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Car stolen
: After a gap of few days, unidentified miscreants again struck in Phagwara and took away a Verna car (no PB-36D-7405) of Vipin Kohli, an industrialist, on Saturday. Kohli’s car was parked in front of his kothi (house) in local urban estate. Kohli went inside his kothi after parking the car; he soon heard the sound of his car. He ran out and saw the miscreants zooming away in his car. The police has registered case.

Villager commits suicide: A villager, identified as Surinder Singh, reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near Mauli railway station, between Phagwara and Goraya, on Saturday. The Railway Police has registered a case and has sent the dead body to the local Civil Hospital for post-morterm examination.

Woman killed for dowry
: A young woman, Indu Wala, died due to critical burn injuries in Phillaur. Ashok Kumar, the father of the deceased, alleged that his daughter was murdered by her-in-laws, who set her on fire. He said his daughter was being tortured physically and mentally by her-in-laws in greed of dowry since November 2009. He said her-in-laws informed him that Indu had committed suicide by setting herself on fire, but the truth came to light after seeing her. The Phillaur police has registered a case under various acts of the IPC against Amrit Lal,Des Raj and Balbir Kaur, husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law of the deceased, respectively.

Tarn Taran
Man dies saving stray animal
: Sawinder Singh (40) a resident of Pandori Gola village, 6 km from here, succumbed to his injuries on Friday. Sawinder was injured when he tried to save a stray animal and lost control over his motorcycle and was subsequently hit by a mini-bus, coming from the opposite direction. He was admitted to the Amandeep Hospital, Amritsar, where he breathed his last. The city police has lodged a report under Section 174 of the CrPC. The post mortem examination was conducted at the local Civil Hospital.

SMO transfered: Dr Ravi Kant, Senior Medical officer (SMO) In-charge of the Community Health Centre (CHC), Sarhali, has been transferred as the SMO, CHC, Bhucho Mandi on administration grounds. The district authorities have taken back the charge from Dr Kant. He and his paramedical staff were at a dispute since last five or more months. The employees organised protest rallies against the SMO and alleged that he was indifferent towards his staff’s needs. On the other hand, Dr Tejwant Singh, SMO In-charge CHC, Ghariala, has been promoted as Civil Surgeon (CS), Faridkot, by the Health Department. 




Media Centre in Kaithal
: Minister for Industries and PWD (B&R) Randeep Singh Surjewala inaugurated a Media Centre at the local Nehru Park here on Saturday. Built at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, the centre has been built on an area of 1,040 square feet. This is the second centre of its kind in the state, the first being in Rohtak.

Two arrested
: The police arrested two persons near Dera Ladwa Devi Mandir on Friday and recovered 24 gm of brown sugar from their possession. The arrested persons have been identified as Vatanveer Singh of Sidhpur village and Gurpreet Singh of Pvarsinivi village.

Yoga c’ship
: Punjab bagged the over all team championship in Yogasanas and Haryana won in Artistic Yogasans in the three-day sixth National Mahila Yogasanas and Artistic Yogasanas Championship that concluded here on Sunday at Little Angel Senior Secondary School.



Minors go missing
: Two teenage brothers and their minor domestic help went missing from their home at Nanak Nagar here on Sunday. The police said Kartik Sharma (11) and Dhruv Sharma (9), sons of Jatinder Sharma, went missing along with their domestic help, Joshi (13), from their home in the morning. Parents of the missing children said Joshi belonged to Nepal and had been working at their house for the past eight months.

Dance award show: The Nirvana Academy, a cultural organisation, organised the "J&K Dance Award Show" at Abhinav Theatre here on Sunday. Suchetgarh MLA Sham Lal was the chief guest on the occasion, while district president of Peoples Democratic Party Suram Singh was the guest of honour. More than 50 dancers participated in junior and senior categories. 

