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Woman killed: Nirmala Devi (26) was strangled to death allegedly by her husband at Rasiawas village, near Bawal, on Monday. Meanwhile, the Bawal police, which registered a case of murder against Nirmala’s husband Sanjay, mother-in-law Savitri Devi and one other, has arrested Sanjay. Sources said losses incurred due to the failure of a brick-kiln, which was set up jointly by Nirmala’s in-laws and parents, had become a bone of contention between the two families. Nirmala, who got married to Sanjay in 2003, is survived by two sons -Tarun (6) and Hemant (4).

Rs 26,000 looted: Some armed miscreants looted over Rs 26,000 and a mobile phone from Pooran, a salesman of a petrol station, and a liquor vend employee, Sarjit, at Suthani village, 8 km from here, on Sunday night. They also thrashed Pooran. The miscreants first robbed Sarjit of his sale proceeds, forcibly took him to the petrol station and looted the sale proceeds from the salesman of the petrol station. The police has registered a case.

Temple items stolen
: Thieves broke into a temple here on Sunday night and took away century-old precious “mukuts”, ornaments and “daanpatra”. The thieves broke open the gate of Bhagwan Shanti Nath Jain temple situated in the Bhadra Bazar area last night and stole costly items. A case has been registered.

Man gets life term: Pooran of Bahalgarh village has been sentenced to life imprisonment by District and Sessions Judge BB Prasoon after convicting him of burning his wife to death. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh with the orders that the penalty amount be deposited in the name of his two minor children as fixed deposit. In case of default of payment, the convict will serve another two years of imprisonment. Indira, wife of Pooran, who was admitted to a hospital on April 29, 2009, with serious burn injuries, told the police that her husband had set her on fire. She succumbed to her injuries on May 1, 2009.

Protest held: Agitated over closing of a path between New Kabirpur and HUDA’s Sector-13 by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), residents of New Kabirpur, Shadipur, Jeevan Nagar, Tara Nagar and many other colonies led by state media in charge of the BJP Rajiv Jain on Monday held a protest outside the DC’s office here and handed over a memorandum to DC Pankaj Aggarwal demanding reopening of the path. They said if the bridge was closed, residents of these localities had to cover extra distance of 3-4 km for going to the Civil Hospital, cremation ground and the Bahalgarh road.

2 held for loot: The police has arrested two miscreants - Gulshan of Gumar village and Sumit of Khubru village - and recovered a looted Scorpio from their possession. It also seized a pistol from Gulshan’s possession. The duo was produced in the court and sent to police custody. On May 19, a complaint was lodged by Mehtab of Mandbada village in Uttar Pradesh that Gulshan hired his vehicle for going to Shahpur from Budhana and paid Rs 1,700. Three others boarded the vehicle on the way and after reaching near Jagsi village, they forcibly looted the vehicle.




Call given to Bhakra Dam oustees: The All-Party Bhakra Oustees Rights Protection Committee here has given a call to all Bhakra Dam oustees of Bilaspur to fill and submit simple details of their encroachment on government land in the town on a form available at the SDM office, the Nagar Parishad office or even with members of the oustees committee and submit it before June 20 to the DC office.

One dies as car falls into gorge: A car met with an accident at Jonta on the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway late Sunday night. Ravi Sharma, a resident of Kuralian village in Rajouri district, died on the spot, while four others, including the driver, were injured. According to police information, the victims were on their way to Dharamsala when the driver lost control over the vehicle and it fell into a 20-ft gorge.

Proclaimed offender arrested: The Indora police arrested proclaimed offender (PO) Kulbant Singh at Talwandi in Kapurthala district of Punjab on Saturday. He was produced in the court and sent to 14 days judicial remand in the sub-divisional jail here on Monday. The accused had been absconding after a road accident under the jurisdiction of the Indora police in 1988.

Inter-state wrestling contest held: The annual inter-state wrestling competition of the Lakhdata Peer was organised at the Chogan ground here on Sunday. In big wrestling, Pamma from Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab) won and Sunny from Awahadevi (Hamirpur) was declared as the runner-up.In small wrestling, Satish from Jalandhar won the first prize and Babbi from Pathankot was declared runner-up. The prizes were awarded by chief guest RK Mahajan, Municipal Councillor.

Governor Patil visits Sai complex: Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil addressed participants from North India attending a seminar on “Human Values” organised by the Satya Sai Anand Vilas Educational Complex at Pujarli on the outskirts of the city on Monday. Patil interacted with state president of the Satya Sai Seva Organisation Shyam Sunder and the staff of the institute.



