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Tributes paid to ex-minister
: Tributes were paid to former Cabinet minister Santokh Singh Randhawa, father of former Punjab minister Sukhjinder Randhawa, at his bhog ceremony held at Randhawa’s native village here today. Randhawa (87) had breathed his last at the PGI on November 16.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Giddha marks annual function
: Saffron City School held its 11th annual function. SSP RS Khatra was the chief guest, while principal of the school Dr Tarsem Bahyia presided over the function. The SSP called upon students to get ready for the future challenges in life. He said a tough competition awaited them in the era of globalisation. He urged them to develop the spirit of competition and work hard for the overall development of personality. Students presented giddha and bhangra.

Youth fest
: The ongoing 27th Inter University Zonal Youth Festival 'VIRSA' being organised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIUs) saw a huge competition in each category because of large turn out and participation of universities. The debate saw the largest participation of 46 participants on the topic ‘Indian Sovereignty’ followed by 18 universities participating for mime and 20 for cartooning. The participants from ten states awakened all onlookers to eliminate the existing as well as rising social ills.

Woman succumbs to burns: A 30-year-old woman, Reena Devi, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital on Wednesday due to burn injuries, died here today. According to information, Reena Devi, a housewife, resident of Anandpur Rara, was making food when the stove burst and her clothes caught fire. She was admitted to the Civil Hospital on Wednesday, but today she succumbed to her injuries. After conducting postmortem, the body was handed over to her family.



Race: A Mom and Tot's race was organised at Maple Bear Early Childhood Learning Centre in Gurukul Global School. The race was organised to promote the spirit of participation in kids and their mothers. "Children need quality time for a positive growth and emotional development and our centre puts in the best possible effort to ensure the same,” said Ritu Choudhary, manager, Maple Bear. Principal Aruna Bhardwaj awarded certificates to mothers. The school also dedicated the day to book reading.

‘Vibes-2011’ celebrated: Students of St Soldier, Mohali, celebrated ‘Vibes-2011’. Usha R Sharma, director, technical education, and S Ranbir Singh Khatra, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, graced the occasion.



Three-day workshop
: “The Indian National Movement was the people’s movement and a creative expression of the masses,” said Prof Mridula Mukherjee, former Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, while inaugurating a three-day national workshop on the “Trends in Indian Historiography in the Faculty Lounge” at Kurukshetra University on Friday.

Seven-year RI for rape
: Manoj Kumar,of Charkhi Dadri town of Bhiwani district, has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years in a case pertaining to the abduction and rape of a teenaged girl in July. Besides, a fine of Rs 9,000 has been imposed on the convict in default of the payment of which he would have to go in for additional imprisonment. 

Youth stabs mother
: Kailashi of Pinana village was stabbed to death allegedly by her son, Rajesh, outside their house on Thursday. Frequent altercations and the woman’s recent complaint against Rajesh reportedly led to the murder. A case of murder was registered against the accused who was later arrested. 



Heritage walk: Army Primary School, Bakloh Cantonment, celebrated “heritage week” on Thursday. A heritage walk was conducted for students of Class I to Class VII. The students were taken on a walk across the cantonment to the St Oswald’s Church, which is a 127-year-old monument. Anjali Bharthari, a member of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, conducted the walk.

Power cut: Assistant Engineer, HPSEBL, Hamirpur division, has informed that the electricity supply to the Hamirpur bazar, the DC office, Pratap Nagar, areas adjoining Gandhi Chowk, the bus stand and the new road will remain disrupted on November 27 from 9 am to 5 pm for laying new lines.

Office-bearers: Vipin Chopra has been unanimously elected as the new president of the Hamirpur district DC Office Employees’ Federation in the election held here. The election was conducted by election officers Hem Raj Gupta and Sanjiv Prabhakar. Veena Rana, Raj Narain and Brahma Dass have been elected as senior vice-presidents and Vikas Kaundal as general secretary. Other office-bearers elected are Ratni Thakur - chief adviser, Pratap Chand, Jyoti Prakash and Sanjiv Prabhakar - advisers, Kapil Dev, Dinesh Kumar, Vikramjeet and Vipin Kumar - joint secretaries and Manjit Thakur - press secretary.

