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Railway officers visit diesel loco workshop:
Railway Board (Mechanical) member Keshav Chandra along with senior officers visited the Diesel Loco Modernisation Works (DMW) here yesterday to attend conference of the chief motive power engineers of the Zonal Railways. Chandra inspected the DMW and appreciated performance and technological upgradation being undertaken at the DMW in order to ensure continued improvement in the quality of its products and services. He inaugurated a 500 tonne Hydraulic Wheel Press at Bogie Shop and flagged off new first ALCO Loco WDM 3A.

Prisoner held with drugs, booked: Tripuri police has registered a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 against two cousin brothers for trying to smuggle narcotics inside the Central Jail here. Police has registered a case following a complaint by the jail superintendent. Police said jail inmate Harpal Singh lodged inside the Central Jail was caught with 8 grams of opium and during further questioning he revealed that his cousin who had come to meet him had handed over the contraband to him. Police has also booked Harpal's cousin Narinder Singh in the FIR, who is yet to be arrested.


Purse snatched
: Sarvajeet Bakshi, vice-principal of Vidya Mandir School, who was returning after visiting a bank was robbed of her purse containing Rs 2,000 on Saturday. The incident occurred as soon as she got down from her car outside her house in Sector 10. A police spokesperson said an FIR had been registered in the case.

: Following were elected unanimously as office-bearers of the State Bank of India Staff Association in its general body meeting held here on Saturday. Seema Rani - president, Jasbir Singh - vice-president, HS Ranga - secretary, Rajender Kumar Sharma - assistant secretary, Satish Sharma - delegate and VK Gupta - treasurer. Harpinder Singh, Susheel Kumar, Jaswinder Singh, Malkit Singh - all executive members.

Two dead:
Neha Gupta (28), wife of Mukesh Gupta, and her brother-in-law, Hari Om Gupta, of Mohalla Rawali Hatt died while Mukesh sustained injuries when their car collided with a private bus on the NH-8 at Joniawas village, near Dharuhera, on Friday. Neha and Hari Om were admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition where both succumbed to their injuries. The mishap took place when they were going from Rewari to Delhi while the bus was on its way to Rewari.

Woman dies: Following the demise of her husband, Pawan Yadav, at a private hospital on Wednesday, Manisha Yadav who was battling for life in the same hospital here died on Saturday. As she remained unconscious till her death, the police could not record her statement regarding the circumstances, which led the newly married couple to consume poison at the nearby Gokalgarh village on Tuesday night. There were reports that some domestic circumstances led them to take the extreme step.

High security wall: The authorities have decided to construct a high security wall around the District Court Complex in Sirsa. The decision has been taken in view of recent shootout in which a youth gunned down an undertrial, who was brought to the court in police custody, to avenge his uncle’s murder. A meeting was held on Saturday to review security arrangement in the court complex.

PVC winner: Rich tributes were paid to late Col Hoshiar Singh, Paramveer Chakra awardee of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, on his 76th birth anniversary at his native Sisana village in the district on Saturday. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Jaiveer Singh Balmiki said as a tribute to Colonel Hoshiar Singh, Sisana village had been declared as a model village by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.


Man dies in accident:
Ashish Arora (27), of Garhi Cantt, was killed when his car fell into a gorge while he was negotiating a turn at Maggi Point on his way to Mussoorie today. He used to run a restaurant, Village Café, near Indian Institute of Management Studies in the city. He Arora, who originally hailed from Udham Singh Nagar, is survived by his wife and two children.

Kumaon Briefs
Four held for extortion:
The Ranikhet police on Saturday arrested four persons, identified as Vinod Sharma, Pawan Jain, Nitin Komatwar and Raj Kumar, for allegedly extorting money from taxi drivers in the name of circle officer. A sum of Rs 50,000 has been recovered from their possession. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Rotten fruits destroyed: Large quantities of stale eatables and rotten fruits were destroyed by officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department following raids on various shops and eating joints in Nainital on Saturday. A number of bottles of cold drinks whose expiry date was over were also destroyed. The raids were carried out following complaints from the local residents and instances of diarrhoea coming to light in the town.

Woman succumbs to injuries: Tulsi Devi (70), who had met with an accident three days ago, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Haldwani on Saturday. She was returning from a marriage party in Bhimtal when the accident took place.

Residents undertake cleaning of Sat Tal: Residents of Bhaktyuda Gram Sabha have undertaken a drive to clean the Sat Tal area. Apart from cleaning the water body, the villagers are also trying to improve the drinking water facility in the area, which will be very helpful for tourists.

Demand for resumption of power supply: Residents of the Nakhola area of Pantoli Tok in the remote Okhalkanda block, Nainital, are agitated over the failure of the administration to resume power supply to their area. They said the area had been without power for almost a month since the transformer went out of order. They have demanded that apart from repairing the transformer, the Power Department must also replace the wires that have snapped. They threatened to launch an agitation if their problem is solved at the earliest.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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