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Vanmahotsav celebrated:
The horticulture branch of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) celebrated Vanmahotsav by planting saplings at the Bathinda Fort. The in-charge of the horticulture branch, Satya Parkash, urged people to plant trees near their houses and preserve ecology.

Pbi varsity sets up college at Ghudda: The Punjabi University, Patiala, established its college at Ghudda (Bathinda) under the 11th Plan of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for setting up seven new model degree colleges in Punjab. Presently, the college is enrolling students for courses in BA, B Com-professional, B.Sc., medical and non-medical, BCA and PGDCA. Last date for submission of admission forms is July 14. Dr DK Madaan, in-charge of the college, said the annual fee is comparatively 23 per cent less than government colleges.

Man kills brother-in-law:
A man stabbed his estranged brother-in-law to death in Fazilka today. As per the details, Purshotam Verma and his brother-in-law Piare Lal (45), residents of the local Gandhi Nagar locality, had a verbal duel over an old family enmity. Investigating officer, in-charge, city police station, Fazilka, Sanjiv Setia said Lal and his wife Neelam were booked under sections 302, 34 of the IPC.




Treat for music lovers: Ghazal singer Arjun Jaipuri regaled audience during “Surmai Sham” at Kalagram here today. The programme, a veritable mix of Sufiana kalaams, ghazals and songs, was organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala.



Woman dies in road mishap:
A 65-year-old woman was killed in a roadside accident on Sunday when she was hit by a scooter at Bhaloglova, the police said here. Staya Devi of Bhaloglova village was hit by a scooter and suffered a head injury when alighted from a bus. She was first rushed to Jawalamukhi Hospital from where she was referred to the DRPGMC Tanda where she succumbed to her injuries. A search for the scooter driver involved in the accident was on. A case under Sections 279 and 304-A, IPC, was registered.

Youth dies of  poisoning: A 24-year-old youth died at the DRPGMC Tanda on Sunday following the consumption of poison when he was allegedly under the influence of liquor, the police said here. Ajay Kumar of Maniyana village in this district was under the influence of liquor and consumed some drug. He was rushed to DRPGMC Hospital Tanda where he died.

Father, son killed in road accident:
A father and his son belonging to Jais village in the Theog area were killed when the pick-up van they were travelling in met with an accident, late Sunday night. The mishap took place at around 11.30 pm near Nangal Devi, 5 km from Theog. The two were killed as the Jeep rolled into a deep gorge.

Man gets 6-month imprisonment:
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mandi, Rajesh Chuhan has sentenced Gauri Krishan of Pandoh, Mandi district, to imprisonment of six months and a fine of Rs 1,000, under Section 338, IPC, and imprisonment of one month and a fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 279, IPC. The police had registered a case of rash and negligent driving due to which the victim had got injured on a road at Bhuli near Mandi on March 1, 2007.



ATM card stolen:
Kesar Sood, a former administrative officer, Rudrapur, has alleged that someone has stolen ATM card and withdrawn Rs 1. 89 lakh. In his compliant to the police, he suspected the role of his nephew, Ramesh Singh.

Water tariff: Terming the decision of the government to raise water tariff as anti-people, the Congress has threatened to launch a statewide agitation. Senior Congress leader Suryakant Dhasmana said they would strongly oppose the decision. “The government has no control over prices,” said Dhasmana.

Meeting: On the occasion of the annual meeting of the Gorkha Rifles Ex-servicemen Association, Rajpur MLA Ganesh Joshi appreciated and honoured the bravery of soldiers at the border and also assured ex-servicemen to assist them throughout. The programme was organised at the auditorium of the Survey of India where ex-servicemen of Anarwala, Nayagaon and Johrigaon participated.

Death mourned: Students and the faculty of Graphic Era University have mourned the death of the university’s Pro-VC, Prof K P Nautiyal. Nautiyal passed away on Monday morning. He was 72-year-old and served as the VC of HNB Garhwal University and Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Awadh University. He also worked in the department of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology from 1978 to 1993.

Kumaon Briefs
Jams on Garur-Kausani road irk commuters:
The Garur-Kausani road in Bageshwar district has become a venue of traffic jams these days. The reason is said to be the metalling of a road that is being done at a time when the monsoon has already arrived. Commuters are facing a tough time on account of frequent traffic snarls. Those going to places like Kausani, Baijnath, Gwaldam, Chaukori and Bageshwar are getting delayed by several hours.

New party floated:A new political party, Sainik Samaj Party, has been floated in Kumaon. The first convention of the party was held at Haldwani on Sunday. The party claims to be having 2,000 members across the region and is in favour of the Presidential form of system in the democracy. The party leadership has made it clear that it would field its candidates in the forthcoming Assembly polls. It has stated that apart from ex-servicemen, the party has a support base among other sections of society. The party leadership has stated that the party stands for making far more stringent laws for dealing with social ills like dowry killings, female infanticide and kidnapping.

Landlords fined over Rs 35,000:The Rudrapur police in Udham Singh Nagar district has launched a drive against those landlords who do not get their tenants verified. They have recovered a fine of over Rs 35,000 from those who showed reluctance in getting the antecedents of their tenants verified. At the same time, 15 teams have been set up to carry out a verification drive across the town. On the first day, antecedents of more than 630 tenants were verified. The drive has been initiated to keep a check on the rising instances of crime.

Villagers rue water shortage:Several villages located near Ramnagar are facing water scarcity on account of a tubewell going out of service at Kaniya. It is learnt that the motor of the tubewell has been burnt. The worst affected areas are Chorpani, Kaniya, Semalkhaliya, Karanpur, Himmatpur Dotiyal and the locality of Gangotri Vihar. Residents say that the tubewell has been lying out of order since Saturday night. The people have been compelled to obtain water from hand pumps, open canals and natural sources. The authorities have given an assurance to rectify the fault at the earliest.

Stolen car, weapons recovered:The Udham Singh Nagar Police has arrested four youths and recovered a stolen car and some sharp-edged weapons from their possession. According to information, the youths were arrested near Gadarpur. The accused have been identified as Hari Om and Parul Sharma of Bijnore and Suy Kumar and Suraj of Garhinegi in Ghaziabad. The car recovered from them had been stolen on June 28 from Rudrapur. Further investigations are on in the matter.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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