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HAU to accept forms on May 12:
HAU will continue the sale of its prospectus and accept forms from applicants for admission to the B.Sc (Hon) Agriculture, B.Sc (Hon) Home science courses on May 12 though it is a holiday.



Man gets jail for beating up wife: Chief Judicial Magistrate Jaswant Singh has convicted Munim of Boga village in Panjla tehsil for mercilessly beating up his wife Champa Devi and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for three years and pay a fine of Rs 5,000. In default of the payment of fine, the accused would have to further undergo simple jail for three months. The judgment was passed by the court here on Wednesday.

Burglars break open ATM: Burglars broke open an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM), installed by Punjab National Bank (PNB), at Annu on Monday night, but failed to take away the cash stacked in it. The police said, “A complaint in this regard was made to the police by PNB Branch Manager Hemant Kumar at about 6 am. The burglars had broken the lock of the ATM and even damaged the camera installed in the machine, but could not take away the cash from it.”

Donate to Red Cross: CM: Chief Minister PK Dhumal has appealed to people of the state to save the suffering humanity by liberally donating towards the state Red Cross. He was addressing a state-level function of the World Red Cross Day observed here on Tuesday. Dhumal said the Red Cross movement had been strengthened in the state and societies registered at the district level.



Minor quake hits Valley
: An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale shook Kashmir Valley last night. “An earthquake of 3.4 magnitude occurred at around 11.36 pm with epicentre at 34.3 N, 74.5 E in J&K,” an official of the Natural Disaster Management Cell said here. There were no reports of any damage to life and property.

Three killed in road mishaps: In three separate road accidents, three people were killed in the Valley, the police said today. A bus hit a pedestrian and he died at the spot. He was identified as Abdul Gani Rah. In another incident, a girl was hit by a truck and suffered serious injuries. She was identified as Dilshada. She succumbed to injuries after being admitted to a hospital. A car driven by Manzoor Ahmed Mir skidded off from a road near Shrant. He got injured and died later.



Window falls on man's head, dies
: A labourer, Heera Lal Mathi, died after he was hit by a window, which fell from the second floor of an underconstruction house at Kaulagarh. Mathi hailed from Balia, Bihar, and was working with other labourers in the construction of the house. At the time of the incident, another labourer was fixing the window when it slipped from his hand and hit Mathi who was standing below. He was seriously injured and died in hospital.

Lawyer killed in mishap: Drunken driving cost dear to Sachinder Singh, advocate and resident of Karanpur, who banged his two-wheeler into a stationary bus near the FRI on the night on Wednesday and died on the spot. He was returning from a party at a friend’s place and was heavily drunk. He was driving a two-wheeler borrowed from a friend. A passerby saw the two-wheeler lying crushed and Satinder bleeding profusely under the bus.

Kumaon Briefs
Transfer orders for guest house caretaker:
Senior functionary of Statistical Department YS Pangti has ordered that the caretaker of the Public Works Department (PWD) guest house at Lohaghat be transferred elsewhere. Pangti was agitated over not being able to get water for bathing and attitude of the caretaker. He raised the issue at a meeting of the PWD officials in Lohaghat on Thursday. He was in Lohaghat for reviewing the progress under various developmental schemes that are being executed in the area.

Single-window system for banks: Udham Singh Nagar District Magistrate Brajesh Kumar Sant has ordered that single-window system be made operational by the banks in the district for the benefit of the people. He has also called upon the banks to make use of the online facilities to provide pension benefits to the beneficiaries across the district, which mainly come from poor background. He was speaking at the meeting of the coordination committee of the bankers at Rudrapur on Thursday. Manager of the lead bank in the district Vishambhar Dayal related that the credit-deposit ratio in the district had gone up to 111 per cent in March this year as compared to 105 per cent last year.

US Nagar gets target to collect Rs 50 cr: Udham Singh Nagar district has been given a target of collection of Rs 50 crore in the current financial year under the National Small Savings Scheme. Disclosing this, District Magistrate Brajesh Kumar Sant said various departments had also been given their individual targets. He told his subordinates in the administration that they start making efforts to achieve their targets right from the beginning of the financial year so that they are able to achieve maximum by the end of it.

HC Bar Association poll: Polling for various officials of the High Court Bar Association was held in Nainital on Thursday. There are 25 candidates in fray for the various posts, including that of the president and the general secretary. The association has 961 members out of which 151 had cast their vote by lunch time. The polling continued till 4 pm.

Body found: A case of murder has come to light in the Maulekhal area near Ramnagar. 55-year-old Nar Ram from Basauli village was found seriously injured from the Panela seasonal drain near his village on Tuesday night. He was found after a frantic search had been launched for him after he did not return home from Hinaula market where he had gone during the day. Sources say that he had allegedly been hit with a sharp-edged weapon on his head and there were injuries on his other body parts. He died while being treated at a hospital in Ramnagar. The police investigations are on in the matter.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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