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Constable dead
: The police found the body of Gurwinder Singh, a Punjab Armed Police constable, deployed at the MLA hostel in Sector 3, here today. The 31-year-old constable was found unconscious in his room. He died on way to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. The police suspected a heart attack to be the reason for his death.

Tribute paid to Ranbir Hooda
: On the death anniversary of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda, a member of the Constituent Assembly of India and father of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, various organistations pay tribute today. The members of the Haryana Sports Welfare Association paid homage to him .



Tributes to Bagri
: Congress legislator and former minister Savitri Jindal has described the death of former MP Mani Ram Bagri as an “irreparable loss” to the people of Haryana. In a statement issued here she said Bagri’s style of politics was a queer mix of social activism and down to earth politics. He had an uncanny ability to connect to people of all ages. HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi too mourned the death of the former MP.

Poppy husk seized
: Four persons were arrested for allegedly possessing 105 kg of poppy husk near the Pehowa bus stand 25 km from here on Wednesday. They have been identified as Paramjeet Singh, Kulvinder Singh and Som Chand, all residents of Sataura village in Nawanshahar district of Punjab and Bhajana of Bajwan Kalan village in Jalandhar district. They were produced in a court which remanded them in judicial custody.

Employment fair: A job fair will be organised by the Department of Employment at Panchayat Bhawan here from 10 am on February 3. Students who had passed matriculation, plus two, graduation, postgraduation and ITI examinations as well as diploma and degree holders would be interviewed for various posts in the fair, district employment officer PK Jain said here on Wednesday.

2 women held: The police arrested two women- Anita, wife of Umesh of Qutubpur Colony here, and a call girl, near a hotel at Bawal Chowk where they were reportedly waiting for a client on Tuesday evening. However Umesh, who was also present there, managed to escape. The police, which registered a case under the Immoral Trafficking Act, on Wednesday produced the two women in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajesh Kumar Bhankhar, who remanded them in judicial custody. A senior police official said the young girl divulged that she had been brought by the couple (Umesh and his wife) here from Gurgaon for flesh trade.

MDU topper
: Poonam Rathi, a student of local Hindu Girls College, has topped in the BA (second semester) examination of MDU,Rohtak, by securing 92.75 per cent marks, college principal Nirmal Jabbal said. Four other students- Kavita Rathi, Saroj, Padama Singh and Nisha had got the 6th, 10th, 11th and 18th positions, respectively, in the examination, the principal added.



Couple commits suicide
: A couple from Punjab has committed suicide by consuming poison. SP, Hamirpur, Kuldeep Sharma said Gurinder Singh (42), who was married and running a shop in Adampur, had come to Deoth-Sidh with a teenaged girl last evening and rented a room in a serai. They consumed poison and informed their relatives on the mobile that they were ending lives.



Counselling session ends: A 15-day counselling session for the students of geo informatics organised by Uttarakhand Open University under the aegis of the School of Computer Science and Information Technology culminated at the Dehradun science study centre here on Wednesday. Director, School of Computer Science and Information Technology, Prof Durgesh Pant said: “The counselling session will help the state to produce technically skilled professionals. We are happy to see that students came from across the state, including Haldwani, Nainital, Srinagar, Garhwal, Pauri, Haridwar and Doiwala, to attend the session.”

Kumaon Briefs
Supporters of two contestants clash in Salt:
The Salt constituency in Almora district witnessed large-scale violence and arson by supporters of two contestants. Reports say that two cars were torched by miscreants at Totam and Luhaida villages. A hut was also burnt. Violent clashes had also taken place between supporters of two candidates on Sunday and Monday. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Sambhar falls into canal, rescued: Officials of the Forest Department rescued a Sambhar that had fallen into a canal in the Baidajhal area of Ramnagar. It is being presumed that the Sambhar had strayed into the human settlement only to be chased by stray dogs. For saving its life, it had fallen into the canal as the stray dogs stood growling at it. A large crowd stood watching as some children even resorted to stone pelting at the Sambhar, injuring it in the process. It was after the arrival of Forest Department personnel that the animal could be rescued. The Sambhar is said to have been about four year. It was later released into the forest.

Restaurant manager thrashed: Demanding payment from drunk customers proved costly to a restaurant manager in Ramnagar as customers not only thrashed him but also vandalised the restaurant. It is learnt that Dinesh Sharma, who is the manager of the restaurant located in Transport Nagar, had accused Mohit and his friends of resorting to violence when the payment for the food served to them was demanded. The accused also allegedly threatened the restaurant staff. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Kashipur resident commits suicide: A resident of Kashipur ended his life after consuming a poisonous substance. It is learnt that 45-year-old Manoj Sharma of Indira Colony had consumed some poisonous substance on January 29 and had been admitted to government hospital for treatment. However, he died on Tuesday. The reason why he took the extreme step is yet unknown.

Almora villages without power: A large number of villages in the Lamgarah area of Almora have been without power for more than a week. According to reports, the residents of these villages are agitated over the failure of the power department to restore power supply to them. They say that repeated requests to officials to look into the matter have proved futile. The worst affected villages are Kapkot, Gailakot, Kotli and Dabri. They have sent a memorandum to the Executive Engineer of the department, seeking that the power supply should be restored soon.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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