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Four held under Arms Act: Varun Chowdhary, a resident of Devigarh and Jagdish, a jeweller at Adalat Bazaar were arrested as their arms licences had expired in 2008 and they had not renewed the same. Baljeet Singh of Sidhuwal village was arrested after a .32 bore revolver and six live cartridges were recovered from his car. Similarly, Islampur resident Baljit Singh was held for carrying a weapon.

No nomination on day one in Patiala: No candidate, in fray for the upcoming assembly elections, today appeared to file his nomination papers here on the first day of the nominations. While the Congress is yet to declare its candidate, the SAD nominee did not show any inclination towards filing the papers.



School holidays
: The Education Minister, Haryana, Geeta Bhukkal, on Thursday said the state government had decided to observe holidays in government or government-aided and private schools in the state from January 5 to 16, 2012, due to an intense cold wave.

Medical camp: Eyesight of drivers of Haryana Roadways buses, private buses and maxi cabs was examined at a camp held by the administration at the bus stand of Kosli on Thursday. SDM Jaideep Kumar said the administration had launched a campaign in which driving licences and eyesight of drivers were being examined.

Record price: Lilu Ra’s murrah buffalo, having a daily milk yield of 25 kg, fetched a hefty price of Rs 1.70 lakh at Nehrugarh village, near Kosli, on Wednesday. It was purchased by Sharwan Kumar of Birdhana village of Jhajjar district.



190 bags of wheat seized: The police seized 190 bags of wheat being transported without any receipt or bill in a private truck near the community health centre at Chowari, sub-divisional headquarters of Bhattiyat in Chamba district, on Wednesday evening. Three persons have been booked in the case. Disclosing this in a communiqué e-mailed on Thursday, district police chief Madhu Sudan Sharma said the police team that seized the bags was led by ASI Bansi Lal. A case under Sections 406 and 34, IPC, had been registered.

IPS officer promoted: The police on Thursday promoted and posted a 1987 batch IPS officer, Prithvi Raj, as the new Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Headquarters and Armed Police and Training (APT). Prithvi Raj will take over Somesh Goyal, a 1984 batch IPS officer who has been posted as ADGP, Prisons. Goyal was already an ADGP rank officer and had additional charge of APT.



Earthquake rocks Kashmir valley: An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale hit Kashmir valley Wednesday night. “An earthquake of magnitude 4 occurred at 10.01 pm on Wednesday with epicentre in Jammu and Kashmir,” Aamir Ali, in-charge of the Natural Disaster Management Cell, said. While the earthquake created panic among locals in the Valley, no reports of any damage to life or property had been received.

Snow clearance machine overturns: One person was killed and another critically injured when a snow clearance machine overturned in Kulgam district, an official said here on Thursday. The accident took place at Damhal Haji Pora in Kulgam. Its driver, Farooq Ahmad Dar, got stuck under the vehicle during the incident. The critically injured driver was shifted to hospital where he died. Junior Engineer Amit Kumar was also injured in the incident.

2 labourers killed: Two labourers died at a factory here, the police said on Thursday. The deceased have been identified as Mohammad Maqbool and Sujeet Kumar Sharma. They came under sliding stones at Saifco Cement Factory at Khonmoh in the city.



3 kids hurt as old building falls
: Three children, including Sohan Verma, 8, was badly injured when a dilapidated building in Patel Nagar near office of Circle Officer, Sadar, fell on its own this evening. The old building used to be a police booth several years ago and was lying abandoned after the police post shifted to Patel Nagar. Its condition deteriorated further when residents of the Chamanpuri locality in the vicinity stole away windows, doors and others parts of the premises and left it in more vulnerable condition to come down any time. The building had become a play house for the little children who fortunately did not congregate here on Thursday when it fell down.

Kumaon Briefs
Raids against illegal liquor: Carrying out a series of raids to check the illegal distillation and sale of liquor, the authorities have made large-scale recoveries in the area around Haldwani. It is learnt that a series of raids carried out in the Tanda forest area have led to the recovery and subsequent destroying of 2,500 litres of spirit. In addition to this 110 litres of manufactured product was also recovered. In addition to this, the police nabbed Puran from the Lamachaur area and recovered 130 pints of liquor from him.

Man dies of cold at Kitcha: Yet another casualty on account of the prevailing cold weather conditions has been reported from Udham Singh Nagar district. It is learnt that a person died of cold near railway station in Kitcha. The deceased has been identified as Rahmat of Bareilly. He was around 40 years of age and had been seen near railway station for the past few days.

Motorcyclist crushed under truck: In a freak incident reported from the Rudrapur area of Udham Singh Nagar district, a motorcyclist was killed when a speeding truck overturned crushing the vehicle. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Prem Singh Bora of the Jainti Naugaon Birkham area of Almora. He was employed in a transport company. The accident took place near the Shimla Pistaur area when the truck coming from behind overturned on his vehicle trapping him beneath. He is learnt to have died on the spot.

Poll control room set up: An election control room has been set up at the MB Post Graduate College in Haldwani. The District Election Officer at Nainital Nidhi Mani Tripathi has ordered that anyone having any complaint with regards to the ongoing electoral process can get their grievance registered at the control room. The complainants have been asked to call on the toll-free 1950 number that has been activated. Instructions have also been given to record the audio of the complaint being made.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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