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2 pythons rescued
: A team of Wildlife Department rescued two pythons from a poacher in a forest near Garhshankar on Thursday. Following a tip-off, wildlife officials informed the Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife. An unidentified person was nabbed but he escaped when the team was busy handling the reptiles.


Clerk dismissed
: Amit Kumar Aggarwal, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, has dismissed a clerk, Ram Parshad, with immediate effect. Ram Parshad was caught red-handed by the State Vigilance Bureau while taking a bribe of Rs 1,000 for correcting house tax account of a defaulter. The official was suspended after registeration of a case against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act on December 15, 2007. The court sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

Three nabbed: The police has nabbed three criminals. The police got a tip-off on Thursday about them. A team of the CIA in plainclothes decided to carry out a reality check. As they entered a secluded spot at an upcoming residential sector, the three youths forced their car to stop and surrounded it. As the policemen came out brandishing firearms, the youths tried to escape. The cops chased them and finally the criminals were arrested.

Youth shot dead
: A 21-year-old youth was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne youths at a mobile phone shop near the main bus stand here on Tuesday. The assailants managed to flee after the incident. The victim, Vineet, was talking to shop owner when two youths came on a motorcycle and opened fire from behind, says the report. Vineet who received bullet in his back slumped on the ground instantaneously and was declared brought dead after he was rushed to the Civil Hospital.

One killed
: Jasveer of Nahar village and an employee of BSNL at Kosli was killed when his motorcycle was hit by some tractor on the Kosli-Nahar road on Thursday. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital here where doctors referred him to the PGIMS, Rohtak. However, he succumbed to his injuries at the main gate of the hospital.

Cash stolen: Three youths stole Rs 5,000 from the Shiv Temple in Dhani Sundroj village on Wednesday night. On a complaint filed by a temple priest Jyotish Giri on Thursday, the police has registered a case of theft, coupled with criminal trespass, against Bharat Singh and two others.


Oustees meet DC: All-Party Bhakra Oustees’ Rights Protection Committee here has met Deputy Commissioner Ritesh Chauhan here on Friday evening and has urged him to solve the tangle of encroachment on government land by oustees of this town due to increase in families and they being allotted a small plot of land for their rehabilitation after uprooting them due to Gobind Sagar lake formation behind the Bhakra dam. Only a plot of 1,800 sq ft was allotted to each family in lieu of all their land taken away in bighas at their earlier place of residence here in the old town of Bilaspur.

1,150 vehicles challaned: With a view to maintaining the general law and order, traffic management and urban policing in various parts of the district, as many as 5,731 vehicles of different makes have been inspected till September out of which 1,150 vehicles have been challaned, an official information said this here on Friday. The information said a penalty totalling to nearly Rs 4.89 lakh had been imposed and realised on the spot.

Drive against illegal mining: In a campaign against illegal mining, surprise raids have been conducted at 38 sites in the district in a joint operation launched by the Chamba Sub-Divisional Magistrate, the Police and the Mining departments. According to official sources, out of 38 surprise inspections, 29 had been issued challans in which a fine of Rs 82,000 had been realised as a penalty on the spot. Whereas nine cases had been submitted to the court for further action, the sources said.

Foundation stone damaged: The foundation stone of the Indrunag-Cholla-Bangrotu road, near Khaniara, has been broken by some miscreants and the police has registered a case in this regard. BS Chauhan, Kangra ASP on Friday said Industries Minister Kishen Kapoor had laid the foundation stone of Indrunag-Cholla-Bangrotu road on May 12, 2011, which was damaged by some miscreants. The ASP said Anurag, junior engineer, Khaniara section, PWD, Dharamsala, lodged a complaint with the police on Thursday alleging that the foundation stone was damaged last week.

Contract awarded: The State Power Transmission Corporation has awarded the work for construction of the 220/66/22 kV sub-station at Bhoktoo in Kinnaur district to Siemens Limited, Gurgaon. The company bagged the Rs 39.20-crore contract offered through the International Competitive Bidding in which three other firms, ABB Limited, Areva T&D Limited and Hyundai Limited, Korea, also participated. The company will complete the work by July 2013. It will help evacuate power generated by the IPPs and also help improve power supply position in the Kinnaur area.


Award for SKUAST prof:
Dr Poonam Parihar, assistant professor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), has been conferred with the Young Scientist Award by Executive Committee of Extension Education for her outstanding contribution in the filed of extension education during the 6th National Extension Education Congress held in Goa recently.


Officials flayed for delay in filing DIRs: Members of the Jan Karwan and Mahila Samakhya on friday criticised the official machinery for causing inordinate delay in filing of domestic information reports (DIR). At a public hearing on domestic violence in which 11 cases from Dehradun, Tehri, Udham Singh Nagar were heard in the presence of District Protection Officer Ramindri Mandarwal, the members of Jan Karwan and Mahila Samakhya said the police was resisting filing DIRs, increasing the agony of the women. “Lack of information and insensitivity in dealing with the problem of domestic violence are some of the reasons behind delay in filing DIRs,” said Geeta Gairola, Project Director, Mahila Samakhya. The members also decided to spread awareness about the Domestic Violence Act among women so that more and more women could come out in the open to lodge their complaints.

Kumaon Briefs
Power connections of 378 consumers disconnected:
Taking a tough stand against those not depositing their power dues, the Power Department has disconnected power connections of 378 consumers spread over Haldwani, Nainital and Ramnagar towns. Officials said repeated requests and appeals made to these consumers had not yielded any result which had led to the officials taking the step of disconnecting the power supply to them.

Illegal liquor seized, 2 held: Two persons were arrested by the Kitcha police in separate instances and 30 litre of illegally manufactured liquor was seized from them. In the first instance, the police arrested Raju Goswami from the Khurpiya farm area and 10 litre of liquor was seized from his possession. The second arrest came from near the matador stand in the town from where Harvinder Singh of Galla Mandi was arrested with 20 litre of illegally distilled liquor from his possession.

Tagore Samman: District Magistrate, Nainital, Nidhi Mani Tripathi has ordered the officials to identify artistes deserving Tagore Samman given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and get their forms filled for the same along with the required documents. Tripathi has asked the SDMs across the district, the District Information Officer along with the Deputy Directors of Tourism and Tourism Departments to undertake the task. She has told the officials to get the forms filled and submit the same to her office.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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