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Anandpur Sahib
Bus mishap on Nangal-Anandpur Sahib road:
A bus, carrying tourists from Bathinda to Nangal dam, met with an accident near Dher village here on Saturday. None of the passengers was hurt in the accident. The bus (PB 03 X 0735) carrying around 30 tourists from Bathinda overturned on the Nangal-Anandpur Sahib road opposite the Dher village gurdwara. “I suddenly lost control over the vehicle,” the driver of the bus told the police. All the passengers were taken out safely from the bus and sent to Nangal in another bus.

Man commits suicide
: A man allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near Allowal village on the Batala-Amritsar section here on Friday. Satnam, a resident of Shankarpura village, was working as a labourer in a factory at Batala. The GRP, Batala, cops reached the handed over the body to the relatives here on Saturday after its post-mortem examination. No FIR has been registered in this regard so far.

Sodhi appointed as PUNBUS director:
The Punjab Government on Saturday appointed Dyal Sodhi as a director of the Punjab State Bus Stand Management Company Ltd (PUNBUS). Sodhi is Bathinda district (Rural) president of the BJP.

Blood donation camp: About 25 persons donated blood during a camp organised to mark the installation day of the State Bank of India (SBI) here on Saturday. Regional manager of the SBI Hamir Singh inaugurated the camp.

Shahkot confectioner goes missing at Baltal
: Haridev alias Bittu Bhalla (40), a confectioner from Shahkot in Nakodar went missing at Baltal, 15 km from the Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, on June 20. He had gone there along with the Shahkot Langar Sewa Samiti as a sweetmeat maker. Charan Das Gaba, president of the samiti, said that they had registered a FIR at the concerned police station and also informed the Amarnath Shrine Board about the incident.




HC Deputy Registrar:
Sonepat CJM Major Phalit Sharma has been posted at the Punjab and Haryana HC as Deputy Registrar-cum-OSD. Earlier, he was posted at Chandigarh as senior sub judge (first class) in the UT District Courts. He then joined as Rly Magistrate at Ambala, before moving to Sonepat.

Water samples taken: Taking cognisance of a report published in these columns on Saturday highlighting the supply of dirty tap water in Sector 21, a team of public health department visited the area and collected water samples. Area councillor Anju Beniwala said water samples were taken from houses and sent for the test.

Liquor racket: Prime accused held: The UT Police today arrested the prime accused, liquor contractor Azad Singh, involved in the liquor smuggling racket unearthed on July 4, after he surrendered at the Mani Majra police station. He was later released on bail.



Rana is member of JCC:
Retired official Hem Singh Rana has been nominated as a non-official member of the state-level Joint Consultative Committee for pensioners, which was re-constituted by the Government of HP, according to a press statement posted on the official website of the state government on Saturday.

Mother-in-law held
: In the Aruna Kumari suicide case, the Dehara Gopipur police on Saturday arrested Aruna’s mother-in-law from Battwa village and charged her with forcing Aruna to commit suicide. A police team also went to Gurgaon to arrest Vijay Kumar, Aruna’s husband. Sanjiv Gandhi, ASP, said Aruna’s parents alleged that it was a case of murder as she was being tortured by her in-laws for bringing inadequate dowry.

Vice-President's family visits Chail:
Salma Ansari, wife of Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari, and their daughters, who had arrived here on Friday evening, visited the popular tourist destination of Chail. The family which is staying at Heritage Palace Hotel also visited other places of tourist interest at Chail on Saturday, including the Sidd Tibba which houses a famous temple. The family will go back on Sunday after halting for lunch at Barog.



Omar calls on Governor:
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah met Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here on Saturday. According to an official spokesman, in an over one-hour meeting, the Governor and the Chief Minister discussed various important issues relating to the security and socio-economic development of the state, including matters concerning the early establishment of the Panchayati Raj institutions. They also discussed issues relating to effective coordination between all government and private agencies concerned for the continuing upgrade of arrangements and facilities for tourists and pilgrims.



Sarak yojana:
Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj has sought the linking of hill villages having a population of 250 under the Pradhan Mantri Sarak Yojana of the Central Government. In a letter to Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Vilashrao Deshmukh, the MP said villagers in the hill areas face inconveniences due to a little road connectivity. He said there were several villages in the state that had population less then Rural Development Minister’s stipulated road connectivity population criterion of 500. He said there was a need for the construction of roads sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sarak Yojana.

Cheating case: A resident of Basant Vihar alleged that someone had withdrawn Rs 1.27 lakh through his ATM card. He alleged that his the card got exchanged with an unidentified man. The money was allegedly withdrawn from the ATM situated on GMS Road on July 26.

Ornaments stolen: Thieves barged into a house situated on Sahastradhara Road and decamped with cash and ornaments worth Rs 40,000. According to the compliant of Rekha Bansal, the theft took place on Friday. The police has registered a case of theft in the Rajpur Road police station and has started investigations into the matter.

Theft at shop: A theft was committed at a shop in the Rishikesh area. According to the shop owner, Ganga Ram, the incident took place on Friday. A case has been registered.

Kumaon Briefs
Waterlogging: Residents gherao XEN’s office:
Agitated over the failure of the administration to take steps to check waterlogging in the town, residents of Kashipur gheraoed the office of the Executive Engineer of the Jal Nigam. They are demanding that the problem of waterlogging on Station Road be solved on a priority basis. They said despite the local legislator having asked the Jal Nigam to prepare a proposal to deal with the problem, there had been no proactive step taken in the direction. They said the problem not only created problems in terms of movement, but was also a health hazard. The residents maintained that even the buildings in which water enters were being damaged on account of this. The people have demanded that immediate steps be taken to deal with the problem failing which they would be forced to launch an agitation.

Teacher found dead in Pithoragarh: A teacher was found dead in his rented accommodation in Pithoragarh. The deceased has been identified as 50-year-old Mrinal Khatri and was a resident of Raipur in Dehradun. He was a teacher at a private school. His room was bolted from outside. Not seeing or hearing any movement from inside, residents of the area brought the matter to the notice of the police, which broke open the door only to find the body. The deceased’s family has been informed about the incident.

Four stolen motorcycles recovered: The Khatima police has nabbed an auto-lifter and claim to have recovered four stolen motorcycles from his possession. According to information, acting on a tip-off, the police cordoned off the area near a temple in Chakarpur. They arrested Lakshman Singh Chauhan while he was driving a motorcycle with no registration number. During the course of interrogation, he led the police to the recovery of three more stolen motorcycles.

Motorcyclist run over by tractor: A motorcyclist was killed when he was run over by a tractor near Bailpadav in Ramnagar on Friday evening. The accident took place near Chunakhan Ki Puliya. The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Bhupendra Singh Bisht of Bagwalipokhar village in the Someshwar area of Almora district. His brother-in-law who was riding pillion has also sustained injuries in the accident. The police has impounded the tractor and efforts are on to arrest the driver, who is still at large.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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