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1 killed in mishap
: One person was killed and 13 others were injured when a private canter (small truck) overturned at Rajera on the Chamba-Bharmour Highway, 10 km from here, on Thursday night, according to police information received here on Friday. The deceased had been identified as Hari Ram. A case has been registered.

Two booked: Two persons have been booked by the police on the charges of misappropriation of funds, which amounts to Rs 5,74,600 pertaining to the Iravati Kalyan Samiti, Kakian of the district. The accused involved in the fraud are the members of the samiti. Chamba SP Madhu Sudan Sharma said a case had been registered on the complaint of Ashok Kumara of Ajwans village.

Basketball competitions:
: The two-day inter-college basketball competitions for girls started on Friday at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Postgraduate College Hamirpur, which were inaugurated by Hamipur MLA Urmil Thakur. College principle PC Patial said teams from 14 colleges were participating in the competitions. 



Malik condemns Gaddafi’s killing
: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik on Friday condemned the “brutal custodial” killing of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, describing him as a friend of the people of Kashmir. The people of Kashmir were bereft of a friend (Gaddafi), who raised his voice for them at the highest forum of the UN, Malik said in his statement here today. He added Gaddafi had also resented the hanging of JKLF founder leader Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, decades ago.

Hizbul militant held in Pulwama: The Security forces apprehended a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Abdul Gani Deedad, alias Abu Salfi, during a cordon and search operation at Aditrag village of Keller area of Pulwama district on Thursday night, a police spokesman said on Friday. The security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the village following a tip-off about the presence of the militant. Deedad was active in the area for the last three months. He was involved in a number of extortion cases as well as in the killing of Irshad Ahmed Kohli last month. 



Fire in shop, 1 killed
: One person was killed while three others were injured, two of them seriously, when a fire broke out in a crackers shop in the Civil Lines area of Roorkee on Friday. The deceased has been identified Abbas (50) and the injured as Ravi (35) and Ganga Ram. A passerby, Fatima, was also seriously injured. A case has been registered against the shop owner by the Roorkee police station.

Soccer tourney from Oct 30: The first Kargil Shaheed Jaideep Bhandari Memorial Football Tournament being organised by the Nehru Gram Samiti will be held from October 30 to November 10 at Shri Guru Ram Rai Inter-college, Nehru Gram. A total of 16 teams will play in two pools in the championship. The Balaji Club, Bajrang Club, Sunderwala Boys, XI Star, City Young, Willis Youth Club and Gypsy Young have already confirmed their participation for the event. October 25 is the last date for sending entries to the organisers. Anil Rawat, president of the samiti, said this would be a running trophy. The winning team will get a cash prize of Rs 11,000 and runners-up Rs 7,000. Besides, there are individual prizes in different categories. Vice-president of the samiti Paras Thapa and general secretary Vipin Basnet said the tournament would be an annual affair. 

Kumaon Briefs

DM orders rebuilding of bridges by March: Nainital District Magistrate Nidhi Mani Tripathi has asked the officials to ensure that the two bridges at Bhawali and Niglat that had been devastated during the rain-related disasters last year are rebuilt by March. The two bridges that had been washed away in September last year were replaced by Bailley bridges as a temporary arrangement. The rebuilding work had started pretty late. She has disclosed that Rs 72.30 lakh and Rs 74.58 lakh have been released by the administration respectively for the two bridges. She has asked the officials involved in the rebuilding of the bridges to take help of experts and ensure that there is no compromise with regards to the quality of the work. She inspected the road between Bhawali and Kakdighat on Thursday afternoon and ordered that the work on repairing the road must be expedited.

Show of strength by Cong: Presenting a united face, the Congress party came up with a show of strength in Haldwani on Thursday evening. The Congress leaders claimed that the people of the state had had enough of misrule of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. The speakers also attacked senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani and said he should have started his ongoing yatra against corruption from Uttarakhand. Besides, the top brass of the Congress leadership from Uttarakhand, central leaders Krishna Tirath and Kumari Shelja, also participated in the Dalit Sammelan that saw a huge turnout.

Murderous assault on woman: In a gruesome incident reported from Indraprastha colony in the Dahariya area of Haldwani, two persons employed as carpenters in a house carried out a murderous assault on the housewife with the purpose of loot. It is learnt that the accused had been hired by Puran Joshi for carrying out some carpentry jobs in his house for the last three days. On Thursday, when Puran had gone out, the two accused came to the house and not suspecting them, Divya opened the door. The accused attacked her with carpentry tools, including a chisel. Seeing the neighbors coming after she screamed for help, the accused fled the spot. The woman sustained serious injuries on her head and face and is undergoing treatment. Police investigations are on.

Quarrying on Gaula riverbed begins: The quarrying operations in the Gaula riverbed started on Friday after a day’s delay. The operations were scheduled to start from Thursday but technical problems related to computer software had prevented the initiation of quarrying activity. This had led to a lot of resentment among those involved in the operations. However, things were rectified and operations have started from most of the 11 gates on the Gaula river. Quarrying in the Gaula riverbed is a huge annual exercise, which provides employment to thousands of people, including those from the adjoining states.

Officials destroy stale sweets: Carrying on with the drive against adulterated food stuffs, officials in Ramnagar town of Nainital district carried out surprise checks. The officials resorted to instant destroying of stale sweets. The administrative officials also took stock of the fire prevention facilities in the markets. It has been decided that the sale of crackers would only be allowed in an open field.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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