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‘Son of Sardar’ screened:
The five-member SGPC panel that was formed to look into the objections raised by the community regarding some scenes in upcoming Ajay Devgn film 'Son of Sardar' has seen the final print of the movie and submitted its report to SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar. The film is getting released on the occasion of Divali on November 13. The movie was screened for the committee at a local theatre on Friday.

Norms for power connection:
The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has decided to introduce a new system of self-attested test report for consumers seeking new connections. TIll now, such test reports were prepared by hired licensed contractors after physical verification of premises by corporation officials. The decision would be applicable to all categories of consumers except agriculture pump set.

1 cr tonnes paddy procured: Paddy procurement is on in full swing in Punjab. Various government agencies and private millers have so far procured more than 1.23 crore tonnes of paddy. Over 1,770 procurement centres have been set up by the state government in various districts of Punjab. Ludhiana district is on the top with 14.46 lakh tonnes of paddy procurement, followed by Sangrur (13.61 lakh tonnes) and Patiala districts (11.64 lakh tonnes) at second and third spot.

Travel agent booked:
A man was allegedly duped of Rs 4.18 lakh by a travel agent who promised to send him abroad. The Mukerian police has booked Mukhtiar Singh of Baba Deep Singh Nagar, Jalandhar. Satvir Singh of Mansoorpur has alleged that Mukhtiar took the money to send him overseas, sources said. But Satvir was neither sent abroad nor returned his money.

3 killed in mishaps:
Three persons were killed here in three different mishaps. Balwinder Kaur died after sustaining burn injuries in nearby Bhaghana village on Friday night. In another incident, Ravi Kumar reportedly committed suicide in nearby Nagger village by consuming poison. In another mishap, Phagwara resident Jaswinder Singh was killed when the motorbike he was riding on was hit by a speeding vehicle on the Chandigarh bypass. The accused driver fled the spot. Singh was rushed to the local Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

2 killed in accident:
Two persons were killed in an accident at Nurpur Bedi near here on Saturday. The deceased, Mohinder Singh of Mehrauli village and Naresh Kumar of Khamera village, died on the spot after being hit by a speeding car. The deceased were riding on a scooter.

Adulterated sweets seized:
The Dirba police on Saturday raided a sweets factory at Dirba and seized 1,200 kg of adulterated 'patisa' from the premises. Senior Superintendent of Police Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the raiding party also arrested Amresh Kumar Aggarwal who was present at the factory. He said a yellow chemical was mixed with 'maida' to give it the appearance of 'patisa'. The police has registered a case against Amresh Kumar.

3 POs held in special drive: The local police on Saturday arrested three POs during a special drive launched in the city. It also challaned several commuters for violating traffic rules. Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the police arrested three POs, seized 16 cases of liquor and challaned 200 persons for violating traffic regulations. He said the Sunam police seized 50 gm of smack and 250 gm of narcotics from a woman.



Rebate for farmers:
To motivate farmers for timely sowing of wheat crop, the Haryana Government has decided to provide a special rebate of Rs 100 per quintal on the sale of certified seed of wheat of all varieties, except the C-306 variety. Paramvir Singh, Agriculture Minister, said here on Friday that this special rebate would be applicable with effect from November 12 at the outlets of Haryana Seed Development Corporation, HAFED, Cooperative Societies, IFFCO, Kribhco, NSC, CSFC and other government agencies claiming subsidy on wheat seed from the government. This special rebate will remain effective up to November 30.

1 dead in mishap:
Mangal Singh, a resident of Dayal Nagar, Shahabad, was killed on the spot when he was allegedly hit by an unidentified speeding vehicle near the Pipli bus stand, 5 km from here, on Friday.



Health check-up camp:
The District Ayurveda Department organised a health check-up camp under the Anaemia Free Himachal programme at Government Boys Senior Secondary School here on Friday and blood samples of 262 students were examined. Programme In Charge and Ayurveda Officer Sandipa Sharma said not only students, but teachers and parents should also ensure that students got sufficient nutrients in their daily meals and their diet contained green vegetables, black chana, amla etc. She said anaemia was caused due to lack of proper cleanliness in our food and habits, worms in stomach, going to dirty places barefoot and not washing vegetables and fruits before eating these. Students were also given medicines free of cost.

Man hurt in blast:
Roshan Lal (55) was seriously injured when the ammunition that he was preparing for killing pigs exploded in Bharwara in Dehra subdivision on Thursday. Roshan was rushed to the TMC, where he was admitted to the burns unit. The police registered a case against him.
A blood donation camp at the IIT, Mandi, on Thursday
A blood donation camp at the IIT, Mandi, on Thursday.

