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Woman held with 10 kg poppy husk
: The police on Friday arrested a woman with 10 kg of poppy husk. The accused had been identified as Paramjit Kaur of Bajwa Kalan village. The patrolling police captured her when she was on her way to sell the poppy husk. A case under Sections 15, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

DM issues orders: The District Magistrate KK Yadav has ordered to apply section 144 of the IPC near the examination centres where the exams of matriculation and secondary classes are being held. The order would be applicable by October 30. Similarly, the DM has restricted the use of combine to harvest paddy within the boundary of the district from 7 pm to 10 am. Besides, stubble burning has completely been banned in the district and especially in the area of ammunition depot till November 28.

PSTEA staff plan strike: In a press statement, the Punjab State Treasury Employees Association (PSTEA) of Bathinda has declared to go on strike for two days on October 4-5. The Association called a meeting to discuss about the strike on Friday. Giving the meeting’s details, Ashok Kumar, state president and general secretary, Bathinda, said after the government has given contract to the Tata Consultancy System of Gujarat, which is private, the computer system of the departent has become slow. It has given ultimatum to the government to improve the new system or resume the old one by October3. Otherwise, the employees will have to start their protest. 



Woman killed
: Wife of a martyr was killed when her scooter was hit by a truck in Bahadurgarh town on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Nirmala Devi whose husband Mahabir Singh had sacrificed his life during the Kargil War. Nirmala Devi died on the spot while truck driver managed to flee from the spot after leaving the vehicle on the spot. A case has been registered in this regard. 

‘Thikri pehra
: A gang of armed robbers attacked several families residing in the rarely populated locations outside Dera village in Naraingarh on the night of September 26. The robbers thrashed residents and snatched gold ornaments and locked them in a room. The district police chief held an emergency meeting of all police officials of the district in this connection. He made an appeal to residents in the rural areas to start “Thikri Pehra.” He also assured the residents to increase night patrolling in the rural areas. 

7-yr RI for youth
: The District and Sessions Judge, Sneh Prashar, has sentenced a youth, Deepak, of Yamunanagar, to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment, holding him guilty of abducting and raping a teenaged girl, of Bawal, in September 2009. According to the prosecution, Deepak who occasionally visited a relative’s house at Bawal had developed intimacy with the girl following which she was enticed away to Yamunanagar on September 11, 2009. She was repeatedly raped there for several days before she was dropped at the railway station here. 

2-yr RI for JE, lineman
: The court of KC Sharma has awarded two and a half years of rigorous imprisonment to a junior engineer and a lineman, working in the power utility, after they were found guilty of accepting Rs 1,000 in lieu of installing a transformer for a tubewell connection. The two had demanded Rs 2,000 each from Anju of Hathwala village for ensuring that the transformer outside her fields was installed at the earliest. 

VAT on dhabas
: The BJP has strongly condemned the imposition of VAT on the roadside dhabas by the Excise and Taxation Department and has demanded immediate withdrawal of these orders in the interests of the common man and poor customers. Rajiv Jain, state media in charge of BJP, said resentment was prevailing among the dhaba owners after receiving the notices of the department to impose VAT on their products. 

4 gangsters held: The police has arrested four armed gangsters from a road between Bhatgaon and Ratangarh in the district. A Swift car, six pistols, three guns, two magazines and around 165 cartridges have been seized from them. Surender Malik, DSP, said the police got a tip-off that a group of criminals had taken a supari to kill Kuldeep and his family in Bhatgaon village and were on their way to the village in two cars. He said the police set up a checkpost between Bhatgaon village and Ratangarh and intercepted their cars. The criminals, however, tried to flee by firing on the police. The police also retaliated and laid a siege of the two cars. 



Pat for Virbhadra
: Senior Congress leader and former MP Chander Kumar on Friday claimed that former CM Virbhadra Singh was instrumental in getting Himachal its 7.19 per cent share in the BBMB. Kumar alleged that in 1996, Virbhadra decided to move the Supreme Court, demanding an increase in the share of Himachal in power generated by the BBMB.

Voter lists
: Election registration officer-cum-SDM, Hamirpur, Pankaj Rai said the revision of the voters’ lists of the Hamirpur and Sujanpur Assembly constituencies would be undertaken on the basis of the record date of January 1, 2012. A special drive to enroll voters at the booth level would be undertaken on October 9, 16 and 23. 

Kisan credit cards: ADM, Hamirpur, Rajeshwar Goel has asked banks to start a special drive to provide loans to farmers through kisan credits cards, as per the direction of the government. Goel said on Friday that the banks should take steps to issue credit cards to farmers through awareness campaigns. He has made an appeal to farmers to attend panchayat gram sabha meetings convened for the purpose on October 2.

Girl dies in mishap
: A four-year-old girl died after she was hit by a speedy Sumo at Balla village on Friday. She was taken to the DRPGMC, Tanda, where she succumbed to her injuries, the police said. The police has arrested the driver, Raj Kumar. A case has been registered.

Girl attacked
: A three-year-old girl, Sonali, was attacked by a leopard in Sonar village in the Nankhari area of the district. According to the police, the girl was picked up by the leopard from the courtyard of her house on Thursday. Before anyone could raise an alarm and come to the rescue of the child, the leopard vanished with the girl. Efforts are on to trace the girl.



Kumaon Briefs

Utilisation of funds: Chairman of the Zila Panchayat, Almora, Mohan Ram Arya has called for a proper utilisation of funds allocated to the Gramin Swachta Samitis. At a meeting convened by District Magistrate DS Garbyal, Arya said villagers must be an active participant in the programmes being run under the National Rural Health Mission. He said gram pradhans must ensure that a money utilisation certificate with regard to the funds allocated to the samitis must be sent to his office.

Issuing of certificates: The Udham Singh Nagar administration will organise special camps for the issuing of certificates to the dependents of freedom fighters. District Magistrate BVRC Purshottam said these camps were being organised under the Tehsildars at various places so that these dependents did not have to travel all the way to the district headquarters at Rudrapur. These camps would be held at Jaspur on October 7, Kitcha on October 10 and 12, Gadarpur on October 14, Bazpur on October 17, Kashipur on October 19, Sitarganj on October 21 and Khatima on October 24.

Cross-country race: A cross-country race will be held at Rudrapur and Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar on October 2 to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. District Sports Officer SC Pande has asked the participants to reach the stadiums by 8 am to collect their chest numbers. There is no entry fee for the event. (Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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