Doc detained, clinic sealed
: The police has sealed a medical clinic for conducting illegal sex determination tests and detained a doctor for questioning in the Akhnoor belt of Jammu. On specific information about illegal sex determination tests, the police raided Dogra Clinic at Dascal Morh in Akhnoor and detained Dr Krishan Lal Dogra yesterday, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Akhnoor, Mushtaq Ahmed said. The doctor may be arrested today, he said, adding that the clinic was later sealed.

Amarnath yatra arrangements reviewed: A high-level meeting, chaired by ADGP, Security,P.R.Manhas, reviewed the arrangements for the annual Amarnath yatra at Jammu today. An official spokesman said here that the ADGP took stock of the arrangements and asked the officers to ensure smooth and incident-free yatra. He also visited Yatri Bhawan and issued the necessary directions on the spot.



Booked for fleeing with girl: A man was booked for allegedly fleeing with a girl by “enticing” her from the Badowala area on Sunday. According to a complaint by Hasim, a resident of Badowala, his daughter has been enticed to elope by Raju, alias Riyaz, on the night of June 10. A case under Section 366, IPC, has been registered at Patelnagar police station.

Man hit by speeding car, dies: A resident of Raipur lost his life after reportedly being hit by a speeding car near Naya Gaon here on Sunday. According to the police, a speeding vehicle hit Satish and he died. The police has booked Mohan Singh, a resident of Doiwala, in the case on the complaint of the victim’s brother, Ratan Singh. A case under Sections 279 and 304 of the IPC has been registered at the Patelnagar police station.

Newspaper agents panel: Sanjeev Saklani has been unanimously elected President of the Doon Newspaper Agents Association at the annual elections held at Kalu Mall Dharamsala here on Monday. The newly elected President said he would work for the benefit of newspaper agents in the city. He said the names of the office-bearers of the association would be announced soon.

Senani manch protest: Members of the Uttarakhand Rajya Nirman Senani Manch on Monday held a protest in front of the office of the Dehradun District Magistrate. They also submitted a memorandum to the officer concerned to be forwarded to CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Manoj Dhyani, organiser of the manch, said the government should give the title of “Rajya Nirman Senani” to all the statehood agitators.

Kumaon Briefs
Maxi cab tariff:
Taking the lead, the Champawat administration has fixed rates for taxis, maxi cabs and vehicles transporting freight within the municipal limits across the district. The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has asked taxi and other operators working at Lohaghat, Tanakpur and Champawat to charge the passengers as per the fares decided upon. It has warned that those not adhering to the orders would be facing stringent action. The fares fixed for various distances were announced by the RTA on Monday and would come into effect immediately.

District Planning Committee: Cabinet minister Bansidhar Bhagat, who is also the in charge of Udham Singh Nagar district, has called upon members of the District Planning Committee to rise above politics, caste and regional feelings and suggest measures for all-round development of the district. He said inclusive and balanced development could only be brought about by active participation of public representatives. Speaking at a first meeting of the committee held at Rudrapur on Monday, Bhagat asked the officials to make the proper use of funds allocated for various developmental works. He also called upon them to maintain a constant communication with public representatives with regard to works being executed in their respective areas.

Works under MNREGA: District Magistrate, Champawat, Pankaj Kumar Pandey has prioritised works that will be executed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Act in the district during the current financial year. He said there was no shortage of funds under the schemes and allocated the same to various departments for carrying out various developmental works. At the same time, he has asked officials of the departments to prepare proposals for works by June 25 and submit the same to the office of the Chief Development Officer. He made it clear that the departments would have to shell out money for executing various tasks and the funds allocated under the MNREGA would be utilised only for giving wages to the beneficiaries of the scheme.

Youth falls from bus, killed: A youth was killed near Bazpur after he fell from the bus in which he was travelling. According to reports, he was talking on his cellphone while standing at the door of the bus when the accident took place. He has been identified as Mohammad Rashid Hussain of the Katauratal area of Kashipur. He was immediately rushed to the Community Health Centre where he was declared brought dead. He was pursuing BTech from a private institute in Haldwani.

Two tourists hurt in mishap: Two tourists were injured when a boulder fell on their car near Bhawali on Sunday. The incident took place near the famous Kainchi Dham on the Bhawali-Khairna stretch. The injured have been identified as 93- year-old Kirti Mishra and 30-year-old Vinita Pande. They were returning from Jageshwar along with some of their friends when the mishap took place.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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