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Blood donors honoured by minister in Fazilka:
Kavita, who has donated blood 10 times, was honoured by the Punjab Transport and Technical Education Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani at a programme held to mark the month-long voluntarily blood donations campaign here today. Besides, Rattan Lal Chugh and Rinku Kamboj were also honoured for donating blood more than 40 times.

Heavy rain in Goraya:
Heavy rain in Goraya, Phillaur, Bilga, Apra and surrounding areas in the wee small hours today provided much needed relief to the people from the sultry weather. The rain was preceded by a high-velocity thunderstorm. Power supply in a few rural areas got disrupted due to this. 




Leopard kills  milch cattle:
A leopard is said to have killed several milch cattle of villagers during the past few weeks under Kapahada gram panchayat and nearby areas of Jhandutta development block here. Reports said the leopard managed to enter the cowsheds of Durga Dass, Sheela Devi and Bimla Devi, at night and killed their cattle. The villagers have urged the government to provide financial assistance to the affected families.

Havan held against price rise:
The Sarva Kalyan Kari Sabha on Saturday organised a havan at the Murli Manohar temple in Sujanpur Tihra against price rise and terrorism. Members of the organisation also observed a day-long fast. President of the sabha Rajinder Rana said, “All political parties have failed to check price rise and dharnas have proved to be futile. The only option left with people now is to pray to God”.

Girl killed in road mishap:
A 13-year-old girl was killed and five others were injured in different road mishaps in the district during the past 24 hours. Kangra district police chief Diljeet Singh Thakur said here on Saturday that Bishakha was hit by a tempo at Tanda Rajpura and succumbed to her injuries on way to hospital. In another case, Class X student Shreya Mahajan was hit by a motorcycle at Gaggal. The motorcyclist, who had fled from the scene, met with an accident at Mastpur and was injured. Three persons were injured near Rajiana when two youths on a motorcycle hit a pedestrian. They themselves were hurt when their vehicle skidded off the road.



2 shepherds killed in cloudburst Dehradun:
Two shepherds and around 400 sheep died on Saturday due to a cloudburst in Hathwadi village of Uttarakashi district, said officials. The incident took place when the two shepherds were grazing their sheep on mountains when a sudden cloudburst swept them away along with their sheep, said the official. A rescue team was rushed to the spot after the incident.

Arrested: A deputy manager of a gurdwara sarai was arrested today from the Ghangaria area of Chamoli district, the police said. Gurmeet Singh was arrested after he allegedly tried to rape a Delhi girl (18) at the sarai on Friday and was sent by a court to 14-day judicial remand. The man was held on a complaint of family members of the girl. The girl’s statement has also been recorded.

Journal released: Universities Journal of Phytochemistry and Ayurvedic Heights was released here in Dehradun on Saturday. Releasing the journal, Director General, Council of Science and Technology, Uttarakhand, Dr Rajendra Dobhal said the researches must be visible and should reach the technology seekers. He said while 60 per cent of global investment has taken place in drug and pharma sector for the past few years, India was still to do a lot in this regard.

NHRC notice to SSP: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has on Friday served notice to Dehradun SSP Ganesh Singh Martolia on the compliant of Indira Market resident Sanjay Bhatt. He was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with the DM. In his compliant, he has blamed the DM and the police of harassing him. Earlier, the SSP was served a notice by the commission on the issue of lathi-charging on the cricket fans on the day India won the cricket World Cup in April this year.

Kumaon Briefs
6 Forest Dept officials beaten up:
In a glaring incident that has come to light, six personnel from the Forest Department were allegedly tied to the trees and beaten up by timber smugglers in the Sitarganj area of Udham Singh Nagar districton Friday. According to the information, a team of the Forest Department personnel left for Tukdi village on the banks of the Devha river following a tip off that illegally felled timber from the Jaulasal forest was being chopped over there. Jagdev Singh, Gurdev Singh, Gurnam Singh and Swarn Singh allegedly surrounded the six officials, tied them to trees, and started thrashing them. It was only when the senior officials of the Forest Department came to know about the incident that they rushed to the spot and released the six injured personnel. A case has been registered and one of the accused Jagdev Singh has been nabbed.

Cabinet minister manhandled: Cabinet minister Bansidhar Bhagat became the target of the ire of the striking state government employees during a visit to Haldwani on Friday. The employees are learnt to have manhandled the minister. The police had to resort to a mild lathi-charge to bring the situation under control. According to sources, the employees rushed to the Forest Guest House at Tikoniya, where the minister was staying, and sent a request to the minister for an appointment. When the minister did not talk to them and was about to leave, the agitated employees dragged him out and allegedly manhandled him. It was then that the police resorted to lathi-charge injuring three employees. A probe has been ordered by the administration into the matter.

‘Stop VDO’s salary’: Chief Development Officer at Nainital Deepak Rawat has ordered stopping of salary payment to the Village Development Officer (VDO) posted at Kakod village of the Okhalkanda block. The action came when it was brought to his notice during the ongoing Atal Chaupal programme that the VDO had not released ration cards to the villagers for over six months, which had forced the villagers to purchase foodgrains from the open market, and they could not use the benefits of the Public Distribution System.

Deer killed in accident: A deer was killed when a car hit it on the periphery of the Jim Corbett National Park. The incident took place on Friday near Aamdanda village. According to the information, the deer is assumed to be returning to the forest after drinking water from the Kosi river. The passengers inside the car had a narrow escape, while the vehicle suffered slight damage. The animal was rushed to a veterinary hospital, where it was declared brought dead.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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