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Bicycles for girls
: Punjab Social Welfare Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla today distributed bicycles to girl students of Shaheed Captain Amardeep Singh Government Senior Secondary School in Majitha under Mai Bhago Scheme. The minister distributed a total of 273 bicycles, of which 120 were given to girls of Class XI and 153 to girls of Class XII.

Power sub-station: MLA Bikramjit Singh Majithia today inaugurated a 66-KV power sub-station at Focal Point in Vallah. Addressing the gathering, Majithia said the sub-station has been constructed with an amount of Rs 5.80 crore. The sub-station would feed power to six 11-KV feeders.

Army jawans, civilians enter into scuffle:
Tension prevailed in Rama Mandi area last night following heated arguments between Army jawans and civilians. The incident occurred at about 9.30 pm when Ravinder Singh and Vicky Chadda, who were taking religious hoardings to a place inside the cantonment area, were stopped by jawans deployed at the barricade. Ravinder and Vicky then got indulged in an argument with the jawans on duty and called some people of their community. Receiving the information, scores of their fellow men reached the spot and blocked the road leading to the cantonment area.

Youth can help route corruption, says minister: Satpal Gosain, health and family welfare minister of the state today sought cooperation and support of youths to wipe out corruption and drug addiction. He visited Gulab Devi Hospital to pay tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai on his 83rd martydom day today. “I believe if youths hold the rein and pledge to wipe out the evils of corruption and drug addiction, they will succeed. Minister urged youngsters to adopt 10 families each and make them aware about the ill-effects of corruption and drug addiction. He said in the last five months, the health department has suspended five of its officials for indulging in corruption.



YC leader named IYC secy: Himmat Singh, a prominent Youth Congress leader from Haryana, has been appointed secretary of the Indian Youth Congress(IYC). According to information, Himmat Singh has been appointed by IYC president Rajiv Satav.



3-year-old boy found
drowned: Three-year-old Honey, only son of Rakesh Kumar and Shyami Devi of Deoli village, near here, was found drowned in an irrigation tank in the family’s fields today. Reports said the child’s parents were busy in the fields when Honey, playing nearby, slipped and fell into the tank. Later, a search was launched immediately and he was found from the water tank. He was rushed to nearby Primary Health Centre at Bagi, but was declared brought dead there.

Student dies after collapsing: Ranjna Devi (19), student of local Government College, is said to have died when she suddenly collapsed. She was rushed to the Regional Hospital here, but could not be saved. She was the daughter of Devi Ram of Jungle Sungal village near here. The police has registered a case and got the postmortem examination conducted before handing over the body to the family.

Blood donation camp inaugurated
: Education Minister ID Dhiman inaugurated a district-level blood donation camp at Bhareri on Thursday. Addressing the gathering, the minister urged people to donate blood as many lives could be saved by donating blood. He said Rs 6 crore was being spent on constructing new buildings of health centres in Bhoranj block and three primary health centres and six sub centres would be constructed soon in this area.

Man dies of drowning: Fortyseven-year-old Jagdesh Chand of Katoah village, falling under Jawalamukhi police station, died of drowning in the Beas, the police said here on Thursday. The police said Jagdesh, who was unmarried and suffering from polio, was missing from his residence since Wednesday. His body was found floating in the Beas by local residents at Chamukha village who informed the police. The body was identified by his brothers Nand Lal and Sahran Singh. The police said there was no external injury on the body. A case under Section 174, CrPC, had been registered.

Free ENT camp at Kangra: Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually oriented service mission, and the Repudaman Charitable Trust will hold a free ear, nose and throat (ENT) camp, as its monthly feature, at Gopal Bagh Gurkhari on the outskirts of this town on Sunday at 10 am. Disclosing this here on Thursday, PR Agnihotri, convener of the local branch of the kendra, with headquarters at Kanya Kumari, said Dr Sanjay Sachdeva, Director, ENT, and Head, Neck Surgery, Max Health Care, which include all Max Group of hospitals, would examine patients at the camp on Sunday.

Girl consumes poison: Eighteen-year-old girl Madhubala of Ansoie village, falling under Shahpur police station, was admitted as a poisoning case to the DRPGMC Tanda on Thursday evening. The police said the doctors confirmed that it was a poison case. However, the girl was not in a position to depose.

Murder case
: Main accused nabbed: The police claims to have solved the murder case of Padam Bahadur (55) of Nepal, who was killed with a sharp-edged weapon at Solang Nala,near here, recently. The police had already arrested two persons, including one woman, who revealed the name of the main accused Krishan Lal, alias Lalu. The police was successful in nabbing Lalu on Tuesday evening and he was produced in court and sent for judicial remand of seven days.

