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3 held with 95 gm smack:
A team of the Central Investigation Agency intercepted a vehicle near Wahabwala village on Saturday and seized 95 gm of smack from its occupants. Rajeev Kumar Soni and Tejinder Singh of Muktsar along with Banwari Lal of Rasuwala village have been arrested under Sections 21, 29, 61, 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the police said

Outfits oppose memorial:
A group of organisations from Madhya Pradesh on Saturday opposed the construction of the Operation Bluestar Memorial at the Golden Temple complex. Roop Kishore Vashisht of the Bharat Milan Nyas from Shivpuri district of MP said they had shot off a missive to SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar in July, urging him to stop the construction of the memorial, but he didn't respond to the plea. "We will take out a march from Jallianwallah Bagh on October 2 and submit a memorandum to Makkar.," he said.

Brahmpura denies charge:Former Punjab minister and senior SAD leader Ranjit Singh Brahmpura has denied the charge of illegally occupying a government accommodation even after losing the assembly elections held earlier this year. Brahmpura was responding to media reports regarding a petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in which it was alleged that he was in occupation of a government house despite the fact that he was neither an MLA nor a minister. The SAD leader said the allegation was baseless.

46 fishermen cross over:As many as 46 Pakistani fishermen languishing in Jam Nagar Jail in Gujarat for illegally entering into Indian territory have been repatriated to their native nation by the Indian authorities. They crossed over to their country via Attari-Wagah land route here on Friday. Before crossing over to Pakistan, Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Salim urged the two governments for releasing innocent fishermen after issuing warnings instead of putting them behind bar.

Stone laid
: The foundation stone of the Greater Bathinda project was laid on Friday. A joint venture of Silver Oaks and Emerging India. Pvt. Ltd, the project will come up near the Adesh Hospital on the Bathinda-Chandigarh highway. 

Breach inundates 70 acres:
Nearly 70 acres of agricultural land was inundated when a breach occurred in a minor near Badal village in Muktsar district on Saturday. Villagers said "The 10-ft wide breach in the minor has caused huge loss to the growing cotton crop after water accumulated in the fields". They said: "We had earlier approached officials of the Irrigation Department over the poor condition of the banks of the minor, but no one paid any heed to our warnings." The breach was plugged in the afternoon.

3-year-old girl beaten to death:
A three-year-old girl was beaten to death by a man who was living with the child’s mother for the past one year. Child’s mother, Shanti, had developed extramarital relationship with Rahul (22), who hailed from Bihar. Shanti had left the house of her husband Bheem Bahadur last year and was living with Rahul along with her daughter. The police said Rahul allegedly beat up the girl mercilessly which led to her death. The police arrested Rahul under Section 302 of the IPC. The post-mortem examination would be conducted tomorrow.

Petrol pumps to remain open on October 1, 2: Dismissing rumours, the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders has said petrol pumps throughout the country would function on October 1 and 2 without any disruption. This was stated by federation president Ashok Badhwar and Secretary Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal in a press release issued here today.

Kara snatched: Two persons snatched a gold kara from MP Singh in Satnampura locality. The police has registered a case.

Heroin seized:The police arrested Navdeep Singh and Malkiat Singh, residents of Chiherru, with 30g heroin on Friday.



Executive prez:
Neha Mittal has been appointed as executive president of the women wing of the Aggarwal Vaish Samaj, Haryana. Ashok Buwaniwala, state president of the Aggarwal Vaish Samaj, has appointed Neha to the post. Earlier, Neha Mittal had the responsibilities of the president of the Sirsa parliamentary area in Haryana.

One arrested:
The police has arrested a local resident Ashok for lifting a motorcycle from the grain market on the Brara Road, Shahabad. During interrogation, Ashok confessed that he had stolen two other motorcycles also. The accused was produced in a court here on Saturday, which remanded him in two-day police custody.

Purse stolen:
A youth took away Nijju Yadav's purse containing a gold chain, Rs 10,000 and a mobile phone from a jeweller's shop at the Bara Hazari Market here on Friday. The incident took place when Nijju Yadav, a resident of the nearby Nangal Pathani village, along with her child and two other women, had come to the shop for shopping. A case has been registered.

Police upgradation
:"Besides strengthening of cyber cell, the police force in Haryana is being modernised with the state-of-the-art facilities to curb the crime," said Director General of Police (DGP) Rajiv Dalal after inaugurating the building of a police station at Kharkhoda on Friday.



1 hurt in house collapse:
A labourer received multiple injuries when a part of a double-storeyed house collapsed at Badoh village, near Naina Devi. The labourer’s two sons, who were also in the house when the incident took place, had a miraculous escape. Kalyan Singh of Badayun district of UP, was rushed to the primary health centre nearby, where he was stated to be stable.

Dist nodal officer for polls:
Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Ravinder Kumar has been appointed district nodal officer for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Deputy Commissioner Sunil Chaudhary, also the district election officer, issued the order in pursuance of instructions on election expenditure monitoring issued by the Election Commission. The nodal officer will monitor the production, storage and distribution of liquor and conduct raids to seize illicit liquor.

