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18 booked for assault on BSP leader:
The Nakodar Police has booked 18 persons for allegedly attacking BSP (A) leader from Nakodar last night near Shihowal village here. The victim Tara Singh Gill in a complaint lodged with the police said he had some enmity with a villager and recently they had both met at the police station to sort out the issue but in vain. Both the victims were later admitted to the Civil Hospital. Police has registered a case against 18 assailants.



Weapons seized:
The special task force of the Haryana Police recovered a huge quantity of weapons from a vehicle near a village on Ambala-Chandigarh road. Five persons identified as Mukesh, Ramphal, Sultan, Rajender and Dharmender, who belong to Jind and Jhajjar districts of Haryana, have been arrested. The police has recovered one 9 mm carbine, four 9 mm pistols, two country-made pistols of 315 bore, two magazines, nine cartridges of 315 bore pistols and 50 cartridges of 9 mm pistols from their possession.

Fertilizer scarcity:
Alleging that some Haryana officials are involved in black marketing and hoarding of DAP fertilizer, the state BJP said it would launch a state-wide agitation on the issue. “As if the recent price hike caused by decontrolling of urea was not enough, now farmers are facing severe problem of DAP shortage all over the state, further adding to their miseries,” state BJP president Krishan Pal Gujjar said. Farmers of Sangwari and neighbouring villages on Friday blocked the Delhi-Jaipur highway to protest against the scarcity of the fertilizer.

Bajra procurement:
Vijay Somany, national convener of the Rashtriya Nav Chetna, has flayed the state government for the inordinate delay in the procurement of bajra by the governmental agencies at the markets in Rewari, Kosli and other places of the district. He said owing to non-commencement of purchase by procurement agencies while the Bajra producers had been going in for distress sale of their farm produce to commission agents and others for the past one week, certain sale-oriented conditions imposed on the growers by the state government were proving detrimental to their interests as well.

Lok Adalat:
As many as 339 cases were settled in a rural Lok Adalat held at Kailana village on Sunday. These included 339 cases of land mutation, 10 cases of civil nature and four cases each of criminal nature and vehicle challan. In the Lok Adalat, which was presided by Harish Gupta, Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, the cases pertained to residents of Ahir Majra, Shekhpura, Gumar, Garhi Jhhijhara, Kheri Bilandpur, Bhaura Rasulpur and Zaffarpur villages were settled.

Defence adalat: As many as 125 cases of pension were received and 74 of these cases were settled on the spot at the two-day defence pension adalat, which concluded here on Friday. The adalat was organised by the Controller of Defence Accounts (pension disbursement) of the Ministry of Defence to redress the pension-related grievances of defence pensioners of the district.assembled heard the grievances of the pensioners.



Cop injured in road mishap:
Police Constable Santosh Kumari was injured seriously when she fell off a motor cycle of her colleague, which she was riding on the pillion, when a speeding vehicle coming from the opposite direction, knocked down their bike near the Lake View Café on Sunday. Reports said the victim was first rushed to the Regional Hospital here and then referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, due to her serious head injuries. She was immediately operated upon for five hours and she was now out of danger. The driver of the vehicle had fled from the scene of the accident. The police has registered a case.

Pensioners approve move: The Sadar Bilaspur unit of the HP State Pensioners Welfare Association here has supported the decision of the association authorising its state president Jiva Nand Jivan to form a state Action Committee to get their long-pending demands accepted by the state government. Dr Upender Gauttam, general secretary of the unit, said this after a meeting of the unit. Several leaders, including state association senior vice-president JK Nadda, unit president Daulat Ram Chauhan, leaders OP Garga, Prem Lal Mehta, Nand Lal Rahi, SR Kaushal, Ram Lal Pundir, Roshan Lal Gauttam, Mohinder Bakshi and Omparkash Mehta were present at the meeting.

HPCA members’ conviction hailed:
Former state president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Rajinder Zar has welcomed the conviction of six members of the HPCA by a Dharamsala court for spoiling the pitch and restraining officials from holding a Ranji Trophy match in the stadium there about six years ago. He said the court’s conviction had vindicated his stand that a few office-bearers of the HPCA had been acting with highhandedness to subvert democratic functioning of the cricket organisation in the state to capture the body.

Rs 10 lakh graft case filed:
A case of misappropriation of government funds to the tune of more than Rs 10 lakh was registered on Saturday by Shamshi, SDO, Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department, Bhuntar police station, under Section 409, IPC. SP Abhishekh Dular said on the statement of Bharat Bhushan, son of Mohinder Kumar, the SDO’s clerk Mohit Kumar had made the misappropriation of government money amounting to Rs 10,05,085 during the period from November 2008 to June 2010. The case was being investigated by ASI Naresh Kumar, Bhuntar police station.

