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Fire devours goods worth lakhs
: Goods worth lakhs were destroyed when a fire broke out at a furniture factory in Industrial Area here on Friday. It took two fire engines more than one hour to control the fire. The fire was noticed at 6 am by a guard who informed Vijay Kumar, owner of the factory, about the fire. It was presumed that a short-circuit led to the fire.



800-gm newborn saved
: A local nursing home has saved a prematurely delivered child who was merely 800 gms in weight at the time of birth. According to the doctors of Jaspal Nursing Home, Balwinder Kaur, wife of Sukhwinder Singh of Basma village, delivered her ninth baby at her home on January 10. The male baby was born at six months and 15 day and its weight was only 800 grams (normal baby weight is 2.5 kg). The baby had underdeveloped lungs and neonatal jaundice. Balwinder Kaur’s seven babies had died immediately after birth at home and at the PGI, Chandigarh, as all were born between 5 and 7 months of pregnancy. She has a three-year-old girl and the newborn is now 12 days old, and out of danger, Dr Jaspal said.

Three killed:
Three persons, including a woman, were killed and two others sustained injuries when a car in which they were travelling collided with another four-wheeler in Panipat district on Thursday. The ill-fated car was proceeding towards Delhi, the police said.

One dead
: A person died on the spot and one got injured when an auto-rickshaw they were travelling in met with an accident here on the National Highway-2. The dead has been identified as Udaiveer Singh. The accident took place because of rash driving by the driver who has been arrested. The accused, who was driving at speed, lost control on the vehicle after which it turned turtled.

3 arrested
: The police has arrested three persons for allegedly chalking out a loot plan. Parul Kush, district police chief, said on a tip-off three persons were arrested from Sector 3, HUDA, near Kurukshetra-Umri Road, when they were making a looting plan. During interrogation, they told the police that they were planning to loot the vehicles, when they were arrested. A country-made pistol, two cartridges and an iron rod have been recovered from their possession.

Eye camp: As many as 352 eye patients were checked at a free eye check-up camp organised by Om Prakash Jindal Gramin Jankalyan Sansthan at village Duniya Majara on Saturday. The camp was inaugurated by village Sarpanch Baldev Singh.

7-year RI
: RS Chaudhary, Additional Sessions Judge, has sentenced a village youth, Kamal Kumar, to rigorous imprisonment for seven years holding him guilty of raping a girl at Dhani Bhandor village in December, 2009. Besides, the judge has also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict.

Cop killed
: A cop was killed and another was seriously injured, who were on their duty, when a vehicle hit them while they were standing on the Bhakhra Bridge, near Abubshahr village, in the district on Friday. Sanjay, a jawan of the HAP, fell in the canal by the impact of the accident and his body could be fished out after six hours of efforts. The vehicle also fell in the canal, but its driver was saved by the passersby. Mahinder Singh, an ASI, who was also injured in the accident, was taken to a local hospital.



Basant Panchami
: Basant Panchami was celebrated with gaiety and prayers to Goddess Saraswati across Haridwar on Saturday. Special puja and rituals were performed and people belonging to all age groups later flew kites. Prayers were performed to seek the blessings of Goddess Saraswati. A special programme was held at Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College, Mayapur, where a prayer and a yajna were performed by teachers and students. Later, a cultural programme was also held. College Principal Vijay Pal Singh said, “Nature is ever changing and we welcome the season of spring with enthusiasm and hope.” A Radha-Krishan dance and a skit based on peasants’ theme were applauded by the audience.

Kumaon Briefs

One dies in clash: An outbreak of fisticuffs between cousins led to the death of a person in Haldwani. It is learnt that Kaleshwar and Muneshwar of Kalauda village in Palamu in Jharkhand had been employed at Haldwani as dumper drivers. On reaching home, Kaleshwar had a spat with his cousin which resulted in fisticuffs. During the struggle, he fell down and sustained multiple injuries. He died while being taken to hospital. A scared Muneshwar buried his body adjacent to the room in which they were residing in the Mandi Chowki area of the town. The matter came to light when a scared Muneshwar related the incident to his employer, who informed the police. Muneshwar has been arrested.

Woman commits suicide: Agitated over the frequent domestic disputes, a woman resident of Haldwani ended her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Kunti. The incident took place in Satya Lok Colony. Kunti had two children from her first marriage. Her first husband had ended his life following which she had remarried. She hailed from Sangaktala village in Pauri district. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Noise pollution: Residents of localities in the ITI area of Haldwani are agitated over the violation of Supreme Court orders with regard to noise pollution. They say that banquet hall owners in the area have been flouting all norms and playing blaring music till late at night. This is not only hampering the studies of children but is causing immense inconvenience to the aged and the sick. They have demanded that the administration intervene in the matter immediately.

Animal released in forest: Officials of the Forest Department managed to get a young one of a cheetal released from a bus near Ramnagar. It is learnt that seeing the young one close to the road, the bus driver had captured it and hidden it in the tool box of the bus. A vigilant traveller informed the authorities, who conducted a search and released the cheetal back into the forest after finding it stashed in the tool box.

— (Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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