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Babu Labh Singh remembered
: The martyrdom day of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh was observed at the Civil Hospital today with students of the nursing institute holding a religious ceremony. The hospital was named after the martyr in 1977. Shaheed Babu Labh Singh was the legendary freedom fighter who died in the post-partition riots of 1947. Legend has it that riots in the city had stopped when word of his demise spread. — TNS



Two women arrested:
The police has arrested two women, Shakuntala and Kamlesh, members of a nomadic tribe, presently living at the Adarsh Nagar Colony, for snatching a gold chain and Rs 1,400 from Suman Devi of Dahina village in a fair held at Kanwali village on Thursday.



2 die in mishap: Two youths, Sukhvinder Singh (21) and Nachattar Singh (21), of Baba Kalluwaal in Amritsar district, Punjab, died when their bike collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction at Pulachhad village, near Kainchi Mode on Friday. Both were rushed to the Suharghat primary health centre and later to Anandpur Sahib Hospital, but succumbed to their injuries in the night there. Reports said they had gone to a shrine at Manikaran in Kullu after having paid obeisance at Kiratpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib and were returning home from Manikaran when the incident happened.

ATM sought: The Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation has expressed concern over the delay in the setting up of an ATM outside the regional hospital, Chamba, in spite of the fact that the space for this purpose had already been allotted. This was stated by general secretary of the federation Gajendra Vashisth in the meeting of the Federal House of the NGOs district unit held here early this week.

Legal literacy camp: The Law Department of Himachal Pradesh University in collaboration with the state Legal Service Authority will organise a legal literacy camp for inmates at the first-of-its-kind open-air jail in Bilaspur on Saturday. The camp is organised under the legal literacy campaign spearheaded by the state Legal Services Authority. Justice RB Mishra, chairman, Legal Services Authority, said participation of law students in spreading legal literacy is necessary. About 50 students would participate in the camp.

SFI rally: Activists of the Student Federation of India on Friday held a rally on the Himachal Pradesh University campus in support of their demand for increase in government grants to help protect the autonomous character of the institution. The SFI asserted that it would not allow any increase in fees and instead the government should make sufficient allocation for the university in the coming Budget. If the government fail to step up grants, the university would be forced to increase fees.



Khanduri mourns death of CPI leader’s wife: Former state Chief Minister BC Khanduri on Friday visited state secretary, CPI, Samar Bhandari, to mourn the death of the latter’s wife. Bhandari’s wife died in a road mishap a week ago. BJP leader Teerath Singh Rawat was also present.

Kumaon Briefs
4 hurt as jeep overturns in Tanakpur:
Three persons were injured and one seriously as a jeep overturned at Bastia near Tanakpur. The jeep was full of passengers going to Pithoragarh and Nepal. The incident occurred after the driver lost control of the vehicle, according to the police. The police further said the injured had been admitted to a hospital and one serious injured person Sapna has been referred to Haldwani hospital.

Liquor shop near school opposed: As the time of annual auction for liquor shops comes near, the people of Banbasa have planned to launch an agitation against the opening of liquor shop elsewhere from the present location which is near temple and intermediate college. “We are opposing the liquor shop as the Purnagiri intermediate college and a primary school is only 100 metre away from the liquor shop and the students, especially girls, are often face vulgar remarks due to uncontrolled drunkards at the shop,” said Ummed Singh, an opponent of the shop at the present place.

EC angry with chief development officer: Pithoragarh chief development officer Ashok kumar had faced the wrath of the Election Commission as he had been removed from election work on the orders of Chief Election Officer of the state Radha Raturi as he allegedly showed negligence in his work. “We had taken back the election responsibility given to Ashok Kumar on the orders of the Chief Election Officer as he could not fulfil his responsibilities at the required time,” said R Rajesh Kumar, District Magistrate, Pithoragarh.

Sports mgmt software developed: To help in organising various sports activities on the campus, students of Govind Ballbah Pant University in Pantnagar have developed a sports management software which will help the university organising and coordinating various sports activities which till date are being managed by manually. “This software is unique in the country as nowhere in India, the sports softwares are used to coordinate the campus sports activities at the time of university sports,” said Dr Ajit Karnatak, Director, research of the university.

Bhawali-Almora road opens: The vehicle started plying between Bhawali and Almora from March 6 after successful operation at Jaurasi, under which the weak portion of hills at Jaurasi has been removed with the help of heavy machine. The work of removing the sliding hill portion on February 27 and completed on February 5, said an engineer, working on the project.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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