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2 named AROs
: The Election Commission of India has appointed Sumit Kumar and Rajender Kumar Nandal, Secretary and Additional Secretary, respectively, of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, as assistant returning officers to conduct the election to the office of the President of India in Haryana.

DHBVN Director: The Government of Haryana has appointed Vijay Kumar Chaudhary as Director (Operations) of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. Chaudhary was earlier Chief Engineer (Transmission System), Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam. He took over the charge of the Director (Operations), DHBVN, here on Thursday.

Mobile police van
: District police chief Rakesh Kumar Arya flagged off a mobile police van here on Friday. Arya said the van was equipped with a live fingerprint scanner which contained as many as 26,000 fingerprints of criminals hailing from eight districts. An instrument costing Rs 2.2 crore had been installed at the Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, which had a capacity to record about five lakh fingerprints.

Blood donors: While celebrating World Blood Donation Day on the premises of Paanchyat Bhawan here on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner Mandeep Singh Brar honoured as many as 140 blood donors and some voluntary organisations for their contribution to the blood-donation cause. He also inaugurated “Rachana Pledge 25 Club” and administered a pledge to its members for donating blood voluntarily 25 times in life.

Man killed: Ramji Lal, son of Amar Singh, a resident of Ladwa, whose bicycle was hit by a speeding car near Banondi village on Wednesday, succumbed to his injuries on his way to the LNJP Hospital here on Thursday. A case has been registered and the police has started investigations.

Minor gang-raped:
The police has registered a case of abduction and gang rape against three youths, Sonu Bagri, Heera Lal and Lala Yadav, all residents of the nearby Dabri village, on a complaint lodged by a teenaged girl (17), a student of Class XI, of the same village. The girl was medically examined here on Tuesday. Police sources said the girl was abducted forcibly from Dabri village on Sunday night, taken to Lala Yadav’s farm house where she was kept in confinement and raped repeatedly by the trio.

Rapist gets life: Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jindal has sentenced a village youth Ashok to rigorous imprisonment for life holding him guilty of raping his neighbour, a widow of 85 years of age, at Nangal village under Khol police station of the district in January 2012. Besides, the Judge has also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict.

Murder case: With the arrest of Ramesh Kumar of Alwar district in Rajasthan, the Bawal police has worked out the 10-week-old murder of Mohan Lal at a liquor vend in Pavati village, near Bawal, on the night intervening March 30 and 31. He was on Friday produced in a local court which remanded him in judicial custody. Ramesh told the police that he and Mohan, who too was a resident of Alwar district, first consumed liquor and when an altercation started, Mohan was stoned to death by him.

One killed as truck hits motorcycle: Hardeep (26), a resident of Sirsa district in Haryana, who worked in a factory at Dharuhera, was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, near Banipur Chowk, 10 km from here, yesterday. The driver of the truck, which was on its way to Delhi, sped away after the accident.


Suicide by youth: A 23-year-old youth who was denied a motorcycle by his parents committed suicide by taking poison, the police said here on Friday. SDPO, Kangra, Dinesh Kumar said Sikandar, a resident of Tharu village under the Nagrota Bagwan police station, took poison and was taken to the Tanda medical college where he was declared brought dead.

Probe sought into Himuda working: Former Transport Minister and sitting MLA from Nagrota Bagwan GS Bali on Wednesday demanded a Vigilance probe into the working of HIMUDA, especially for cheating people in connection with the sale of plots and flats in the state. Bali alleged that HIMUDA had invited applications from people for the purchase of plots and flats in different parts of the state, including Dharamsala, Solan and Shimla, but after three years it was asking the aspirants to take their money back as no land was available for plots and flats.

Blood donation: Fourteen volunteers of the 108 EMRI services on Thursday demonstrated their leadership to live the theme of 2012 World Blood Donor Day “Every blood donor is a hero”, by donating blood at the blood bank of Dr RPGMC, Tanda. Tarun Sikka, supervisor, 108 EMRI services, said the 108 team had been doing heroic acts everyday by saving lives.

