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Fraud case registered
: The Tapa police has registered a case of fraud against Gagandeep Singh of Raisar village on the complaint of Gobindpal Singh of the same village. Gobindpal has alleged that the accused had taken Rs 8 lakh from him to send him abroad, but he had neither sent him anywhere nor had he returned the money. 

Expose foeticide, get rewarded
: The Punjab Health Department has decided to give a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone exposing cases of female foeticide through sting operations. Health Minister Satpal Gosain said the reward was open to journalists as well as non-journalists. He said a special scheme ‘Save the girl child’ had been formulated especially for this purpose. The minister said that persons who informed the department about cases of female foeticide would also be rewarded Rs 20,000. The department has reserved Rs 5 lakh per annum for successful sting operations, Rs 1.6 lakh for those informing about wrongdoings and for Rs 1.12 crore to encourage village panchayats. 

Reebok, dealer told to pay Rs 35,000
: Disposing of two complaints of deficiency of service, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered Reebok India, New Delhi, and its authorised dealer Shri Balaji Enterprises, Sangrur, to pay complainants Karanvir Singh Tiwana and Navdeep Singh of Patiala district Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively. The complainants had alleged that they were promised by Balaji Enterprises that on purchase of Reebok products totalling Rs 10,000, they would get products worth Rs 12,500. Plus, they were entitled to a tour package to Thailand on paying Rs 4,999. After buying the products and paying the tour amount on June 30, 2010, their tour was rejected on October 18, 2010. 




Youth drowns
:Rohit (26), who had gone to the Bhakra canal at Tohana town with two friends, Gaurav and Pawan, to take a bath last night, was swept away. The youth’s body is yet to be found. Rohit had gone with his friends to the canal around 11 pm after closing his eatery at Tohana . While Gaurav was standing on the canal’s bank, Rohit and Pawan jumped into the canal. However, they started drowning due to the strong currents of water. Gaurav took a rope from a truck standing nearby and threw it into the canal. While Pawan was saved as he grabbed the rope, Rohit was swept away. 

Cables stolen
:Thieves broke into two shops- Sharma Electronics and Jai Laxmi Jewellers, in Nathu Ram Market at Kosli last night. They stole electric cables worth about Rs 50,000 from Sharma Electronics while silver ornaments worth about Rs. 20,000 were taken away from the jewellers’ shop.



Mahila Mandal women honoured
: The Sarva Kalyan Kari Sabha on Sunday organised a programme at Chabutra in which several women from the Mahila Mandal were honoured. President of the sabha also distributed gas burners to 15 Mahila Mandals, sports kits to two Yuvak Mandals and also honoured meritorious students on the occasion.

Man dies of poisoning
: A 31-year-old taxi driver died at the DRPGMC Hospital at Tanda late Saturday night following consumption of poison by him, the police said here on Sunday. According to the police, Sandeep Kumar of Bangni Sidhbhari village was admitted to the Tanda hospital in a precarious condition. He struggled for life for a few hours before he died. The police is investigating the case under Section 174, CrPC. 

Youth rescued from drowning
: A joint team of the Mandi police and the Fire Brigade rescued a youth from drowning in the surging waters of the Suketi Khad in this town on Sunday. According to the police, the youth had gone to answer a call of nature on a boulder along the Suketi Khad, when the river suddenly rose and trapped him in the water. The team rushed to the spot and saved him from drowning. 

Driver gets one-yr imprisonmen: Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Rajesh Chauhan found Raj Kumar, a driver of a private vehicle from Drang, guilty of rash and reckless driving and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 7,500 on him here on Saturday. Complainant Vineet Singhi of Kullu had alleged that his wife Sambhavi died after the vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident at Saat Meel near Mandi a few years ago as Raj Kumar had driven the vehicle recklessly. 

Octogenarian commits suicide
: Prabhudayal Singh, an octogenarian of Kulahara village of Dahkulahara gram panchayat under Indora police station, reportedly committed suicide on Saturday night. The pradhan of Dahkulahara gram panchayat informed the police in this connection. The deceased was mentally disturbed for the past some time and committed suicide by hanging himself from his house roof. The matter was reported under Section 174, CrPC.



Satyagraha Yatra: As the Satyagraha Yatra will reach Dehradun in a few days, Congress workers from the Dehradun Cantt region held a meeting here on Sunday to discuss preparations. Presiding over the meeting, senior party leader and Pradesh Congress Committee member Suryakant Dhasmana said the yatra, led by Uttarkhand Congress President Yashpal Arya, was underway in the state since May 2 and was getting a widespread support. 

2 jawans rescued: The Rishikesh police on Sunday rescued two Army jawans, who got stuck in boulders in the Ganga at Rishikesh. The victims were part of a rafting team of the Garhwal Rifles. The incident took place when their raft overturned. While other team members swam to safety, two jawans, Jitendra and Dipesh, got stuck in boulders in the Ganga.

Theft at shop: Miscreants on Sunday barged into a garments showroom in Rishikesh and decamped with a cash. Lalit Mohan Mishra, the owner of the shop, garments, has lodged an FIR in this regard. He said there was Rs 6,000 in the shop. The police has started investigations.

‘Padyatra’ by CM: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who will complete his two-year tenure as the CM on Monday, will participate in a protest “padyatra” against the hike in fuel products. The “padyatra” will start from his residence and culminate at the Secretariat on Monday. 



Fire at Rudrapur factory
A fire broke out in a poly-leather factory in Rudrapur on Saturday night. According to information, a machine in the factory caught fire which spread abruptly as a pipe supplying oil to the machine was immediately engulfed by the inferno. The fire gradually spread to the godown where flexi sheets manufactured at the unit had been stored. The factory is located in the State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttaranchal hub. The loss is yet to be ascertained.

Regular water supply sought
Residents of localities in Haldwani and Ramnagar are agitated over the failure of the Jal Sansthan to ensure a regular supply of water to them. The people in both these towns have been facing an acute water shortage for the past several days. Both the towns also witnessed a massive protest by the people outside the Jal Sansthan offices on Saturday. The worst affected area in Haldwani is Vanbhoolpura and in Ramnagar its Chorpani, Puchdi, Kyari etc.

Debates on gender statistics
District Magistrate, Champawat, Pankaj Kumar Pandey has asked the authorities of various colleges to organise debates, lectures, workshops and seminars on the issue of gender statistics on June 29. The day is being observed as the centenary year of Prof PC Mahalanobis, the eminent economist who help shaping up the economic policies in India during post-Independence years. Similar programmes will be organised across the country on that day.

Youth held with elephant tusk
The Jaspur police has arrested a youth and seized an elephant tusk weighing 1.2 kg from his possession. According to information, Shakir Hussain of Nai Basti was arrested following a tip-off while he was in the process of selling the ivory. The tusk recovered from him is said to be 19-cm-long. The accused told the police that he had purchased the ivory from one Saddiq of Hajiro village six months ago for Rs 6,000. Saddiq had died under mysterious circumstances three months ago.

Leopard found dead
A leopard was found dead near Kant village, Pithoragarh, on Saturday. The cause of its death is yet unknown. Villagers found the animal lying in a field. They informed officials of the Forest Department, who reached the spot. The body parts of the wild cat are said to be intact.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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