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Jaggi hockey tourney from September 28
: The 8th Jagbir Singh Jaggi Memorial hockey tournament would be held from September 27 to October 2 at Colonel Kehar Singh Stadium at Khusropur village near Jalandhar Cantt. Former captain of Indian Women Hockey team, Rajbir Kaur, said Jagbir Singh was her only brother and the tournament is held in his memory.


NIA seeks permission:
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today moved an application before the Panchkula NIA court to allow the agency to take 33 objects, including an IED timer, seized from the Samjhauta train blast site, to a lab in Hyderabad to carry out forensic tests. On the application, the court has issued notice to Aseemanand and other accused in the Samjhauta blasts case.


Bilaspur boy dies of snakebite: Kapil Dev, alias Sonu (17), younger son of Ranvir Rana of Chanjoti village in the Jhandutta constituency, 70 km from here, died of a snakebite on Thursday. Reports said Sonu was fast asleep in his house when a snake bit him. He was first treated by local vaidyas and then rushed first to nearby Kalol Primary Health Centre, then to the Community Health Centre, Jhandutta, Regional Hospital, Bilaspur, and finally to the IGMC, Shimla. But he died on the way near Namhole.

Three bags of medicinal herbs seized: The police has seized three bags of medicinal herbs (locally called “naagchhatri”)during a nakabandi near Chakoli in the Salooni border sector of Chamba district adjacent to Jammu and Kashmir when these herbs were being transported illegally in a private vehicle on Wenesday night. SP, Chamba, Madhu Sudan Sharma said here on Thursday that five persons had been arrested and their vehicle impounded by a police party on duty at the site. Cases had been registered against the accused.

Eye surgeons’ conference at Kangra
: A three-day North Zone Ophthalmological Society Silver Jubilee Conference will begin in the DRPGMC Tanda on Friday in which more than 300 eminent eye surgeons from northern India, viz Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and HP, will participate. Disclosing this here on Thursday, Dr Munish Saroch, spokesman, DRPGMC Tanda, said the inaugural function would be held in the Shobha Singh Auditorium. Dr Anil Chauhan, Principal, DRPGMC, Kangra, who is the vice-president of the society, will take over as the new president in the installation ceremony.

Youth takes poison, condition critical: A 25-year-old youth was admitted to the DRPGMC Tanda Hospital on Tuesday as a poison case. The police said Subhash Chand of Dehra was referred from the Civil Hospital, Dehra, to the DRPGMC Tanda Hospital as a poison case. Subhash was not in a position to depose before the police and was struggling for life. His relatives said he was undergoing treatment and by mistake had consumed some poisonous substance. The police is investigating the case.

Workshop on fertiliser distribution: The National Information Centre, Dharamsala, and IFFCO organised a one-day workshop on the premises of the block development office here recently to educate co-operative societies about the newly launched Mobile Fertiliser Monitoring System. Presidents and secretaries of co-operative societies from the Nurpur, Fatehpur, Indora and Nagrota Surian development blocks and HIMFED workers attended the workshop. LS Kanwar, Regional Manager, IFFCO, Nagrota Baghwan, also spoke on the occasion.

Cong to hold demonstration on Monday: Activists of the local unit of the Congress will hold a protest demonstration on September 26 demanding the restoration of the notification of the 100-bedded Civil Hospital here issued during the previous Congress regime in 2007 and revoked by the Prem Kumar Dhumal government after coming into power. This was decided in the meeting of the Block Congress Committee on Wednesday presided over by its president Baldev Pappi.


Relief for quake victims:
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Maj Gen (retd) BC Khanduri has announced Rs 3 crore as relief for Sikkim earthquake victims. The CM said the people of Uttarakhand stand in solidarity with the earthquake victims of Sikkim in their hour of grief.

Procession: Members of the Sarv Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee and Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Premnagar, took out a “Torchlit “ procession in a protest against the alleged desecration of Sikh scriptures in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh bordering Uttarakhand. A large number of people took part in the protest march. Devender Sethi, secretary of the Gurdwara committee demanded that UP government should immediately take action against the culprits.

Transferred: Two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers were transferred by the Uttarakhand Government. SSP Haridwar Kewal Khurana has been made the SP Uttarakhand Crime Record Bureau while Pushkar Singh Selal, Commandant of the 46th battalion of the PAC, has been transferred to Haridwar as an SSP at the place of Khurana.

Protest: The residents of Teachers’ colony at Gobindgarh, Yamuna Colony and Shanti Vihar under the banner of local unit of Mahila Congress protested here outside the office of DM Sachin Kurve on Thursday. They told the DM that water up to four to five feet stagnates in their area during heavy rains and they are facing the same problem for 20 to 25 years.

Kumaon Briefs
Maintain records: DM:
District Magistrate, Almora, DS Garbyal, has ordered his subordinates to maintain a record of people approaching them with their problems. These records are to be maintained by every department as directed by the CM, Major General (Retd) BC Khanduri. Garbyal said the problems that can be solved at the district level must not be referred to the state administration. He ordered the issues raised by the people must be dealt with immediately and a compliance report be sent to his office after registration of the complaints.

Citizens’ Charter in force: The Citizens’ Charter as announced by the Chief Minister, Major General (Retd) BC Khanduri, has been implemented in Nainital district from Thursday onwards. An order to this effect was given by District magistrate Shailesh Bagauli on Wednesday. It would facilitate provision of several relevant certificates to the people within a specified time of their having applied for the same. The officials responsible for any delay in issuing of these documents would face stringent action. The charter would also cover issuing of passports and No Objection Certificates (NOSs) for the petrol pumps.

2 youths arrested: The police and the District Supply Office personnel have nabbed two youths in Lal Kuan along with four LPG gas cylinders which they intended to sell illegally. They were nabbed while they were transporting the cylinders in a car. With the region being hit by a severe shortage of cooking gas, the black marketing of cylinders has been on the rise. The officials have started a drive to check the same.

Water crisis in village: Residents of Kyari village have approached the district administration, Nainital, to provide them with some help during the drinking water crisis being faced by them. They raised the issue at a meeting with Ramnagar Subdivisional Magistrate AK Nautiyal. They had earlier given a memorandum to the local administration. The people claim that at least 80 per cent of the residents of the village are facing the problem of water scarcity.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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