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Sikh organisations protest in Belgium
: Sikh community members on Thursday staged a protest in Leuven, Belgium, in front of the Central Library where Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath attended the 5th Euro-India Summit. According to Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal adviser to the Sikhs for Justice, the protesters were demanding that Nath be prosecuted for “leading an attack” on Gurdwara Rakab Ganj on November 1, 1984. 

NSS holds awareness campL: The NSS unit of the Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCET) held an awareness camp for dengue and malaria. Principal Dr JS Hundal was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr HM Garg, medical officer of the college dispensary and his staff, imparted guidelines and instructions to the students and residents of the college campus. Students distributed pamphlets to the residents of the campus making them aware of the ailments.

Teachers shifted after complaints
: Villagers of Sanghera staged a protest in front of government primary school here after three students were allegedly beaten up by two teachers on Friday. Taking cognisance of the complaint by the villagers, the District Primary Education Officer (Elementary), Mewa Singh Sidhu, transferred both the accused teachers and ordered a probe into the incident. 

Ex-servicemen to guard prisons
: The Punjab Government has entrusted the security of newly constructed Sudhar Ghars (Central Jails) at Kapurthala, Faridkot and Mansa to the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation. Major General US Sidhu (retd), chairman and managing director of the corporation, said this at the 111th meeting of the Board of Directors held here on Friday. He said around 50 security guards would be provided at each Sudhar Ghar.

Minister reviews anti-dengue steps: Health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain on Friday reviewed the measures being taken to check the spread of dengue. Presiding over a meeting of officials, Gosain directed them to issue a fresh communication to Deputy Commissioners of various districts asking them to take appropriate measures at their level in coordination with the Civil Surgeons of their respective areas.

Special day for jail inmates
: Prisoners in various jails of the state would be allowed to meet their spouses on the occasion of Karva Chauth from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabria said, "All the jail superintendents have been issued necessary instructions in this regard." Sneh Jyot, Jail Superintendent of Women Jail, said, "We have 227 female inmates in our jail. We will open their barracks about one hour earlier so that they may observe their Karva Chauth fast according to the tradition." 



FSI regional chief:
A 1993 batch Haryana cadre officer of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Rajbir Singh has taken over as the Regional Director of the Forest Survey of India’s (FSI) northern zone office, here. He was looking after forest cover mapping and forest resources assessment of the entire country at the National Forest Data Management Centre at the FSI, Dehradun, as a Deputy Director. He earlier served in various capacities in the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Department of Forests in Haryana.

Symposium on chemistry: The chemistry department of Himachal Pradesh University is organising a two-day symposium on “Chemistry Innovations for Human Well Being” on October 21. It is with the support of the UGC that the department is holding the symposium as part of the celebrations during “The International Year of Chemistry”. “Across the world the campaign during the International Year of Chemistry has focussed on the contribution of women scientists to chemistry, attracting youth to chemical sciences and how to make chemistry creative and sustainable in view of the concerns of environment degradation and feed-stock depletion,” said Dr DK Sharma, chairman, chemistry department.



Jawan goes missing:
A Territorial Army jawan has gone missing from the Nehru Market area. He has been identified as Jagdish Singh, 24, a resident of Uttarbehni in Samba district. His family alleged that some persons kidnapped him for ransom on October 11.



Decomposed body found:
The decomposed body of a 53-year-old man was found at his shop in Karanpur here on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Shravan Kumar. He used to live alone and the shop is situated at his residence only. The cause of the death is yet to be found. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

One killed in mishap: Ram Gopal, who used to work at Balaji Factory in Selaqui Industrial Area, was killed when his bicycle was hit by an unknown vehicle. He was taken to Doon Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. After conducting a post-mortem examination, the body was handed over to his kin.

500 gm of opium seized: The Vikasnagar police on Friday seized 500 gm of opium from Ramanand Sharma at Herbutpur. According to sources, the police arrested him when he was waiting to board a bus for Dehradun.

75 units of blood collected: A voluntary blood donation camp was organised by the IMA Blood Bank of Uttarakhand at the Siddhartha Institute of Pharmacy, Dehradun, on Friday. A total of 75 units of blood were collected.

Kumaon Briefs
ID cards: DM for voters’ cooperation:
Almora District Election Officer DS Garbyal has called upon all political parties and voters to extend their cooperation in the exercise of making identity cards of all voters in the district. He has also asked the voters to visit the Election Registration Office and his own office to verify whether their names and those of members of their families are in the voters’ list that has been published. The list also include the names of those voters who will be attaining the age of 18 years on January 1, 2012.

Aman Committees to be reconstituted: The Kumaon police has decided to reconstitute Aman Committees in every area falling under the jurisdiction of various police stations. These committees will have members from all religious and social groups. The step is being taken to ensure that there is no incident of communal strife in the region. The constitution of such committees is also being viewed as an outcome of the lesson learnt from the recent communal riots in Rudrapur town. The riots had left four dead and several injured besides leaving a trail of destruction and destroying the social fabric of mutual co-existence.

Implementation of new laws: Udham Singh Nagar District Magistrate PS Jangpangi has asked officials to gear up for the implementation of new laws related to increasing the facilities to citizens that are in the offing. Jangpangi said he had taken over at a time when there was the law and order problem and this had prevented his interaction with various officials. Jangpangi said he would hold meetings with officials from various departments to take stock of the implementation of different government schemes and the problems being faced with regard to their execution.

No teacher in Almora school: Residents of Khatbe village in the remote Bhainsiyachana area of Almora are irked over the local school becoming non-functional. According to information, there was only one teacher serving there, who has also been called for training. For the past four days, there has been no teaching in the school. The villagers have threatened to launch an agitation if teachers are not appointed at the earliest.

Resentment over power cuts: Residents of a large number of villages in the Jainti area of Almora are agitated over power cuts that they have been experiencing at night. It is learnt that the gram panchayat areas of Barakot, Sirakot, Kabhri, Suri, Khajina, Jhamar, Surna, Navada, Sunderpani and Rajyuda along with several others have been going without power at night for several months now. The villagers say that they are being compelled to spend their evenings in the light of earthen lamps and lanterns. They claim that the studies of their children are hampered and there is a constant threat of wild animals. The villagers have also submitted a memorandum to the district administration to address their concerns at the earliest.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

Tourist duped into giving car:
A tourist was duped into giving his car on Thursday by a group of nine tourists from Madhya Pradesh. The group leader, Rajesh, demanded the keys of the victim, Tejinder Singh’s, car on the pretext that his son was seriously ill. He has not since heard from Rajesh or any members of the group. Tejinder Singh, a tourist from village Shaha near Ambala, accompanied by his driver arrived at Ghanna residency Lodge near Library Bazaar, on Thursday. The police has registered a case of forgery and car theft and investigations have begun.


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