram area on Wednesday. A resident of the area told the police that two scooter-borne miscreants snatched her chain while she was returning to her house. The police reached the spot. However, till the filing of the report, there was no clue of the snatchers. 

Theft at shop: A theft of Rs 25,000 was reported from a shop on Chakrata Road here on Wednesday. Complainant Pradeep Kumar told the police that the theft took place at night and when he went to open the shop in the morning he found Rs 25,000 kept in the cash box missing. The shutters were broken and the shop was ransacked. The police has registered a case of theft under section 380 of the IPC. 

Mobile tower: Dehradun City Magistrate MS Bisht has asked a city-based private company to immediately remove the mobile tower it has installed at Doon Vihar Colony. Bisht said the residents of the colony had complained to him that the tower has been distracting them. “The tower had been installed without permission,” he added. 

Commanders’ conference begins: The four-day Formation Commanders’ Conference 2011 began here on Wednesday with the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Command, Lieut-Gen VK Ahluwalia, delivering the inaugural address. Several key issues aimed at increasing operational and administrative readiness of the organisation within the command jurisdiction are likely to be discussed.

Anti-encroachment drive: More than 12 persons were challaned by the Haldwani authorities for having encroached upon public roads. The anti-encroachment drive was carried out by local municipal officials along with the police. Shopkeepers have been warned not to encroach upon roads failing which they would be facing strict action.

Agitation launched: Residents of Patkot village near Ramnagar have launched an agitation seeking basic amenities for their village. They have been staging a dharna for almost a fortnight demanding that they be given basic facilities which is their right. The main demands include the posting of teachers at government schools, proper link roads in their area, a tubewell and the construction of road to their village. They said they were being deprived of all these facilities for decades now. They threatened that they would further intensifying their agitation if the government failed to address their demands at the earliest.

Felicitated: Carrying on with its Pol Khol Yatra, the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) felicitated 87 statehood activists at Chaukhutiya. Having received a warm welcome in the area, UKD leaders used the occasion to lash out at the Congress and the BJP accusing them of having failed to address the concerns of residents of the state. They alleged that the policies of the two national parties had been anti-people and had not been conducive for the development of the state. They said the purpose for which Uttarakhand was created had not been achieved at all and the dreams of those who made sacrifices for its creation stood shattered.

Suicide case: Sita, a resident of Rudrapur, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. She used to work in one of the factories in the State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttaranchal hub. The reason behind this extreme step is yet to be known.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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