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DAV College gets Rs 1.55-cr UGC grant 
: The University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, has approved a grant of Rs 1.55 crore for DAV College here under the Scheme of Sports Infrastructure and Equipment during the XI Plan period. Principal of the college Dr Satish K. Sharma said the grant was approved recognising the excellent track record of the sports department of the college. “Rs 1 crore have been approved for the swimming pool and 50 lakh for a shooting range and Rs 5 lakh for sports equipment,” he added. The first instalment of the grant amounting to Rs 79,50,000 has been released by the UGC. 

Camp ends
: The two-week summer camp at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, concluded. With the summer vacation on, the camp was a successful attempt to bring in some fun and entertainment for students along with serious learning and development of special skills. This year’s camp focused on dance, sports, martial arts, yoga and art and craft. An in-house picnic was organised by students of the Cookery Club. 

Youth abducted  in Ludhiana: A 22-year-old youth was abducted by armed assailants from Vikas Nagar here on Saturday evening. The incident took place around 7 pm when the victim identified as Dipesh was playing on the street along with his friends. Around 15 armed assailants came in motorcycles and SUVs and abducted Dipesh. 

Dera Chand Purana chief dead
: Dera Chand Purana chief Sant Baba Nachattar Singh (82) died of liver cancer at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana late Friday night. He was admitted to the hospital a few weeks back after his liver stopped functioning. The last rites will be performed on Sunday. 

Man held for killing wife
: Kamlesh Rani (34) was strangled by her UK-based NRI husband Ashwini Kumar on Thursday night in Phillaur. Phillaur SHO Harjinder Singh said, “After some quarrel, the accused strangulated his wife with a duppatta.” The police has arrested Ashwini under Section 302 IPC. 




Builders booked
: The police has registered a case of fraud against the owners of Piyus Group of Builders. Puneet Goyal and his two sons - Anil and Veneet - have been named in the FIR. The complainant, Deepti Saini, had alleged that the firm had taken over Rs 2 lakh from her for booking a flat to be constructed by it in Rajasthan. She alleged that the firm had no authorisation from the Rajasthan Government for the project and it misled the public to invest in the project, without obtaining any sanction from the government. 

Mutation camp
: With a view to facilitating people to get their mutations registered, the district administration will organise a mega camp at Patwar Bhawan here on Sunday at 9 am. The camp will cater to the residents of 40 villages falling in Gurgaon kanoongo circle. Stating this here on Friday, Deputy Commissioner PC Meena said following the computerisation of the land records, it came to light that a number of mutations were pending in the Gurgaon tehsil area. So, the administration had decided to organise a mega camp so as to enable the people to get their mutations registered. 

Bajra centre
: The Union Ministry of Agriculture has approved a Centre of Excellence for pearl millet (bajra) for Haryana Agricultural University and allocated Rs 1 crore for the current financial year for the project. An official press note issued here on Saturday said the Centre would focus on development of bio-fortified white grain pearl millet hybrids and refinement of already-developed techniques of processing and value addition to the crop. Besides, trainings for capacity building among farmers, entrepreneurs and extension specialists would also be organised. 

Protection home
: The district police administration has set up a protection home for the runaway married couples. Stating this to mediapersons here on Saturday, district police chief Parul Kush said on the directions of Director General of Police Ranjiv Dalal, the district police administration has set up a protection home on the premises of the Police Lines here. Kush said the runaway couples fearing threat to life from hostile parents could stay in quarter number 70 D Police Lines here. 

Attendance: The Senate of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra, in a specially convened meeting held in its senate hall here on Friday, unanimously decided that attendance be made compulsory for all students of undergraduate and postgraduate classes from 2011-12 session. Stating this to mediapersons here, Dr Sudhir Kumar, in charge, public relations, NIT, said according to the decision, the students were required to attend minimum 75 per cent of the classes. 

