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Training centre for farmers:
The National Institute of Agriculture Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur is all set to open its training centre at Chandigarh. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the NIAM and the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board in this regard. Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Chairman of the board, said the centre would be opened at Kisan Bhawan in the city. Expert faculty from NIAM would train farmers and officials of the departments concerned in marketing skills.

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Easy loans for youth:
The Punjab Backward Classes Land Development and Finance Corporation has been working for the betterment of people belonging to the Backward Classes. Punjab Assembly Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal stated this while addressing members of the All-India Minority and Dalit Front at Diwan Todar Mall here on Saturday. He said unemployed youth belonging to the backward class and minority categories could take a loan from the corporation for starting a business.

City Centre case deferred:
The Court of Sessions Judge Gobinder Singh on Saturday adjourned the hearing in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam involving former Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh till November 10. No proceedings took place in the case as the local advocates objected to the presence of Delhi advocates in the courtroom.

Farmers block highway:
Protesting against a delay in lifting of paddy, farmers blocked the Abohar-Delhi national highway at Kabarwala village for more than six hours on Saturday. The agitating farmers of five villages, Kabarwala, Gurusar, Dabwali Dhabh, Sarawan Bodla and Kattianwali, said due to the slow pace of paddy lifting, no space had been left at the purchase centres to stock the produce. They demanded deployment of at least 20 trucks for speedy lifting of paddy.

2 held for murder: The police on Saturday claimed to have solved the murder case of 24-year-old Sukhjinder Singh alias Sunny, son of a liquor trader, with the arrest of two youths. Sukhjinder was shot dead on October 2 near a private resort on the Kotkapura-Bathinda bypass. A police official said the accused, Jolly and Kala, allegedly killed Sunny due to a business rivalry.

Ex-IAS officer robbed:
A retired IAS officer, GS Bains, was allegedly robbed on Saturday outside his house at the Urban Estate here. Bains claimed that two youths on a scooter caught hold of him and robbed him of his gold rings, 'karha' and chain. Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Gill later summoned all station house officers and directed them to intensify patrolling.

Train mishap averted:
Two sleeper coaches of the Amritsar-Jaipur Express were derailed after it hit a bull at the local railway station on Friday night. No one sustained injuries in the mishap. The Amritsar-Jaipur train had 44 passengers on board.

Jewellery, cash snatched
Ludhiana:Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a purse containing cash and gold jewellery from a girl while she was returning home after visiting Sarabha Ngar Market here today. Prerna Bajaj was walking her home when the two unidentified youths, who were riding a motorcycle, snatched her purse. Prerna said her purse contained Rs 3,000 and gold jewellery. — TNS



Three killed:
Three persons were killed in a road accident on the Shahjadpur-Saha Road near Sadakpur village on Saturday. Two of the deceased were identified as Ramesh and Bharat . The police said the deceased were coming from Shahzadpur on a motorcycle. When they were crossing near Sadakpur village a vehicle hit their motorcycle.

Women helpline:
A special women helpline number, 81466-93100, has been installed in the Police Control Room, Panchkula, which will function round the clock, a police spokesman said here on Saturday.

Pentavalent vaccine: The Haryana Health Department has introduced “pentavalent vaccine” to provide protection against five deadly childhood diseases, including diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and childhood pneumonia, caused primarily by haemophylus influenza B.
Artists perform on annual day of ITM University in Gurgaon
Artists perform on annual day of ITM University in Gurgaon. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Highway blocked:
Protesting against the failure of the police to trace the missing boy Sandeep of Basant Nagar, the local residents blocked the Karnal-Kaithal Highway near Pinjali Maur for more than an hour on Saturday. The villagers demanded action against the poilcemen who took the matter casually and did nothing concrete to find the missing boy. The blockade was lifted after DSP Rajesh Bhardwaj pacified the agitators.

16 arrested:
As many as 16 persons were arrested in the district for allegedly consuming liquor at public places and seized 11 bottles and 25 quarters of country-made liquor from their possession on Friday night.



Deposit weapons by Oct 15: Superintendent of Police (SP) BM Sharma has issued directives to people holding arms like guns, revolvers and other lethal weapons to deposit these with their respective police stations by October 15. The SP has also banned the carrying of highly inflammable explosives and weapons during the elections. Those who fail to deposit the weapons and violate the provisions of the Election Commission of India will be dealt with stringently under the law. — OC

Section 144 in Chamba: District Magistrate (DM) Sunil Chaudhary through a notification has enforced Section 144, CrPC, in Chamba district with immediate effect to keep a watch on strangers and check the frequency of migrant labourers, artisans, plumbers, vendors, domestic servants etc entering the district from neighbouring states. The DM has directed private hydropower enterprises and contractors deploying labourers and local residents employing servants to get the antecedents of these workers verified.

