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Re-poll on Feb 2
: The Election Commission has decided to re-poll at booth number 76 in Golden avenue area. Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said the decision was taken after a technical fault was detected in the EVM placed at Government Elementary School, Sharifpura. He stated that re-polling would be conducted on February 2 from 8am to 5pm.

Patent for PTU professor
: Punjab Technical University’s Professor Avtar Singh Buttar, working as Associate Professor at Punjab Institute of Technology (PIT) Kapurthala, a constitute college of the university, has been granted a patent certificate for inventing a device and method to control headlights of vehicles as per behaviour of eye vision. Prof Buttar is on deputation from PTU Giani Zail Singh Campus Bathinda. Vice Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora said it was very useful invention in the field of engineering and technology.


Patwari nabbed
: A patwari of Sui village was nabbed by a team of the Vigilance Bureau while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1500 from a villager on Tuesday. The bureau has registered a case against the patwari under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Jai Bhagwan, a resident of Sui, requested the patwari to issue the “farad” of a piece of land belonging to his brother. The patwari allegedly demanded Rs 1500 for issuing the “farad”. Jai Bhagwan complained to the Vigilance Bureau which caught the patwari while accepting the money from the complainant.

PV Rathee
: PV Rathee has been appointed Principal Adviser to the Chief Minister in the Home Department, including the CID. Rathee retired on Tuesday as the CID Director-General. His appointment will be for two years.

In-laws booked
: Five persons, including husband, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, have been booked for demanding dowry and perpetrating cruelty on a woman. The police has registered the case on the wife’s complaint. She alleged that her husband, Raju, and others started torturing her for dowry immediately after the marriage in 2004. The accused were yet to be arrested.

KU convocation on Feb 8
: President of India Pratibha Patil will be the chief guest and will deliver the convocation address at the 29th Kurukshetra University convocation scheduled to be held here on February 8. As many as 1,653 students will get their degrees at the convocation. According to PTI, Kurukshetra University will confer an honorary doctorate degree, LLD (honoris causa), on Mauritian Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.


Burglars decamp with jewellery
: Burglars broke into the house of Meera Devi, a resident of Tatih under Sarkaghat police station, and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 45,000 last night. The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC Meera Devi said she had gone out to attend a wedding at relative’s house. When she returned home this morning, she found her jewellery missing.

2 held under NDPS Act: The Mandi police yesterday arrested Gopal Singh, a resident of Mehan, Haryana, and Jaganath, a resident of Bhaparahal, Bilaspur, under the NDPS Act after recovering 900 gm and 5 gm charas, respectively, from their possession. Gopal was travelling by an HRTC bus when the police searched him and found charas from him Jaganath was arrested under Sundenagar police station.


Kumaon Briefs
Old couple rendered homeless:
An old couple was rendered homeless in the Maldhanchaur area of Ramnagar after their hut was gutted in a fire. The hut belonging to Kewal Singh of the Peepalpadav Anandnagar locality was gutted on the Sunday night. All belongings were burnt to ashes. Even the voting slips of the couple were burnt, which prevented them from exercising their right to franchise on Monday. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The officials of the Revenue Department are tabulating the losses. The residents of the locality have demanded compensation for the homeless couple.

Compensation for Bhojan Matas: Organisations working for a better deal for the Bhojan Matas in the state have demanded that appropriate compensation be given to them in view of the services rendered by them on the day of the polls. At several polling stations, Bhojan Matas had been entrusted with the task of helping the poll machinery and providing the officials with cooked meals and beverages. The organisations have stated that these women are already paid a paltry sum for their routine jobs and taking work from them on the day of the polls amounts to their exploitation. They have sought monetary compensation from the administration for having taken work from them on the day of elections.

KMOU launches website: One of the oldest public transport facilities of the country - the Kumaon Motor Operators Union (KMOU), has launched its website that provides a= glimpse of its rich past. The KMOU plans to start the facility of e-ticketing very soon. The union had come into existence in 1939 with buses of small design being incorporated for travel to the remote hilly destinations. Despite the government transport corporation having started bus facility to most of the destinations over the years, the KMOU is still the backbone of public transport in the remote hilly areas of Kumaon.

Motorcycle destroyed in fire: A motorcycle was gutted in a fire that broke out in the mess facility of a police establishment in the Gadarpur area of Udham Singh Nagar. The cause of the fire is said to be the malfunctioning of the rubber pipe joining the gas cylinder with the stove. It is said that the pipe came out of the regulator end while food was being prepared. The resulting fire led to the burning of several utensils and other kitchenware along with the motorcycle that was standing close by. The fire was brought under control by plugging the gas leakage of the cylinder with the help of blankets.

Jewellery worth Rs 1.5 lakh stolen: Cash and jewellery worth more than Rs 1.5 lakh was stolen from a house in the Khatadi area of Ramnagar in Nainital district. The owner of the house, Rajesh, had left his house to visit his relatives in Rampur. His family members had gone to Rampur a week ago. It was towards the evening that his neighbours saw the lock of his house broken. They informed him about the incident. After his return, Rajesh saw that his house had been ransacked and miscreants had decamped with the jewellery and cash that had been stored in the house. The police investigations are on in the matter.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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