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Flying squad
: The Haryana School Education Board, Bhiwani, has decided to appoint retired Army officers in the rank of Captain, JCO and havildar, retired officers or officials of the school board and retired headmasters as members of a special flying squad. They would inspect examination centres set up to conduct the secondary and senior secondary (Education) and D.Ed examinations and the second semester annual examinations of open schools scheduled in March. Applications from eligible candidates residing in Gurgaon, Rohtak, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad and Bhiwani districts should reach the office of Superintendent, flying squad Wing, Haryana School Education Board, Bhiwani, by January 31.

Girl killed: A two-year-old girl died on the spot here after being hit by a tractor. The tractor hit Nandin and her father outside their house at Nangla Enclave. The father received minor injuries. The police said the victim was playing with other children at the time of the incident. The culprit had been arrested and the tractor had been impounded.

Man booked: The police has registered a case against a person on charge that he murdered his nephew and threw the body in the Agra Canal. The body was located in the canal at Kosi (UP), about 20 km from Chandauli village, where the alleged murder was committed. The body was stuck up in the canal. The accused, Sandip, allegedly strangulated his nephew, Ravi Kumar, following a scuffle and threw the body in the canal.

Man duped: Hukam Singh has been duped of money by a person on a false promise to get him appointed as a DSP. The accused allegedly claimed to the applicant’s family members that he was close to several political bigwigs in Haryana and at the Centre. The police has registered a case against Ashis of Dadhani village in Bhiwani on a complaint of Hukam Singh’s brother, Netram, belonging to Jharsetli villag. The complainant said the family gave Rs 30 lakh to the accused.

One held
: The wildlife protection staff has arrested one person for poaching of a black buck at Jhalnian village in the district on January 22 while another accused is still absconding. The police arrested the poacher, Satbir Singh, from Kurukshetra on Tuesday, where he had gone to attend the Environment Court in connection to an earlier case of killing of a black back by him.

Steno held: Seema Devi, a stenographer in the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner’s office here was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a woman here on Monday. The stenographer had allegedly demanded the bribe from the widow of a truck driver who had died in a road accident more than a year ago. The insurance company passed a claim of over Rs 5 lakh, which was sent to the Labour Commissioner’s office in November last year. Seema Devi allegedly demanded a bribe for releasing the claim voucher to the widow. The widow reported the matter to the Vigilance Department, which arrested the stenographer accepting the bribe.

Foundation stone: SC Justice Altamas Kabir laid a foundation stone of the state’s first District Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre in the judicial complex on Tuesday. While addressing the judicial and administrative officers, the members of the Sonepat Bar Association and paralegal volunteers, Justice Kabir, who is also the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority, said the concept of these centres was to have a permanent place to solve the cases through arbitration and mediation.



Vocational training for jobless youth
: The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Deployment Institute, Jammu, with the help of Rashtriya Rifles unit provided a six-week vocational training to 25 unemployed youth on motor mechanic at Kalakote yesterday. The training was the second of its kind organised at Kalakote. All participants were given certificates.

HC stays selection of 5 teachers: Vacation Judge of J&K High Court of Judicature at Jammu Justice JP Singh stayed the selection of five teachers, alleged to be blood relations of Sheraz Malik, Member District-Level Selection Committee, Rajouri, till the next date of hearing. The interim order was passed on a writ petition filed by Amit Sharma and others, pursuant to selection process initiated vide advertisement dated January 12, 2010.


Lokayukta Bill
: Avadhash Kaushal, chairperson, RLEK, who has been skeptical of the Lokayukta Bill of Uttarakhand, said: “The visit by Team Anna has one-point agenda to promote the Uttrakhand Lokayukta Bill which is unconstitutional in its provisions”. It says, “The Lokayukta and its members can only be removed on the recommendation of the Supreme Court. Since the Lokayukta is a State subject, then why go to the Supreme Court when a High Court already exists in the State? It complicates the removal process of the Lokayukta and its members even if there are valid and justifiable grounds for their removal,” asked Kaushal.

Top official goes missing:
A high-level functionary of an industrial establishment in Sitarganj has gone missing. According to information, Ashu Kandpal had left for his factory on Monday morning and his whereabouts are unknown since then. A case has been registered. His car has been found from the parking lot of a shopping complex in Haldwani and his cellphone has also been recovered from there.

Leopard kills shopkeeper: The killing of a shopkeeper in the Chopda area of Didihat by a leopard has sent shock waves through the area. The incident took place when Mohan Singh Bora (45) was going home to Simarghat after closing his shop in the Chopda area. When he failed to reach home, members of his family started searching him and came across a leopard clutching him by the neck. The villagers have sought the intervention of the Forest Department to trap the animal.

1 held with dead Siberian birds: Following a tip-off, officials of the Forest Department have arrested one person from the Baigul Dam area of Sitarganj and recovered dead Siberian birds from his possession. The accused has been identified as Babu Mandal of Chungi Colony. According to information, 10 birds have been recovered from him.

Bageshwar residents for cleanliness drive: The residents of Bageshwar town are agitated over the failure of the local administration to get the town cleaned after the Uttarayani fair. Heaps of the filth are still to be removed from several places. They have sought that a cleanliness drive be undertaken at the earliest.

(Complied by Rajiv Khanna)

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