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Tax tribunal member dead
: Amarjeet Sachdeva, a member of the Haryana Tax Tribunal, died of a heart attack here on Friday. She is survived by a son. The Chairman, members and staff of the Haryana Tax Tribunal mourned her death. 

Body found in Faridabad
: A body of a youth was found here in the jungles near Sector 62 last night. The police said the identity of the deceased was not known yet. Words “Dal Chand” was tattooed on one of the arms of the youth. The body had several wounds caused by knife. The police did not rule out any possibility of murder being committed somewhere else and the body being dumped here. 

2 brothers die in mishap
: Two persons riding a motorcycle were killed in a road mishap near Barwala on the Hisar-Chandigarh highway last evening. They were following a car when one of the car passengers opened a door without looking behind. The motorcycle crashed against the door of the car and the duo fell on the road. A truck coming from the opposite direction ran them over. Both of them died on the spot. The deceased were identified as Karambir and Sukhbir. They were real brothers and hailed from Naya Gaon village.

Youths robbed of `8,000: Two youths were robbed of Rs 8,000 by two gangsters at the Laxmi Market on Thursday night. The incident took place when two youths were going to the General Hospital for giving food to a patient admitted there. On the way the two youths robbed them of their money. When the victims raised an alarm, one of the gangsters managed to escape but his companion was caught by shopkeepers. He was roughed up by the crowd before being handed over to the police. He was identified as Lakhan of the Telian Pul area here. 

Woman commits suicide
: A 45-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by lying on the railway line between Nilokheri and Kurukshetra near Nilokheri station on Friday. The deceased identified as Surinder Kaur was a cancer patient and was unable to bear the pain and resorted to such an extreme step. Earlier doubts were expressed that it was an accident and she could not trace the train due to thick fog. But Balbir Singh, Investigation Officer of the Railway Police, said the woman committed suicide as she was unable to bear the pain being a cancer patient. 

302 eye patients examined
: As many as 302 eye patients were examined by Dr Rajesh Saini at a free eye camp organised by the Om Prakash Jindal Gramin Jankalyan Sansthan at Bahri village on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by Gagandeep Singh, District Development Panchayat Officer. Around 46 patients suffering from cataract will be operated by the sansthan free of cost while 193 patients will be given free spectacles. 



Zila Parishad budget
: The Zila Parishd here has adopted a Rs 1.21-crore annual budget for this year. A meeting of the Zila Parishad was held here on Thursday which was presided over by its chairman, Kuldip Thakur. A resolution took strong exception to the absence of some district officers at the meeting and urged Chief Executive Officer Darshan Kalia to take action agaisnst them. A resolution demanded the restoration of all “HRTC route buses” which had been unilaterally stopped in the district though these were running for the past several years. 

Body found
: The body of Nomi Ram of Chhiyor village under Bhuntar police office was found hanging from a pomegranate tree at Sagehara village in Banjar subdivision of the district on Thursday. The deceased man’s mother Gouri Devi alleged that he had gone to his in-laws and she had suspicion of some foul play. She alleged that her son was instigated by Chuni Devi and Geeta Devi, wife and mother-in-law, to commit suicide, the SP said. 

National highway
: The Union Ministry of Surface Transport has approved a new national highway from Aut in Mandi to Luhri in Shimla district. The new national highway will be 97 km long and named NH-22 B. Giving this information, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Virbhadra Singh said the minister concerned, CP Joshi, had informed him that the proposal to upgrade the road into a national highway had been approved. 

Kaul meets Sonia: Having recovered after the accident, which kept him confined to the bed for more than six weeks, state Congress president Kaul Singh on Friday met party supremo Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. He was accompanied by newly elected MLA from Nalagarh Lakhwinder Rana. Kaul Singh apprised the party chief about organisational matters and the political situation in the state. Gandhi expressed happiness that he had fully recovered. She asked him to strengthen the party. 



Artistes unhappy with festival management:
Local artistes expressed their dissatisfaction over the management of the annual Uttarayani festival this year as concluded on Friday with the prize distribution ceremony held in Numaish Khet ground. “In the weeklong festival, which began on January 14, most of the artistes were invited from the metro cities but the local cultural troupes were not given any chance to showcase local culture,” said Bhaskar Tiwari, a cultural activists in Bageshwar.

Liquor seized from Army jawan
: The Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) guarding the Indo-Nepal border in the district on Friday arrested a Nepalese youth with one carton of Nepalese liquor supposedly being brought for selling in the Garigoth area. “The youth, Uddhaw Bahadur, has been arrested and is now in the SSB custody,” said Ram Singh Mehta, in-charge of Banbasa police station. In another incident, the Champawat police seized five bottles of wine from an Army jawan during a checking on the Tanakpur-Lipulekh highway. “The jawan was going on a leave but could not show the documents concerning the legality of the recovered wine,” said NS Dhami, revenue inspector.

Shopkeepers  submit list
: Thirtysix freehold shopkeepers submitted a list of the area they possessed at Chakrata Road to the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) office. These are those shopkeepers who are left with less space. They are keen to lap up the offer of bagging double the space in new shopping complex as was described by vice-chairman, MDDA, but the shopkeepers are also highly suspicious of the MDDA’s intention and subsequent action in this regard. Those who were left with bigger space have not opted for the offer and preferred to continue with their business from the well-acquainted Chakrata Road only. The  matter, however, is understood to have been shelved till the elections are over. 

1,443 Home Guards to be deputed on poll duty
: A total of 1,443 home guards will be deputed on election duty in the Kumaon region from January 25 till February 3. This was said by SS Shah, commandant general of home guards in the state. Shah while briefing mediapersons on the election arrangements, said the home guards deputed on the election duty would be paid 90 per cent of their remuneration in advance. “The home guards will be given citation once the elections are over,” said Amitab Srivastava, regional commandant of home guards in Kumaon.

Power connection for 41 polling booths
: District election office is trying to provide electricity to 41 polling booths in the district, which do not have facility of electricity. “Out of total 298 polling booths in the district, 41 have no electricity. Out of these, 21 polling booths are in the Lohaghat Assembly segment and 20 are in the Champawat Assembly segment,” said district election officer Ashish Joshi. According to the orders of the Election Commission, each polling booth has to be essentially provided with electricity on the polling day.

Two killed, 3 hurt in mishap
: Two passengers, including an Ayurvedic doctor, were killed and three others injured when the jeep in which they were travelling overturned at Maulekhal on Thursday. The vehicle overturned when a rock suddenly fell in front of it. The deceased have been identitfied as Dr Yogesh Kumar, a doctor deputed at Pasia hospital, and Mohan Ram, a resident of Gamal village. According to the police, the three injured passengers have been admitted to the hospital. The bodies have been sent for a post-mortem.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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