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Musical evening
:A musical evening was organised at the Satluj Club. Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari and also club president was present on the occasion. A DJ party was also organised as a precursor to the Valentine’s Day.

Office-bearers:Punjab Gatka Association president Harcharan Singh Bhullar announced names of office-bearers of the District Gatka Association, Ludhiana, at a meeting. It was also announced that district-level gatka competitions would be organised from March 4.

Honoured:Student-artistes of PAU were honoured by Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, for their outstanding performance in cultural activities. A brief and colourful function was organised to honour the students here on Monday. Dr Dhillon lauded the achievements of students in co-curricular activities at the national level. Congratulating the students, Dr Dhillon exhorted the youth to give their best in all spheres of life and wished them good luck.

Winter camp ends:A five-day winter camp “Inspire” concluded on the RIMT premises on Saturday. This academic extravaganza witnessed a gathering of over 20 scholars, scientists and researchers from various universities and IITs.

Joint rally:A joint rally by the PAU Employees’ Union and PAU Class IV Workers’ Union was held at the campus on Monday. Employees from various departments participated in it. Their demands included release of proper grant, 40 per cent of the arrear of revised pay scales and revised pay scales.



Xylo looted
: Six persons looted a Xylo, engaged with a call centre in Gurgaon, near Palli crossing on Faridabad-Gurgaon road. Manoj Chauhan, owner-cum-driver of the vehicle, said six persons held him and his friend captive before looting his vehicle. The criminals took away Rs 6,000 and his cellphone also. An FIR has been registered. 

Tragedy averted
: A tragedy was averted here on Monday when the engine of a van ferrying students of a local school from Chandana village caught fire. No student was hurt as the fire was extinguished immediately . Smoke started emanating from the engine of the van carrying over 10 students suddenly. The driver stopped the van and extinguished the fire with the help of passersby.

Three killed
: Three persons died in separate road accidents in the district. Shamsher Singh (38), of Dharuhera, and Laxmi Chand (49), of Hansaka Village, were killed when their motorcycle was hit by a trailer at the Bhiwadi-Dharuhera road on Sunday. In another incident, Lalita Devi (44) died on the spot while her husband, Dashrath, sustained injuries when their motorcycle was hit by a truck at the Kanina-Kosli road on Monday. 

Man dead: A man was burnt to death in a cabin of a truck when it caught fire at Rohrai on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Naresh Kumar of Rohtak district. The incident took place when he was sleeping inside the truck. 

Factory looted: Some miscreants looted nickel chips worth Rs 40 lakh as well as Rs 71,000 cash from a factory Senkei Giken India Private Limited in Bawal on Monday. While the miscreants inflicted injuries on two security guards they tied hands and feet of all seven security guards of the factory. Subsequently, they decamped with the booty. 

VC to represent AIU: HS Chahal, Vice-Chancellor of the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, has been nominated by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to represent the association in the court and council of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, for the remaining period of quadrennial of 2010-13. The next meeting of the court and council of the IISc will be held at Bangalore on March 2. 



Anti-tobacco campaign: The police here has intensified its campaign against selling of tobacco products near educational institutions and has suddenly swooped down on such kiosks and vendors selling the same within 100 yards of such establishments. Reports said the police searched several shops and kiosks and challaned eight defaulters for being involved in dealing with these banned items. The police also challaned some persons who were found smoking in public places. The police also raided shops near the College Chowk and schools in Raura and Diara sectors.

Chandel is vice-chief of DCC
: Manender Singh Chandel, a senior Congress leader from the Talai area in the Jhandutta constituency in this district and a former member of the state Congress committee, has been appointed vice-president of the district Congress committee here. This was said by state Congress president Kaul Singh Thakur here earlier while announcing some more appointments in the party here. Susheel Kumar has been appointed general secretary of the district Congress committee while Ajay Chandel, another Youth Congress leader, would be district secretary of the party here. Tejasvi Sharma, advocate, who is president of the District Bar Association, here, and was earlier the party media in charge of the Hamirpur constituency, has been appointed vice-president, Bilaspur Sadar constituency.

Dept to run gausadan
: Following refusal of the NGO Association of Farmers’ Federation Society to look after animals of the government’s gausadan from Monday onwards, the Department of Animal Husbandry on Monday swung into action and made arrangements for running it. Deputy Director HR Sankhyan rushed to the spot and held a meeting with members of the NGO, who had signed an MoU with the department but later wrote to the authorities for their inability to run the gausadan due to lack of funds. “The final take over of the gausadan will be done after receiving directions from the higher authorities. This is only time-gap arrangement,” he added. 



Kumaon Briefs

Vigil on supply of adulterated milk:Almora District Magistrate DS Garbyal has ordered his subordinates and the officials of the Health Department to keep a strict vigil on the supply of adulterated milk products during the Holi season. He has pointed out that proper measures needed to be taken well in advance to check such practices. He has ordered the Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) to constitute teams in their respective areas and carryout surprise checks at establishments selling mill products at repeated intervals. He has also ordered that the vehicles bringing milk products from other districts must be subject to checks. These orders were given at a meeting on Monday in which representatives of traders were also present.

Setting up of polyhouses: The administration in Nainital has called upon the bank authorities to come forward with loans in order to help achieve the targets set under various government schemes. At a meeting held in Nainital on Monday, Chief Development Officer (CDO) Dhiraj Garbyal asked the bank officials to work in coordination with officials of the Agriculture and Horticulture Departments to facilitate setting up of new polyhouses Deputy Managing Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Shishir Kumar asked the bank officials to deal with loan applications on priority so that funds can be made available to the farmers.

Man escapes train accident: A four-wheeler driver had a miraculous escape when his vehicle was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the Khatima area of Udham Singh Nagar. Sanjiv Singh Rana of Pehaniya was going to meet his relatives in Gosikuan Bhudai when his vehicle was hit by the train going from Tanakpur to Pilibhit. Sanjiv was allegedly talking on the mobile phone and was not aware of the approaching train at the time of the accident. His vehicle was thrown into a ditch by the train and he was trapped between his seat and the steering. He was rescued by the locals who had gathered on the spot after the accident. They went on to get him admitted in a local hospital.

Bageshwar roads in bad condition: Residents of Bageshwar are agitated over the bad condition of roads in the district. They claim that travelling on these roads has become a highly dangerous task, as there are no safety measures to be seen in the form of crash barriers and the roads are broken and marked with potholes. Even the road carpeting has come off and driving on these roads has become very difficult. The worst affected roads are Bageshwar-Kapkot, Bageshwar-Girechina, Kapkot-Karmi, Chaugaonchina-Paldichina, Kanda-Ghapolasera and Shama-Tejam. The people have demanded that repairs of these roads be done at the earliest.

Two killed in accidents: Two persons killed in separate road accidents in the Haldwani area of Nainital district. In the first instance, 78-year-old Sankata Prasad Mishra was crushed to death by a speeding four-wheeler when he was crossing the road. The accident took place at the Fatehpur locality after he had descended from a tempo to go home. In a similar incident, reported from the Halduchaur area, 15-year-old Lalit Mohan Pargain was crushed to death by a speeding dumper while he was crossing the road. Pargain, who was a resident of Okhalkanda, had been staying with his grandparents in the Indrapur locality. He had gone out to purchase something when the accident took place. The police has nabbed the driver Pan Singh Bisht of Dwarahat. It is learnt that he was in an inebriated state.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna


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