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Rayat-Bahra’s centre of excellence
: The Rayat-Bahra Punjab Infotech Center of Excellence (RBPICOE) would start functioning from this Saturday in the state. Rayat-Bahra Group chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra said the RBPICOE would be the first of its kind centre in the country, mainly focusing on the development of core skills in the emerging sectors. 

ABVP to hold protest on July 27
: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), BJP's student wing, would hold a nationwide protest on July 27 to protest the alleged rampant corruption during the UPA Government's rule. ABVP state organising secretary Suraj Bhardwaj said over 10 lakh students were likely to participate in the protest. 

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Class VIII student attempts suicide
: A Class VIII student of Sant Isher Singh Senior Secondary School, Karamsar, allegedly tried to end her life by jumping from the third floor of the school building on Thursday. The girl is under treatment at a private hospital in Doraha and as per the principal, she was upset over some domestic dispute. 

Moga councillor roughed up
: House meeting of the Moga Municipal Council was disrupted for a couple of hours following scuffle between a councillor and employees of the local body. The employees who were protesting against vice-president Anil Bansal outside the meeting hall turned violent when a councillor Balbir Singh indulged into a verbal duel with them. The councillor was allegedly beaten up by the employees. One table and some window panes of a room were broken during the scuffle. 




IG dead
: Shiv Shakti Rao, Inspector-General of Police, Chief Minister’s flying squad, died after a brief illness at a private hospital in Mohali, near Chandigarh, on Thursday. Rao was advocate Vankatesh Acharya’s son-in-law. He was cremated at Ambala in the evening. Rao is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. 

Date extended
:The Haryana Backward Classes Commission has extended the date for requests for inclusion in the OBC list up to August 31. An official spokesman said here the commission had so far received 76 representations from various castes or communities. The commission would gather data regarding literacy rate, land holdings and other such aspects from various government agencies. The NGOs would be engaged for conducting surveys on various castes with regard to their social educational status, land holdings, social customs or rituals. 

Gandhian dead
: Noted Gandhian, social worker and lawyer Jagat Sarup (68) died in a local hospital following a brief illness on Wednesday night. He is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter. Born on January 1, 1943, he became a member of the Hisar Bar Association in 1968. He took over reins of the local Sarvodaya Bhawan after the death of noted Sarvodaya leader Dada Ganeshi Lal. His cremation was largely attended. The Hisar Bar Association mourned his death. 

Patwari held
: A district vigilance team arrested a patwari while taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a farmer of Subana village here on Wednesday. A farmer, Kanwar Singh, had lodged a complaint with the vigilance police against patwari Dhanveer. The police arrested Dhanveer when he was accepting the bribe from Kanwar Singh at his office for making an entry into the revenue record. A case has been registered. 

: The Kaithal police has arrested Mohinder of Keorak village who along with another villager Ashwani allegedly attacked a compounder and some patients at a private clinic at Pehowa Chowk on Wednesday . 

Kurukshetra UIET gets grant
: The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Kurukshetra University, has been selected for the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQUIP) grant of Rs 10 crore for the strengthening of infrastructure and human resources. DDS Sandhu, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, said here on Thursday that the grant was decided in the 5th meeting of National Steering Committee of National Programme Implementation Unit, a unit of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. 

Medical camp
: As many as 750 men, women and children from Lukhi, Bisoha and other surrounding villages were examined by doctors at a medical camp held at Sewa Samiti Multi-Speciality Charitable Hospital at Lukhi village, 30 km from here, on Wednesday. The patients were given medicines free of cost. 

Girl ends life
: A teenaged school-going girl allegedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire at her residence in Norang village on Thursday. The victim, Saroj (18), a class XII student, was allegedly upset over the dressing down received from her father for coming late from school on Wednesday. She sprinkled kerosene on her body in the morning and set herself on fire.The police has registered a case. 



House-cum-shop collapses
: Shyam Lal of Tangar village in Dhar Tatoh gram panchayat, near here, lost property worth Rs 10 lakh when his three-storey house-cum-shop suddenly collapsed due to heavy consistent downpour in the area on Wednesday. Reports said Shyam was about to start his service station in his roadside house-cum-shop when one of the pillars of his house collapsed and with it the entire building. Led by village elders, panchayat president Parma Nand has urged the district administration and the government to provide immediate financial help to the affected family. 

Body found from Gobind Sagar: A body, which was located floating in the Gobind Sagar near Ghanolla village under Talai police station on July 18 by villagers, has been found to be that of Havildar Sher Singh (38) of Salgram village, Udaypur tehsil, Lahaul-Spiti. Reports said his body was recognised by his brother Rajender Singh and other relatives on Wednesday. Sher Singh was missing since July 10. They said Sher Singh seemed to have taken his life as his wife was found dead in his rented house at Bhuntar (Kullu) on July 10. Sher Singh was in Dogra Scouts unit and posted at Jhakadi in Himachal from where Army officers are arriving here to take charge of his body. 

