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Livestock census begins:
The state government began its livestock census from Baserke Gillan village today. The exercise will be completed by October 15 at a cost of Rs 7.39 crore. Animal Husbandry Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike kicked off the census and said said the animal husbandry department had deputed 800 supervisors and 5,000 personnel to conduct the door-to-door survey.

No headway in factory loot case:
The police has not made any headway in the factory loot case in which armed youths had decamped with brass metal worth lakhs of rupees. The Police Division No 8 had registered a case under Section 380 and 457 of the IPC against unidentified miscreants. Investigating Officer Ashwani Kumar said though the police had recorded statements of factory labourers, it has got no vital clue in the case. The miscreants had decamped with 12 quintals of brass.

City Centre case adjourned:
The Sessions Judge Gobinder Singh today adjourned the hearing in the alleged multicrore City Centre scam involving former CM Capt Amarinder Singh till 22. 

VB raids ex-DSP's house:A Vigilance Bureau (VB) team on Saturday raided the houses of former DSP (Vigilance) Gurcharan Singh, who is facing a departmental inquiry for allegedly demanding a bribe from a motor vehicle inspector, Rakesh Gupta. "Gurcharan was not home but certain documents have been seized," said DSP Balwinder Singh. The VB also raided the house of Budh Singh, another accused in the case.

Shiv Sena holds protest:Activists of Shiv Sena, led by state vice-president Inderjit Karwal, on Saturday stopped the Amritsar-bound Shatabdi Express at Phagwara railway station to protest against the UPA Government's "anti-people" policies. Karwal said the hike in diesel and LPG was "unacceptable". The protesters also burnt an effigy of the Union Government.

Man held for fraud: The police has arrested a resident of Akalgarh village for grabbing 16-marla land in Deva Singh Wala village by preparing a fake agreement deed in the name of one Gurdip Singh. A case under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered against Nag Narayan. Superintendent of Police HPS Khakh said the police investigated the case on the complaint of Paramjit Kaur of Deva Singh Wala.

One killed in mishap: A youth was killed and three others were injured in a road accident near Phagwara bypass on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Prabh Dashmesh Singh, a resident of Ludhiana. The injured were identified as Dharamjot Singh and Jang Bahadur Singh, both car occupants and a cyclist Darshan Singh. They have been admitted to the Civil Hospital. Jang Bahadur Singh, who was in critical condition, has been referred to a Ludhiana hospital.

Farmers seek hike in MSP:
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) on Saturday blocked the Bathinda-Sangrur highway in protest against the hike in diesel and LPG prices. The farmers also demanded a hike in the minimum support price on paddy and other crops.

Teacher held with fake RCs:The Bhawanigarh police in the district has arrested a teacher, Nirmal Singh, posted as a drawing teacher at Rampura village, for allegedly preparing fake registration certificates (RCs) and vehicle permits.

District jail checked: Over 100 policemen couldn’t find any illegal articles from the premises of the district jail during a search operation on Saturday. Harcharan Singh Bhullar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, said he along with District and Sessions Judge MS Chauhan and the Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rahul inspected the jail.

Thieves’ gang busted; 4 held:With the arrest of four persons, the police claimed to have busted a gang of thieves involved in stealing copper coil from transformers installed in the fields. The police also seized a quintal of copper coil, a .32 bore revolver along with 13 live cartridges and a Maruti car from their possession.



The Haryana Government has decided to implement e-pension system to disburse pension of the pensioners and family pensioners, who have started drawing their pension on or after August 1.

Blood donation:
On the 66th birthday of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a large number of Congress workers donated blood at a donation camp organised by the District Congress Committee under the chairmanship of its president Jai Bhawan Sharma at Congress Bhawan on Saturday.

Oil price hike opposed:Representatives of the Kisan Union, Kisan Sabha, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh and the Students Federation of India held a protest against the increase in diesel prices, the rationing of LPG cylinders and allowing of FDI in multi-brand retail in front of the mini-secretariat on Saturday.

3 arrested for murder:With the arrest of three persons, the mystery shrouding the murder of Bhani Shai (42), owner of Balaji Filling Station, on August 24 has been solved. The accused were produced in court and remanded in five-day custody on Saturday.