Charas seized: The Mandi police on Friday arrested Rohit Kumar, a resident of Naraingarh near Ambala under the NPDS Act after allegedly seizing 1 kg of charas from him. He was travelling in a bus (HP 65 8185) from Kullu to Mandi. The team was on patrol on the highway when it searched the bus at Deyod Mod and seized the charas.

Scooterist killed: Ishwar Dev (80), a resident of Dhariwal in Punjab, was killed when his scooter PB-06-C-9023 hit a JCB on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway, near here, on Friday. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the victim was on his way to Dharamsala on his scooter and lost control before hitting the JCB. A case has been registered.



Rs 64,000 stolen from account: A sum of Rs 64,000 was allegedly stolen from the account of Sonu Kumar, student who lives in Jakhan. He got to know of it when his debit card did not work at the ATM machine. He realised that someone must have changed his ATM card when he used it last at a PNB ATM machine on November 6.

Woman sustains burn injuries: Rashmi, wife of Anil Kumar, allegedly tried to immolate herself after getting infuriated following a fight with her husband who lives in Ishwar Vihar in Raipur. The police could not take the victim’s statement as she is lying unconscious. Her husband said she had sustained 40 % burn injuries.

Bank branch opened: The Uttaranchal Grameen Bank on Friday opened its 144th branch at Srikot in Pauri Garhwal district. HNB Garhwal University’s Registrar US Rawat inaugurated it . Bank GM Jagdish Kumar was also present.

Kumaon Briefs
‘Cancel bogus ration cards’:
Chairperson of the Zila Panchayat in Udham Singh Nagar district Sushila gangwar has ordered that a special drive be initiated to cancel bogus ration cards that have been issued. Addressing a meeting of officials held at the Zila Panchayat auditorium on Friday, she asked District Supplies Officer (DSO) NC Semwal to take steps to further strengthen the Public Distribution System (PDS) in rural areas and make its functioning more transparent. She said the DSO should carry out regular inspection of the PDS outlets to address the complaints about the irregular opening and closing of the outlets by those running them. A member from Sirolikalan, Prem Singh, demanded that ration cards be issued to remaining 96 applicants and Urmila Chugh sought issuing of new ration cards in the Bhurarani area. The DSO provided details about the functioning of the PDS in the district during the meet.

Youths thrash doctor: Yet another incident of manhandling of a doctor in a government hospital has come to light from the Ramnagar area of Nainital district. Three youths went on to thrash Dr Prashant Kaushik who was on an emergency duty at Ramdutt Joshi hospital. They were demanding that the doctor accompany them to attend to an old lady in the Chorpani area. The incident took place on the night intervening Wednesday and Thursday when the doctor expressed his inability to accompany them. The incident led to the doctors stopping work at the emergency services at the hospital. The impact of the incident was also felt in the Base Hospital in Haldwani where the doctors resorted to a protest.

PRD jawan killed in accident: A Prantiya Rakshak Dal (PRD) jawan was killed when the motorcycle on which he was traveling fell into a gorge in the Gairkhet area of Bageshwar district. The deceased has been identified as Harish Ram (30)of Jarti village. Harish was accompanying a police personnel, Anil Kumar, who was driving the vehicle on night patrol. Both the injured persons were taken to a hospital where Harish was declared dead on arrival. Anil has sustained head injuries.

Woman sets herself ablaze: A newly married woman died after having allegedly torched herself in the Damuvadunga area of Haldwani a fortnight ago. The deceased has been identified as Kavita, who originally belonged to Lodhiya in Almora. Her husband Vijay had married her a few months back against the consent of his family and the two had shifted to Haldwani. About a fortnight ago, Kavita had allegedly doused herself with kerosene and had torched herself in the absence of her husband. She succumbed to her injuries at a hospital on Thursday.

Body found in canal: A body was found in a canal in the Sheeshmahal locality of Haldwani. The deceased is yet to be identified. The recovery of the body has led to a sensation in the area. Efforts are on by the police to get the deceased identified.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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