Fake ornaments
: The police on Friday arrested three women for trying to sell fake silver ornaments. The three women, Sharda, Jhingu and Maya, all residents of Gujarat, were produced in a local court, which remanded them in judicial custody. The police seized 2.7 kg of silver ornaments from them. 

Body identified
: The body, which was found lying in the fields of Matindu village on Friday, has been identified as that of Devi Lal (25), who was staying in a rented accommodation in Kharkhoda. The police also found a love letter lying near the body. From preliminary investigations, it appeared to be a case of suicide. In another incident, the police on Saturday recovered the body of a 19-year-old youth, Vijay, of Lalheri village from the fields of the village. 




Army constructs basketball court
: The Army inaugurated a floodlit synthetic basketball court of international standards at Pallanwala, a border area in Akhnoor subdivision on Friday. Maj-Gen Rakesh Sharma, GOC, Crossed Swords Division, invited the local youth to utilise the facility to the fullest. 

PHE Minister calls on Governor
: Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Irrigation Taj Mohi-ud-Din called on Governor NN Vohra here on Saturday. The Governor and the minister discussed various issues related to the economic development of the state, particularly focusing on the optimum use of available water resources. 



Travel trouble
: Nitin Gadkari, national President of the BJP, who along with members of his family is on a pilgrimage to Char Dham could not reach the Kedarnath temple due to inclement weather for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Earlier on Friday, his helicopter had to make an emergency landing at Tehri as weather deteriorated. He could not fly even today as visibility was poor in the Kedarnath area. He returned to Dehradun. 

CM’s felicitations: The CM has complimented Brajnandan Prasad Dangwal of Dehradun who donated a sum of Rs 51 lakh to Doon University by selling his entire property. The CM said the donation would benefit the poor but talented students in getting higher education. 

Kumaon Briefs

Free coaching for SC applicants:The applicants from the SCs and STs categories, who have applied for various posts advertised under Group C by the state government recently, will be provided free coaching and counselling by the administration in Champawat district. The session will start from the next month. According to District Employment Officer Vijay Saini, students would be provided guidance and training in subjects like general knowledge, English, mathematics and computer applications. This would be provided free of cost and the applicants need to apply to the department concerned by July 7.

Atal Chaupal programme: Taking the absence of officials from the ongoing Atal Chaupal programme seriously, political functionaries carrying out programmes in Amkholi and Palyura villages of the Takula block, Almora district, have recommended action against them. A large number of people turned up with their problems at both the venues. However, in Amkholi village, there was no representative from the Department of Food and Civil Supplies and the Power Department. It has been recommended that the officials who were supposed to be present there be suspended. The government is trying to reach out to the masses through this programme.

Ruckus at police station : A “mentally challenged” woman created a ruckus at the Kotwali police station, Haldwani, on Friday. According to information, the woman was brought to the police station following complaints that she was creating a nuisance at the ISBT. When she was brought to the police station, she lost control over herself and “manhandled” police personnel. She even pelted the onlookers with stones. She is learnt to be a resident of Lucknow, who was going to Nainital to meet her uncle. She was pacified only after her uncle reached the police station.

Woman commits suicide: A 65-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree in the Baburkhola area of Dwarson village near Ranikhet on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Panuli Devi. According to information, her body was found hanging from a tree in Chauthariya forests near the village. The matter is being investigated by the revenue police.

‘Smuggler’ flees from custody: Some villagers managed to rescue an alleged smuggler from the custody of Seema Suraksha Bal jawans, who had caught them while patrolling on the Indo-Nepal border near Khatima. According to information, the jawans had tried to arrest two persons who were allegedly trying to smuggle something in gunny bags into Nepal. While they had succeeded in arresting one, the other managed to flee. However, when the alleged smuggler was being taken to the checkpost, 15 persons, led by Virendar Rana and Abdul Salam, attacked two jawans and managed to flee along with the alleged smuggler. The matter was reported to the police. While Abdul Salam has been arrested, the remaining accused are still at large.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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