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Nominated: Jagannath Pahadia, Governor of Haryana, has nominated Dr Gurmeet Singh, assistant professor with the department of Hindi at Panjab University, a member of the governing body of the Haryana Sahitya Academy. His term of appointment will be for two years. He is also a member of the Panjab University Senate and of the Hindi Salahkar Samiti, Ministry of Defence.

Awarded: Pratap Chandra Acharya, senior research Fellow, has bagged the best scientific paper award at the recently held 63rd Indian Pharmaceutical Congress at Bengaluru. His paper ‘Synthesis of 16E-[4-(2-carboxy) ethoxy benzylidene androstene amides as potent antileukemic agents’ was adjudged best paper in medicinal chemistry among 376 original research papers.



Road blocked
: Residents of Dayalpur village in Faridabad district blocked the Delhi-Agra national highway at Bhagola (Palwal) on Tuesday in protest against police failure to locate villager Om Pal’ body. The residents lifted the blockade after half an hour following Palwal SDM S Sarwan’s assurance to get the water level in the Agra canal reduced to facilitate the body’s search. The police said Om Pal, a realtor, was kidnapped allegedly by his nephew, Neeraj, from a market near Dayalpur, on December 29. It is suspected that Om Pal has been murdered and his body thrown into the Agra Canal. Divers from Faridabad, Palwal as well as UP have been deployed to look for the body.

5 patwaris sacked
: Deputy Commissioner Amit Aggarwal has dismissed five patwaris in public interest on charges of corruption. They were identified as Chandan Singh of Chadhrywas village, Krishan Kumar of Dhansu village, Ram Kishan of Khairampur village, Mahendra Singh of Dabra village and Jai Narain of Narnaund tehsil. All of them had been arrested by the State Vigilance Bureau on charges of accepting bribes. They were chargesheeted and subsequently sentenced to imprisonment by the court.

Youth drowns
: A village youth, Navin (20), drowned in the JLNL Canal, near Guriani village, Tuesday. His body was fished out by divers on Wednesday. Police sources said Navin, who was suffering from mental discomfiture, fell into the canal accidentally.

Old man killed: Googan Ram (74), who was hard of hearing and visually impaired too, was crushed to death by a train when he was apparently crossing the rail track at Saharanwas village, near here, on Monday. The Government Railway Police, which held inquest proceedings, has treated it as a case of accidental death.



LeT module busted: The police on Wednesday said it had busted a module of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Bandipora district and arrested six persons. SP, Bandipora, Basheer Ahmed Khan said the arrested persons were conspiring to target cadres of the mainstream political parties, besides motivating youth to cross the border for arms and computer training. The arrested persons have been identified as Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Zubair Ahmad Parray, Ashaaq Ashraf Baba, Zahoor Ahmad Dar, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and Nissar Ahmad Ganie. Basheer said these groups were also involved in threatening sarpanches and the panches of the area.

Former NC MLA Mujahid dead: A former MLA, Mujahid Mohammad Abdullah, died at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) after a brief illness here Wednesday. He was 80 and is survived by his wife. Mujahid had been a close associate of NC founder leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and had remained in jail for several years. He held various positions in the party. He was first elected from the Baramulla Assembly constituency to the state Assembly in 1996. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed grief over Mujahid’s death, describing it a great loss to the people. Omar said Mujahid worked throughout his life for the uplift of the people and the state.

Gas turbines made functional: The government on Tuesday pressed into service gas turbines at Pampore in Pulwama district to deal with the shortage of power in Kashmir valley this winter. “Four units of 25 MW each gas turbine power stations have been pressed into service at Pampore to help ease the power deficit in the Valley,” an official said here. He said the gas turbines were made operational during a function that was attended by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmad Khan and Principal Secretary Power, Sudhanshu Pandey were also present on the occasion.



Hike in OPD charges: The Doon Hospital authorities have hiked the OPD charges from Rs 11 to Rs 12. The charges have become applicable since January 2. The authorities were also contemplating a hike in the user charges for all the services but were forced to drop the idea due to the Assembly elections. The hike in the user charges, though minimal, is expected to make a substantial difference to the earnings of the government hospitals.

Kumaon Briefs
14-year-old boy killed in accident:
A 14-year-old boy was killed in a road accident in Ramnagar area of Nainital district. The deceased has been identified as Suraj of Dhanpur Pokhra village. He was going on a bicycle when a truck coming from the opposite side hit him. The injured boy was rushed to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Bailpadav where he was declared dead.

Suicide: A resident of Manpur (West) locality in Haldwani allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on Tuesday. The deceased Sanjay Kapdi hailed from Pithoragarh and was employed in an automobile unit in the State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttaranchal. The reason why he took the extreme step is yet to be ascertained.

Labourer run over by truck: A labourer employed at a stone crusher in Gorapadav area of Haldwani was run over by a truck at the plant itself. The deceased has been identified as Munna Puri Goswami of Haripur Keshav village. He had been employed at the stone crusher for 15 years. He was on duty when the dumper driver lost control over his vehicle and this led to Goswami being run over. He is learnt to have died on the spot.

Fight in jail: Chaos was witnessed at the Kashipur jail on Tuesday when two undertrials brought for a court appearance from Haldwani had a fight. The two identified as Baljinder of Kundeshwari and Asif of Tanda Badli in Moradabad are learnt to have fought over a trivial matter. Just when they were separated by the authorities, Asif tried to strangulate himself after taking off his shirt. This led to further commotion as the other undertrials raised a noise which brought the police authorities to the spot.

250 challaned: The police in Kashipur has undertaken a drive to ensure that two-wheeler riders wear helmets while driving. On the opening day of the drive, the police challaned more than 250 offenders for not wearing helmets. The police had been carrying out an awareness campaign over the use of helmets for the last several days. Several lives have been lost across the region in the last one year on account of head injuries that could have been prevented with the use of helmets.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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