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400 examined at camp
: Sharma Hospital and Multispeciality Medical Centre in association with Mother Teresa Institute For Medical Technology organised a medical check-up camp on Tuesday. Around 400 patients were examined during the camp.

Welcome party for freshers:
Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya organised a welcome party for freshers, titled “Marlets in HMV”. Students participated in solo and group dances, poem recitation and modelling. Akanksha Sareen and Sanjam Henna were declared “Miss Fresher” jointly. Principal of the college Dr Rekha Kalia Bhardwaj gave away prizes to the winners and honoured contestants of the Miss Fresher contest.

Basketball tourney: The basketball team of Kanya Maha Vidyalaya Collegiate Senior Secondary won the first position in the district tournament by defeating Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya (HMV) with 42-52 baskets.


Minor drowns: A minor drowned in a pond during Guga Navmi fair organised in Silana village here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Sandeep of Kirdaud village here. The incident came to light when some villagers raised the alarm after spotting the body in the pool. They informed the police, who rushed to the spot and fished out the body from the pond. The police sent the body to the Civil Hospital for a postmortem after taking stock of the situation.

Inquiry sought: Councillors of the Municipal Council, Kaithal, have taken strong exception to a letter circulated by the executive officer, which said all development works of the council would be executed as per the announcements made by the local MLA and minister and no other development work would be carried on. The councillors have also demanded an inquiry into the alleged illegal sale of soil of “Punjava” situated outside the Partap gate here, which had resulted into a huge financial loss to the local municipal council.

Traffic blocked: Irate villagers blocked traffic in protest against the erratic power supply on the Rewari-Bawal road at Bithwana Chowk on Wednesday. They alleged that it had affected the water supply as well. The blockade, which continued for an hour, was lifted after the intervention of a senior DHBVN officer as well as police officials, who assured that their concerns would be speedily addressed.

2 youths killed: Two motorcycle-borne youths - Kishan (20) and Dharambir (22) - of Budani village here died when lightning struck on them on the Budani-Mirpur road on Tuesday. The incident took place when Kishan, along with his associate Dharambir, was on the way to a hospital at Mirpur to deliver food to his wife, who had given birth to a baby girl.


Assembly session from Sept 26: Governor N.N Vohra has summoned a session of the state Assembly in Srinagar from September 26. An official spokesman on Wednesday said the Governor had summoned the Legislative Assembly to meet at 10 am.

Tourism award for state: The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has been conferred with the Travel Award- 2011. The award was received by Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora from Union Minister for Tourism Subodh Kant Sahay in New Delhi on Tuesday on behalf of “Today’s Traveler”, a premier business and leisure travel magazine. The agency in its survey declared Jammu and Kashmir as the best all-season destination in the country, an official spokesman said.


UKD(P) protest continues: The protest by the district unit of the Uttrakhand Kranti Dal (Panwar) before the Vidhan Sabha entered 17th day on Wednesday. Party president Trivender Singh Panwar said if the state government ignored the compulsion of domicile certificate during the counselling of the UP PMT test, they would not let the counselling take place. He said he had directed all district presidents of the party to be vigilant on the counselling day. District president NK Gusain said their party supported the demand to declare Chakrata as a new district. AP Juyal, Narender Singh Rawat, Promila Rawat and Imran Ahmad were also present.

Work hit: MP: Uttarkhand Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj has said the protected area status of the Askot Sanctuary has affected development activities in Didihat, Munsiyari and Dharchula areas of Pithoragarh. Maharaj has said he has raised the issue during zero hour of the Lok Sabha and asserted that development in 111 villages has been affected due to the protected area status of musk deer sanctuary.

Emu rearing: Australian origin bird emu is being promoted in Dehradun for poultry purposes. At a meeting held at Brahmawala village in Dehradun, Sachin Kurve said the emu rearing could be a major source of employment in the village areas. Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve said the villages are being encouraged in taking to rearing of emu. The DM also held that talks would be held with the officials of NABARD towards providing easy loans to the farmers for rearing of emu.

Kumaon Briefs
Cleaning of drains ordered:
Almora District Magistrate DS Garbyal has said that any laxity in addressing the problems being faced by the people will not be tolerated. Talking to mediapersons at Almora on Wednesday, Garbyal said he had ordered PWD officials to undertake preventive measures like the cleaning of culverts and drains. He said they were getting many complaints regarding poor condition of drains. He asked officials to ensure the cleaning of culverts and drains at all places at the earliest.

UPP’s youth convention postponed: The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UPP) has postponed its proposed student and youth convention that was supposed to be held in Nainital on August 28. According to a statement issued by chairman of the parliamentary board of the party Mahesh Chandra Kandpal, the event has been postponed due to the ongoing agitation by Anna Hazare and inclement weather, as many roads in the region are closed. The convention will now be held in September.

Loan for poly houses: Deputy General Manager of the Reserve Bank of India Shishir Kumar has called upon banking institutions in Nainital to encourage more and more farmers to avail the benefit of loan to set up poly houses for producing vegetables and flowers. At a meeting of the District Co-ordination Committee at Sukhatal, he asked bank officials to process loan applications of farmers willing to set up poly houses on a priority basis. He said the matter of certain banks not coming forward to give loans to farmers under various government schemes would be taken up with their senior officials.

Panel to conduct economic survey: The Champawat administration has constituted a committee to carry out economic survey for the district for 2012. The committee will be headed by District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pande. He said work would begun from January 2012 and continue till June. The data will be collected by officials of various departments, including teachers.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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