Gas cylinder stolen from school
: A thief broke into the room of the Government Primary School, Maggar, on Wednesday night and decamped with an LPG gas cylinder and a pressure cooker. Both worth Rs 3,000, were used for cooking mid-day meals for schoolchildren. Head teacher of the school Soma Devi lodged a complaint at the police station, Balh, on Thursday. As a result schoolchildren could not get mid-day meal. The police has lodged an FIR under Sections 457 and 380. IPC.


Philatelic exhibition: The Jammu and Kashmir Postal Circle is organising a philatelic exhibition, “Jammu Stamp Show-2011”, at the Kala Kendra here from November 23 to 26. Besides, a “Philately Fun Run” for schoolchildren will also be organised at 7:30 am on November 20. John Samuel, Chief Postmaster General, Jammu and Kashmir, will flag off the run from the University of Jammu, and it will end at the Balidhan Stambh.


Back from hospital, 2 women join fast: Two women members of the Rajkiya Mahavidyala Sanvida Pravkta Mahasangh, who were forcibly taken to hospital when their health deteriorated couple of days ago, joined a hunger strike in front of Vidhan sabha demanding regularisation. The members also gheroed ministers, namely Diwakar Bhatt, BJP state president Bishan Singh Chufal and BJP in charge Thavar Chand Gehlot and former Chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. They assured concrete action to fulfil their demands. The health of those sitting on the hunger strike, namely Dr BP Semwal, Dr Santosh Kumar Singh and DR Bipin Sharma has begun to deteriorate as well.

Volleyball trials from tomorrow: The selection of the state team, comprising of boys and girls who are to participate in the 34th Sub-junior National Volleyball Championship, will be done at Parade Ground on November 19 and 20. The championship will be held in Kerala from December 1 to 6. President of Uttarakhand Volleyball Association Chaudhary Avdhesh Kumar said various competitions would be held to select the final athletes from the teams who would come from various districts of the state.

IMA Commandant promoted: Maj-Gen Manvender Singh, who took over as the Commandant of the Indian Military Academy on October 21, has been promoted as Lieutenant-General, according to a press note of the academy.

Kumaon Briefs

Byelection schedule: The schedule for carrying out bypoll to the vacant posts of Vice Presidents of Gram Panchayats in Udham Singh Nagar has been declared by the State Election Commission. According to District Election Officer PS Jangpangi, the entire exercise from filing of nominations to polling and declaration of results will be carried out on November 30 at the Gram Panchayat Headquarters. At present, the post of Vice President is vacant in Baguliya Panchayat of Khatima and Sisauna Panchayat in Sitarganj. Almora District Magistrate DS Garbyal has ordered that at least one new dairy unit and one new poultry unit be established in the district during the current financial year. He has asked the banks in the district to finance the setting up of the units. Speaking at a meeting held at Vikas Bhawan, he underlined that the banks must take steps to improve the Credit Deposit (CD) ratio in the district. Referring to the present scenario, he said it indicated that the banks were not contributing towards development in the district. He said the growing rate of unemployment was a matter of great concern and self-employment avenues must be provided to the youth.

Removal of illegal shutters ordered: The Haldwani administration has warned the shopkeepers in the TP Nagar area of Haldwani to remove the shutters that have been illegally put by them within a week. It has stated that if the shopkeepers fail to do so, it will resort to the removal of such shutters forcibly. City Magistrate Prakash Chandra carried out a visit to the area and inspected the shops. It was found that shutters had been put up illegally on temporary tin sheds. He has assured the shopkeepers that the administration would make arrangements for the security of their shops and the items stored inside in there.

Women’s boxing tourney begins: The fourth-NC Sharma Memorial Federation Cup women’s boxing tourney began in the Flats Grounds of Nainital on Thursday. Women boxers from the top nine teams of the country are participating in the event, which is being organised by the Uttarakhand Boxing Association. The teams being represented include Haryana, Assam, Manipur, All India Police, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Uttarakhand. Over the next two days bouts will be played in 10 weight categories to decide the winners of the tournament that has become immensely popular.

Attacks of wild animals: Residents of the villages of the Munshiyari area of Pithoragarh district have demanded that the forest department take immediate steps to ensure their security from the attacks of wild animals that increase during the winter. Residents of Balati, Suring and Shankhdhura have pointed out in particular to the growing instances of attacks by the wild bear. They have charged that despite having raised the issue again and again, the forest department authorities have done nothing till now to address their grievances.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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