Truck driver goes missing: Ram Krishan Rana, a truck driver, of Badgaon village, near here, has been missing since Wednesday along with his fully loaded truck (HP-23-1958), which is said to have swerved from the road and fallen into the flooded Sutlej between Barmana and Sallappad on the NH-21 (Bilaspur-Mandi road). The police has registered a case. The truck was carrying rolled iron rods from Gobindgarh, Punjab, to Kullu and had just left Barmana when the accident took place. 

Two held with illicit liquor
:The Indora police of this subdivision seized 80,000 ml of illicit liquor during police patrolling at Khanpur Ulaharian under Thakurdwara police station on Thursday. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the police has recovered 40,000 ml illicit liquor each from the possession of Dharmender and Gagan of the same village. They had been arrested and a case under the Excise Act lodged against them. 



Women cops may have new uniform
: The Uttarakhand Police is contemplating changing the uniform of the women
cops according to their convenience. Director General of Police (DGP) Jyoti Swaroop Pandey said: “At present, they have trousers and shirts as a uniform for women cops. However, we will ask them for suggestions regarding the new uniform, following which we will send a proposal to the state government.” The DGP said the uniforms of women cops in others states would also be kept in mind while deciding on the matter. 

Chain snatched: In yet another incident of chain snatching, an elderly woman was targeted by two motorcycle-borne miscreants in the Nehrugram area. The victim, Sundari Devi has said she was returning home from a nearby area on the Wednesday night when two persons, who were riding a bike, snatched her chain. Before she could react or raise the alarm, they fled from the spot. Later, she lodged a complaint with the police. The cops from the Nehru Colony police station inspected the spot and looked for the two. However till the filing of the report no success could be made in their arrest. 

Wall collapses: A wall at an open place near a residential area in Brahamawala collapsed due to heavy rain. However, no one was injured in the incident. The police rushed to the spot after it got the information about the wall collapse. The cops said no one was present near the wall when it collapsed. The debris was later removed from there. 

Kumaon Briefs

Statehood agitators await certificates
: A total of 352 identified statehood agitators in the district of Bageshwar on Thursday met the SDM and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister demanding issuing of certificates to them. “We have been demanding the certificates of statehood agitators for the past five years but despite the inquiry by the local intelligence agencies and the administration, we have not been issued the certificates. We have not been able to avail the facilities being provided to the statehood agitators like medical facilities due to want of these certificates,” said Puran Chandra Pathak, a statehood agitator.

Villagers demand potable water
: Villagers of Kari, a remote village situated near the Indo-Nepal border in Champawat district, have threatened to launch an agitation against the failure of the administration to provide them safe drinking water. The villagers allege that they are being compelled to drink contaminated water, as the only drinking water source used to feed the village has been damaged for the past eight months. “Despite repeated memoranda to the district administration, Champawat, the Jal Sansthan workers have not repaired the water source compelling the villagers to drink impure water from open sources,” said Hira Devi, a Block Development Commiittee (BDC) member from the village.

Gangster Pandey network  under scanner
: The Haldwani police has decided to investigate into the network of Parkash Pandey alias PP, a notorious gangster considered to be close to don Chhota Rajan. The activities of Pandey, who is in jail, have again come into focus following the arrest of Deepak Sisodia from Haldwani who provided arms to assailants in the journalist murder case in Mumbai. “The network of PP has become suspicious since he has been involved in extortion in the area for the past one decade. The police will investigate his network and the nature of criminal activities and the involvement of his gang in other criminal activities on the Indo-Nepal border,” said RS Meena, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kumoan.

Six girls held for flesh trade: The local police has unearthed a high-profile sex racket being run from a posh colony in the city by arresting six girls and two youths from a house of the colony on Wednesday night. The woman owning the house was also arrested. All the culprits have been arrested and sent to jail. The arrested girls aged between 18 and 22 years hailed from Siliguri and Delhi, according to the police.

Protesters adamant  on separate dists:
The sit-in agitation by the people of Ranikhet and Dwarahat, demanding the creation of separate districts at both places completed its 188th and 184th days on Thursday. “This time the people of Ranikhet have decided not to end their agitation till the government fulfils its promise of creating a separate district,” said Vipin Chandra Sharma, who led the agitation in front of the office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Ranikhet. Meanwhile, “Zila Banao Samiti” volunteers in Dwarahat continued their dharna demanding a separate Dwarahat district. “We need a separate district at Dwarahat as the area was neglected by the respective governments after the independence of the country,” said Pratap Singh Bisht, who led the peaceful dharna at the office of SDM, Dwarahat.

Women attack forest officials
: Fearing attacks by wild animals near their houses due to plantation of bamboo saplings, resident of Tanakpur and Banabasa under the East Terai forest division on Thursday attacked the forest workers doing plantation near their area and uprooted nearly 2,500 bamboo saplings. “We want the bamboo sapling be planted four km away from the village area. Villagers and their crops often become the victim of the attack by wild animals,” said Shanti Devi, a resident of Gari Goth village in Banbasa. The forest officials have lodged a complaint against 35 women in this connection with the police. “The bamboo saplings were being planted under the ‘Bamboo Project’ of the Union Environment and Forest Ministry in an area of 40 hectare,” said Dev Singh Shahi, a forest official.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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