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10 volumes of Sikh history released:
Ten volumes of Sikh history authored by Dr Harjinder Singh Dilgir were released here on Tuesday. Eminent Sikh scholars, including Dr KS Bajwa, GS Shyampura, Rajinder Singh, Manjit Singh and Jaswant Singh Mann, were present on the occasion. Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), spoke about the Sikh history. He said it was unfortunate that all the main political parties in the state had removed important issues pertaining to the state from their agenda.

13 fall ill after  eating ‘panjeeri’:
At least 11 students and three women fell ill allegedly after eating mid-day meal at an Anganwari Centre in Niamiwala village in the district on Wednesday. The children were served "panjeeri" at the centre and they started vomiting after reaching home. Mothers of three children also fell ill after eating the "panjeeri". Seven of the affected children have been admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot. Their condition of is stable, said Mohan Lal, ADC.

Panchayat member commits suicide:
A panchayat member has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Samalsar village in Baghapurana subdivision of the district on Tuesday. The deceased, Jasveer Singh, was allegedly being harassed by his brother's wife and other family members. The police has found a suicide note from the pocket of his trouser in which he mentioned harassment at the hands of his family members, including his brother's wife. The police has arrested her after registering a case of abetment to suicide against her and others.



Man gets life term:
The district court has sentenced Pawan of Sahanpur village to life sentence for murdering his wife in March 2011. The convict has also been ordered to pay a fine of Rs 10,000. According to prosecution, the victim, Mukesh Devi, had revealed that her husband had poured kerosene on her and set her afire on the evening of March 2, when she was heating water on the stove. She was taken to the PGIMS with 95 per cent burns where she succumbed to her injuries.



In its drive to remove encroachments, the government recently detected encroachments at different points made by 11 persons in a remote village of Kugti in Bharmour subdivision of Chamba district. Official sources said here on Tuesday that 11 persons of lower Kugti had been found involved in these encroachments on government land. Cases had been registered against these 11 persons at the Bharmour police station.

Charas seized:
The police has seized 2 kg of charas from two persons who were on a motorcycle near Salooni township, 55 km from here, on Tuesday. SP Madhu Sudan Sharma said when a police party was on a patrol near Salooni, a motorcycle on suspicion was intercepted. On inspection, charas weighing 2 kg was recovered from it. The SP said a case under Section 20, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, had been registered at Kihar police station and the accused identified as Rohit and Shekhar Thakur of Jalandhar (Punjab) arrested.

Man gets jail:
PP Ranta, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Hamirpur, has sent a person to jail for six months and imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on him for issuing a cheque which was bounced by the bank. The court passed these orders on a complaint of Satish Kumar, who had given a loan of Rs 1,55,000 to accused Om Prakash Walia. To repay this loan the accused had given a cheque to the complainant, which was dis- honoured by the bank.

Five booked:
A team of officials of Electrical Division, Gohar, on Tuesday led by Executive Engineer BL Sharma conducted surprise checks in the locality of Kummi village in the Balh valley and booked five persons who were found stealing electricity. According to the Executive Engineer, two inspection teams were formed consisting of one assistant engineer, four junior engineers and four persons from the field staff. All the accused were residents of Kummi village in Baggi subdivision. The defaulters admitted their fault and agreed to pay the penalty as per the Indian Electricity Act.



Suicide at restaurant: Shakar Rai, worker at Sinedine Restaurant in the town, committed suicide by taking poison on Tuesday night in a restaurant room. Rai, 23, hailed from Calcutta and was working in the restaurant for the last six years. The hotel owner refused having any altercation with the deceased, or knowing any other reason which could have led him to take this extreme step. It was late in the afternoon on Tuesday that Rai slept and asked others not to disturb him as he did not feel well. When his health started deteriorating at night, he was taken to Doon hospital, where he died after some time.

Student dies in accident: Mehr Deep Singh Sohal, 17, student of class X, died after he got crushed under a speeding truck near ISBT at 7 in the morning. Sohal, resident of Surderwala at Raipur, was driving a motor cycle and was going to his school. The police has arrested the truck driver.

Encroachments removed: Kotwali police along with city traffic police removed some 55 encroachments from Tehsil Chowk to Prince Chowk. The rheri pullers and kiosk owners were also removed. The shopkeepers who had displayed their paraphernalia outside their shops were given a warning to mend their ways. The drive started in the afternoon ran for two hours.

Theft in shop: The shutters of Muskurahat Selection, a shop owned by Manav Sharma, resident of Gujrada on Sahastradhara, was found cut when he came in the morning to open his shop. Cash worth Rs 12,000, six mobiles, several pen drives, memory cards, 30 tubelights and other small articles were found stolen. The thieves have not been caught as yet.

Kumaon Briefs
Follow norms for using forestlands: DM:
District Magistrate at Nainital Nidhi Mani Tripathi has ordered that the latest norms should be kept in mind while making proposals pertaining to the transfer of forest land for executing various development projects. She gave these orders to her subordinates at a meeting held at Nainital on Wednesday. She has also ordered that before making such proposals the officials of the department making the proposal and the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) inspect the site jointly so that there are no issues left pending. She also pointed out that the structures, including schools, destroyed in disaster can also be built exclusively on non-forest government land.

Marriage solemnised at hospital: In a freak instance, a bridegroom landed at a hospital along with the marriage party and a priest for solemnising his marriage with the girl who had been admitted there following an accident just on the day of her marriage. The incident is reported to have taken place in Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar. It is learnt that when Dushyant Singh of the Tilak Nagar locality, who works in a bank in Punjab, came to know that his would-be wife had been admitted to a local hospital with a fracture resulting from a fall, he decided to go ahead with the marriage ceremony while postponing the celebrations. After seeking the permission from the hospital authorities, he went there with a group of near and dear ones to get the marriage with puja solemnised.

Woman, son killed in mishap: A woman and son were killed when the motorcycle they were ridling on rammed into a tractor trolley in the Sitarganj area of Udham Singh Nagar. The deceased have been identified as 47-year-old Kulvinder Kaur and 25-year-old Jagpal Singh of the Pratapur locality of Khatima. They were returning from a marriage party of Kulvinder’s grandson when their motorcycle hit a tractor trolley that had been parked on a roadside at Vidhaura Majhaula village. They were rushed to a hospital where they were declared dead.

Two youths die in collision: Two youths were killed when their motorcycle collided with a mini bus in Rudrapur. It is learnt that Mubarak Ali of Hamirabad in the Bilaspur area of Rampur and Mehboob of Ganinagar in Moradabad were returning after having sold peas at a wholesale market when their motorcycle had a head-on collision with a mini bus coming from Kashipur near Jafarpur village. The driver of the bus is learnt to have fled from the spot after the incident. The two victims had sustained major head injuries in the accident. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Protest against water shortage: Residents of Chupdakhet village near Ranikhet are agitated over the failure of the administration to restore proper water supply to them for almost three months. A statehood agitator Jodh Singh Bora staged a one-day sit-in protest at Didihat in support of the demand of the people. Villagers say that the water supply has been hit on account of work done on a road under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana. They have demanded that immediate steps should be taken to restore water supply to them.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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