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Snatching cases
: Two incidents of snatching were reported in the city on Tuesday. In her complaint to the police, Kailash Rani said two boys, who were on a bike, snatched the gold earrings she was wearing and fled from the spot. The incident occurred on the Amrik Singh road in which the woman received injuries. In another case, the owner of a general store, Karam Singh, stated in his complaint to the police that he was sitting in his shop at Ganesha Basti when two boys, who came on a bike, purchased something from him. While he was returning them the balance of the amount paid, they attacked him and tried to take away the gold chain he was wearing. The shopkeeper resisted and got hold of the chain. While the snatchers escaped with 30 grams of the chain, Karam Singh succeeded in salvaging the remaining 25 grams. The police said the matter was under investigation.

Student felicitated: Veermaan Kaur of Class XI of Baba Farid School was awarded the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Raj Yuva Purskar for her youth activities and best achievements in the field of social services. T. Suresh, Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Sikander Singh, Director of Rashtriya Sarv Siksha Abhyan, and Elina, secretary of Youth Affairs, Thailand, honoured her at the Rabindra Nath Tagore Theatre, Mohali.

Van Mahotsav at GHTP: Van Mahotsav was organised at the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohabbat, on Tuesday. On the occasion, Director (Production) of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited GS Chhabra planted a sapling to launch a plantation drive. He expressed concern over the rising pollution and urged people to plant maximum number of saplings in their respective areas. Employees of the thermal plant have decided to plant 5,500 saplings.

Capt Amarinder SinghWe’ll strengthen Lokayukta: Capt: PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that the Congress would amend the existing laws to make the institution of the Lokayukta stronger and more effective in the state along the lines of the Lokpal Bill to be passed by Parliament. He said while the alliance government dropped some BJP ministers from the Cabinet on corruption charges, it did not initiate any action against them.

New Zealand High Commissioner Jane Henderson and her husband pay obeisance at the Golden Temple
New Zealand High Commissioner Jane Henderson and her husband pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. Photo: Vishal Kumar

SAD now wants PM under Lokpal: The SAD on Tuesday changed its stance and said it supported bringing the Prime Minister within the ambit of the proposed Lokpal Bill. SAD patron and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the SAD had changed its stance on the issue because it felt that a strong Lokpal was the need of the hour.

Chamar Sabha condemns govt: The Chamar Mahan Sabha has condemned the report suggesting that non-Chamar communities were “not using” the reverse osmosis (RO) system installed in Janal village in Sangrur district simply because of the “practice of untouchability”. Sabha president Paramjit Singh Kainth claimed the RO plant had been locked because it has been set up in an area that was dominated by the Chamar community.

Students protest police ‘inaction’: Students of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital went on strike here on Tuesday against the alleged sexual harassment and molestation of female students and the failure of the police to nab the culprits. Meanwhile, sources said the miscreants were rounded up by the police within 15 minutes of the incident but were let off allegedly due to political pressure.


Anti-corruption rally in Leh
: In support of Anna Hazare, the BJP today organised a public rally at Leh, under the leadership of its National Executive member and former MP, Thupstan Chhewang. Over hundred activists participated in the rally and raised slogans like “Agay bado, hum tumare sath hai”.

28 shops gutted in Kupwara:
At least 28 shops, which were housed in 17 buildings were gutted at Sogam in Kupwara district on Tuesday, damaging property worth lakhs. A forest hut was also gutted. The flames were controlled with the efforts of the Fire Services, the Army, the police and 14 fire engines, an official spokesman said.



Minister gets award: Uttarakhand Forest and Environment Minister Govind Singh Bisht was conferred the Silver Elephant Award at a function held in Delhi on Tuesday. The programme was organised by the Bharat Scouts and Guides. The award was given to Uttarakhand taking into account its significant participation in activities of the Bharat Scouts and Guides. A total of 15 scouts and guides took part in the award ceremony.

MP visits flood-hit Ramnagar: Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj on Tuesday visited flood-affected Ramnagar and also assessed damaged caused by rain in the Sundarkhal and Maldhan Chaur areas. He directed the Nainital District Magistrate and the SDM, Ramnagar, to ensure that the affected families were given compensation at the earliest. He also asked them to undertake effective measures to check frequent flooding in these areas.

Cases of cheating registered: Two cases of cheating have been registered in the Dalanwala police station. NRI Indu Jha has lodged a complaint against Gurminder Singh for allegedly taking her Rs 35,000 and gold ornaments fraudulently. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered. In another case, DS Maan Singh alleged that Bharat Bhusan of Selaqui had taken Rs 2.5 lakh from him to help his ailing mother but did not return the amount.

Kumaon Briefs
Official gets notice for potholed road:
District Magistrate at Udham Singh Nagar Dr BVRC Purshottam has issued notice to the Executive Engineer of the Public Works Department of the national highways based at Haldwani ordering him to fill up potholes on the Dehradun-Khatima road within a month. The notice has been issued under Section 133 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The notice mentions that a stretch of the road between Dehradun and Khatima is full of potholes that are one or two-foot deep which is causing a lot of inconvenience to the public as well the vehicle drivers. It also mentions that the movement of traffic is being hampered badly on account of waterlogging on stretches between Kitcha and Rudrapur and Rudrapur and Kashipur. This has led to dissent among people which may result in disruption of peace. The Executive Engineer has been ordered to be present before the court of the District Magistrate on September 23 after repairing the roads.

Verify voter lists, SDMs told: The Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and tehsildars in Udham Singh Nagar have been asked to take the task of verification of voter lists in the district seriously and carry out surprise checks of the works being done by booth-level officers. District Magistrate Dr BVRC Purshottam has stated that he will carry out surprise checks and will not hesitate to take stringent action against those officials found not doing their task seriously. Various political parties have been asked to submit the list of their booth-level agents to the administration at the earliest.

Rs 500 fine for spitting in ISBT room: With a view to improving the sanitation at the Inter-State Bus Terminus at Haldwani, the authorities have decided to impose a fine of Rs 500 on those found spitting in the waiting room. The authorities responsible for managing the bus terminus have decided to impose the fine to tackle the growing number of complaints with regards to the poor sanitation at the facility. It has been noticed that most of the time it is the passengers themselves responsible for littering the premises and making it dirty. The fine will also be applicable for the employees of the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation.

Residents irked at traffic jams: Residents of Almora are facing an acute problem with regards to the poor traffic management on the Mall Road. Things have come to a pass that the Mall Road which is the arterial road in the town is perpetually experiencing a traffic snarl. The people hold the poor implementation of traffic norms by the police responsible for the situation. They say that the police allows parking of vehicles in no-parking zones that constantly leads to the traffic snarls. The people have demanded a solution to the daily ordeal which they have to undergo.

2 bodies found in rivers: Two bodies have been recovered from rivers in Bazpur and Ramnagar areas of the region over the last 24 hours. In the first instance, the body of a woman that was trapped in a hedge in the basin of the Baur river was recovered near the Kelakheda area of Bazpur. It is being assumed that the body was dumped after the murder of the woman. The deceased is yet to be identified. In the second instance, a body of a man was recovered from the Kosi river in Ramnagar. The torso and the head of the body was missing and only the limbs could be retrieved from the river near the Bharatpuri area. It is being assumed that the upper part of the body of the deceased must have been eaten away by wild animals. The body was discovered by a group of women who had gone to collect wood from the river bank. Efforts are on to get the deceased identified.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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