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Sikh body begins work on memorial
: The All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) today began the ‘kar sewa’ for the construction of a memorial at Hondh-Chillar village in Haryana in memory of those who were killed during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots there. AISSF chief Karnail Singh Peermohammed, in a statement issued here , said, “The village panchayat donated land for the gurdwara, which will be part of the memorial at Hondh-Chillar.” He said Nek Chand, the creator of Rock Garden in Chandigarh, had recently visited Hondh-Chillar to provide guidance for creation of miniature of ruins of Sikh houses and gurdwara.

SAD (A) to disturb Advani’s yatra:
SAD (A) chief Simranjeet Singh Mann on Thursday said his party activists would disturb BJP leader LK Advani’s “rath yatra” when it enters Punjab from Doomwali in Haryana on November 13. Mann visited the villages that would fall en route Advani’s yatra and urged the youth to disturb his meetings as Advani had allegedly endorsed the Operation Bluestar at Golden Temple complex. He said activists of the SAD(A) would disturb his yatra throughout Punjab.

Complaint against PSTCL employees:
In a complaint made to Punjab Assembly Speaker and senior Congress leaders, including party president Sonia Gandhi, Faridkot MLA Avtar Singh Brar has accused some PSTCL (Punjab State Transmission Corporation Ltd) officials of harassing Congress supporters on flimsy grounds following directions from SAD leaders. Brar said, “Faulty power lines have been erected in the fields of Congress party supporters just to cause inconvenience to them.”


Another Bandla mishap victim dies: With death of one more woman at the IGMC Hospital, Shimla, the death toll in the Bandla road HRTC bus accident of October 24 evening has now risen to 31. Vanita Devi of Barad village in the Sunhani area had been in deep coma and died on Tuesday evening. Twentyfive persons had died in the accident, while 20 others were injured. Since then six more persons have succumbed to their injuries.

Female leopard found dead: Forest officials found a dead female leopard in a local trapper at Pawad village under Bir Bagheda panchayat on Thursday morning. DFO, Hamirpur, PK Thakur said the forest department had registered an FIR in this case.

Legal Services Day held: District and Sessions Judge RL Azad addressing lawyers on Legal Services Day here on Wednesday, said this year the theme of the event was “protecting the rights of children”. He said 90 per cent of our population lived in rural areas and even those living in urban areas were not aware about their legal rights, and to give legal protection to all, the government had enacted the Legal Services Act. Earlier, CJM, Hamirpur, PP Ranta gave welcome address.

5 killed in road mishaps: Five persons were killed and two others injured in four different road accidents in the Kangra valley during the past 24 hours, the police said here on Thursday. Kangra SSP Deljeet Singh Thakur said Manoj Kumar (14) of Kachiari village was hit by a private bus near the Jayanti Mata temple track and fell into the Manji Khad and died on the spot. Sher Singh and Dinesh Kumar, both of Madhya Pradesh, were killed on the spot at Chandua village in Dehra subdivision on Wednesday when a tractor rolled down into a gorge. Youth Sachin was killed when a motor cycle on which he was a pillion rider dashed against a private bus on the Tanda Road near the milk plant. Bakery shop worker Surjeet Kumar was killed in another hit-and-run case at Dhameta on Wednesday.

Body with injury marks recovered: The police recovered the body of Devender Sharma (35) of the Manpur area of Rajgrah in Sirmour district from the Boileauganj area on Thursday. According to the police, the body was spotted by people early morning lying about 50 m below the Bhariyal road. It had injury marks and appeared that he had probably been killed with a stone.


Janta Milan: Chief Minister BC Khanduri will hold a Janta Milan programme on November 11 to meet common people to hear and redress their grievances. Due to his engagements and tours, he was unable to attend the programme for the past few days. The programme will be held at his new residence at the Cantonement road.

25 hurt in mishap: Twenty-five bus passengers were injured in a road accident near Rishikesh on Thursday. A passenger bus and a truck collided at Brahmpuri turn near Rishikesh. The injured were taken from the accident site by the emergency 108 services and admitted to the local hospital.

Kumaon Briefs
Shiksha Mela held:
A two-day Shiksha Mela was organised under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan at the District Planning Office premises at Almora. In his address at the completion of the event on Thursday, District Magistrate DS Garbyal said such events were important in promoting creativity among the children and boosting their confidence levels. He expressed concern over the lack of interest among the parents to send their wards to government schools despite there being schemes like the Mid Day Meal (MDM) and free education. He underlined the need to find a solution to end this trend. Children from across the district participated in the event.

Folk song competition held: A Kumaoni folk song singing competition was held at the auditorium of the Nainital Municipal Council building on Thursday afternoon. More than 20 students from various schools located in and around Nainital, along with those from the DSB College participated in the event organised by Yugmanch, a cultural organisation. They presented various folk songs of the region. The songs talked about the prevalent socio-economic issues, a high percentage of the youth joining the Army and also the rich natural splendor of Kumaon.

3 bikers killed in accident: Three youths were killed in a collision between two motorcycles on which they were travelling near the Peerumdara in Ramnagar area of Nainital district. It is learnt that Ayush Pant (26), Ankit Sundariyal (25) and Mukul Tomar (24) of Dehradun, along with Vimal Negi (23) of Delhi were on their way to the Jim Corbett National Park. The motorcycle on which Ayush and Vimal were traveling collided with another motorcycle coming from the opposite side on which Shankar Sundariyal and Anuj Sharma (19) of Peeumdara were travelling. The four were taken to a hospital where Ayush, Vimal and Shankar were declared dead. Anuj is being treated at a hospital in Haldwani.

Wild cat run over by vehicle: A wild cat was run over by an unknown vehicle near Mohaan in the Ramnagar area of Nainital district. The cat was found lying crushed on the road. Officials say that it was around four years of age, 97 cm in length and 33 cm in height. Officials of the Forest Department got its post mortem analysis done and then cremated it.

100 get notice for dumping waste in canal: Getting strict against the people dumping waste in the canal flowing through the heart of Haldwani town, the Health Department of the local Municipal Corporation has sent notices to more than 100 residents of the town. The action has been taken on the basis of the complaint lodged by the Irrigation Department. The Corporation has been appealing to the people to help maintain sanitation in the town and inculcate a sense of belonging.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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