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: An Income Tax Officer (ITO) has been booked under sections 283,337 and 338 of the IPC by the police for abruptly opening the door of a car in the middle of the road which caused grievous injuries to a resident of Model Town, Phase-1.

2 DIGs, SSP shifted
: The state government on Saturday transferred two DIGs and an SSP. Surinder Singh has been posted as DIG, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police Academy, Phillaur, whereas Lok Nath, DIG, Ferozepur Range, had been given the additional charge of DIG (Administration), PAP, Jalandhar. Besides, Balkar Singh Sidhu has been posted as SSP, Hoshiarpur. 

Fatehgarh Sahib
Online registration of vehicles launched:
Deputy Commissioner Yashveer Mahajan today inaugurated online registration of vehicles at Supreme Motors, Mandi Gobindgarh. With this, people would not be required to visit the DTO offices for registering their vehicles. Elaborating on the scheme, the Deputy Commissioner said it would help in providing registration certificates to the vehicle owners on the spot by the dealers. He said now road tax and other fees could also be paid online.

Jagjit Singh remembered:
Asian Club’s Ludhiana branch organised a musical programme in memory of Jagjit Singh at Rajindra Model School, Haibowal Kalan, here today. Students rendered songs on the occasion. The club honoured 27 students who had done well in academics. A free medical camp was organised. At least 100 students were examined and given free medicines.

Alumni meet: The annual alumni meet of College of Agriculture (COA) of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will be held on December 2. Dr DS Cheema, Dean, COA-cum-president of the Alumni Association, said various committees had been constituted. He said the meet would provide an opportunity to the alumni, coming from across the globe, to interact with one another.

Water cooler given to pensioners: The zonal office of Punjab National Bank has donated a water cooler to pensioners. BR Kaushal, chairman Pensioner Information Centre Management Committee, expressed gratitude to the PNB management.



Gorakhpur farmers to oppose Cong: The Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, an organisation of Gorakhpur farmers opposed to the acquisition of land for the proposed nuclear plant in their village, on Friday announced its decision to oppose the Congress in the Ratia Assembly bypoll. The farmers would leave the decision of selection of candidate to the voters.



Nod to start MA classes
: The government has given sanction for starting MA classes in subjects of English and Economics in Swami Vivekananda Government Degree College at Ghumarwin, near here. This was stated by Himachal Higher Education Director OP Sharma while inaugurating the HP University Cultural Programmes Youth Festival (Group -3) on the college premises at Ghumarwin recently. He said classes in BBA would also be started in this college. Sharma added that 45 colleges were participating in the festival.

Drunken bus driver arrested: The police has arrested Prakash Chand, driver of HRTC bus No. HP-24B-7509, for being heavily drunk while driving the bus from Ghumarwin to Chokhna on Friday evening, thus endangering lives of some 30 to 35 passengers in it. Reports said some of the passengers finding the driver in that condition informed the police. The Bharadi police arrested him under Sections 341 and 336, IPC, and also impounded the bus which was later handed over to HRTC officers who also reached the spot. The driver was medically examined at the Bharadi Community Health Centre and his being in an inebriated condition was confirmed. He was released on bail by the police later.

Jewellery worth lakhs stolen: Thieves stole gold jewellery worth lakhs of rupees from an advocate Balbir Chandel’s house at Cinema Colony here on Saturday. The other items stole included FDs worth Rs 70,000, Kisan Vikas Patras worth Rs 65,000 and cash to tune of Rs 18,800. Chandel and his family had gone to their parental home at Talwaad village, 5 km from here. Reports said the thieves had also broken the locks of an adjoining house of Ashutosh Soni who was also away at Chandigarh along with his family. The thieves also made an attempt to enter the houses of RK Vashishtha and Sanjiv Gupta. 

One killed in road accident: One person was killed and two others were injured in a hit-and-run case here on Thursday. According to the police, seriously injured Gurcharan Singh Khera (50) was admitted to the DRPGMC Hospital at Tanda where he died on Thursday. Gurcharan of Kasba Narwana was going to his residence on foot when a Jeep hit him and a motorcycle leaving them injured. The two injured motorcyclists Vikas (25) of Bilaspur and Anchal (25) of Shimla were on way to Chamunda when the accident took place.

Sat Paul Mittal award: Vivekananda Kendra, which has its headquarters at Kanyakumari, has been selected for this year’s Sat Paul Mittal National Award for its outstanding services to humanity in the institutional category. This was stated here on Thursday by Rekha Dave, joint general secretary of the Kanyakumari kendra. She was here in connection with a meeting. The award committee of the Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust, Ludhiana, took the decision of awarding the kendra.