Candlelight vigil: To pay homage to Lt Sushil Khajuria who achieved martyrdom while fighting militants in Kashmir, a candlelight vigil would be held at University of Jammu on Monday. A function is being organised by the friends and course mates of Lt. Khajuria to pay tributes to the martyr. Condolence messages will be read out by the well wishers, acknowledging his supreme sacrifice for the nation. According to the organisers, the function would be held in front of Central Library at 5 PM. 



Woman ‘sold’ in Kuwait
: A woman was allegedly sold off in Kuwait by an agent who sent her abroad on the basis of fake passport on the pretext of getting her a job. The victim’s family on Sunday complained with SSP Dehradun Gopal Nath Goswami who directed the Raipur police station to probe the matter. As per police sources, Shivang Uniyal accused a local agent of selling his mother Asha Uniyal in Kuwait. The SHO Raipur police station said he had gone to court in connection with some case and had little information about the complaint. He added he would go to the police station then would investigate the matter.

Thief arrested: A thief who stolen gold ornaments and cash totalling Rs 18,000 from the house of a police constable in Railway Colony on October 5 has been arrested. The police has also recovered the booty from him. The accused, Nageshwar, native of Darbanga Basti, Lakhibagh, had come out of the jail two months ago after completing his sentence. The theft was reported from the house of Rajesh Kumar, a constable posted at Kotwali police station. 

German held: A German citizen was on Sunday arrested for allegedly using a satellite phone of a banned network in Chamoli district. The police challaned him. He was later produced before a city magistrate. SP (Chamoli) Janmejay Khanduri said he was arrested from outside his hotel after his satellite phone using the banned network was tracked by the police.

Kumaon Briefs

Man killed in accident: The pathetic road conditions in the region claimed yet another life in a freak accident. This is the second such incident having come to light in the past 10 days. This time it was a trawler that tilted onto a car and crushed it on the Khatima-Hardwar highway which is marked with huge potholes. The accident led to the death of Dr Sanjay Singh Chauhan (35) who was employed as dean with a private educational institution in Gadarpur. Chauhan was going to his in-laws’ place in Jaspur. His wife Divya and four-year-old-child were also injured in the accident.

Jumbo tramples woman to death: A woman was crushed to death by an elephant in the Dhela range of the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve near Ramnagar. It is learnt that 65-year-old Tulsi Devi had gone to the forest along with other women to collect fodder. She was confronted by an elephant all of a sudden who went on to crush her to death. The animal lifted her with its trunk and banged her on the floor thrice. While the villagers are alleging that it is the same elephant that had become a menace in the Haridwar area some time back, the Forest Department officials are treating it to be an accident.

Man beaten up mercilessly, dies: In a case of mistaken identity, a truck cleaner died due to thrashing meted out to him by labourers and shopkeepers in the Navin Mandi area of Haldwani. They had assumed that he was a thief. An injured cleaner, identified as 30-year-old Dinesh Kumar, succumbed to his injuries while being treated at a government hospital. He had gone to a shop to recharge his mobile phone. Since there was no one in the shop, he unplugged the mobile phone already being attached to the charger and tried to replace it with his own phone. He was seen by labourers who took him to be a thief and started beating him. Five persons have been booked in the matter while one of the accused Kishore Singh has been nabbed.

Sales Tax raid across Kumaon: Personnel of the Sales Tax Department carried out a series of search operation across Kumaon on Saturday. The teams of the department raided several hotels and other commercial establishments in Bhimtal, Nainital, Bageshwar, Ranikhet, Kyari and Sattal. There were 13 teams on the job. It is learnt that the tax officials have come across instances of evasion of luxury tax and VAT to the tune of Rs 15 crore. Further investigations are on.

Students block traffic: Students of Bazpur are agitated over the poor condition of roads in the area. Agitated over the failure of officials to get the roads like Ramraj Road and Beriya Road repaired, the students carried out a protest by blocking traffic at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk on Saturday afternoon. It was only after assurances were given to them by the local administration that the blockade was lifted. The students have warned of intensifying their agitation if roads are not repaired soon.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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