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Free medical camp
: The Guru Nanak Mission International Charitable Trust, Nawangran, Kulpur, organised a free medical check up camp at Pojewal village here on Thursday. Ram Kishan Kataria, former MLA, inaugurated the camp where as many as 250 patients were examined.

Motorcyclist killed: One person was killed and one sustained serious injures in a road accident near Parmanand, 19 km from here, on Pathankot-Amritsar road on Thursady. According to the police, Deep Aggarwal, resident of Dinanagar, was going to his residence with his friend, Jai Parkash, on his motorcycle. A speedy truck hit their vehicle leaving them seriously injured. They were rushed to the local Civil Hospital where Aggarwal (31) succumbed to his injuries. Parkash’s condition was stated to be critical. Later, he was shifted to a private hospital.

Garment shop gutted: A garment-cum-woolen shop situated in Main Bazar was destroyed in a fire on Thursday. Goods worth several lakh of rupees were reduced to ashes in the devastating fire. Fire tenders brought the fire under control in three hours. The cause of the fire is yet unknown. Ravinder Pal Singh Walia, Additional Deputy Commissioner, visited the site.

Two held with 70 gm heroin: The police has arrested two drug smugglers, identified as Ram Labhaya of Chakkowal village and Suman Kumar of Chabbe village, on local Banga road on Thursday. The police has recovered 70 gm of heroin worth Rs 70,000 from their possession.



Mehndi competition held
: A mehndi competition was held on the campus of PKR Jain College of Education. The competition was made compulsory for all and sundry.Sunita Bansal and Supninder Kaur were the judges of the competition. The winners of the competition were Rachna Chawla, Reetu Rani, Neha Mittal and Sonal Sharma.



Students checked for anaemia: The National Social Service (NSS) unit of the Government Postgraduate College here organised a one-day blood grouping and haemoglobin testing programme for students to ensure that they were not afflicted with anaemia. Programme officers Surender Singh and Dhirender Gupta, Prof Saachi Sud and senior lab technicians Pradip Kumar and Vidya Sagar gave information to students to spot the signs of anaemia. A total of 150 students were examined.

HSP to contest Assembly poll: The Himachal Swabhiman Party (HSP) has announced to contest the state Assembly elections scheduled for next year in all the 68 Assembly constituencies by fielding its candidates in each Assembly segment of the state. Talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Subhash Sharma, president of the party, said his party, if voted to power, would bring a legislation for legislators to serve the masses on “honorary” basis. He said the work culture of the BJP and the Congress was identical and the people should vote the HSP to power .

Platinum grant for ex-servicemen: The Director, Sainik Welfare, has said all ex-servicemen and widow pensioners, who are 75 years or above this age, are qualified to get a special platinum grant of Rs 50,000 each. He added that all eligible pensioners could contact the Director R&W Section and C&W, Directorate of the AG branch, IHQ, Ministry of Defence, on phone numbers - 011- 23018338 and 011-23794985 for assistance.

Spurious khoya destroyed: Following a tip-off, a team of Health and Family Welfare Department conducted a raid at Samma village in Khazian gram panchayat on Thursday and recovered spurious khoya being prepared with vegetable oil, milk powder and chemicals. Confirming this, GR Kaushal, Kangra District Health Officer, who led the team, said around 6 to 7 quintals of spurious khoya was recovered from a house, along with raw material. Amrik Singh and his family members from Amritsar were engaged in the preparation of the adulterated khoya. He said seized khoya and raw material were destroyed on the spot and a food sample was taken for laboratory testing.

Move to upgrade hospital hailed: The decision of the state government in its Cabinet meeting on Monday to upgrade the 50-bedded local Civil Hospital to a 100-bedded hospital was hailed in the area as it has been catering to the needs of lower Kangra district comprising Nurpur and Jawali subdivisions and neighbouring Bhatiyat subdivision of Chamba district. Local MLA Rakesh Pathania had made concerted efforts for its upgradation. He said the state had also earmarked Rs 75 lakh for health equipment for the ICU being built at a cost of Rs 25 lakh and sanctioned different posts requisite for a 100-bedded hospital.

Need for quality seed stressed: The Estimate Committee, HP Vidhan Sabha, visited CSK HP Agriculture University, here on Tuesday and held a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor and other statutory officers. Roop Singh, Chairman, in his address asked the university to strengthen its Krishi Vigyan Kendras. He said there was need to produce high-quality seed, increase production of pulse crops and popularise use of farm implements. Other members of the committee Urmil Thakur, Parveen Kumar, Dr SK Sharma, RS Gupta, DC Diljit Thakur, SP, and officers also attended the meeting.



Woman goes missing: Parul of Ajabpur has been missing since Sunday. Her father has lodged a complaint against her in-laws in the Nehru Colony police station. On the other hand, the woman’s father-in-law has lodged a missing complaint. The woman’s father said her daughter had called him up she would be killed by her in-laws. Later, she disappeared. The police said they were making efforts to trace the woman. The police is also questioning her in-laws. Cases have been registered at the Nehru Colony police station.

UPP’s relay fast: On the fourth day of the relay fast being observed by members of the Uttarakhand Parivartan Party at the Parade Ground demanding better salary and facilities for labourers, general secretary of the party Prem Sundriyal, city general secretary Sunil Chaudhary and labourers’ leader from Delhi Babu Lal Rajput participated in the fast on Thursday. They are demanding a minimum wage of Rs 10,000 for labourers besides other basic facilities. Others who sat on the dharna included Mahender Daundiyal, Moghraj Tyagi, Luxman Singh, Anand Chandola.

Repair of roads: Chief Minister BC Khanduri has directed the officials concerned for the early completion of the repair of roads damaged during last year’s rain disaster in the state. The Chief Minister has set the October 31 deadline for the repair of all damaged roads in the state. The District Magistrates have also been asked to take up road repair works on a priority basis.

Kumaon Briefs
DM seeks funds for completion of music academy:
Almora District Magistrate DS Garbyal has urged Sports and Culture Secretary, Uttarakhand, NS Negi to get Rs 1.6 crore released from the state administration for the completion of the Uday Shankar Dance and Music Academy being set up in Falseema. He said work on electrification and acoustics in the newly constructed building was yet to begin. He said once the building was complete, it would be handed over to the Department of Culture. Negi also inspected the academy.

Basketball: All Saints’ College triumph: A team from All Saints’ College has won the inter-school basketball championship for girls. The girls of the winning defeated their rivals from St Mary’s School 43-24. Asmita Gaur of the winning team has been adjudged the best player of the tournament. Various schools from Nainital town, Bhimtal and Ranikhet participated in the four-day tourney. Arjuna awardee basketball player Hari Dutt Kapdi given away prizes to the winners.

Enhancement of sports facilities sought: Almora sportsmen have urged Sports Secretary NS Negi to enhance the facilities being given to them. During the Secretary’s visit to the ongoing Sobhan Singh Jeena State-level Football Tournament, chief convener Kailash Pande stressed the need to improve infrastructure of the stadium and an increase in their daily allowance. Negi has promised to look into the issues raised by them.

Govt offices to remain closed on Oct 24: All government offices, barring banks and the Treasury, will remain closed in Champawat on the occasion of Dhanteras on October 24. According to a spokesperson for the administration, the holiday had been declared under the provision of the manual of government orders.

Water-testing labs to be set up: The Jal Sansthan has decided to set up water-testing laboratories in all districts. General Manager of the Jal Sansthan DD Dimri said there was only one such laboratory in Kumaon that is located in Nainital. Regarding the damaged water schemes, he said all schemes would be in working condition by November.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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