Consensus on AFSPA a must: Soz: The JKPCC president, Saifuddin Soz, has said the AFSPA could be revoked only if a consensus was reached on the issue among the main stakeholders. “Now that it has been accepted by all concerned to hold consultations on the AFSPA, there should be no controversy on its revocation,” Soz said while addressing party workers here on Friday. Soz also welcomed the decision of Pakistan to grant the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India.



2 held for attempt to murder
: Pramil Sarkar and his mother Mala Sarkar, residents of Raipur were arrested by the police for allegedly trying to burn to death Anjana Sarkar wife of Pramil Sarkar for bringing insufficient dowry. A case in this connection was registered at the Raipur police station on a complaint lodged by Rukni Mandal, mother of Anjana Sarkar. She had alleged that the accused tried to kill her daughter by pouring kerosene on her but she was saved.

Arrested: Ram Lal, a resident of Village Ataal Tyuni under Vikasnagar police station was arrested by Sahaspur police for possessing 950 grams of charas on Friday evening. He was nabbed by Sub-inspector Dilbar Singh Negi on a specific information. He has been charged under NDPS Act and sent to jail.

Threatened: Dehradun police has arrested one Sandeep Harris on a complaint lodged by Subramanium Aiyyar, a resident of Vasant Vihar area of the city. Aiyyar had complained that Sandeep Harris beat him up and broke the window panes of his car on Friday. He also allegedly threatened to kill him. Sandeep Harris was arrested and sent to jail.

Sports day: The students of Convent of Jesus and Mary celebrated its 110th annual sports day on the school campus here on Saturday. The chief guest of the occasion was Colonel Gautam Guha, Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion-Garhwal Rifles. The girls presented various drills, races, lezim dance, aerobics and mass PT on the occasion.

Kumaon Briefs
Workshop on Right to Service Act:
A workshop on the ideal implementation of the Uttarakhand Right to Service Act was held at Almora on Saturday. Officials were apprised of the details and finer points of the Act with the help of a power-point presentation. District Magistrate DS Garbyal said the Act was a major tool aimed at providing services to the people of the state and they must ensure that it was properly implemented. He said although the Act covered 10 government departments, more departments were expected to be brought under its purview soon.

CM’s visit to Kumaon cancelled: The scheduled trip of Chief Minister BC Khanduri to Kumaon on Saturday was cancelled at the last moment. Khanduri was expected to visit Bageshwar and later Haldwani during the day. During his visit to Bageshwar, he was scheduled to lay foundation stones of various projects and dedicate some schemes to the people. Thereafter, he was scheduled to attend a public function at Haldwani, where former Chief Minister BS Koshiyari was also supposed to be present. Large scale preparations had been under way at both places for his programmes that would have been his first major public forays since he came back to the office of the Chief Minister on September 10.

Election schedule out: District Election Officer, Udham Singh Nagar, PS Jangpangi has announced the schedule for holding elections to fill vacant seats of members and gram pradhans in village panchayats in the district. He said nominations would be filled till November 12 and scrutinised on November 15. The last date of withdrawal is November 16 and the polling would be held on November 25. The counting of votes and the results would be announced on November 28. The exercise from the filing of nominations to the declaration of the results would be carried out at the regional panchayat offices.

Chain-snatching incidents on rise: Chain-snatching incidents are on the rise in Haldwani. On Friday evening, miscreants allegedly snatched a chain from block president Shanti Bhatt while she was returning home. The incident took place in the Adarsh Nagar area. When she raised the alarm, the accused fled leaving behind their motorcycle. Investigations are on in the matter.

Three held for creating ruckus: Three drunkards, who are residents of Haryana, have been arrested by the Nainital police for allegedly creating a ruckus near the rickshaw stand in the Mallital area of the town. Om Pal and Rakesh Kumar, both from Gurgaon, and Sandeep of Narnaul, Haryana, even resorted to use of foul language and indulged

Man held for negligence driving: The Ramnagar police has arrested the driver of a bus that had hit a tree on Wednesday, killing two women passengers, Rekha Phule and Sumangala Upadhyaya, travelling in it. The driver, Promod Kumar Garg of Shahdara, had fled the spot after the accident. Two women tourists were killed while 19 others were injured when the bus had hit a tree near Ramnagar in Nainital district. The accident had taken place near Basai village on Wednesday. All tourists travelling in the bus were residents of Maharashtra and had been travelling in the region since October 28. in a fight while being in an “inebriated” state.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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