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Office-bearers elected:
Advocate NK Jain was unanimously elected as the president of Income Tax Bar Association at the 67th annual general meeting of the association held under the chairmanship of Sudhir Kumar Khera. Davinder Singh has been elected vice-president of the association, Sanjay Kapoor and Ajay Sharma were nominated as the secretary and joint secretary, respectively.

Convocation: Shaheed Udham Singh College of Research and Technology organised its first annual convocation here recently. Fifty students were conferred MSc degrees in microbiology and biotechnology. Dr JA Khan, dean of college development council, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the chief guest. Principal HS Rose welcomed the guests and read out the college report.

Awarded: Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology director-principal TD Sharma has been given the “best principal performance award” by the Global Achievers Foundation, New Delhi. The award was given to him in New Delhi recently. Swami Parmanand Group of Colleges chairman Inderjeet Bajaj congratulated him.

Office-bearers elected:
Advocate Dev Bharat Sharma and Gurmeet Singh Hayer have been unanimously elected as the president and the general secretary of the Rajinder Nagar Welfare Society. Narinder Puri, Rajan Khosla and KK Tangri have been elected as vice-president, joint secretary and finance secretary, respectively, of the society. Senior advocate VK Sareen has again been elected as the patron of the society.



Boy falls into pit, dies:
A boy died after he fell into a pit in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, the police said on Sunday. Azhar Imtiyaz (3) fell into a four-feet deep pit in the courtyard of his house at Rajpora. He died on the spot.

Two killed by lightning: A woman was killed while her son was injured after they were hit by lightning in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, the police said on Sunday. “Due to the lightning at Trehgam village, Ameena Begum (45) died on the spot while her son Waseem Ahmad was injured,” a police spokesman said here. Waseem was shifted to Public Health Centre, Trehgam.

Arms recovered: A joint team of the police and the Army recovered arms and ammunition in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Sunday, a police spokesman said here. The police and the Army launched a joint operation at Safapora, Kralgund, and recovered arms and ammunition from a nullah. The recoveries include a Chinese pistol, four under-barrel grenade launchers, two pistol magazines, two Pica magazines, two circuit IEDs, nine Pica rounds, 210 rounds of AK-47 and a pouch.


Kumaon Briefs
Cleanliness campaign on Naini Lake banks:
Aiming to generate awareness among the locals as well as tourists visiting the Lake City, the personnel of the police carried out a cleanliness campaign around the Naini Lake. Led by the newly appointed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sadanand Daate, the police personnel removed a huge quantity of dirt and filth that had accumulated on the banks of the lake. Although the local population is very particular of not throwing any filth or waste into the lake, it has been observed that the visitors do not show a similar attitude and very often throw plastics and wrappers into the water body, much to the dismay of those whose livelihood is directly linked to the lake.

Man ends life in hotel: A customer at a hotel in Haldwani ended his life after consuming poison. A suicide note recovered from the room into which he had checked in said he took the extreme step as he was unable to pay back his debts. The deceased has been identified as 36-year Bacchi Singh Bisht of Uri Sawli village of Almora. His body was found on Saturday along with a bottle of a pesticide that he had consumed. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Only doctor at Dwarahat health centre: Issues pertaining to the mismanagement of Public Distribution System (PDS) along with the poor state of health facilities dominated the meeting of the Block Development Council (BDC) held in the Dwarahat area of Almora on Saturday. Public representatives pointed out that the ration card holders were not getting the supply of foodgrains to which they were entitled to from the PDS outlets. They also raised the issue of shortage of doctors in the area and pointed out that at present there was only one doctor against the sanctioned posts for nine at the Dwarahat Community Health Centre.

Student leader shot at: A case of a student leader being injured by a bullet in Haldwani has come to light from the town. The incident took place on Saturday evening when the victim Chatur Bora was returning along with his friends after visiting a temple in the Gaula Par area. It is yet to be ascertained who shot him and what was the motive behind the attack. Sources say that it is also to be verified whether he was accidentally hurt from a bullet that went off from his own fire arm.

Revenue Dept officials held hostage: In a brazen act of defiance that has come to light from Fazalpur village in Udham Singh Nagar, a team of Revenue Department officials was held hostage by some miscreants when it had gone to get encroachments removed from a land falling under the category of ceiling. It is learnt that the police had to intervene and use mild force to get the officials released on Saturday afternoon. Sources say that the land mafia has been eyeing the piece of land for real estate purposes. Police investigations are on in the matter.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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