75-year-old falls to death:
Ludar Ram (75) of Paploa village near Jhandutta fell to his death from a height of some 20 ft as he was standing on a wall of his fields, 55 km from here, on Tuesday. Reports said Ludar Ram tried to take a shorter route by climbing this wall to reach his field, but lost his balance and fell into a 20-ft ditch. He got hurt and was rushed to nearby Jhandutta Community Health Centre and from there to the Regional Hospital here. But he succumbed to his injuries . 

Woman returns lost money: Aman, wife of Karam Chand of Kasohal village, near Ghumarwin, returned Rs 25,000 which she had found unclaimed on the road on Friday. Reports said a servant of shopkeeper Suman Kumar of Morsinghi, who was given Rs 25,000 for depositing it in the branch of the State Bank of Patiala at Morsinghi, lost this amount. Later, Aman heard about this and immediately returned the amount after confirming that the money did belong to him. 

Man gets severe burns: Truck driver Sukh Dev of Dangaar village received serious burn injuries when the stove, on which he was cooking a meal, burst and he caught fire at her parental home on Monday night. His family rushed him to the Ghumarwin Civil Hospital, from where he was shifted to the Regional Hospital here and then to the IGMC, Shimla. 

Ali is Cong spokesman: Former District Congress Committee organising secretary Hussein Ali has been appointed election spokesman for the Congress in Bilaspur. This was stated by Congress candidate Bambar Thakur Bambar said this would give a new direction to the party campaign as some leaders had not reconciled yet with the ticket being allotted to him and were defying the directive of the party. He contradicted allegations that he was an “outsider” as his village now had been attached with Ghumarwin constituency. 

Two commit suicide:
Two persons committed suicide in Kangra and Dehra subdivisions during the past 24 hours, the police said here on Saturday. Sandeep Kumar (21) of Bhaldhar panchayat falling under Nagrota Bagwan police station, committed suicide by hanging himself from the roof of his house on Friday. Sandeep was learning photography. In another case, driver Om Raj (40) of Jumbal village of Dehra subdivision committed suicide by consuming poison. His body was found near his house. 

Woman dies of burns: Nisha (17), daughter of Jagdesh, of Indora village of this district succumbed to her burn injuries at DRPGMC Hospital, Tanda, on Saturday. The police said Nisha was reportedly working in her kitchen when her clothes caught fire from the kerosene stove and was left with 70 per cent burn injuries. She was rushed to a local hospital and then to DRPGMC hospital. 

Migrant commits suicide:
Migrant Kanhya Lal (38) of Saigarh in Madhya Pradesh reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Kardiyal village under Jawali police station on Monday evening. The local gram panchayat up-pradhan informed the police which came and took possession of the body. 

One dies as gun goes off Rashpal Singh (33) of Baruee village in Kherian gram panchayat sustained serious injuries when his gun went off accidentally when he was cleaning it on Sunday evening. He was rushed to the Tanda medical college, Kangra. According to the police, he was referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, but succumbed to his injuries. The deceased, a Home Guard, was also a renowned wrestler of the area. 



Truck falls into Chenab:
A Kashmir-bound truck fell into the Chenab at Seri in Ramban on Saturday. The police and volunteers of the Indian Red Cross rushed to the spot. However, no one occupying the vehicle was traced. It could not be ascertained whether there was someone accompanying the driver. 

Car thief nabbed: The Ramban policemen arrested a car thief allegedly fleeing in a stolen Maruti towards Kashmir here on Saturday. Bilal Ahmed Ganai of Chack Chalan in Shopian stole the vehicle from Jammu. The police asked him to produce the vehicle documents and his identity card, but he could not.  

Women farmers leave for training in Punjab:
To enable local farmers to have a first-hand experience of modern farming techniques, a group of 50 women farmers representing different blocks of Jammu district, along with officers of the Department of Floriculture, today left for training for zero budget agriculture farming at Pingalwara Charitable Trust, Amritsar, in Punjab, in the presence of Director Floriculture, Jammu, KK Sharma and Dy Director SRS Bali. Tejinder Singh, president, Flower Growers’ Association, J&K, was also present.

