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AISSF to start work on Hondh-Chillar memorial: The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) would start the work on a memorial at Hondh-Chillar village in Haryana (in the memory of those killed there during the anti-Sikh riots) on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary on November 10. AISSF chief Karnail Singh Peermohammad said since the SGPC had failed to construct the memorial at Hondh Chillar, the Federation would build it with the help of Sikh community and riot victims. 

PPP meeting :
Unit of the People's Party of Punjab (PPP) today held a meeting to ensure success of rally of “Sanjha Morcha" to be held on November 6 at Dhudike. 

JEs to take stir to CM’s village
: The protest by junior engineers (JEs), which has hit work in the Public Health, Irrigation and Building and Roads Departments, is set to intensify with the Council of Diploma Engineers deciding to take the stir to the CM’s village Badal on November 9. The CM had promised the council in 2009 that the JEs’ demand for higher scales and pay parity would be met within 15 days. 

Erring postal dept official apprehended
: Rakesh Kumar, the erring postal department official posted at Khai Pheme Ke village who had allegedly decamped with savings of the villagers amounting to crores, has reportedly been apprehended by the police, though no official arrest has been made so far. SSP Surjit Singh said a special investigation team under the DSP (Detective) was constituted to trace the postmaster, who had been taken into custody. He added that the police was able to track the accused down with help of mobile intercepts. 

Earring snatched
: Two unidentified youths snatched a gold earring from a woman near Sharma Eye Clinic in a posh locality of the local Hargobind Nagar on Friday evening. The woman, who was returning to her home, raised alarm but the robbers escaped. 



Two held
: The police has arrested Raj Singh Yadav and his younger brother, Kanwar Singh Yadav, in connection with the murder of Basanti Devi (75) who was done to death at Khandora village, near Bawal, on the night of October 31. Sources said following an altercation over obstruction caused on the pathway, when Kanwar Singh, with other family members, who were armed with lethal weapons, had attacked Birender Yadav, his mother Basanti Devi and other family members.

Two killed: Two persons died in separate road accidents in the district on Thursday. Sudhir Kumar Gyan (40), of Dharuhera was killed after his bicycle was hit by a vehicle on the National Highway No. 8 at Jauniawas village. In another incident, Chhotu Ram (40), of Pathredi village, was killed after his scooter was hit by some vehicle on the National Highway No. 8. 

Man kills wife
: A 70-year-old man gunned down his wife after a dispute at their house in Kanganpura village on Wednesday. The accused, Puran Singh, has been absconding after the crime. The victim, Amarjit Kaur (65), was rushed to the General Hospital here in a critical condition, where she succumbed to her injuries. A case of murder has been registered against the accused. 



Villagers up in arms
: Villagers of Kalol and Gharaan gram panchayats on Friday protested against the recent state government order to close down two cheap ration shops of Civil Supplies Corporation at these places. The shops had been running for 40 years. 

Best state award:
Himachal Pradesh has been adjudged as the best state in the country for overall infrastructural development in the “State of States Survey” in New Delhi today. Chief Minister PK Dhumal received the award from Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee. An official spokesperson said that the present government had been conferred 50 awards for its performance.



Bootlegger arrested:
The Samba police arrested a bootlegger and seized 20 bottles of liquor from his possession today. Official sources said a police team led by Inspector Sandeep Mahajan arrested Neeraj Sharma, a resident of Sumb, at a naka and seized 20 bottles of liquor from his possession. 



Thieves break into MLA’s house
: Four thieves tried to break a locker at BJP MLA Rajkumar’s residence at Sahaspur in the middle of the night on Friday but ran away empty-handed. The MLA, who returned home from Uttarkashi in the morning, said the thieves had entered into his house from an under-construction portion of the house. They threatened his wife with a knife and asked her for money and jewellery. She told them that the family did not keep cash or jewellery in the house. The thieves searched for the locker and tried to open it but sensing someone approaching the house, they ran away. Surya Bhushan Negi, SHO, Sahaspur Police Station, said the MLA did not lodge any complaint of theft.

Interrogated: Teams of the CBI interrogated Sanjay Bhatt and Pooja Bahukhandi, both followers of late Swami Nityanand, regarding his death a few months ago. Swami Nityanand had died following an indefinite fast against illegal quarrying on the Ganga riverbed. Sources said the duo named some police officials and five others for playing foul in this matter. 

Graft case: The locker of Drug Controller, Dharam Singh, who was caught red-handed taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 by a Vigilance team on Wednesday, could not be opened as his wife who lives in Delhi did not reach the town. Superintendent of Police, Vigilance, BK Juyal said the money deposited by Dharam Singh in various banks could run in several crores, as was indicated by the seizure of many passbooks from his house.

Kumaon Briefs

Banks told to give easy loans to farmers: Champawat District Magistrate Ashish Joshi has called upon banks to provide loans to the masses at low rates of interest so that there can be a qualitative change in their standard of living. At a meeting held at Champawat on Friday, Joshi also urged to increase the credit deposit ratio in the district to 30 per cent. He has asked the officials of various banks operating in the district to extend easy loans to farmers, horticulturists and small entrepreneurs. He has also sought the help of banking institutions to provide kisan credit cards to the maximum number of farmers so that they can avail the benefits of various schemes launched by the government.

Ban on quarrying in Champawat lifted: The ban imposed by the district administration in Champawat on quarrying has been lifted. An order in this regard has been issued by District Magistrate Ashish Joshi. The ban had been imposed in June owing to large scale losses on account of a rain-related disaster in the region during the monsoon. Lifting the ban, Joshi has underlined that it needs to be kept in mind that quarrying activities will take place according to the norms.

National conference at Kumaon varsity: A two-day national conference on “Emerging trends in chemistry-biology interface” was organised by the chemistry department of Kumaon University at Nainital. The conference was held to mark the celebrations of the international year of chemistry. Deliberating on a range of issues related to the topic, experts called for a sustained research on the rich flora present in this part of the country. They also called for the optimum utilisation of research opportunities being offered at the government level.

Man, son killed in mishap: 
Two persons were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned on the Rampur road in Rudrapur. Gopal of the Beesalpur area, Pilibhit, had hired a four-wheeler along with his son, Sunil, to transport bamboo leaves to Delhi. The vehicle overturned near Shaheed Bhagat Singh College on the Rampur road, killing the duo. The driver and the cleaner of the vehicle fled the spot after the accident. 


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