4 suspended for ragging:
Four students — three of class XII and one of class XI — of the Motilal Nehru School of Sports (MNSS) have been suspended for their alleged involvement in harassing students of class IX ,which led to the escape of 40 junior students from the school on Thursday night.



Son beats up mother:
Achhro Devi of Magherni village in Kidi panchayat of the district was injured when she was beaten up by her son Prem Singh a few days ago. A police report here on Saturday said, Prem had been booked in a case registered at Chamba police station on his mother’s complaint. Achhro Devi, in her complaint, stated that her son had beaten her in the aftermath of a family dispute.

Pensioners’ decision:To decide who pensioners should vote for in the forthcoming Assembly elections, a state-level meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Pensioners Welfare Association (HPPWA) will be convened soon. Association state president Jiwanand Jiwan said pensioners had exhausted all channels of peaceful methods to get their genuine demands accepted by the successive governments on the pattern of Punjab.

Parveen to be honoured:The Chambial Sabha, Chamba, has decided to honour Parveen Mahajan on her being elevated to the post of Chairperson of the Central Board of Excise and Customs. Mahajan is the daughter of Padma Shri late Kailash Chand Mahajan, ex-chairman of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board. This was stated here recently by Dharam Malhotra, president of the sabha.

Misehaviour alleged:
The behaviour of employees at the toll barrier near the Chakki bank is inappropriate. Tourists allege that the delay caused by employees is an irritant. They allege that the staff misbehaves when they ask them to speed up. Locals are not treated well, they add.

Thefts committed:
Gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 2,000 was stolen from the house of Raj Kumar of Uparli Khanni near here on Thursday night. In another incident, thieves decamped with gold chain, two rings, three bank FDRs and Rs 5,000 from the house of Rakesh Kumar at Bhatolli near Rehan on Thursday. Cases have been registered.

Fee hike for free uniforms:Parents of students of Government Primary School, Anuhi, are upset as the school charged Rs 10 per student on account of handling-cum-transport charges against free distribution of Atal Uniforms. Deputy Director, Education, Harbhajan Singh conducted an inquiry after the parents submitted a written complaint to Chief Minister PK Dhumal. DSP, Jawali, Sanjay Sharma said the police had also received a complaint in this regard and an inquiry was initiated. District vice-president, Scheduled Caste Morcha, Jeevan Kumar has demanded action against the erring school staff.

Cong re-inducts Dhami:
The Congress has re-inducted Dharamvir Dhami back into the party. All-India Congress Committee general-secretary Birender Chaudhary today issued the orders. He contested the 2007 poll on BSP ticket from Kullu.



Militant killed in Uri:
A militant has been killed in an encounter at Mahoora hamlet, 15 km from the bordering area of Uri in Baramulla district. Sources said troops of 18 Dogra regiment were involved in the encounter, which took place around 6.40 pm. A search operation has been launched to flush out hiding militants.

Membership drive:
The Pradesh Youth Congress on Saturday launched a statewide membership campaign. The campaign was launched by Rashid Choudhary, state general secretary. “Open membership allows any youth to become a member of the Indian Youth Congress. To become a member, one should be an Indian citizen in the age group of 18 to 35 years and have no criminal background,” he said.

Hindi Diwas celebrated:The Northern Command Headquarters celebrated Hindi Diwas at the garrison town of Udhampur on Friday. Various competitions, including Hindi essay, noting and drafting and Hindi typing through computer, were conducted on the occasion. Brig Rajiv Sirohi, Brigadier General, Staff (Trainings), Northern Command headquarters, gave away prizes to winners and congratulated them. He told the audience about provisions of the Official Language Act 1963 and Article 351 of the Constitution of India. Col Harish Garg, Chairman, Official Language Committee, Northern Command, also highlighted provisions of the Official Language Act 1963 and told the audience about the importance of Article 351 of the Constitution, the promotion and spread of the official language in day-to-day work in the offices of the Northern Command.

