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Ex-MLA Hans Raj Arya is no more:
Former Congress MLA from Balluana constituency, Hans Raj Arya (81), died after prolonged illness at his residence in Nai Abadi today. Abohar MLA Sunil Jakhar along with senior councillor Vimal Thatai and other party workers offered floral tributes at the cremation ground.

SAD manifesto a farce: Capt
The PCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, today called the SAD manifesto a "farce". He said the SAD’s promise of zero tolerance to corruption sounded like "the devil quoting the scriptures". Attacking the SAD for vowing to strengthen the Lokayukta, he said: "If they were so sincere, why did they not do so in the past five years." He said the SAD's promise of zero tolerance to corruption was a “joke”.



24 injured:
As many as 24 persons were injured in a head-on collision between two canters near Kasan village on Friday. The injured were rushed to Indira Gandhi Multi-speciality Hospital here while driver of the canter who was in a critical condition was referred to the PGI, Chandiagrh. The injured were going to Bans village in Hisar district in a canter, due to fog their vehicle was hit by another canter coming from the opposite side.

5 thieves held:
Power transformers have been a soft target for thieves despite the danger posed by the flowing electric current. This has been revealed after the police has arrested five members of a gang operating in the district. The accused have admitted theft of copper coils from the transformers from 15 places. The thieves who were expert at handling the power equipment had been removing copper coils to sell in the scrap market.

Night patrolling:
Pankaj Aggarwal, District Magistrate, has issued orders for night patrolling in villages for the protection of the public life and property as well as to maintain social amity and communal harmony in the district. The SDMs of Sonepat, Gohana, Kharkhoda and Gannaur will monitor the implementation of the orders and the BDPOs of Sonepat, Gannaur, Rai, Kharkhoda, Murlana, Gohana and Kathura have been directed to ensure that the night patrolling by village adults was put in practice by the gram panchayats.



Four hurt in avalanche:
Four tourists were injured after an avalanche hit Haptkhud in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, the police said. “An avalanche occurred at Haptkhud yesterday. A joint rescue operation was launched by the Baramulla police, Tourism Department and residents of the area,” the police said. “The team rescued the seven trapped foreign tourists and three local tourist guides using a helicopter. Two guides and four foreigners sustained minor injuries in the incident,” the police added.

Man dies of suffocation: A mentally-challenged man died due to suffocation in Budgam district of the Kashmir valley, the police said on Sunday. Two mentally-challenged brothers — Abdul Majeed Malik and Ghulam Rasool Malik — were found unconscious in the bedroom of their house following suffocation at Barzulla Magam in Budgam. Abdul Majeed died while being shifted to a hospital for treatment.

Five quintal polythene seized: The Srinagar MC seized five quintal polythene during a checking at a local market, an official said here. The anti-polythene squad of the corporation seized around 5 quintal polythene from the Sabzi Mandi area of Soura here on Saturday. The polythene was seized from a shopkeeper, Ghulam Qadir. The official said the shopkeeper was a wholesale dealer of packaging material.



Body found hanging:
The Nehru Colony police found the body of Lalit Mohan Bisht, an employee at the secretariat, hanging from a tree in the jungle near Luxman Sidh temple at Doiwala. Bisht had gone missing since December 10 and two days later, his wife had lodged an FIR in this regard. By seeing the condition of the corpse, the police said, the deceased must have hanged himself a day or two after leaving his house. His addiction to liquor, which led to fights at home with his wife, seemed to be the reason for his alleged suicide. He leaves behind three sons.

Grievance redress cell: A public grievance redress cell, constituted by the Uttarakhand Electoral Office for complaints received during the Assembly poll is receiving a good response from the public. State Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi has said the cell has received 75 complaints, of which 64 have been redressed. It has been constituted at the Secretariat and complaints related to the poll code violation and others can be registered at the cell.


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