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B’deshi national nabbed at border
: Border Security Force jawans nabbed a Bangladeshi national who tried to cross over to Pakistan late on Friday night. According to information, Abdul Hameed (23) tried to dodge the BSF jawans patrolling the border fence. He was caught near border post Rorawala Khurd. The jawans recovered a mobile phone and two sims from him. 

Jewellery worth Rs 45 lakh looted: An unidentified youth snatched a bag containing jewellery and cash worth Rs 45 lakh from Naresh Mehta while he was returning home on Saturday evening. Naresh owns a jewellery shop on the Lawrence Road in Dayanand Nagar.

‘Aarakshan’ draws flak
: Members of the ‘Aarakshan Virodhi Mandal’, Jalandhar, condemned the upcoming movie ‘Aarakshan’ at a press meet here today saying the promos of the film being aired “prove that the film has been funded by people opposed to constitutional reservation.” CL Chumbar, head of the mandal, said, “The film’s promos talked about merit, but merit is only possible in a society where social and educational equalities exist. Reservation only safeguards the advancement of classes which had lagged behind.” 

432 cases settled in lok adalats: As many as 432 cases were settled in the monthly lok adalats held in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts on Saturday. While 383 cases were settled in Jalandhar, Nakodar and Phillaur, 49 cases were decided in Kapurthala held under the aegis of their respective District Legal Services Authorities (DSLA).

Street play on environment:
Over 30 senior students of classes VI and VII of Delhi Public School, Khanna, participated in a “nukkad natak” on the theme “conserve the environment”. The play was stages in Guru Teg Bahadur Market and Guru Amar Dass Market, Khanna. The play revolved around students having a nightmare that the world was about to come to an end due to environmental degradation. The students woke up and were happy that it was just a nightmare but also realised that if the situation was not controlled, the nightmare might become true one day. 

Goods worth lakhs gutted: Goods worth lakhs were gutted in a fire incident at a shoe shop in Karimpura Bazaar area here this afternoon. Tajinderpal Singh, owner of Chawla Boot House, said goods worth around Rs 3 lakh were gutted. 

Training workshop for self-help groups:
Various self-help groups operating from the villages in Patiala got training from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Rauni village. The training workshop was held in association with NABARD and Deputy Director of the Kendra Gurjinder Pal Singh trained the members of the self-help groups. 




Enough power arranged for Aug
: To ensure adequate supply of power to consumers during August, the Haryana Power Purchase Centre (HPPC) has tied up with UP, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Uttaranchal. A HPPC spokesman said these states would supply 223.07 lakh units of electricity daily. 

Cheques distributed
: Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi distributed cheques of Rs 59.25 lakh to 60 beneficiaries of the Rajiv Gandhi Family Insurance Scheme here on Saturday. The beneficiaries comprised of dependants of 59 persons, who were earning hands of their respective families and who had lost their lives in various accidents recently. 

Awareness rally
: Students of different educational institutions on Saturday organised a rally in the town to create awareness on blood and eye donations. The rally, which was jointly organised by the Health Department and voluntary organisation “Drishti”, was flagged off by Civil surgeon Dr Ramesh Sethi.

Criminal held: The CIA unit of Sonepat has arrested a proclaimed offender, Sanjit, of Butana village carrying a reward of Rs 15,000. According to a police spokesperson, Sanjit was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case in a Rohtak jail. After his release on parole in 2007, he did not return to the jail and continued committing crimes. The police had been after him for the past four years. 



Man posing as ex-MP arrested:
The police arrested a person, who had been posing as a former MP, and his two accomplices for duping people here on Saturday. A vehicle bearing Punjab’s registration number with a red light atop was impounded and Rs 1.15 lakh was recovered from their possession.
The accused have been identified as Tejinderpal Singh of Dalpatian Mohalla, at present residing at Preet Nagar, and his accomplices Ghulam Mohammad of Udhampur and Devi Das of Akhnoor.

2 jawans killed in encounter :
Two Army jawans were killed in an encounter with militants during a fresh infiltration bid by the ultras near the Line of Control in Kupwara district on Saturday night. The encounter, which broke out in the Furkian Gali forests around 7 pm, continued late into the night, a defence spokesman said here.



Nominations filed
: A total of 12 candidates from Uttarakhand have filed their nominations for becoming members of the Central Council for Indian Medicines, a central body for non-allopathic doctors.
In all 2,600 registered doctors who are members of the council would vote through postal ballot, the last date for which is August 26. Dr JN Nautiyal has also filed his nomination from Dehradun while the rest of the candidates are from Haridwar. 

OBC status sought: The Vice-Chariman of the Char Dham Vikas Parishad Surat Ram Nautiyal has demanded OBC status for Bhadwari and Dunda development blocks of Uttarkashi. In a letter written to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Nautiyal said those border area had been deprived of development since ages and were fit case for OBC status. He appealed to the Chief Minister to pass a resolution in the state Assembly in this regard.

Boulder hits two: A boulder hit two passengers at Langsi in Chamoli district in the morning on Saturday. According to Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, Uttarakhand, one of the passengers is critically injured and has been admitted to Community Health Centre, Joshimath. 

Mourned: The Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, has mourned the death of the mother of Nainital High Court Chief Justice Barin Ghosh. In his condolence message, he prayed for the peace of the departed soul. 

Kumaon Briefs
Civic bodies’ staff threaten strike:
Accusing the state government of being anti-employees, the members of the Uttarakhand Civic Bodies Employees Federation have threatened to go on a strike from August 16 to press for the acceptance of their long-pending demands. The leaders of the federation, while addressing a meeting at Kashipur, alleged that the civic bodies’ employees had not received their salaries for the past two months which has brought them to the brink of starvation and is compelling them to discontinue the education of their children.

Schools closed due to flooding: The administration of the Gadarpur area of Udham Singh Nagar has ordered the closure of the local educational institutions on account of flooding. The administration has requisitioned equipment from other towns and has managed to open the choked drainage system of the town with great difficulty. Owing to the heavy rain since Friday night, the campuses of Government Inter College, Government Girls Inter College and some of the primary schools have been inundated.

Goats sacrificed at Kal Bhairav temple: Not paying any attention to the repeated appeals and violating the various provisions of the laws related to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, devotees have sacrificed dozens of goats at the Kal Bhairav temple of Bageshwar district over the past two days. The devotees thronging the temple had come from remote corners of the district. The Kal Bharav temple is situated in the vicinity of the famous Bagnath temple and the sacrifices marked the occasion of Kali Chaturdasi on Friday.

14 Atal villages sans road connectivity: As many as 14 villages out of 95 Atal villages in Almora district do not have any road connectivity. According to sources in the district administration, it is on account of non-clearance of roads proposed to be constructed on forest land that these villages remain cut off from most parts of the state. While some stretches await clearance from the Forest Department, in several other cases the estimates have not been approved so far, say sources.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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