IAF organises ‘Run for Fun’: A cross country event ‘Run for Fun’ was organised on Saturday at the Air Force Station, Udhampur, as a part of the weeklong celebrations marking the 80th anniversary of Indian Air Force. IAF soldiers and their families, including children, participated in the event. The run was flagged off by Station Commander, Group Captain DP Hirani this morning. It was conducted for IAF personnel, children, women and senior citizens in different categories. Madhu Hirani, president of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local), gave away prizes to children and women.

7-year RI for rape attempt: Principal Sessions Judge, Jammu, on Saturday awarded seven-years rigorous imprisonment to Krishan Singh for attempting to rape a minor. The convict has also been imposed a fine of Rs 40,000. The verdict came after 11 years of trial. The case dates to 2001 when Krishan Singh had tried to sexually assault 11-year-old girl near a jungle area.

Shooting team for nationals: The Jammu and Kashmir Rifle Association has selected a 16-member state team for participation in the 32nd North Zone Shooting Championship-2012 in small bore rifle and pistol and shotgun events to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.



Protest by BJP women's wing:
Members of the BJP women's wing staged a demonstration against rising prices, especially of cooking gas, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former BJP stalwart Vijaya Raje Scindia on Saturday. “We have sent a memorandum to the Central Government. In it, we have mentioned that due to its faulty policies, women are being forced to look for extra work besides their household chores as their earnings are insufficient to pay even for a cooking gas cylinder,” said Nirmala Dafauti, president of the district unit of the BJP Mahila Morcha.

Khurshid's effigy burnt:
The Uttarakhand Lokpanchayat on Saturday burnt the effigy of Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid at Clock Tower, Dehradun. Lokpanchayat members accused the Law Minister of embezzlement of funds meant for the welfare of disabled.

Honour for HESCO chief: Himalayan Environment Studies and Conservation Organisation founder president Dr Anil Prakash Joshi has been invited to Canada on October 15 where he will address a session on seasonal grains at a forum of the World Food Security. Dr Joshi will also be sharing his experiences towards conservation of indigenous seeds in the Uttarakhand hills.

Protest by auto drivers: Doon Auto Rickshaw Union members staged a protest at the Regional Transport Office, Dehradun. The protesters sought action from the Regional Transport officers against Vikram drivers. They alleged that their business interests were being hurt by Vikram drivers, who were even taking passengers on bookings.

Meeting on Nanda Devi yatra:As part of preparations for the Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, a meeting will be held at St Joseph Academy, Dehradun, on October 15. Uttarakhand Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay, said the meeting would discuss the progress of arrangements for the yatra. 

Power staff protest:
Demanding the arrest of Congress leader Ram Singh Kaira who allegedly misbehaved with a superintendent engineer of the electricity department recently, power employees across the Kumaon region observed a one-day fast on Saturday. Meanwhile, a Haldwani court has issued a non- bailable warrant against Kaira. Police teams have been formed to arrest him. “We will soon arrest the Congress leader," said SP (city) JS Bhandari. On the other hand, refuting the allegations against her husband, Ram Singh Kaira's wife staged a dharna at Buddha Park, Haldwani. “I am not in touch with my husband for the past seven days. I don’t know what is happening with him,” said Kamlesh Kaira.

Proposal for sunset park:
The Forest Department has proposed to set up a sunset park at Hunuman Garhi, 2 km from the town. According to the proposal plan prepared by the department, tourists visiting Nainital will have a glimpse of sunrise and sunset from the proposed park. The proposal has received the nod of higher officials. “We have proposed to develop latest design sitting arrangements and a Hanuman vatika, where medicinal herbs found in the Himalayan region of the state will be grown, at the park," said Dr Parag Madhukar Thakate, District Forest Officer, Nainital.

Work on phase 2 of SIDCUL begins:
The process of developing phase 2 in Sitarganj, SIDCUL, has started after Principal Secretary (Industry) RK Sharma, during his visit to Sitarganj, instructed the officials concerned to begin work on the selected land on Saturday. “We have 2,000 acres for the second phase of Sitarganj, SIDCUL, and also have a sanctioned amount of Rs 500 crore to develop it,” said Sharma. The Principal Secretary said he had instructed the officials to prepare a report in this regard by October 17, so that it could be presented in a Cabinet meeting scheduled for October 20.

— Contributed by BD Kasniyal


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