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Youth dies of snakebite
: Twentyfive-year-old-Balwinder Kumar of Bhankarpur village died while being treated at the PGI, Chandigarh, yesterday. He had been bitten by a snake a few days back.

Sangeeta Mittal teaches reiki to NRIs in CanadaHoshiarpur
Sangeeta Mittal spreads art of reiki in Canada
: Reiki grandmaster Sangeeta Mittal spread the art of Sanjeevni Reiki in Brompton (Ontario), Canada, in July. She also taught the science of reiki to a large number of NRIs in Canada.

Sangeeta Mittal teaches reiki to NRIs in Canada.

Check-up camp
: A free homeopathy camp was held at Guru Ravidas temple in Basti Danishmandan by the Yuva Seva Sangh here. As many as 150 patients were examined by a team of specialist doctors.

Bachpan Bachao Andolan: The NGO, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, working for the prevention of child labour and to safeguard child rights, has constituted a district committee. Dinesh Kumar was chosen as chairman, Master Fulvindra Singh - Vice-Chairman; Krantipal, secretary; Deepak, assistant secretary; Raunki Kasid, press secretary and Dinesh, cashier. Dinesh said the committee would soon hand over a demand letter to the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner over the issue of child rights.

Girls’ hostel inaugurated: A new hostel for girls at the DAV College, Jalandhar, was inaugurated by Poonam Suri, secretary, DAV College Management Committee, New Delhi.

Dial 108 for ambulance:
An ambulance service was launched in Shahkot for which people just need to dial 108, a toll free health line number. Gurmeet Singh Sandhu, who took charge of the Shahkot police station, along with the representatives of the Health Department, gave green signal to the ambulance. As much as 139 types of medicines and different types of automatic stretchers will be available in the ambulance.

Quiz contest: State Public School, Shahkot, organised an inter-house quiz competition for juniors and seniors students. In juniors, Tamana, Gursirat, Tanish and Roman of Amrita Pritam House and in seniors’ category, Harleen, Avinash, Ritish, Simar and Komal of Hellen Keller House got applauds.

1 held with opium
: The Patran police arrested Ram Singh and recovered 1 kg of opium from his possession. A case was registered against him under the NDPS Act. “We are further questioning him in this regard,” claimed cops.



Juvenile jail  building: A new juvenile jail building has come up at a cost of Rs 80 lakh on Barwala Road here which will be inaugurated on August 6. The new building can accommodate 50 juvenile offenders. It has separate sections for undertrials and convicts. So far, juvenile offenders were being lodged in Gurgaon and Sonepat correction homes. After the inauguration, offenders from Hisar, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani and Jind will be shifted to the new jail. An official of the Child Welfare Department said the new jail had arrangements for education and technical training of juveniles.

MC general body meeting: The district administration has commenced the exercise for fixing a date for the general body meeting of the municipal committee to decide the no-confidence motion moved by councillors against president Urmila Sorot before the Deputy Commissioner. As many as 13 of the 16 councillors have expressed lack of confidence in Sorot. Jai Singh, husband of Sorot, claimed on Monday that three of the 13 councillors had come back to the fold. He also alleged that the other councillors had been forcibly detained by Congress MLA Suraj Bhan and forced to act against their wishes.

2,280 kg of poppy husk seized
: The police seized 2,280 kg poppy husk worth Rs 23 lakh being carried in a canter packed in bags during a naka bandi on Monday. Simardeep Singh, SP, said a police team noticed a canter coming from Kaithal and signalled it to stop. But the driver took his vehicle towards Bhuna T point where a police vehicle overtook the canter but the driver after halting his vehicle managed to escape. Following a search of the vehicle, 57 bags of poppy husk were found. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.

Youth’s body recovered:
The body of a youth, Ajay Singh Yadav (20), of Naya Gaon village, Alwar district (Rajasthan), was recovered by the police from a minor of the JLN Canal at Lisana village on Monday. A mobile phone that was recovered by the police from his pocket had led to his identification. The police said the assailants, who had killed the youth by slitting his throat with a sharp-edged weapon, had subsequently dumped the body into the minor.

Man commits suicide: Veerpal Yadav, 45, committed suicide by hanging himself at Gugodh village, near Kosli, on Tuesday. The police said he was afflicted with mental discomfiture that led him to take the extreme step.

Boy drowns  in tank: Gurmeet (11), of Kosli, drowned in a water supply tank here on Monday. Sources said when Gurmeet along with his other companions, was taking a bath, he abruptly went into deep water and drowned.

Vocational training: Under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) scheme for addressing regional imbalances, the authorities have taken up a project to impart a vocational training to dropout students of the age group of 18-35 years. The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), British Council and City & Gilds will provide the training in automobiles, hospitality, agriculture and other allied services under the project. While the CII and City & Guilds will impart vocational training, British Council will train them in communication skills.


Jawan commits suicide over domestic dispute:
A military jawan, in his late 20s, reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in Vikasnagar, the police said. He had come to his hometown Vikasnagar on vacation. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination. Deepak Kumar Tomar reportedly had a dispute with his wife which made him take this extreme step.

Bangladesh national nabbed: A Bangladeshi national was handed over to the police by Air Force officers in Clement Town area on Tuesday. SSP GS Martolia said the passport seized from the suspect is yet to be verified. Intelligence and IB officials are questioning him. According to intelligence sources, the man looks more like a beggar.