Red Cross organises mela:
The District Red Cross Society on Sunday organised a mela in which stalls were set up to sell products to raise money for the needy and poor. PWD Minister Gulab Singh Thakur, chief guest, took a round of the stalls and praised women, including Sushila Sonkhla, president, Mandi Municipal Council, for their the efforts. Social worker Meera Kayastha donated an ambulance to the society. The society claimed that it had set up an intensive care unit at the Zonal Hospital by contributing Rs 17.78 lakh.

Yoga camp for power corp staff:
The Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation is organising a yoga camp for its officers, employees and their families at the Institute of Engineers from October 17 to 25. A spokesperson of the corporation said the objective of camp was to help officials in relieving stress in daily life. The yoga sessions will be conducted by Swami Gauri Shivranandan Puri Ji of the Yoga Sangeet Sadhna Kendra.



Wife’s lips, nose chopped off:
A drug addict husband on Sunday reportedly chopped off lips and nose of his wife over some dispute at latter’s house in Ganesh Vihar of Nehru Colony here. According to information, Pinki (25), a cleaner at Mahant Indresh Hospital, married Saraju, a driver, 10 years ago. They have two kids. The husband was working in Delhi and had shifted to Dehradun three months ago. They often used to have a quarrel at home. This took an ugly turn today when the husband, reportedly in the influence of drugs, chopped off his wife’s lips and nose with some sharp-edged knife. The woman was shifted to Government Doon Hospital where she is under medical supervision. Till the filing of the report, the cause of the incident could not be established. The accused has been fleeing.

Biker killed in accident: Rattan Singh (48) died and his son Babu Singh (3) got seriously injured when their bike was hit by a truck from behind near the ISBT on Sunday. As per information, Rattan died on the spot while his son has been admitted at Government Doon Hospital here. The driver of the truck who tried to flee from the spot was nabbed at some distance by commuters.

Man stabs himself: A drug addict reportedly injured himself by stabbing in his stomach with a knife on Sunday in the MDDA colony. He has been admitted at Government Doon Hospital. Victim Rajesh was said to be under the influence of drug when he took this step. The reason of the incident could not be known till the last report came in.

Kumaon Briefs
Officials told to inspect liquor vends:
Champawat District Magistrate Ashish Joshi has expressed displeasure over the performance of the Prohibition, Transport and Food and Civil Supplies Departments in the district. At a review meeting held in Champawat, he said officials of the departments had been not working in a proper manner. He directed the officials of the Prohibition Department to carry out the inspection of all liquor vends at least twice a week. He also expressed displeasure over the fact that vendors have not displayed rate lists and are charging a premium on liquor. Similarly, officials of the Transport and Food and Civil Supplies Departments have been asked not to restrict their activities to Tanakpur, Champawat and Lohaghat only.

Unscheduled power cuts:District Magistrate, Nainital, Nidhi Mani Tripathi has asked officials of the Power Department not to resort to unscheduled power cuts in the district and stick to the roster prepared for load shedding. At a review meeting held in Nainital on Saturday, she asked the officials to intimate her office on a daily basis about power cuts occurring on account of local faults and other reasons. The officials present at the meeting apprised her of the problems being faced by them. They said power was not being received from the Central pool. The officials said powers cuts were being done as per the roster prepared and Nainital town had not been subjected to any power cut schedule.

Two siblings killed in mishap:Two siblings were killed when their two-wheeler reportedly collided with a car coming from the opposite direction in the Mota Haldu area of Nainital district. The deceased have been identified as Deepti (26) and Navnit Singh (23) of Jha Colony, Haldwani. Navnit was on his way to drop his sister to school in Bhimtal, where she was a teacher. The police has arrested the car driver, Vinod Singh Matela of Almora.

Bike falls into gorge, 1 dead:A trader from Haldwani was killed when his motorcycle fell into a gorge on the Nainital-Haldwani highway. The accident took place near the Gulabghati area. The deceased has been identified as Sandip Singh Sethi (26) of Haldwani. He used to run a ready-made garments showroom in the Mangalpadav area. He had come to Nainital along with one of his friends, Gaurav Haidiya, on a pleasure trip and the accident took place when they were on their way back home. Gaurav has also sustained injuries.

LPG-run auto-rickshaws impounded:Carrying out with the drive against the misuse of LPG in Nainital district, officials of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) have impounded several auto-rickshaws that were being run on LPG cylinders. The drive against such vehicles was started on Friday and likely to continue during the next fortnight.

Welfare camps in Champawat areas:Sainik welfare camps will be organised in the Kimtoli, Kotla, Chauda, Khedi, Harkheda, Khaikot and Pancheswar areas of Champawat district on October 19. Various certificates and other documents will be given to ex-servicemen, widows of soldiers and pensioners of the Second World War in these camps. Besides this, they will be apprised of various schemes launched for them by the state government.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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