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Shan-e-Punjab to terminate at Jalandhar today:
The authorities have decided to reschedule some trains due to repair work near Amritsar yard on March 17. Sources said Amritsar-bound Shatabdi Express would terminate at Mannawala Railway Station and would originate from Mannawala for New Delhi, while Amritsar-bound Shan-e-Punjab Express would terminate at Jalandhar and would returned back to New Delhi from Jalandhar.



Nalwadi fair:
The district administration would soon make public all details of income and expenditure of famous state- level seven-day “Nalwadi fair” being held here in town from Saturday and satisfy all those who have been charging the administration with any lack of transparency and answerability in this matter here. This assurance was given by Deputy Commissioner-cum-Nalwadi Mela Management Committee Chairman Ritesh Chauhan here on Thursday.

VAT exemption:
Chief Minister PK Dhumal agreed to exemption from value added tax (VAT) in the central police canteen to officials of central paramilitary forces in the state at par with other states. It was decided after representatives of the All-India Central Paramilitary Forces under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs recently met the CM at Shimla in this regard.

Students take part in NIMBUS-2012 on the NIT campus in Hamirpur.

Tech fest
: The annual technical festival Nimbus-2012 being organised by students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur, began with a glittering start on Thursday evening as students organised a spectacular show of hundreds of lantern-driven balloons shooting in the sky, leaving the audience mesmerised. The main lecture organised on Friday in the Nimbus series of lectures was delivered by Harish Bijoar, chief executive officer of Bijoar Electricals. Several adventurous activities and adventure sports were also organised during the day. A film festival, including competitions like Paparazzi, D-Crux, Papyrus, and the Rewind Film  Festival are also being organised.

Protest staged:
Villagers from over 20 gram panchayats in Balh and Gopalpur under the CPM-led Kisan Sabha on Friday staged a protest march in Rewalsar demanding the opening of government degree college there. Sabha leader from Balh Paras Ram and CPM general secretary Bhupender Singh warned that the if the government did not come up to the expectations of the people of these panchayats they would intensify the stir. They launched a signature campaign in support of their demand. Later they submitted a memorandum on this demand to the Chief Minister.

Memo submitted:
Up in arms against unprecedented royalty imposed on carrying sand and gravel from auctioned rivulets of the area, hundreds of tractor-trolley owners on Friday submitted a joint memorandum to the government through the local SDM. Each tractor-trolley owner has to pay Rs 400 for every load on sand or gravel from khuds and rivulets. They have to pay such hefty royalty cess to the contractors who have availed mining rights of these khuds by giving highest royalty in the recent auction.

Body found: Rakesh Kumar (51) of Mangidhar (Rehan) was found dead on the Bodh-Dhar road near a bridge here on Friday morning. The deceased was an employee of the BSNL, posted at Bhatinda, Punjab. At present, he was staying with his family in the revenue colony here in ward No. 4. DSP Rajinder Jaswal said the deceased was an alcoholic and was in depression for the past few months. He was reportedly not going to duty for the past over five months.



Man falls from moving train, dies
A man died after he allegedly fell from a moving train near Maggar Khud between the Lakhanpur-Kathua rail section last evening. Sources said Dhana Kumar, 25, a resident of Mukha Muthu Swamy of Magroi, Tamil Nadu, fell from the moving Tata Muri Express near the Maggar Khud bridge at 5.10 pm. Kumar was killed on the spot. The police rushed to the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital for an autopsy.



Satpal Maharaj welcomes Budget:
Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj has welcomed Union Budget 2012-13, terming it as development oriented. In a statement issued on Friday, he said with recession affecting the global economy, the Budget will take Indian economy to new heights. He said India was a growing economy and the Budget provisions were in consent with the requirement of Indian economy. Maharaj said the Budget had increased Centrally-sponsored schemes, which reiterated the Centre’s commitment to all-round development.

Kumaon Briefs
Contractor, former school principal arrested: The revenue police has arrested Gopal Singh Bisht, a contractor, and Lalit Mohan Arya, a former principal of Senior Secondary School in Ranikhet. They were indicted in a probe conducted into the construction of a room. Junior Engineer NC Mungli, who is the third accused, is absconding. Reports say that matter pertains to a government school at Kalnu-Deholi village. An amount of Rs 5 lakh was sanctioned for the building of a room at the school in 2007-08. It was found in the probe that substandard material was used in the construction of the room, which was posing a threat to the lives of the students and the staff. Following the probe a case was registered and the contractor and the former principal were arrested.

One held for smuggling liquor: The Ramnagar police has arrested one person accused of smuggling Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) into the state. It claims that it has recovered 80 cases of liquor from his possession. Abhishek Goswami, a resident of Rohini in Delhi, was allegedly transporting liquor to Chaukhutiya in a truck when he was intercepted at the Garjiya Barrier on Ranikhet Road. He had created a false chamber in the posterior of the truck for concealing liquor bottles. Investigation into the incident is on.

Girl commits suicide: A girl, Sunita Joshi, committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree in Champawat. The incident took place at Kunedi Birgul village near Champawat town. Sunita was appearing in the matriculation exams. The reason behind her taking the extreme step is not known. The body was handed over to the bereaved family after a post-mortem. The police is investigating the case.

Water shortage in Didihat: Residents of the Bhagichaura area in Didihat in Pithoragarh are facing water shortage due to damaged Bhagichaura-Chupal-Nankudi water supply scheme. The residents say they have not been getting water supply for more than a week and repeated requests for the repair of the pipeline have gone in vain.

Bageshwar residents protest power cuts: People residing in remote areas of Bageshwar district have refused to pay electricity bills in protest against unscheduled power cuts and low voltage. They have threatened that they will not pay power bills till the problems are addressed by the Power Department. They say students appearing in the board examinations are the worst affected due to power cuts. The worst-affected areas are Kafligaur, Garud, Kapkot and Kanda.

(compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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