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Commission agents lose licence:
Deputy Commissioner Paramjit Singh today suspended a clerk in the Market Committee, Muktsar, Satpal Joshi, for not maintaining the records of wheat arrival at the Mehrajwala focal point in the district. He also cancelled the licences of two commission agents for dereliction of duty, at the focal point.



Nodal officers: The Haryana State Disaster Management Authority has asked all departments of the state government to appoint nodal officers for the execution of disaster management activities. Also, nodal officers would be appointed at district level in each department. A spokesman said all heads of the departments had been asked to provide immediate information about having appointed the nodal officer to the disaster management faculty of the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), Gurgaon, via email or fax. 

One held: The police has arrested a person for issuing fake vehicle insurance cover notes on behalf of a reputed insurer. An FIR was registered in the case on a complaint of an employee of Future Generali Insurance Company, the victim firm. A police spokesperson said the arrested person, Santosh Kumar, operated along with Pawan, who has absconded. They impersonated as functionaries of the company. He said the duo had cheated six persons and caused financial loss to them and the company.

Youth dies:
Karan Singh of Nangla village died while his associate, Neeraj, sustained injuries when they fell down on the road after their motorcycle got imbalanced and abruptly collapsed on the road near Pranpura village on Saturday. The mishap took place when they were returning home after attending a samaroh at Pranpura.

Youth booked
: The police has booked a youth for eloping with a 15-year-old girl of Bahiya village in the district. Though the incident occurred a few days back, the girl’s family lodged a complaint in Rania police station on Sunday. The girl’s uncle said that a village youth, Shantu, had allegedly lured away the girl. He said Shantu had also been missing from his house.

Elected: Dr Vikram Singh of the Computer Science and Application Department and Dr Rajesh Malik of the Law Department were elected president and secretary, respectively, of the Chaudhary Devi Lal University Teachers Association (CDLUTA). In a meeting attended by 29 teachers of the university, Dr Vazid Ali of the Department of Chemistry was elected vice-president, Dr DP Warne of Commerce joint secretary and Dr Kapil Chaudhary of Commerce was elected treasurer.

Rly Overbridge: A Railway Overbridge (ROB) will be constructed at a level crossing of Delhi-Ambala railway line on the Rai-Bahadurgarh road near Chhatehra village in Sonepat district. Jai Tirth, Congress MLA from the Rai Assembly constituency, said the ROB would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 42.78 crore and its construction work would be started within three months.

Orders issued: In order to check the incidents of looting banks, Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Aggarwal has ordered for deputing two vehicles while carrying the cash from one bank to another in the district. In the order issued, it has been made mandatory for the bank authorities to comply with the directions of the order, which will remain in force up to May 31. The police authorities have also been asked to ensure compliance of the order. 



Police recruitment drive in Reasi today:
The police will hold an on-the-spot recruitment drive for youth belonging to backward areas of Reasi tehsil at District Police Line here tomorrow. The on-the-spot recruitment drive offers an opportunity to youth to get into the police without any formalities except for meeting the required physical standards. The concept of the special recruitment drive was launched by the police few years back. “Those youth who have passed their Class X and belong to backward areas are eligible. A target of employing 500 youth has been fixed under the policy,” official sources said. “A team of senior police officers under the supervision of Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda will supervise the recruitment and selection process,” the sources added. 

21 kg poppy straw seized:
The police on Sunday apprehended a father-son duo and seized 21 kg poppy from their possession. The consignment was allegedly being supplied to various tea stalls and youth of the town. The accused have been identified as Harmeet Singh and Ramandeep Singh, residents of Khorinar in Poonch. A case under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been registered against them.

Tourist dies of heart attack:
A tourist from Maharashtra died of cardiac arrest at Gulmarg in Baramulla district, the police said on Sunday. Gurmukh Dass Garella, a resident of Maharashtra, felt unconscious near a cable car in Gulmarg on Saturday night. He was rushed to a Public Health Centre in Gulmarg where he was declared brought dead. The cause of the death is believed to be heart attack, the police said. Gurmukh’s body was handed over to his family for the last rites. 

2 Hizb workers held: Two overground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested from Kupwara district of the Kashmir valley on Saturday, a police spokesperson said here on Sunday. They were identified as Masood Ahmad Geelani and Zahoor Ahmad Dar. The police recovered Rs 45,000 from their possession and said the money was supposed to be delivered to militants in Bandipora and Srinagar. A case has been registered.



Kumaon Briefs

Man dies of burn injuries: An old man died of burn injuries sustained by him in an incident of fire on late Saturday night in Nainital. The incident took place in Charlton Lodge area of the town. The man, charred to death, was identified as Sudan Singh. He was about 80 and had been residing alone in a tin shed. There are two versions about the incident. While some people say that he went on to immolate himself; the second version goes that there was a fire in his room which engulfed him as he was unable to move to protect himself. He died before he could be taken to the local hospital for treatment.

Boy drowns in Saryu river: A youth died after drowning in the waters of Saryu river in Bageshwar. It is learnt that 17-year-old Virendra Mehta of Dafaut had been residing in Bhitalgaon. He had gone to the Saryu river along with his friend Shailesh Rautela for a dip in the cool waters. Both the boys started drowning while they were bathing and raised an alarm. While some local youth managed to save Shailesh, they could not extract Virendra from the water.

Villagers agitated: The residents of Garhkhet, Sailiya and Bajina villages of Garud area of Bageshwar are agitated over the primary school in their area being closed for the last 10 days. The villagers say that they had earlier complained to the district authorities of the irregularities on the part of the teacher posted in the school following which action had been taken against him. However, the teacher simply stopped coming for duty since April 13 and the school continues to be locked. They have approached the Block Education Officer seeking an appointment of another teacher to the school.

Girl kidnapped: A case of kidnapping of a young girl has come to light from Bazpur area of Udham Singh Nagar district. It is learnt that 16-year-old Mobin Jahan was allegedly kidnapped while she was returning home in Bazpur village after duty at a beauty parlour on Saturday evening. When she did not return home, her parents tried to call her on her mobile but there was no reply. It was later that some people reported to the police that they had seen a bicycle, purse and slippers in a wheat field. They were later identified as those belonging to the victim. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Motorcyclist killed: A motorcyclist was killed when his vehicle hit a tree near Nai Basti locality of Haldua on Kashipur-Ramnagar road. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon. The deceased is yet to be identified. The owner of the motor cycle being driven by him told the police that the vehicle had been sold off by him a long time back. The deceased is said to be in his late teens. It is learnt that he died on the spot. Efforts are on to get him identified.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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