4 injured in road mishap:
Four persons were injured when the Canter they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Chakoli on the Diur-Himgiri road. Residents of villages nearby rushed to the spot and took them to a hospital. Three of them were stated to be in critical and were referred to the district hospital in Chamba. The injured were identified as Manoj (driver), Rafeeq, Iqbal and Rehmat. The police has registered a case.

No ultrasound technician:
Thousands of patients from the Nurpur, Jawali and Bhatiyat subdivisions cannot use ultrasound facility at the Civil Hospital here as the government has transferred the radiologist. The patients now have to go to private clinics in Pathankot for the tests.

Man gets 2-year jail term:A local court today convicted Safudeen of Kathgarh for his criminal breach of trust committed with Harnam Singh of the same village. The Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Indora, awarded him two-year imprisonment, besides Rs 2,000 as fine. According to information, the Indora police had registered a case under Sections 429 and 406, IPC, in March 2004 following a complaint lodged by Harnam that the accused had killed his cattle.

ITI building inaugurated: The Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here has its own building. Local MLA Rakesh Pathania inaugurated the building, on which Rs 3.3 crore was spent.

Gynaecologist’s post vacant:
The Palampur Welfare Forum has criticised the state government for not filling the post of gynaecologist at the Civil Hospital here for the last year-and-a-half, causing inconvenience to the public. At present, all gynaecological patients are being referred to the RP Government Medical College in Tanda and private nursing homes. Forum spokesman KB Ralhan said repeated requests to the local MLA and the Chief Minister bore no fruit.



Awareness workshop held:
The Doda District Police organised a workshop aimed at spreading awareness about traffic rules and ill-effects of drug addiction at Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Thathri on Saturday.

Bovine smugglers held:The Doda Police on Saturday rescued 27 bovines and arrested three local smugglers who were carrying them to Kashmir.

20 traders booked, fined:
A team of the Legal Metrology Department inspected various dry fruit shops, restaurants and dhabas at Katra and booked 20 traders for violating the J&K Weights and Measures Enforcement Act, 1997.



Anna to visit Doon:
Dehradun: Anna Hazare will be in Dehradun on October 21. According to Prakash Tiwari, president of the Lok Jagriti Manch, Anna will be attending navratra celebrations here. Tiwari said he had recently met Anna at Ralegansiddi in Maharashtra and invited him to Uttarakhand, which he readily accepted.

Kisan mela from Oct 4:Govind Ballabh Pant Agriculture University at Pantnagar in Udham Singh Nagar district will hold a four-day kisan mela on its campus from October 4. According to Dr YPS Dabas, Director, Publicity, the mela, apart from apprising the farmers of latest agriculture techniques, will also redress their problems.

Withdrawal of cases:Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Manch has demanded an immediate withdrawal of cases linked to the statehood movement being faced by the state agitators. Ram Lal Khanduri, general secretary of the manch, said it was very unfortunate that the state agitators were still facing cases hurled on them during the statehood movement. He reminded that earlier the ND Tiwari government in the state had announced the withdrawal of all statehood movement cases but it turned out to be a false announcement.

Khadi exhibition:Shiv Khadi Gramudhyog Sansthan has started a 10-day khadi exhibition here. Former Congress minister Shoorveer Singh Sajwan, who inaugurated the exhibition, called for promotion to khadi. Shiv Kumar Sharma, president of the sansthan, said apart from the exhibition, khadi products of all ranges were also available for sale.

Party constituted:National Secretary of the Samajwadi Party Mohammad Aslam Khan has constituted a five-member committee to look into grievances of party office-bearers and workers in the state. The committee is headed by former party MP Rajendra Badi and has Abdul Aziz Qureshi, Suresh Parihar, RP Singh and HP Yadav as its members.

Bulk train bookings:
All seats in trains coming to the Kathgodam railway station from Kolkata and other parts of the country have been booked as Bengali and other tourists from various parts of the country are coming in large numbers to the Kumaon region this year, according to railway officials at Haldwani. “As the Navratras are beginning from October 16 this year, the Bengali tourists have booked these trains in advance, leaving no vacant seats,” said MS Hanfi, in-charge, Haldwani railway station.

Land transaction:
The administration has started enquiring into a land transaction in the name of non-agriculture land in Terai areas for which a letter from the state Revenue Department has reached the officers. “The enquiry includes matters of declaring cultivable land belonging to the general category as non-cultivable and declaring the land belonging to the SC/ ST category as non- culpable for the benefit of mafias and land grabbers,” said Avnendra Singh Nayal, enquiry officer.

Regular water supply sought:Residents of Chiliayanaula and Badhan areas of the subdivision gheraoed the Jal Sansthan office at Ranikhet on Saturday and demanded regular drinking water supply for their localities. The residents say that if their problem of drinking water was not solved in the next two days, they would resort to agitation from October 1.

Protest against mining:Residents of 24 villages of the Malla Danpur area have protested against mining leases being given to soft stone miners in their area saying that due to indiscriminate mining, their villages are facing natural disasters. They have given a memorandum to the District Magistrate. “The areas near Pindar, Saryu valley and Malla Danpur is in the five sesimic zone and is prone to landslides. If mining operations continue, the villages will have to shift to some safer place,” said Chanuli Devi, a resident of Malla Danpur area.

Compiled by BD Kasniyal


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