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One held on theft charge:
The Beas police has arrested Jasbir Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, all residents of Butala village who were allegedly involved in various theft cases in the area. One of their accomplices Jagtar Singh of the same village escaped from the spot. A case under Section 379, 411 IPC has been registered against them in this regard. The investigating officer, Surjit Singh, said the police received information that the accused were habitual offenders and used to steal household goods from various parts of the area.

Youth attacked, looted:
A youth was allegedly attacked with a sharp-edged weapon and looted near the Khalsa School ground here yesterday. The victim Pardeep Malhotra was returning home after receiving payment from his costumers. When he reached near the Khalsa School ground, a youth attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon, and snatched Rs 20,000 from him. DSP Batala Baldev Singh said the assailant had been identified and arrested. However, the statement of the victim could not be recorded, he said.

Doctor pitches in for NGO:
Bathinda-based child specialist Dr Vijay Gupta today donated a sum of Rs 31,000 to the president of Sahara Jan Sewa, Vijay Goyal, for the social services offered by the volunteers of the NGO for the residents of the area. The NGO has been at the forefront of social service for a long time.

First at youth fest: Regional Polytechnic College, Behman Diwana, secured the first position in bhangra in the state-level Punjab Technical Institutes' Sports (PTIS) inter-polytechnic youth fest (boys) held at YRS Polytechnic College, Moga. Principal Iqbal Singh Romana said the contest was held from March 15-17. The college also bagged the first runners-up trophy in other events.

Man found murdered:
Harbhajan Singh (65), a resident of Kahlon village was found murdered in his cattle shed under the mysterious circumstances on Thursday morning. Harbhajan was murdered with sharp-edged weapons and his body was found lying in a pool of blood.

3 killed in rail mishaps:
Three persons were run over by three different trains near the Phagwara Railway Station in the past three days. GRP in charge Pawitra Singh said a youth, identified as Kulbir Singh of nearby Manak village reportedly committed suicide by jumping before the Mala Express near Chack Hakim village on Thursday afternoon. In another incident, a youth identified, as Charanjit Lal, was run over by a train at the Phagwara railway station on Wednesday afternoon. In another incident, a Phagwara resident, Some Lal, reportedly committed suicide by jumping before a running train near the Gobind Nagar locality on Wednesday night.



Three die in mishaps: Three persons were killed in separate road accidents in the past 24 hours. A pedestrian died when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle near the traffic intersection of Sector 16 and 17 last night. The victim, Pyar Chand, was a resident of Kangra. Eyewitnesses told the police that he was hit by a motorcycle but its number could not be noted down. A case was registered in this regard. In another mishap that occurred this morning, a cyclist was killed after a mini-truck hit him near the grain market in Sector 26. Samuel (26) was hit by a Swaraj Mazda truck which fled the spot. In yet another mishap, 82-year-old Phoola Devi, was killed when a motorcycle hit her in Sector 40 yesterday.

2 held for stealing car: Prompt action by local police led to the arrest of two watchmen posted at Mahindra Stock Yard in Industrial Area Phase-I, Panchkula, when they fled their duty place after stealing a new Verito car late night. The accused were identified as Surender Sharma, a resident of Jind district, and Sunil Kumar of Gorakhpur (UP). The police said Satinder Singh, a manager of the company, who visited the yard at night found the gate open while no watchman was present at the spot.



Power shutdown on March 23, 24:
The electricity supply to the Mattan Sidh industrial area will remain shut on March 23 for repair of 11 KV line. Power supply to Baroa, Sihani, industrial area, Badu and other adjoining areas will remain shut from 9 am to 5 pm and on March 24 to Mattan Sidh, Dugha, Police Line, Dosarka, Pratap Street and Regional Hospital area from 9 am to 5 pm.



Kumaon Briefs
Father, son convicted of killing daughter:
District and Sessions Judge of Nainital has convicted three persons, including a father and son, for killing their daughter. According to the prosecution, the culprits have confessed that they killed their daughter Puja (18) as she had been in bad company and used to run away from her house. “The culprits, Mahendra, his son Ravikant called Puja at home on the pretext of her marriage and killed her near the town on June 16, 2006,” said the police in Nainital district. The police later arrested them.

Call to revive Himalayan crafts: Vinay Pathak, Vice-Chancellor of Uttarakhand Open University, has called to revive the traditional knowledge of Himalayan societies to make the region self-sufficient. Professor Vinay Pathak was speaking at a seminar on the topic of, “Himalayan traditional knowledge system in social and historical perspective” organised by an NGO The Himalayan village, at Nathuakhan near Haldwani. “We need to revive all traditional Himalayan crafts either be it Ayurveda or construction crafts, as these are not mere crafts but a culture as well, “said Dr Pathak.

Rs 20 lakh sought for tackling fire: The Bageshwar forest division has demanded Rs 20 lakh for fire fighting activities as due to lack of sufficient funds, the department is finding itself unable to put off fires in remote forests of the division. “Every year, we get less than the required money for the purpose. Due to this shortage, the department is unable to reach the forest of Malla and Talla Katyur to douse flames even if we get information on time,” said RC Sharma, Divisional Forest Officer. The DFO said the division had 1.6 lakh hectare of civil and panchayat forests for which fire fighting estimates were Rs 22 lakh of which only Rs 4.50 lakh had been given to the division , which is insufficient for the set targets of fire fighting in the season.

‘Extend last date for regularising Nazul land’: Residents of Lohaghat in Champawat district have demanded that the last date for regularising the Nazul land should be extended as the circle rates for 166 hectares of Nazul land, to be regularised in Lohaghat, has not been fixed by the administration. “The follow-up action on the government order of November 18, 2011, to start the process to make the land freehold in the town has not been followed as the administration was busy in the election process in the state," said Bhagwan Singh Mahra, a resident of the town.

Protect traditional knowledge: Scientists: Scientists from the Uttarakhand Council of Science and Technology have given a call to protect the traditional knowledge being used in small and micro industries. The scientists, who were speaking in a seminar organised by the council for small entrepreneurs in the town, have said due to the non-protection of this traditional knowledge in this sphere, the area of small and micro industries is becoming the victim of knowledge piracy. “We can protect the intellectual property laws related to the small industry sector by dividing these into various categories and giving specific protection for these under that category,” said Dr Manoj Kumar, a scientist from UCOST.

(Contributed by Rajeev Khanna)


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