IIT students donate blood:
Fifty students and staff members of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on Thursday donated blood at a camp on the campus. The camp was opened by a first-year B Tech. student in the presence of Prof B Subramanian and Dr PC Ravi Kumar. The camp was monitored by the medical team from the Zonal Hospital, Mandi, comprising Dr Arindam Roy, Dr Lata Chandel and senior lab technicians Kaushalya Chauhan and Balwant Yadav.

1 convicted of sodomy:
Indora Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Pankaj Gupta on Friday sentenced Ramesh Rwali, a migrant labourer from Jharkhand, to three-year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 for committing sodomy with an eight-year-old at Seerat village. It was proved that the labourer had lured the child when he was alone and took him to a field nearby, where he committed the crime.

Science congress ends: The three-day district-level National Children Science Congress-2012 concluded at the Government Senior Secondary School, Rehan, near here, on Friday. As many as 270 students of private as well as government schools from eight subdivisions of Kangra district participated. Vipon Guleria, senior scientist, Regional Horticulture Research Station, Jachh (Nurpur), presided over the concluding ceremony.



Poppy straw seized:
The police recovered a huge cache of poppy straw in Shopian district on Friday night. Acting on a tip-off, the police seized 104 kg of poppy straw in the orchard of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat of Khasipora village, a police spokesman said.

Two convicted: A local court here has convicted two persons who were accused of making forged certificates to secure undue gains. “The court of CJM, Srinagar, on Saturday convicted Gulshana Akhtar daughter of Ghulam Hassan Bhat, resident of Litter, Pulwama, for obtaining admission in a diploma course on the basis of fake 10+2 certificate, a court official said.

Man held: Residents in the old city’s Khanyar neighbourhood caught hold of a man on Friday night and handed him over to a local police station for trying to set ablaze a shrine of a revered saint. The man was later found to be mentally unstable.



25 persons acquitted:
The Additional Sessions Judge, Almora, on Friday acquitted 25 residents of the Boraro valley of Almora district, who were arrested for agitating in support of demand for essential services four years ago, due to lack of sufficient evidence. “The protesters, who had continued the agitation for 31 days and were booked under various sections of the IPC, were found innocent,” said advocate Shekhar Lakhchaura.

Black day observed:
Members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Employees Federation observed the Uttarakhand formation day on Friday as black day. They also held a dharna in front of the District Magistrate’s office at Champawat. They demanded resumption of reservation in promotion in government jobs.

Halloween celebrated:
The junior wing of Asian School celebrated Halloween on Saturday. The students had a fun-filled morning with a lot children dressed as witches and wizards of the University of Hogward. They participated in activities like spider making, hat making, straw toppers etc. The children terrorised the heads of the school and played tricks on them.

Liquor seized: Forty cartons of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) were seized at the Uttarakhand-Himachal border. District Dehradun Excise Officer TK Pant, along with his team at Premnagar, intercepted a car coming from the Paonta Sahib road side of Himachal Pradesh. When searched, 40 cartons of IMFL were seized. The police has arrested Sunny, resident of Rishikesh, and Manujendra, resident of Patiala, Punjab. A case has been registered against them. The seized liquor was meant to be sold in Dehradun.

Banks open on Dhanteras: The banks and post offices will remain open in the state on Sunday (November 11) on the festival of Dhanteras. Gold coins and other Divali investment schemes will also be sold. While the banks have announced the opening up its branches on Sunday, the senior post master office in Dehradun on Saturday also issued orders for the opening up of post offices on dhanteras.

Women protection cell: A women protection cell has been constituted in Dehradun. Sub-Inspector Ravi Saini has been made the in-charge of the cell. The cell has been made with an objective to check eve-teasing. According to Dehradun SSP Kewal Khurana, policemen in mufti would be deployed, particularly at colleges and schools, in the city, who will nab the miscreants.

Transport Dept castigated: Congress leaders have alleged large scale corruption in the state Transport Department. President of the OBC cell of the Congress Jamil Ahmed also accused Transport Minister Surendra Rakesh of doing little to curb it.

5 children rounded up:
The police has rounded up five children, aged between 12 and 15 years, in a case of theft at the house of a schoolteacher in the Unchapul area of Haldwani town last week. According to the police, two children, said to be masterminds of the theft, were still at large. “All the children are below 15 years and they have admitted to their involvement in the crime,” said JS Bhandari, ASP, Haldwani.

UKD for Gairsain as capital:
UKD (P) workers staged a dharna in various districts in the Kumaon region on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the formation of the state on Friday. They demanded that Gairsain be declared the permanent capital of the state. “If Gairsain gets the permanent capital status, development of hill districts, including the border district, will get a boost. This will help in checking migration from the hill region,” said Devendra Singh, a UKD leader.


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