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2 labourers killed
In an accident at Mouli village near Barwala, two labourers were killed while another sustained serious injuries when a tractor-trailer overturned on their motorcycle. The deceased have been identified as Vinod and Pappu. They were overtaking the tractor-trailer when the mishap took place.



2,900 eye patients examined:
As many as 2,900 patients of different diseases of the eyes were examined for operation at the 15th annual mass eye operations camp organised by the local Jind Baba Charitable Trust at Shah Talai, about 70 km from here, on Saturday. Reports said a record crowd of patients flocked to the camp which is an annual feature of the trust. Trust spokesman Vinod said patients of several other diseases were also being treated at the camp. He said all patients were being provided food, medicines, fruits and stay arrangements free of cost.

47 donate blood: As many as 47 persons, including 12 women, donated blood in a voluntary blood donation camp organised by the Nagar Uthhan Samiti at Talai, about 70 km from here, on Thursday. Samiti president Chuni Lal Katna said the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sudershan Sharma, inaugurated the camp.

Ayurvedic docs hail HC move:
The Himachal Pradesh Ayurvedic Doctorsí (Unemployed) Association while hailing the direction of the state high court to convert contract appointments into regular government service has urged the Chief Minister to follow it and render justice to contract appointees. Yogesh Raina, state president of the association, at a press conference here recently, demanded the fulfilment of the longstanding demand of pay scales on the pattern of the Union Government and revised pay scales with effect from December 2009.

14 kg charas seized:
The police arrested a person with 14.100 kg charas from a vehicle at a barrier at Sainj on Saturday. Head Constable Dev Raj, posted at Theog police station, apprehended Kewal Ram of Batara in Theog on a Spark vehicle (HP-09-0321).



Drive against encroachment:
Dehradun Municipal Corporation officials in their anti-encroachment drive today demolished some shops at Lansdown chowk, leading to a skirmish between the corporation staff and the shopkeepers. A strong team of corporation with bulldozers demolished some shops at the chowk as a part of the widening of the chowks. Agitated shopkeepers, who were affected by the drive, started raising slogans against Dehradun mayor Vinod Chamoli and the ruling BJP government. The police had a tough time in handling the irate shopkeepers.

Electronic goods recovered: The Dehradun police has arrested three thieves, Khalid, Nisar and Yunus, and recovered stolen electronic goods from their possession. Last week, thieves had struck at the house of SD Baloni and decamped with electronic goods and other valuable.

Kumaon Briefs
Mock poll in US Nagar on Nov 27: A mock poll would be conducted by the District Election Office in Udham Singh Nagar on November 27 to test the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). District Election Officer (DEO) PS Jangpangi has appealed to the functionaries of all political parties to be present while the exercise is being carried out. The district has received 2100 EVMs from West Bengal where they had been used for carrying out the Assembly poll recently. These machines have been thoroughly inspected by engineers at the Collectorate office in Rudrapur over the past few days.

Tax evasion of Rs 7 cr detected: Tax evasion to the tune of Rs 7 crore was detected during a series of raids conducted by Sales Tax officials in Udham Singh Nagar district. The raids were carried out on the premises of sugar mills, commission agents and transporters. It was found that sugar was supplied to various parties outside the state in a manner that facilitated evasion of the entry tax. Sources said 20 teams had been constituted to carry out simultaneous raids at various places following a large number of complaints. The raids were carried out in Nadehi, Kitcha, Jaspur, Gadarpur, Bazpur, Rudrapur and Khatima.

Man falls into gorge: A man was killed after he fell into a gorge in the Lohaghat area of Champawat district. The deceased has been identified as Deepak Kumar (45) of Chidiyadhunga village. The incident took place near Bangaon. It is learnt that he was returning back home from Lohaghat in an inebriated state. Although he was taken to a health facility, he succumbed to his injuries while being treated.

Removal of liquor vend sought: A large number of students and women residents of Almora town have demanded removal of the liquor vend located near the ISBT. They have sought that the vend be shifted elsewhere at the earliest. They carried out a protest in the town on Friday, stating that people who purchase alcoholic drinks are a nuisance to the travellers, particularly the women and children. They pointed out that if the administration failed to shift the shop elsewhere, they would be compelled to resort to a mass agitation on the issue.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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