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Blood donation: At the end of month-long voluntary blood donation campaign from June 14 to July 14, the district health authorities on Thursday organised a function to honour the voluntary blood donors and the NGOs. District Health Officer Dr Raghubir Singh Randhawa presided over the function. The NGOs honoured included United Welfare Society, Aasra Welfare Society, Naujwan Welfare Society, Shaheed Jarnail Singh Welfare Society, and the Nirankari Mandal. About 70 individual voluntary blood donors, including Vinod Bansal (blood donation for 103 times), Vijay Bareja (93 times) and Hardeep Singh (80 times).

Drugs seized: District Drug Inspector today raided Shiv Medicos on the Pringle Road and seized about 300 habit-forming capsules, 1,000 tablets and 12 cough syrups from the shop.

Training camp
: Twelve students of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, attended a 10-day training camp organised by the department of youth welfare, Punjab University, Chandigarh, at Dr YS Parmar University, Nauni (Solan). A team from Gobindgarh Pubic College was adjudged the ‘best duty group team’, while Sukhjeet Singh of BA-II was declared the best camper.

Helpline against child exploitation
: In order to control crime against children, the Patiala district administration has launched a telephone facility so that the children could report any instance of psychological or physical exploitation. Presiding over the first meeting of the Child Line Advisory Board at the Mini-Secretariat here today, ADC APS Virk said, “If anyone wanted to report any such case could call anytime on the emergency toll free number 1,098.




Development works
: About Rs 233.46 crore has been spent on development works in the district since 2005. This comes to Rs 39 crore per year, earmarked mainly for development of infrastructure in rural parts of the district. The District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO) said here on Wednesday that the development works undertaken included provision of water supply, drainage and disposal of waste and rain water, erecting streetlights and construction of public buildings in villages.

Man held with fake currency: The police arrested Ravinder Kumar of Nehru Garden Colony here with fake currency notes of Rs 2,500 in denomination of Rs 100 each. A police spokesman said the accused was trying to purchase goods using a fake currency note of Rs 100. The police rounded him up near a temple and seized fake currency notes from him. The accused said he had received these notes from a hotel owner near the Wagha border, Amritsar, against a payment of Rs 1,000.

Army personnel drowns
: An Army personnel drowned in Begna river near Naraingarh on Wednesday morning while five other Army men escaped. The deceased was identified as Hawaldar Rajiv Narain Dabral. The Army had camped on the banks of the river for conducting exercise to fight against the floods on Tuesday. Following heavy rain in Himachal Pardesh, rain water flooded the river. The current of water was so strong that two Army vehicles were washed away.

9 docs found absent
:Subhita Dhaka, city magistrate, visited the local Civil Hospital yesterday and found nine medical officers absent. They were Dr S Tayagi, Dr Sushil Kumar, Dr Bhani Sharma, Dr J Bedi, Dr Sukhdip Kaur, Dr Sudhir Batra, Dr S Das, Dr Ashish Tayagi and Dr S Lata. She also found four other staffers absent.

Saini Samaj  holds protest: Members of the Saini Samaj and other organisations from Rewari, Mahendergarh, Narnaul, Hisar and Gurgaon on Wednesday held a protest against the failure of the police to arrest the alleged killers of Praveen Saini, 23, of Bhim Khedi village, whose bare body was recovered from a water tank of Kalaka village on June 15. The protesters marched from the Rao Tula Ram Park here to the district secretariat where they staged a dharna. The deceased’s father said Praveen along with his two colleagues had gone for an outing on June 12. After the recovery of Praveen’s body from the tank on June 15, the family got suspicious about the duo’s motive and approached the police. Eventually a case had been registered against the duo on June 23. Subsequently, the case was transferred to the CIA Police, which too remained slack.



Man gets 6-month jail for graft
: Special/Sessions Judge Sushil Kukreja here on Wednesday found Sunka Ram, a former patwari of the Namhole Patwar Circle, guilty of accepting a bribe from a villager and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for six months and an additional fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 7, Prevention of Corruption Act. Under Section 13 (2) of this Act, Sunka Ram, a resident of Tihra village, near here, was also sentenced to one-year imprisonment and an additional fine of Rs 2,500.

Woman dies of burn injuries
: Thirtyfive-year-old Neelam of Gola village near Suinta, mother of three children, succumbed to her burn injuries late Wednesday night at the DRPGMC, Tanda. She had been under treatment there for the past five days. Her clothes had caught fire while working in the kitchen and she had received severe burn injuries, the police said. Her body after postmortem was handed over to her relatives on Thursday.

