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Table tennis tourney
: The table tennis team of DAV College stood first runners-up in the Guru Nanak Dev University Inter College Table Tennis Championship which concluded recently. Meena and Aruna from the college will represent the varsity team at the inter-varsity championships.

Testing facilities
: The government has decided to provide free testing facilities for cancer. The Chief Minister said on Monday that the scheme would be started at Badal village on October 28. He asked the Health Department to launch a publicity campaign tomake the people aware about the camps to be held at the block level.

School principal awarded
: Dr G.S. Samra, principal of Lyallpur Khalsa Collegiate Senior Secondary School, has been conferred with Vidya Shiromani Award by the Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi. Earlier also the Science Olympiad Foundation had awarded Dr Samra with the Best Principal Award and Best In Charge trophy. Meanwhile, Lyallpur Khalsa Collegiate Senior Secondary School has also been awarded Gold Star Award recently.



Man commits suicide
: Mohan Lal Soni, a jeweller from Sardulgarh in Punjab, committed suicide on Monday by shooting himself with his licensed revolver near a temple on the outskirts of the town on Sirsa road. A suicide note said he was killing himself out of remorse for opening fire at his son. Soni had fired two shots at his son after an altercation.

Youth killed: One person was killed when a jeep collided with a motorcycle near Brahman village here on Sunday. The complainant, Dharmchand, of Amar Colony, Sirsama village, told the police that a jeep driver hit the motorcycle, which was being driven by his nephew, Avatar Singh, who succumbed to his injuries on the way to a hospital at Ladwa.

Research paper: Prof Rajbir Singh, Director, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology, Kurukshetra University, has been invited by the Institute of Philology in one of the ancient and prestigious Wroclaw University, Poland, for presenting a research paper entitled “Myth Marrying Market: Rama in the Virgin Comics”.

Lawyers’ building: Acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice MM Kumar laid a foundation stone of a building for lawyers of Yamunanagar here on Sunday. The four-storey building will have 384 chambers and it will be constructed within one year.



Girl commits suicide: A 19-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at her house in Budgam district on Monday, the police said. The girl was rushed to Budgam hospital by her family in an unconscious state, but she later died. The police is yet to ascertain the motive behind the girl taking the extreme step.

One hurt as shell goes off: An unexploded shell went off at an army practice firing range in Budgam district of central Kashmir, injuring a man seriously. Ali Mohammad Malik, 40, was collecting brass pieces at the firing range at Tosa Maidan on Sunday evening when an unexploded shell went off, the police said. The Army had conducted a firing practice there earlier in the day. Malik, who received injuries in the leg, was admitted to hospital.

Bangladesh envoy meets Omar: The High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India, Tariq A Karim, called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here on Monday. Karim discussed matters of mutual interest with the Chief Minister, an official spokesman said.



Bus falls into gorge; 1 dies: Madan Singh Panwar, a member of the Uttarkashi Nagar Panchayat, was killed and over 12 persons were injured when the bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Uttarkashi district. The incident reportedly occurred due to the negligence of the driver who lost control over the vehicle, which skidded off the road in the New Point area between Dharali and the Jangla bridge. The District Magistrate has ordered to register a case against the driver.

Body found in canal: The body of Devender Kumar Sharma, a native of Ajabpur Khurd, was found in a canal in the Raipur area on Monday morning. According to the police, the body was spotted in the morning by some villagers. They told the police that the man who seemed to be in his late fifties was seen drinking wine on the banks of the canal last night. He was warned by the villagers to go away from there but he did not. — TNS

Guv, CM convey greetings: Governor Margaret Alva and CM BC Khanduri have conveyed heartiest greetings the people of the state on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti. Alva said by creating the great epic, Ramayana, Mahrishi Valmiki had shown us “the value of sacrifice, goodness, harmony, compassion and humanity.” “His epic teaches to serve and help the underprivileged in society,” she added. — TNS

Kumaon Briefs
1 dies after consuming spirit:
One person died after he consumed spirit thinking it was some brand of liquor. The deceased has been identified as Deep Lal Sharma (24) of the Talla Ramgarh area near Bhawali. He was a carpenter. He had consumed the spirit on Saturday by accident and had been taken to a hospital in Haldwani for treatment. It was during the treated that he succumbed to his internal injuries caused by the direct consumption of the spirit.

Youngster arrested with charas: The Bhimtal police has arrested a youth on the charge of transporting charas for sale. The police claims to have rseized 1,300 gm of charas from the accused, Umesh Arya (20). During interrogation, the youth told the police that he was a resident of the Saliyakot area of Mukteshwar in Nainital district. The police had got a tip-off that the youth was moving on foot from Chamfi to Bhimtal. The police tried to nab him near Chamfi but he tried to escape but was eventually nabbed.

Slow pace of repair work irks villagers: Residents of villages located on the Bhimtal-Ranibagh stretch in Nainital district are agitated over the slow pace of repair work on the devastated road between the two destinations. The road on this stretch had been devastated on account of heavy rain on August 16. The people residing in the area claim that it takes them three hours to cover a stretch of mere 23 km. Officials said the pace of work had suffered due to recent holidays but it would pick up in the days to come.

Region reels under power cuts: The entire hilly stretch of the Kumaon region reeled under a major power cut on Sunday on account of a technical snag that had developed in the Kathgodam substation. The districts of Almora, Pithoragarh, Champawat, Bageshwar and parts of Nainital district went without power for more than four hours. Meanwhile, the areas of Terai continue to be subjected to scheduled power cuts of three hours daily.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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