Woman killed by nephew:
A 50-year-old woman was on Saturday killed by her nephew who suspected her to be a sorcerer. The incident occurred at Bhagta village, 10 km from Katra. Sources said deceased Pushpa Devi and the accused, Sham Lal, were relatives. Sham Lal became suspicious of Pushpa Devi, who was allegedly practising black magic. Police officers said around 12:30 pm, Sham Lal chased Pushpa and killed her with a sword. The police officers said Pushpa Devi was found in a pool of blood at her home. After killing Pushpa, the accused fled the scene. After completing legal formalities, the police handed over Pushpa’s body to her family for last rites. The police has started the investigations and launched a manhunt to nab the accused.

Bus service started:
Minister of State for Transport Shabir Ahmed Khan on Saturday flagged off the Rajouri-Hardwar bus service. The service has been started by the J&K State Road Transport Corporation. The minister said the government aimed at providing hassle-free transport facilities to people of the state.



Woman dies after eating wild mushrooms:
A woman, identified as Hema Devi, who had fallen ill after eating wild mushrooms in Barakot subdivision of Champawat and was admitted to Shusheel Tiwari Hospital, Haldwani, died on Saturday. Earlier, three persons died after eating wild mushrooms. MLA from Lohaghat Puran Singh Fartiyal said Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna had approved Rs 1 lakh for next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those who were under treatment.

Installation of streetlights:
The Senior Citizens' Association has demanded installation of streetlights in the Chaman Vihar locality here. Association’s president IP Singh said the streets in the locality were in a bad shape and thus prone to mishaps. He said in the absence of streetlights, it was impossible for senior citizens to tread along the roads. He said the repeated complaints with the Dehradun Municipal Authorities had failed to yield results.

Diesel price hike flayed:President of the Uttarakhand Janata Dal (Secular) Harjinder Singh has asked the Centre for a rollback in the recent hike in diesel price. He said the rise in diesel price would lead to phenomenal rise in inflation in the country. Further, spokesperson of the Uttarakhand Gram Pradhan Sangathan Moolchand also asked the Centre for the withdrawal of diesel price hike.

Promotion for workers:Educated sanitary workers in the Dehradun Municipal Corporation will get an opportunity of promotion. According to the Dehradun Municipal authorities, the educated sanitary workers will be given an opportunity of getting promoted to the class III posts in the corporation. They will have to clear a written examination first.

Tehri byelection:President of the Uttarakhand Raksha Morcha TPS Rawat held a meeting at the party office here in support of Kunwar Japinder Singh, party’s candidate for the Tehri bypoll. Addressing the gathering, Rawat said both the Congress and the BJP had cheated the people of the state. He appealed the people to give a landslide mandate to the morcha in the Tehri bypoll.

Drinking water scarcityResidents of Mohanpur, Shyampur, Raghav Vihar and Krishan Vihar in Dehradun have expressed their concern over drinking water scarcity in their localities. The residents alleged that the tubewell in Premnagar that supply drinking water in the region was out of operation and needed immediate repairs. They accused the Peyjal Nigam of doing little to address their concerns.

KMVN to lease out 14 defunct factories:
The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) has decided to lease out 14 defunct factories, including Rasin factory at Champawat, SARAS market at Haldwani and Craft Centre at Dina Pani, Almora. At a meeting of the Board of Directors, KMVN, it was decided that from now onwards, the KMVN would provide home delivery of LPG cylinders in the region. “The KMVN has also decided to strengthen its marketing branch,” said Deepak Rawat, MD, KMVN.

Hindi Diwas celebrated:
Hindi Diwas was celebrated across the region on Friday. “Hindi is not only the carrier of national feelings but also of the Indian culture,” said Dr Paramanand Chaube, a retired Hindi professor, Kumaon University, while delivering a speech in Pithoragarh PG College.

Villagers get land ownership right papers:
District Magistrate Brijesh Kumar Sant distributed land ownership right documents to 34 villagers at a multipurpose camp held here on Friday. “Besides this, we filled 876 forms of needy villagers so that they could get caste, income, birth and death certificates and pension facility,” said Dhiraj Singh Garbyal, CDO, Udham Singh Nagar.

(Contributed by BD Kasniyal)


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