41 LPG cylinders seized: In a joint raid conducted by the police and officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, 41 LPG cylinders were seized from an illegal agency at Billanwali village near Baddi on Thursday. The police arrested Gurdev Singh who had been operating this unauthorised agency from his residence. SP, Baddi, Gurdev Chand Sharma said the culprit used a Tullu pump to fill LPG in empty cylinders. A case under the Essential Commodities Act was registered.



Students protest against fee hike
: The Progressive Students Association (PSA) today started a two-day protest against the fee hike announced by University of Jammu. Activists of the PSA staged a dharna in front of Dhanvantri Library on the university campus and demanded that the hike should be withdrawn. MS Bhatti, leader of the PSA, said:” The university authorities have increased the fee from 25 per cent to 125 per cent, which is an injustice to the students. So, this anti-student decision should be taken back with immediate effect.”

Tourist found dead in Leh: A German tourist, Reetz Edith Johanna, was found dead in Hotel Grand Willo in Leh on Thursday. Inquest proceedings were initiated, the police said.

Man’s body taken out of Jhelum: The body of Zubair Ahmad Kachroo, a resident of Sangrampora, Sopore, was fished out of the Jhelum, near Sheeri, in Baramulla district on Thursday. The police said the body was handed over to the family of the deceased.

Two killed in Kupwara mishap: Two persons, Mungta Koshi, and Fazal-u-din Kataria, were killed on the spot when a tree fell on them, near the Marhama forest in the Trehgam area of Kupwara district.



Man trampled by elephant
: A man was trampled by an elephant in the Lakshman Jhula area of Rishikesh. The deceased, 65-year-old Pathania Bahadur of Nepalese origin had gone to the Narendra Nagar forests to collect wood for fuel when he was attacked by an elephant. The Rishikesh had witnessed a rise in the incidents of man-elephant conflict in the past few months. Earlier, two persons, including an industrialist, were trampled by an elephant.

Trekkers’ bodies: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday disclosed that the state government had constituted a 15-member team of the National Institute of Mountaineering that would leave for the Sita glacier on Friday. It would report back to the administration for means to bring back the bodies of eight trekkers. He said if need be the state government would also press helicopters into service.

Effigy burnt: Activists of the Uttarakhand Congress Committee, led by former state Congress secretary Vishal Dobhal, on Thursday burnt an effigy of the state government in protest against an alleged health scam. The Congress workers gathered at the Ashley Hall Chowk where they brunt the effigy. They asked the Governor to order a probe into the health scam.

Kumaon Briefs
Youngsters fire into air:
In a freak incident reported from the Naukuchiyatal area of Nainital district, four youngsters fled after firing into the air following a spat with some locals over eve-teasing. Two girls of Chanauti village were returning home late Wednesday evening after taking tuitions when four youngsters sitting in a road side eating joint made lewd comments on them. The girls rushed home and related the incident to the villagers that led to a dozen villagers rushing to the restaurant. Finding themselves trapped, two of the youngsters brought out their pistols and started firing into the air. This led to a commotion taking advantage of which the four youngsters fled from the spot in their car.

Hosiery shop gutted: A shop was gutted in a fire resulting from a short-circuit in the congested Sadar Bazar in Haldwani on Wednesday. Two fire tenders were pressed into service to bring the fire under control. The personnel of the Fire Department were helped by the local shopkeepers in the effort. The fire could be doused in two hours. The shop selling hosiery products is learnt to have incurred heavy losses.

Youth drowned in canal: A youth from Jaspur was drowned in a canal in Ramnagar on Wednesday. According to sources, the deceased has been identified as 19-year-old Ghulam Moinuddin who was a resident of the Idgah Road area in Jaspur. He was on a visit to a madarsa in the Khatadi area of Ramnagar when he went to take a bath in the canal near the Balaji temple along with three others. A sudden gush of water led to his drowning. His body was fished out by divers after an hour.

Car falls into gorge; 2 killed: Two persons were killed and two were injured when the car in which they were travelling fell into a gorge near Ikuraula village of Almora on the Tuesday night. The deceased have been identified as Surendra Singh of Bunashpani village and Santosh Singh of Matkhani village in Almora. The car is learnt to have fallen 100 meters into the gorge. Those injured in the accident are Gopal Singh and Man Singh of Buranshpani village.

Freedom fighter dead: A freedom fighter from Rudrapur, Lallan Prasad Dwivedi passed away at Haldwani on Wednesday. It is learnt that he was suffering from a heart ailment for which he was being treated at the Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital. Born in 1923 in Salempur village of Lar Block of Deoriya in Uttar Pradesh, Dwivedi had joined the struggle for freedom under the leadership of Baba Raghav Das. He had participated in the non co-operation and satyagraha movements launched by Mahatma Gandhi. He had been a staunch Gandhian throughout his life.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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