Four get police remand: “Four persons involved in duping Kangra Central Cooperative Bank (KCCB) branch of Zamanabad by presenting forged documents and getting Kisan credit cards worth Rs 11 lakh were remanded in police custody for five days, by the court on Thursday. The police said the four accused - Rajeev, Bhikham, Rajesh and Munish - were arrested late on Wednesday night from Palampur and Baijnath.

Seminar on blood donation: To commemorate the launch of a month-long campaign on World Blood Donors Day, a seminar on blood donation was held at Kamakshi Nursing College, Nurpur, under the aegis of the State Blood Transfusion Society on Thursday. Dr RK Sood, District AIDS Programme Officer, educated nursing students regarding the need for creating awareness regarding safe blood donation. He said the total annual requirement of blood in India was 1 crore units while the total collection was about 65 lakhs units. In Himachal, only 0.2 per cent people donated blood, which was not sufficient to meet the demand for 60,000 units.

Hostels vacated: Notwithstanding the fact that the final-semester examinations of students of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) are under way, the police on Thursday forcibly got the eight boys’ hostels vacated amid opposition by the inmates. The police forcibly turned out the students from the eight hostels in view of the decision taken by the HPU authorities to get all boys’ hostels vacated to avert violence.

Standard universal cartons: Standard universal cartons will be used for packing apples during the coming harvesting season in the state and the government will make arrangements for supplying these to growers through its agencies. Stating this while presiding over a meeting here on Wednesday, Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta said as per estimates, the production was likely to be around 5.89 lakh tonnes and about 2.65 crore cartons would be required for its marketing.

Kasauli Club: The 132-year-old Kasauli Club will celebrate its annual cultural and entertaining bonanza in the week-long festivity from June 17-23. The club set up during the British regime is among the oldest clubs of the country, which was established as a reading and Assembly room in 1880. The GOC-in-C, Western Command, is the patron of the club and the Station Commander is the ex-officio Chairman. This year, the club is organising a seminar on “Indo-Pak Relations, Current Challenges and Future Prospects”, aimed at ensuring a better understanding of this key issue among members.


Newly-wed woman commits suicide:
A newly-married woman committed suicide by hanging herself to death this morning at her house in Satwari. According to information, 25-year old Renu Devi, a resident of Jeevan Nagar in Satwari, hung herself with the ceiling fan at her house. The police have registered a case under Section 174 of IPC and the investigation was underway.


Traders to oppose MDDA displacement proposal:
The traders of Indira Market under the banner of their association, Sanyukt Sangharsh Smiti, held a meeting on Wednesday to oppose the attempts of Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) to displace them from the market. President of the association Gurbhej Singh said they would fight out MDDA if it tried to displace them to open a shopping mall at the place. He said they have got assurance from the CM in this regard.

New police guidelines: The Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti has welcomed the new guidelines issued by the DGP to improve the functioning of police officials at various police posts and stations. President of the samiti Indu Naudiyal said the move would help control incidents of crime, especially against women.

Campaign against use of polythene: City Magistrate Harak Singh Rawat conducted a campaign against usage of polythene in the city and collected three quintals each of polythene bags from wholesellers at Patel Nagar and Subji Mandi. A revenue of Rs 23,000 was collected in the process. He said if any person was caught with a polythene bag, he/she would be levied a fine of Rs 500 and in case of shopkeeper, the fine would be Rs 5000.

Chain snatched: Two miscreants allegedly snatched the chain of one Neeru Goyal, near Adat Bazaar on Friday afternoon. A case has been registered.

Case registered: The police has registered a case in the chain-snatching incident that took place a couple of days ago during a religious discourse at at Donga Bhawan. Sunita of Tagore Colony alleged that earlier, the police was not registering a case in this regard.

Cash stolen: Cash and jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh was found missing from the house of Arun Sharma, who runs a transport business. He was not at home when the incident took place.

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