25 persons donate blood: The IMA Blood Bank of Uttarakhand organised a voluntary blood donation camp at Fullerton India, Dehradun, on Tuesday. The aim of the camp was to encourage people to volunteer for blood donation and reduce the ever-increasing need for safe blood in society. The camp, organised by Sanjay Gaur of Fullerton India, was led by the Social Marketing Officer of IMA Blood Bank, Gaurav Singh Rawat. The camp saw a favourable response from volunteers. As many as 25 persons donated blood while several other volunteers participated in the blood donation awareness drive.

Man held with ivory: A man has been arrested for possessing ivory at Kalagarh range of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, official sources said yesterday. Rustam, a resident of the Kalagarh area, was arrested with the ivory by a forest patrol team.

15 kg adulterated ghee seized: A joint team of the Health and Food and Supplies Departments raided several commercial establishments. The team seized 15 kg of adulterated vanaspati ghee from a unit at the Shiv Moorti chowk, near railway station. The team found contractual labourers, including women, were manufacturing the spurious ghee in a rented room at a dharamshala. Chief Food Inspector Duleep Jain said in view of the Kanwar Mela such illegal activities were on the rise and the culprits would be dealt with strictly.

Mild action against Kanwariyas: The police had to resort to a mild action against the Kanwariyas who tried to intimidate police personnel on duty as well as break the laws. The incident occurred at Bahadrabad where Kanwariyas have been seen trying to tread on the highway instead of the designated Kanwar route for the past few days.

Shantikunj head in US: Head of the Akhil Vishwa Gayatri Parivar, Dr Pranav Pandya, has reached the US to attend a three-day youth camp at Piscot beginning from July 28. Dr Pandya will also participate in a Gayatri Mahayagna in New Jersey on July 31.

Water pipeline work inaugurated: State Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik inaugurated the work of laying a water pipeline at Mohalla Kotarwan, near Baba Burj Mazaar, at the Jwalapur suburb. Fakira Khan, a resident, said when this line got operational, the residents of the mohalla would not have to tread long distances to fetch potable water.

Kargil martyrs remembered: The Kargil martyrs were remembered by the residents, particularly those from the hill communities, here on Tuesday. A total of 75 Army personnel from the state laid down their lives while the total number of martyrs of the Kargil War was 524. Uday Ram Semwal, secretary of the labour cell of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, said both jawan and kisan didn’t get due recognition and it was not only the duty of the government but also the public that both got due recognition.

(Compiled by Sandeep Rawat)

20 Nainital villages disaster-sensitive: The district disaster management office has declared 20 villages in Nainital district as most sensitive from the disaster point of view. The department has formed small teams to act at the time of disaster in these villages, which are situated mostly on the periphery of Dhari and Okhalkanda blocks. “Though the exact evaluation of the disaster-affected areas and the people residing there has not been compiled so far, we estimate that nearly 5,000 people of these villages will be affected by a disaster if it occurs in this area,” said Manoj Pandey, District Disaster Management Officer. The Disaster Mitigation Department has also identified the schools and panchayat buildings where disaster-affected people would be lodged during a crisis.

Jim Corbett remembered: On the 136th birth anniversary of Jim Corbett, the Jim Corbett National Park authorities organised a programme at Ramnagar and announced that the day would be celebrated as Tiger Conservation Day. “The Jim Corbett park authorities, along with the villagers of the area, after garlanding a statue of Jim Corbett, planted saplings and distributed school uniforms among 134 poor students of the nearby schools,” said Madan Joshi, president of “Save Tiger Campaign” in Ramnagar.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted: An inter-state gang of vehicle thieves was busted by the Rudrapur police during a checking drive on the Rampur road on Monday. Two stolen luxury cars were recovered from them. “During a checking campaign, when our constables stopped a car and sought documents from the driver, the driver tried to flee from the spot but was caught. During interrogation, he admitted to having stolen cars from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh,” said Jadish Chandra, Circle Officer of the Rudrapur police. The police has been raiding various hideouts of the gang to arrest its members.

UPCL to build 8 sub-stations: In order to solve the problems of low voltage in the interior parts of Kumaon division, Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) will construct eight sub-stations of 33 and 11 KV for which a sum of Rs 25.29 crore has been sanctioned by the corporation. “These sub-stations will be situated at Kashipur, Chor Galia, Jhankat, Barhani in the Terai region and Bunga China in Pithoragarh, Sama in Bageshwar and Danya in Almora district,” said Sharad Tiwari, General Manager (Kumaon region), UPCL.

Bageshwar-Kapkot road still closed: Despite being closed for 96 hours, the road from Bageshwar to Kapkot could not be opened causing great hardship to the villagers of more than 100 villages of Kapkot subdivision of the district. Power supply to the area has been disrupted as many electricity poles have been uprooted by landslide. “The debris blocking the road at Jhatquali seems difficult to be cleared until the boulders are blasted off. We have deployed JCB machines brought from Haldwani at the spot,” said a spokesman for the Bageshwar district administration. According to sources in the district administration, the alternative way to the area has also been closed due to landslides. A large number of vehicles have stranded on the road.

Autumn fest in October: The Nagar Palika Parishad, Pithoragarh, this year will organise the Autumn festival in the second week of October, for which the Parishad has started preparations. “Last year due to economic crunch we could not organise the festival but this year we have been promised by the state government of financial help,” said Rajendra Singh Rawat, chairman of the parishad.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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