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Gangster arrested in Barnala
: The police has arrested a notorious gangster, Gurmit Singh alias Kala Dhanaula while he along with his accomplices was going in a Scorpio (PB-11K-1515) to commit a crime. Even as Kala along with an accomplice, Harpreet Singh, was arrested, four others, identified as Dharminder Singh of Manderkalan, Babi Cheema of Mehal Kalan, Deepa of Bhadalwad and Karamjit Singh of Payal managed to flee. Kala is facing 29 cases under serious offences.

College’s affiliation extended
: The Pharmacy Council of India has extended affiliation of Adesh Pharmacy College for the session 2013-2014. In a press statement issued here today, the spokesperson of the college said that admission process for the next session will begin soon.

Overseas Cong chief quits post
: Indian Overseas Congress president Vikram Bajwa on Thursday resigned from his post, saying he was responding to the call of 11 million NRIs across the globe who were in favour of a strong Lokpal as envisioned by Anna Hazare. In his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Overseas Congress president said he hoped Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his team as well as Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi would succeed in evolving a consensus on the issue.

Bhattal criticises PRTC chief: Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has flayed the attempt of PRTC chairman Ranjit Singh Balian to visit Canada to study its transport system. She said PRTC coffers were already empty and the department was unable to pay salaries to employees and provident fund and other arrears to the retired. 

Zira SMO held on graft charge
: The Vigilance Bureau officials on Thursday apprehended Senior Medical Officer Dr Gian Singh, posted at Civil Hospital Zira, while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000 in lieu of issuing a medical X-ray report of one of the patients admitted in the hospital. According to information, the complainant, Gurdev Singh, a resident of Dayal village in Tarn Taran district, had lodged a compliant in this regard. 




PWD clerk caught taking bribe
: The Kangra District Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau on Thursday caught Kamal Sharma, bill clerk in the local divisional office of the PWD, while accepting Rs 2,000 as bribe money from Nirmal Singh, driver of the PWD of the same division. Confirming this, Pritam Thakur, SP, Bureau, said the accused had been demanding this money from the driver for clearing his medical bills to the tune of Rs 41,000. A Bureau team, led by Inspector Rajiv Atri, laid a trap and nabbed him with the bribe money.

HPPSC former Chairman dead: Major-Gen RS Pathania (retd), former Chairman of the HPPSC, who hailed from Rey village, Kangra, died at Fortis Hospital in Noida on Thursday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 70 and is survived by his wife, two daughters and 104-year-old father. 



Minister inspects museum in Leh
 : Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora inspected the ongoing work at the Central Asian Museum at Tsas Soma, Chuterantak in Leh, on Wednesday. He stressed the need to preserve and conserve the ancient heritage buildings in Ladakh.

The State Vigilance Organisation on Thursday produced a challan before the Court of Special Judge, Anti-Corruption, Jammu, against Asif Ali, junior engineer of the Rural Development Department, in a bribery case. 



Service rules of USAC approved
: The Uttarakhand Government has approved the service rules of the Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC). The approval came at a high-level meeting presided by Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar here at the Secretariat. The Chief Secretary at the meeting appreciated the USAC for its role in providing satellite imageries for the works of development. Uttarkhand Principal Secretary Information Technology Rakesh Sharma said the USAC could prove to be of immense help in improving living standards of the people as satellite imagers could give a boost in the accurate finalising of works of development. USAC Director Dr MM Kimothi disclosed that the USAC had been appointed as nodal agency for the development works in the state. He said the department gathered necessary data through satellite imageries and provided it to various state departments for framing their development schemes. 

Cops’ recruitment: Good news is here for the youths of the state. The Uttarakhand Police has issued a notification for the recruitment of the constables. According to information provided by the media cell of the police,vacancy of total of 2,114 constables have been thrown open. This includes 1920 civil police constables, 144 PAC constables and 50 firemen. October 30 has been set as the last date for application submission form by the candidates. Candidates aged between 18 and 22 years till July 1, 2011, can apply for the post. Forms will be available at shops and district police offices. 

Kumaon Briefs

Jumbos destroy sugarcane crop: To add to the misery of farmers already reeling under the impact of the inclement weather, a group of elephants went destroyed the sugarcane crop in the Bindukhatta area of Nainital district. The elephants not only destroyed the standing sugarcane crop spread over several acres but also caused a considerable damage to the paddy crop in the village. The elephants are learnt to have crossed over from Terai Central Forest Division on Tuesday night. They went on to cause extensive damage in the areas adjoining the Camp area, Shastri Nagar, Subhash Nagar and old Bindukhatta. On Wednesday morning the elephants crossed the Gaula river to re-enter the forests.

Two students attacked: Violence between various student factions in Haldwani on the eve of the student body elections continues unabated. On Wednesday night two supporters of a contestant were badly injured when they were attacked by miscreants in the Kathgharia area. They are reported to have sustained head injuries after being allegedly hit with sharp-edged weapons. This led to a large number of students protesting at the local police station. The police has increased patrolling in the town to check instances of violence.

3 pickpockets held: Three pickpockets were nabbed at Ramnagar by some activists of a local social organisation. It is learnt that the activists of the Jago Bharat Yuva Sangathan got suspicious over the activities of three persons who were seen frequently between Lakimpur Chowk and bus stand. They followed the three and later nabbed them while trying to pick pockets in a crowded bus. They were nabbed and handed over to the police. Those nabbed have been identified as Gujan, Makhan Singh and Dalip Singh of Hastinapur.

Water crisis in Ranikhet, Dwarahat: A large number of residents of villages located in the Ranikhet and Dwarahat areas are reeling under an acute drinking water crisis. With more than two dozen water supplies being devastated during the recent spell of incessant rain in the region, thousands of people are struggling to obtain water for their daily requirement. The losses incurred in terms of money are said to be worth Rs 60 lakh.

Ruckus at hospital: Accomplices of an injured youth went on to create ruckus at a hospital in the Lamachaur area of Haldwani on Wednesday night. They were agitated over the delay in the treatment of the injured youth. According to the reports, a youth was brought to the hospital after his motorcycle had skidded on the Kaladhungi road. Since he was not attended to immediately, his accomplices called some local villagers and then went on to create a scene at the hospital. They went on to throw the furniture around and broke several chairs. The matter was resolved only at the intervention of the police.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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